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Commodore of the Island Yacht Club, Melissa Grudin is the NWSA President’s Member of the Month for January, 2021.

Close to age 50, Melissa found herself behind the wheel of a sailboat and thought, “Where’s the wind coming from?” She hasn’t stopped asking since! She’s helped organize Island Yacht Club’s, Women’s Sailing Seminar (just held it’s 28th annual, first virtual seminar this past November) since then for women asking the same question! At age 60 she became IYC’s Commodore. Fast forward a few years, she’s Commodore again!

Commodore Grudin and her husband Jeff are owners of Kismet, a 48′ Sun Odyssey Jeanneau. Together they cruise around the San Francisco Bay, enjoying time out on the water, the beauty of the area and time with sailing friends and family. 

Melissa aspires to see more women on the water, more women in leadership positions and more women carrying on the sailing legacy she has been promoting for over ten years!

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