When we started Trekr, we had no idea how many of our friends would end up wanting to explore the world while sailing. The response has been overwhelming and we continue to grow by leaps and bounds.
As Trekr has become more familiar with the yachting industry, we learned about LGBT sailing clubs across the country and how important sailing has been in many LGBT people's lives.
After some brainstorming about how to increase LGBT visibility in the sailing industry, we decided that we wanted to enter an all LGBT team in a major international regatta. After a few discussions with The Moorings, we decided to enter the BVI spring regatta at the end of March. It is one of the top regattas of the Caribbean. It will be comprised of 150 yachts in 18 varied classes from around the world, competing across three course areas.
Our goal is twofold. First, we want to raise the visibility of the LGBT community in the professional racing community. Second, we want to encourage more of LGBT individuals to get involved in sailing. The Moorings, with its extensive bases all over the world has been a solid partner in helping us realize that vision.
Below, please meet the inaugural Trekr Racing team that will sail in the BVI Spring Regatta.
Dave Sossamon, skipper
Dave cruises and races his boat, a Beneteau First 40.7 named Whatshername, on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and is currently preparing her for the Annapolis to Newport race in June. He’s a veteran of that race (2015) as well as the Annapolis to Bermuda Ocean Race (2016) and the Heineken Regatta in St. Martin (2015). Dave holds a USCG Captains License. He loves sharing the experience of sailing and introducing friends to sailing.
Patrick butler, crew
Patrick serves as Chief Marketing and Promotions Officer for Trekr Adventures. In addition to his marketing role, Patrick serves as a member of the sailing and Trekr operations team. Patrick has been sailing on boats since he was in high school where he started his sailing career crewing on a weekly race team. In addition to sailing, he is an avid skier, beach goer, and (of course) traveler.
charles carson, crew
Charles recently quit a desk job in Washington, DC to join Trekr Adventures full time. He got his start teaching the sailing merit badge at a Boy Scout summer camp but more recently has been sailing with Pentagon Sailing Club in DC.
CASEY HAUGH, CREW
Casey is a live-a-board American sailor based in Barrington, Rhode Island. Casey works at Narragansett Sailing as the charter manager, Captain, ASA instructor and also ABYC Marine Technician. Casey lives on his beloved 1979 Pearson 30 in the beautiful Ocean State.
HILARY HOWES, CREW
Hilary is Californian by birth and blonde by design Hilary has always enjoyed sun, surf and sand. She started sailing in College in and around San Francisco Bay. Her career in entertainment design brought her to Maryland in 2000 where she joined the West River Sailing Club and now sails her Pearson 30 in the Chesapeake. She has seen life from both sides now, male & female, west & east, corporate & independent and still somehow: persists in smiling incessantly.
LANE HUDSON, CREW
Lane grew up next to the ocean and always believed in her majesty. A recovering political hack, sailing has become not only therapy, but a passion that drives his daily life. There are fewer constants in life more reliable than the ocean and that the wind will always blow.
josh seefried, crew
Josh serves as Chief Executive Officer of Trekr Adventures. Prior to his role with Trekr, Josh was a Captain in the United States Air Force where he served as a finance officer. During his time in the Air Force he cofounded the LGBT military group OutServe which grew to thousands of members across the globe.
pam morris, crew
Pam brings extensive racing and cruising experience to the team. She has cruised from Belize to Maine, Bermuda and Bahamas. Chartered and raced in most Caribbean Islands. She has had many Podium finishes, various roles, to include:
Annapolis/Newport, Annapolis/Bermuda, Nassau Race Week, multiple Golden Rock Regattas, Antigua Race week and Heineken Cup Regatta. She is currently, active in J30 fleet as owner/skipper of “Bump…” She spends much of winter in Key West where she is a charter captain for Lion's Paw Life and Partner/for Esprit du Vent: Key West Lifestyle. She is a huge supporter of women skippers and racers and was a Womanship Instructor for many years.
sultan shakir, crew
Sultan is a cofounder of Trekr Adventures. He has been participating in nautical sports for over a decade, winning 3 gold medals at the US Masters in rowing before reconnecting with his love of sailing. He serves as Executive Director of SMYAL, an organization that works to support and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in the Washington, DC metro area.