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S TAT E O F T H E U N I O N

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M I K E S AT T E R L U N D

am honored to fly my SBYC burgee “tips up” this year as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary! I would like to share with you the gratitude I feel to those who make this Club worth the membership. The year of 2017 began with some challenges that were faced by hard-working, stalwart members who all stepped up to the task. The loss of our Club Steward, D’Artagnan, for example, meant that several crews had to scramble to figure out what was where, and how things got done. Crisis teams formed, under the leadership of Vice Commodore Dick Haiduck, to fill roles, to hire a new Steward, Traci Swanson, and get the Club back on an even keel. Once we got back on track, weather cooperated to provide lovely boating conditions, and our members came out to play. It is the hard work of many volunteers who step up time after

time in order to provide the fun, active environment that is the South Beach Yacht Club. We walk into a party and see the decorations, eat the food, and drink our fill, and it all seems to have been done by magic, but the truth is that it is very our own members who make this happen. The best Club activities are those with lots of volunteers, good experience suggestions, and the members showing up to enjoy it all. Those who volunteer on committees tend to have the most fun. Come out and enjoy our Club this year. If you want to maximize the fun, help put on an event or join a cruise-out. Either way, make sure you take a moment to thank those who worked to make it all happen. I hope that we can all come together to enjoy 2018 at SBYC in a year of participation, gratitude, and a healthy appreciation for how lucky we are to have the best Yacht Club in the Bay Area! Thanks again to all of our members, and I hope to hear from you this year (commodore@southbeachyachtclub.org) and to see you in the Club and on the water. —Commodore

BRUCE WICKLUND

With 2017 in the books, our financial health is robust. Our current accounts are in excellent shape, and the Board and Finance committee have a good handle on future obligations and are planning accordingly. A successful Auction raised $20K, and bar, food, and rental operations stabilized and improved through the last half of the year. Membership has remained steady, and our on-the-water activities have paid for themselves. All this has resulted in over $75K in our bank account; an increase of $55k over last January. This year we will roughly add $6K to our emergency reserve, bringing it to nearly $200K. Long-term issues include contractual rent increases, pier 40 storage, and berthing. Capital assets such as our galley, boats, and other equipment will need improvement and/or replacement so plans are being made to do so in a financially responsible way. Per the Bylaws, our member dues increased by CPI 3.5%. The Board will present the 2018 budget at the February member meeting, to be voted on at the March member meeting. Remember, the more you participate in Club activities, the better our finances! —Treasurer


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appy New Year! I’m so looking forward to serving you this year. Our Club is healthy and vibrant, financially sound, and we are developing a great schedule of activities and events to keep all entertained. Dick Haiduck, Thank You for serving, for going above and beyond the call of duty, for hiring a new Club Steward and a new chef in one year, and for your efforts to recruit, transition and train the two positions that keep the Club running smoothly.

And thanks to the many volunteers who jumped in to help. Volunteerism is at the absolute core of our guiding principles and we will need your support in the coming year. We are pleased to introduce Mark Furr, our Chef de Maison.

KEN LUDLUM

Mark has nine years experience in a four-star restaurant, is a Member of the ACF Chefs of San Francisco, and has worked in the Fairmont and Ritz Carlton hotel restaurants. Join us Saturday, January 20th to “Welcome the New Chef” with a variety of tasty bar bites after the Island Fever Race. Then join us for Sunday Super Bowl on Feb 4th. Expect great snacks and cold beers to enjoy the game with. I want to touch on the civility and camaraderie that is our framework. It seems to have dissipated recently with several outright confrontational, antagonistic and public disagreements between members. At one point last summer, a member at the bar mentioned to the OOD that if I said one more thing, he was “going to come over and punch me out.” Another time, an OOD had to tell a member “if you want to talk like that to someone, go out to the parking lot to do it.” That was actually a good outcome for a bad situation– in a

The winning team OTIS ELEVATOR who correctly picked the murderer Ella Vader with Motive (she was going to be exposed on national TV for having an affair which would ruin her reputation) and Opportunity (easy to steal Demerol from lax Dr. Feelgood's practice with her multiple plastic surgeries).

calm and composed voice, the OOD let the person know that disrespectful talk to another person is just not tolerated at our Club. It embarrasses other members, not to mention how the recipient feels, and destroys the pleasant atmosphere that otherwise naturally exists here. This is our treasured Club – a safe haven and our calm water – to get away from the rigors and challenges and frustrations of our everyday world. I know this is my happy place – I expect it's the same for you. Treat your fellow members as you would like to be treated. Let our congeniality be as beautiful as the view off our gorgeous deck – a place where we unwind together and with great friendship and civility between fellow members. I welcome 2018 at the SBYC with enthusiasm, and I hope to see many of you in the near future.

—Vice Commodore


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SPLICE THE MAINBRACE

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e’ve seen the term “Splice the Main Brace” for several years now. How many of you actually know what it means? I’m sure there are plenty of “old salts” at SBYC who have always known. But, I’ve been on a sailboat since I was 3 weeks old and I didn’t know what it meant. Shame on me! Maybe, because I was always learning to sail versus learning to drink. The drinking came naturally, in college. So, I’ve learned something new since taking over the HOOD role. At one point of time it meant awarding a double portion of rum for seamen doing their tasks…a “rum ration”. As rum rationing was abolished in the 1970s (yes, the 1970s!), the term evolved to “an order given aboard vessels to issue the crew with an alcoholic beverage”. Much like my predecessors in this

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commitment in covering the bar for our many member and non-member events. These events provide valuable revenue for the Club, and our OODs make substantial sacrifices to make these events possible. I’m honored to be the HOOD for 2018, and look forward to working with our OODs in service to our members. As we move into this new year at SBYC, I hope we all learn new things about boating. Bring role, I am impressed…and thankthose new lessons into the Club to ful…for the dedication and passion of share with other members. I look forour OODs. The amount of volunteer ward to welcoming all our new and time committed by this corps is truly seasoned sailors around our bar to try astounding. Their team spirit is manthe fresh offerings on the menu from ifested by their flexibility in jumping our new Chef Mark. And, as always, into any issues relative to regular bar “Splice the Main Brace.” hours for the members, and their


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REAR COMMODORE

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am honored and humbled to be serving South Beach Yacht Club as Rear Commodore this year. SBYC is such a unique and special place, and I am looking forward to a great year both on and off the water. We all know that the rain and fog that we’re now facing won’t last forever. Before we know it, the summer winds will return, and we’ll be back enjoying this wonderful bay we call home. But many folks are using this time on land to ensure that we have a great sailing season ahead of us. There’s a flurry of activity getting ready for Jr. Sailing. Registrations for the summer session will open on February 1st. Sterling Syquia will be back this year as the head instructor, with a number of other instructors being interviewed and selected. Many of you might not know, but there’s more to Jr. Sailing than the summer camp. This past fall, Sterling began coaching weekend sessions for 5-6 kids who wanted to advance their skills beyond what is taught at camp, with an eye towards racing. We are continuing these sessions, with the first on January 28th. During these cold, wet, winter days, there are opportunities for the adults to sail as well. Even though the weather gods threatened to make racing impossible, the Island Fever Midwinter Series has managed to have two successful race days so far, in November and December. We still have over half of the series remaining, so there’s still time to join us. Bring out some new crew, or practice that spinnaker take down that you just can’t seem to get right. We’re also taking advantage of this slow racing schedule to get some work done. All three of our motor

ANDREW LORENZEN

boats (Anabel, Ed Mackin, and Lori W.) are going in for a service. A huge thanks to Dave Corbin, Michael Parrett, and Mike Satterlund. These three went down to Pier 40 during the holidays and cut a few holes in our container so there is some ventilation. Prior to this, we were sticking soaking wet marks and tackle into an airtight shipping container and just letting the moisture fester. This is a great example of volunteer spirit. They identified a problem, got some drills and went to work. For those who haven’t realized it yet, this year is the 30th Anniversary of the Club. My goal for the year is that we can have as many members as possible out on the water for at least one Club activity. I’m going to be pushing the Executive Race Committee to make this a banner year. And if racing isn’t your fancy, then hopefully you can attend one of the many fabulous cruise outs that

Janelle Van Rensselaer is currently planning. Let's look beyond our traditional options of racing or cruise outs. Many members have already shared wonderful ideas of how we can get people out on the water together for an afternoon. Maybe we have a monthly member sail day, where we just go cruise around Alactraz and back. Or a regular raft up in McCovey Cove for Giants games. Someone suggested that we get the powerboats racing, with a Predicted Log format. Or we can bring back the Fishing Tournament. I’ve heard many great ideas, and I want to hear even more. For those of you who aren’t getting out on the water regularly, let’s fix that. If you have any other ideas, or are willing to help organize any of these suggestions, please reach out to me at rearcommodore@southbeachyachtclub.org. All of our members have a “demonstrated interest in boating”. This year, our 30th year, let’s make sure that the interest becomes a reality for as many as possible. —Rear Commodore


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A SHANNON CHARTER P A U L A M U R R AY

I have always wanted to go to Ireland. After having my DNA tested earlier this year and finding out I’m 75% Irish, I definitely wanted to go see where my roots are from and seek “adventure” in my life. This adventure began in September 2017 when I traveled with mutual friends from other “share the sails” to Dublin, Ireland. The following day we drove two hours to Carrick where we picked up our chartered motorboat to cruise on the River Shannon. The river runs north and south dissecting the country. We booked with Le Boat – a charter company that came highly recommended. Our boat was a roomy 44 foot cruiser made in France and built in 2013. She was beautiful with an open helm on the bridge and a second helm in the very large galley area. They don’t appear to name their boats like we do but on the port and starboard was Vision 45. The first day on the Shannon cruising south was enchanting and unlike anything I’d ever seen before. Everything is richly green and


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the river is challenging. The Shannon is very narrow at times, we had to use the thrusters to keep center to the deepest part. I was one of three crew and the only one who wanted to work the lock. Working the locks meant I had to crawl through a window in the galley to get to the bow of boat and get either the port or starboard line to give it to the lock keeper standing on shore to tie us to a cleat. He would then open the hydrolyte locks with me holding on to the end of the line to guide us as the gates opened up to the waterway. Thrilling to say the least. First stop was Athlone about three hours cruise south from Carrick. Population is 21,349. We toured the Athlone Castle where many bloody battles were fought centuries ago. Ireland commemorates their history with beautiful museums on the very same castle grounds. I kept asking the various docents about ghosts but no one knew of any ghost stories to tell me. Next was my favorite stop, Clonmacnoise Monastery and its ruins founded in 544. It had rained all day to this point (just a rain jacket). We docked and walked through pastures to the ruins of the Cathedral; seven churches, two round towers, and scattered grave slabs of early Christians. We witnessed a local Mass held in the open pasture surrounded by grazing cows. It was incredible to pause and take in the scene completely, with my eyes and my heart. Shannonbridge is a quaint little village and where my favorite pub of the journey "Killeen’s" was founded 175 years ago. We dined, learned to play Snooker (Irish pool), danced to a live band with a Bodhran player and drank Guinness that tasted far better in a pub! Banagher, and Terryglass just across the river were the fourth and fifth stop on our trip. It rained like crazy all day arriving late in day. We walked into town and had a tasty dinner at an India owned restaurant that served Irish cuisine! The last stop was about a 30 minute cruise across the river. We tried to beat another big storm but... we did not. I experienced my first squall head on …very violent and powerful! Castle Portumna is the youngest of all the castles we saw (1600). We walked 30 minutes through charming forest park to get to the Castle which opens to a vast renovated first floor and museum .

The Castle has a beautiful park-like setting with vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees surrounded by old stonewalls. This town was where our journey ended. We delivered our boat and said our goodbyes. I’d definitely go again and cruise north on the Shannon where there are many more locks to go through! 5 things to take to Ireland: Foulies,

SBYC Burgees to exchange (with clips), an adaptor for irish plugs, a memorized toast for the pubs, and did I mention foulies?


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YA C H T I N G I N I R E L A N D G E R A R D S H E R I DA N

There are a wide variety of Yacht Clubs in Ireland from the oldest yacht club in the world, Royal Cork Yacht Club, established in 1720 located outside Cork City in the village of Crosshaven. There are other very fine clubs in Dublin, specifically outside the city in a town called Dun Laoghaire (Dun-Leerie). Should you consider a sailing or cruising vacation in Ireland I’d recommend starting in Kinsale. This is about 20 miles west of Road Cork YC in County Cork on the south

coast. It's a beautiful quaint old town famous for its restaurants and it has a nice marina run by Kinsale Yacht Club. There are good yacht charter options here (SovereignSailing.com run by James Lyons. Tell him I sent you!). The cruising grounds west of here are amazing and I have fond memories of cruising these waters

in the 90’s. There’s a harbor or bay dotted along the coast every half day of cruising. You can even sail around the famous Fastnet Rock lighthouse. The Pub culture in these coastal towns is as you would expect

hourly ferries from the quay. Seven miles west will take you to Schull and Crookhaven anther eight miles again. A full day sail will bring you to Bantry Bay which houses a raft or two of supertankers from

- welcoming and old-world. Most serve food and in this department some are excellent and others are at the pub-grub/comfort food level. Don’t miss Glandore- a small quaint coastal village with a few pubs and restaurants. After a night at anchor here, I’d head west the next day and head to Baltimore and don’t forget to check out Bushe’s Bar with plenty of outdoor seating overlooking the harbor. Across the bay Cape Clear Island provides a good couple of hours of exploring and there are

time to time, but don't let that put you off or you'll miss Glengarrif, a truly beautiful spot, and there's a useful marina at Lawrance Cove. A two week cruise will skim the high spots; three weeks will allow a more thorough exploration. Assuming you’re returning the charter yacht to Kinsale, I’d recommend checking out all the places you might have skipped on the outbound leg as there are some nice hidden coves ideal for dropping anchor and having a picnic while taking in the beautiful surroundings.


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BETWEEN THE SHEETS LY N D A M AY B R U C K

FIONA MCGRATH & GIRISH PANCHA - FAMILY MEMBERSHIP

After looking at several Bay area clubs, and with four children in tow, Fiona and G decided South Beach was the perfect spot to land. They were looking for a very family oriented Club and one that offered sailing to kids. Fiona fell in love with sailing as a youth in County Cork, Ireland where she spent her summers. Girish lived in Hong Kong where he learned to sail in his PE class at school. He is once again taking sailing classes through Spinnaker, so he can enjoy the Bay and all it has to offer for his family. Fiona has a bit of a bug to race. In the not too distant future, they plan to buy a boat to accommodate the whole family. But first, get the kids into Junior Sailing. KEITH SHORT

Keith comes to us from Australia where he started sailing on Hobie Cats. He was a member of several yacht clubs in and around Sydney where he did a great deal of racing and cruising. He also did some power boating with yet another yacht club in Sydney. Boating/ sailing is definitely in his blood. He has taken ASA courses through Spinnaker and really wants to get to know our Bay. He lives in the neighborhood with his wife and daughter (a future Junior sailor!). They are enthusiastic and can’t wait to be more involved. NICOLE MILLER & TIM FABATZ

Nicole and Tim took a year off for personal/health reasons, but are now ready to jump back in. Nicole has crewed since 2005, and crews in our FNS since 2008. Together, Nicole and Tim have always had our community spirit and displayed such through volunteering on many events including hosting the Giants Opening Day BBQ for several consecutive years. They both have a wonderful “can-do” attitude and Nicole was always a great OOD. They are excited to have purchased their first boat berthed in SB.

MATT SNIP

Matt became a sailor as an undergrad at the University of Wisconsin and was active in the Mendota YC and also joined the Hooters Sailing Club where you can sail as much as you want. He has cruised the Caribbean, Chesapeake Bay, Puget Sound, the Great Lakes, and has done some inland racing in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Great Lakes. Matt looks forward to Bay cruising and our FNS. He likes SBYC for our community service orientation with youth and less-abled sailing programs. A Professor at Stanford University, he also advises the Stanford Sailing Club. Matt recently bought a C&C 9.9, had it shipped from Texas, and it is now berthed in SB. He’s in the process of preparing to race by removing all the stuff not needed in our Bay, such as an air conditioner! Locally Matt has crewed in the GGYC Seaweed Soup series on a Catalina 34.


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BETWEEN THE SHEETS F R E S H FAC E S

PETER & DONNA MOLETTIERE

Donna and Peter are fairly new to sailing SF Bay but grew up on various small boats. They have chartered in Tortola and Sardinia; have completed ASA 101106 with Spinnaker and are now in a partnership on a Dehler 34’ berthed in SB. They plan to buy their own boat in the near future and might even do some cruising. They live and work in the neighborhood and Peter is even known to slip away from the office to go for a sail on a workday afternoon. They both love the volunteer concept and look forward to jumping on committees right away.

FAREWELL FROM

HOWARD CHURCHER

Ahoy SBYC! Since I am no longer an active member I have decided to resign. At 81 the years are quickly running out. Time to say farewell to all you great sailors. I consider myself lucky to have sailed and raced with you. It is 6.5 years since I last visited. My Catalina 30 Impulse has been sold and moved to another harbor. (Howard won in the Catalina 30 National non-spinnaker division) Life is now in France & California. I am so proud to have been a member of such a great Club. There are great memories for me to bore my friends with. Thank you all! Keep the wind in your sails! Retiring #1402


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SBYC EVENTS CALENDAR COMMODORE Michael Satterlund 408-839-4131 VICE COMMODORE Ken Ludlum 650-759-2120 REAR COMMODORE Andrew Lorenzen 813-695-2784 SECRETARY Erica Ackerman TREASURER Bruce Wicklund MEMBERSHIP CHAIR Patti Mangan 415-272-2053 PORT CAPTAIN Bill Adams HOOD Lynda Maybruck JUNIOR SAILING Brett Dewire 415-509-7784 CRUISE OUT DIRECTOR Janelle Van Rensselaer 650-303-8236 WEBMASTER Andrew Lorenzen NEWSLETTER EDITOR Patti Mangan

SB HARBORMASTER 415-495-4911 Pier 40 on the Embarcadero San Francisco, CA 94107

Monday, January 1

12:00 – 9:00 pm Club open for game and potluck

Friday, January 12

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Sunday, January 14

12:00 – 2:30 pm Events Committee Meeting & Potluck

Saturday, January 20

11:00 – 4:00 pm Island Fever Race #3

Saturday, January 20

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Book Club meeting on the deck

Saturday, January 20

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Bar Bites with Chef Mark Furr

Sunday January 28

11:00 – 3:00 pm Race Committee Appreciation Party

Thursday, February 1

6:00 –9:00 pm

Sunday, February 4

12:00 –7:00 pm Super Bowl Party

Friday, February 9

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 10

6:00 – 10:00 pm Crab Feed & Live Music

Sunday, February 11

12:00 – 2:30 pm Events Committee Meeting & Potluck

Saturday, February 17

11:00 –3:00 pm Island Fever Race #4

Thursday, March 1

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Board Meeting

Sunday March 4

4:00 –8:00 pm

Oscar Screening Party

Friday, March 9

6:00 – 9:00 pm

SBYC Members Dinner Meeting

Sunday, March 11

12:00 – 2:30 pm Events Committee Meeting & Potluck

Saturday, March 17

11:00 – 3:00 pm Island Fever Race #5

Saturday, March 17

6:00 – 11:00 pm St. Patrick's Day Party

Thursday, April 5

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Board Meeting

Friday, April 13

6:00 – 9:00 pm

SBYC Members Dinner Meeting

Sunday, April 15

12:00 – 2:30 pm Events Committee Meeting & Potluck

Thursday, April 19-22

10:00 – 6:00 pm Pacific Sail & Powerboat Show Richmond

Friday, April 20

5:00 – 10:00 pm 1st Race of the Friday Nite Race Series

Sunday, April 22

10:00 – 6:00 pm Opening Day on the Bay & Oyster Festo

Friday, April 27

5:00 – 10:00 pm Friday Nite Race Series

SBYC Members Dinner Meeting

Board Meeting SBYC Members Dinner Meeting

follow SBYC on twitter @SBYC_SF Cover Image: From the November Island Fever Race on Heart of Gold, Collette Meyers by Martha Blanchfield

Issues rely heavily on member photos! If you have photos to share of your adventures please send them in with names of the folks pictured, where taken and any other interesting bits of detail.

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Wavelength Winter 2018 South Beach Yacht Club  

South Beach Yacht Club Newsletter with racing, events, and reports from the Officers & Members San Francisco Southern Waterfront All sailor...

Wavelength Winter 2018 South Beach Yacht Club  

South Beach Yacht Club Newsletter with racing, events, and reports from the Officers & Members San Francisco Southern Waterfront All sailor...

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