Meet the WPSA Flag Officers & Executive Committee

We are a team dedicated to serving the interests of the Wet Pants Sailing Association, our members and our students.  Fostering a love of sailing and community!  Our Flag Officers are the Commodore, Vice Commodore and Rear Commodore.

Flag Officers

Gerhard Pagels

Gerhard Pagels

Commodore & Handicap Fleet Captain

Gerry has lived in Sayville for his entire life and is married with two grown children. By day he is an AVP for Commercial Property & Specialty Risk Claims. He loves snow skiing in winter and you guessed it, sailing is his passion! Gerry sails for pleasure and competitively. He captains a Rhodes 19’ sailboat and a Sunfish.

Joseph Klein IV

Joseph Klein IV

Vice Commodore

The Klein Family lives in Sayville. Joe is Senior Vice President of the largest paramedical provider in the USA. He enjoys snow skiing, family time, sailing and boating out on the Great South Bay! Joe has a Pursuit, an Avon and an Optimist for his kids.

Richard Haase

Richard Haase

Rear Commodore

Richard lives in Blue Point with his wife Jessica, sons Ben and Jon along with their dog Callie. He teaches middle school English at Half Hollow Hills where he serves as President of the Teachers’ Association. He’s also an administrator for The New York Center for Teacher Development and president of Membership Solutions, which offer technology consulting for associations. Richard is really into technology, cooking and working around the house. The family loves reading, the environment and social issues. They have an O‘Day DaySailer 17’.

As our Rear Commodore, Rich handles our Dry Sail area, so reach out if you want space or information!

Captain Robert Campbell

Captain Robert Campbell

Past Commodore

Bob has been a member since 1972! Married to Pat, he‘s a dad with 7 grandchildren. He was our Head Instructor from 1977-1987, increasing the enrollment from 22 to over 90. Bob was the WPSA Financial Secretary in the 1990’s.

He’s got thousands of miles of boating and sailing experience! For starters, Bob has a USCG 100 Ton Masters License for Near Coastal Waters with Sail Endorsement, a United States Power Squadron Full Certificate, is an instructor for countless classes for cruising and racing, and is well known for being a captain for the Long Island Maritime Museum‘s vintage Oyster Sloop, the Priscilla. Bob has a Marshall 22’ catboat.

Bob was Custodian of the Sacred Pants in 1987, and Commodore in 2019.

Jennifer McMackin

Jennifer McMackin

Recording Secretary

Jennifer lives in Sayville with her family and is our newest Board member. More details to come.

Daria Bossert

Daria Bossert

Parental Steering - PSC

Daria and her husband Roger live in Sayville with their 2 children. They like hanging with friends and sharing a meal. Daria works as an RN for a not-for-profit community health services organization. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and checking out local visual art and music scenes.

Daria grew up sailing the waters of Eastchester Bay.... usually resulting in her dad towing her back to shore by powerboat. Hoping to end this legacy, she enrolled her kids at Wet Pants -where they are learning sailing skills and are having a blast!
The own a Club 420 racing sailboat, which their daughter races on our Race Team.

Barbara Whitbread

Barbara Whitbread

Parental Steering - PSC

Barbara lives in Sayville with her two children. She has a Marketing and Web Design company and when not working or volunteering at WPSA she enjoys genealogy, travel and cultural events.

She brings many years of business and organizational experience and grew up boating. Introduced to sailing more recently through her children and late husband, she loves sailing and learning!

They own a few sailboats - a Catalina 22’, a Vanguard 15’, a Sunfish and are currently restoring a Rhodes 19’.

John Breuer

John Breuer

GSBYRA Representative

John is a longtime WPSA member and is our Great South Bay Yacht Racing Association Representative. More details to come.

John was custodian of the Sacred Pants Award in 2016 and served as Commodore in 2013 & 2017.

Bill Lembeck

Bill Lembeck

Treasurer

Bill lives in Sayville with his daughter, and sails a Hobie Catamaran.

Bill served as custodian of the Sacred Pants Award in 2006 and as Commodore in 2005.

Louis Albertelli

Louis Albertelli

Corresponding Secretary

Louis lives in Sayville with his family, who love boating and sailing on the Great South Bay. More details to come.

Ron Homa

Ron Homa

Historian

Ron is our historian, the keeper of the WPSA legacy.

Ron served as custodian of the Sacred Pants Award in 1981 and as Commodore in 1981.

Ted Ostroski

Ted Ostroski

Trophy Chairman

Ted is charged with our trophy awards at our end of season dinner, the Annual Mess. More details to come.

Ted was custodian of the Sacred Pants Award in 1997.

Lee Montes

Lee Montes

Sunfish Fleet Captain

More info to come.

Lee served as custodian of the Sacred Pants Award in 2008 and as Commodore in 2004.

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson

PHRF Fleet Captain

More info to come.

Dave served as Commodore in 2009.