Privateer Yacht Club is a dynamically growing family of sailors in the Chattanooga area.
Here is a brief summary of our newest members.

Chase Wood and Victoria Booker

Have recently moved to Chattanooga and would like to be active participants in a sailing community.  Chase has past sailing experience, primarily at clubs in Alabama, while Victoria is eager to learn!  Chase owns a Catalina Capri.

Marc and Rachel Erickson

Marc and Rachel have recently relocated to Chattanooga to allow Marc to complete his medical training in Cardiology.  They have added to their family with the recent birth of a baby. Marc has been sailing with Tom Prevost and is eager to expand on the knowledge he gained from the Adult Learn to Sail classes.

Peterson Hostetler

Peterson comes to PYC with lots of sailing experience, including participation in the Junior Olympics. He met Frank Hughes while a boarding student at McCallie and has crewed for Frank a number of times now that he has returned to Chattanooga.  He has raced a variety of boats over the years and is looking for a club to continue to sail his Lightning.

Albert and Diane Jarvis

Albert started sailing in Berlin, Germany and has lived aboard an Endeavor 32in Tampa, Florida.  Though temporarily sidelined by knee surgery, Albert is looking forward to being a part of an active sailing community.

Christopher Griffin

Christopher has primarily done off-shore sailing and readily admits it will be a new experience for him to sail on an inland lake.  Chris currently sails a Hobbie Cat, but is looking forward to experiencing a variety of other boat types while at PYC.

Michael Morrison

Michael is looking forward to making sailing a part of his retirement lifestyle. He learned to sail in 1981 at Penn State and has sailed since then whenever the opportunity presented itself.  Michael is looking forward to crewing on a variety of boats before deciding to purchase one for himself.

Sheena Benavente

Sheena has recently moved to Chattanooga after spending several year sin the San Francisco Bay area, where she learned to sail. Sheena has done some off-shore sailing as a crew member, as well as sailing on keelboats in the rough waters of the Bay. Lake sailing will be new to her, and she is looking forward to the experience, as well as joining a community of others who share her love of sailing.

Ernest and Claudia Kirk

The Kirks have recently returned to Ernest’s hometown of Chattanooga and plan to retire here. Ernest is a snipe sailor from way back and mentioned Brainard Cooper as a fellow competitor.  Ernest has already started crewing for people in the Wednesday night series, and looks forward to continued opportunities to race, as well as to participate in a working sailing club.

Finnegan Hewitt and Shoshana Rosenthal

Finn has been sailing most all his life following in the footsteps of his father, who was also a sailor.  He has done lake sailing, as well as off-shore sailing, including many trips up and down the East Coast.  Most recently he has sailed out of Bayview Yacht Club in the Detroit area.  Shoshana is a physician, but also finds time for sailing, though she views herself much more as a pleasure-sailor, Both of them are excited to be a part of the PYC community and are eager to participate in  all the club has to offer.


Bill and Melissa Klingensmith

Bill has participated in local, regional and national racing events in years past, but then took a break in sailing for a while.  He is now ready to get back into the sport and is looking forward to participating in PYC events.

Mike and Chona Hoy

Mike started racing and sailing dinghies in the United Kingdom in 1976 when he was 10 years old. He has done yacht charters in the Caribbean and owned a larger keelboat on the Chesapeake Bay.  Mike is now ready to get back into dinghy sailing and recently purchased a Melges 14   He is looking forward to getting back out on the water and honing his skills in his new sailboat.


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Upcoming Events

Tue Aug 03 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Electronic Navigation Class
Wed Aug 04 @ 6:45PM -
Summer Wednesday Keelboat Series
Thu Aug 05 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Pete Snyder Art Group
Thu Aug 05 @ 5:00PM - 08:00PM
Al Jarvis Veterans Song Writing Group
Sat Aug 07 @ 2:00AM - 04:00AM
Alison Pate Birthday Party
Sat Aug 07 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Adult Learn to Sail
Sat Aug 07 @ 2:00PM -
Saturday Summer Series Keelboat Race
Sun Aug 08 @ 2:00PM -
Dinghy Summer Series
Mon Aug 09 @ 6:00PM -
Board of Directors Meeting
Tue Aug 10 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Electronic Navigation Class

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