CLYC Staff 2018

Club Manager:  Dal Townsend

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My name is Dal Townsend, and I am the manager at Crystal Lake Yacht Club, and I also work as a technology teacher at Frankfort-Elberta Schools. I graduated from Hudson High School in Hudson Michigan and received a business and teaching degree from Hope College in Holland Michigan. I also have a Masters of Business Education from Central Michigan University.

I am married to Jennifer (Darr) Townsend, and I have three children: Tatum, Tara and Adam. All three children attend Frankfort-Elberta Schools. I grew up in Southern Michigan along the Ohio border in farm country. My father owned a lumber yard, so I grew up cutting lumber to size. I enjoy being with my family, taking hikes in the woods, and watching sporting events.

In the future I hope to watch all three of my kids graduate not only from high school but college. I would also like to spend more time traveling in the United States and abroad.

Sailing Master, Racing:  Jack Cunningham

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My name is Jack Cunningham, and I am the Racing Sail Master at the Crystal Lake Yacht Club. I am also a PRO of sailing. I recently finished my first year at Central Michigan. At Central Michigan, I am pursuing a degree in sports management with a minor in entrepreneurship. I have always liked being on the water and sailing, so I thought that this job would be the perfect fit for me during the summers.

I live most of the year in a dorm at Central Michigan, but when I come home I live with my parents and my sister, Sarah, who is the kitchen manager at the Crystal Lake Yacht Club. I also have a dog, Sadie, and a cat, Alli.

In the future, I hope to own my own business.

Sailing Master, Safety:  Mack Powell

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Hi, my name is Mack Powell.  I have been a local, here in Frankfort, for 18 years.  I have worked at the Crystal Lake Yacht Club for 5 years now and have recently been promoted to Co-Sailmaster/ Water Safety manager here at the club.  I am now an alumnus of Frankfort High School and will attend Grand Valley State University in the fall to study Biomedical Sciences.

I have one brother, Kadin, who is 21 years old and currently in Boston, Massachusetts for an internship in finance.  My favorite summer activities include boating and water sports, playing the piano, going to the beach, constructing art, and hanging out with friends.  However, working at the CLYC is probably my favorite activity of all.  I enjoy getting to know everyone and helping as much as I can. 

After majoring in Biomedical Sciences at Grand Valley, I plan on attending Dental School either in or out of the state of Michigan.  Someday I would like to have my own practice as an Orthodontist.  I would love to be able to travel the world and experience different cultures.

Racing Staff:  Evan Oberski

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My name is Evan Oberski.  I have recently graduated from Frankfort High school. I am the captain of the committee boat. The reason why I chose to work at CLYC is because a fellow coworker named Mack asked me if I wanted to come out and work with him.

I am the son of Chris and Amy Oberski, and the brother of Austin and Jacob Oberski. I have a dog and a cat.  The dog’s name is Abby, and the cat’s is M.J.  I play varsity football, downhill ski racing, and track. I enjoy using my spare time to hang out with my friends.

I am currently enlisted in the United States Navy. My current military occupational specialty is machinist mate. I ship to basic training on September 18, 2018.

Racing Staff:  Walker Schindler

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My name is Walker Schindler. I recently transferred to Frankfort High School, before I went to Elk Rapids Middle school. I am going into 9th grade, and I am 15 years old. I enjoy working at CLYC because I am able to be outside and out on the water.

I am the son of Edward Schindler and Amy (King) Schindler. I have two brothers, and I am the youngest. The oldest is Coleman and then Peyton.

I plan on graduating high school and moving on to college. Ideally, I would go to Kenyon College or University of Michigan. One day I hope to take over my father’s job as a financial advisor.

Racing Staff:  Seth Darling

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My name is Seth Darling, I've lived in Frankfort for the majority of my life. I grew up in Florida, and I still travel a lot, but Frankfort is my home. My favorite things to do are go boating and travel. I like traveling because Frankfort is such a small town and it gets boring. I like to go boating in the summer because it's something to do. I have 3 brothers. From oldest to youngest it goes TJ, Luke, Wil, and me. The yacht club is an amazing place to work, because I am in my element. I love being on the water.

Racing Staff:  Tara Townsend

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I am Tara Townsend, and I go to Frankfort High School. I run cross country in the fall, play basketball in the winter, and track in the spring. I have an older sister and a younger brother, and I live in Beulah. I love to swim in the summertime and go down to pole vault camp in Rockford, MI. In the winter, when I am not playing basketball, I like to build forts in the snow and go sledding down our massive snow hill. In the future, I would like to attend college. I am interested in the field of medicine, and I would like to be an oncologist to study and find the cure for cancer. If that doesn’t work out, I would like to work for the government in central intelligence.

Racing Staff:  Nolan Raymond

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Hi, my name is Nolan Raymond, and this is my first year being a part of the CLYC racing staff. Although I’m not technically a local (I was born and raised in Glenview, a suburb of Chicago), my family has been coming up here every summer for as long as I can remember. I’m 18 years old, and recently graduated from New Trier High School, in Winnetka, Illinois.

I enjoy playing rugby, sailing, snowboarding, and doing almost any outdoor activity. I am the oldest in my family, and have two siblings: Aiden who is 16, and Olivia who is 14. I also have a black lab named Champ. My favorite summer activities include tubing, sailing, wakeboarding, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends.

Next year I will be attending the University of Colorado Boulder, and will be studying Electrical Engineering. I plan on pursuing a career in this field, and my dream is to work in Silicon Valley someday.

Kitchen Manager:  Sarah Cunningham

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My name is Sarah Cunningham, and I am the kitchen manager at the Crystal Lake Yacht Club. I am a Michigan State alum and a newly certified teacher. This past year I student-taught a 1st and 2nd grade multiage class.

I currently live in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in the suburbs of Detroit. I have a younger brother, Jack, who is one of the Sail Masters at the club. I enjoy spending time with my family and pets, being outdoors, watching the Detroit Tigers, and coming to Crystal Lake every chance I get.

In the future, I hope to spend time traveling the world and experience new things as I travel. I also plan to go back to school for a master’s in education in the next few years.

Kitchen Staff:  Alyssa Dawe

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Hi.  My name is Alyssa Dawe, I’m 18 years old, and have previously graduated from Frankfort High School. I will be attending Northwestern Michigan College this coming fall and will be studying Pre-Med.

I have two summer jobs and I love both. This is my fourth year working at the CLYC in the kitchen, and I can honestly say I love it. I enjoy every day I spend at the Yacht Club. This job definitely makes me feel at home, and I love every second I get to spend my time here at the CLYC.

Kitchen Staff:  Tatum Townsend

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My name is Tatum Townsend. I work in the kitchen at the Crystal Lake Yacht Club. I go to Frankfort High School and will be in 11th grade. I do both Track and Cross Country. My favorite sport is Track. In my free time I like to hang out with my friends, pole-vault, and go to the beach.

My favorite place to travel is Florida. I love the warm weather and the beaches. You can go to the beach almost every day in Florida.

I am planning on going to college but I’m not sure where yet. I want to study graphic design and/or psychology.

Kitchen Staff:  Janey Turner

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My name is Janey Turner and this is my second year working in the kitchen at the CLYC. I live in Arcadia Michigan, and I go to school in Frankfort. I am 16, and I will be a junior in high school next year. At school, I am part of the Interact Club. During the school year, I run cross country and track, and in the summer I enjoy hiking, running, spending time with my friends, and of course working at the yacht club.

Kitchen Staff:  Nora Pasche

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Hi, I’m Nora Pasche, and I am working in the kitchen this summer. I will be a junior next year at Frankfort High School. I am a part of the Rotary Interact Club and the Teen Advisory Board at the Benzie Shores District Library. Next year I will be treasurer of my class and captain of the Benzie-Frankfort Ski Team. I enjoy eating ice cream and beach days. I also like going to the movies, listening to music, roller coasters, and skiing/ski racing. I dislike fizzy drinks and PE. I love working at the Crystal Lake Yacht club because there is a beautiful view and I get to work with my friends.

Kitchen Staff:  Keziah Stockdale

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Hi.  Hy name is Keziah, and I am from Frankfort, Michigan. I just graduated from Frankfort High School. This is my third summer working in the kitchen here, and I absolutely love it. Next year I will be attending Cedarville University in the fall. There I will be playing softball and pursuing a degree in Allied Health. During the summer I like to go to the beach, bike, go on hikes around the area, hang out with my friends, and just be active!