Meet The Bridge

Nick Simonis, Commodore

Born in The Hague in the Netherlands, I remember as a young boy having a small boat with oars and navigating the numerous canals.  Since that tender age I felt I had salt water running through my veins.  In 1969 my entire family moved to North America and settled in Harrow, a small rural town in Ontario located on the banks of Lake Erie.  My teenage years were spent water skiing on the lake in the summers and playing Hockey on the frozen lake in the winters.  In 1988 I had an opportunity to move to Jacksonville and was captivated by its warm climate and beautiful navigable waters of the first coast.  This is where I met and married my wife Audrey and together we enjoyed our boat Perfect Partner-Ship, and traveled to great destinations.  Always gravitating toward water and boating activities, I have been appointed Fleet Captain at the Epping Forest Yacht Club and served as Secretary then Treasurer at the Queen’s Harbour Yacht Club.

In August of 2018 I was elected Commodore to lead the Queen’s Harbour Yacht Club.  My responsibilities are to set the agenda and the direction of this wonderful club with its 25 year history and with over 100 active memberships.

I welcome you to browse our website, check out our Club History, and Membership pages.  We have a fun group of members who share the same passion for the water and boating, some with and some without boats.  We are gearing up for some spectacular events.

I look forward to seeing you on or around the water!

Robin Spence, Vice-Commodore

Martin Rees, Treasurer

Marian and I moved to Queens Harbour from Boston MA in 2010. I am originally from the UK and Marian hails from Ireland. We first moved to the US in 1985 and have lived in Pittsburgh, Orlando, Houston and Boston before settling in Queens Harbour. Having a boat was always a part of our post career plans and we started off with a 32 foot Beneteau sailboat which two years ago we traded for a 33 foot Monterey express cruiser which has made longer trips with the Yacht Club a lot more feasible.

Most of my career was spent in the finance area and I am still active in consulting on project financing for infrastructure projects. In addition to being the Treasurer of QHYC I am also Board President of First Coast No More Homeless Pets here in Jacksonville whose mission is to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters in our community, Northeast Florida and the nation.


John Strohofer, Secretary

Past Commodores

Gary Bone, 2017

Robin Spence, 2016

Frank Proctor, 2015

Mort Crim, 2014

Bob Goll, 2013

Roger Williams, 2012

Clarence Wilkerson Jr., 2011

Dick Lawson, 2010

Doug Izard, 2009

Gary Childers, Emeritus, 2008

Tom Keith, Emeritus, 2007

Glenn Cooper, 2006

Terry Weidle, 2005

Bill Arnold, Emeritus, 2004

Rick Richardson, Emeritus, 2003

Bob Alligood, Emeritus, 2002

Steve Woodford 2001

George Burkhart, Emeritus, 2000

Gerry Malony, Emeritus, 1999

Bill Griffith 1998

Bob Schachter 1997

Chuck Walton, Emeritus, 1996

Scott Weiland 1995

Rod Lay 1994

Bob Pitman 1993