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FroM THe CoMModore COMMODORe - CHUCK C. SINKS

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appy New Year and welcome to 2014! Wow, December felt like a hurricane! Non-stop activity, some sailing, a couple of parties, a few meetings and good fun. I’m thrilled to be here and still in one piece!

It feels a bit surreal as I sit down to write my first column to you in the Mainsheet as Commodore of this great Club. It’s an honor, a privilege and a responsibility to be at the helm. It has not gone unnoticed, that 100+ incredibly capable and dedicated men and woman have had the helm of the San Diego Yacht Club prior to my watch. Clearly, our Club has done very well by their individual and collective efforts. I’ll do my level best to honor our Club’s rich history, our traditions and the untold contributions our Staff Commodores and members have made to our Club over the past 128 years. Many thanks to the SDYC membership for your trust and support. This is a thrill. Now, let’s get on the water! We have a very full year ahead of us in 2014. I can assure you the Flag Officers, Directors and staff have been, and will continue, to work hard to make the Club the very special place we all enjoy in the coming year. While working “through the chairs,” as a Director and Flag Officer, I learned “thank you” are two words you cannot say often enough. That has never been more true than the past year or so. So I have a few “thank you’s” I would like to include here in the Mainsheet, column #1 2014. First, thank you to my lovely wife Lynn for allowing me to pursue my passion for sailing, looking over our family and your love and support. Thank you to our boys, Tyler and Scotty. We’re very proud of you guys. Thank you in advance to the “adult supervision” on the 2014 Bridge, V/C Laun & R/C Werner for your always calming, sage input and advice. Thank you to our dedicated Board of Directors and Staff Commodores for your guidance, leadership and counsel. Thank you to the 48 Committee Chairs and Committee members, event Chairs and our Appointed Officers for stepping up to make our Club the finest anywhere. Thank you to our dedicated SDYC management and staff – these folks are the glue that keeps our great Club together. Congratulations and welcome to Mike Morton, Jr., our new and very talented Junior Director. Finally, a heartfelt thanks to Junior Staff Commodore Chuck Hope and Kitsy for your incredible contributions over the past 8 years to the San Diego Yacht Club. December and the holidays are a very special time at SDYC. Without “seasons” in Southern California, driving into the Club when fully decorated after Thanksgiving is our signal its time to kick-off to the holidays. The holiday decorating and undecorating efforts are accomplished by an army of dedicated, super-charged volunteers led this year by Jim and Vicki Buckley who have lent their time and talents to make our Club look fantastic during the holidays for a very long time. Kudos to ed Letzring and Sue Slaght who organized the 8th consecutive Operation: Holiday Helping Hand in support of our community’s military family. For those of you who have participated, you know O:HHH is a fantastic, moving and emotional event. In 8 years SDYC members have provided over $400,000 in support for our local military families during the holidays. Incredible. Thank you to the party planning “Dream Team” of Marci Van Stee, Lori Martin and Lynn Sinks for an unreal New Year’s eve party. And yes, thank you Vice Commodore Laun for a very “memorable” roast. There is an old saying out there somewhere about paybacks; and I reckon a big one is heading your way. I know I am missing so many “thank you’s” but the Mainsheet editors are reining me in. We all come to the Club to have fun, meet with our friends, compete, have a bite to eat, a cold drink and enjoy the bounty of water-oriented pursuits our Club offers. For nearly 30 years, my family has been fortunate enough to drive through the gates of this great Club. As we do so, we leave troubles of the “real world” behind and look forward to pure fun ahead. We hope you and your family will drive through those gates often this year and enjoy everything this great Club has to offer. So let’s get after it! In January come down to the Club and check out: • January 10-12 – CA Dreamin’ Match Race Series. J-22’s, 1 one 1 match, best team wins. • January 11 & 12 – Junior Invitational – 90 junior (and a few senior) Sabots invade LaPlaya Cove! • January 18-19 – Always fun One Design Weekend • January 19 & 20 – Harold Adams Team Race – Game On! Youth 3 on 3 team racing in LaPlaya Cove. • January 25-26 – Club Championships – Up close, exciting feet racing in LaPlaya Cove. Watch from the Bar or Junior Race Dock with all your friends. Bragging rights on the line! • February 1 Safety-at-Sea Seminar – at SDYC. If you leave the dock on a boat, you don’t want to miss this class. Sign up at sdyc.org. Happy New Year everybody. Here is to a fantastic 2014. We’ll see you around the Club. Good sailing,

Chuck Sinks

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iN GENEraL THe darren and Terry SHoW Thursday, January 9, 2014 6:30PM After a month off, the boys are back with more food and wine. This month they will be featuring the wines of Saxon Brown. Saxon Brown is a boutique winery located in Sonoma and is led by winemaker, Jeff Gaffner. We are trying to see if Jeff can clear his schedule and join us on this night. Jeff ’s wines routinely garner scores of 90+ in the Wine Spectator. This is sure to be a magical night; and of course, Darren’s food is always top notch. Reservations required. $35++ per person

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Happy New Year and the best of 2014

to you all. We now have a new commodore leading the club and, as always, the team needs to adjust their styles to complement the new commodore. Commodore Sinks has placed a great deal of emphasis on the water aspects of the club and it is full speed ahead on the waterfront. The Darren and Terry Show this month features the wines of Saxon Brown; a truly great winery located in Sonoma. On tap for February will be the Wines of Spain. March brings us Talisman which will feature only California Pinot Noirs. Finally in April, SDYC welcomes Rebecca Laird and the Laird Family vineyards. A truly

awesome lineup and we hope you can join us for one or all the shows. Looking in to the future. On February 12, SDYC will be presenting a unique evening program that focuses on the wines and topography of New Zealand and Australia. We will be pouring 3 wines from each country and they will be accompanied by an educational program on each of the countries. I have asked them to identify and speak to boat rental opportunities in both countries. So if you are planning a trip down under or if you just want to learn more about the countries, please join us. Palate cleansing hors d’oeuvres will be served with the wines. There is a separate blurb on this event elsewhere in the newsletter. On the water, the club is hosting

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the annual New Year’s Day race and there is a sign up online. However, the highlight of the month is the SDYC Club Championship Regatta that is to be held on January 25 & 26. Also on tap in January, is the California Dreamin Match Race and a one design weekend. On the social front, Tammy, Amy and I decided to offer a “Lounge Night” on Saturday, January 25. From Temecula, we are bringing in the Big Truth band. The group with two female singers plays a wide range of music from Fleetwood Mac to Adele to Gotye. This is sure to be a fun night. Drinks specials and a special “Lounge Night” menu will be offered. There is an ad on page 15 to provide further information. Have a great January and I hope to see you soon at the club.

Dinner

Friday, February 14, 2014 5:30PM to 9:30PM

The Club will host a Valentine’s dinner on Friday, February 14 featuring a Four Course Prix Fixe menu by Chef Darren Denny, special wine selections, and live music and dancing. Your romantic evening will start with a complimentary glass of champagne, followed by a four course menu to include Chef’s Amusee’, choice of soup or salad, a choice of entrée, and a confectionary delight to be shared. Reservations are required for this event. Please call 619-758-6314 to make your reservation today! A 48-hour cancellation policy will be in effect for this event. • w w w. s d yc .o r g • January 2014 M ai n s h e e t • 3


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Provisional associate

Sandy Valone “I have been involved in boating my whole life but have never been a member of a Yacht Club where members have my common interest. I have wanted to learn how to sail on my own for many years. I have also been a regular volunteer in the Point Loma Community and with my children going off to college, I am interested in funneling my past volunteer experience and energy towards lending a hand when needed at the yacht club.”

Paul Wassenaar “I want to participate in cruising and racing and look to purchase a good used boat for cruising and racing.”

Transfers JUNIOR FLAG TO FLAG Claire Bagg

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MEMBERSHIP

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The individuals listed below are being considered for membership in your Club. Being considered for membership is not tantamount to becoming a member of the club. Solicitation is hereby made of any and all information which you might have, favorable and unfavorable, pertaining to the individuals applying for membership.

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Joni Shoemaker Marine Finance, Sterling Associates Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Steve McNally 2nd Sponsor: Jeff Brown

Cameron Peter Retired Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: S/Comm. Gary Gould 2nd Sponsor: Geves Kenny

Frank Plant III Vice President, Harborside Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Joe Dagostino 2nd Sponsor: Giovanni Battaglia

Morgan Miller, Jr. Managing Partner, Huntington Capital Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: S/Comm. Malin Burnham 2nd Sponsor: S/Comm. Nick Frazee

Erik Anderson Investment Advisor, LPL Financial Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Dave MacVean 2nd Sponsor: Steve Cota

Frank Baldwin Vice President, UBS Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Bruce Peeling 2nd Sponsor: Gene Rumsey

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Jennifer Siverts-McGrady (Shawn) Attorney, Law Offices of Jennifer Siverts-McGrady Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Thomas McBride 2nd Sponsor: Randy Lake

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Spotlight

Commodore Chuck C. Sinks By Joanne O’Dea Photos by Tim Mantoani

Q: What can you tell us about yourself and your family? CS: Gosh, there is so much. To me, my family is the greatest. I cannot describe to you how fortunate I am to have such a marvelous, fantastic wife, Lynn and two awesome boys, Scotty (17) and Tyler (24). I am very proud of “our gang.” We have had so many great times together as a family and still do. Sailing, boating or other outdoor activities is what brings us together for fun. I love it. Lynn has four wonderful sisters (each sister is nicely packaged with a great husband), and all the sisters remain best friends. I have three brothers, we are all very close. My dad grew up in Ohio and went to Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point where he fell in love with boats. My mom and dad found their way to San Diego in the mid 50’s. Raising four boys, my mom has plenty of “interesting stories,” fortunately none involve me. Our summer family vacations to Catalina were awesome. I’ll never forget, mom packed so much good food, water toys, cookies, drinks -- the waterline of our boat usually

ended up 4 inches below the surface when we took off. Good fun! I have pinched myself on many occasions to be sure this is my family, this is my life. I am the luckiest guy in on the planet. Q: Did you grow up sailing in a Jr. Sailing program? Where did you grow up, tell us about your childhood. CS: You’ll have to print two Mainsheets to get this all in. I was born on Crown Point and raised in San Diego. I was lucky enough to do all the cool things kids do growing up in San Diego. Sailing, surfing, scuba diving, water skiing, biking, running, swimming, fishing, snow skiing – anything to get outside! San Diego is a pretty special place. As a kid, I grew up sailing at Mission Bay Yacht Club. One Christmas in the mid-60’s, Santa Claus left a wood Sabot (built by Craig Greevs a SDYC member) at my house with my name on it. I was about 6 or 7 and went nuts. I didn’t know bow from stern but I loved that boat. I was hooked. There were tons of kids in the junior program and I was totally enamored trying to figure out how to make my Sabot go faster than my buddies. Often, (with my dad’s “encouragement”) I spent long hours in our garage sanding and varnishing that Sabot. As a youngster, I remember tinkering with boats and hanging out with my sailing friends in the boat park working mostly on dinghies. We had a blast. There was no after school or high school sailing in those days, but we raced every chance we could. The youth and high school sailors today are so fortunate to have the facilities, equipment and coaches SDYC makes available. As kids, we always had a great time sailing and doing other water sports. There was never any “downtime” or sunscreen. Today’s wrinkles were totally worth it (kids, wear sunscreen!). Q: How has sailing and SDYC helped shaped your family and social life? CS: Wow…how does one describe it? I am quite sure a member of our family,

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and usually most of us, are at the Yacht Club every day. The Club is home to our family. Our friends, family and all the activities we enjoy and could ask for are at SDYC. The Club has been an amazing environment to raise our family. It’s hard to imagine our family life without the Club as a part of it. Q: What are your most memorable SDYC experiences? CS: There are so many. Here are a couple just off the top of my head: 1) My new member luncheon. Mr. Ledbetter was my SDYC Investigator. I was very nervous. I remember how polite, gracious and welcoming he was to me – he asked me all softball questions! 2) The Dutch Shoe Marathon with three generations of our family sailing. 3) Watching both our boys sailing in youth regattas from C3 thru high school and beyond. All the incredible friends and families we met along the way. 4) The America’s Cup when DC’s catamaran did the “fly by” the Club after winning the Cup. It was so awesome to see that incredible catamaran and 100’s of boats bearing down on the Junior Race dock at 1015 knots! 5) Any day we can go sailing has, is and will continue to be a good memory. Q: What are your favorite events at SDYC? CS: Any day we get to race a sailboat. First day of the Summer Junior Program. Opening Day. 4th of July. Q: Who were your mentors growing up and why? CS: Tom McLaughlin, a fantastic guy who taught a young kid more about sailing and life than he’ll ever know. Bud Caldwell. Among our membership are competitors, legends and treasures. Bud is a treasure. My brother Jim, hardest worker I have ever known. Ken Scheiderman, brilliant marketer/businessman. My father. Q: How has the process of being on the board of directors for the


spotlight last 7 years prepared you for being Commodore? CS: Our Club’s structure requiring Board members to “progress through the chairs” is both unique and genius. It is a long process for sure, actually nine years from Junior Director to Junior Staff Commodore. But during that time, a Director will liaison with literally every Committee at the Club, learning and meeting all kinds of new friends along the way. Once a Director comes onto the Bridge, SDYC’s structure pretty much guarantees the Flag Officer is fully engaged and versed in the operations and challenges facing Club. I have the utmost respect for our Club’s Board, Flag Officers and especially our Staff Commodores. Each one has made untold contributions of their time, talent and financial resources to making the Club we all enjoy, the fantastic place it is today. Q: What are your primary goals for 2014? CS: The membership will see several capital improvement projects being accomplished around the Club next year. Those projects are planned and are tracking. Some larger projects, like dredging, involve various levels of permitting and other complexities, so while we expect to get these underway in the coming year, the timing is not firm. Mostly, the goal is to go sailing in ‘14. SDYC has the finest sailing facilities anywhere in the world. Our goal is to use them, and use them as much as we can.

Q: How would you define your leadership style? CS: Well, I like to see things get done. We have a strong and talented Board, Bridge, Committee structure, GM and staff. We have a great team. We have to remember, SDYC has a 128-year history, a legacy really, of getting things done and the outcomes are pretty darn good. So I am in a good place. Our job is simply to maintain an environment that allows our committed members and staff to execute on our strategic plan, and get it done. Q: What do you see as challenges in leading a not-for-profit organization? CS: Day-to-day SDYC operates a lot like a for profit business. I have been in business for a fairly long time, and I think I have a pretty good feel for how business works. One of the major responsibilities of the leadership of our Club is to forecast, budget, monitor and measure the progress each area of the Club is making against the budget and other performance

metrics. We are very fortunate to have extremely capable Finance, House and Facilities Committees that monitor key functional areas of the Club regularly. 12. What would you like your legacy as SDYC Commodore to be? Simply, the membership had a good time enjoying their great Club and we all did a lot of sailing and boating – especially the kids. Thanks and good sailing. Favorites Book Millionaire Next Door Movie Animal House Song Gimme Shelter, Live Ice Cream Flavor Cookies and Cream TV Shows CNBC and Two and a Half Men Boat Name This is a trick question! Gowin” and my Snipe (there is a little story behind that one!)

Q: What will be the highlights of 2014? CS: That is hard to predict: High School Mallory National Championships, Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championships, Lipton Cup, Masters, PV Race, Club 420 Nationals, Sr. Sabot Nationals +++. Of course, there will be lots of fun social events too. Plus the amazing outreach of our members to the military and those in our community who through their efforts gain access to our sport. Come on down to the Club. There will be a lot going on! • w w w. s d yc .o r g • January 2014 M ai n s h e e t • 7


Club News

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CLUB NEWs

Cruising Fleet Calendar for 2014 DATe AND TIMe December 10th at 6:00 PM January 21st January 24 - January 26 February 18 February 21 - February 23 March 18th March 21 - March 23 April 15th April 25 - April 27 May 16 - May 18 May 20th June 21st July 15th July 18 - July 20 August 19th August (Date TBD) September 7 - September 13 October 21st October 22 - October 26 November 18th November 14 - November 16 December 9th

eVeNT Annual Christmas Party January Dinner Speaker: Commodore Chuck Sinks La Playa Raft Up Cruise Captains: Lance Murphy & Dale Bingham Dinner Speaker: Kemp Ruffner with the CF Survey Analysis Coronado YC Cruise Captains: Jerry Burroughs & Todd Bloom March Dinner Coronado Cays Cruise Captains: Marv Benson & Neil Martin April Dinner Mission Bay Cruise Captains: Ron McCleave & Bob Witt Del Mar Basin Cruise Captains: TBD May Dinner Pavilion BBQ Captains: Lanny Cornell & Todd Bloom July Dinner Chula Vista Cruise Captain: Bob Morris August Dinner Cruise Captain: Bob Morris Catalina Summer Cruise Captain: Kemp Ruffner October Dinner ensenada Cruise Captains: Chuck Dahill & John Anderson November Dinner Lowes Cruise Captains: Kemp Ruffner & Bob Witt Christmas Party Captain: Kemp Ruffner

CRUISING FLEET MEETING Tuesday, January 21, 2014 6:00PM Main Dining Room Please join us for an exciting meeting where we will be discussing the new year. Commodore Chuck Sinks will speak about what is coming up this year at the club during his term. Please make your reservations with the front desk or online. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Club News

San Diego Hall of Champions By Jj Fetter

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hich sport has brought the most international recognition to San Diego? Not football or baseball -obviously the answer is Sailing thanks to local superstars like Lowell North, Dennis Conner, Mark Reynolds, Carl Eichenlaub and many others. This impressive legacy is honored in a permanent exhibit at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park celebrating San Diego’s numerous sailing champions as well as global prominence in sail making and naval architecture. Thanks to the support of many local

sailors, the exhibit will continue to grow to memorialize San Diego’s future sailing achievements. We’ve recently added a grinder endurance challenge, panels celebrating the science of sailing, distance racing achievements, the local sailing industry and much more. Please stop by the Hall to see the Star and Sabot on display, the many videos on the touch-screen monitors and classic photos such as these. Joe Jessop welcomes Lowell North back to San Diego after winning the gold medal in the Star at the 1968 Olympics (while Kay and daughter Julie look on

Mark & DeAnne Reynolds racing together on their Snipe in 2006

Bridgedeckers BY DEEGEE FARRELL

Celebrating Thanksgiving dinner with

family makes me realize that a whole year has sped by. Additionally, looming large above us, are the holidays with cooking, house guests, gift giving and more. We deserve time to party. And we Bridgedecker ladies are so lucky to have our own Jeanne Lynch again volunteer to guide us through our fun (and delightfully fattening) Christmas luncheon. Jeanne will bake cookies, make candy, and other scrumptious treats for each of us to savor as we play our games. She also has planned a delicious Yacht Club luncheon menu and a different kind of Round Robin Bridge. The party is always a Sold Out affair and just so much FUN! Jeanne took the month of October off to visit her daughter in South Africa. She had a wonderful time but we missed her. We are glad she came back to play with us. Working right next to Jeanne is Jane

Baldwin acting as our Hostess for the month of December. Jane is an expert at balancing the cancellations with the add ons. THANK YOU ladies for volunteering. We can’t get along without you. Our Hostess for the month of January will be Jo Lancaster. We play bridge each Thursday from 10 to 2:30 with lunch at noon. If you would like to play bridge with us call Jo Lancaster at 619-269-4305. Winners for the month of November were: Monique Blinks, *Doris Ellsworth, DeeGee Farrell, Mary Jones, *Jane Kenny, Jeanne Lynch, and *D’Neane Wilkinson. *denotes= 1st Place. Additional winners were killer cookies brought by Nancy Peckham filled with M and M’s, peppermint bark brought by Bea North, (we ate the entire tin full in a heartbeat) and our darling Jean Kremm who celebrated her 85th birthday in the month of November.

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1964 photo of Dennis Conner, Ash Bown, Jim Reynolds and Mort Carlisle aboard Carousel

Monday Evening Bridge Monday Evening Bridge at SDYC will be held on January 13 at 6:30 PM. This is a relaxed, lively and fun game, open to all members and guests. Many players meet early in the bar for a casual dinner. Congratulations to our November winners: 1st-Cameron Peter, 2ndSharon Hope, 3rd-Carol Davis, Liz Piazzoni (tie). To reserve your seat at the game, please RSVP by January 10 to Stan Nadel or Cecilia Carrick at 619-2222254 or smnadel@cox.net. Reserve early to avoid disappointment. The game begins promptly at 6:30 PM, playing four rounds of bridge. With fond regards, Stan and Cecilia


CLUB NEWs

SDYC Women’s Luncheons The Wonderful World of Pearls Wednesday

FeB 5th 6-9PM

$23.00 per/person

Love The Pearls!

Please join us for dinner and this fun and fascinating presentation. Thousands of dollars of Pearl Jewelry will be raffled off for operation: Holiday Helping Hand! The fun will continue in the love The Pearls! Shopping gallery in the Spinnaker room. Beautiful jewelry with Pearls of all colors will be available at 75% off retail. ladies, you may invite your man to join you for shopping at 8:00PM. all ladies in attendance will receive a pair of pearl earrings!

48 Hour Cancellation policy Sign up online at www.sdyc.org or call (619) 221-8400

SDYC Community Programs Committee Partners with “Sailing Heals” The Community Programs Committee has partnered with Sailing Heals, a non-profit organization, to offer VIP Adult patient guests from UCSD Morris Cancer Center and their caregivers a memorable sail on San Diego Bay. Join us! Our first Sail Date is Saturday, april 5th, 2013 Meet at the Club at 11:30 am for lunch with your guests. Lunch funded by Sailing Heals. Then depart on your sailboat with your guests for a special day on the water. Sailboats must be 35 feet in length and comfortably accommodate 4 guests or more. We are looking for 3 Sailboats to participate in our first event. To register please go to the Sail Heals website portal. http://sailingheals.org/host-captains-registry For more information contact Gwynn Thomas 619-997-5219 • w w w. s d yc .o r g • January 2014 M ain s h e e t • 11


CLUB NEWs

CoMModore’S dinner SerieS sPEaKEr iNtrODUCtiON

tuesday JaN

14th 6:00-8:00Pm

As a volunteer, Scott McGaugh led the public relations campaign to bring the Midway to San Diego and has been part of her story ever since. He later became the Marketing Director of the USS Midway Museum and has served in that role ever since. The USS Midway was commissioned a week after the end of World War II, and embarked on an unprecedented 47-year odyssey that set new standards in naval aviation. More than 225,000 Americans took part in the odyssey that ended after Midway served as the Persian Gulf flagship in Desert Storm. The Midway was the longest-serving U.S. Navy carrier of the 20th century and the largest ship in the world from 1945-1955. It is now the most visited floating museum in the world, and is about to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Scott will share some of the Museum’s history and give us a sneak peak at of some of the activities planned for the celebration, including a preview video of the Battle Of Midway theater that will be opening in 2014.

The San Diego Yacht Club Sailing Foundation – Making a Difference with Your Help SDYC Junior Program .............................................................................................$10,000 Grants to San Diego Area Active School Sailing Teams ............................................$8,000 Grant to Mission Bay Aquatic Center .......................................................................$7,500 San Diego Hall of Champions ..................................................................................$5,000 USA45 Racing - Youth America’s Cup Team ..............................................................$4,000 Monarch School outreach program .........................................................................$2,500 Seascouts ................................................................................................................$2,160 Grants to San Diego County Team at High School Doublehanded Nationals ...........$2,000 Grants to San Diego County Team at High School Team Race Nationals ..................$2,000 Monarch School Scholarships for Summer Program Attendees ...............................$1,640 Southwestern Yacht Club Scholarships ...................................................................$1,500 Grants to San Diego County Team at High School Singlehanded Nationals .............$1,000 Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Assoc. - Sail Replacement Fund .......................$1,000 Sailfest ....................................................................................................................$1,000 South Bay YMCA Aquatic Program...........................................................................$1,000 TOTAL APPROVED GRANTS FOR 2013

$50,300

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Club News

SDYC Cycling Shelley Zimmerman, Assistant Chief of Police Member SDYC Cycling Club

It was November 24th, 2013 and a

beautiful sunny San Diego fall morning when members from our SDYC bicycling club teamed up with members of the San Diego Police Department’s (SDPD) cycling/triathlon team and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) for a fun ride around the big bay to Coronado. SDYC members met very early (6:15 am) at the club and rode to SDPD Headquarters at 14th and Broadway. There were some “inquiries” about the early start but when we found out it was because officers who had worked all night were just getting off work and other officers were going to get their ride in before they had to go to work, the “grumbling” soon subsided. Riding through downtown proved

entertaining for SDYC and it is rumored a certain commodore was solicited by a women “working“ the streets, who then suggested if the solicitor wanted to meet him at SDPD Headquarters the conversation could continue. It was learned the SDPD cycling/ triathlon team members had recently received their new kits and this would be their first official team ride in their new attire. The idea of SDPD wearing kits was actually discussed at SDYC after a triathlon last year so it was only fitting we would be part of their first official ride. Before we headed out pictures were taken in front of SDPD Headquarters. It was stressed before we started peddling that there was only one rule; we would stop at EVERY stop sign and red light and there would be no exceptions. This is obviously a good rule. We started out riding through downtown but this time there was no solicitation and everyone gave us plenty of room and it seemed like cars

actually got out of the way for us. We headed to the Bay Shore bikeway and over to Coronado. When one of us got a flat SDPD jumped into action and had the tire changed within seconds. The tire was changed so fast it seemed like a nascar pit stop. A few of us thought we would test the fitness of SDPD and started to pick up the pace on the Silver Strand. This proved to be not very smart because we were humbled by those that had worked all night. We took the ferry back over the bay and some headed back to SDYC and the rest back to SDPD headquarters. The cars no longer parted for those on their ride back to SDYC. There are some real advantages riding with SDPD although the early start is not one of them. We will be planning more community rides with not only SDPD but other cycling groups. Please come join us!

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Club News

US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar Saturday, February 1, 2014

SDYC will be hosting a 1 day US Sailing "Safety at Sea Seminar" on Saturday, February 1, 2014 in the Staff Commodore's Room from 8 AM to 5:30 PM. Cost is $175/person The US Sailing Moderator is Bruce Brown, and a great group of experts is being assembled to discuss the following topic: Personal Safety Gear, Assistance to Others, Crew Overboard Prevention & Rescue, COB Demo with LIfeSling®, Hypothermia and Emergency Medicine, Lessons Learned from "Uncontrollable Urge" Review, Lessons Learned from US Sailing Accident Reviews, Search and Rescue, Storm Tactics, Storm Sails and Emergency Rudders, Emergency Communications, Weather & Forecasting, Abandon Ship and Life Rafts, Life Raft Demo, Damage Control, Care and Maintenance of Safety Equipment, and Fire Fighting. REGISTRATION is at www.sdyc.org/safetyatsea

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CLUB NEWs

PV raCe BY TRACI MILLeR

The San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race

hosted by SDYC is a biennial event which starts off Shelter Island and finishes off Punta Mita in beautiful Banderas Bay. The conclusion of this epic 1000 mile race is on the beaches

of beautiful and historic Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where racers along with their friends and family can enjoy world class resort accomodations. Hugged by the lush hills of the Sierra Madre and the sparkling Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta charms visitors with its cobblestone streets and enchanting natural beauty. At the heart of it all is The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta, a haven for the mind, body and spirit. Let the rest of the world

SdyC PreSenTS lounge nigHT FEATURING “BIG TRUTH”

Saturday, January 25, 2014 7:00 – 10:00PM The night will feature the Big Truth Band from Temecula. The band’s lineup has two female singers and the group has a varied repertoire showcasing songs from Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, Billy idol, Adele, Gotye, the Rolling Stones and the Pretenders. This band rocks! You can read and hear more about them on their website at www.bigtruthband.com. A special “Lounge Night” menu and drink specials will be offered. So, call your friends and come on out to the club and dance the night away. Reservations, please, so that we may plan proper staffing. There is no cover charge for this night of entertainment.

slip away at any of four unique pools surrounded by palm trees, magnificent gardens and 879 feet of Pacific Ocean beach. Spouses and friends can also indulge in complete relaxation at the Spa complete with a well-equipped gym. Fly down to meet your friends and family at the finish! Cheer them on at the awards banquet, stay for MeXORC and enjoy all that beautiful Puerto Vallarta has to offer.

SDYC BOATIQUE The holidays may be over but the Boatique always carries new products and fun items for every occasion. Be sure to check out the new styles when on your next visit to the Club. Special requests and orders are always welcomed. Please inquire at the Front Desk.

www.sdyc.org/facilities/boatique/boatique

Sasha Diamond (619) 758-6302 sasha@sdyc.org

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On the race course

Race Committee By Summer Greene

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First Up: The Light Air One When it comes to the light air Hot Rum, the big question for the RC is “will this be a reasonably fair race?” I understand lots of things go into “fairness”, but normally if it looked as though a majority of boats will be unable to finish within a time limit, the RC would consider shortening. Problem is the Hot Rum is notoriously hard to shorten; the last place you can really take finishers is Mark 4 (the second “leeward” mark), and shortening a pursuit start makes for a ton of math at the end. This year everyone had a fairly good start and most boats rounded marks 3 and 4 in a timely fashion, so we let the race go. Slowly it became clear that very few boats would finish, and it got to the point that many RCs would consider abandoning the race. But what fun is an abandoned race or one where only 4% can finish? Enter our modified scoring system where boats that Do Not Finish (DNF) are scored number of finishers plus one (in this case 7 points) vs. the traditional number of entries plus one (in this case 144 points). This keeps the event fun for everyone as each boat still has a chance at the overall trophy.

Welcome to December: The Stormy One Stormy Hot Rums are often plagued with an inability to keep the marks out in the ocean anchored to the bottom due to the sea state, thus the invention of the “inside” course, but on my morning trip to the end of Zuniga it was beautifully calm; a mix of sun and clouds, 18 inch swells and 8 knots, the storm had yet to roll in. By the start we had anywhere from 12 – 20 knots of breeze and it was a quick trip around the marks. And for those of us on Corinthian, the storm and the wall of boats coming to finish rolled up the channel together. Bruce Greene always says “God help us if the Hot Rum actually works and everyone finish at the same time,” and I think this is the type of race he has in mind. In less than 22 minutes we finished 102 boats and took retirements from others. All 106 boats that check in were accounted for by 14:21:19. With three written finish sheet and the voice recording it took us another 30 minutes to square away the finish order. Another Hot Rum in the books, the sun and a rainbow to welcome us back to the dock. I know a lot of people say “Oh, it’s just the Hot Rum,” but I don’t think we have a better regatta. One where boats home ported from Long Beach to Acapulco come to sail against other boats of all shapes, sizes and skill sets. This is a series where we are almost guaranteed to sail in every condition and the old J/24 can sail against, and sometime beat, the best. Have a great 2014, and I’ll see you on the water.

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Regatta Top Finishers Hot Rum Race 1: November 9, 2013 OVERALL 1st Carolina (J/24) - Ben Nieting 23 pts 2nd Margaritaville (Andrews 52) - Jay Steinbeck 32 pts 3rd Stars & Stripes (CM 60) Dennis Conner 35 pts Class 1 1st Stars & Stripes (CM 60) - Dennis Conner 9 pts 2nd Margaritaville (Andrews 52) - Jay Steinbeck 10 pts 3rd Blue Blazes (R/P 50) - Dennis Pennell 14 pts Class 2 1st Niuhi (Flying Tiger) - Paul & Julie McPherson 6 pts 2nd Silhouette (Beneteau 40.7) - Warren Gross 13 pts 3rd Abacus (Flying Tiger) - Timothy Chin 13 pts Class 3 1st Wings (J/105) - Dennis Case 5 pts 2ndStillCrazy(Hobie33)-Erik&JonShampain/RobertPlant 7pts 3rd Blink! (J/105) - Steve & Lucy Howell 9 pts Class 4 1st USA 249 (J/70) - Jeff Brown 6 pts 2ndSeaMaiden(EricsonMKIII)-Carolyn&SandraSherman 12pts 3rd Soggy Dollar (J/70) - Dave Vieregg 13 pts Class 5 1st Carolina (J/24) - Ben Nieting 3 pts 2nd Cimarron (Ericson 35-2) - David Basham 5 pts 3rd Uno (Peterson 33) - William Stout 11 pts Class 6 1st Spitfire (Ketch) - Jeffrey Wood 3 pts 2nd Windswept (Swan) - Max Phelps 5 pts 3rd Second Wind (Columbia 50) - David Koos 7 pts (The RC would like to apologize for scoring issues in classes 4 and 6 that were not discovered until after the trophy presentation.)

One Design Weekend: November 16-17, 2013 Etchells Winner: Tom Carruthers, k J/70 Winner: Karl Pomeroy, Zero to 60 PC Winner: Geves Kenny, La Cucaracha Etchells PCCs: November 16-17, 2013 1st Place: Tom Carruthers, k 2nd Place: Bill Hardesty, LineHonors.com 3rd Place: Sinks/Egan/Davis, Lola SCWSA Sabot Regatta: November 16, 2013 Men’s A Winner: Eric Hiem Men’s B Winner: John Hauck Women’s A Winner: Betty Becker Women’s B Winner: Ruth Jones RVYC Challenge: November 22 & 24, 2013 Fleet Race Winner: RVYC Match Race Winner: SDYC Hot Rum Race #2: November 23, 2013 1st Place: Dennis Conner, Stars & Stripes 2nd Place: Jay Steinbeck, Margaritaville 3rd Place: Lorenzo Berho, Peligroso 4th Place: Tom Holthus, Bad Pak 5th Place: Victor Wild, Bud

Upcoming Events January 1, 2014: New Years Day Race January 10-12: CA Dreamin Match Race January 18-19: One Design Weekend January 25-26: SDYC Club Championship February 1: Safety at Sea Seminar February 1-2: Brown Star February 7-9: Snipe Western Hemisphere Qualifier February 15-16: SCYA Midwinters February 22-23: One Design Weekend

Visit our website (www.sdyc.org/raceinfo) for details on these exciting SDYC events.

ooking into 2014 SDYC will be hosting a lot of great events but as I write this we just wrapped up our biggest event of the last few years, the Hot Rum Series, with 143 entries. It’s a unique, pursuit start race that it’s open to any boat 20 feet or longer, and this year it attracted entries with PHRF handicaps of 198 seconds a mile though -135 seconds a mile. True to Hot Rum tradition, the weather provided us with a light air race, one with beautiful San Diego sailing conditions, and a crazy stormy race.

Kicking off the Thanksgiving week: The Beautiful One The hard thing about the beautiful Hot Rum is finding something much to say about it. Easy sailing in 8-12 knots and crisp, clear sky’s had all but two of the 127 starters finished well within the time limit. It’s what autumn sailing in San Diego is all about!


Hot Rum Photos courtesy of Bronny Daniels (www.joysailing.com)

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ON the race course

Kiteboarding Worlds By Ty reed Photos by Toby Bromwich

The Formula Course Board Kite Racing

World Championship was held at Boao-KingBay on Hainan Island, China over the dates of November 18-24th. There were berths for 120 men and 40 women, and qualification was based on world rank. In the weeks leading up to the event, the conditions varied from very light winds to strong breezes. The event saw this entire range of conditions. The first three and a half days of the event provided winds in the 20 knot range, this meant that most of the competitors were racing on 9 and 10 meter kites (At the US Nationals here in San Diego we were using 18 and 19 meter kites). The last day and a half exhibited much lighter conditions. Competitors are allowed to register 4 different size kites, and in my case, I used all 4 sizes over the course of the week. The race course was quite challenging. The racing area was not much bigger than sail bay in Mission Bay. We were constrained by land, reefs and a wall. For the majority of the event the windward mark was in breaking waves, which meant the starboard lay-line was very challenging. Many competitors crashed in waves near the mark which added another hazard. During the first two days of the event a qualifying series was held. The three SDYC members: Bryan Lake, Nico Landauer, and myself all faired well, mostly scoring races in the top five of our fleets. Once the Gold Fleet was decided (the top 40 from qualification), the racing became much more challenging. With such a small racecourse, and very close competitive racing there were many collisions leading to kite tangles. Because the pin end of the

line was favored, but the course was so close to the shore, the beach arrived before the port tack layline, which often created chaotic situations. A big part of the success in this event was staying out of trouble, and avoiding kite collisions. Still, I would imagine every competitor in the Gold fleet had one or more situations that involved kites getting tangled. Two-time defending World Champion Johnny Heineken of San Francisco was in a tangle that caused him to drop out of a race early in the Gold round. Despite winning the remaining heavy air races, when the breeze dropped he had a few more tough finishes. Florian Gruber of Germany sailed a very consistent regatta, and is the new World Champion. Johnny’s sister, Erika, dominated the women’s fleet and successfully defended her title as female World Champion. Bryan Lake

Argentina Kitesurfing World Cup 2013 Slalom Open Men Results 1st 2nd 3rd

Bryan Lake USA Victor Adamo BRA Manuel Abeleyra ARG

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finished 6th overall, and Nico Landauer finished 35th. I scored 14th overall, but because I turned 35 last August, I was also scored in the masters division. In the Masters fleet, I was 3rd for most of the regatta, but my speed in the lighter winds moved me into first. This meant that I am the Master World Champion. I am proud to have represented San Diego Yacht Club in a world championship on the other side of the world, and I can’t wait for the next event.


on the race course

Etchells

West Coast Customs? no purely One Design! By Andrew Campbell

In conjunction with San Diego Yacht

Club's monthly One-Design Weekends, the local Etchells fleet came out in force to host a world-class group of sailors from around the country for the 2013 Pacific Coast Championship title. 24 boats competed in seven races held on Coronado Roads in a variety of conditions. The days leading into the regatta saw some fall weather and windy southerlies. This provided some great training, but a sloppy sea-state for the fleet on Saturday morning. In addition to sloppy swell and chop, an uncommon southerly breeze built Saturday. 10 knots faded to 8 knots by the end of the day, but a slow right trend the breeze proved manageable for the Race Committee. After three races, Bill Hardesty and crew on the 979 ultimately took a slim lead over Tom Carruthers, Marvin Beckman, Geoff Davis and Tyler Sinks, Bruce Nelson, Chris Snow, and Jim Cunningham, all bunched within 7 points of the lead.

Saturday night, Vince Brun moderated a conversation with a World Champion calibre panel including Marvin Beckman, Steve Hunt, Jeff Madrigali and Bill Hardesty. Sailors debated habits and settings with the panel and came away with some great nuggets to put into practice the following day and in their planning for the winter season. "We spent as much time in the boat as we could," said Beckman reflecting on his recent effort to win the 2013 World Championship in Italy. "The best coach is the one you can have on board," he added referring to Steve Hunt's continuing guidance in his program. The room went back and forth on some of the concepts suggested by the champion panel, "We're probably lower upwind and higher downwind," Hardesty commented regarding his pace in the choppy ocean conditions that day. "We'll probably adjust for other conditions, but in those conditions, your trimmers may tell you to come up on the breeze, and I'm just going to keep the bow down and get the boat going first." San Diego provided a chamber of commerce day sailing Sunday. A light westerly built quickly to the autumn standard 7-9 knots from 250 degrees.

Point Loma provided some geographic influence to the course along with a big ebb tide running out the bay. Including a throw-out, team 1066 led by Geoff Davis with Tyler Sinks driving and James Egan on the bow, led the regatta going into the final race after winning a couple races. Tom Carruthers in the 1411 and Bill Hardesty in 979 were close behind. 1066 failed to get off the line cleanly mid-line, while Hardesty and Carruthers battled for the boat-end. Ultimately the right side of the course proved much better and the short three-leg course was not enough time for the 1066 to recover. Hardesty and the 979 won the race, but the title was taken by the 1411 team of Tom Carruthers with crew Chris Busch and Andrew Campbell. Consistent scores for the 1411 were the key to the win. Winning two races over the series but not finishing outside of the top 6, was enough to get Carruthers his first victory in the class outside of the local fleet regattas. "I'm speechless!" Carruthers said at the awards on SDYC's front deck Sunday evening. He's looking forward to the Jaguar Series in Miami this winter to continue to get ready for the 2014 Worlds next June in Newport, Rhode Island.

Save the date and start to recruit your team! The format will be the same as last year, sailed in La Playa in SDYC J/22's. Each SDYC fleet is encouraged to send a team. Club committees and families can also apply. We have limited space so be ready to apply early. The online application will be online by December 15th.

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On the race course

BARNEY LEHMAN CHAMPIONSHIP

NHYC CONFOUNDS SDYC! By Leland Hope Photo by Brent Jacobsen

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n typical Newport light and strong ebb tide conditions, NHYC took the top 3 spots with SDYC sailors Bruce and Mare Sutphen a close 4th and Tim Fuller in 5th. Lee Hope was in the noise prior to a breakdown and missing the last 3

races. NHYC were great hosts with a great fleet of Lehman sailors. Thank you for a great weekend. NHYC has many adults who participate in dingy racing right off the yacht club in a variety of fleets. SDYC needs more adults interested in dingy sailing. We have a great place to sail with the best facilities. NOW is the time to buy and practice for the upcoming season! Lehmans are a small financial commitment, with competition against top SDYC sailors. If you have any interest in joining the fleet, below is contact info on 2 boats that are ready to sail. Lee Hope and Lori Martin with NH homes as a back drop

MODEL YACHT FLEET By David Ryan - Model Yacht Secretary Photo by Darin Haden

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s we kick of the New Year, it is with great anticipation that the Model Yacht Fleet looks forward to building on many of the successful events that transpired in 2013. In addition to many of the annual favorites, such as the highly anticipated Corte Madera Regatta and steak BBQ in Pine Valley and the three regattas at the Mission Bay Model Boat Pond, we enjoyed several unique events at the club last year. Three separate exhibition style regattas offered the opportunity for novice radio-control skippers to experience the thrill of a different type of yacht racing. Over the long Fourth of July weekend, many club members took advantage of the opportunity for rapid-fire, walk-up racing. On the eve of the Star World Championships in September, an international fleet composed of the top star sailors in the world competed against each other in model yachts. And, finally, in October, our guests from Club de Yates de Acapulco were invited to compete in model yachts against their SDYC counterparts in a USA vs. Mexico team race, as part of the annual Acapulco Challenge. Several new fleet members took the model yacht “plunge” and joined in the racing fun last year. Dick Denzler,

Ken Bertino and Ian Trotter helped contribute to our fleets’ continued growth and took advantage of many of the 30 racings days we had in 2013. As evidence to the addictive nature of model yacht racing, we witnessed the “relapse” of Larry Adams, who’s extreme attempt to give up “the habit” by cruising the world for months with his wife, Beth, proved futile. Even divesting himself of his prized, iconic lime-green racing machine and associated electronic paraphernalia, was not enough, as he picked up one of Jean Malthaner’s bright-orange rocket ships. Sure enough, he was back at it, like he never missed a beat, faster than ever. The 2013 racing schedule finished up in November with the last of the Fall series. The results of the last two Fall series events are as follows. Fall Series II 1. Barry Ault 16 pts. 2. Dick Denzler 3. Larry Adams 4. Jean Malthaner 5. Chuck Mellor 6. Nathan Maracle 7. Gary Becker 8. Ian Trotter 43 pts. 9. Dan Aeling 10. John Landon 11. Ken Bertino Fall Series III 1. Skip Malthaner 2. Dick Denzler 3. Barry Ault 4. Gary Becker 5. Jean Malthaner 6. Larry Adams 7. Nathan Maracle 8. Chuck Mellor 9. Ken Bertino 10. John Landon

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16 pts. 20 pts. 28 pts. 33 pts. 37 pts. 42 pts.

The end of the year holiday party, held at Pat Stadel’s lovely home, was a big success. It was catered by Miguel’s Cocina, with Maribel Ryan’s famous salsa on tap to wake up our taste buds. Everyone enjoyed good food, holiday cheer and friendship. Betty Becker and Darin Hayden were recognized for their devoted Race Committee service, with personalized model yacht fleet polo shirts. The annual high point awards were presented, with the top five skippers receiving custom gear bags. This years winner was David Ryan, followed by Jean Malthaner, Sandy Purdon, John Landon and Dan Aeling. Chuck Mellor has graciously agreed to serve as our 2014 fleet captain, with only a minimal amount of arm-twisting. It should be another great season of model yacht racing at SDYC. As always, we extend the invitation to the racing community at the club to come see why we all keep coming back for more, year after year. Check the fleet website for a list of scheduled events this year. We hope you can join us.

47 pts. 71 pts. 72 pts. 19 pts. 29 pts. 42 pts. 46 pts. 48 pts. 48 pts. 51 pts. 58 pts. 73 pts. DNC Randy Lake feelig the vibe at Corte Madera Regatta


On the race course

RVYC Challenge

A Flock of Snowbirds Invades SDYC! By John Reiter Photos by Peter Wealick

No, this was not the reason you've

seen the Falconer off the front deck of the club... it was 16 courageous Vancouver sailors who braved the long slog south to San Diego to sail in shorts and <gasp> t-shirts on a late November weekend in the annual CanAm Challenge. For those who don't know, this challenge was founded by SDYC members James Sakasegawa, Keith Lorence, and John Reiter after a great time was had during an Acapulco Challenge to the south. The impetus was originally to make good enough friends to get invited to their ski cabins at Whistler and make it a Sail & Ski challenge. We quickly found out Vancouver offers up great cruising grounds in the summer (and is a crummy place to sail in the winter), so it morphed into an August visit of one of their many outstations and racing around English Bay. This year we changed the format up a little, utilizing one of our busiest club assets - the J22 fleet. On Friday morning the Canucks arrived to a familiar scene - pouring rain and not much breeze, so much so that we extended the skippers meeting a good hour longer just so we didn't have to go outside in the downpour to rig boats. La Playa near I-dock was completely full of everything the 60" pipe could bring down the Talbot St hill... yuck! The weather cleared on cue and it ended up being a fantastic day. The format for Friday called for racing for the "Friendship Trophy" which is just like it sounds - "A Friendly Competition Among Nations." 5 races with all 8 boats on the line were held off of the Bali Hai. The last race would be a start and quick lap up and down wind, then race to the guest dock at SDYC. We docked the fleet right up front and in

the spotlight for the weekend, and our guests really seemed to appreciate being the center of attention and the proximity to the bar. The friendship was once again solidified as we politely opened the gates for our guests and let them trounce us by 20+ points. We helped them celebrate by hosting a fantastic dinner showcasing the Frost Room and it's great views. Saturday we invited our suddenly friendlier friends to participate in Hot Rum #2 aboard member’s boats. Luckily the weather fully cooperated and they were getting their return on travel investment dollars. Thanks go out to V/C Chuck Sinks, Dennis Pennell, Ernie Pennell, Mike O'Connell, Neil Senturia, and S/C Chuck Nichols for hosting our friends aboard their boats for a typical great Rum Series day. Sunday it was game on for the really important trophy - the Jericho Cup. This trophy is named after the location of their beautiful clubhouse in Vancouver, and is a beautiful silver urn first contested by their club back in the 1940's and re-dedicated for our challenge. SDYC has won this trophy every year since our first challenge in 2008. We turned back to the J22's and switched the format to Match Racing. Summer Greene and crew did a great job running races off the Star of India "Cityfront" course. Team SDYC really

shined on Sunday with a sound victory in one of our favorite formats. Our team consisted of Shala Lawrence / Jim Dorsey / Patrcik Morrissey, Dan Aeling / Alex Jacobs / Matt Brown, James Sakasegawa / David Servais / Kelly McKeown, and your author / Andy Reiter / Dave Vieregg. Trophies were held on the main deck on a typical beautiful Sunday evening with much revelry and enthusiasm shown by all, with everyone looking forward to our trip north next year. Please get in touch with me if you are interested in fielding a team in August 2014. Thanks go out to Regatta Chair and Canadian native Julie Mitchell (and her able assistant American Joanne O'Dea) for a very nice event.

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FLEEts, EtC.

BuFFalo BeaCH

IF YOU LOVe BUFFALO BeACH, YOU’Ve GOT TO ReAD THIS ARTICLe. BY SCOTT LAUNeY

OK, I hope I got your attention.

I have the privilege of following a lot of people who have made Buffalo Beach the wonderful Outstation that we are blessed to have today. Too many folks to name, but they started with an idea that the World’s Finest Yacht Club should have a place across the seas and at the sea’s sandy edge to enjoy each other’s company and camaraderie. We all know they more than succeeded with Buffalo Beach. We’re starting the New Year with the enthusiasm necessary for a great 2014 at our piece of heaven. Surely, all that have enjoyed the Outstation with their children, grandchildren, friends and family will have such good, lasting memories that they will want to help keep Buffalo Beach a thriving and evolving facility. Though we have a dedicated and strong core group of volunteer members who have worked hard on Buffalo Beach; now is the time for everyone who’s enjoyed the fruits of their efforts to help out by sharing a little of the load. “Many hands make...” This year, I hope that all the lovers and users of BB will join in the effort to support the Outstation and help in any way they can, so that no one has

to share too large a workload or time commitment. In other words: If you’ve had good times there, we would like a little of your time. There’s plenty of enjoyable and easy work we can use help with: • If you like to write, we’d love some Mainsheet articles from a user’s perspective. • If you’re a photographer, some pictures for the Mainsheet, BB lobby display or Web Site Photo Gallery. • If you’re handy, the Work Party calls. (It really is a Party!) • If the Bash is your thing; donate an auction item or bring your ideas for fundraising. Buffalo Beach deserves an All Hands effort! I don’t have space to go into all the details here, but please come to the BB All Hands Meeting on Tuesday, January 14 and we’ll organize our efforts for the coming year. Venue and time will come later in a blast e-mail. See you there! Thanks to Amee Alagiri for her editing skills.

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FLEETS, ETC.

Amateur Radio Group

SDYC ARG Supports Star of India’s 150th Anniversary Peter Van Horne, KA6U

The Star of India, the oldest active

sailing ship in the world celebrated her 150th anniversary over the weekend of November 9th – 11th by sailing in the waters off San Diego. The Star was launched as “Euterpe” on November 14, 1863 in the town of Ramsey on the Isle of Man. Euterpe started her life taking immigrants to New Zealand and made 21 trips between England and New Zealand. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Star’s launching, a team of amateur radio operators on the Isle of Man obtained permission to erect a special event station at the shipyard where the Star was launched. Special event stations are granted special call signs and their operation is one of ways amateur radio operators provide service to their communities by promoting the special event through contacts with other amateurs around the world. The special call sign “GB1SOI” for “Star of India” was granted by the amateur radio licensing authority in Great Britain. The Star of India amateur radio club in San Diego operates using the call sign NS6OI. The Star of India has an amateur radio operating station on board and an antenna installed high in the ship’s rigging. As part of the anniversary celebration, the Star amateur radio club and the club on the Isle of Man planned direct communications from the Star to a special event station at the Star’s home shipyard. The SDYC ARG participated by coordinating communications from our Comm Center. Unfortunately both the weather on the Earth and the weather on the Sun did not cooperate. A major

storm in Ramsey on the Isle of Man prevented setting up antennas at the shipyard. A major solar storm on the Sun interfered with long distance radio communication on the frequencies required to make the 5,000+ mile contact between the Star and Ramsey. High frequency radio depends on the Sun to provide the energy needed to make the Earth’s upper atmosphere reflect radio waves. If the Sun is too quiet or too active it is not possible to establish reliable communication between stations. Amateur radio operators are resourceful and the team had a back-up plan. Many operators in addition to their high power base stations use handheld radios for local portable and mobile communications. These handheld radios operate at very high frequencies and normally have a short range, on the order of miles. The handheld radios use “repeaters” that are positioned on high buildings or mountains to extend the communication range. The repeaters receive signals from the handheld radios and retransmit the signals with high power extending coverage to 10’s of miles. Amateur repeaters can also be connected to the Internet and use the Internet to connect to other repeaters across a state, across the country,

or around the world. The backup communication plan for the Star’s sailing connected a repeater on Otay Mountain in San Diego to a repeater in Ramsey on the Isle of Man. This connection allowed operators on the Star to use their handheld radios to communicate with operators in Ramsey using their own handheld radios. Using the repeaters connected through the Internet the operators on the Star and their guests from Ramsey were able to communicate live with Ramsey Town Council members on the Isle of Man. Operating special event stations as a public service and planning backup communications are important activities amateur radio operators practice to improve their ability to provide emergency communication services. This special event communications service was supported by members of multiple amateur radio clubs. Special thanks to Andy Morgan, GD1MIP from the Isle of Man and Joe Garza from the Star of India amateur radio club NS6OI for coordinating this special event celebrating 150 years of the Star of India.

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Fleets, Etc.

PC BY Rish Pavelec, PC #16 DAWN

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o they tell me that it is now 2014. That means that even an old guy like me can live on and on. I have taken the liberty to cancel Cissy’s on-line advertisement for a new and better husband. We had a great 2013 and the fleet made great progress what with picking up new fleet members and seeing our great boats refurbished and rebuilt. It is hard to believe that our fleet is now entering into our 85th year! E Dock is now getting squeezed and we are wishing we could find more space for incoming PC’s! November was another great month

for us with the OWD races on Nov 17th; we raced, not against, but with the Etchells fleet. Six PC’s showed at the line. The race committee elected to use a second “stand off mark” at the windward mark and then use “left or right” rounding leeward marks for us. This was a variant for the fleet but everyone did fine. Ernie Penell, sailing #62, was out in front for the first race and was right in the mix. Expect to see #62 mixing it up in the future too!! The results were: 1st: #14. 2nd: #31 and 3rd: #11. Looks like we will have an exciting racing season coming up…with new challengers. We had a FANTASTIC time at our annual PC Christmas/Holiday party and I am pleased to report that no one was hauled out by the police. Our collective “thanks” go to Mark and Deanne Reynold’s who shared their lovely home with us for the party! Our holiday parties are always great and it is so nice to bring everyone together…the excuse we use for eating too much! New fleet officers

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took over and trophies and awards were handed out. Maddy Brownsea AGAIN won the Powder Puff Trophy and was quick to remind me that this is her THIRD win, not second as I earlier reported! What with the new officers taking the helm, fleet members now (as in the past) get to complain about the newly elected officers and their exorbitant fleet salaries. The new “Caldwell” trophy was announced and will be awarded yearly to the skipper who participates in the MOST races of each year. Of course, the first recipient was our favorite skipper, Bud Caldwell. I want to thank Geves Kenny for all his hard work for the last several years. He continued to set the mark for all the PC Fleet Captains in the future, just as his predecessors before him. On Nov. 21st, fleet member Phil Thearle hauled his boat, #35, and took her down to his shop in Santee where he will start a total rebuild. Phil is kind of “demanding” when it comes to work that he does…so I feel comfortable suggesting that the end product will be a work of art. I was present for the haul out at Koehler’s and plan to make continued trips out to Phil’s shop to observe the progress. I see an award winning boat in the future! I suspect it is a bit late to make it, but remember that the SDYC New Year’s Day race is on Jan. 1st! To follow will be the Feb. 23rd ODW race. Did you know that the PC was not the first “New One Design” for the SDYC? The May 1926 “Log of the San Diego Yacht Club” published an article in Pacific Coast Yachting. It was written by Eugene P. Lyle Jr. and describes this boat. She was a yacht designed by navel architect John G. Alden and, according to the article, “designed especially for the San Diego Yacht Club”. This centerboard (because, according to the article, ”there are many shoal spots on San Diego Bay”) yacht sailed a Marconi rig. She was 22’ LOA with a beam of 7’. She had a draft of less than 2’ with the centerboard up. The article states that 4 boats were “nearly completed”, but does not say where or by whom. I have yet to see any of these yachts or read more about them. If any readers can enlighten me…I would be thrilled to hear from you! What I know for sure…is that a guy named George Kettenburg Jr. designed and built a One Design for the SDYC a few years later. I hear there are still some of those around the bay, and a buncha old guys sail them. In closing, I wish all readers the best in the New Year.


Fleets, Etc.

Tennis

“A GREAT YEAR” By KEITH DANON Photo by Matt Brown

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s we bring in 2014, let’s remember what a great year 2013 was. The Tennis Fleet had its most active year ever with a new record number of members! January sent S/C Clark, Matt, and Billy representing the Club Championships. February introduced the “Cupids Cup” tournament. It had a large turnout and was successful thanks to Dan and Becca. No love was lost on the courts by the players. March had our adults/kids tennis clinic going which everyone enjoyed and left better players because of it. April always shines with my “Tropical Tennis Mixer” Great tennis was played and the blended cocktails get better every year. May was the month when lots of fleet members challenged others to move up the challenge ladder. Lots of activity that month and watched over by Scott and Bruce.

SSSS Fleet BY JULIE MCPHERSON Photo by Rod McLennan

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aturday, November 16, SDYC hosted the fifth and final regatta of the Southern California Women’s Sailing Association (SCWSA) Series for 2013. Other Southern California hosts included Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Mission Bay Yacht Club, Newport Harbor Yacht Club, and Balboa Yacht Club. Awards were given out for the day, and Perpetual Trophies were awarded for the series. Betty Becker of SDYC is the overall winner of Women’s A Fleet and won the Peter Davis Perpetual Trophy. Fred Stevens of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club is the winner of the Bent Moller Perpetual Trophy for the top male skipper of the year. Lois Harrington of SDYC is the overall winner of the Women’s B Fleet and was awarded the Bob Hood Perpetual Trophy. There was only one entrant in Men’s B Fleet, John Hauck of Alamitos Bay YC, so he consented to sail with the Mens A Fleet. Our regatta was well attended with 29 racers and almost 40 attending our awards banquet. Cameron Peters, the longtime organizer of this event for SDYC, last year gave out sabot etched wine glasses for the daily trophies and the tradition continued

June was an epic month with our “Happy Hour Fundraiser.” Hundreds of people supported us and enjoyed a beautiful night. Tracy,Vira,Ian,Becca,Niza and many others worked hard to make it a big success. Dennis Kuhn’s “Superpoint” rocked the courts while I emceed the event. It was an extremely fun and successful fundraiser. July was a huge month with the annual 4th of July tennis tournament. The scoreboard was full of players names all three days. Some excellent tennis was played and enjoyed by many. August brought lots of members together on the courts and out to La Playa for the annual “Raft Up.” The 3 day happy hour and tennis party was shared by many. September was the month when we celebrated the new “Tennis Pavillion” A beautiful and incredible new addition! The chiefs, Scott and Matt, along with many of you made this dream a reality. October hosted the Club Championships and end of the year party. The top four battled and played some long, top notch matches. Some quality club tennis was witnessed by a large audience. That evening, a plethora of food,drink, and

Place A-Fleet 1 2 3 4 B-Fleet 1 2

stories flooded the Frost Room for the end of the year party. A perfect opportunity for some of the newer members to mingle with the old salts. November introduced our “Kids Clinic” every Tuesday. It has proved to be a hit with the adults and kids alike. December gave Tennis Fleet members some time off to play more matches. The ladder challenge continues to bring players together working their way to the top. A “HUGE” thank you to Matt,Christie, and all of you who volunteered your time and skills to make 2013 an exceptional tennis year for the yacht club. “Happy New Year” and watch out for all the fun in 2014! See you on the courts.

Skipper

Sail #

Points

Danny North Tom Ryan Michael O’Connell Jim Hecht

7630 10206 7888 7434

7 12 15 17

Susan Dijkman Dee Van Horne

7848 9162

6 9

this year. Betty Becker was quoted as saying, “We had a beautiful day to welcome our Sabot sailing friends to SDYC for our annual Regatta. We were thrilled to have Lois Harrington win the overall SCWSA B Fleet Trophy for the year! Now you’re in A Fleet, Lois! And for the first time, Darin Hayden won her first race in a SCWSA regatta!” I asked Karen Butler almost a year ago to be our PRO this year because I was impressed with her skills managing last years race in tricky, windy conditions. Last year it was so puffy that she moved the course down the channel almost to the bathing beach to find more shelter from the Northeasterly winds. This year wasn’t as windy but she still had to move the racing out to the channel to add length to the course since the wind direction was directly from Southwestern Yacht Club. We got in four races before the time limit, and managed to keep mostly to our schedule of

having an early dinner for the racers from out of town that had to car top back north. My thanks to all who helped organize this regatta. A few names include Audrey and Lara McGinty, Betty Becker, Diane Riehl, Martha Connerty, Pam Lindley, and Lynlee Slayter. Thanks to Dick Denzler and Michael O’Connell for loaning Sabots to racers. Also thanks to Danny North for publicity.

SSSS sailor Audrey McGinty in close mark rounding

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Juniors

2013 Junior Trophy Dinner Photos courtesy of Tama Pack-Harris & Jeff Hatter

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Juniors

Juniors BY Nick Kaschak, SDYC Head Coach

Goal Setting

January 1st is a day known throughout the world for new beginnings. This day unlike no other feels like a metaphorical reset button to one’s life. It offers a specific time, place and chance to reflect then start over. Upon reviewing the last year of one’s life, many odds and ends may feel perfectly in place. I accomplished this, I started that, I continue to excel in something else. But after the first of the year it is time to set sights forward into the next year. What’s my next step? What am I looking to accomplish? How do I get there? Whether the target pertains to school, work, personal fitness, or perhaps your sailing career, you must start just with one thing: a goal. Goal setting is well known and received in the realm of performance athletics. Goals motivate athletes; they define who an athlete is by keeping a check on whom they can become. They offer long-term vision and shirt-term motivation. Goals focus your acquisition of knowledge and help to organize your training. Goal achievement also helps to boost self-

confidence once an athlete begins to recognize their ability to meet their own expectations. A very important point to mention is that goal setting works, and it is backed by the science of sports psychology. How do you set goals? Goals should be set in two dimensions: short-term and longterm. Setting the goal of winning a world championship or the Olympics is achievable. However, shorter-term goals are necessary to walk the path to the large more grandiose goal. Setting short-term goals allows for consistent progress checks along the way, while long-term goals define who an athlete wishes to become. Goals should also follow the rules of this acronym: S (specific) M (measureable) A (attainable) R (relevant) T (time-specific) or SMART! When setting goals, start with one specific end in mind. Let’s say you are a C1 Fleet Sabot sailor in September. Your goal is to make the A fleet by the summer sailing season. Making the A fleet from the C1 fleet requires winning both a C1 and B fleet regatta. Winning those regattas have now become your short-term goals. The winning of each

of those regattas can then be broken down into smaller goals as well. For instance, “My goal for the first day of this regatta is to start clean and sail fast around the course. “That will help me accomplish my goal of winning the event!” Achieving your long-term goals can be simplified even further, for example: “I need to work on my roll tacks if I want to make A fleet!” Upon setting goals, an athlete furthers their knowledge of how to attain their goals. After determining your goals step back and think: how do I make them a reality? Elements to making a goal a reality may include: training on the water, working out in the gym, prepping your boat, sailing various regattas. The list goes on and on depending on your goal. To start things off on your goalsetting, complete the following exercise: 1. Grab a note card and a pen 2. Write down 5-10 goals of any kind, keeping the long-term goals towards the top of the list 3. Put your note card away somewhere safe 4. Consult your note card ever few months to see how far you have come! 5. Achieve For more tips, tricks and help setting goals come see me anytime! Photos courtesy of Tama Pack-Harris & Jeff Hatter

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JaNUary 2014 MONDAY

TUeSDAY

WeDNeSDAY 1

Night Tennis

THURSDAY 2

FRIDAY

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4

SUNDAY 5

Bridgedeckers neW yearS day raCe deck dining

Pasta night

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8

Knitting Group

Night Tennis

Prime rib

13

14 Kids Tennis Clinic

Knitting Group

Commodore’s Dinner

21

deck dining

16

Steak night

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Bridgedeckers

28

22

Knitting Group

Prime rib

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deck dining

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Steak night

Night Tennis

Bridgedeckers

27

12

Date Night Ca dreaMin MaTCH raCe

Pasta night

Kids Tennis Clinic

Knitting Group

11

Night Tennis

Prime rib

20

10

Pasta night

15

Loma Unit Bridge Group

9 Bridgedeckers Darren & Terry Show

Kids Tennis Clinic

Steak night

29

Pasta night

Steak & Martini night

30

SdyC CluB CHaMPionSHiP

31

deck dining

Steak night

Bridgedeckers

Kids Tennis Clinic Night Tennis

Prime rib

Pasta night

deck dining

FEBrUary 2014 MONDAY

TUeSDAY

WeDNeSDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY 1

Judge Seminar

SUNDAY 2

Safety at Sea BroWn STar regaTTa Steak night

4

3 Knitting Group

5 Kids Tennis Clinic

6 Night Tennis

Prime rib

11

Loma Unit Bridge Group

Night Tennis

Prime rib

Pasta night

14

19 Kids Tennis Clinic

Knitting Group

25 Knitting Group

Prime rib

16

Advanced Judge Seminar

SCya MidWinTerS deck dining

20

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Steak night

Night Tennis

26

Pasta night

27

one deSign

28

deck dining

Bridgedeckers

Kids Tennis Clinic Night Tennis

Prime rib

Advanced Judge Seminar

Darren & Terry Show

Bridgedeckers

24

Steak night

15

Bridgedeckers

18

9

deck dining

13

Kids Tennis Clinic

8

US Sailing Leadership Forum

Date Night SniPe WeSTern HeMi QualiFier

Pasta night

12

Knitting Group

17

7

US Sailing Leadership Forum

Bridgedeckers

Ladies Night Out

10

US Sailing Leadership Forum

Pasta night

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deck dining

Steak night


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