2018 Officers


Bob Brady was elected Commodore in the fall of 2017. Bob previously served as Treasurer for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. 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.

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.

Greg Dupier was elected Secretary in the Fall of 2017. He races his boat Dog Bone in DISC’s spinnaker fleet.

Anna Brammer was elected Treasurer in the fall of 2017. She has raced aboard many boats in the DISC fleet.

Craig Ekman was elected Spin Fleet captain in the fall of 2017. He races his boat Man-O-War in DISC’s spinnaker fleet.

Henry Cheng was elected Non-Spin Fleet Captain in February of 2013 and was re-elected in the Fall of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. 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 also served as Vice Commodore of SCOW.

Pete Fanta was appointed Race Director for the 2018 season. Pete grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan and sailed small boats on the Wisconsin lakes. In high school he built a 25 foot sailboat in the family garage having constructed the mold and hand laid the fiberglass. Pete attended the US Naval Academy and sailed on their Varsity Offshore Team in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Since then he has sailed ships and boats in every ocean except the Antarctic. He continued to sail dinghies and keelboats at every duty station on all coasts. He has sailed and competed in, from small to large, Sunfish, Lasers, Finns, Coronado 15s, Snipes, Rhodes 19s, Lightnings, Ensigns, J24s, Shields, and Tartan 10s. Besides one designs, he has raced a vast variety of offshore yachts from 40 through 55+ feet to include competing in most of the ocean races and race weeks on the East Coast. Pete coached a prep school sailing team to wins at the national championships and he was part of the winning crew in the US National Offshore Championships (way back when). Between ships and boats, Pete has logged hundreds of thousand of sea miles under his keel. He joined DISC and sailed his O’Day 23 “Happy” with friends from work in the non-spin fleet. This last year, the “Happy crew” moved to the spin fleet with the J24 “Black Squirrel,”. He enjoys bringing on crew new to keelboat racing and introducing them to the fun. Pete currently owns 11 sailboats from small to large…so if you need one…