Sailing boat

Flag Officer Bios



  Jan Graves-Passmore has been an active member of RHYC for over ten years, most recently as VC Pool & Grounds. She has raced sailboats in Wiarton, Owen Sound and all over Lake Ontario (LYRA) with her husband Mark Passmore, and also loves cruising in the North Channel. At work, Jan is a Communications and Fundraising Specialist and has been the Director of Fundraising for the Bruce Trail Conservancy for over a decade. Her husband Mark is an avid sailor and currently races Stars and ice Boats, while her daughter Emily is working on becoming a life guard.

Immediate Past Commodore

  Michael Cox is an active member of RHYC having served on the Board and as a Cruising Captain and most recently as Commodore. He and his wife Diane are keen cruising sailors and have completed RYA and CYA certifications. They have sailed on the BC West Coast, English Channel, New Zealand and Lake Ontario. Relevant experience: Served as a Naval Officer and as crew on deployments to the Southern Ocean. Michael is a Professor Emeritus, Department of Management, University of Guelph. Relevant interests: Leadership, Cruising, Marine Art and Maritime History.

Vice Commodore Docks & Boats

  Rob Mazza has been a member of RHYC since 1972. After an eight year hiatus in New Jersey, Rob and Za returned to Hamilton in 2011, and Rob joined the Board for three years before becoming VC Docks & Boats in 2015. Rob and Za started at RHYC sailing International Fourteen Foot Dinghies before acquiring their C&C Corvette Trillium IV in 1996. Rob is currently retired from the boating industry, spending his little free time writing for boating and boatbuilding magazines. 

Vice Commordore Sail Training

  Diane Crawshaw has been part of the Sail Training Committee for the past four years serving as the Auction Chair and helping with the Sailing School and Youth regattas. She has been a member at RHYC for many years meeting her husband John Whitmore on Colin Brown’s shark, Betty.  They own their own Shark now; Kohana and they continue to race together on Tuesday and Thursday nights on the Bay. John and Diane have three children; Rebecca, Nicole and Dale.   Dale is on the Ontario Sailing Senior Radial Team and that keeps John and Diane traveling and volunteering at regattas far and wide.    

Vice Commordore Yachting

  David Vollans joined RHYC as novice race crew. One evening after a race, Dave got talking to a skipper who offered to help him restore a derelict Ranger 22. The deal was done. After the boat was towed home, 7 feral kittens began life in its cabin. Minx was the charismatic runt of the litter and the boat is named for her. As a new skipper, Dave faced a steep learning curve on the race course. Off the race course, he received invaluable support from friends and enemies alike. Thanks to them, it wasn’t long before the Minx’s name appeared on a trophy in RHYC’s cabinet for the first time. The Ranger 22 keelboat remains the smallest in RHYC’s fleet, but today there are 4 of them. If you ask Dave what it means to belong to RHYC, this will probably be his reply.

Vice Commordore Social

  Joan Lumsden has been an RHYC member since retiring in 2013 and returning to Hamilton to be close to her family and friends. Joan's long time friends and RHYC members encouraged her to volunteer with Able Sail and that was the beginning of a great relationship. She enjoys the RHYC, the many committed members in the Able Sail Program, Easter Seals and the Club's involvement in the community. As VC Social over the past 3 years, Joan has coordinated children’s Christmas and Easter parties, helped organize volunteers for our 2016 Get Out on the Water/Open House (among other events), and looks forward to expanding the volunteer base for future activities at the club.  

Vice Commodore Pool & Grounds

  Sean Cox and his family are active members at RHYC , enjoying racing and cruising on their boat "EDEN" a Catalina 30. Sean and his wife Stephanie have completed ASA certification through Manhattan Sailing Club. They have sailed B.C.'s West Coast, NYC Harbor and the Atlantic Coast of Florida. Sean and Stephanie's children Liam(11) and Eden (9) are active in the youth sail train program. Levi(4) their youngest has been very active in the sand box on the RHYC patio,  hopefully he will take a liking to an opti dinghy sometime in the near future! Sean currently works for United Technologies Aerospace Systems in Oakville, On. A highlight for Sean this past summer was attending the America's Cup world series held Chicago.