Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation
Maritime Heritage and Sail Tours on Whidbey Island
Our Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall consist of not fewer than 5, nor more than 7, members.
Here is our current Board….and the year their term expires (at the annual meeting).
CMHF President: Dr Wylie Vracin. (2021)
I moved here in 1982 to Coupeville with wife Ginny and 4 children, becoming the First Internal Medicine Specialist on our Island. My family has always enjoyed water-based activities, always involving power-boating. I retired from my active medical practice in 2010, and met up with our Schooner SUVA about 4 years ago. I happily serve the CMHF as Board President and find myself having SUVA discussions quite often when newcomers ask questions as they pertain to our historic vessel.
CMHF Vice President: Jim Green (2022)
I have long been interested in sailing. I first learned to sail in Newport, Rhode Island, on a Rhoads 19 and Mercury 14. I then sailed sporadically over the years, often in places few think of as sailing havens…Navajo Lake (New Mexico) and Flathead Lake (Montana). About a year after moving to Whidbey Island to be close to a large body of water, I was on the Coupeville wharf as Suva sailed into Coupeville for the first time, and I soon went for a sail. Wanting to sail as a member of her crew, I quickly became involved in the CMHF and was an early member of what has become the Suva steering committee.
Treasurer: Jason Magee
Member: Peter Schlegal (2022)
I have sailed in Pacific Northwest waters all my life. My family acquired the classic 50’ eight-meter sloop Aurora in 1958. She was built in 1928 in Germany as a German One design with Honduras mahogany planks on oak ribs with a teak deck and glued spruce 7/8 fractional rig 65’ mast.
I have raced and cruised extensively in Puget Sound and the inland waters of British Columbia and circumnavigated Vancouver Island several times. I have also navigated bringing a 45’ ketch the “wrong” way through squals with reefed mizzen and storm jib from San Francisco to Seattle. Sailing, saltwater, shorelines and storms are in my blood. I first saw the classic and beautiful SUVA when she was moored at the Seattle Yacht Club years ago.
My wife Ana Kinkaid and I moved to Whidbey Island two years ago and chose historic Coupeville, founded by merchant sea captains, and the tall cliffs at Ebey’s Landing as our new home. I am honored to be a part of the growing SUVA and Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation community, and I am excited to help achieve its important goals to honor, preserve, and promote our unique Northwest sea-faring legacy, values and vision.
I have a deep background in math and modern science and have extensive experience in business design and marketing strategy. My wife and I own Chart and Compass Creative which helps new writers and entrepreneurs achieve their goals through modern marketing. I am very passionate about sailing, the beauty of nature, poetry, philosophy, chess and modern jazz.
Member: Capt. Mark Saia (2022)A founding member of the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation, Mark was reelected to the board in 2019. Licensed as a 100 Ton yacht master with a sailing endorsement, he has sailed the Eastern Seaboard, the US and British Virgin Islands, and Maui, Hawaii. He has also worked in Monterrey Bay co-captaining and assisting with the Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s Science under Sail program.