I am a fairly new member to NWSA as I began attending meetings last year. I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the club and I will do the best I can to uphold the values and mission of the club.
I have only owned a sailboat for 8 years, although I have been a boater all my life. My sailboats have always been in Monroe harbor. I have alway felt that sailing is like life and should be about the journey and not the destination.
When sailing I really try to relax and make sure the crew and guests are relaxed as well. I have participated multiple times in the race to Mackinac, the Hook and can races. I am currently a Lieutenant and Paramedic for the City of Elgin Fire Department, where I have worked for 24 years.
I am also the Water Rescue Team leader for the department, and have the responsibility of all water related activities including boats, rescue equipment, training and water rescue related policies for our division.
My hobbies include coaching and playing ice hockey, playing music, motorcycle riding, snowmobiling and I work on automobiles in my shop on my days off. —Wayne Smith