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Whidbey Island Maritime Heritage Foundation

Maritime Heritage and Sail Tours on Whidbey Island

Our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall consist of not fewer than 5, nor more than 7, members.  

Here is our current Board….and the year their term expires (at the annual meeting).

WIMHF Vice President:  Chris Bradley  (2024)

My professional background is high tech manufacturing supply chain. I first learned to sail while living in the Bay Area. Interest turned to passion and I began crewing on a 5-person Racing Sloop out of Alameda in San Francisco Bay. My wife and I moved to Whidbey Island in 2006. After retiring to Coupeville in 2013 I was looking for something to direct my energy which led me to Suva in 2016 and have been sailing aboard her ever since. I’ve risen through the ranks (Apprentice to Deckhand and of late – Bosun).

Treasurer: Jason Magee (2024)

WIMHF President: Pete Wells (2024)

I have been involved with some aspect of the marine environment for most of my life. Growing up in NY I spent most summers at the beach, on the water sailing with friends, and learning to SCUBA dive when I was 15. My undergraduate degree is in Ocean Engineering. Professionally, I have worked for International Underwater Contractors as a commercial diver, and American Bureau of Shipping as a structural engineer. These were followed by program management positions on civilian space programs and commercial aircraft. I am the proud owner of a 1955 Nordic Folkboat and am restoring a 1969 Eric Jr. sloop. Serving as a Director for the Whidbey Island Maritime Heritage Foundation is a great honor for me as it provides me an opportunity to help preserve the S/V Suva as well as improve the quality of our marine environment



Member Emeritus:  Dr Wylie Vracin  (2024)

I moved here in 1982 to Coupeville with wife Ginny and 4 children, becoming the First Internal Medicine Specialist on our Island. My family has always enjoyed water-based activities, always involving power-boating. I retired from my active medical practice in 2010, and met up with our Schooner SUVA about 4 years ago. I served the CMHF as Board President from it's inception in 2015 until 2022, and find myself having SUVA discussions quite often when newcomers ask questions as they pertain to our historic vessel.

WIMHF Secretary:  Kathy Cotner  (2025)

I have always loved being out on the water on all kinds of watercraft, but sailing on SUVA has been a unique and wonderful experience. I have a great deal of respect for this group of dedicated volunteers and have thoroughly enjoyed working with and getting to know them.  SUVA is a beautiful ship, and sailing on her has been inspirational for me. It is inspirational for our passengers as well, and I am pleased to be a part of continuing the SUVA mission to bring maritime history to life in Coupeville.

Member:  Gary McIntyre (2025)

Gary has been a sailor for over fifty years, starting on a 16 foot sunfish.  He has owned sailboats most of his life and currently has a 30 foot Catalina in Oak Harbor.  Gary obtained his U.S. Merchant Marine Officers License in 2008 when he moved to Whidbey Island.  When he was the Commodore for Whidbey Island Naval Sailing Association (WINSA), he trained navy personnel for recreational sailing.    

 Gary joined the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation in  2016 and has been skippering Suva since that time.

Our Mission: To create awareness of the Maritime Heritage of Whidbey Island, Coupeville, and Penn Cove  through education of, promoting, and preserving its maritime traditions. 

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PO Box 532

Coupeville, WA  98239

Whidbey Island  Maritime Heritage Foundation (WIMHF)  is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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