DC Sail Staff  

Traci Mead, Executive Director


With a passion for the maritime industry, Traci comes to DC Sail with over a decade in nonprofit administration, and a lively interest in sailboat racing. For 28 years, Traci served as crew aboard a variety of 27' to 45' yacht vessels and Tartan-10 fleets, competing on the Great Lakes circuit, primarily on Lake Michigan.

Having been raised in Alexandria, Virginia, prior to her return "home," to DC, Traci served as a Commissioner for the Port Washington Wisconsin Harbor Commission, provided management and marketing of the Maritime Heritage Festival, where she wrangled several tall ship visits, and was on the Board of Directors for a maritime museum. 

She was introduced to the sailing industry during her six year tenure with, SAILING Magazine. In addition to the marine industry, Traci has worked for the United States Senate, served as the Executive Director of the Port Washington (Wisconsin) Business Improvement District and has deep experience in the hospitality industry.

Patrick Freeman, Director of Waterfront Operations


Born and raised in the District of Columbia, learning to sail as a youth on the Potomac River. Patrick is a true local waterman.

He has been working with DC Sail for over 12 years, starting as a Kids Set Sail Instructor, growing along with the organization to his current role as Director of Waterfront Operations. He also serves as Head Captain of DC Sail’s 65-ft schooner the American Spirit.

In addition to DC Sail, Patrick has served as First Mate on the former Presidential yacht, USS Sequoia, as well as captaining, delivering, and managing numerous private vessels. He loves sharing his passion for the water with others, and is proud of DC Sail’s role in making the joy of sailing accessible to folks here in the city.

In his free time, you’ll find him travelling any chance he gets, usually somewhere he can jump in the ocean, and cheering on all of his hometown sports teams.

Steve AuBuchon, Youth Program Administrator


Appointed in March 2020, as our DC Sail Youth Program Administrator, Steve will oversee the Kids Set Sail Program, Siebel Sailors Program, and the High School Sailing Program.  This will be Steve’s sixth season as the Director of Kids Set Sail. He also serves as the Head Coach of the Green Fleet and Assistant Coach for the Varsity and Junior Varsity High School Sailing teams. This past January he participated in the “Siebel Select Coaches Training” hosted at the US Olympic Training Center and will work with the rollout of the Siebel Sailors program here.  Steve is also a relief Captain on the “American Spirit”, DC Sail’s 65-foot schooner.

Steve grew up in Chicago and learned to sail on the blustery shores of Lake Michigan. He is a veteran of the Chicago to Mackinac race as well as the National Offshore One Design (NOOD) races.  He and his family have bare-boated extensively throughout the Caribbean. Both of his children sailed in our High School Program.

For the past ten years Steve worked in the High-Tech Telecommunications industry as Vice President of Product Management.  Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Business Administration, as well as a Virginia teaching license (Grades 6 – 12- Business Education and Marketing).  Generally, Steve is on the water 6 days a week and on Sunday he is on the mat teaching yoga.

DC Sail Board of Directors

James Muldoon, Chairman

Mr. Muldoon has been actively involved in international sailing or boating-related organizations for over twenty five years. He has captained his 90-foot yacht, DONNYBROOK, with a highly competitive amateur team, in hundreds of races and has accrued over 75,000 miles of blue water ocean racing.

Mr. Muldoon, the former president of US SAILING, has received countless awards for his commitment, leadership, and achievements in the field of recreational boating and boating safety.


James Muldoon


Richard O'Brien

Hal Young
Young Accountancy Group

Lydia Jabin
Fedsight Consulting


Marc Apter
Image Power, Inc.

Art Birney
The Brick Companies

James Bonham
The ESOP Association

Timothy Dickson
Groundswell Communications, Inc.

Nicole Didyk Wells
Federal Aviation Administration

Bruce Gates

Horacio Marquez
OnePak, Inc.

Blair Overman
US Sailing

Oliver Whitney
The Sierra Club

Roberta Wilson
Roberta F. Wilson, CPA/MBA

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DC Sail is the community sailing program of National Maritime Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Business Mailing Address: 600 Water Street SW, Unit 9-16, Washington, DC 20024
Diamond Teague Park Piers Waterfront Address: 99 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003
The Wharf/Gangplank Marina Waterfront Address: 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
Telephone: (202) 547-1250 · Email: Traci Mead, Executive Director - tmead@dcsail.org 
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