Meet the 2017 Whidbey Island Race Week Advisory Board! This team of experienced and respected sailors in the Pacific Northwest will help shape the direction of Whidbey Island Race Week and bring the event to its fullest potential.
Avis Berney is a retired marketing and public relations professional with extensive experience in managing competitive athletic events in community recreation programs. Avis learned to sail on the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon and has been on the race committee for Oak Harbor Yacht Club since 2005 and with Whidbey Island Race Week since 2006. She has also served on a number of boards and is currently on the board of the Oak Harbor Yacht Club and Oak Harbor Youth Sailing. A graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Recreation Administration, Avis's past positions on boards include Oak Harbor Big Brother Big Sister, Oak Harbor Soroptimists, President of the Oregon School Public Relations Association, Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation, California Parks and Recreation Association and Chi Kappa Rho.
Leslie Keller has a long history at Whidbey Island Race Week and raced in the event from 1984 to 1998. She then did race committee and was the event scorekeeper from 1999 to 2004. Leslie is a Certified Public Accountant and has sailed a Hobie 33 for 35 years. She is also a US Sailing Regional Race Officer and member of US Sailing Race Management Training sub-committee. Additionally, Leslie's experience includes serving on the US Sailing Board of Directors as Treasurer and previously on the US Sailing Race Management Committee. She currently serves on the board of Sail Sand Point in Seattle and lives in Kirkland, Washington.
Larry Munns is a retired Naval Officer and a current airline pilot for Southwest Airlines. A longtime Oak Harbor resident and boat owner since the 1970s, Larry has been a lifelong boater and currently owns and cruises on his Jeanneau 42DS. Larry has a long history at Whidbey Island Race Week. He has raced in the event since the 1980s and has been on the race committee team since 2011. Larry was the past Commodore of the NAS Whidbey Island Naval Sailing Association (WINSA) and Oak Harbor Sail Fleet Captain. Currently, he is the President of Oak Harbor Youth Sailing and a US Sailing Instructor for local programs in Oak Harbor and Assistant Coach of Wildcat Sailing at Oak Harbor High School.
Charlie caught the sailboat racing bug in college and has been infected ever since. He has participated in every WIRW except two as either skipper or crew, racing the first ten years on his Backyard 28, Katrinka Finklesplatt. Kat Fink was retired from Race Week competition following WIRW No. 25 in 2007 and replaced with, Absolutely, a G&S One Tonner. Both daughters, Leigh and Shelagh, are integral parts of the crew - as is his wife Kathy who puts up with all the sailing shenanigans. Charlie is also a US Sailing Judge, Judge Instructor, and a member of the PIYA Appeals Committee. He is a long time member of Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle.
Byron Skubi is a retired orthopedic surgeon with 40+ year experience as a racing and cruising sailor. Member of Oak Harbor Yacht Club since 1980 and past Commodore in 2009, Byron has competed in 32 Swiftsure races and every WIRW except one from its inception to 2009. He is Chairman of the Board of the Oak Harbor Youth Sailing Foundation and a US Sailing Level I sailing and powerboat instructor. Byron has also served as Oak Harbor Yacht Club Race Committee since 2010 and has been the PRO for San Juan 24 North Americans in 2012 and 2014, and for the San Juan 21 North Americans in 2014. He holds a US Coast Guard 100 ton Masters License and has been a Captain for Deception Pass Tours since 2010. Additionally, he's been active in the T37 model sailboat racing fleet and lives with wife, Jane Mays, on Penn Cove, Whidbey Island.