Beth was elected as Liberty Yacht Club Commodore in April 2022. As the first woman to hold this position, she is excited to help LYC grow its membership and presence in the NY Harbor.
Beth joined LYC in 2016, served as Secretary in 2018, Rear Commodore for 2019 and 2020, and was elected Vice Commodore in 2021. She began sailing in 2005 and enjoys extensive cruising in the Northeast US and the Caribbean with her husband, Paul, as well as participating in local sailing regattas. Beth completed the US Sailing Race Management Course in 2021 and is part of the LYC Race Committee. Beth was formerly a management consultant and has been a community organizer and volunteer for over 30 years, including serving on her local school board for almost 10 years, elected as Board Chair for 4 of those years.
David Matthew Spence
During a very windy April week in 1996 David learned to sail on a Soling in New York Harbor. The 26’ sloop was part of Offshore Sailing School’s original fleet of boats moored in front of the Colgate Clock. Though he had been around sailboats (vacationing in Newport, RI, attending college at Roger Williams University, and worked at the Herreshoff Marine Museum) David had never actually sailed. But after learning to sail that week in April he was hooked for life.
Since then, David pretty much only races. In 1999 David bought his first J105 with fellow Offshore classmates Perry Moy and Henrik Pedersen and named her Synergy. In 2011 a second Synergy was built (also a J105) and is currently berthed at J-dock at Liberty Landing Marina. All told, David and team Synergy have competed in over 500 Wednesday night races in New York Harbor, over a 125 regattas in the NYC metro area and have won prestigious trophies including the Segola and New England Lighthouse trophies for best performing yacht in long distance races. David has also twice competed in the Newport-Bermuda race.
David joined Liberty Yacht Club in 2016 and a year later became Fleet captain. In 2019 David was then elected as Commodore. In 2011 David created the Manhattan Regatta (now known as the Liberty Cup Regatta) and in 2021 spearheaded the creation of LYC’s Wednesday night series.
On shore, David is owner and principal of Windigo Architecture, a road cyclist, skier and spends time with his family when he’s not moving.
Capt. Nitzan Levy
Nitzan was first introduced to Liberty Yacht Club in 2017 through a Wednesday Night Races in the NY Harbor. Her official involvement with the club began in 2020. Her enthusiasm and skills brought the officers to trust her as the club’s Online Marketing & Digital Communication officer, and other than taking charge of LYC’s new website, digital communications and social media, she’s been involved in organizing events and regattas with the club. In the spring of 2021 Nitzan completed the US Sailing Race Management Course, and is occasionally serving as a Race Committee Member and PRO on LYC’s Wednesday Nights Series.
Nitzan extensive boating experience of over 20 years started in Israel on the coast of the Mediterranean sea. In 2013 she started Sailors NYC - a sailing school and sailing club in NYC and Jersey City, and in 2018 she started Sailors Around the World - a company that offered sailing vacations in international destinations led by her. Sadly, Nitzan had to close both shops during the early months of the global pandemic, however her continued involvement in the local boating community in the NY Harbor and internationally, brought her to restart the international charter business along with Ed Guy (LYC's Racing Director) under the name Neptune's Daughter. Nitzan resides in Jersey City, and is enjoying racing on board Kate and spending time on-and-off the water with her (mostly) boater friends!
In April 2023 Nitzan was elected to be the club's Rear Commodore.
A Jersey City local, Kim has been actively involved in club activities since joining LYC, serving as Port Captain for two years and more recently elected as Rear Commodore in 2021.
Throughout the past four years, she has been a leader in strengthening LYC's social foundation and is excited to continue to foster the club's camaraderie.
Kim's first introduction to sailboat racing was on 420s in the frigid Great Lakes while at Northwestern. After too long of a hiatus, with only occasional trips on bareboat charters, she was drawn back to the water ten years ago and has been sailing regularly ever since. Adopted into the J105 Synergy crew, she has raced with Dave, Henrik and Perry for the last six years in the harbor, Lower Bay and Long Island Sound. When Synergy sits out a race, she gets the opportunity to race on other boats. Having helped to deliver boats to Florida, Bermuda and St. Martin, she hopes to return sometime soon to blue water on an open ocean distance race.
Kim completed the US Sailing Race Management Course in 2021 and moonlights on the LYC Race Committee when needed.
Rosetta and her husband Sal are originally from Italy and have lived in the New York area for many years.
In 2003 they started sailing with friends and fell in love with the lifestyle. In 2008 they bought a Beneteau Oceanis sailboat and they named her Xarifa (meaning: “the most beautiful one”). Over the years, Rosetta & Sal have sailed the Long Island sound, the Mediterranean Sea and some Caribbean Islands.
Professionally, Rosetta has been involved in facilities management for Italian companies and in organizing large events, such as the Italy Run in New York City.
In 2021 Rosetta had joined LYC with Sal and she was very happy and honored to take on the Port Captain in 2023 and contribute to the many wonderful activities of the club.
Capt. MARC DESOUTER
Carol and her husband, George are originally from Scotland, and were bitten by “boat life” bug in Greece many moons ago. Carol and George could not realize their dream of owning a boat until 2019 due to living in states without any body of water nearby. After moving to NJ, and specifically to the NY harbor area, they bought a power boat and have never looked back.
Professionally, Carol is a RN and currently the Executive Director for a national health service in northern N.J. Carol was delighted to accept the membership director position with LYC in 2022 and is enthusiastic to welcome new members to the club.
Caroline Kornutik is the current fleet surgeon of Liberty Yacht Club. Caroline is a registered nurse with over 35 years of nursing and leadership experience in hospitals. She and her husband Marc have owned a sailboat together since 2008. she has taken the safety at sea 2 day course offered by Storm Tri-Sail Club and a variety of basic and advanced life support courses which are required every 2 years.
She is interested in the fleet surgeon position to use her professional knowledge to give back to the boating community and highlight the many health related tactics available to maximize safety on the water.
Furthermore, while this role is historically a male one, our club welcomes, and encourages women to participate at all levels of leadership.