Oakcliff Sailing has a very accomplished Board of Directors and is honored to have the following individuals on the board:
Dave Perry is a five-time winner of the U.S. Match Racing National Championship, and was the coach for the US Sailing Team Alphagraphics women’s match race team in their preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games. Dave was an athletic director at a private K-12 day school in Westport, Connecticut for 21 years and has received an honorary Doctorate of Education from Piedmont College. The recipient of US Sailing’s Captain Joe Prosser Award for exceptional contribution to sailing education and the W. Van Alan Clarke, Jr. Trophy for excellence in sportsmanship, Dave has been actively working to improve the sport since 1977. One of the top rules experts in the world, Dave brings his unique teaching style, sense of humor, and vast rules knowledge to Oakcliff Sailing.
A graduate of Lance Lee’s Apprenticeshop, ’79, Donn is a wooden yacht builder and restorer. He is a native Long Islander who spent many years of his career in Europe restoring some of the world’s finest classic yachts; Altair, Clio, Al ‘ Blanche, etc. He now owns and operates Wooden Boatworks with his brother Bruce Wahl in Aquebogue and Greenport, New York.
David is managing partner of Tomahawke Capital and President of Haeligewielle, a holding company now based in New York. A devotee of both modern racing and classic wooden yachts, David crewed to win national championships in multiple one-design classes, and three consecutive victories in the Rolex St. Francis Yacht Club Big Boat Series. He enjoys racing everything from dinghies to Open 60s. Previous experience includes founding Halliwill, a strategy and creative office, two decades of international enterprise brand consulting, and a sabbatical in organic farming.
Bryan R. Lawrence, a life-long dinghy sailor, is a member of Yorktown Partners and the founder of Oakcliff Capital. He is a co-founder of Girls Prep. He serves on the boards of Convergent Energy + Power, Eos Energy Storage, Indigo Minerals, North Shore Energy, PRE Resources, Thoroughbred Resources, Public Prep and Families for Excellent Schools. Prior work experience includes time as a clam digger on Long Island’s Great South Bay.
John Taylor was a founding partner of an international advertising agency, Taylor, Dougherty & Partners, and currently serves as CEO of Mill Island, Inc., a holding company specialized in funding and advising early stage marketing services providers and online publishers. Among his lengthy list of accomplishments, Taylor facilitated and managed the promotion behind the first-ever corporate sponsorship in the America’s Cup. He serves as a Trustee and President of The Windmark Sailing Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation that supports competitive sailors in national and international regattas, including former Olympian’s and future Olympic hopefuls. He is an elected Trustee of the Village of Bayville, NY, where he lives, just across Oyster Bay from Oakcliff’s home base.
David Storrs brings a career of expertise in investment management, consulting, and finance to the board. After graduating from Yale University and Harvard Business School, Storrs returned to Yale to become its first full-time endowment head. He then served as President and CEO of CommonFund, a consortium of 1500 colleges and universities managing $20 billion dollars in tailored stock and bond funds. In 1996, Storrs left CommonFund to launch Alternative Investment Group, which currently manages about $1.5 billion spread across 40 hedge fund managers and 300 investors. Storrs began match racing at Oakcliff and was recently ranked #1 in the US match race rankings at the age of 72.
Suzy has spent her life on boats, including the bow in the 1995 America’s Cup, and since then as helm, tactician, and navigator on boats from her J70 to Super Yachts with Temptation/Oakcliff in between. She has won over 30 International regattas, in 15 separate classes, and is a World Champion in three of them. Suzy is an Aerospace Engineer who started her career developing data systems for NASA’s International Space Station. She currently develops database-driven websites, and has conducted remote expeditions for National Geographic, UNESCO and ESPN. She has also parlayed her experience in sailing to work both in-front of, and behind, the camera – commentating, producing & filming on-board for ESPN. She brings her energy and enthusiasm for sailing and fundraising to Oakcliff’s Board.
Anne K. Scully, Esq
Anne has nearly 30 year’s experience as an attorney and trade association executive, with a focus in the financial services industry. She began her career within the legislative/regulatory arenas in Washington, DC, where she served as legislative counsel in the US House and Senate and several Federal regulatory agencies, as well as a national trade association and a multi-national corporation.
She has served as CEO of two state associations and senior executive officer for two regional associations (banking; insurance). In those capacities, she has been involved in the soup-to-nuts of association executive management, with a special focus on governance, compliance and other legal matters, fundraising, vendor management, business development, PR and marketing. She has recently founded Storm Trysail Consulting, which provides legal, organizational development, Board governance and other services to small nonprofit organizations. Anne received her BA from the University of Virginia and her JD from the George Mason University School of Law.
Anne has been involved in sailboat racing and race management for 30 years. She and her husband–a rabid sailboat racer–currently live in Mill Valley, CA, with their German Shepherd and Golden Retriever dogs. She is a US Sailing Regional Race Officer and a member of the San Francisco and Corinthian Yacht Clubs in Tiburon, CA.
Trustee Emeritus – Corey Lawrence has been sailing since before she could walk. In her teens she raced Thistles and Sunfish, and was a head sailing instructor on the Great South Bay , NY where she taught on CC Mercuries, 420’s, and Sunfish. A graduate of Hamilton College , Corey is currently an investor, a sailor and is continuing her education, working toward a MA in Educational Psychology at NYU Steinhardt. Since 2000, Corey has been competitively racing larger boats on Long Island Sound and the East Coast. These include Soverel 33’s, Shields, Far 40’s, J/120s, Swedish Match 40’s and Interclub Dinghies. Her favorite crew positions are pit, main, mast and helm. She was a member of the 2007 IRC National championship crew on the Ker 11.3. Corey is committed to building a dynamic environment for exposing individuals to a wide range of race boat training and promoting the development of sailing industry professionals. She considers sailing to be an important activity that promotes teamwork, lasting friendships and a love for our coasts and maritime traditions.