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

  Travis Fricker is a new member at RHYC who has had children involved in the Junior Sailing program for the last five years. He recently bought a Ranger 22, and immediately began racing on club racing nights with his daughter Arbutus, who also races C420’s for RHYC’s dinghy racing team. Originally from the west coast, he has been involved with windsurfing and kayaking in the past, and also enjoys powerboating on the Bay, the Grand River and Lake Ontario.

Vice Commordore Yachting

  Paul Cavanagh began sailing at age 12, and participated keenly in Junior and Family Mirror Dinghy racing. While serving in the Canadian Forces he sailed and raced in locations from Cultus Lake and Victoria Harbour (BC) to the Rhine River in Lahr West Germany. He subsequently sailed Laser IIs in Kingston and the Thousand Islands before relocating to the Hamilton area. This lead to CYA Basic and Intermediate keel training here on the bay aboard a Shark. Following a 15 year hiatus from sailing, Paul got the bug to share sailing with his children Joshua, Eve and Benjamin. He joined RHYC in 2016 as the proud new owner of J/35 Top Gun. He was coaxed to try a little bit of racing, and the rest is history... still in the making. A strong advocate of safe, fun and accessible cruising and racing, Paul believes that sailing can and should be welcoming and inclusive regardless of age, gender, experience or ability for all with a willingness to join in the fun and learn.

Vice Commordore Social




Vice Commodore Pool & Grounds

  Lee Ellis has been involved with the RHYC from an early age. His parents were avid sail boat racers and Lee attended the junior sailing program every summer when he was a child. Lee's first sailboat was a Kirby 25 which he owned for several years. When Lee was 27 he sailed the Kirby down to the Bahamas. Now into power boating, he is the proud owner of a 50' Cranchi Meditarranee which is located at the end of C dock