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.
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.
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Capt. MArc J Kornutik
Captain Marc J Kornutik has been on the water essentially his entire life. Initially as a powerboater and recreational fisherman, upon attending the Chapman School of Maritime Arts in Florida in 1982 there he was 1st introduced to sailing and got that bug instantly. A current USCG licensed Captain, has worked continually in the NY/NJ Harbor maritime industry since 1984, primarily as a boat operator & operations manager and for multiple ship/barge line-handling companies and can be regularly found on the water 12 months of the year. Re-training and beginning a 2nd career in 2006 as a licensed Radiographer and Lithotripsy Specialist has also been very proud to serve in the healthcare sector. Most recently has begun serving as a charter captain as well as providing boat handling/docking instruction and vessel outfitting consulting. Deeply involved with LYC first as a regular member then Port Captain and currently Fleet Captain also enjoys the competition of PHRF racing on Wednesdays and the occasional weekend Regatta, along with winter skiing and international travel with his lovely wife Caroline and popular pup Buckley.
Having sailed in many beautiful seas around the world, Kelly is proud to have made the iconic NY Harbor and specifically the Liberty Yacht Club her port of call, and is currently serving as Port Captain in 2021. Kelly enjoys weekly racing and weekend regattas. She has been involved in developing the Race Committee for LYC's Wednesday Night Racing series, as well as serving as RC in LYC's annual Liberty Cup and other weekend regattas; she completed the US Sailing Race Management Course in 2021. This year she is crewing on Marc and Caroline's No Doubt.
After introductory lessons with Hudson River Community Sailing, Charles (Chuck) Ricciardi received his New York State Boating Safety Certificate and has been sailing ever since. A member of the Liberty Yacht Club since 2019, Chuck has crewed with a number of club boats in the Wednesday night race series. He joins in on Regattas, boat deliveries, and pleasure sails whenever the opportunity arises. Chuck brings a creative background to the club, that includes film producing, writing and illustrating. He recently co-authored and illustrated his third children’s book, Immigrant, American, Survivor, that tells the heroic and inspiring story of 9/11 first-responder William Jimeno, and other heroes on that unforgettable day. Charles writes and distributes the Liberty Yacht Club’s Quarterdeck newsletter and his artwork was featured on the back of this year’s Liberty Cup Regatta commemorative shirt.
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Marketing & Digital Communications Officer
Capt. Nitzan Levy
Nitzan started sailing over 20 years ago in the Mediterranean sea, in Israel. Upon moving to NYC in 2009 she was constantly looking for sailing opportunities in the NY Harbor, which at the time were very limited and scarce. 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. Nitzan met Liberty Yacht Club members and learned about the club through Wednesday Night Races in the NY Harbor. Nitzan’s official involvement with LYC began in 2020, after having to close down her businesses due to covid-19. 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 served as a Race Committee Member and PRO on LYC’s Wednesday Nights Series.
Dr. Alan Sarokhan
Alan has been sailing since he met his wife 47 years ago.
They mostly double hand coastal from Maine to the Chesapeake, and hopefully beyond if they ever fully retire.
Alan has been in the active practice of Orthopedic Surgery in New Jersey since 1983 and enjoys sharing whatever medical knowledge he can with the club membership.