Jim Goldberg has been named as the Member at Large on the J/109 Executive Board to serve in 2017-2018. His responsibilities are included below, followed by a brief introduction where you can learn about Jim and his First Mate Lana.
The Member at Large shall serve as an ambassador for the class, reaching out to existing and potential new class members. Without limiting the access of the members to any member of the Executive Board, the Member at Large shall be an agent of the membership in expressing specific opinions on any matter affecting the Class to the board, in the role as an ombudsman. Members should feel free to express their opinions privately to the Member at Large. The Member at Large shall use judgement to determine the most appropriate means to communicate those opinions to the Executive Board and to the larger membership so that those members who desire anonymity may freely express opinions. The Member at Large shall be conversant on the class rules and at the request of the Class Measurer be able to support measurement and interpret class rules when necessary at events and between events. The Member at Large may use the class website and similar tools to facilitate communications, and shall support Executive Board Meetings and Annual Meetings with reports as may be required.
Lana and I have been sailing in the San Francisco Bay area for the last 10 years. A couple years ago we started the search for that ever elusive and difficult to find race boat which could also be comfortably taken on extended cruising trips double handed. About a year ago we bought our J/109 Junkyard Dog and without a doubt it has filled both roles perfectly. This past year was our first year racing Junkyard Dog and we while we started off with some growing pains as we learned a new boat by the end we finished strong with a 3rd place overall in the San Francisco “YRA Ocean Series”. This next season Lana, myself and the entire “Dog Pound” crew hope to build from what we learned in our first year with plans to again race in the “YRA Ocean Series” as well as the “California Offshore Race Week”. I’m very excited and looking forward to serving both the class members and board in any way I can as the Member at Large. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns and be sure to look us up if you’re ever in the San Francisco Bay area!