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November is here and the fall racing season has fully kicked-in.

To add some dimension to what “fully kicked-in” means, take a few minutes and offer to buy one of the amazing Race Committee or regatta organizing volunteers a delicious SDYC hamburger (get Chef’s chips on the side, yum!) and a Coke. You’ll hardly believe your ears. As a conservation starter, ask about what’s been happening over the 61 days during September and October. I can tell you the SDYC Race Committee was on the water for 34 of those days. That is over a full month of on the water time in the past two months, and a lot more is coming up on the calendar. Whew….amazing. As a very fortunate first-hand consumer of many of the fall regattas hosted by SDYC recently, we should all take great comfort and pride knowing the sterling reputation of our great Club for hosting first class international, national and regional regattas remains perfectly intact. Competitors from around the world consistently went out of their way to let myself and others know the organization and execution of our events, both on and off the water were flawless. SDYC’s facilities, racing venues, regatta execution and the warm welcoming membership are the envy of Yacht Clubs everywhere. To our Waterfront Department, Sailing Office, Race Committee, staff, membership and importantly the volunteers that make it all happen, thank you and well done. As I write this the Club is buzzing with all kinds of activity. Jeff Brown, Joanne O’Dea and the rest of their extensive team are preparing to kick off two of SDYC’s “signature events,” the International Masters Regatta and the 100th running of the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup challenge. “The Masters” was contested October 24-26. I hope you got to take it in, what a treat. A dozen sailing legends are invited to SDYC to mix it up for the International Masters Championship perpetual. This prestigious regatta was started at St. Francis Yacht Club in 1975. This is the third consecutive year San Diego Yacht Club will play host to this wonderful event. SDYC legends Ash Brown (’84), Malin Burnham (’00, ’03), Dennis Case (’12) and Chuck Nichols (’13) have captured the Masters title and the coveted navy blue blazer that is ceremoniously slipped onto the winner at the always-entertaining prize giving festivities. As you read this, the 100th Sir Thomas Lipton Cup challenge will just be wrapping up. I hope you got to the City Front venue to check out the action. The Lipton Cup is the signature regatta for San Diego Yacht Club and has been now for a full century. This year’s edition is fully subscribed with twelve, top-level teams, many representing Clubs from outside Southern California coming to SDYC to challenge for the Cup. Teams from the New York Yacht Club, San Francisco Yacht Club and Seattle Yacht Club will be among those racing in the equalized J-105’s graciously made available to the SDYC for the Masters and Lipton Cup by their owners. Like the Masters, Lipton Cup racing teams will rotate boats each race with each boat sporting matched sets of speciallylogo’d SDYC sails which are identical and were purposely made for these events. SDYC’s 2014 Lipton Cup team of skipper Brad Rodi, Steve Hunt, Ben Mitchell, Chris Busch, George Saunders, Rebecca Mcelvain and Nick Martin are out to defend SDYC’s thrilling 2013 Lipton Cup win. Go get ‘em team. As soon as “smoke clears” from the all the Lipton Cup happenings, it’s Hot Rum time! Find a ride and get out there with 150 other boats. Hot Rum’s with the pursuit start format are some of the most fun and entertaining races of the year. You can’t explain it, you just have to race it! Get out there. It is guaranteed fun. Don’t forget the amazing Thanksgiving Dinner at SDYC. Maybe this is the year when it comes time to pull together that Thanksgiving dinner, its “just better to let the pro’s handle it.” SDYC’s Chef Darren and his dream team of culinary specialists are just the pro’s you want when it gets down to good eating. Make your reservations today. I cannot believe I am writing this…November 30th is Christmas decorating day at the Club! Holy Santa Claus, where did the year go?! Decorating Day is fun, it goes fast and you meet a lot of great people. Please sign up at Lastly, a standing ovation for Bob Vincent and his Alpha Dock crew. Bob and his team literally saved the “rotation dock” that SDYC uses for the Masters Lipton Cup and other events we host on the City Front, from the scrap heap. Without Alpha Dock, the complexions of the signature events we just hosted are very different. Alpha Dock is not only repaired, but it is now at SDYC standards i.e. the best. Kudos Bob and team. Thanksgiving is time to “hit the breaks” on our hyper-speed lives, take a breath, give thanks and reflect. I know I am very thankful for many things; a marvelous wife and family, fantastic friends and all that is 1011 Anchorage Lane. I’ll see you around the Club.

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San Diego Yacht Club 1011 Anchorage Lane San Diego, CA 92106-3005 Volume 79 • Issue 11 Board of Directors Commodore Charles C. Sinks Vice Commodore John L. Laun Rear Commodore Douglas Werner Jr. Staff Commodore Charles B. Hope, Jr.


Directors John A. Reiter Michael J. Dorgan Jerelyn W. Biehl Brian D. Thomas Michael A. Morton, Jr.


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Thanksgiving Feast announcement Women’s Events/Bridgedeckers/Monday Night Bridge Taste of Point Loma thank you Race for Rady & Sailfest Staff Anniversary Operation: Holiday Helping Hand event


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2014 Match Race Invitational Race Committee/Race results J/Fest/Family Fun Regatta event Hinman Champs/South Bay Finn Class Championship Olympic & Paralympic World Championships Bishop Rock Race

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IN GENERAL THE DARREN AND TERRY SHOW NOVEMBER 20, 2014 - 6:30pm Your favorite food and winers are back with a new wine and new show. For the month of November, the Dynamic Duo will be featuring the wines of Anglim Winery from Paso Robles. No that is not a typo and we are not related, but the wines are darn good! Steve and Steffanie Anglim are a small family owned label producing Rhone varietals and Pinots and Cabs. They are a limited production operation of 3500 cases per year utilizing 100% French oak but managing the new oak percentages so as to create a balanced style.

Always a treat and always sold out. Make your reservations quickly. $50++ per person

GREETINGS FROM THE CLUB GENERAL MANAGER - TERRY ANGLIN, CCM CCE Wow, November already; always a long as the hat inventory holds out. and Cab. busy month at the Club. November 12 marks “Ladies Night Don’t forget to make your The first two days of the month will Out” where I will lead a champagne Thanksgiving Day reservations. I spoke mark the completion of the 100th tasting for approximately 100 ladies to a member today who already has Lipton Cup. This is always a great event of the club and their guests. Palate his reservation for 32 family members. with a long tradition and we want to cleansing hors d’oeuvres will be served The event is always a sellout with the see the Cup stay in the lobby for the and 4 sparklings will be poured. Last club serving 600 members and guests. next year. year the event was a sellout - and also Lastly if you haven’t made your plans The Hot Rum regattas also begins in a bit noisy. yet, the Club still has some open slots November and the first two regattas The November 20th Darren and for December holiday parties. Call Amy will be on November 8 and November Terry Show will feature the wines of or Taylor and get your room and party 22. We just received the 2014 version Anglim Winery from Paso Robles. Steve booked soon. of the Mt. Gay Hot Rum hats that will Anglim produces wines made in the As always, thank you for your be distributed to the competitors as Rhone style along with a great Pinot continued support.

Fall Wine Event Freeman Wine Tasting November 6 - 6:00pm

Please join Ken and Akiko Freeman as they share their world class Russian River Sonoma county wines. The evening will feature their 2012 Ryo-Fu Chardonnay, 2012 Russian River Pinot Noir, and 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Along with the 3 wines, palate cleansing hors d’oeuvres will be served. This format will be less structured than the Darren and Terry Show as there will not be a coursed dinner.

Akiko, the winemaker, and Ken began the winery in Sebastopol in 2001 and have earned many 90+ point recognitions. They have been presenters for the International Wine Society of CMAA and SDYC is fortunate that they have space in their busy calendar for a visit. They will speak to their wines during the evening; of special interest will be the comparison of the two Pinots from different terriors. The price for this special night is $35.00++ Reservations, please.

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS KIRSTEN ZILLMAN - FLAG “The sense of tradition and the knowledge base here is unparalleled anywhere on earth as are the facilities and amenities. The membership has done a fantastic job building a club that includes everyone and continues to evolve to inhabit spots in the forefront of our sport and community. The SDYC generates members who lead, care, win, and give back to the club to make it better for us all. I would like to be a part of such an impressive group of people.”

BRIAN PEPIN - FLAG “I want to invest my time, resources, and energy into an organization that is on the forefront of the sailing world. I’ve been fortunate to spend some time at the San Diego Yacht Club over the last few years and witness first-hand what a fantastic place it is. I’m also excited about opportunities for my children to someday take advantage of the youth programs available at the club.”

TIMOTHY OLSON - FLAG “I have a passion for being on the water and having access to boats. I am looking to further my boating skills and experience by being actively involved with the sail training classes, racing, etc. that the club offers. My wife and I plan on owning a boat in the coming years and we want to be a part of a long standing and respected boating community.”

BLAKE PERSKY – FLAG “Over the years, I’ve gotten to know several members of the club very well and often visit the club multiple times a month. My wife and I are looking to spend more time out on the water and purchase a sail boat for cruising the bay and to Catalina. I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie at the club each time I’ve visited and always look forward to opening day and other festivities.”

LAKE RICKOLT - FLAG “I see the passion I have for yachting in my friends that are members who are passing that on to their children and families. I hope to have my daughter, Milly learn to sail in the sailing programs at SDYC. She is two years old and ready to be an Olympic sailor. Joining and being a part of a club such as SDYC would be an honor for me and a great place to share my passion for yachting with others.”

MICHAEL TERRY - FLAG “I have recently purchased an Etchells and would like to store it at SDYC. I intend to actively race it in all local Etchells races. Since the majority of the Etchells fleet is located at SDYC I would also like to be based out of SDYC. Also having access to SDYC facilities will also enhance both the on water and off water enjoyment of activities related to the Etchells Fleet.”

ANDREW CONSTANTINE - FLAG “In the near term I am looking to get more involved with racing again, particularly in the one design classes at your club. In the near future I am looking to own my own sailboat again which I would like to race in club events and also cruise locally. Through membership I hope to meet more like minded individuals whom I can share racing and cruising experiences with.”

MATTHEW BLANCHARD - JUNIOR FLAG “I want to learn more about sailing generally and specifically how to race. I also think the SDYC is a respectable organization where I will make lifelong friendships with individuals who share my passion for being on the water. In addition, there are many activities and facilities of the club I would utilize as a member.”

LINDSAY JANOS - JUNIOR FLAG “I plan to continue sailing, both for leisure and competition, and I know that the caliber of competition to be found in SDYC members is unrivaled anywhere in the country.” The entire culture of SDYC, its members, opportunities and facilities, played an instrumental role in my youth and I would love to be in a position to provide my family with the same incredible experiences and opportunities I enjoyed at SDYC.”

MAX HUTCHESON - JUNIOR FLAG “I love everything that the club is able to provide especially in terms of me being able to grow my own sailing experience. Being around the caliber of sailors that we have leads to great opportunities on and off the water. Additionally having coached within the junior program for so long makes me feel extremely interested in its continued growth and excellence.”

REID COULTAS – JUNIOR FLAG “My aunt introduced me to the club and from the very beginning, I felt at home. I have experienced the higher caliber social scene as well as a shared passion for the water at the yacht club. I believe that the San Diego Yacht Club is the best club in our area and I would very much like to become a part of your family.”

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STEPHEN BROWNELL PROVISIONAL ASSOCIATE “My wife and I have chosen sailing as a path to follow as we have more time and resources with our kids through college. We have worked to build our skills and have a new Bavaria Vision 42 under contract for delivery soon.”




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. FLAG

Thomas Nielsen (Geri Dahl) Owner, Nielsen Beaumont Marine, Inc. Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: David Pekin 2nd Sponsor: Asa Morton Margo Davis Retired Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Ed Lazarski 2nd Sponsor: James Reynolds Virginia Buerger (Peter) Retired Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Steve Allman 2nd Sponsor: Helen Powell


Richard Houston (Laurie) Owner, Yuma Furniture Company Inc. Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: S/C Woody Hunt 2nd Sponsor: Pete Morrow


Eduardo Saenz Student, USD Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Alex Camet 2nd Sponsor: Lorenzo Berho


Captain Jonathan Spaner (Laura) Sector Commander/ Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: John Anderson 2nd Sponsor: S/C Sandy Purdon


Pamela Ganong

Nicholas Augustine Petty Officer 3rd Class, US Navy Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Troy Hartmann 2nd Sponsor: David

Last Call Betty Jane East – Life Widow 231 Betty Ann Huntington – Life Widow 151 Suzanne Moore – Life Widow 145

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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Staff Commodore Kenneth Bertino 619.980.2623 Vice Commodore John Laun 619.840.4804 Staff Commodore Bill Campbell 619.887.1729 Staff Commodore Andy La Dow 619.237-1404 Mary Snow 619.392.4477 Dennis Kenneally 619.885.1380 Lee Hope 619.995-0326 Steve Malowney 619.838-6353 Membership Secretary Danielle Carreón 619.758.6303

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Photos by Bob Betancourt

From October 6 – 10, SDYC brought together the best that the sport has to offer for the 2014 Kiteboard North American Championship. The competition featured both Formula Kiteboard and Hydrofoil Kiteboard sailors, and was held under specified conditions laid down by both the International Kiteboarding Class Association and ISAF. A total of 21 competitors competed, with 14 competitors in the Kitefoil class and 14 competitors in the Kiteboard class. Cameron Biehl, Oliver Bridge, Julien Kerneur, Nico Landauer, Nick Levi, Ty Reed and Denis Taradin are the seven ambitious competitors who set to accomplish the grueling task of competing in both classes. One of those seven is veteran kiteboarder Ty Reed, who says that these types of competitions are what his sport waits for every year. “Competing in any continental championship is always special,” Reed said. “I was in the top ten in San Francisco at this event last year and I will be looking to improve in my home waters.” This year’s competition brought in athletes from all over the world. Six different countries were represented in this year’s four-day competition. Last year’s North American champ Johnny Heineken did not compete and the rest of the 2013 scoreboard leaders were ready to make a play for the coveted top spot.

One of those 2013 scoreboard leaders was Bryan Lake, who placed second at the end of last year’s competition. This year has brought in a new winning streak for Lake, who has so far in 2014 snagged first place finishes in both the Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup and the Surf Worldcup competition in Podersdorf. Racing took place over four days, as the competitors spent the week

Competitors found some challenge coming from underwater. A contestant in both fleets, Nico Landauer explains that although the kelp and weeds in the water were tough for Kitefoilers, it was far more brutal for Kiteboarders. “You are lower down so it just gets tangled up in your legs,” Landauer said of the board fleet. In fact, navigating around the kelp turned out to not only be a challenge, but became a prominent factor in who ended up as the scoreboard leaders. “The key is to stay in pressure, but clear of kelp. Whoever did that won the race,” Landauer said. It would appear that ambition pays off, with the three pack leaders emerging after the second day of

on Coronado Beach at regatta headquarters. Practice racing on the ocean followed by Opening Ceremony on the lawn at SDYC. Racing took place Tuesday through Friday. Consistent breezes allowed for the completion of seven races on the

second day of the 2014 Kiteboard North American Championships. With winds averaging about eight to nine kts, the Kiteboard class was able to get out on the water and onto the race course. During the day, the Kiteboard class finished a total of four races, while the Kitefoil class completed three more races for a total of five overall.

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racing each competing in both fleets. After day 2, sitting in first place for the Kitefoil class and second place for the Kiteboard class is French kiter Julien Kerneur. Only one point separated Kerneur from Oliver Bridge. The third scoreboard leader was Nico Landauer, sitting in third place for Kiteboards and second place for Kitefoils. Rounding out the top three positions for the Kitefoil class is Bryan Lake. On day 3, his fellow competitors could not stop talking about the high tides, large surf and light winds, but back on the beach Julien Kerneur was all smiles. The French native finished first in each of the three races. “I’m

IN THE SPOTLIGHT good in the light wind,” Kerneur said. Unlike many of the fellow competitors used to racing in winds of at least 12 kts, Kerneur says he is very comfortable with the lighter breezes that have been present throughout the competition. “I practice in these conditions, so it’s familiar. Without the kelp on the course today is very clean racing. It’s easy for me to look and take the speed.” Those hoping to knock Kerneur out of his first place spots, which he held in both kitefoils and kiteboards, were crossing their fingers for stronger winds on the last day. It may have been called the 2014 Kiteboard North American Championships, but it was the Europeans who reigned during this regatta. French competitor Julien Kerneur and British competitor Oliver Bridge kept their names at the top of the scoreboards consistently despite the inconsistent racing conditions throughout the week. Bridge took first overall in the kiteboard class while Kerneur took home the top spot for kitefoils, finishing eleven points in front of second-place finisher Nico Landauer.

Demonstrating their versatile athleticism, both also gained podium finishes in the remaining fleet. Kerneur finished second in kiteboards and Bridge took third in the kitefoil class. Bridge, who won each of the races in the kiteboard fleet said that the day was the perfect end to a regatta.

“It was great to win all four races in the formula class,” Bridge said. “It was good to end winning, it was good to end an event like that.” The winner of the kiteboard class is only 17 years old and has no intention of slowing down. Next month, he will be competing in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final held in Abu Dhabi. Kerneur, one of the most wellrounded competitors in the sport, had one of the cleanest campaigns possible. He raced a nearly perfect regatta, with eight first-place finishes and two second-place finishes. Both second place finishes were thrown out as his two lowest scores, leaving him with a total of eight points for the entire regatta. Winds finally picked up on the last day of racing, with lulls seeing speeds of 8 kts and highs of 11 kts. With stronger winds, the true test of the course came from the tricky placement of the kelp, and clever navigation ended up paying off more than just racing fast. “There was so much kelp near the top mark,” said veteran racer Bryan Lake. “Once I saw people were struggling in the water, I went up and all the way around. It ended up saving me a lot of time, that’s how I got third,” Lake said of Race 8. With two podium finishes SDYC’s Nico Landauer ended the regatta in third for kiteboards and second for the kitefoil class. The occasionally light winds and heavy patches of kelp, the Championship ended up requiring a lot of smart racing in place of simply fast racing. The technical maneuvering around both the race marks and obstacles in the water was a great display of what competitive athletes kiteboarders and kitefoilers truly are.

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Join Us to Give Thanks at the San Diego Yacht Club

Thanksgiving Feast Thursday, November 27, 2014 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Menu to Include

Assorted Cold Features

Holiday Salad, Pear, Fennel & Yellow Beet Salad, Cucumber-Pomegranate Salad, Roasted Heirloom Potato Salad, Fresh Fruit Platter, Imported and Domestic Cheese Platter, Tossed Garden Salad with Condiments and Dressings, Cocktail Shrimp and Crab Claws Display, Oysters on the Half-Shell, Smoked Salmon Platter

Assorted Hot Features

Gramma’s Green Bean Casserole, Butternut Squash with Bourbon & Apples, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Candied Yams, Cranberry Almond Rice Medley, Sage & Mushroom Stuffing, Bay Shrimp and Spinach Stuffed Sole with Champagne Beurre Blanc, Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter Sauce and Shaved Parmesan

Carving Station

Mustard Brown Sugar Glazed Ham, Whole Tom Turkey, Garlic and Herb Crusted Roast Beef Au Jus

Manuel’s Holiday Dessert Extravaganza

Including the Traditional Favorites of Pumpkin , Apple, and Pecan Pies

Your Little Turkeys will Have Their Very Own Special Buffet to Include:

Turkey Corn Dogs, Fresh Garden Veggies & Ranch Dressing, Macaroni and Cheese, Cheese & Crackers, and Jello Cups $37.95++/Adults, $16.95++/Children 7-12. Children 6 and Younger Dine with our Compliments. Reservations are Required. Please Contact Roberto Gahbler at 619-758-6313 to Make Your Reservation. A 48-Hour, 100% Cancellation Charge Policy Will Be In Effect. The Club Will Close at 3:00 PM to Allow Club Staff To Spend Time With Their Families on Thanksgiving and Will Re-open at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, November 28 for Normal Operations.

Please Ask Us About Our Carry-Out Thanksgiving Feast Options!

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Three cheers for Jean Kremm! Jean

was our Hostess for September and did it as only Jean can do; welcoming each and every one of us to the bridge table with a smile and her warm, friendly manner. Thank you, Jean. You did a superb job of organizing the cards, lining up the players, and keeping track of the winners. We cannot do it without you. We also love your dessert treats. Thanks also to Britt Alford and Jane Kenny for bringing homemade treats on several Thursdays. Homemade is such a delightful surprise. Our Hostess for November will be Jane Kenny. We play bridge every Thursday from 10am until 2:30pm with lunch at noon. If you would like to play bridge in November call Jane Kenny at (619) 224-0749. Winners for September were: *Britt Alford, *Jane Baldwin, Monique Blinks, Doris Ellsworth, Maggie Hamlin, Pat Houser, Mary Jones, Jane Kenny, Nancy Knight, Jeanne Lynch, Nancy Peckham, *Cammie Peter, and *Dottie Wheeler. Congratulations to all the winners. You gals are unbeatable! * denotes First Place

Champagne Tasting with Terry

Come join us for another delicious champagne tasting with Terry! November 12, 6:00pm

$37 inclusive

We will have 4 sparkling wines, each with some tasty nibbles from Chef Darren, and a sweet treat for dessert. There will be Raffle Items, with all monies going to O:HHH . Sign up online at or call (619) 221-8400


Monday Evening Bridge at SDYC will be held on November 10 at 6:30pm. 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 September winners: 1st-Billy Satterwhite, 2ndCameron Peter, 3rd -Stan Nadel. To reserve your seat at the game, please RSVP by November 7 to Stan Nadel or Cecilia Carrick at 619-2222254 or Reserve early to avoid disappointment. The game begins promptly at 6:30pm, playing four rounds of bridge. • w w w. s d yc .o r g •

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On September 20th SDYC members

gathered to participate in the largest SailFest in its’ 18 year history. SDYC hosted 37 children undergoing treatment at Rady Children’s Hospital Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and their families and staff as well as 18 families from Balboa Naval Hospital - for a total of 253 guests! Our 37 SDYC skippers and their crews toured the guests, including the “Swift” boat from the Maritime Museum for bay cruises. Everyone

then returned to the Club for a BBQ, face painting, balloon animals, pony rides (donated by My Little Ponies), a craft table (donated by Martha Schreiner), tours of the Harbor Patrol boat, and small toys for the children. To add to the festivities, Paul Hartley

played and sang Jimmy Buffett songs. Thank you Paul. That evening members gathered at the innaugural Race for Rady Beach Bash fundraising party where they sipped champagne, enjoyed a delicious dinner created especially for the event by Chef Darren and danced under the stars to the Beach Boy themed band Surf’s Up. Austin Gatus touched us

all by telling his about his incredible journey at The Peckham Center and then graced us by playing saxophone. The next day 16 boats participated in the innaugural Race for Rady Yacht Race. Artwork painted by children undergoing treatment at The Peckham Center served as trophies. First place finisher was Brian Ganz on “Hobledehoy”, second place was Perc Jones on “Skookum III”, and third place went to Karen Busch on “Wani Racing”. Thank you to Jason Campbell for sponsoring two boats crewed by SDYC Juniors on a J70 “SDYC Jr’s” and Steve Harris’s “TamaJama” aka “Jack”. Congratulations to Tom Holthus who set a race course record at 39 minutes

on “Bad Pak”! The entire event raised $68,900 and all of the proceeds will go to The Peckham Center at Rady Children’s Hospital. Thank you to our many sponsors and Race for Rady Committee: Karen Busch, Patti Dorgan, Mari Fink, Margaret Malowney, Steve Malowney, Erica Morton, Cam Peter, Xavier Sheid, Martha Schreiner, Pam Werner, Carol Damon-Scherer VP of Development Rady Children’s Hospital and invaluable input from Joanne O’Dea, Lisa Vieira, Gayle Gould. Thank you to the 37 SDYC skippers who hosted families at SailFest and the Sailing Foundation for their support. Thank you also goes to the SailFest Team: Brian Thomas who recruited Skippers, Amee Alagiri, Jill Hartley, Paul Hartley, Carol Honeysette, Mike Honeysette, Ed Lazarski, Nancy Lazarski, Margaret Malowney, Martha Schreiner, Sue Slaght, Terri Wickstrand, Charlie Viviano, Greg Wickstrand, Peter Evering and the Fabulous Sea Scouts! And lastly, a big thank you to the San Diego Yacht Club and its members for your generosity. See you next year!

SDYC KNITTERS SDYC Knitters meet on the second Monday of each month in the Members’ Lounge from 6:00 - 8:30pm. We hope you will join us. We welcome beginners to expert knitters. If you have any questions, please contact Darin Hayden / 619-964-1842 • w w w. s d yc .o r g •

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September brought two very special anniversaries to the staff of SDYC. On September 26th, Theodora “Babie” Silvestrie, the Grande Dame of Accounting, celebrated her 35th year at SDYC. Babie has worked with 35 Commodores, 8 General Managers, and in 3 different office locations during her time at SDYC. She is a staff favorite as she’s responsible for doling out both the paychecks and the best jokes. It was Babie’s great jokes that

caused Hank the Controller to send Babie and the rest of the Accounting staff home early one afternoon years ago - for laughing too loudly! When I asked Babie to recall some of her favorite times, she said misses the days when the Commodore’s Roast was men only, as the GM took all the women in the office out to lunch, gave them their Christmas presents and then let them leave for the rest of the day while the Commodore got “roasted.” We also celebrated the 35th year anniversary of our longest kitchen employee, Roberto “For Here or To Go” Rios. Roberto is always smiling and has the best moustache since 1970s Burt Reynolds, which he wants everyone to know is totally real. Of course the theme of his celebration had to be “moustache party”! We all wore fake moustaches and enjoyed cheesecake with moustache candles. Roberto has worked under 12 different chefs, and when he started there were 5 kitchen employees…now there are three times that! Please stop by the omelette

station on a Sunday morning and tell him “congratulations” on 35 years at the Club. From the entire staff…thank you Babie and Roberto!

Family Fun Regatta Sunday, December 21, 2014 Save the Date, December 21sth for our First Annual Family Fun Regatta. We hope you and your family will join our family in setting sail on December 21st for a FUN sailboat race in J/22s. Holiday time is when families reconnect to share old memories and make new ones. You can’t buy a stocking big enough to fit all of the memories and good times gained on this day, certainly it will become a holiday tradition that the whole family will look forward to for years to come. More information: Rick McElvain (619) 895-0103

Leslie Reynolds (619) 987-4156

$50 team entry fee. BBQ in the Pavilion after racing. Enter Online:

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OPERATION: HOLIDAY HELPING HAND EVENT a y d i He l December 13, 2014 o





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SDYC is gearing up for Operation: Holiday Helping Hand 2014. For the ninth consecutive year, we will be helping military families, who cope with serious physical, financial and separation concerns, celebrate an enjoyable holiday. This is our way of expressing our thanks for their ongoing sacrifices during these times of great uncertainty. Last year, your generous donations enabled us to provide each of 57 military families a substantial monetary gift.

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Working with our partner, the San Diego Armed Services YMCA, we are able to identify families of local injured, presently and recently deployed lower rank enlisted personnel who could really use a HOLIDAY HELPING HAND. All families are carefully screened by the ASYMCA, and have recently experienced unusual financial difficulties. Many of these have several young children. In the words of a family you helped last year: “As a military family the holidays are sometimes lonesome and empty. Your members’ gift to us not only helped us to financially provide an enjoyable Christmas for our family, but it is also nice to know that our family’s dedication to this country doesn’t go unnoticed…From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.”







For more info, please contact Ed Letzring Sue Slaght 619-222-0200 619-523-9539


Every dollar that you donate to O: HHH is distributed entirely to the military families for whom it is intended. There are no overhead expenses or compensation given to SDYC, Pt Loma Rotary Club, or to anyone involved with this program. All contributions are passed through the Pt Loma Rotary Club’s Charitable Endowment Fund, and are 100% tax deductible. Acknowledgement letters will be provided with 501c3 tax deduction info.

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• For SDYC member charge: Contact the SDYC Bookkeeper (Angela) at 619-738-6306 or • To donate by check: Make checks “Pay to the Order of: PLR ENDOWMENT FUND. On the Memo Line, please write: For O: HHH 2014 Mail checks to: Ed Letzring, 1225 Concord St, San Diego, CA 92106-2112 • To donate online: Follow the link provided for O: HHH 2014 on SDYC’s website:

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GREAT GIFT IDEA FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Make a donation in the name of a family member or friend. SDYC will provide a gift acknowledgment card for you to present to you honoree.

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weekend of September 20-21, 2014, was a busy weekend on the SDYC race calendar with the PC Nationals, the Race for Rady Yacht Race, and the annual SDYC Autumn Match Race Invitational all sharing the same weekend creating competition for both race committee assets and personnel. Add to this the race committee volunteer burn out factor created by the week long Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship (September 8-12), followed immediately by the Beneteau Cup on September 13/14, our Regatta Chair and PRO Summer Greene had her work cut of for her trying to make sure we had the proper assets and a competent RC team out on the water. Summer even recruited her Dad, Bruce Greene, to sub as PRO on

Saturday while she helped me out by subbing as an umpire to complete Saturday’s umpire team. This year’s ISAF Grade 3 SDYC Autumn Match Race Invitational was nicely placed on the race calendar for the college teams to use as practice for their regional and national championships usually scheduled for sometime in October, and for the regular match race crowded to use as practice for LBYC’s upcoming ISAF Grade 3 Butler Cup in November, and the three regatta ISAF Grade 3 California Dreamin’ Series hosted by SDYC, LBYC & StFYC commencing in January. We had an interesting mix of regular match racers and college teams, with six college teams (Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, USC, CSU Long Beach, and SDSU) and two club teams (Shane Young from LBYC, and our own Shala Lawrence from SDYC). Despite all of the issues with assets and personnel, it was an absolutely gorgeous weekend to be out on the water with crystal clear skies, warm water, and steady breezes in the 8kt to 12kt range. It was definitely a relief after suffering through a number of weeks of hot and humid weather, and made for perfect conditions for match racing. The Northern California teams could not believe how great the weather 14 • N OV EM B ER 2 014 M ai n s h e e t • w w w. s d yc .o r g

was and commented on it a number of times. With the steady breezes, the race committee was able to complete two full round robins of eight of the club’s J22s down at our regular venue by the city front near the Star of India. The top four or five teams were competitive out of the box; however, several of the college teams were fairly new to match racing and to keel boat racing in general. By the end of the first day of racing the crew work on the less experienced teams had noticeably improved, and as a result the matches became more competitive. Bruce and the RC team managed to complete round robin 1 plus one flight of round robin 2 on Saturday providing Summer a little breathing room on Sunday. At day’s end on Saturday, Shane Young from LBYC led with 8 wins, followed by Antoine Screve from Stanford in second (7 wins), SDYC’s Shala Lawrence in third (5 wins), Matt Hecht from USC in fourth (4 wins), Chris Weis (UCSB) and Mark Ryan (CSU Long Beach) tied for fifth with 3 wins each, and Stephen Bordes from UCB and Sam Heller from UCI tied for seventh both with 1 win each. Shane Young continued his winning streak and finished the weekend in first with 14 wins and no losses. He was followed by Stanford in second with 11 wins/3 losses, and SDYC’s Shala Lawrence in third with 9 wins/5 losses. UCSB had a good day second day and moved up a spot to fourth place winning a 7/7 win/loss tie breaker with USC. CSULB finished in sixth with a 4/10 win/loss ratio. The UCI Anteaters improved both their boat handling and match

racing skills on Sunday winning two of their matches and bringing their win/loss ratio to 3 and 11 placing them solidly in seventh, with UCB rounding out the bunch in eighth with a 1/13 win/loss ratio. Everyone had a good time and all of the teams enjoyed the beef stew and pulled pork provided by SDYC’s catering team during the afternoon debriefs. Finally, I would like to thank all those who helped make this event happen; including, but not limited to, Summer’s race committee team, my umpire team, Joe Markee for loaning his Whaler for use as an umpire boat, the housing hosts for my umpire team (SDYC members Pat Stadel, Ruth Rollins, the Kyles, the Lancasters, as well as Carolyn Sherman of SWYC who came to my rescue at the last minute), and lastly special thanks go to Summer Greene and Graham Kelly for substituting as umpires on Saturday and Sunday to fill out the umpire team.


Come enjoy the sunshine, fast boats and a Betty in the pool! It is time once again to join our friends at the Club de Yates de Acapulco for the SDYC/CYA Challenge. Our time-honored tradition of camaraderie and competition has never failed to be both fun and challenging and this trip promises even more.


will be staying at the renovated

Boca Chica Hotel (hotel-bo- and enjoying a beach day before getting down to some serious racing.

The Challenge Organizers in Acapulco are offering Farr 40s and J70s for both buoy and random-leg races, but if your friends or spouse aren’t interested in racing, the Yacht Club property is gorgeous and the Boca Chica has a spa. Travel

dates are

February 4, 2015-February 9, 2015

and we’ve

designed several packages to suit different schedules and budgets, so go to the website for more information and sign up today!


the One Design Weekends, Hot Rum Series, etc. – usually in the ocean


2) Regular regional events – Yachting Cup, NOOD, Lipton Cup, etc. – in the ocean and/or high profile


Hot Rum Series is upon us – already! To me, the Hot Rum Series signals that yet another year has gone by, and way too quickly. I’ll be the Hot Rums PRO this year, my first time, taking over from Jim Person who has run these races for several years (with some guest appearances by Summer Greene) – Jim is going racing this year. While sitting on Corinthian during the Snipe Pan Am Qualifiers in October, waiting for the wind to fill in, Waterfront Director Jeff Johnson and I got to talking about the different types of racing events we have here at SDYC, and how these might lend themselves to volunteers who might not necessarily want to spend all day on the ocean, rockin’ and rollin’ on Corinthian. Here is how we categorized our events: 1) Regularly calendared local events –

3) Major National/World events – we have 2-3 of these a year – usually in the ocean 4) Other regular events that are of a different nature – SSSS sabot racing, Model Yachts racing, SailFest, Dutch Shoe, etc. It is in this last category that there are opportunities for those who want to get involved with Race Committee but aren’t sure where to start, and for those who don’t want to spend the entire day in the ocean. The SSSS races in the La Playa basin on Tuesdays and Saturdays and can always use a hand in low-key race committee work. The Model Yacht fleet races throughout the year from the SDYC Front Dock and needs volunteers to start their races and call the over early boats and the • w w w. s d yc .o r g •

finishes. There are all sorts of ways to be involved with the Race Committee - give it a try! Finally, in the 61 days of September and October, the Race Committee was out for 34 days of racing – more than one month’s worth! Sail fast…live slow.


COURTESY OF THE SAILING OFFICE Kiteboard North Americans October 6-10, 2014 Kiteboards: Oliver Bridge, UK Kitefoils: Julien Kerneur, France One Design Weekend October 11-12, 2014 Etchells: Carruthers/Bush, k J/105: Steve & Lucy Howell, Blink! Snipe Pan-Am Qualifier October 11-13, 2014 First Place: Augie Diaz & Kathleen Tocke Second Place: Aine McLean Fretwell & Claire Riedman Third Place: Tyler Sinks & Lucy Wallace

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Over the last weekend in September,

the J/Teams that sailed in the San Diego J/Fest Regatta could not have been more satisfied with the spectacular weather and warm gentle breezes offshore. The J/Sailors were provided excellent racing and great social entertainment on the lawns of the club! J/Fest San Diego has always proved to be a popular event as it marks the beginning of the active fall and winter series of racing in the Bay and offshore. This year, there was a nice turnout of one-design classes for J/70s, J/105s and J/120s. The J/120s had an impressive group of competitors, many having won in the past J/Fest, San Diego NOOD or other major offshore SoCal events. This time around, it was Jim Snook’s JIM team to take a turn at grabbing the brass ring. Starting off with a 1st in the first race, they held their momentum together and kept posting mostly top three scores to take the event by a comfortable 4 pt margin with scores of 1-3-3-4-1 for 12 pts. For the J/120 class, that’s a winner by a country mile! Building their mojo fast but then also fading fast at the end was Chuck Nichols’ CC RIDER crew, posting a 4-2-1-5-4 for 16 pts to grab second overall. Third place was taken by the super-fast-out-of-the-gate quarter horse known as SHENANIGANS skippered by Gary Winton. However, their early fast pace in this derby meant they troubles later in the final stretch to the finish.

SHENANIGANS’ “snakes & ladders” scoreline of 2-1-7-2-6 for 18 points was just enough to stay on the podium. Fourth with 19 pts was John Laun’s CAPER and fifth was Mike Hatch’s J-ALMIGHTY. The world of J/105s saw a very familiar face atop the standings. After the first race, nothing was going to stop Dennis Case’s WINGS superstars from winning all the rest of the races, posting a 3rd and four 1st places to win with a mere 7 pts. The balance of the top five was a rough and tumble ride for those left in the ring to duel

for the rest of the silverware. Sailing a very consistent series was Steve & Lucy Howell’s BLINK!, with a 1-3-3-3-5 score for 15 pts. Taking third was Sean O’Keefe’s DECOLORES 2 with a 6-2-2-5-2 for 17 pts. Rounding out the top five were Team DagFish sailing VIGGEN to fourth and Jon Dekker’s AIRBOSS sliding into fifth. The J/70s enjoyed spirited racing with a new face added to their fleet as well. The latest member is Bruce Golison, a famous one-design sailor from SoCal who has far too many

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championships to name here. Suffice it to say, Bruce was a quick study of the J/70, posting five 1sts on his way to a convincing victory in his newfound class. Team JK3 took second with an equally consistent four 2nds and one 3rd. Third was Dave Cheresh’s FLARE with one 2nd and four 3rds!



Finns made an impressive showing at the Coronado Yacht Club Annual Fall Regatta, having the largest start line of all classes for the weekend with 18 boats racing. Finn addicts came in from as far as Colorado and Missouri to enjoy the weekend and the CYC’s fine hospitality. The weather was a mild mid-70s and breeze was light at no more than 7-8 kts or so.


Phil Toth took the weekend snagging 3 bullets out of the 5 races. Young Scott Hoffman had a very a consistent outing taking second, while seasoned Grand Master Rob Coutts rounded out the top

finishers in 3rd. While Henry Sprague and Peter Connally tied for 4th, a special recognition goes out to junior Matt Dorgan with a very respectable 6th finish, narrowly missing a top 5.

races to count Gold Round Robin 3 and crown Ladies and Gentlemen as the back-to-back Team Racing Champions. The championship team which included Tyler Sinks (SDYC), Lucy Wallace (Middletown, R.I.), Justin Law

(Balboa, Calif.), Adrienne Patterson (Miami, Fla.), Michael Menninger (San Francisco, Calif.) and Ben Lezin (Santa Cruz, Calif.) will qualify for the 2015 ISAF Team Racing World Championship being held at the Rutland Sailing Club in Great Britain from July 19th-24th of next year. Final Standings – Top 3 Teams

1. Ladies and Gentlemen, 15 points 2. Do Less, 14 points 3. Team Shred, 13 points The U.S. Team Racing Championship remains one of the hottest events in the country for the post-collegiate group of sailors. The premier team racing event in the United States is an invitational event. Interested teams applied by resume. The championship was raced in three-boat/six-person teams. Each competing team consists of three skippers and three crews. Teams were racing the new Zim 15, a doublehanded, monohull dinghy designed by Steve Clark. The Zim 15 is very maneuverable which makes for some terrific team racing. Team racing is one of the fastest growing disciplines in sailing. Over 100 races are sailed in just a few days. Races, or flights, are shorter than traditional race courses. Three flights are racing simultaneously with teams swapping out after each race.

held at the Chicago Yacht Club in September. “When we started, there was big breeze at 25 knots and a little different than you usually see from that direction,” said PRO Lynn Lynch. “But we had an on-time start and were able to stay on top of the shift. Overall, we ended up with eight good races for the regatta, solid teamwork from the CYC Race Committee and great hospitality

from the Chicago Yacht Club.” With the top 5 within a point of each other entering the third and final day at the Championship, Tom Carruthers of SDYC and his team of Andrew Palfrey and Chris Busch posted a 4-1 to win the day and seal the victory. “We had a good day today,” Carruthers said. “Good starts, good speeds. We just went out there trying to be ourselves and did well.”

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stakes were high at the 2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship which was held in Marblehead, MA, Eastern Yacht Club, over the weekend of September 26-28. Tyler Sinks and team Ladies and Gentlemen, looking to repeat their championship, raced against former U.S. Team Racing Champions, college All-Americans, and an impressive pool of sailors who have had success in various disciplines and racing backgrounds over three days on Marblehead Harbor for the esteemed George R. Hinman Trophy. The final day of the Championship ended up being a half day of sailing due to a complete shutdown of the wind. However, the fleet completed enough




winds, tight competition and good camaraderie characterized the three days of racing of the 2014 International Etchells Class North American Championship, which was





World Championships were held this past month for every Olympic and Paralympic classes. US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider sailors from San Diego led the US team with strong results in the Men’s 470, Women’s 470, Finn and SKUD classes. In August, Halifax, Nova Scotia was the site for the Combined World Championship in the Paralympic classes. Mission Bay’s Ryan Porteus with crew Cindy Walker finished 5th in the SKUD fleet also qualifying the country for Rio 2016. Porteus graduated 2nd in his class at Mission Bay High School in 2011 and was named Male Athlete of the Year for his success on the football team as well as competing on the swim, basketball and surf teams while sailing in sabots, 420s and other dinghies in his spare time. He suffered a spinal cord injury in a freak accident during his freshman year in college but continues to inspire with his optimism, work ethic and passion for success in sport. At Santander, Spain in September, two San Diegans posted career-best finishes in the 470 class. Women’s 470 crew Briana Provancha sailing with Annie Haeger finished 7th. As newcomers to the 470 class, they have made impressive strides in a class full of returning Olympic medalists and posted consistent strong results all year. Provancha was born and raised in San Diego. She was a key member of Point Loma High School’s sailing team that won four national championships before she graduated in 2007. In the men’s 470, San Diegan Dave Hughes finished 5th with 2-time Olympian skipper Stu McNay. McNay and Hughes won the 18 • N OV EM B ER 2 014 M ai n s h e e t • w w w. s d yc .o r g

first two races at the Worlds and improved on their previous year’s performance. In the Finn class, San Diegan Caleb Paine finished 7th place overall out of 78 boats in the Finn World Championship (also known as the Finn Gold Cup). Top-ranked American Paine was the runner-up in the 2012 US Olympic Trials and is training full-time to get on the podium at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Paine graduated from Point Loma High in 2009, was on the US Sailing Development team that same year and has been a member of the US Sailing Team Sperry TopSider since 2011 which is the same year he was 1st overall in the Finn in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Series. Other San Diegans competing in Santander included Paris Hencken (29th in the 49erFX), Molly O’Bryan Vandermoer (36th in the 49erFX) and Zack Brown (28th in the 49er). The 2014 Olympic World Championships were the first opportunity for countries to qualify for berths in the Rio 2016 Olympics (berths for the country not for individual athletes). 50% of the available berths for Rio 2016 in each of the ten Olympic sailing classes were awarded with the remaining spots to be filled by the top countries at World and Continental Championship events in 2015 and 2016. The United States has now qualified for the Olympic games in the Laser, Laser Radial, Men’s 470, Women’s 470 and Finn and in the Paralympic SKUD and 2.4mR classes.



The Transpac guys of Bill Beck, Andrew Sapien, Cameron

Hurley, and Ed Sanford got together to test our J-105 again off shore. The boat was prepped two weeks prior to the race with a similar system as Transpac. The plan was to start the race, then watch the system leaving SDYC on August 28. The departure was preceded by a race crew get together at the SDYC dinner and pre race party. The most relaxed the guys have been ever been prior to a race. We arrived at Two Harbors, Catalina at approximately 9:00am. Breakfast was onshore, and the race started at 1:00pm with light and fickle winds at the start. Creative became stuck in a fairly large hole shortly after the start watching the fleet escape farther off the island. Light winds out to Santa Barbara with Bazinga (Hobie 33) far to our stern, and Briar Rose (Bravaria 42) right on our stern rounding SB. As we rounded Santa Barbara Great Balls of Fire (J-109) and Expression Session (Express 37) were no longer visible, as they were very far ahead. The crew of Creative changed to code zero shortly after SB as the wind came up to a steady 18-21 kts. The J-105 performed very well off the wind. It was very dark with a large swell and the 105 avg 8.8 -9 kts with burst of speed into the teens on the run to the Cortez Banks.

Andrew Sapien, Edward Sanford & Bill Beck All night we pushed hard with frequent round ups in the heavy puffs in the 23-25 kts range. Coming into Bishop Rock (depth meter to 32 ft at one point) lights from competitors started to appear. We changed to a run kite and had a great ride for a couple of hours. As dawn came in we found ourselves next to Great Balls of Fire and Beneteau First 40 right beside us. If the wind had not fallen off we would have continued on past. The wind dropped and we battled hot light winds and no winds all day. In the end we closed it out late Saturday evening within a estimated 1-2 miles of the J-109/ and a mile of the Beneteau. We won Division 2 by over a hour and beat two boats from the other faster divisions! No mechanical problems, great hot food and awesome sailing -- all the competitors enjoyed and shared stories at SDYC Sunday afternoon at the post race social.

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The Cruising Fleet continues to enjoy the best of both worlds, cruising to neat places with a lot of fun thrown in for great memories and special events planned for ever member. If you are reading this and you are not a member of the Crusing Fleet and want to enjoy the special programs we have at our dinner or the other events, you should join our Fleet for only $50/year!



annual September Cruise to Catalina was a BLAST! The cruising fleet, with their amazing array of lively activities, continues to lead the San Diego Yacht Club fleets in membership, participation and good old fashion fun. This year’s Catalina team put together a week of activity that exceeded all expectations. Island Fun Zone was the theme and the cruise proved to be just that. Saturday, a solid group of seven sailed or motored up to the Del Mar Basin. A cocktail reception and potluck kicked off the week’s festivities aboard Rich and Veronica Walkers’ beautiful yacht Pixie. The next morning, boats headed to Avalon and after the crazy weather reports, it was a relief to find ourselves sipping cocktails at the beautiful Avalon Grill. Rumor has it there were late night shenanigans at the historic Marlin Club - what happens on a cruise... Monday morning was spent at the Avalon Miniature Golf Course and although there were no windmills, this course offered new and unique challenges for our veteran golfers. The afternoon was open to explore the casino, shops and for a lucky few the Wrigley Mansion. The Casino Dock Cafe hosted a grand Mexican Buffet and the miniature golf awards. There were no green jackets but all of the golfers were winners. Tuesday we headed to Cherry Cove and met more of the fleet. Kick and paddleboards, kayaks and snorkels everyone was in the water. Then we

headed to Harbor Reef where there was cotton candy and taffy - and once again Kelly Dahill, our super game wiz, won the prize for our carnival game. On Wednesday evening we headed to the beach for a BBQ topped off with Smores and more island games. Thursday brought snorkeling at the USC facility. We spotted lots of Leopard sharks and other cool sea creatures even an octopus. Evening cocktails and appetizers were hosted by Marv and

about their recent trip to Croatia and their European River Cruise. So if you are a member of the Cruising Fleet please come join us. Cocktails are at 6:00 PM. Our November Cruise will be held November 8, Saturday to November 10th at the Loews Resort -one of the most popular cruises of the year. These dates were based on availability of the Resort. Saturday evening we will have a

Michelle Benson on Kokomo. Originally, the group planned to stop over at Buffalo Beach for the evening but due to the damage from the recent storm, the decision was made to extend our glorious stay at Cherry. Richard Wright kindly invited everyone aboard Zephyr for drinks followed by small dinners of four to six on host boats. It was a wonderful week. Thanks to Veronica, Rich, Marv, Michelle and Richard for sharing their beautiful boats and to the Blooms, Burroughs and Ruffners for putting it all together. The SDYC Cruising Fleet ROCKS! Our dinner speaker at our dinner on November 18th will be the Busch’s with many good pictures and stories

potluck dinner with hosted wine on the Hotel Terrace beginning at 5:00pm. Be sure to bring one of your favorite dishes to share. There will electrical outlets for your slow cookers if needed. Sunday we have a BBQ around the pool followed by a fun golf game hitting balls into the pool. All this and plenty of time to enjoy the Resort including the spa and just relaxing. If you’re staying at the Hotel, we have negotiated a special price for your rooms, so come join us either by boat or car. Finally, the highlight of the year, our Christmas Dinner Dance with music by Indian Joe and the Chiefs. Sign up soon because it is always a sell out. Dress is Nautical Classic or Black Tie.

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SDYCNYE FEDORAS & PEARLS SIDECARS & MARTINIS DINING, DANCING & CASINO FUN! Commodore John and Susan Laun invite you to ring in a SWELL 2015 ! Wednesday - December 31, 2014 Black Tie or Cocktail Attire 7:00pm: Hors d’oeuvres, Signature Cocktails & Martini Bar 8:30pm: Dinner, Desserts & Espresso Bar Dancing to the sounds of Rhandi & Associates Champagne Toast, Late Night Treats, Sparklers & Favors $130. inclusive/person Arrive after 10:00pm: Champagne Toast, Late Night Treats, Sparklers & Favors $35. inclusive/person

Reserve your spot now: 619 / 221-8400 or

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CUBAR INTRODUCTORY DINNER MEETING THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2014 Reserve a seat online at Cash Bar: 5:30 PM Dinner: 6:30 PM Program 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Guest Speaker: Captain Pat Rains Join us for Dinner and an Informative Meeting on CUBAR Cruising in Mexico

Captain Pat Rains

- Gain insight on cruising in Mexico - Preliminary CUBAR Plans - Q&A

Author of the “Mexico Boating Guide” and writer for Sea Magazine, The Log and Passage Magazine. Pat will highlight some of the fun adventures we can all expect to share while cruising down to Baja to the Sea of Cortez. | San Diego Yacht Club (619) 221-8400 Introductory Dinner Reservations: Visit for general information about the 2015 CUBAR Odyssey, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club and scheduled for Fall 2015. More details revealed at this November 13th dinner meeting. 22 • N OV EM B ER 2 014 M ai n s h e e t • w w w. s d yc .o r g



Greetings PC sailors! I am amazed

that I am writing the November article. I can smell that turkey cooking already and it is September. The PC National’s are behind us. Here’s the report from our Fleet Captain, Jim Oberg: The 82nd PC National Championship Regatta was sailed Sept. 20 & 21, under more than perfect San Diego weather, and more than perfect PC conditions. Saturday the wind did not blow harder than 10 knots, we had smooth water conditions as we sailed down off the Hotel Del, under the jetty, and 3 races were held, absolutely beautiful conditions. On Saturday evening the fleet enjoyed a wonderful dinner on the Spinnaker Deck & Room, thanks go out to Heather Brownsea for her efforts in setting up the arrangements through the Catering Dept. Sunday the racing continued with (2) races under again perfect conditions, the wind did not blow more than (12)



utumn is here with cooler temperatures enjoyed by all on the courts. Hold your rackets high and salute our outgoing co-captains Matt Brown and Christy Radecic. They have done a superb job over the last three years. Their leadership and your volunteering help have made a HUGE difference throughout the years for all the members of the Tennis Fleet. Looking back at Christy’s pictures, reading the past Mainsheets, recalling all the funny stories, remembering our tennis tournaments and parties all remind us of what great energy these two have. The baton is passed on to Tracy Nichols. Tracy has proved she can handle the Tennis Fleet, but we can

knots, and again smooth water. The racing was fun & close for both days of racing and the results were as follows: 5th place: PC #9, Vance & Steve Gustafson, unfortunately prior to leaving the dock on Saturday the crew noticed a broker wire on an upper shroud, and they opted to not sail and chance breaking the mast. - 4th place: PC #72, Dave Grundies - 3rd place: PC #14, Gary Gould, Geves Kenny, & George Lindley - 2nd Place: PC #11, Beth & Jim Oberg - 1st place: PC #31, Tom Hurlburt & Mark Reynolds I have some very exciting news to report. One of the boats I have been unable to locate was #30. This was a boat that had a varnished hull and was up in Washington state for years. Well, while in Alaska, I received an email from a physician who had the boat sitting in his back yard and wanted some advice on the restoration!! I have since exchanged a number of emails with him. In addition, he has been in contact with the owners of #38. This boat had been sitting in a barn for years. When the property was sold, the barn and boat went with it. still use your help. She has our usual tournaments on the calender along with a few surprises everyone will enjoy. We welcome any input from you and any ideas to make our Tennis Fleet stronger. Let’s give Tracy our support! On Thursday we had 8 kids hitting big and taking lessons from Rudy. The teachers instruct in a fun way to keep the kids involved. The “Kids Clinic” teachers are patient while keeping the kids attention focused. If your future “Rafa” or “Maria” enjoys tennis, bring them out to enjoy the fun. Kudos go out to the maintenance crew who keep the courts looking good and the lights shining bright. It’s a pleasure to come to the Club, hit some balls with your friends on nice courts, and retreat to the bar or boat afterwards for cold one. The Tennis Fleet members are very fortunate to have these wonderful options available • w w w. s d yc .o r g •

Sadly, the new owners elected NOT to restore her…but to “plant” her out in the yard so their grand kids could have something to play in! I have attached a photo of #38 sitting on the hard (or soft). The owner of #30 had arranged to buy #38 and will tow her to his home. His plan is to use what parts are in decent shape for the restoration of #30. To my surprise, #38 has NO keel. #30 has a keel of formed concrete. No one knows what happened to the original lead keels of either boat. I have extended an invitation to the owner of these boats to visit PC Row at the club. I am not sure when that will happen but will let owners know if we plan to “peek” under their covers. I will report on the Oct. 16th “Powder Puff” next month. Until then, I hope you’re all getting out there in the wind! to us all of the time! Lets change the topic to “Motivation”. On Tuesday morning around 7:15 a.m. I went out to fix the tennis ball machine. It’s always a pleasure to be greeted by Arturo’s BIG smile in the morning. “Good habits never die” Two days a week I see the same four ladies hitting balls and catching up with the news. I asked Joyce Benton, Jane Howard, Betty Dabert, and Bonnie Butler how long they have been playing. These hard hitting ladies have been playing for a total of over 250 years and having a blast all along the way. What an incredible way to stay fit and enjoy some of your best friends on a weekly basis. Lets hope we can follow in the footsteps of these four tennis players and continue to enjoy our lives here at the San Diego Yacht Club. See you on the courts! NOVEMBER 2014 M ain s h e e t • 2 3



Long time Buffalo Beach family’s guest column

As always, the voyage to Buffalo Beach was the summer

high point for the Lyon family. With a week of perfect weather, reasonably calm water, smooth (for us) logistics and only minor dinghy motor breakdowns we had lots of time for snorkeling and visiting with friends, old and new, and just plain loafing. Actually, plenty of extra loafing and napping because the Verizon phone signal was almost nonexistent—not enough chance to do the annual leisurely phone catch up with all those neglected friends and relatives. We did have a few exciting moments after mooring. Myron had gone ashore and Mike Fink noticed that we were drifting quite assertively into our neighbor, a gorgeous classic Hinckley yawl, and that the poor woman aboard her was screaming frantically. I hadn’t heard her! Fortunately, Mike came aboard and got the sand line squared away.

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Apparently, some of the moorings have shifted from the rough seas at White’s earlier in the summer. Again—thank you thank you, Mike! It’s wonderful to have the new sink set up and the new stainless counter for the prep station. How did we get along without them? The whole facility looks great, although the grass is getting worse than tired. With the restrictions on water use all over Catalina it will take the winter rains to bring the good old Bermuda grass back in the spring. We had a nice chat with Beachmaster Nate who is dealing with record numbers of campers and boaters in his first season. His job is demanding and requires many different skills to keep our Outstation running; Go Nate! The groves of Catalina Ironwoods and Catalina Cherries that were planted and are cared for by SDYC members (i.e. Myron) are thriving. The trick of piling rocks around the irrigation fittings seems to have convinced the buffalo to put their dainty feet elsewhere, so nothing more was broken. It was hard to leave—what else is new? **Note: Article written before pier damage. BB is in great shape for your visit. Contact the Dockmaster for latest information.



h…Fall in San Diego; a welcome relief for what felt like summer in Miami. While in most of the country folks are enjoying the leaves changing colors, we are content knowing we will get zero inches of snow and that the “Zonies” aren’t clogging our roadways. Unfortunately, with the end of summer, comes the end of the Model Yacht Fleet’s Sunset Sailing, a Friday night tradition at the club. We continue to have a couple more racing days left to finish up the Fall Series and put a cap on this year’s racing season. Crowning the 2014 High Point Champion when all is said and done will be a mere formality, as Larry Adams gained the lead early and never looked back. Even if someone behind

him in the standings tried to pull a “Tonya Harding” and go all “Nancy Kerrigan” on him with a bat to the knees, he’d still win. That’s the beauty of model yacht racing. You don’t need your legs. All joking aside, Larry has done such an impressive job, with consistent top finishes, that he doesn’t even need to sail the last two regattas

to secure the title. So…put the bats away. There is still some wiggle room between the other competitors jostling it out for podium positions, however. In order, from 2nd through 5th place (as of this writing) are John Landon, Jean Malthaner, George Szabo and S/C Sandy Purdon (our new fine Fleet Captain). Good luck to all as we head down the stretch. Finally, Jean Malthaner, Dick Denzler and yours truly are preparing to head to Tulsa, OK in the first week of November for the CR-914 National Championship Regatta. It’s a shame we won’t be bringing our fleet champion, Larry, as a “ringer”. I’ll have to come up with some excuse, if they ask (because I haven’t heard one from him). It will be the first time hosting the nationals for the Tulsa fleet and we are happy to support them by attending. Hopefully, it will pay dividends by them returning the favor when we host the nationals here again next year.

SDYC Sailing Foundation

Just write “Junior Sailing Endowment” in the memo portion of your check, and we’ll make sure it gets deposited in the right account.

Junior Sailing Endowment

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Lots of great sailing has happened

this summer and fall! Our sabot fleet has been busy racing on Tuesdays and Saturdays practicing for regattas and just enjoying the beautiful weather. The 41st Little Old Ladies Regatta was recently hosted by BYC. There were 32 competitors that hot September 13th day and SDYC took home some hardware. Ladies A with 6 entries, 1st place went to Julie McPherson. Ladies B with 13 entries, 3rd place went to Darin Hayden. And Julie received the perpetual trophy with the lowest overall score in the event. Congratulations ladies! A big thank you to Darin Hayden who towed our fleet trailer up to Newport and back for this regatta. Saturday, November 15th SDYC is hosting the last in the SCWSA series regatta. This event is always very competitive and fun. Please consider helping with this regatta, contact Dee Van Horne Fleet captain or Julie MacPherson, regatta chair. We also need extra hands for check in, race committee, safety boats and more. The SSSS also races once a month on a Saturday. So, if you can’t make the Tuesday, come join us on Saturday!

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On October 18-19, SDYC was pleased

to host the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association (PCISA) Girls’ High School Invitational. SDYC inaugurated this event five years ago, and it has become a runaway hit. This year we had eight teams travel from Florida, New Jersey, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, as well as from up and down the state. Seeing 120 high school girls rigging, racing, and having fun is quite a treat and this group enjoyed a lot of cheering from the shore base on Shelter Island. Fantastic breeze, lots of sunshine, and a few extra treats for all made the event a real success. Chairman Danielle Richards, Junior Director John Fretwell, and Head Coach Nick Kaschak ran a superb event, together with Max Hutcheson, Johannes McElvain and Andy Reiter managing

the shore operations and the Race Committee. It was very close racing: we finished 18 races and every rotation had a new leader. The SoCal teams were largely dominant in the 10-15 knot breeze, with Point Loma’s Rebecca McElvain and Jennifer Johnson winning a particularly tight A Division group, fighting off Corona del Mar, Coronado, Bishop’s and Newport Harbor. Coronado High’s team lead by Nicole Simon won B Division and ended up winning the event overall, with Point Loma in 2nd place, and Corona del Mar finishing 3rd. San Diegan junior sailing alumnus Briana Provancha flew in from Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, and stopped by to encourage the sailors, sharing her

experience of how high school sailing helped in her goals to be a College AllAmerican and a potential Olympian in 2016. Several in the audience commented that the opportunity to meet role models like Briana really motivated them to come across the country to participate in the event. There are many folks to thank, but I’d like to especially thank Sandy Purdon and his crew at the Shelter Island Marina. Their support was essential in making the boat rotations work off of Shelter Island. S/C Bill Campbell also helped out with Protest Committee, although it was light work with only one hearing (yeah!). Parents of Point Loma (thank you Laura Wood and crew), The Bishop’s School (thank you Marcy & Tom Holthus and crew) and Cathedral Catholic (thank you Kimberly McKnight and crew) all chipped in to provide breakfast and root beer floats. All SDYC members should be proud that our Club has assembled the resources to host events like this which are propelling the sport of sailing to new levels.

2014 Junior Trophy Dinner Friday, December 5th

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SUN 26

MON 27


TUE 28


Lipton Cup Steak Night Rum Runner Regatta

WED 29

THU 30





Lipton Cup

Lipton Cup Rum Runner Regatta




Prime Rib Night SSSS Fall Series X Kids Tennis Clinic

Pasta Night Wednesday Night Tennis

Bridgedeckers Friday Night Deck Dining Scotch & Cigars Under the Stars Fall Wine Event


08 Hot Rum Series I








Steak Night

SDYC Knitters

Prime Rib Night SSSS Fall Series XI Kids Tennis Clinic

Pasta Night Ladies' Night Out Wednesday Night Tennis

Bridgedeckers CUBAR Kick-off Dinner Racing Rules Seminar

Lowes CF Cruise Friday Night Deck Dining

Lowes CF Cruise SCWSA Sabot Regatta Ed Sprague, Jr. regatta



Steak Night Lowes CF Cruise Lehman Thanks. Distance Race Nov One Design Wknd



Steak Night







Prime Rib Night SSSS Fall Series XII Kids Tennis Clinic Cruising Fleet Dinner

Pasta Night Wednesday Night Tennis

Bridgedeckers Darren & Terry show

Friday Night Deck Dining

Hot Rum Series II






Prime Rib Night SSSS Fall Series XIII Kids Tennis Clinic

Pasta Night Wednesday Night Tennis

Thanksgiving Dinner

Friday Night Deck Dining

SSSS Saturday race


Steak Night Christmas Decorating Day



SUN 30

MON 01

Steak Night Christmas Decorating Day











Prime Rib Night SSSS Fall Series XIV Kids Tennis Clinic

Pasta Night Wednesday Night Tennis


Junior Trophy Dinner Friday Night Deck Dining

Hot Rum Series III SSSS Saturday race








Steak Night Children's Christmas Party

SDYC Annual Meeting SDYC Knitters Employee Holiday Party

Prime Rib Night CF Christmas party SSSS Fall Series XV Kids Tennis Clinic

Pasta Night Commodore's Roast Wednesday Night Tennis

Bridgedeckers Racing Rules Seminar

Traditional Holiday LuncheonOp. Holiday Helping Hand Friday Night Deck Dining Dec. One Design Wknd.



Steak Night Lehman Xmas Race Dec. One Design Wknd. Christmas Brunch with Santa



Steak Night Family Fun Regatta





Prime Rib Night Kids Tennis Clinic

Pasta Night Wednesday Night Tennis


Friday Night Deck Dining





Prime Rib Night Kids Tennis Clinic

Pasta Night Wednesday Night Tennis

Christmas Day

Friday Night Deck Dining



Nov One Design Wknd



Christmas De-decorating Day

Steak Night






Prime Rib night Kids Tennis Clinic

New Year's Eve Party Wednesday Night Tennis

Bridgedeckers New Year's Day race

Friday Night Deck Dining


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You must e-mail a renewal each month if you’d like your ad to appear in more than one issue. All new ads, and renewals must be sent to by the first of the month to be included in the next month’s issue.

FOR SALE: 11 ½’ Aquapro hard bottom inflatable dinghy w/ 15 HP Mercury two stroke engine. Myron Lyon: 619-2986771 or cell 619-840-4440. E-mail at FOR SALE: Cal 28 Hull #8 Sailboat $7500, Call 858-775-3387, Located at - Dock F38 FOR SALE: Rowing skiff for sale, 17 feet on deck, white, fiberglass. Sliding seat, sculls, can be set up for one or two rowers. Excellent condition. Full cover on dolly. Great for cruising, fun or fitness activity. $1500. Call Chris. 619-9800487

IMPOUND LIST Items are impounded when we cannot identify the owner and the item is not stored in its proper location. Items are stored in the impound yard for a period of 90 days and then either disposed of or sold at one of our impound sales throughout the year. Call 619-758-6336 to claim.

White plastic/rope ladder (1)

Red Bike (1)

Gray Mariner Outboard Engine (1)

Metal Dolly (1)

Blue Mariner Outboard Engine (1)

Yellow Kayaks (3)

Blue Plastic 3-step ladder (1)

Sabots (5)

Gasoline Container (2)

Metal Boat Trailer (1)

Long metal Storage Container (1)

White Kayak (1)

Metal 2-step Ladder w/Handrail (1)

Float (1)

Gray Child Paddle Board (1)

Line of Rope 200ft+ (1)

Brunch with

Sunday, December 7


Annual Holiday Luncheon

9:00 AM: Mount SDYC Opens 9:30 AM: Traditional Brunch with Santa 10:00 AM: Santa Arrives 10:30 AM: Elf Workshop in the Jessop Room

Friday, December 12, 2014 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Menu to Include

Santa Brunch Buffet Menu to include a Fresh Fruit Display, Imported & Domestic Cheeses, Smoked Salmon Display, Crab Claws, Belgium Endive with Bay Shrimp, Seared Sesame Crusted Ahi on Cucumber Round with Wasabi, Turkey Cranberry Wraps, Spicy Peanut and Blueberry Slaw, Caprese Salad, Waldorf Salad, Mixed Greens with Dressing Assortment, Danish, Muffins, and Croissants, Carving Station of Roast Beef & Turkey, Omelet Station, Waffles, Eggs Benedict, Bacon & Sausage, Breakfast Potatoes, Cheese Blintzes with Fresh Berries, Grilled Sole with Fire-Roasted Tomato Relish and Sautéed Swiss Chard, Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breast with Tarragon-Almond Oil, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans Almandine. A Special Children’s Buffet of Mini Cheese Pizzas, Macaroni and Cheese, Chicken Fingers, French Fries, Fresh Vegetables and Homemade Ranch, Ants on a Log, Cheese and Crackers. Dessert Presentation to include Chocolate-Amaretto Cheesecake, Chocolate Fudge Cake, Coconut Cake, Pecan Pie, Assortment of Mini Pastries, Crème Brulee, a Sundae Station and an Assortment of Holiday Cookies

Reservations are Required for the Brunch Buffet.

Adults $29.95++, Children 7-12 $14.95++ Ages 6 and under with our compliments.

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Holiday Salad of Arugula, Endive, Apples, Pecans, Blue Cheese, and Lemon Dijon Dressing, CucumberPomegranate Salad, Roasted Heirloom Potato Salad, Pear, Fennel & Yellow Beet Salad, Shrimp Cocktail, Fresh Fruit Presentation, Baked Brie, Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip, Charcuterie & Cheese Display Entrees and Sides Roast Pork Tenderloin with Brandied Apples, Roasted Turkey Breast with Gravy and Mushroom Sage Stuffing, Almond-Crusted Sole, Butternut Squash with Honey-Rum Sauce, Sautéed Haricot Verts with Mushrooms Mushroom Sage Stuffing, Buttermilk Smashed Potatoes, Cranberry Almond Rice Blend, Housemade Biscuits Carving Station Roast Beef with Au Jus and Fresh Horseradish Cream Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham Holiday Dessert Display Warm Berry Crisp, Assorted Holiday Cookies, Manuel’s Homemade Pie’s & Cakes, Fudge Brownies, Sundae Bar

Reservations are required. Adults $29.95++, Children 7-12 $14.95++, 6 and Under with our Compliments A 48-Hour 100% Cancellation Fee will be in effect for any cancelled reservation after Wednesday, December 10 or no-show reservations on Friday, December 12.

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