CLUB CHAMPS 2014
FROM THE COMMODORE O
COMMODORE - CHARLES SINKS
n March 20th Spring arrives in San Diego and we can all put that “long, brutal, frost-bitten San Diego winter” behind us. Spring is fantastic in San Diego and usually brings us the best breeze of the year. Aside from an amazing March regatta schedule (read on), the most exciting thing about Spring kicking in on March 20th is...Summer Beercan Racing is just 69 days away. Yessss! As you read this, the SDYC Junior Flags (members < 30 years old) will be hitting the starting line in the inaugural Jr. Flag J/22 Regatta. The action will take place on March 1 in La Playa Basin. Come down and check it out. With George Saunders at the helm of our Junior Flags this year, our young members have been reinvigorated – with more events, camaraderie and a healthy dose of what George is good at --- sailboat racing and fun! George, this race sounds like a blast. Any chance an old guy with a “reverse fake ID” might elbow his way into this regatta? Thanks for organizing this George. Can’t wait to see all the tweets, likes, selfies, Instagrams and photobombs “the kids” post about this one. Go fast. In partnership with our friends at Newport Harbor Yacht Club, The 5th Annual Islands Race will be starting on March 7th with the fleet of ocean racers doing a “quick lap” around a couple of So. Cal islands. Starting in Long Beach, the fleet will take Catalina Island to port, then San Clemente Island to port and finish here at SDYC on the 8th. The name says it all; Islands Race. Sailors love it and fans can track the progress of their favorite boat on the SDYC website with Yellowbrick GPS race tracking. S/C Wayne Terry is our ’14 Islands Race Regatta Chair and if you’ve never participated in a Wayne Terry organized regatta, I can assure you it’ll be awesome, perfect, flawless and ridiculously fun. Good luck racers and thank you S/C Terry. We’ll see you at the finish line. “Aye, yai, yai, yai – let’s head to Puerto Vallarta. The sun is warm, the boats are all here, mariachis playing, best Mexican race of the year!” Paradise found. The largest and most competitive San Diego to Puerto Vallarta fleet in recent memory will be escaping the grips of winter and setting sail for warmer weather in Mexico. Race Chairman Steve Malowney and his PV ’14 Committee have worked tirelessly for over 18 months to make this year’s race a total success. Since 1953, SDYC and our friends from Acapulco YC have hosted a biannual race from San Diego to mainland Mexico. Each day of the race, the weather gets warmer and warmer until you reach the finish in paradise! Don’t miss the Send Off Party at SDYC on March 13th @ 1800 – check out the boats, talk to the sailors and yes, maybe even sip a little tequila. You can follow the racers’ progress on the SDYC website, via the Yellowbrick GPS race tracker, where up-to-the-minute positions and speed are available via on-board trackers for each boat. Following the finish, the entire next week will be consumed with MEXORC, pitting the PV fleet against race boats brought to PV by crews from Acapulco for six days of races in and around Banderas Bay. Parties galore. We’ll see you in PV! Another fun regatta coming up in March will be the NOOD Regatta, one of my favorites each year. NOOD will be held over the March 14-16 weekend. Despite persistent rumors about the CC Rider guys, everyone sails with clothes on. This regatta is a national road show with racing for offshore one-design boats (National Offshore One Design = “NOOD”) with six stops in various cities around the USA throughout the year. I encourage all members, racing or not, to come down to the Club and join in the fun on Friday and Saturday nights after the races. This regatta is another example of what our race department does so well and solidifies our Clubs’ stellar national reputation. The last weekend of the month, the 28th, 29th and 30th will be consumed with the Etchells Midwinters West regatta. We get to show off our facilities and race administration to Etchells competitors from all over the west coast. This will be a highly competitive regatta with several teams ramping up for the Etchells World Championships being held in North America (Newport, RI) later in the year. Good luck all. Lastly, I want to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to Joanne O’Dea and Kirsten Stahl for all their efforts as Editors of the Mainsheet. The past couple of months have been a period of change in the production our monthly members magazine, and the transition has been seamless. As some of you know, Jackie Kohls our in-house Mainsheet editor, left SDYC late last year for a career in the insurance industry. Jackie agreed to continue to help with the Mainsheet production duties and facilitate a smooth transition. Jackie’s replacement, Monica McGovern stepped in with fresh ideas and is now working with Joanne and Kirsten. This is the first issue put together completely by our new Mainsheet team. Great job! Thanks again Joanne, Kirsten and Monica...and of course Jackie for your help with the transition over the past few months. Oh, I almost forgot. One Design Weekend will be happening on March 8 and 9 and the SSSS will be racing Sabots in La Playa on the 8th. See you on the starting line! Whew, after all that racin’, it’s time to buy some new sails. Have a fantastic March everybody. I look forward to seeing you around the Club. Good sailing,
Chuck Sinks Commodore
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San Diego Yacht Club 1011 Anchorage Lane San Diego, CA 92106-3005 Volume 79 • Issue 3 Board of Directors Commodore Charles C. Sinks Vice Commodore John L. Laun Rear Commodore Douglas Werner Jr. Staff Commodore Charles B. Hope, Jr.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Directors John A. Reiter Michael J. Dorgan Jerelyn W. Biehl Brian D. Thomas Michael A. Morton, Jr.
2014 Club Champs
General Manager Terry Anglin
Opening Day Registration form Opening Day Schedule of Events
Mainsheet Editor: Joanne O’Dea & Kirsten Stahl Production: Monica McGovern Deadline: 10th of the month Mainsheet: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.sdyc.org Automated Phone Front Office Dining Room Bar Security Dockmaster Sailing Office Accounting Maintenance Juniors Membership F&B Office Catering Fax Catering Fax ARG Ham Shack
1 From the Commodore 3 In General 4-5 Membership
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10 ICOYC America’s Regional conference/ Catalina Island Conservancy Ball announcement 11 Cruising Fleet/Juniors 12 Bridgedeckers/Monday Evening Bridge 13 Women’s Events/US Sailing 14-15 US Sailing Forum
ON THE RACE COURSE
16 Race Committee 17 Brown Star Clinic/Regatta 18-19 Snipe Fleet Happenings
20 Anglers & J/22 21 Model Yacht 22 Buffalo Beach/PV Race 23 ARG/SSSS 24 PC 25 Tennis
26-27 Juniors 28 Calendar 29 Classifieds
The Mainsheet is dedicated to providing information relevant to members of San Diego Yacht Club, focusing on timely events, fleet forums and announcements that support the yachting lifestyle. Mainsheet (USPS 024-501) is published monthly (12 issues annually) by the San Diego Yacht Club, 1011 Anchorage Lane, San Diego, CA 92106-3005 (619) 221-8400/Fax: (619) 224-3059
Volume 79, Issue 3 Periodical Postage Paid, San Diego, California and at additional mailing offices. Each issue is mailed the last week of the month. An annual subscription rate of $24 is included in membership dues. POSTMASTER-Send address changes to: San Diego Yacht Club 1011 Anchorage Lane, San Diego, CA 92106-3005 Copyright ©2014. All rights reserved.
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IN GENERAL THE DARREN AND TERRY SHOW March 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm Talisman Pinot Noirs In March we will be featuring Talisman Pinot Noirs for your enjoyment. There is always a waitlist for this event so call now! $35.00++ per person
GREETINGS FROM THE CLUB GENERAL MANAGER - TERRY ANGLIN, CCM CCE
March is here and for me it means
till 2:00 pm with a full brunch buffet featuring a carving station, the start of the baseball season. Go pancake station and complimentary Pads and Cardinals!! champagne. Please reserve your March is also a busy month around spot in advance. the Club. Lounge Night will be held on On the water, we have the Islands Saturday, March 29, and is set to be Race beginning on Friday, March a “dance” night. More to come on 7, followed by the Puerto Vallarta the band at a later date. regatta which begins on Friday, As I write this, the club is March 14. During the Vallarta completing its permitting process Race, the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD to re-asphalt the front entry to the descends upon SDYC. What a club and continue on down the month of racing! entry road. The goal is to get this On the social front, on Sunday, pushed ahead so that the project March 9, the Club will be featuring may be completed prior to Opening a Jazz Brunch from 10:30 am
Day. Also on tap is a replacement of the fence in front of the Etchells lot. Lastly, for March, just a reminder as to the club’s pet policy. Please read your club rules. We have been experiencing a rash of violations and want to ensure all members are aware of the rules. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Looking ahead to April, don’t forget to make your Easter Sunday Brunch reservations. Hope to see you soon at the club!
All that Jazz…Brunch! Sunday, March 9, 2014 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a festive Jazz Brunch at the San Diego Yacht Club. We will have a live jazz band to entertain you while Chef Darren delights with a wonderful brunch selection including a carving station, pancake station, complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa, and so much more! Adults $26.00++, children 7-12 $13.00++, children 6 and under dine with our compliments. Reservations are required. Please call us at 619-221-8400. A 48-Hour 50% charge cancellation policy will be in effect for this event. • w w w. s d yc .o r g •
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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS JUNIOR FLAG
KATI MORTON “A major benefit of becoming a member of SDYC would be the involvement in a community boating organization. SDYC offers many activities in the realm of sailing and some fun social activities I hope to participate in.”
BRITTANY HOLTHUS “Membership at the SDYDC means being a part of a community of people that not only share a similar passion for yachting but who also actively participate in the development of the sport. My interest in yachting, specifically sailing and racing, has only increased with age and is something that I want to continue to foster.”
CHRIS RILEY (MICHELLE) “My wife and I are anxious to expose our children to life on the water as much as possible and to have them participate in the sailing camps and learn a new life long skill and sport that neither of us were exposed to as children.”
ALEXA KOWNACKI “Although I currently attend school in Northern California, I frequently return to San Diego to race and cruise. Once I graduate and return to San Diego permanently, I plan on consistently racing and cruising, along with drystoring my J/70 at SDYC.”
PROVISIONAL ASSOCIATE JEREMY CIENFUEGOS “I enjoy the facilities and wish to broaden my knowledge on sailing various boats.”
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Staff Commodore Kenneth Bertino Vice Commodore John Laun Staff Commodore Bill Campbell Staff Commodore Andy La Dow Mary Snow Dennis Kenneally Lee Hope Steve Malowney Membership Secretary Danielle Carreón
619.980.2623 619.840.4804 619.887.1729 619.237-1404 619.392.4477 619.885.1380 619.995-0326 619.838-6353 619.758.6303
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SARAH KANEMASU (JEFF) “I want to get back into sailing and eventually purchase a family boat. My son’s joy for sailing is a big driving force in joining SDYC. We want our kids to grow up sailing and racing and feel the junior program at SDYC can’t be beat.”
2014 Rosters Now available for purchase at the Front Desk. $15.00 each
PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS 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.
Ann Walker (Jess) Graphic Designer/Art Director, LMSC Sunnyvale; Dialog, Mt. View Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Robert Jackson 2nd Sponsor: Steve Allman Ronald Wilbur (Jennifer) Plumber, University Mechanical Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Leasa Fisher 2nd Sponsor: Jerry Rosier Carolyn Ryan Full-time Mother Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Jerome Ryan 2nd Sponsor: Greg Morton
Chloe Winkler Student, Bishop’s High School Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Bill Waite 2nd Sponsor: Dene Oliver
PROVISIONAL ASSOCIATE TO FLAG
Timothy Fraher Student, Grant Elementary Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Simon Garland 2nd Sponsor: James Garrett
Shawn Gardner Freshman, Mesa Community College Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Charles Rogers 2nd Sponsor: CF Koehler
Pamela Ganong (Phillip) CEO, Self-Compass Rose Recovery, Inc. Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Cathleen Silliman 2nd Sponsor: Bill Johnson
Nelson Vargas (Heloise) CEO, Q Swimwear Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: S/C Gene Trepte 2nd Sponsor: Christine McGregor
Annette K. Frank – Life Widow 104
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
CLUB CHAMPS 2014 BY STEVE HARRIS Photos by Tama Harris & Jim Tomcik
Club Champs 2014 is on the books.
This event has evolved into a highlight of the year for me. Members of SDYC are fortunate to have both La Playa Cove and a fleet of J22s. The venue allows us to center regatta activities on the docks. The J22 allows sailors of all ages and backgrounds to compete together. Without both the venue and the boat, this version of the Club Champs regatta wouldn’t be possible. The weather this year was a bit of a challenge. Saturday’s breeze was
great for sunbathing, but challenging for the race committee. Fortunately the J22 moves along well in 4 knots of breeze. Sunday was much better with solid predictable winds that allowed us to place the weather mark right below the Cruising Fleet raft up. The competition this year was diverse. Sailors representing a wide variety of boats and classes in the sport all showed up to match skills. How often do you see big boat sailors mix it up with dinghy sailors? Our Commodore has some mad skills, and his son Tyler does too. It was great fun to see the Team J105 skipper Dennis Case stuff Chuck Sinks (Team Six Stars) and Tyler
Sinks (Team Etchells) over the starting line early, sending them both packing… Not much margin for error in these short races. One little mistake and you find yourself in 4th place. The Juniors showed up this year to prove once again that the future looks bright for SDYC sailing. Cutter O’Connell (Green Fleet), Andy Reiter (Team Reiter), and Cole Harris (Team J120) took on the role of Skipper. Out of 16 teams, the Junior skippers took 3 of the top half finishes. And special congratulations to Andy Reiter who was tied for second, finishing 3rd overall in the tiebreaker! We were excited to have twentytwo boats from the Cruising Fleet
Photos by Jim Tomcik & Tama Harris
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT rafted up in La Playa to fill red cups and support their teams. When Mother Nature allowed the RC to place the weather mark close to the raft up, they responded with cheering that echoed across La Playa. As the day progressed, the cheering got louder, and the fun meter went off the chart! Thanks to Lance Murphy for pulling the raft up together. The format of the regatta is a big part of the fun. Sixty races are needed to complete the rotations. Each race is about 5 minutes long and competitors need to return to the dock quickly to rotate boats after every race. The rotations lead to plenty of action and
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Photos by Jim Tomcik & Tama Harris
chatter on the docks. It also allows family and friends to see the action up close, and be part of the fun. It’s what our club is all about. My favorite part of the event was the chance to race with my son Cole and my pal Gary Mitchell. The two of them are intense competitors and both hate to come in second. Watching Cole grow up at SDYC is a treat. Racing these small boats reminded me how much I love sailing part of racing sailboats. And what a great place to be a kid! These are memories that will last a lifetime. In the end, the team with the best starts and fewest mistakes finished on top. Congratulations to Team Etchells (Tyler Sinks, Chuck Hope, and Vince Brun) for a well deserved win! We need to thank a lot of people for helping to pull Club Champs together. Those that had the foresight to build the J22 fleet at SDYC set the stage for Club Champs. Bonnie Rickard helped with trophies. Susi Graff pulled together a race committee that pulled off 60 races in two days of light air. The sailing office coordinated it all for us. And most importantly I want to thank the competitors for showing up, racing in the true Corinthian spirit, and making it fun for all! Hope to see you at Club Champs next year!
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OPENING DAY 2014
YACHT INSPECTION AND YACHT HOSPITALITY INFORMATION There are two opportunities for showing off your vessel on Opening Day! You may enter into the Yacht Inspection Competition, or host Yacht Club members as a Hospitality Boat (or both!). Read on for details... Yacht Inspection - Members are encouraged to prepare their vessels and request inspection. Applications for inspection are available in the Mainsheet, online at www.sdyc.org, or at the front desk. Yacht inspections will be conducted on Saturday, April 12, 2014, commencing at 0900. Inspected vessels must be open for Hospitality after inspection. Members requesting inspection should be sure to pick up a copy of the “Requirements and Recommendations” handout for inspected vessels. YACHT INSPECTION AWARD CATEGORIES Best Maintained Power Best Maintained Sail Best Maintained PC Class Best Maintained Classic Yacht (vessel over 40 years old) Best Maintained New Yacht (less than 2 years old) Best Maintained First Time Entry (owner, not the boat) Best Maintained First Time Inspected Yacht (the boat, not the owner) Best Maintained Trailerable Best Maintained Overall Yacht Hospitality - “A Time Honored Tradition...” Yacht owners welcome members and friends aboard their vessels after the Opening Day Ceremony for camaraderie and good cheer. Hospitality is a terrific way to celebrate the arrival of SDYC’s 129th Yachting Season. The Yacht Club will provide snacks and beverages to help entertain and refresh your guests. Balloons will be delivered to identify your vessel. Your vessel name and location will be listed in the Opening Day program. If you don’t have a slip at the club and would like to participate in Hospitality, call the Dock Master for a temporary slip. Should we challenge Commodore Sinks to stop for a drink on each open Hospitality boat? A life jacket will be provided for his protection...
Deadline for submission is April 9, 2014 Circle one:
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OPENING DAY THE COMMODORE’S ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-NINTH OPENING DAY DINNER DANCE Commodore Chuck and Lynn Sinks cordially invite you to attend the Opening of the 2014 Yachting Season at the San Diego Yacht Club Saturday, April 12, 2014 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm The Commodore’s Dinner Dance is an important tradition, celebrating the Corinthian spirit of Opening Day activities with great friends, great food, and great entertainment Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30pm Dinner at 7:30pm Music and dancing with “Cool Band Luke” Seating is limited
OPENING DAY 2014 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014 DRESS YACHTS YACHT INSPECTIONS - 0900 OPENING DAY RACE - 1200 COMMODORE’S DINNER DANCE - 1830 TO 2330 (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED) SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014 JUNIOR INSPECTION - 0900 SUNDAY BRUNCH - 0900 BEST DRESSED DOCK COUNT - 0900 OPENING DAY CEREMONY - 1200
Reservations by April 5, 2014 Reserve online or call Alyssa in Catering 619-758-6311 48 hour firm cancellation policy
YACHT HOSPITALITY - 1300 JUNIOR EXHIBITION REGATTA - 1330 “INDIAN JOE & THE CHIEFS” - 1500
Photo by © Christy Radecic
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CLUB NEWS ICOYC AMERICAS REGIONAL CONFERENCE Director Jerelyn Biehl and Rear Commodore Doug Werner represented SDYC at the International Council Of Yacht Clubs (ICOYC) Forum in February at SDYC, where they dialogued with Flags from several major North American yacht clubs. R/C Werner found it met the primary objective of open exchange of information and ideas on a range on common interests, including sponsorship, Club owned boats, fees and dues, allocating resources across a broad set of member requests, and keeping younger members. In general, R/C Werner felt that SDYC is doing comparatively well in most of the areas discussed, although we can do more. SDYC joined the ICOYC 3 years ago and membership is with the top tier YC’s in the world. SDYC is very lucky to be in this group, but are also quite deserving. V/C John Laun attended a regional conference at NYYC in 2012 and Jerelyn Biehl attended the World Forum in Hong Kong this past November. SDYC hosted the 2014 regional conference Feb 8-9 with participants from 3 Canadian Yacht Clubs; Royal Vancouver, Royal Canadian, Royal Victoria, and representation from US Yacht Clubs: Annapolis, Chicago, Eastern Newport Harbor, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern and St Francis.
As the Conservancy’s largest single fundraising event, the success of the Ball is dependent upon the generosity of supporters like you. Please consider joining us as a Ball Sponsor for the 2014 Ball or donating items to our auction. Sponsorships are now available and ensure your seating at the Ball as well as an invitation to attend the Sponsor pre-party. There are so many ways to support this fabulous event:
• Consider becoming a sponsor of the Conservancy Ball. It’s easy and now online! Just go to www.catalinaconservancy.org • Join the Marineros! Go to www.catalinaconservancy.org • The live and silent auctions are big revenue generators for the ball. To donate an item to the silent or live auctions, just email S/C Mike or Mari Fink at email@example.com or drop off your item at the SDYC front desk. • Come to beautiful Catalina Island and join your fellow SDYC members at the Conservancy Ball on April 5. Thank you for your generosity and support!
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Staff Commodore Mike and Mari Fink
CRUISING FLEET CRUISE TO CORONADO CAYS YACHT CLUB March 21-23, 2014
3/21 Arrive Noon-3PM Be prepared to anchor either bow or stern. Hail on VHF Channel 72 or cell: 858-354-1548 for anchoring instructions 5 PM cocktail hour at CCYC Bar Catered Dinner in the dining room Make your own CCYC reservations @ 619-429-0133 Dancing and live music following dinner 3/22 Afternoon on your own 5:00pm cocktail hour make your best Irish/green appetizer Dinner on designated boats TBA 3/23 Potluck brunch Champagne, juice and coffee provided by Cruising Fleet Return to SDYC late morningAnchoring only. No slips will be available at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club
CRUISING FLEET MEETING
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Main Dining Room Cocktails 6:00pm, Dinner 7:00pm Please join us as the Cruising Fleet will be treated to a description of a 750 mile voyage around Vancouver Island in a small boat. Our own Reeve Peterson will describe long hard slogs around dangerous rocky points, cold foggy straits, wild tidal currents and shallow bars. However, each days trip was followed by a relaxed evening in calm, protected anchorage, beautiful scenery and a glass of wine. Please make your reservations with the front desk or online.
We look forward to seeing all our Cruising Fleet Friends!
SDYC JUNIORS The SDYC Sailing Foundation is Proud to Support our Juniors FOUNDATION the thrill of sailing, and to develop the skillsSAILING and confidence that come with good seamanship and the Corinthian yachting tradition. The Foundation supports the Junior program through annual grants and taxdeductible equipment foundations. We thank you for your continued support. ★
The San Diego Yacht Club Sailing Foundation was originally formed to support the Junior Sailing Program founded by Joe Jessop in 1928. Jessop foresaw the club’s future in the development of young sailing enthusiasts. Not only has that vision been realized, but the program has grown in size and scope, offering opportunities for all youngsters in the community to participate, to experience
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San Diego Yacht Club
Trophy Polishing Party It’s Time to Make the Trophies Sparkle Come join the fun! March 31, 9:30am until we’re done Lunch included For questions please call Bonnie Rickard 619-255-3355 or 619-851-4495
BRIDGEDECKERS BY DEEGEE FARRELL
t seems like we just celebrated Christmas but, here we are, just days away from St. Valentine’s Day. With all this chocolate around it is really difficult to stick to my New Year’s resolutions. And Jo Lancaster is no help what-so-ever. As the perfect Hostess she brought homemade cookies each and every Thursday in January. Actually the cookies were delicious. But she knows that since we ate every single one of them. Thank You, Jo, for being such a great Hostess. Doris Ellsworth is our Hostess for March. We play bridge every Thursday from 10 until 2:30 with lunch at noon. If you would like to play bridge with us call Doris Ellsworth at 619-224-1416. Our new Bridgedecker Chairman, Jeanne Lynch has given me permission to share some interesting facts about her. Jeanne is a Native San Diegan, born at Mercy Hospital. She grew up in San Diego and met and married Bob Lynch. They have a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren. They both enjoyed boats and racing and so joined Mission Bay Yacht Club as it was near their home. Bob Lynch was, in fact, Commodore of MBYC in 1970. Jeanne
loved sabots and acted as the Naples Sabot Class Secretary for over 15 years. She traveled all over Southern California recording the scores of each Sabot event. Jeanne learned how to race a Sabot in the early 50’s about the same time that she also learned how to play Bridge. She became proficient at both. Later she and Bob would join SDYC and she then became an active member of the SSSS. As members of SDYC Bob and Jeanne spent many days cruising their bright red Nordic tugboat. “READY” was her name and she fit them perfectly. The Lynch’s were always “ready” to head up or down California’s coastline. They were always leaving for Catalina, Ensenada, Dana Point or points north. They even had READY shipped back to the Chesapeake and on to the Great Lakes. Jeanne has many wonderful memories of trips aboard. Jeanne, with her Siamese kitty, Sacagawea, lives within walking distance of the Yacht Club. She volunteers in many different areas for SDYC. She sits on the Library Committee, spends time every year to decorate our Club at Christmas, is known to take on a huge job for the Men’s Mayhem, and spoils our Bridgedeckers by baking her delicious homemade Christmas cookies
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and candies. And now she is our hardworking Bridgedecker Chairman. How lucky are we? Winners for the month of January were: *Jane Baldwin, *Sherron Brinker, *Doris Ellsworth, DeeGee Farrell, *Sharon Hope, Mary Jones, *Jo Lancaster, Jeanne Lynch, Cameron Peter, and D’Neane Wilkinson. *Denotes First Place
MONDAY EVENING BRIDGE Monday Evening Bridge at SDYC will be held on March 10 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 January winners: 1st-Cecilia Carrick, 2nd (Tie)-Marilyn Daniels and Cameron Peter To reserve your seat at the game, please RSVP by March 7 to Stan Nadel or Cecilia Carrick at 619-2222254 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Reserve early to avoid disappointment. The game begins promptly at 6:30 PM, playing four rounds of bridge. With fond regards, Stan and Cecilia
SDYC Women’s Luncheon Fashion Show with Wednesday, April 9 at 11:30am Please join us for this fun event and invite family & friends to cheer on the SDYC models! We will have raffle items with all monies going to Operation Helping Hand to support our military. $16.00 Sign up online at www.sdyc.org or call (619) 221-8400
48 hour cancellation policy
UNDERSTANDING THE RACING RULES OF SAILING Thursday, March 20, 2014 6:00pm SDYC Main Dining Room $10/person Dave will answer all your rules questions, and when possible will tie the rules into tactical tips in his typical insightful and humorous way. He will also share some of the most commonly misunderstood rules situations around the race course. This would be appropriate for high school aged sailors and up. About Dave - Dave Perry grew up in Connecticut sailing Blue Jays and Lightnings at the Pequot Yacht Club on Long Island Sound. He is a Senior Certified Judge, and has been a member of the US SAILING Appeals Committee since 1986, and is currently the Chairman. He has authored three books on the sport, Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing, Winning in One-Designs, and Dave Perry’s 100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes. At Yale he captained the 1975 Dinghy National Championship Team and is a two-time All American sailor. He was fifth at the 1979 Laser World Championship, two-time Congressional Cup winner (1983 & 1984), second in the 1984 Soling Olympic Trials, the 2003 Ideal 18 North American champion, and three-time U.S. Match Racing Champion (in 1982, 2006 and 2008!). He has conducted thousands of "rules talks" and seminars on the sport, and is best known for his clear, highly interactive presentations.
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CLUB NEWS US SAILING LEADERSHIP FORUM BY JOANNE O’DEA
Photo by Jerelyn Biehl
Sailing, the national governing body of the sport, hosted a groundbreaking event in San Diego. The Sailing Leadership Forum connected leaders from all aspects of our sport such as sail training and education, yacht club and sailing organization management, racing associations and organizations including one-design and handicap classes, race officials, and industry professionals. The primary objective of the Leadership Forum was to bring the sport together by assembling leaders and innovators from all areas of sailing for an all-inclusive learning and networking experience. SDYC members that attended included JJ Fetter, Jerelyn Biehl, Ian Trotter, Summer Greene (presenting “Running Fun Races: Non-Traditional Regattas”, the story of the Hot Rum Series), Susi Graff, Marilyn Foster, Joanne O’Dea, Karen Butler, Danielle Richards, Lynlee Slater, Chris Snow, Craig Leweck, Doug Werner, John Laun, and David Servais. SDYC staff included Jared Wohlgemuth (presenting at two sessions covering Yacht Club and Regatta websites), John Fretwell (Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining & Motivating Staff) and Jeff Johnson
(presenting “Regatta Safety: Planning, Operations & Emergency Response Planning). The Forum consisted of three days of keynote speakers, presentations, seminars, panel discussions, and break-out sessions providing us with a fresh perspective and new ideas on how to strengthen and grow our sport for the 21st Century sailor. Topics were themed around how we can grow the sport, make it safer, and improve our educational programs and regatta management. At his opening address, Ken Read asked the Forum attendees to focus on putting together a list of five “take-homes.” The attendees from SDYC were asked to share their thoughts ... CRAIG LEWECK • Keep college-age people sailing beyond college. Clubs need to make connections with them during college, not after. Expose them to what they may not be familiar with (ie, keelboat racing, local one design classes, race committee, etc). • The exclusivity of club access to nonmembers affects people’s opinion of sailing. Opening Day in New Zealand is when clubs are open to the community. • Increase diversity and to better relate to minority segments (ethnicity, gender, age, etc.), the leadership of the organization (clubs, businesses, etc) needs to include people of these segments.
SUSI GRAFF, RACE COMMITTEE CHAIR • When working with your volunteers, use a 5-to-1 concept: 5 positive comments to 1 constructive criticism. This goes a long way to keeping a good team on track. • To recruit R/C volunteers, get an amazing sailor in your club to write a letter to members telling them how much their club needs them. • Periodic R/C “roundtable” where people share their experiences and ideas. JERELYN BIEHL, SDYC DIRECTOR The US Sailing Leadership Forum gave SDYC a chance to rub elbows with the movers and shakers in the sailing world, from top sailors to media and industry professionals as well as leaders in our sport federation. SDYC sent 16 members and staff to the 3 day Forum and soaked up new and interesting ideas and shared our knowledge with fellow sailors to make our sport strong in the US. With the large SDYC contingent, we were able to spread out and participate in the various forums with tracks covering Developing Program, Marketing & Communication, Admin/Management, Regattas and Racing, Growing the sport/fleet/class/club/org and Handson/Outdoors. Our participants will gather all notes and disseminate to the appropriate committees and fleets within our club with ideas that may make SDYC an even better place to spend our time on the water. Thanks to the SDYC Sailing Foundation who gave grants for attendance fees for the majority of our participants. JEFF JOHNSON, WATERFRONT DIRECTOR • At my presentation on Inshore Safety someone was asking “who should be in charge of that? US Sailing? A Safety Officer?” - my answer was that it should be a bullet point on EVERYONE’S list - OA, Event Chair, RC’s and especially, the competitors. It is a culture - ingrained in our behavior.
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CLUB NEWS Investments in equipment and education are needed to strengthen the safety culture in SoCal. We live/ sail in mostly benign conditions - which can bring on a false sense of security. • SDYC’s J/22 program is on the right track (multi-purpose use - HUGE value add for members, etc.) MARILYN FOSTER, PROTEST CHAIR • Protest Comm are using Smart Phones and Skype to take testimony from witnesses, especially important for hearings that would usually require people to fly back to the original venue. DOUG WERNER, REAR COMMODORE • Develop an oversight process to make sure we have adequate and cost effective insurance for all the liability to which SDYC is exposed. • Grow adult sailing. • Continue to standardize and expand our staff and volunteer capabilities to encourage sponsorship. • Creatively stay ahead of the younger members’ interest/demand for high tech racing sailboats. Between the AC and the Olympics, that’s a big part of the future. We want them to see the Club as a resource for fulfilling this demand, encouraging them to remain members.
DAVID SERVAIS, SAIL FLEET CAPTAIN • Try to make regattas more fun using various methods including varieties of race formats and having alternative activities at regattas such as tennis tournaments, SUP activities, etc. • Creating clinics for crew training where people new to sailing (spouses, friends) can learn the basics of crewing on large keelboats, with a focus on safety training. • Develop a service to help crew find skippers and vice-versa. JJ FETTER Sixteen months ago, I was asked if I would volunteer for the board of US Sailing. I agreed because sailing has done so much for my life that I felt it was time to give back. It’s been a huge learning experience as I come to realize all that US Sailing does to support racing sailors, facilitate access to sailing and be the leader in training, safety and certification. That broad range was on full display at the Forum where US Sailing connected 600 sailors to discuss and share best practices in outreach, training, safety, club management as well as learn from great keynote speakers. There was everything from a panel discussion
on getting the post-college sailors to join your club to a panel with several industry representatives. Dave Perry discussed ISAF Cases and Appeals that racing sailors and officials should know; John Craig and Stan Honey discussed Race Management technology from the America’s Cup that can be used for local regattas; a wealth of information shared by the leaders of our sport. SDYC is a leader among yacht clubs and that was evident from the fact that our members and staff were expert panelists at the forum. Let’s lead in another area: supporting US Sailing. The Forum is just one of the many ways that US Sailing is improving our sport for everyone from the junior sailor whose instructor was one of 1,200 Level I Sailing Instructors certified by US Sailing in 2013 to the cruisers and racers whose offshore experience was safer after attending a Safety at Sea Seminar. In 2013, US Sailing published an Adaptive Sailing Resource Manual to help get people with physical limitations out on the water, simplified the Offshore Safety Regulations, organized 18 Junior Olympic events that reached over 3,000 junior sailors and did so much more. I encourage every member who hoisted a sail last year to join US Sailing. The annual membership pays for itself with the discounts from industry partners and it will benefit our sport greatly. Visit ussailing.org for more information. Photo by Joanne O’Dea
LYNLEE SLATER • Most yacht clubs sell sponsorships for their regattas. SDYC has unique selling propositions. Effective sales pitch components are - Capture Attention, Highlight Benefits, Be Relevant, Proactive and Specific. • 3 day regatta, 300 sailors = 2700 single use water bottles. Sustainable practices increase available cash for club operations.
your organization. -Jim Clark • Strong organizations have these as part of their culture: Clarity, Empowerment, Excitement, Respect, Ownership
CHRIS SNOW • Root for Team USA and Support our Olympic sailing athletes any way you are able. • Don’t be afraid to dream. Set goals that are attainable but stretch you and • w w w. s d yc .o r g •
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ON THE RACE COURSE
RACE COMMITTEE BY SUSI GRAFF 2014 Race Committee Chair
REGATTA TOP FINISHERS New Years Day Race: January 2014 Class 1 Winner: Paul & Julie McPherson, Niuhi Class 2 Winner: Michael Smith, Accord Class 3 Winner: Shampain / Plant, Still Crazy Class 4 Winner: Hurlburt / Reynolds, Skylark Class 5 Winner: Dennis Case, J/22 Class 6 Winner: Terence Gleeson, Morningstar CA Dreamin Match Race: January 2014 1st Place: Shane Young, LBYC 2nd Place: Dan Aeling, SDYC 3rd Place: Dustin Durant, LBYC One Design Weekend, January 2014 Etchells 1st Place: Tom Carruthers, Elizabeth Etchells 2nd Place: Chris Snow, Avalanche Etchells 3rd Place: Marvin Beckmann, The Martian J/105 1st Place: Dennis & Sharon Case, Wings J/105 2nd Place: Steve & Lucy Howell, Blink! J/105 3rd Place: Stewart Cannon, J-OK SDYC Club Championship, January 2014 1st Place: Team Etchells: Tyler Sinks, Vince Brun, Chuck Hope 2nd Place: Dons Alumni: Greg Reynolds, George Saunders, Mallory Schluter 3rd Place: Team Reiter: Andy Reiter, John Reiter, Jack Retier/Kyle Clark
UPCOMING EVENTS March 1: Junior Flag J/22 Regatta March 7-8: Islands Race March 8-9: One Design Weekend March 13: Racing Rules Seminar March 13-22: Vallarta Race March 14-16: Sperry Top-Sider NOOD March 21-23: North U Varsity March Race Clinic March 28-30: Etchells Midwinters April 5-6: One Design Weekend April 10: Racing Rules Seminar April 12: Opening Day Race April 19: Men’s Mayhem April 26-27: High School PCCs
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Visit our website (www.sdyc.org/raceinfo) for details on these exciting SDYC events.
t continues to be busy time for the Race Committee! As I write, the Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient (WHO) Qualifiers have just completed, with 18 boats competing – all in preparation for Augusts’ WHO championships. Thank you to Bruce Greene and his team for running this exciting event (Commodore Sinks finished in 3rd, losing the tie-breaker for 2nd). In February we will also be running our part of the SCYA Midwinters and the monthly One-Design weekend (thank you again Bruce). Backing up a bit, I just wanted to add a quick R/C perspective on the Club Champs held at the end of January. I think the R/C had as much fun as the racers in this non-stop event, with 32 races held on Saturday and 28 on Sunday to make the required 60 races needed for the 16 teams to all face each other the same number of times (stand-out race: #44 when all the skippers were juniors – Cole Harris, Cutter O’Connell, Andy Reiter and Louie Sheid – all sailing with their dads). Thanks to R/C volunteers Gary Adler, Tiffany Billings, Peggy Crunican, Dave Folsom, Ann Folting, Director Mike Morton, Jr., Jim Tomcik (also served as photographer) and Pete Whitby (and Jeff Johnson, our waterfront director) for handling the wind shifts, postponements and crazy number of starts with grace and good humor.
U.S. Sailing held a Leadership Forum here in San Diego in February, which 15 of us from the club attended. There is more about this event elsewhere in the Mainsheet, but the overwhelming thing I came away with is how really excellent our facilities and resources are here at the club, especially for race management. We are very lucky to have such a consistent core of R/C volunteers and a gifted staff member to support us, along with great assets like Corinthian and our mark set boats. Very few clubs have anything like this, and it enables us to run the high-level events we do. Just in case you are looking for some on-the-water activity in March, we have a number of events that you can jump in on and get a little race committee experience: March 8-9 is the monthly One Design Weekend, followed by the National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta on March 1416 (we run a number of courses so could really use some help here). On March 28-30 we will hold the Etchells Midwinters, always a great event with lots of participants and close racing. Also in March we will be finishing the Islands Race and starting the Puerto Vallarta race. Sign up on the Race Committee page on the SDYC website or contact Jared in the Sailing Office at email@example.com. Finally, we are planning a Race Committee 101 evening (with beer and pizza!) in the near future to give you a chance to learn more about being on the race committee, as we need to grow more volunteers! Look for more information soon. Sail Fast…Live Slow.
ON THE RACE COURSE
2014 BROWN STAR CLINIC/REGATTA BY MARK BUTLER Photos by Mark Reynolds
hosted the 2014 Brown Star Clinic/Regatta on the weekend of February 1-2. The clinic was lead by a tag team of coaches consisting of two time Star World Champion and Star Class Olympic medalist (2 gold & 1 silver) Mark Reynolds, and champion Star crew Mark Strube. Coming off of a twenty plus year hiatus SDYC’s John Burnham with crew Isao Toyoma showed up hoping for some practice and coaching before going to the Star Masters Regatta at Coral Reef Yacht Club on February 14-16. Local teams Ben Mitchell/Craig Moss, Mark Butler/ John Rudderham, and Chuck Driscoll/
Steven Driscoll, along with out of towners Scott Mason/Peter Kinney, and Doug Steel/Erick Lange showed up for some coaching and practice before the SCYA Midwinters February 15-16 at Cal Yacht Club. Saturday morning started out at 0830 with rig tunning, boat preparation, and a question and answer session in the boat park. Once everyone was rigged and launched the fleet was towed out to the near roads just around the corner from Zuniga jetty where PRO Summer Greene set up a half mile race course with the starting line to windward of the leeward mark so we could have upwind finishes without moving the RC boat. It was a perfect day for Star boat sailing, sunny and clear with westerlies of 8 to 13 knots allowing the crews to droop most of the day. Summer with her great RC crew was able to efficiently run 5 races out on the roads
followed by the most important race, the race to the hoist, which was won by Ben Mitchell. Reynolds and Strube, with District 5 Secretary Huy Nguyen as a ride along, followed the fleet around the course taking video and photos of each boat, and providing real time coaching. Saturday’s racing was quite competitive with 4 boats finishing within seconds of each other during one race. After hitting the showers everyone met in the Spinnaker Room for dinner and the coaches’ debrief, complete with videos and photos of the day’s racing. Sunday’s racing started an hour earlier since everyone wanted to be ashore in time for the Super Bowl. The breeze progressed with each race, starting with 2 to 3 knots for the first race. By the time the third race finished we had 13 plus knots, but kick off time was looming, so everyone agreed to call it a day and headed back to the hoist. Ben Mitchell had the best scores for the weekend, but the winner of the Brown Star always goes to the “most improved” which went to team Driscoll. This event provides a unique opportunity for novice and seasoned Star sailors to learn and hone their skills. Many thanks go out to Mark Reynolds and Mark Strube for generously donating their time and expertise to help out the fleet and make this event happen.
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SNIPE FLEET HAPPENINGS BY ERIC HEIM SNIPE FLEET 495 CAPTAIN
San Diego Yacht Club, in conjunction with local Snipe Fleet 495, played host to the 2014 Snipe District 6 Championship on Feb 7-9. The Championship served as the second of three US qualifiers for the Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship to be held later this year by the same organizations. Eighteen teams from California, Florida, Ohio, Maryland and Rhode Island battled for two guaranteed spots to the championship. At the morning competitors’ briefing the Organizing Authority is able to choose the venue location, South San Diego Bay or the Coronado Roads. This format will also be used at the Championship in September. Each venue holding its unique benefits and draw backs. South San Diego Bay has flat protected water but can suffer from increased pleasure and commercial traffic. The Coronado Roads is in the ocean but protected by Point Loma. It is a great open water venue but can struggle with kelp and lumpy waves. For the first day’s racing the committee opted for South San Diego Bay. The fleet had its usual first race jitters drawing a general recall and
then a Z flag start with one competitor drawing an on course side (OCS) penalty. Winds were nine to eleven knots from the west all day providing for excellent, albeit slightly chilly, conditions all day. PRO Bruce Greene working with Snipe Class President Brainard Cooper and their excellent team of volunteers kept the line square and the races fair all day. Doug Hart and Ryan Hopps of Mission Bay YC lead day 1 with a 2, 1. Chuck Sinks and US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider’s Briana Provancha held on to second after the first day of racing. Day 2 featured racing in Coronado Roads in northwest winds of between 8 and 10 knots building late in the day to 12 knots. By the completion of the fifth race, SDYC’s Rick Arneson, sailing
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with Diana Waterbury slipped by Hart/ Hopps to take a one point lead in the three day event with one day’s sailing remaining. SDYC’s Randy Lake and Kate Sheahan slipped in to 3rd, followed by Peter and Sheehan Commette from Ft. Lauderdale and Sinks/Provancha. The weather on Day 3 was very similar to Day 2 and racing was held in the Ocean again. Hart/Hopps of Mission Bay, CA had what might be called a ”down and up” day on the third day of racing, but at the end of the seven race series they nipped SDYC’s Rick Arneson and Diana Waterbury by four points to win the Snipe District 6 Championship and picked up the qualifying slot for this year’s Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship that was up for grabs for the winner.
ON THE RACE COURSE With an OCS in Race 6, which became Hart/Hopps’ drop race, and a 4th place finish in in the final race to go with other scores of 2, 1, 6, 2, and 3, Hart and Arneson were tied at 14 all after 6 races, but Arneson slipped to an 8th place finish. One qualifying position for the Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship was available at the regatta for the highest-placing female team. Carol Cronin and Kim Couranz, sailing our of Severn Sailing Assn, MD, won this spot. In an unanticipated twist, the team of Aine Fretwell and Paris Henken sailing for MBYC were awarded the Snipe Women’s Challenge trophy based on them beating Cronin/ Couranz in 4 out of 7 races. This event is just the beginning of
a big 2 years ahead for Fleet 495 in San Diego. Not only will the Western Hemispheres be coming to our backyard, but we are hosting the US Pan Am Qualifier in Fall 2014 and the
US Women’s, Jr.’s, and Open Nationals in 2015! There are good boats available if you are interested in joining this super fun and competitive fleet.
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SKIPPER Doug Hart Rick Arneson Chuck Sinks Randy Lake David Tillson Peter Commette Eric Heim Nick Kaschak Don Bedford Carol Cronin John Fretwell Aine McLean Chris Wright Ty Reed Scott Sinks Steve Stewart Sonya Smith Seth Siegler
CREW Ryan Hopps Diana Waterbury Briana Provancha Kate Sheahan Ian Brill Sheehan Commette Gus Wirth Krystal Treiberg Jenn Lyons Kim Couranz Roger O'Connor Paris Henken Lauren Wright Mandy Sackett Johannes McElvain Jack Reiter Kelly Loomis Cary Siegler
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ANGLERS BY BROCK GUENTNER
s the upcoming fishing season approaches, a few early Yellowtail have been showing up at the Coronado Islands. Halibut have been found in the back bay of San Diego and we look forward in anticipation to what could be offshore with all this warm winter weather. But in the meantime we want to congratulate last year’s winners of the SDYC Anglers Awards. First off we all want to give special recognition to Todd Fisher for all of his hard work in making the anglers a wonderful group and winning the ROBERT S. ROULETTE MEMORIAL TROPHY for outstanding service. In the Juniors category we would like to recognize: SETH GUENTNER • First Game fish of the Year by a Junior (Don Waggoner Trophy) • Largest Yellowtail by a Junior on 30 pound test (Tanner Electronics Award) TREVOR CHASE LESTER • Largest Halibut of the Year (Dick
J/22 FLEET BY DARIN HAYDEN
ednesday Night Beer Cans in La Playa are back! Due to popular demand, we will be starting May 7th and will continue through October giving you 23 weeks of fun competition. For those of you who are new to the program, these informal races are held in La Playa without spinnakers. Race committee is performed by the racers on a volunteer basis. We use the SSSS (sabot program) marks and timing system. Scores are not recorded but after race celebrations are held in the bar following the races as the Fleet usually beats the bay racers back to the dock. Remember to reserve your boats online more than 48 hours prior to racing. Please join us!
Eddy Trophy) • Largest Yellowtail by a Junior on 20 lb. (Charles W. Patrick Memorial Trophy) • Largest Yellowtail by a Junior on 15 lb.
• First Tuna of Season, Largest Tuna of Season, Last Tuna of Season Largest Tuna on 20 lb. (Miss Leona Trophy) Highest weight to line ratio 1.5/1 (SDYC High Ratio Trophy) RANDY LAKE
• Largest Non-Billfish of the Year by a Junior (Johnson Family Trophy
• Largest Yellowtail of Season a 40 pound fish.
In the Adults category we would like to recognize:
ROBERT PENNELL AND ERIC LOPER • who both caught their first Yellowtail of the season within minutes of each other on different boats. The close time of the two catches led the Angler’s board to call it a tie for the Kenneth Baker Trophy for the first game fish of the season. TODD STRUYK • Largest White Sea Bass of season (Elmer Hehr Trophy) • Commodore’s Trophy for the most significant catch of the season PHIL JOHNSON • Largest Yellowtail on 16 lb.
• Largest Yellowtail on 30 lb. (Mission Bay Boat Sales Award) LOUIE ZIMM • Largest Barracuda of season (Mission Bay Sportfishers Award) Upcoming Fishing Events: • June 8th. Kids Fishing Seminar @ SDYC Front Dock • June 29th. Kids Fishing Day aboard the Sea Watch • August 17th. Junior Coastal Anglers Tournament, JCAT aboard the Sea Watch. • June 29th. SDYC vs SWYC Bay Fishing Tournament – An Anglers Event
• First Dorado of season, Largest Dorado on 20 lb. (Thomas Hearne Trophy)
These events are supported through anglers dues so please become a member.
COACHING PROGRAM FOR FLEET RACING, MATCH RACING AND TEAM RACING Introducing a new benefit of the J/22 Fleet - Starting in May and continuing every other week for the next 8 weeks (5:30 pm - Dark), you and your crew have the opportunity to participate in training provided by one of our professional coaches. Steve Hunt is working on developing a new program designed to elevate your sailing and racing skills. This program will benefit any level of sailor, no matter which fleet or boat you are used to sailing. Sign-ups will be available on the SDYC J/22 fleet website, more information about the program options will be soon. You will be able to enroll as a skipper, crew, or charter a boat for the session. Space will be limited so be sure to watch your inbox, J/22 Fleet website, and the Mainsheet for details.
OPENING DAY J/22 Skippers and Crew! Let’s get all 8 boats on the water with racing sails for the Opening Day Regatta on April 12th. Registration will begin shortly and we need a minimum of 4 boats to use the race sails. Let’s make sure we display those SDYC sails proudly on the bay! For those of you who are not currently a member of the J/22 Fleet, it’s a $600 annual fee with a required check-out. Make sure to join the fleet and complete your checkout prior to the regatta! For additional information and membership application, please refer to the following address: http://www.sdyc.org/fleets/j_22_fleet Visit the J/22 Hospitality boat in the water next to “Corinthian” on Opening Day, April 13, to learn more about the Fleet and how this fun and valuable club owned asset can benefit you as a member of SDYC! See you then!
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MODEL YACHT FLEET BY DAVID RYAN Photos by Joanne O’Dea
ith one of the warmest and, unfortunately, for our state’s reservoirs driest Januarys I can remember, SDYC’s Model Yacht Fleet celebrated the new year with our first edition of the Winter Series. As I mentioned in last month’s Mainsheet, we had to adjust the racing calendar in anticipation of “Charger fever.” This led to our unfortunate conflict with the racing calendar of other SDYC fleets, namely the Etchells group. If only we could have foreseen the not-surprising collapse of the Chargers… Regardless, on January 18th we raced our first regatta under the leadership of new Fleet Captain Chuck Mellor. Under gorgeous sunny conditions with an uncharacteristically fickle breeze, yesterday we squeezed in 9 races under the jurisdiction of new hotshot PRO, the young Master Mellor. As of this writing it is still undetermined whether this was semi-voluntary or a mandate
from the fleet commandant. Don’t let the modest turnout perpetuate any assumption with regard to lack of a high level of competition. We had a solid representation by the usual suspects and the scores reflected the tight racing. The results are seen below which reflect competitive racing. To view more detailed information about the results of individual races, check the SDYC Model Yacht Fleet Website. Race results for the Second and Third Winter Series regattas are pending at the time of this report. With drought conditions prevailing throughout California, we feel Winter Series I 1. George Szabo, III 2. David Rayn 3. Sandy Purdon 4. Chuck Mellor 5. Larry Adams 6. Jean Malthaner 7. John Landon 8. Gary Becker 9. Jim Richardson
fortunate that any significant effect on Pacific Ocean water levels is unlikely. We are certainly looking forward to longer daylight hours. Patience is virtue.
12 pts. 15 pts. 18 pts. 24 pts. 35 pts. 35 pts. 35 pts. 46 pts. 59 pts.
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2014 Buffalo Beach Tent Reservations Open March 15 In an effort to make the tent reservation process as clear as possible I hope we haven’t confused you more. Please check dates, your Buffalo Beach Club member level, Restrictions and Notes below. For more information and Frequently Asked Questions refer to the Buffalo Beach Tent Reservation section on the Club’s web site. DATE See notes March 15 March 15 March 22 May 3
BB Season >>>> Date Range >>>> Buffalo Beach Club Level Commodore Level Vice Commodore Level All SDYC Flag Members All SDYC Members Rate per tent per night Beachmaster on duty
LOW Jan 1 to May 23 Open Now N/A N/A N/A $50 No
HIGH PEAK HIGH May 24 to June 30 July 1 to Sept 1 Sept 2 to Oct 12 Restrictions till May 3 1. Two Reservations of one tent each allowed. 2. One to Seven nights for each Reservation. 3. Only One Reservation During PEAK Season No limits to tent reservations $75 $100 $75 Yes Yes Yes
LOW Oct 13 to Dec 31 Open March 15 N/A N/A N/A $50 No
1. March 15: Reservations from Commodore and Vice Commodore Level will be taken in person, 8 am, in the Frost Room with the Dockmaster. After all those in person have been accommodated phone calls will be taken after 10:30 am and then email requests will be filled. If you are not a Buffalo Beach Commodore or Vice Commodore level member you will be able to sign up at that time. 2. March 22: Reservations will be taken in person, 9 am at the Dockmaster’s Office. Same order as in note #1. All SDYC Flag members. 3. May 3: Reservations will be taken in person, 9 am at the Dockmaster’s Office. Same order as in note #1. All SDYC members. 4. Only Commodore level may reserve during LOW Season. 5. Groups will be scheduled as availability permits and usually during LOW Season. A Commodore level BB membership is necessary.
Remember the SDYC Web Site has more info and FAQs. If you can’t find the answer there email Scott: firstname.lastname@example.org or Simon: email@example.com.
THE PV RACE San Diego Yacht Club 31st biennial race from San Diego to the Mexican Riviera
Join the excitement at the kick-off party on Thursday, March 13th at 7:30pm Enjoy plenty of food, drinks and live entertainment the night before the start. Waiting at the finish will be friends, family and fans (and of course parties galore) at the ’14 race headquarters, Azul Marino Yacht Club in Puerto Vallarta. For those sailors in search of the ultimate 2-fer, our friends from the Mexican Sailing Federation will be holding the MEXORC regatta the week following the finish of PV ’14. As has been the case for the past 37 years, MEXORC offers some of the best racing conditions found anywhere on the west coast with reliable breeze, round-the-buoys action, fantastic scenery and even more parties! How sweet is the taste of that first cool drink after the finish of an ocean race to paradise? Let’s go! Schedule and reservation information for all events can be found at: www.sdyc.org/pv
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AMATEUR RADIO GROUP PETER VAN HORNE - KA6U SDARG CHAIRMAN
the years amateur radio operators were known by the big antennas above their homes, the unusual melodic sound of Morse code coming out of their basement windows, the lights in their house dimming like Frankenstein’s lab and annoying patterns and noise on neighbor’s television sets. At least that’s what my neighbors experienced. Times have changed. This week I am traveling in San Jose. On Monday, I received an email from the operators of a new Internet based amateur radio service, www. remotehamradio.com. They invited me to test a new service they plan to offer to amateur radio operators allowing them to rent access by the
SSSS FLEET BY DEE VAN HORNE FLEET CAPTAIN
to Team SSSS for sailing in the 2014 SDYC Club Championship! The SSSS team consisted of Danny North, Dick Denzler and Darin Hayden who are all extremely accomplished sailors especially in the J22. They sailed extremely well with a 7 place overall. Thank you Team SSSS for supporting our fleet! We are continuing to have great sailing weather for the winter series with as many of 14 sabots out on the water every Tuesday. Thank you Rod and Diane for race committee duties each week! We racers sure do appreciate all you do for us! This year SDYC is hosting the Sr. Sabot Nationals on June 14th and 15th
minute to amazing amateur radio stations in locations around the world. I replied to their email and they sent me a password to use their service. I connected to their website and was granted complete control of an amateur radio station on a mountain in upstate New York. This station has a 90 foot tower with 5 antennas on it. It has another array of four 70 foot tall antennas in a square on another part of the property. From my web browser I have complete control of the 1000 watt transmitter and control of all of the antenna rotators.
at Mission Bay Yacht Club. Due to the sailing space constraints in La Playa, MBYC graciously agreed to assist us in hosting this grand event. Thank you Jim Hecht of MBYC, Michael O’Connell and Geves Kenny who are co-chairing this event. We need your help to make this event shine for our club. If you have a little time to spare to help with event coordination on the weekend of June 14 and 15, please let myself know or Michael or Geves. We appreciate your support! Men’s Mayhem…. Mark your calendar for this fun and exciting event. The date is April 19th, the day before Easter Sunday. So, gentlemen…. Start your engines and get revved up for an exciting Mayhem this year! Please come out and join the SSSS Fleet for the winter series beginning Tuesday, January 7th and every following Tuesday. All races start at 11:30am followed by lunch on the
I am connected to their station using my laptop computer, Bose headphones, and my iPhone as a hotspot. On Monday night, 5 minutes after I connected to their site, I made my first contact to a station in the US Virgin Islands. Over the next four nights after finishing my business meetings, I contacted 120 other stations in 70 countries around the World from Antarctica to South Africa, Zambia, Sudan, Australia, Europe, India, Singapore, the station at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia, almost everywhere in the World. The team behind this service is planning on offering low-cost remote access to some of the biggest amateur radio stations in the US and also in Europe. For as little as 17 cents a minute ham radio operators with only a computer and Internet access will be able to use amateur radio stations from any place they are. We live in interesting times!
clubhouse deck. We also race once a month on a Saturday. So, if you can’t make the Tuesday, come join us on Saturday! Check out the SSSS fleet calendar online at www.sdyc. org/fleets/ssss/senior_sabots for our sailing dates. Come out and join the SSSS for fun and camaraderie on and off the water!
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PC BY RISH PAVELEC, PC #16 DAWN
I am still on a “high” having
returned from our Hawaii trip this week. We did the usual tourist stuff in Honolulu and enjoyed lovely “picnics” on the water each evening. After 3 days of that…we moved on to Hilo where we had a lovely home on the water. Sitting there on our own personal lava bed watching the whales and dolphins swim by will not soon be forgotten. I regret that I found no indication of a surviving PC. As we move into the New Year, owners are hauling their boats to do some TLC and improvements. There comes a time in a “woodie’s” life that owners need to do those maintenance tasks that have been neglected for so many years. If these yachts are to be saved and sailed for ANOTHER 80 years… the work must get done sooner or later. As usual…the longer you wait and put it off, the more expensive and time consuming it gets. Right now, #11 is getting new varnish on her mast, #14 is getting some deck repair, #23 seeing some planking repair and #35 is out for a complete rebuild. I, too, need to give some thought to hauling #16 for a bottom job and bright work. As is always the case with any boat, keeping her “fit and healthy” means many more years of sailing with out breaking the bank. Readers may remember that last month’s article showed a photo of an Alden design, referenced
as a “One Design for San Diego.” I put out a call for assistance in learning more about the boat. While in Hawaii, I received an email from Alex and Bud Caldwell. They identified the vessel as a “Sun Class” Alden design that was the first sailboat that George Kettenburg built at his home on Kellog St! In fact, Alex pointed out that there was a drawing and some photos in the book “Building Kettenburgs.” When I arrived back on the mainland, I pulled out my book and was thrilled to read the story. It seems that PC skipper A.E. Childs (PC #3) was involved with the development of the Sun Class and later moved on to PC’s. Thanks to Bud and Alex for pointing me in the right direction. That magazine article I stumbled upon took me by surprise! On Feb. 23rd, the PC fleet is planning a PC Dock Party on E Street after the last race of that
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One Design Weekend this will be a great opportunity for non PC sailors to see our boats, ask questions and perhaps earn a crew slot! Some fleet members know that Phil Chase, of the Marina Del Ray PC fleet, is selling #43. I have been in contact with Phil and know that SDYC member and experienced PC sailor, Roger Stewart, made a trip up to see the boat and meet with Phil. I am hoping that yet another PC will show up at the club. Of course, the usual concern with new buyers is “where will I keep the boat since E Street is filled up? It’s hard to continually build the fleet of these historic yachts when there is no place to put them. Is anyone listening? In closing, the PC Fleet lost long time supporter, Celeste Trepte (#26), on January 15th. Our best wishes to SC Gene and his family. I wish you all a fantastic March!
TENNIS BY KEITH DANON Photos by Christy Radecic
There are lots of fun activities in the
future for the Tennis Fleet and you should know about them. These events happen because of volunteering. Let us know if you can help. Last week a Fleet member asked me if he could still purchase one of our pavers at the entrance of the tennis courts. You Betcha! For a small donation of $250, he now has his name and words of wisdom forever engraved at the San Diego Yacht Club. If you do not have your paver yet, step up to the court and purchase one. Tuesday nights at 4:30 is our Kids Clinic. It’s a great option for the kids to sharpen their skills with a professional teacher and the adults to chat over a Mount Gay or soda. Maybe a Mount Gay and soda? Wednesday nights are “crackin” with drop by tennis for the adults. Always a good crowd, always good tennis, and always great conversation. Don’t forget the Tennis Ladder continues, so make the commitment and call someone above you for a match. After the Davis Cup here at Petco which many of us enjoyed, everybody is talking about red clay. I haven’t pitched Commodore Sinks about adding those 2 new red clay courts yet, but after a couple more rums I probably will. Wish me good luck. April 13 is opening day and we need volunteers for the Tennis Fleet table. Put in an hour or two and you’ll be our hero while spreading the good word of the Tennis Fleet. Later that month is the “Tropical Tennis Mixer” where excellent tennis is played and nobody goes home thirsty. In May the Fleet will put on the Adults/Kids Clinic that many of us have enjoyed in the past. And finally take your racket covers off for a salute to Matt and Christy who are King and Queen this year. We all sincerely
thank you both for all your help. February’s “Cupid Cup” was our first tournament of the year. We had a big turnout of 34 players and a great peanut gallery to cheer them on. A huge thank you to Dan and Becca Rumsey for hosting this event. The courts were decorated, there was food, drink and lots of tennis played. Blessed by the sunny weather, it was a perfect day for tennis! The format allowed everyone to get in a maximum amount of games with different players. Talk about a turnaround. The finals pitted Dan Rumsey and Christy Radecic against Jerry Hibert and Carrie
Schluter. With their backs against the wall Dan and Christy came back from 0-4 to a 7-5 victory. Congratulations to all 4 players for a good finals match! Kudos go out to Niza Brown and Becca for set up and tear down at the event. Thumbs up to Ian Adelberg and everyone’s favorite gal Gloria Ferrer for the two magnums of champagne that went to the winners. Jerry and Carrie took home a couple nice bottles of wine as parting gifts. We look forward to seeing everyone at the “Cupid Cup” next year! See you on the courts!
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SDYC SUMMER SAILING 2014 New improved offerings and shorter sessions! June 16 - August 8
Sea Urchins, Sea Horses, and Sea Otters morning classes for every level beginner!
Beyond High School Sailing will train teens for club racing with spinnakers, and compete in the Junior Olympics Regatta!
We’re hosting the C420 Nationals! Advanced Racers train with expert coaches, video review, and 6 new C420s!
Plus all the Summer favorites like Family Nights, Dutch Shoe Marathon, CFJ Nationals, and Sabot Junior Nationals
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BY JOHN FRETWELL SCYA Harold Adams Team Race Classic
n late January, the SDYC Junior Program hosted the SCYA Harold Adams Team Race Classic. Being uniquely equipped to hold this complex, equipment-intensive regatta, SDYC been home to the Harold Adams for several years, and it has evolved into one of the most exciting and popular competitions on our calendar. For 2014, we were able to expand the Harold Adams into a full two-day event, increase the number of participating teams from 12 to 15, and even supply all the boats and sails. This was great competition in a turn-key package! For those new to team racing, let me expand on this discipline of sailing. In its most common form, team racing involves teams of three boats meeting other teams of three, in a series of heats. Since finish positions 1-6 total to 21 points, whichever team finishes with 10 or less points wins. Savvy team racers know that some
winning combinations are easier to maintain than others, and aim to get their team into one of these combos, such as a 1-4-5, or the very difficult to disrupt 2-3-4. Teammates must constantly evaluate whether their team is holding a winning combo, and call out practiced “plays” to improve their position. The “passback” is one of the most common moves, in which one teammate uses right of way to harass a trailing opponent, allowing a teammate to pass both themselves and the opponent, improving their team’s overall position. Finishing a race in a “good” position but with your team in a losing combo is the ultimate faux pas, and “Friends don’t let friends finish last,” is a great rule of thumb. To spice things up even further, this year we changed from the fair, but tedious round-robin to a more dynamic “Swiss League” format. The 15 teams were seeded into three groups of 5. After a quick round-robin within each group, the five teams with the best record moved into Round II as the Gold Division where wins were worth 3 pts., the next 5 into Silver (wins=2), and the last 5 into Bronze (wins=1). In this
way, teams spend most of their time meeting teams with similar records, and closer racing is achieved for the benefit of sailors and spectators alike! After three rounds of competition, Point Loma High School Gold had amassed a whopping 19 points to claim the Harold Adams Team Race Classic for an impressive eight years in a row! Newport Harbor High School Blue was 2nd with 16 points, and Point Loma’s Maroon squad was 3rd with 15 points. Congratulations to all of the Pointers and Coach Steve Hunt on another successful title! The SDYC Junior Program is proud to put on events like the Harold Adams, and would like to thank the entire membership for their critical support, the Southern California Yachting Association for providing lunch for the competitors, and especially Kimberly and Victor McKnight for allowing us use of their lovely trawler Helena for regatta operations! Stay tuned for the High School PCCs and Mallory Cup High School Nationals hosted later this spring at the best Junior sailing facility in the country, thanks to you!
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MARCH 2014 MONDAY
SUNDAY 2 Oscar’s Party
Darren & Terry Show
JR FLAG J/22 REGATTA
9 ONE DESIGN WEEKEND
13 Night Tennis
RACING RULES SEMINAR
Steak Night MODEL YACHT SPRING SERIES I
Bridgedeckers ETCHELLS MIDWINTERS
Wine Down Wednesday
Trophy polishing party
22 SSSS SATURDAY RACE NORTH U VARSITY MATCH
Dave Perry’s rule seminar 2014 VALLARTA RACE
SPERRY TOP-SIDER NOOD 2014 VALLARTA RACE
PV Race kick-off party
APRIL 2014 MONDAY
Catalina Conservancy Ball SSSS SPRING SERIES I
ONE DESIGN WEEKEND
SSSS SPRING SERIES II
Bridgedeckers RACING RULES SEMINAR
Darren & Terry Show
Cruising Fleet Dinner
SSSS SPRING SERIES V
OPENING DAY RACE
Night Tennis Wine Down Wednesday
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SSSS SPRING SERIES IV
OPENING DAY DINNER
24 Night Tennis
SSSS SATURDAY RACE
SSSS SPRING SERIES III
MODEL YACHT SPRING SERIES II
PCISA PACIFIC COAST CHAMPS MISSION BAY CF CRUISE HIGH SCHOOL PCCS
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Save the Date!
Easter Brunch Celebration
Sunday, April 20 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Reservations will open March 1.
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1011 Anchorage Lane, San Diego, CA 92106
SDYC US SAILING ONE DESIGN CLUB AWARD 2013 L to R: Danielle Richards, Summer Greene, Bruce Greene, Karen Butler, Susi Graff