2017 Officers


Adam Croglia was elected Commodore in the fall of 2015. Adam previously served as Vice Commodore for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Adam began racing Optimists when he was very young and quickly progressed to the Laser Radial. Adam sailed on the varsity sailing team at Hobart College, competing in team and fleet racing in 420s and FJs. Adam has raced on the national and international level on the Laser, 420, Lightning, and j70 and locally on a C&C 35, Beneteau 36.7 and Beneteau 44.7. Aside from being the helmsman on his Kirby 25, Chiripa, Adam is the tactician on a j70, Phoenix, based in Annapolis. Adam sails his Laser through the winter on the Potomac with PRSA (Potomac River Sailing Association). Adam grew up in Buffalo, N.Y. sailing on Lake Erie, and now lives in Washington, D.C. and is a Director at the public affairs firm Story Partners.

Nelson Pemberton was elected Vice Commodore in the fall of 2015. Previously, Nelson served as the Spin Fleet Captain for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons. Nelson began sailing at Washington Sailing Marina in the 70’s on a Lightning with Frank and Mary Ann Gallagher and he sailed with them for several years. Nelson also sailed with Annapolis Lightning skippers during that time. Nelson eventually formed a racing partnership with Jim Dillard that lasted for twenty years and he still owns and sails a Lightning. Several Lightning sailors, including Frank Gallagher are regulars on Too Many Cooks. In 2000, Nelson began sailing with DISC, the first boat he sailed on was with Doug Savage. Nelson also sailed with Phil Akers. In 2001, Nelson began sailing on Highlander (Tripp 26) with Tim Dickson. In 2003, Nelson and Tim decided Highlander was better suited to compete in Annapolis. Nelson and Tim formed a partnership and brought Too Many Cooks to Washington Sailing marina, and moved Highlander to Annapolis. Nelson has had the good fortune to sail on many different boats over the years – including Pegasus, a Beneteau 36.7 based in Annapolis. Nelson still sends his information to regattas up and down the East Coast, jumping on boats for a few days. Nelson has developed great friendships, and has had plenty of interesting experiences. In addition to Nelson’s own boats, he is a main trimmer/tactician on the J35 Windependent in Annapolis. Nelson is also a coach for the Naval Academy Varsity Offshore Sailing Team.

Laurel Heile was elected Secretary in the Fall of 2015. Laurel is new to DISC and recently started sailing. Crewing as foredeck on Scott Moore’s J24, Reflex, for the last two years has been an awesome adventure. With a crew of old friends and meeting lots of new people, sailing with DISC has been an unforgettable experience. That adventure has led to racing in Governor’s Cup on a J29 and sailing in the Virgin Islands. An avid hiker and road tripper, Laurel looks forward to more long distance adventures and the places sailing will take her. Laurel grew up in Mclean and now lives in Arlington.

Bob Brady was elected Treasurer in the fall of 2015. Bob Brady is originally from the Seattle, Puget Sound area. Raised most of the time around water while growing up finding time for sailing and boating nearly every day. In 2005, Bob’s airline station manager job brought him and his wife, Maria, and two daughters, Lily and Melissa, to the Washington D.C. area. After a few years away from sailing, Bob found DISC and joined the club. Thanks to skippers Rob Gibb from Rouge and Craig Ekman from Man-o-War, Bob and Lily were able to crew and get back into the excitement of sailboat racing. Both Rob and Craig convinced Bob to purchase a sailboat, and he did. Today he owns a red Kirby 25, Iris. Today, Bob works for the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, holding a position in senior leadership. Bob and his family currently resides in Gainesville, Va.

Scott Moore was elected Spin Fleet captain in the fall of 2015. Scott grew up on the water on the eastern shore of Maryland and has been boating his whole life. He has always loved the water and sailed casually through his youth. He was lucky enough to have access to an Opti, and an O’day daysailer to learn the basics of sailing from his father. As teenagers, Scott and his brother earned the nickname “the river rats” from the community because of the time they spent racing around the Choptank on a pair of Hobie 14’s. When Scott’s father started racing a Catalina 30 in the local PHRF Wednesday night races, Scott became addicted. When his father traded the Catalina 30 in for a J/29 and started working with the spinnaker, there was no looking back. As soon as he was settled in Northern Virginia after college, he purchased a J/24 and started recruiting his friends and coworkers to join the crew. He has had a great time introducing his friends to sailing and meeting new people involved in the sport. He can’t get enough of the competitive atmosphere that the technical spinnaker fleet races create. Scott currently captains his J/24 with DISC, and races with his father and brother on their J/29’s on the Choptank and Chesapeake whenever he has the chance. He enjoys reading sailing books and talking to other sailors to learn as many tips and tricks as possible. He also enjoys spending time on the Potomac locating submerged pilings and doing depth measurements with his J/24’s keel.

Henry Cheng was elected Non-Spin Fleet Captain in February of 2013 and was re-elected in the Fall of 2013, 2014 and 2015. Captain in February of 2013 and re-elected in the fall of 2013, 2014 and 2015. The son of a freighter crewman, Henry has always been fascinated by the ocean. After the movie “Jaws” terrorized the public, he devoured every single documentary by Cousteau and often found himself lingered at the pier watching the fishing boats left in the dark and wondered what lied ahead for them. Henry started sailing shortly after he moved to Northern Virginia, where he met some avid sailors and went on a few sailing adventures on the bay and then all the way to the Virgin Islands. Henry raced with PRSA on a Lightning for two seasons. Henry raced his Cherubini designed Hunter, Prophecy, for two seasons and currently with his Finot designed Beneteau First 26, Kalypso. Henry is tremendously blessed with many loyal and generous crewmembers. Henry has served as Vice Commodore of SCOW

Dave Easter was appointed Race Director in 2014, and again in 2015 for the 2016 season. Dave started sailing as Sea Scout in San Francisco Bay, back in the days before polypropylene long undies, learning many lessons about the deficiencies of blue jeans and cotton hoodies as sailing gear. Racing in SF Bay and out the Gate are still one of Dave’s sailing highlights. Firefly, a Kirby 25, is the third sailboat Dave has owned, having previously lived aboard a Hallberg P28 in Ventura, Ca. and raced his Moore 24 out of Santa Cruz, Ca. Dave sails Firefly throughout the year, both racing and cruising. When not sailing, Firefly has been seen winning numerous winter Parade of Lights awards on the Potomac. Dave lives in Washington, D.C. and works for NOAA.