A New Member - December 2019

Welcome A New Member To The Yachtsman Family

With nearly the start of a New Year, I wanted to take the time to thank one of our staff and welcome another in a brief greeting to you all.

With much regret I must announce that Leslie Carson has decided to give up her duties here as your monthly editor. She made this decision based upon a growing travel schedule and wishing to spend more quality time with family. Leslie has been like family and will be truly missed.

I appreciate the past years of her dedication and professionalism but more so the caring attitude that always made me feel very confident in all her decisions. We remain close friends and I feel I will be able to count on her experience should the moment arise. In fact, she very well may become a featured writer covering boating destinations at some point. In the meantime her Yachtsman family, wishes her well in all she does.

In the hustle of a normal month, including the start of the holidays it was a little panic mode in locating a replacement for Leslie. Know, it was your very own Bill Wells that set the wheels in motion for the filling of her shoes. Daniel Witte happened to be at the Marina West Yacht Club at the same time as Bill Wells, and in short discussion his name was put into the hat to become your next Editor.

Daniel graduated from San Francisco State University with a Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Degree in May. He enjoys writing and just completed a Bay Area transit guide for blind and low vision individuals. Daniel currently covers the morning news at a UC Berkeley radio station, KALX, as well as an internship at another UC Berkeley station, KPFA.

Daniel became interested in Bay & Delta Yachtsman upon graduating college. As he began looking for jobs after graduation, he thought working in the boating and recreational industry would be great. After his meeting with Bill Wells at Marina West Yacht Club and told that the magazine was looking for a copy editor, I decided to sit down and meet with him. I immediately felt very comfortable with Daniel, his qualifications and because he liked boating, reading and writing I thought the job was a great fit for us all. In addition to his editorial duties, he hopes to gain more knowledge about the Bay and Delta through the writers and assignments handed to him. He is also very interested in the environmental aspects of the Delta, and has worked with Restore the Delta Foundation, writing letters and attending rallies.

Boating has always been one of his favorite activities. Daniel has been boating on the Delta since he was a small child. His family has had their ski boat since then and to this day still enjoys waterskiing and wakeboarding. Plenty of his days are spent cruising the California Delta, Sacramento and American Rivers as well as the Bay in the family’s 40-foot Sea Ray, with many weekends being found at anchor just swimming and relaxing. In addition, he also enjoys doing other boat related excursions such as fishing trips on party boats and crabbing off Half Moon Bay.

When on the Delta, he enjoys several events in the area. Two of his favorites are karaoke at Moore’s Riverboat and the Rusty Porthole. He also participates in the Frozen Bun Run held on January 1st every year on Bethel Island at The Rusty Porthole.

Happy Holidays, have a safe and Happy Boating New Year and I look forward to seeing you on the water! I hope that you enjoy this newest chapter of the Yachtsman novel as much as I am looking forward to it. As always, should you have any interesting topics that you would like covered or how you feel I can make your read better, please feel free to contact me at tymellott@yachtsmanmagazine.com

Ty Mellott H

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