Sailing boat

Flag Officer Bios



  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.

Immediate Past Commodore

  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.

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


Vice Commordore Yachting

  Clarke Perry

Vice Commordore Social


Gina Milanese


Vice Commodore Pool & Grounds

  Mick Belisario