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


Daniel Ott and his wife JoAnna are new to sailing. In mid-2015, they sold their home, joined the RHYC, moved to Hamilton, and purchased an Ericson 29 that they named ‘Epiphany’. Knowing nothing about sailing aside from watching a short YouTube video, his family motored to the middle of the Bay, and proclaimed, “Sail or swim!”.  Daniel joined the Docks & Boats Committee shortly thereafter. For the past two seasons, he has been behind the drawings for the reorganization of the Inner Basin as well as the layouts for winter storage. 


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


Pat Ford is originally from Montreal and joined RHYC in 1992. Looking for fun and fellowship, the Club became a home away from home for her. The ultimate pool maven, she is not afraid to swim no matter what the weather or water temperature. She is also a strong supporter of RHYC events and a dedicated volunteer at the Fun in the Sun Pool Party--all of which makes her a perfect person to take over this portfolio


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.