Tom Alley, SN

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Tom has been a member of America's Boating Club since the late '80s when he got serious about sailing and having fun on the water. He has been an Education Officer (SEO) first for the Niagara Squadron and later for the Finger Lakes Chapter for longer than he cares to remember. (1995 - 2016) He stepped aside in 2017 to become the Assistant SEO when he took on the role of Assistant District Education Officer for USPS District 6.

Tom and his family sail a 1965 Alberg 35 sloop, Tomfoolery, and are active racers and cruisers with the Finger Lakes Yacht Club in Watkins Glen, NY.

When he's not sailing, Tom is either scuba diving, hanging out with fellow amateur radio operators, or working as an engineer to support his sailing habit and send his kids to college.


Ray Margeson, P

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It was in Guam in the late 70’s that Ray began sailing out of Apra Harbor. After a 30 year hiatus, Ray's wife, Mary, seemed to sense that he needed something to do as he got closer to retirement age. So began the quest for a boat.

In 2008 they bought a Helms 25-foot sailboat and the next year upgraded to Hattie L, a 1984 Hunter 31, with accommodations that better supports spending more time aboard. When they're not sailing, Ray spends his time upgrading various systems aboard their boat.


Mark Erway, AP

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Mark got into his life-long dream of sailing in 2011 when he purchased and refurbished a 1970 CAL-25. He and his wife Anne joined the Finger Lakes Chapter, taking Seamanship followed directly by Sail. They were hooked, got deeply involved in Squadron activities and Watkins Glen has been their homeport ever since. They are also members of the Finger Lakes Yacht Club  

Childhood summers were spent growing up at the family cottage on Starkey Point where he learned to fish, swim, canoe, row, ski, and operate small water craft. He was a radioman in the U.S. Navy from 1969-1973 (Viet Name era), specializing in teletype communications for ComCruDesLant staff in Newport, RI, followed by an assignment to the light guided missile cruiser U.S.S. Little Rock CLG-4 (now part of the naval museum at the Buffalo Waterfront Park). Mark is also a ham radio operator, call sign N2RZZ, holding a General class ticket. He an Annie also have a 1969 MGB and participate in the yearly Watkins Grand Prix Festivals.

Over the last few years Mark completed Piloting, Advanced Piloting, Marine Electronics, Marine Communications, Partner-In-Command, the home-grown seminar Fiberglass Boat Maintenance and Restoration, completed the USPS online "America's Boating Course", is slowly but surely working on Junior Navigation, has been a Junior Sailing Coach since 2015 and became a Vessel Safety Examiner in 2016. Along the way they sold the CAL, owned a Hunter 28.5 for two years and an O'Day 272LE for one year and in June 2017 purchased a 1963 Alberg 35, hull #59 which is on the hard at Finger Lakes Boating Center in Ithaca, NY. He also holds "dual citizenship" as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 2-2, District 9ER, in Ithaca, NY. In April 2017 he was elected to serve as Secretary of District Six of United States Power Squadrons. 

Tom Taylor, P

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Tom Taylor is currently a member of the Executive Committee and an Instructor for the Finger Lakes Chapter. He teaches the Weather elective and the ABC class (America’s Boating Course).

Tom and his wife, Marcia, sail a Dufour 31 on Seneca Lake where they are also members of the Finger Lakes Yacht Club

Tom is also a licensed Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor. He is employed as a Teaching Assistant in the Bath Central School District. With the relatively short sailing season in the Finger Lakes, Tom spends much of the winter looking through Defender and West Marine catalogs for new ways to upgrade (i.e., spend money on) S/V Windfall III.

Directors Emeritus

It is also customary to allow past commanders of the Chapter to have a voice on the Executive Committee. Members with this privilege include: