TASS Skippers

How to become a TASS Skipper


Being a TASS skipper is an extremely rewarding and fun experience. I would encourage anyone, who enjoys sailing and is interested in expanding their sailing knowledge, and teaching others the same, to become a TASS skipper. Getting started on earning your skipper credentials is easy.  First submit your skipper application to the vice commodore

Documents on becoming a Skipper for TASS.

Skipper Application Form

Skipper Contact Information

Photo Name  Phone 
Profile  Email
  Andrew Clark   832-542-1121 Andrew has been a member of TASS since 1999 and has served as the race czar for several years.    jac.twyford@gmail.com

 Bill Brown  281-543-5964 Bill joined TASS in 1999. He has held various board positions and Bill is one of our skipper-trainers conducting training and sailing techniques for many years.    CaptBillpe@gmail.com
   Dan Arcy +1.713.851.8634 Dan has always had a passion for boating and has owned both power and sail boats. He grew up in Iowa and started sailing when he was in high school. After graduating college and moving to Texas in 1987, he worked for over 30 years in the oil/energy industry. Dan retired at the end of 2020 and joined TASS soon after so he could continue to feed his passion. He enjoys both relaxing leisure sails as well as the competition of a good race! Dan.Arcy@gmail.com
   Kirk Dunham  281-687-5302 Welcome to the 2021 Skipper Team, Kirk. Kirk joined TASS in 2019. Learned to sail while attending Texas Maritime Academy, primarily on Lasers and other small craft. Crewed on race boats in Galveston Bay. Recently renewed interest in sailing. Worked on the water or waterfront as Merchant Marine deck officer 17 years and Marine Surveyor for 25+ years. Holds a USCG Unlimited Master’s License (inactive) and recently completed ASA 101, 103, & 104. Enjoys watching people get hooked on sailing.    2kirkd@gmail.com
   Emily Farris  936-672-6537 Joining our Skipper Team in 2020, Emily became a member of TASS in 2018, and in about a nanosecond she found out she could apply to be a SKIPPER and said "I want to do that". She has completed her ASA 101,103,104 and sailed the Harvest Moon Regatta with Mischief and the Sea Scouts, Sirly. Emily is a professional airline pilot and attributes her aptitude for sailing to her 23-plus years of flying.  savedbygrace.ef@gmail.com
  Gavin Gerondale 713-449-3017

Gavin has a passion for teaching and enjoys sharing his love of sailing. Educated as a young boy on a Melges C-Scow in Port Washington, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan he has since sailed on and off for five decades competing nationally in J105, J24 fleets - registered ISAF World Sailor, NauticEd Bareboat Charter Master, US Sailing Certified Instructor, USCG 50 Ton Masters License with Auxiliary Sail Endorsement. 

As a retired Optometrist Gavin brings business and academic experience to the Fleet Coordinator position. He's a licensed private pilot and cultivates other hobbies and interests but always seems to return to sailing. 



   Jay Leggett  713-459-0094 Joining TASS in 1999, Jay has served as Commodore on the board for 8 terms.  An international sailor, Jay has been instrumental in organizing a multitude of mainland US and international sailing trips for TASS.   jrleggett@gmail.com
   John Klumb  713-412-7693 One of our most accomplished skipper/sailors. John has owned several sailing boats. He has also served on the TASS board and is currently our race czar.  regattas@sailtass.com

   Mark Langley  281-352-4779 Mark is one of our international sailors.  He has sailed the seven seas and to the ends of the earth.  Mark is also one of our nigh navigators and enjoys skippering our full moon sails. A member since 1988 and a past commodore Mark is highly skilled sailor and hold a US Coast Guard 100 Ton Master’s License.  seadognow@yahoo.com
   Mike Vaughan  


Mike has sailed with TASS since 1998 and currently serves on the board.  Mike began his sailing career as a scout and like many of our skippers has sailed both in US and international waters. Mike decided after years as a member to give back to TASS and in 2017 became a skipper.    fleet@sailtass.com
 Nancy Welch  713-504-4674 Nancy, our accomplished, talented female skipper. Her sailing resume includes an Atlantic crossing with an all-female crew and many racing awards. Most recent Nancy and her crew took 1st place in the all- female crew of the Harvest Moon Regatta and the HYC Mermaid Regatta.  She is a passionate promoter of female sailors and encourages women to try their hand at the sport. Come out and sail with Nancy.  nawelch@hal-pc.org
   Patrick Spoor  682-225-1953 A member of TASS since 2013 Patrick has been an avid skipper, navigator.  You will often find Patrick on a TASS sail or at the helm when TASS takes to international trips.  In additional to skipper, Patrick has served on our board as fleet director.  

 Roy Bowers  281-852-8197 Roy is not only one of our skippers but Roy donates his time to introduce and teach new sailors to the water, vessel and fine points of sailing skills.  We are fortunate to have Roy and his many years of knowledge give back to members and non-members in our training classes.  Like many of our skippers, Roy has been a past board member and TASS member since 2005.   rhbowers0b1@yahoo.com
   Urs Rathgeb  713-962-5992 Urs joined TASS in 2016, and became a TASS skipper in 2017.  He grew up sailing on Lake Constance in Switzerland, where he sailed Lasers as well as the family cabin cruiser.  While still living in Switzerland, he went on several cruises, taking him to the Mediterranean, the Baltic and the North Sea.  After moving to the US in 1997, Urs sailed on the Columbia River in Portland, OR and crewed on J-24's in the Staten Island Sound in New Jersey, before moving to Houston and sailing the Galveston Bay.  Urs is ASA 101, 103, 104, 105 and 106 certified. He currently serves as Commodore for TASS.   commodore@sailtass.com
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