Commodore - Stephanie Duhau Sims


Stephanie is the Ox Bow 2019 Commodore, she has been boating since age 10 when her parents and sister took her fishing tuna for days off the coast of France where she was born. She had ski boats later on and fast forward 20 years, bought a boat with her husband John to cruise around the Delta, and the Bay. Stephanie and John now own  a President 41 that Stephanie brought down the Pacific Ocean from Portland. Stephanie and John love everything above, on and under the Sea and love cruising, paddling or swimming, they got married on their boat under the Golden Gate Bridge in 2018.  Stephanie can be contacted at

Vice Commodore - Loren French


Loren French was born in Los Angeles CA in 1946 and from the time he was 7 his mother married a wwII marine who loved boating. Loren was a willing enthusist with power and sail. He boated at the beach which included fishing and watersports all his life and found he was quite good at both navigation and mechanics and boat handling is so much of boating. From the time he was in the sea scoits to now he has enjoyed boating with his wife Marvell and has extensively explored the delta and been a frequent guest at B &W Resort since he was 9 (63 years). He loved the delta so much that he and his wife spent their honeymoon there 52 years ago. Their 2 daughters and son in laws and 6 grandchildren boat there too in the families 12 boats. "BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES."

Rear Commodore - Rich Harrington


Staff Commodore - John Sims

John just completed a rotation through the chairs with a two year stint as Commodore and he was rece

 John just completed a rotation through the chairs and he was recently inducted into the International Order of the Blue Gavel.   

John and his wife Stephanie live, breathe all activities on, in and underneath the water.  Their free time is spent cruising, open water swimming, fishing, crabbing and diving for abalone.  John met his wife swimming in the Bay near the shore of Sausalito and married her under the Golden Gate Bridge on their boat. With forty plus years of boating experience, John loves to share our aquatic backyard and recreational boating with others.  John can be contacted at

Treasurer - Francesca Smith


Francesca Smith grew up in Chicago and moved to California after graduating from the University of Illinois.  She became an avid boater upon marrying McKenzie who spent his childhood summers on the lakes of northern Wisconsin.  After the newly-married couple purchased their first trailer boat, Francesca learned how to water ski and thus became hooked on all things nautical.  Several in-the-water boats later, the couple now berth their 1985 Chris Craft Commander at B&W Marina on the Mokelumne River where they met members of Ox Bow Yacht Club and were sponsored to join.  Francesca and McKenzie spend nearly every week-end on the boat.  It’s their second home.  And having a group of fun people to cruise with and explore the Delta has been wonderful.  The couple own and operate an insurance agency in Petaluma.  Francesca served the club as a Director for two years and now serves as club Treasurer.  See you on the water!

Secretary - Laura Cevello


Walt Vance PICYA & RBOC Delegate


Judy and I have been boaters from childhood. Soon after our marriage we purchased a "Lido 14" sloop that we raced competitively Statewide. 

Later we raced and cruised a variety of sailboats on SF bay and around the state before settling into cruising our Carver Mariner on the Delta. My grandfather and grandmother as well as both of our parents own or owned summer homes on Clearlake allowing the two of us and our children to engage in power boating, windsurfing, water skiing and sailing a variety of small boats. We have also continue to actively participate in several boating organizations.