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Campaign to Re-Invent:

Campaign to Re-Invent:


is to preserve a gathering place on Sausalito’s unique waterfront to engage and educate the public about our rich maritime history and small craft heritage through affordable direct experience. UR MISSION

The community boating center will advocate environmental awareness, seamanship and safety, promote the use, building and display of traditional wooden boats and maritime crafts and teach life skills through maritime education. It will be a place for local maritime groups to hold classes, access the waterfront and build community through outreach.

LEADERSHIP Heather Richard President Heather figured out how to sail at age 5 on a wooden sunfish. She raced at Community Boating, Boston, through high school then won several National Championships with Boston University. She ran successful youth sailing programs for the Courageous Sailing Center, the US Navy in Yokosuka, Japan and captained for Sail Caribbean Voyages. She coached the Saint Francis Yacht Club team, including several national youth champions. She teaches at OCSC and Modern Sailing, and captains the local schooner "Gas Light." She lives aboard her wooden ketch in Galilee Harbor with her two children.

Mary Gidley Vice President Mary Gidley and her former husband Cass, who passed away in 1998, established the original Cass’ Marina in the 1960s. Previous to, and along with the sailboat rental and sailing school at the marina, they operated a successful commercial fish-buying business on the old Napa Street pier. Mary and Cass lived and raised their three children on the Bay aboard the classic wooden sailboats, the Tia Mia and the Yo Ho Ho. On the off seasons the Gidleys cruised the Pacific Coast and sailed often to Mexico where two of their children were born. On one occasion Mary was co-navigator as part of an international crew on the raft Acali that drifted across the Atlantic Ocean. Mary retired 11 years ago from teaching at the College of Marin and now lives in San Rafael. Her love of the water, the sea, and of wooden boats in particular, however, has never waned. Her son, Memo, and daughters, Lupe and Sharon, share her enthusiastic support of this project.

CJ Spady Treasurer CJ Spady, CPA has lived in Sausalito nearly 20 years. She started boating on the Cheasapeake Bay in southeastern Virginia with her family sailing 18ft catamarans, a 22ft Venture sailboat, custom made ‘Moth’ sailboats and windsurfers. In the San Francisco Bay, she sails with her hus-

band and friends on a 36 foot Catalina and you may find them on Lake Barryessa on their ski boat. CJ and her husband are adventurous scuba divers and have traveled the world to see outrageous sea life. CJ runs a successful CPA practice, providing tax, accounting and strategic business consulting services to an array of clients in the SF Bay area. She is a University of Virginia graduate, and Price Waterhouse alum. She held various private industy roles, including Controller, Chief Financial Officer, Global Budget Director. CJ is a California CPA and earned her Masters of Taxation from Golden Gate University.

Inka Petersen Director, Fleet Curator Inka is a Sausalito boatbuilder from Emden, Germany. She drew her first plans as a child under the supervision of her naval architect father Erwin. Her extensive experience includes working with State and National Parks on historic projects as well as museum and display design. She worked on the design and construction of the Grace Quan, a replica of a SF Bay Shrimp Junk for the San Francisco Maritime Museum. She worked at Richardson Bay Boat Works on yacht restoration and repair, the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding on the Freda documentation and restoration and several small boat projects, and, until recently, at the Spaulding Center as lead teacher for the Youth Program. She has worked in sail training, maritime education, and museum ports with children and adults. Inka lives in Galilee Harbor with her wife, step son and dog.

Anton Hottner Director Anton trained at the Arques School from 2002-2003. Since then he has been selfemployed at North Bay Boatworks and has built the last five boats for Galilee Harbor’s Maritime Day raffle. He built the Charlie Merrill for the Richardson Bay Maritime Association, and the Elsie, the Herreshoff Dinghy that is our logo flag ship, named for his daughter. He is currently working on his ninth new wooden vessel as well as repairing and restoring local historic wooden craft. He teaches at the Arques School for Traditional Boatbuilding.

Denise Suto Director, Chair Curriculum Committee Denise develops science programs that tap into our intrinsic awe of nature. She moved to Sausalito almost ten years ago with her husband, David, to revel in the natural beauty of our waterfront. She has developed curriculum and mentored new teachers for the past seven years in public school, charter school, and after school program environments. She earned her M.A. in Education from Stanford University and her B.S. in Biology at Sonoma State University. She has worked as a naturalist at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve and as a research assistant on a National Science Foundation research project on the spatial modeling of a biological invasion. She currently teaches science at Bayside MLK in Marin City. She also collaborates throughout the year with the Spaulding Youth Boat Building Program, The Hannah Project in Marin City, and the Aim High Summer Program.

Sandy EstremeraZink, Esq. Secretary, Chair Legal Affairs Sandy grew up in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, and has an innate love for the water. She is passionate about sailing with her husband, and seeing their children grow up with the same love and enthusiasm for the sea. When she is not sailing, she balances working as a California Technology and Commercial Transactions Attorney with raising her three beautiful children. Sandy has nearly fifteen years of experience in legal transactions, including, but not limited to, negotiating and drafting technology licenses, commercial agreements, real estate, and general internet transactions. She obtained her Jurist Doctorate degree from Northeastern University in Boston and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is a Licensed California Bar member.



PARTNERSHIP • City of Sausalito — unanimously approved the proposal and signed an exclusive negotiating agreement that the city will not engage any other organization or for-profit corporation to rent the property, allowing us to raise the funds necessary to renovate this city-owned property. • Sausalito Parks and Recreation — final stages of negotiation. The current Parks and Recreation director has experience running the Lake Merritt boating program through the City of Oakland and fully supports the creation of the Cass Gidley Marina as a Parks and Recreation facility. The non-profit will manage on-water programs, staff and equipment, and Parks and Recreation will provide administrative support. A similar parks/non-

profit partnership structure has been used successfully in many other recreational boating programs around the country. • Richardson Bay Maritime Association — signed agreement of fiscal sponsorship until we receive our 501(c)(3) status, which has been filed, and will provide help with finding large individual donors. • Sausalito/Marin City School District — initial conversations about eco-classroom use during the school year and physical education programs, and after-school program implementation. • Spaulding Wooden Boat Center — conversations about use/donation of boats built in youth boat-

building programs, currently providing sailing education for youth in boat-building programs. • Arques School — final conversation about use of boats built in the Arques school for education, display and rental. • National Maritime Park, San Francisco — initial conversations including program support, loaning boats in rotation from museum collections, ranger staffing of youth outreach and extension of Maritime Park programs.

Partial view of Cass Marina February 2012

Amongst other things we have received the following help from HELP AND COLLABORATION: these partners and collaborators: Sausalito Parks and Recreation — signs and free advertising for events and fundraisers, waiver of fees for use of public parks for fundraisers, grant-writing support San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park — provide boats and rangers for events Spaulding Wooden Boat Center — education and outreach to kids in boatbuilding programs

Arques School — boats and boat maintenance labor Sausalito/Marin City School District — curriculum support and outreach RBMA — fiscal sponsorship, architectural planning, mailing lists and fundraising support City of Sausalito — waiver of fees for permits, overseeing of construction and renovations by Public

Works Director, city staff to plan and co-ordinate BCDC (Bay Conservation and Development Commission) compliance, working with Richardson Bay Authority to co-ordinate pile-driving and existing dock removal, use of city utilities for construction Galilee Harbor — a live aboard low-income community next door has offered use of their office for meetings

Cass Marina when last in operation, 2006

BENEFITS FOR THE GREATER SAUSALITO COMMUNITY • Affordable access to waterfront recreation and education for all. • Preservation and celebration of the maritime heritage and boatbuilding traditions of Sausalito. • ADA compliant improved ramps, docks and facilities on City property at no cost to the city. • Public waterfront access, sailing classes and boat rentals, just as the privately run marina did for the last 50 years. • Fulfillment of the stated purpose of the site according to the Sausalito General Plan and the Waterfront and Marinship Committee recommendations. • Promotion of the skills that are essential for Sausalito to continue to be a maritime community and provide waterfront access to youth. Young people who live nearby but have little access to the waterfront will gain job training in maritime industry. • Enhancement of the appearance of the waterfront with classic wooden boats on display and preservation of Sausalito’s small craft heritage for future generations. • Attraction of visitors to Sausalito who will generate revenue for local businesses, especially in the unique maritime/marine industry that employs the traditional wooden boat builders and shipwrights. • Public participation in the waterfront and promotion of community. • Point of access for local charter boats to load and unload passengers. • The center will fill the void between local traditional boatbuilding and showcasing and use of the finished boats, which will support the local economy and provide local maritime workers an opportunity to expand their services. • Strategically located between the ferry and yacht harbor and the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center. It will neighbor the current maritime community and future boatyard at Galilee Harbor. • Ecological, environmental, and naturalist education site on Richardson Bay including marsh, tidal wetlands, eelgrass fields and open estuary sites. • The center will best utilize the dock space for public benefit as a Parks and Recreation facility. • Resource center for marine services and historical records of boats built in Sausalito, also educational murals, displays and information about our waterfront.

FUNDING NEEDS Pilings Pile-driving/ includes pulling old Demolition of existing docks Replacement Docks Abutment ADA Ramp Engineering Architectural renderings Re-roof and restore office building ADA bathroom

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

7,000 donated 13,500 donated 14,000 donated 55,000 (Oracle Team USA?) 8,000 needed 30,000 needed 10,000 partially donated 10,000 donated 40,000 needed 50,000 needed

Total infrastructure budget:

$237,500 In-kind services donated to date*: Total cash donated to date*: In-kind donations promised*: Total remaining to be raised*:

$ 69,500 $ 30,579 $ 55,000 $151,921



Phase 1: Renovation of the docks and buildings, ADA compliance and security Phase 2: Begin operation Phase 3: Renovate existing office and create classroom Phase 4: add ADA bathroom to building Phase 5: Breakwater or wave damper and dredging if needed A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE Modeled after highly successful community boating centers around the country, a fee-for-service program will be implemented at Cass Gidley Marina to ensure that our operating budget is sustainable and not dependent on continued fundraising year after year. • We will use revenue from boat rentals, skippered charters and charter landing fees to supplement youth programs. • We will make the facility available to host group events such as regattas and cruise-ins, with user fees helping to maintain the buildings and docks. • We will continue to write grants and raise funds for special programs and rely on a strong core of volunteer boatbuilders and students to help maintain and build boats used in our programs. • Annual events at Cass Gidley Marina such as All Aboard!, the Lighted Boat Parade, and the Sausalito Herring Festival will generate both exposure and income to support our programs. • Our strong partnership with Parks and Recreation will also provide oversight, outreach, and marketing assistance. • Our strategic partnerships will help to expand the scope of services as we grow and plan for a sustainable future.

Cass Gidley Marina 2012 events

Artist rendering by Marta Johansen

Cass Gidley Marina folder  
Cass Gidley Marina folder  

details about the organization, our plans and fundraising goals