2023-2024 Officers, Directors and Rating Committee

Charles Mixson Director board@westfloridaphrf.org
Charles Mixson grew up in north Florida and has truly been sailing all his life, starting with lake sailing and racing with his father.  He moved to the west coast of Florida in the 1980’s where he crewed and raced on a Pearson 31.  He acquired a Pearson 35 in the mid-‘90s which he restored, cruised and raced. Charles assisted in the delivery of a Swan 47 from New England to Florida and back via the Bahamas and Bermuda.  He has crewed on two Ensign 22 National regattas in New England.  Charles currently cruises and races a Nightwind 35 and is a member of the Sarasota Sailing Squadron.
Bob Armstrong Director board@westfloridaphrf.org
A native of Bradenton, Bob has raced his various race boats for more than 40 years out of the Bradenton Yacht Club in both Suncoast and SBYA series. He has also raced in numerous Kahlua Cups, St. Pete to Isla Mujeres, St. Pete to Havana, Clearwater to Key West and Bone Island Regattas. He is past Commodore and Fleet Captain Sail of the Bradenton Yacht Club and a past President of WFPHRF. He currently races and cruises a Catalina 380.
George Pennington Director board@westfloridaphrf.org
George was raised in the Atlantic City NJ area. His boating began at very young age involving both sail and power boats. In order to boat year round, he moved to Pinellas County, Florida in 1964, and began doing race committee work in the early 1970’s with his wife, Beth. Their training for this was mentored by some of the best, such as Pat and Gwyneth Talbot. He has been on numerous boards, committees and Commodore of the Treasure Island Yacht Club. He and his wife have helped several yacht clubs and associations with regattas. Now is a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and is past Regatta General, on the Board of Directors for five years and is now Ocean Racing Chairman.
Jim Mallory Director ratings@westfloridaphrf.org
Growing up near the large reservoir lakes in Alabama and Georgia left plenty of room for skiing and fishing. A passion for boating ensued to be followed by one for airplanes. An invitation to go sailing with a co-worker led to racing sailboats and combined the passion for both. Jim sails his C&C 36 out of Davis Island Yacht Club where he has served as Fleet Captain and Commodore.
Jim Shenko Director board@westfloridaphrf.org
Jim is a Fort Myers native and has been sailing since the mid ‘60’s in  over sixty different boat designs so far and hoping to reach at least one hundred. He has raced primarily as crew in many races, including St. Pete to Isla Mujeres, and to Havana, Ft Lauderdale to Key West, and Block Island Race Week. As a solo racer, he won non-spinnaker in the CMCS Summerset Regatta. He has crewed on non-stop deliveries from Annapolis to Naples and from Naples to Newport. He has cruised the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, Cuba, and the Maine coast. He still owns the Cal 2-27 as well as an Alerion Express 19 catboat.
Mike Kayusa Mike Kayusa President president@westfloridaphrf.org
Mike has been sailing all his life. His parents actively sailed from the time he was born until they both passed away. His sailing experience growing up was geared to boat handling, navigation, and cruising the West Coast of Florida, the Keys, and Bahamas. For the last 25 years Mike has owned a variety of racing boats, ranging from a Star to his current Farr 40. Mike lives in Ft. Myers and is a member of Davis Island Yacht Club.

Jamie Myers  Vice President board@westfloridaphrf.org
Jamie Myers races his Soverel 33, Yard Goat, out of Davis Island Yacht Club where he is a former Commodore and Fleet Captain, among other leadership roles. Yard Goat regularly competes in the DIYC BOTY Series and Suncoast BOTY Series. Jamie, along with Mike Kayusa and Brent Bacon, are the organizers of the annual Tampa Bay to Ft. Myers Race on Memorial Day Weekend. He looks forward to his return to the WFPHRF Board.
Trudell Kolpack Trudell Kolpack Secretary & Treasurer board@westfloridaphrf.org
Trudell moved to Florida in 2015 where his passion for sailing took hold. Gunar Rogat and Jerry Watkins took him under their wings and have honed his skills in sighted and sightless sailing.  On the weekends, he can be found competing in buoy races aboard “Foreign Exchange” in Naples and surrounding areas. He also enjoys dinghy sailing with his two sons, Ryan 9 and Ben 6. Trudell and his wife Laura have plans to take their three children sailing for a year or two, when his youngest, Jenna, turns 5. He has been the Rear Commodore for the Sailing Association of Marco Island and is a member of the Gulf Coast Sailing Club.
Dick Booth Dick Booth Director & Administrator admin@westfloridaphrf.org
Dick Booth has been sailing since the late ’60’s in New England, but he seriously grabbed the sport in 1980 after moving to Little Rock, AR, where there is year round sailing and racing.   He competed in spinnaker class PHRF in Little Rock from 1990 to 2000 on his Cal 24, and was a club officer and board member for several years.  When he moved to Florida in 2000, he naturally jumped into the WFPHRF regatta circuit on his Tartan 4100, Addiction. Booth joined the WFPHRF Ratings Committee in 2003 and became a Board Member in 2004. When not in racing season, he cruises with his wife Linn while missing two Cockapoos, Cricket and Maggie.
Frank Selph Jr Rating Committee Chair ratings@westfloridaphrf.org
A native and lifelong resident of Tampa, Frank has been sailing since he was 4 years old, with his Dad in MORC, FORA and WFPHRF.  Frank Sr was a member at TSS and raced an Irwin 24, Irwin 25 and finally a J30 up into his 80’s. Frank Jr, raced with him until about 2005, when he purchased Junior, a J27, and has continued racing in the Tampa Bay area. He was a Fleet Captain and is presently Vice Commodore at Davis Island Yacht Club and has been a member there since the 1970’s
Clay Morris Director board@westfloridaphrf.org
Clay grew up on the west coast of Florida and began sailing at 12.  He soon after bought his first boat, a Jopie Helsen design with a rating 300+. Clay was introduced to racing through Davis Island Yacht Club’s Thursday Night racing program and has sailed continuously on the same boat since then. Once he found a full time job, he joined DIYC. As a past Fleet Captain, Clay is very familiar with the Suncoast’s racing fleet.

West Florida PHRF Rating Committee

To contact a member of the rating committee, please email to ratings@westfloridaphrf.org or admin@westfloridaphrf.org with the member’s name as the subject.
Frank Selph, Jr Chairman    ratings@westfloridaphrf.org
Jim Mallory Vice Chairman  ratings@westfloridaphrf.org
Committee Members
Bill Johnsen   George Cussins   John Lynch