Kona Sailing Club 2019 Board of Directors
Michaela Draper, Commodore
Michaela is first female commodore of the club, previously having served on the BOD in various capacities. This is her second term serving as commodore; she was elected again by the BOD in January.
Hailing from Tamworth, England, she moved to the island a few years ago. Her first encounter with KSC was in 2009 when she met a couple of members at a match racing event being held at Kaneohe Yacht Club.
She participated in the 2012 Pac Cup on Buzz Off, with several other club members. She also owns and races a Johnson 18, Quackers, and participates in as many club events as possible.
Chuck George, Vice Commodore
Newly elected Board member Chuck George is an active club member, participating in numerous activities. Chuck is a very visible member, attending all workdays and volunteering to help other members with nearly any project.
Alicia Starsong, Rear Commodore
I started sailing in college after meeting my 1st husband on a sunset sail. We cruised the Calif coast around Cabos San Lucas into the Sea of Cortez. Upon arriving in Hilo in 1980 we received such a warm welcome decided return a few years later and stayed for a couple of years.
After another stint on the mainland I returned again in 1997 and stayed. I met husband #2, Daniel Starsong at the Kona Sailing Club. 15 years ago I founded the Big Island Sailing Foundation and have been striving to facilitate youth and women’s sailing.
Judith Funk, Secretary
Originally from Indiana. New to sailing and want to learn all that I can.
Moved to Hawaii in 2015. Love living in Hawaii and motorcycling around the island with my husband.
Joe Dubose, Treasurer
Joe Dubose has been active in the club since dinosaurs roamed the earth, and holds the record for number of times as commodore, currently at 6. Joe participated in the 2012 Pac Cup on Buzz Off, as well as numerous other events on that boat and others.
He owns Summer Wind, a Spirit 23, and races in the B class. You can often find him drinking beer and mowing the lawn at the club in the evenings.
Michael Gaines, Port Captain
Active sailor and racer and Port Captain.
Krisha Mayes, Social Director
Aloha, my name is Krisha, and i have been sailing for for just over a year now. Loving it so much that i wanted to start being a part of the Sailing Club. Being the social director I hope to get to know more sailors in Hawaii.
Liz Crabtree, Membership Director
I have lived in Hawaii for 30 years with a strong background in accounting and property management. I am a licensed Hawaii Broker. My family has been sailing in Kona for the last few years and have enjoyed the new friends we have made.
Christian Bay, Director
Born and raised in Denmark, consisting of no less than 527 islands, gave me many opportunities as a child to sail in the short season from April / May to August / September.
Almost every summer me and my brother sailed - with my dad as a captain – the Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or Finnish waters or down south from Denmark through the Kieler Canal to Lands End in Cornwall or towards the Atlantic coastline in France. Our dad was a teacher with respect for the power of the ocean, wind and current and we got taught well.
Michael Dondelinger, Director
I left New Mexico to move to Honolulu (2008) and then on to the Big Island (2012). I keep myself busy; walking, cycling, scuba diving, golfing, dancing, gardening, and sailing.
Daniel Starsong, Director
I became interested in sailing as a young teen and read a book on the basics from the library. I applied my book learning by renting a dingy on San Diego’s Mission Bay. Evidently, the operator of the rental place had cut down the centerboards or their boats to prevent capsizes. When I turned up wind to return the boat, I made about as much leeway as forward motion, so I had to pay extra for returning the boat late (learning a valuable lesson about leeway).
I have made three Trans-Pacific crossings on vessels ranging from 24 – 70 ft. The smallest vessel was my Islander 24, Injoy, on which I was captain, navigator (celestial) with my girlfriend at the time. It took 23 days from Santa Cruz, CA to Kawaihae.
I’ve been a member of KSC since the early 1980’s. Currently I am a KSC Board member, as well as treasurer of Big Island Sailing Foundation, which does kids sailing programs; and Partner in Aloha Sailing LLC which teaches adults. I also work as a boat captain for Dolphin Discoveries, and self-employed doing welding, boat & trailer repair.