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The 2014 International Masters Regatta Presents



Thursday, October 23rd | 5:00 - 8:00 PM | Skippers & Crew | Friends & Family Enjoy tastes from Point Loma’s finest eating and drinking establishments. All SDYC members and family are invited.

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Welcome to autumn everyone. We just finished up the Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship. The Snipe WH&O was a fantastic regatta in every way – our magnificent facilities were the envy of the world, the racing was crisp and the shore side parties off the hook. Standing ovation for regatta chair Joanne O’Dea, Snipe Fleet 495 and our amazing SDYC members, staff and organizers. The highlight of the week for all friends visiting from around the world; San Diego delivered a week of epic weather and sailing conditions that left competitors shaking their heads – “is it like this here all the time?” was heard time and time again, and in a half dozen different languages. In an effort to keep our little SD secret under wraps, locals often answered, “Nah, it’s never like this around here, this is very unusual. Normally, it’s hot, sticky, damp with blood sucking bugs this time of year…(wink, wink), this is a tough place to live.” Its good to be us! October is a huge month for SDYC with a ton of activity that will carry into November as we close out a great year. As you read this the J Fest Regatta will just be wrapping up. I hope you had the opportunity to get to the Club and check it out. Joanne O’Dea and her team have been at it again organizing a first class regatta and no doubt J Boat owners from up and down the west coast had a terrific weekend. Up next, SDYC will host a truly unique regatta, the Kiteboard North American Championship, October 6-10. Kiteboarding is a rapidly growing segment of our sport and jaw dropping to watch, much less do! Ripping around the water at 25-30+ knots, “kiters” have taken traditional sailboat fleet racing and added a few new twists, turns and crazy speed. Instead of “ducking, or lee bowing” that on-coming starboard tack boat, I suppose you could just go vertical and “jump over” the guy. Three dimensional sailing! Good luck kiters. The U.S. Snipe Class had so much fun in San Diego they will flock back to SDYC the weekend of October 11-13 for the Pan American Games Trials. The winner will represent the USA at the 2015 Pan Am Games in the Snipe Class in Toronto Canada. Two weeks later, a couple of our most prestigious regattas will return to SDYC to race on the gorgeous City Front venue. The International Masters Regatta comes to San Diego for the third time on October 24-26 and the following week (kicking off October 31) is the 100th running of the venerable Lipton Cup. SDYC will be well represented at both events. The 2014 SDYC Lipton Cup Team looks incredibly strong, and they will have to be, as they will go toe to toe with the best teams from the finest Clubs in the country in J-105’s with SDYC’s evenly matched J-105 sails. Best of luck to skipper Brad Rodi, Tactician Steve Hunt, Main Trimmer (and adult supervision) Ben Mitchell, Trimmer Chris Busch, Pit George Saunders, Mid-boat (youth superstar) Rebecca Macelvain, and Bow Nick Martin. Go get ‘em team! If you want parties, there will be plenty of them over the couple of weeks of these fantastic events and everyone is invited to join the racers for fun, so rest up now. Don’t forget, coming up in November - Hot Rums! Lastly, this great news was included in our weekly eblast but it bears repeating. Every two years, the Club Leaders Forum conducts a survey with the General Managers of every club belonging to the Club Managers Association of America (over 235 clubs) to determine Platinum Club awards. SDYC has again been selected as a Platinum Club of America. This year, SDYC passed both NYYC and Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and is now #2 just behind StFYC. Five years ago SDYC was #8. StFYC is a very fine Club, but team SDYC has Platinum #1 in our crosshairs. This recognition by our peers is an indication of how we are perceived across the country and is a direct result of all of the hard work put forth by our staff, our volunteers and really, all of our members who create the truly unique and welcoming ambience that is noticeable to all who come through our gate. There is a lot going on at 1011 Anchorage Lane this month. Come on down and be a part of it! We’ll see you at the Club.Good sailing, Chuck Sinks, Commodore • w w w. s d yc .o r g •

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San Diego Yacht Club 1011 Anchorage Lane San Diego, CA 92106-3005 Volume 79 • Issue 10 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.


2014 Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championships


General Manager Terry Anglin Mainsheet Editor: Joanne O’Dea & Kirsten Stahl Production: Monica McGovern Deadline: 10th of the month Mainsheet: Website: 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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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

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Operation: Holiday Helping Hand event announcement Women’s Events/Bridgedeckers/Monday Night bridge Meet our New members! New Member Cocktail party Commodore’s Dinner series Community Programs Committee/Sailing Heals Dinghy Poker run photos


14 Beneteau Cup 15 Beneteau Cup photos/Race Committee 16 Sir Thomas Lipton Cup Tea Party event announcment 17 Sir Thomas Lipton Cup Line-Up


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Model Yacht Fleet Tennis/J/70 Cruising Fleet SSSS/Anglers J/22 fleet Thanksgiving Dinner announcement Buffalo Beach PC/Electric Boat Fleet US Youth Championships 2014 CUBAR November dinner announcement


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Volume 79, Issue 10 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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6:00pm arrival, 6:30pm event begins This month we will be featuring the wines of Ladd Winery based out of Sonoma. This will be a bit different in that Ladd only makes Pinots. We will do a white or sparkler from Sonoma (where Ladd is located) and then have a dish which you can pair 3 or so Pinots after tasting them independently. The hope is you will be able to tell the difference in the vineyard and pick your favorite for dinner. Always a treat and always sold out. Make your reservations quickly. $50++ per person.

GREETINGS FROM THE CLUB GENERAL MANAGER - TERRY ANGLIN, CCM CCE In keeping with California’s mandatory As fall approaches we are excited e-blast. to begin work on several capital Babie Silvestrie in Accounting just drought measures, we ask that you improvement projects around the Club. celebrated her 35th employment please make every effort to conserve We will be installing new carpeting anniversary at SDYC. She has been water at the club. Insure sure your on the second floor, replacing the working here longer than anyone, hose bib is not leaking, use a control Etchells fence, and planting drought and is a great source of knowledge spray nozzle and minimize the water tolerant landscaping with a new and stories of years past. We greatly used to water out boats/motors. Staff irrigation system designed with water appreciate her years of service and will be only offering water by request. conservation specifications. We will dedication. Please stop by if you get a Thank you for your assistance in our conservation efforts. keep everyone updated via the weekly chance and say congratulations.



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 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

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS DAVID GRAULICH - FLAG “I grew up on the North Shore of Long Island. I participated in all the locally sponsored sailing regatta’s and loved every moment. I look back at that time and cannot thank my parents enough for giving me that opportunity. I know what learning to sail did for my character and would love to be able to provide that same experience for my children.”

KELLY LANCASTER - FLAG “Our family social time is often centered around water sports, including cruising, SUP boarding and swimming. I would like to expose my son, Ben, to sailing with the hope that he will enjoy the sport as much as I have over the years. I would also love to continue participating in Cruising Fleet activities and trips.”

KELLI MARUCCIA - FLAG “We are interested in getting involved in the sailing community and seeing if we like the competitive aspects of racing as opposed to our mostly cruising experience. We also want to get our daughter exposed to sailing and boating at an early age with like minded families.”

MATT FLOREZ PROVISIONAL ASSOCIATE “Both Jane and I are excited to raise our girls on the water; we believe that SDYC is the best club to do that at. We are planning our next boat purchase some time in the 4th quarter of 2015 and would like to have it docked at the club. SDYC has a nice array of events on the calendar that would be great to participate in.”

WENDY MESSENGER PROVISIONAL ASSOCIATE “Having lived in San Diego for over a year now, I have come to love it and plan to stay here for the foreseeable future. To that point, I am no longer a member of Newport Harbor and would like to be able to be associated with a sailing/boating club so that I can compete and participate socially with the sailing/yachting community.”

CRISTIANE VALDEZ PROVISIONAL ASSOCIATE “We would like to have our vessel docked at the marina in the future. Additionally, we would like to teach our daughter to sail and want her to participate in the wonderful instruction programs offered by the yacht club.”

CLAIRE WINNETT PROVISIONAL ASSOCIATE “One of our desires to purchase a boat was driven by the camaraderie that exists between boat owners and their appreciation for the sport. Owning a boat is an experience and responsibility that we wish to fully embrace. SDYC opens the door for us to not only meet other boat owners, but allows us to participate in group outings and yachts events.” PAUL KEPNER - SERVICE “San Diego Yacht Club offers an opportunity for us to raise our daughters in the community of people that enjoy the ocean as much as we do. SDYC has an outstanding reputation for being an excellent place for families, and this aspect is probably the most important to us.”

Last Call Millie Hunter – Life Widow 109 Kenneth Smith – Life 36 Ben Chadwelll, Jr. – Life 37 Janet Petersen – Life Widow 116 Douglas McGinty – Life 271 4 • O C TO B ER 2 014 M ai n s h e e t • w w w. s d yc .o r g

CHAD BLOMGREN PROVISIONAL ASSOCIATE “I want to share the same passions of boating, friendships and community. Growing up in a yacht club (Bird Key Yacht Club) exposed me to these things that I would like to continue to be a part of.”



Kenneth Bertino


Vice Commodore

John Laun


Staff Commodore

Bill Campbell


Staff Commodore Membership Secretary

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 Danielle Carreón



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. FLAG

Alejandro Calderon (Dolores) Rehabilitation Counselor, Canizalez Associates Inc. Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Miguel Alvarez 2nd Sponsor: Keith Vaux Pete Amarillas (Dorothy) Retired Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Robert Jackson 2nd Sponsor: James Patrick James Sanders (Amy) Sr. Program Manager, INTUIT Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Norman Magneson 2nd Sponsor: Walter Faust


Traci Hapke Sr. Complex Service Manager, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Larry Manzer 2nd Sponsor: Lisa Leweck



Johnathan Budd Teaching Fellow; Engineer, Harvard University; Leidos Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Tom Fisher 2nd Sponsor: Tod Clark

Daniel de la Vega Student, Grant Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Paul Hogue 2nd Sponsor: Joanne O’Dea

Thomas Turansky Robert Acks (Chris) Sailing Instructor, Coronado Owner, Remote Ocean Systems, Yacht Club Inc. Boat Owner Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Peter Van Horn 1st Sponsor: Larry Maio 2nd Sponsor: Darin Hayden 2nd Sponsor: Ted Hollow Hunter Hartmann Laurence Simmons (Ginny) Student, Pitzer College Investment Management, SCF Non-Boat Owner Partners 1st Sponsor: Doug Augustine Boat Owner 2nd Sponsor: Lisa Betyar 1st Sponsor: John Engle 2nd Sponsor: S/C Richard Virgilio

Scotch & Cigars Under the Stars November 6, 2014 5:30 - 9:30

Join us for a night of scotch tasting & cigars served with heavy hors d’oeuvres Scotch tasting of Glenfiddich 12,15, 19 and 21 year $40++ / person Limit 60 people

Rebecca Genovese Student, Academy of Our Lady of Peach Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Alexa Kownacki 2nd Sponsor: David Vieregg


David Servais


Lobster Fest Is back!

Thursday, September 25 & Thursday, October 2 & 9 5:30 PM until 9:00 PM

Enjoy 1 ½ Pound Steamed Maine Lobster Served with drawn butter and fresh lemon your choice of Soup or SDYC Salad and accompanied with a Loaded Baked Potato $45.95++/Person Reservations Must be Placed Tuesday by Noon prior to Thursday. Reservations are Required and Seating is Limited to 120. • w w w. s d yc .o r g •

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t was an international affair at the San Diego Yacht Club as 43 teams from 12 different countries arrived to compete in the 2014 Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship. The regatta has been contested biennially since 1950, when the first WH&O took place in Havana, Cuba. SDYC was the perfect place for the 2014 competition to take place. A team of volunteers planned the event over the past 3 years, with the goal of putting SDYC center of the world sailing stage. Racing took place on one of two race courses for the event; South San Diego Bay and the Coronado Roads, with the race committee deciding each day where the racing would occur. Two races were run each day for 5 days, three days of measurement and registration activities preceded the racing. The sailors were treated to social festivities each evening after their day on the water. The Opening Ceremony took place on Sunday, Sept. 7 as teams from around the world proudly represented their countries and the global spirit of sailing. A strong pack emerged from the 43 teams after day one of the Championship. Of the top six scoreboard leaders, no team has a double-digit finish in either of the races. The competition was tight with only a seven point spread across the top six teams. Day 2 was a quintessential day of San Diego sailing with beautiful skies and a solid breeze on the ocean course, but there was no home water advantage for any of the local competitors. While both the top two positions after day one were held by San Diegans, the second day of sailing brought 6 • O C TO B ER 2 014 M ai n s h e e t • w w w. s d yc .o r g

a new bunch to the top of the scoreboard. The new course brought more than just a change of scenery, it also brought some serious competition. Raul Rios and Fernando Monllor, from Puerto Rico, sailed fast and smart in order to climb their way up the ranks. Brazilians Breno Bianchi and Flavio de Castro were second, and Skipper Luis Soubie and crew Diego Mini Lipszyc from Argentina were in third after day 2. Mid week racing, again on the ocean, had Raul Rios and Fernando Monllor keeping a tight hold on their position as the leaders of the Snipe WH&O on the third day of racing, proving to be fast, and consistent. Competitors became eligible to drop their worst race of the regatta after Race 5. With the drop, Rios and Monllor had two first-place finishes, two third-place finishes and their worst race was a fourthplace finish. The ocean course also offered some strong swell and chop, ensuring that the Snipes were hiking hard to stay competitive. Rios and Monllor could not get too comfortable just yet on Wednesday, as this regatta has proven that fierce competition can come in unexpected waves. With a stellar start at the 6th race, Cubans Raúl Faura Nieto and José Piña Nieto were able to overtake two boats in front of them in between the first and second weather mark. They held their position in first all the way to the finish line. Day 4, Thursday, was a perfect weather day for sailing, with racing on the South Bay course. The stronger breeze provided some competitive edges and mixed up the


scoreboard, but not a perfect day of racing for Rios and Monllor. After two days in the No. 1 spot, the Puerto Rican pair weren’t able to break out of the middle of the pack on day four. With a 15th place finish in Race 7 and a 26th place finish in Race 8, Rios and Monllor fell to third overall. After four days sailed on each course, depending on whether a team had a preference for bay or ocean sailing, Friday’s location announcement held major weight. Soubie and Lipszyc had done exceptionally well in the ocean races with scores of 8-2-1-2, and surely made the competition pretty nervous as Friday racing took place on the ocean course. Rios and Monllor had the best ocean scores with 1-3-3-4 and was looking to reclaim their spot during the last day of racing. Going into the final day of racing, Rios was one of three teams with a real shot at nabbing the coveted title. With the announcement of an ocean course, competitors knew to be nervous as the Puerto Rican skipper has raced notoriously well on open water throughout the regatta. A mere four points separated Soubie and Rios before the final race, and getting off the starting line quickly was more crucial than ever before. Rios and Monllor were in sixth place by the time the fleet made it to the gate marks. They maneuvered around their competitors with sharp tactical handling, making their way up the fleet to ultimately finish third in the race, just behind the two USA teams skippered by Diaz and Hart. Argentinean sailors Luis Soubie and Diego Mini Lipszyc struggled to maintain their position as regatta leaders throughout the final day of racing. Though they previously

did well on the first two days of the ocean course, they couldn’t seem to get the starts they needed to lead either of today’s races. It doesn’t get closer than this. Skipper Raul Rios and his crew Fernando Monllor won the Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship by a single point. Looking to the future of the Snipe Class, Soubie was happy to endorse the skipper who edged him out of the championship. “He’s the future of the Snipe Class,” Soubie said. “He’s only 20 years old. He’s going to make this class proud.” As a qualifying event for next year’s PanAms, a lot more was riding on this regatta than just crowning the 2014 Snipe WH&O Champion. Many coaches made the far trek across international waters to insure that their country could qualify in time to compete in PanAms to be held in Canada. Puerto Rico, USA, Cuba, Ecuador and Colombia have all qualified during this regatta, while the Bahamas and Mexico remain unqualified.

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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 Mail checks to: Ed Letzring, 1225 Concord St, San Diego, CA 92106 • To donate online: Follow the link provided for O: HHH 2014 on SDYC’s website: 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 your honoree.

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Stories about the San Diego Zoo presented by

Champagne Tasting with Terry

Georgeanne Irvine with the Zoo for 36 years

November 12, 6:00pm October 8th, 11:30am Zoo animal friends will join us!


Summer is winding down. We would

like to say “Thank you!” to D’Neane Wilkinson for being the best ever hostess of the month. In addition to putting together 4 tables of bridge players, news of your fabulous candy and cookie treats (at least four different types each Thursday) has spread throughout SDYC. So don’t be surprised if you attract more than our Bridgedecker players i. e. a few hungry husbands, the next time you are the hostess. D’Neane we also thank you for volunteering to be the contact person during the month of October. We play bridge every Thursday from 10 until 2:30 with lunch at noon. If you would like to play bridge with us call her at (619) 917-1457. It is with heavy hearts we learned that our fellow Bridgedecker Suzzi

We will have Raffle Items, with all monies going to O:HHH to support our military Sign up online at or call (619) 221-8400 48 Hour cancellation policy

Moore passed away from cancer. Suzzi was such a fun person, always happy, always helpful, and a very talented bridge player. She was a favorite of all of ours. We miss you, Suzzi. Winners for the month of August are: Britt Alford, Monique Blinks, Jane Baldwin, Doris Ellsworth, Sharon Hope, Pat Houser, Jane Kenny, Jeanne Lynch, *Rita Moller, *Bea North, *Nancy Peckham, *D’Neane Wilkinson, and Dorothy Wheeler. Congratulations to all! • Denotes first place

MONDAY EVENING BRIDGE Monday Evening Bridge at SDYC will be held on October 13 at 6:30 PM. This is a relaxed, lively and fun game, open to all members and guests. Many players meet early in the bar for a casual dinner. Congratulations to our August winners: 1st-Cameron Peter, 2ndStan Nadel, 3rd -Betty Woodall. To reserve your seat at the game, please RSVP by October 10 to Stan Nadel or Cecilia Carrick at 619-2222254 or Reserve early to avoid disappointment. The game begins promptly at 6:30 PM, playing four rounds of bridge.

Commodore Sinks cracking up at the new member cocktail party.

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Welcome to our new members!

New Member Cocktail Party September 17, 2014

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OCT 14 6:00 - 8:00PM



Jerry Sanders President and CEO San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

For nearly 14 years the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce has played an important role in driving our region forward. Former Mayor Jerry Sanders will share the journey behind the recent repositioning of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and their efforts to make San Diego the most business friendly region in the state and regain our title as the finest city in America. MENU SDYC House Salad - Mixed Greens, Tomatoes, Sliced Cucumbers, Belgium Endive and Dried Cranberries wiht Sherry Herb Vinaigrette Grilled Chicken Breast with Natural Jus Butternut Squash Risotto, Seasonal Vegetables Family Style Dessert -Assorted House Made Cookies, Lemon Bars & Brownies


SDYC Sailing Foundation Provides Outreach to Disadvantaged Youth


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Our Sea Scouts have been busy - they

participated in the Sea Scout English George Regatta in Catalina in late August, carried flags for Snipe Opening Ceremonies and are helping us with SailFest. October 3-5 is their “Island Adventure” at Fiesta Island in Mission Bay, and the other weekends involve lots of sailing and maritime activities. On September 20th, the 18th Annual Sandy Letzring SailFest event will have taken place. This event hosts over 60 families from Balboa Naval Medical Center and Rady Children’s HospitalSan Diego for a day of fun on the water. Fifty plus SDYC skippers and crew take guests on a bay cruise, followed by a picnic and activities. In tandem with SailFest this year is the inaugural Race for Rady benefit for Rady Children’s Hospital Peckham Center, for cancer and blood disorders. There was a party and silent auction on the evening of the 20th, followed by the Race for Rady on September 21st. The two events were run by Gwynn Thomas and Sue Slaghtlots of work for support of children

who need our help the most. October 11th is another Sail Date with Sailing Heals, a non-profit organization, offering VIP Adult patient guests from UCSD Morris Cancer Center and their caregivers a sail on San Diego Bay. You can still sign up. We are looking for 3-4 Sailboats to participate in the event. To register please go to the Sailing Heals website. (

Join Us! Saturday, October 11 The Community Programs Committee has partnered with Sailing Heals, a non-profit organization, to offer VIP Adult patient guests from UCSD Morris Cancer Center and their caregivers a memorable sail on San Diego Bay. We are looking for 3-4 Sailboats to participate. Sailboats must be 35 feet in length and comfortably accommodate 4 guests or more. Meet at the Club at 2:30pm, then depart for a special day on the water. Return to the Club at 4:30pm for a BBQ funded by Sailing Heals. To register please go to: www./ or contact Gwynn Thomas at 12 • O C TO B ER 2 014 M ai n s h e e t • w w w. s d yc .o r g

We will meet at the Club at 2:30 p.m. to greet guests and depart for a special day on the water, then return to the Club at 4:30 for a BBQ. Sailboats must be 35 feet in length and comfortably accommodate 4 guests or more. The BBQ is funded by Sailing Heals. This event was also organized and run by Gwynn. The CpC can’t keep up with her gracious outreach! For further info contact Watch for the 9th Annual Operation: Holiday Helping Hand, aka O:HHH, on December 13th. The Armed Services YMCA chooses military families that we at SDYC can thank for serving our country by means of a monetary gift. This yearly event has been a huge success due to the generosity of SDYC members, and the leadership of Sue Slaght and Ed Letzring. It’s a great gift idea for the holidays.


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Beneteau’s participated in this year’s largest-ever Beneteau Cup. In addition to hosting the First 36.7 West Coast Championships, the regatta was open to all Beneteau’s – First Series AND Cruising boats. The concept of teaching cruising sailors how to race has really taken off with the Beneteau crowd. True to form, Friday evening kicked off with a Novice Racing Class put on by SDYC member Rick Day and Rob Harring of South Coast Yachts. Following that was Bruno Bomati from UK sails to give sail trim tips, which he illustrated with some phenomenal Volvo Ocean race video that kept the audience glued to the screens in the Jessop room all the way to the end. This remarkable warm, humid weather persisted through the weekend, with temps in the low 90’s on Saturday, and mid 90’s on Sunday. No matter, though, as we had plenty of wind for some excellent racing. In the ocean on Saturday, two Cruising Classes raced two triangles, while the First Series and 36.7’s ran three windward-leewards. Good breeze, warm temperatures, and minimal carnage. These are GOOD things, especially with so many

beginners on the course! Saturday evening’s festivities had a distinctly summery vibe, included live music, SUP races, a few (!) cocktails, First 36.7 West Coast Championships and some amazing Italian cuisine put out by SDYC’s Chef and kitchen staff. As it did last year, the food received 1. Kea Chick Pyle many compliments from hot, tired, 2. Adventure Ted Butterfield 3. Adeline Robert Carlson hungry racers. Sunday brought those higher First Series 1.Wiki-Wiki Mike & Carol temperatures for bay racing and enjoying the views of our beautiful Honeysett city. Race committee ran two more 2. Silhouette Warren Gross windward-leewards for the 36.7’s, 3. Precepts II Drew Belk while the other 3 fleets ran long, Cruising Class 1 – (45’+) random-leg courses completely 1. Ali’I Kai Betsy Merritt circuiting San Diego Bay. 2. La Femme Sauvage Faheem Hasnain Sunday’s breeze near Course Buoy 3. Lea Timothy Wilson #17 won’t be soon forgotten! Boats Cruising Class 2 – (43’ - ) were pointed in all directions, on 1. Tenacious Lee Pearce both tacks, in little to no breeze, 2. Ashley Brian Ganz while a fresh wind line, complete with 3. Cocktail Michael Rettie whitecaps, hung 150 yards to weather and just out of reach for what seemed like eternity. Eventually the wind filled in, and we got on with it. But it was a frustrating, long, hot wait! Beneteau, South Coast Yachts, UK Sails, and all of our other sponsors would like to thank our participants and volunteer coaches! And we especially thank SDYC’s Race Committee, Catering Office, Galley and all the food and beverage servers, Dockmaster, and IT office for all the support and for making this regatta such a fun and successful event. What a positive and impactful way to show off our club!


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I’ve mentioned in this column before how busy the Race Committee is. In

Bishop Rock Race, August 29-31, 2014 Turbo Fleet Winner: Mighty Merloe A Fleet Winner: Second Wind B Fleet Winner: Creative

September 6 - 7 September 8 – 12 September 13 – 14 September 20 – 21 September 20 – 21 September 21 September 26 – 28

September One-Design Weekend Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship Beneteau Cup PC Nationals Autumn Match Race Invitational Race for Rady J-Fest

One Design Weekend, September 6-7, 2014 Etchells: Tom Carruthers, k J/105: Jon Dekker, Air Boss Snipe: Rick Arneson, Green Flash

October 6 – 10 October 11 – 12 October 11 – 12 October 18 October 19 October 24 – 26 Oct 31 – Nov 2

Kiteboard North Americans October One-Design Weekend Snipe Pan American Qualifier PCISA Girls Invitational PC Powderpuff International Masters Regatta Lipton Cup

September, the Race Committee had 17 “racing days” on the water, including one Monday-Friday event and multiple events on one weekend:

Snipe WH&O, September 8-12, 2014 First Place: Raul Rios & Fernando Monllor, Puerto Rico Second Place: Luis Soubie & Diego Mini Lipszyc, Argentina Third Place: Breno Bianchi & Flavio de Castro, Brazil

It is a core group of volunteers that keeps this machine rolling, many of whom have worked on Race Committee 7 or 8 days in a row. As you can imagine, people are getting burned out – and that is why we need to continue to grow our group of R/C volunteers. Please join us! • w w w. s d yc .o r g •

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100th Lipton Cup Challenge Tea Party Aboard America

Spend a day on San Diego Bay for the historic 100th Challenge for the Lipton Cup

Sunday November 2nd Board at SDYC Guest Dock Viewing Party for the final day of the Lipton Cup Challenge $25/person Traditional Tea Party Fare Finger sandwiches, fruit skewers, scones, cookies, tea Alcoholic beverages available for purchase Tea hats and pearls encouraged, but not required Limited # of tickets available

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Born, as most clubs are, in a meeting of a few friends in 1844. As the legendary defender of the America’s Cup for over 100 years, NYC boasts clubhouses in the backyards of the ultra rich (Manhattan, NY and Newport, RI). NYC continues its history of sponsoring elite events including the annual Rolex regatta and the Etchells and J70 Worlds. New to the Lipton Cup.



ou can’t tell who is playing without a program and here is a quick rundown on the competition that we expect to show up this year and have a go at the Lipton Cup Challenge. Most teams are holding their cards pretty close to the vest and so we don’t really know which ringers are competing for which clubs but here is a quick rundown of the teams.

Established in 1918 by businessmen hoping to develop the mudflats and backwaters of Newport Beach. As a center for social and business interests in the area, NHYC now sits in one of the most sought after areas of Southern California. With the focus always on sailing, NHYC claims championships in all facets of sailing including 15 Lipton Cup wins.

From a beginning in 1886 as a canoe club and finally incorporated in 1937 and began a long term relationship with small boat racing producing champions in several fleets. As the focus of racing on the Chesapeake, AYC hosts J/22, J/24, Etchells, Stars and Melges fleets in a long sailing season annually. CYC was Founded in 1922 and is located in Marina del Rey, which was carved out of mud flats adjacent to LAX. Host of a long list of major regattas CYC has been home for many great sailors including 8 meter legend and early Lipton Cup winner Owen Churchill. With a win and several recent Lipton Cup podium finishes, CYC is a threat under the current Cup format.

Founded in 1886, SDYC is home to an impressive list of champions in all forms of sailing. SDYC has hosted local and international regattas for almost 130 years. As stewards of the Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup since it was donated, SDYC is the winningest club in the cup’s history. At the end of the month SDYC proudly hosts the 100th Challenge. Although not actually in “The City”, SFYC is the oldest club on the west coast with a rich history of one design and blue water events including the 104 year old San Francisco Cup. Since its founding in 1869, members of SFYC have won Olympic medals and raced in all corners of the globe. Former Lipton Cup winner.

After a brief life just before WWI, CYC was founded in 1932 in a wing of the famous Hotel del Coronado Boat House with dues of $10 per year. To this day, visitors assume the hotel boat house houses the club bypassing the former government surplus clubhouse. Boasting a history of great sailors, CYC is a three time winner of the Lipton Cup.

Established in 1892, SYC has grown to 2500 members and 10 locations on the shores of Washington and British Columbia. The members share passions for cruising and racing. The club burgee has flown over Olympic champions and America’s Cup challengers and the club’s membership prides itself on having fun by sponsoring competitive and social events on and off the water. In 1925, some local yachtsmen formed SWYC and began operation in the tidal flats near downtown San Diego. The club has survived a tsunami and several moves and enjoys a rich sailing heritage, recently celebrating the opening of a new clubhouse. SWYC sponsors all forms of racing highlighted by the Marina del Rey to San Diego Race and the “Little” Ensenada Race. Two time Lipton Cup winner.

Founded in 1980, CRA is a member of the San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs and is the host of over 20 racing events yearly including the incredibly popular Beer Can Series which occupies most of San Diego’s sailors on summer Wednesday evenings. The emphasis of CRA is to make racing fun. Looking for their first win. In an effort to host an LA to San Francisco powerboat race, a few SouthernCalifornia yachtsmen formed Long Beach Yacht club in 1929. While the race failed to survive the depression and WWII, LBYC did survive to become one of the premier SoCal clubs. Known for Long Beach Race Week and the match race pioneering Congressional Cup, LBYC is a two time Lipton Cup winner.

In 1927, a group of San Francisco Yacht Club members founded StFYC to bring yachting to downtown SF. The stunning location in the shadow of the Golden Gate is the result. With competition from kiteboards to the America’s Cup within yards of the clubhouse and minutes from the dock, StFYC is truly one of the great racing venues in the world. Former Lipton Cup winner.

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Seemingly swept into town on the

heels of Hurricane Norbert, the extra-muggy “El Nino” summer was symbolically perpetuated by the influx of world-class, Latin American, Snipe sailors in attendance for our club’s impressive hosting of the Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship. As with the Star Worlds last September, the Model Yacht Fleet’s hospitality “gene” (Jean) was maximally expressed. Clearly establishing itself as the “fleet that hasn’t learned how to say ‘No’”, once again, our generous fleet members donated their time and boats to help solidify the depth and breadth of the international regatta experience for our fellow skippers from afar. At the bequest of Joanne O’Dea, newly entrapped Fleet Captain, S/C Sandy Purdon did an outstanding job at “rallying the troops” and delegating assignments for this special regatta; and, as I alluded to previously, Jean ‘Logistics” Malthaner led the charge. Participation was strong from a majority of countries being represented at the Snipe regatta with 12 loaned model yachts competing in 6 races. The guest skippers all had expert coaching help from a number of our fleet members who volunteered.

Overseeing the racing was an all-star veteran Race Committee, consisting of fleet member, John Rudderham, along with Beth Adams and Jane Landon. While the conditions were less than ideal, including waning light and a wind that went from light to lighter, the competition was stiff and hardfought, with the Colombianos edging out the Puerto Ricans and Team USA. But in the end, it was the camaraderie between the skippers, above the results, that left a lasting impression of a special experience above duplication. Rising above the din of numerous foreign languages being simultaneously spoken, was the universal language of laughter, spontaneously bubbling up in the form of light-hearted cackles and Corinthian heckles. As I stood on the front deck announcing the “play by play” of the regatta, the true

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international flavor of the moment was reflected by the sounds described above blending with John Rudderham’s marvelous British accent over the bullhorn, and the toe-tapping rhythms of traditional Latino “Salsa”, “Merengue” and “Cumbias” being played through the PA on the front deck. Thanks go out to all of the volunteers that helped make the Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship a memorable experience, with the assistance of miniature boats and huge hearts. Well, enough gushing about our magnanimity...I’m late for the seminar on “How to Say No”.



October has the perfect temperature to come out to the courts and hit balls. Our “Adult Clinic’ continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 9:00 a.m. The “Kids Clinic” with Rudy happens every Thursday at 4:30. Both sessions are getting very good reviews from our Fleet members who come out to play. The ball machine continues to beat everyone it plays. It ‘s nice it doesn’t demand a beer after the normal 6-0,


The inaugural J 70 World Championships

were held in September of this year in Newport Rhode Island. Three teams from SDYC and three others from Southern California headed east after qualifying to compete with the best of the best; Bennett Greenwald with the Perseverance team, Rich Bergman with the Zuni Bear crew and Dave Vieregg with his Soggy Dollar Racing team made it to the NYYC and Sail Newport venue. Other San Diego sailors were in the fleet as well, Billy Hardesty and

6-0 beating. Remember, do not put regular balls into the machine. If there is any problem, give me a shout and I’ll take care of it. This month hosts our “Tennis Ladder Challenge” on October 18th. The top 4 men’s and women’s players will battle it out for the Championship. Get on the phone or computer and challenge anyone up to 3 spots ahead of you. It’s a great way to meet other Tennis Fleet members and fine tune your game. There will be snacks and drinks along with plenty of tennis. Come by and cheer our top 8 players on. It always proves to be a super fun event.

Any questions, call Scott Launey “The Ladder Man” who has been doing a great job keeping the ladder updated throughout the year. But there’s more.. That evening we will host our “End of the Year” party! If you missed it last year, highlight your calender and be there this year. Be sure we have your current e-mail address so you will know about all the cool stuff coming up. Please give Tracy Nichols or myself a call if you can volunteer at some of our upcoming events. With your help, we will continue to have the best ”Tennis Fleet” in San Diego!

Jake Ladow sailing in the gold fleet. Each morning the breeze was on, a competitors meeting was held at 8:30am to let us know which venue we would race on and how many races were planned. The PRO kept everyone informed and ran terrific races. 12 races were run in Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound. 10 of the 12

races were in run in 15 knots, gusting to 20/25 kts of breeze with current, waves, chop and seaweed. Very challenging conditions, both mentally and physically, for all teams. Planing conditions existed downwind and hitting 12 -14 knots was the norm. The fleet was loaded with pros, world champs, national champions and Olympians, only 36 of the 86 teams were in the Corinthian fleet. 14 countries were represented in the fleet as well. The venue was awesome, the early autumn air was refreshing. The Opening Ceremony was held at Harbour Court and the after race parties at Sail Newport were fantastic events with local beer, chowder, crab rolls, and snacks. Helly Hansen sponsored the event as well as the “gear tent” which was always busy. Tim Healy on Helly Hansen won over Catapult and Billy Hardesty (tactician) and Jake Ladow on Africa in 9th. Team Perseverance finished in the middle of the Gold fleet while Soggy Dollar was 9th in the Corinthian division in the Silver fleet and Zuni Bear had to work hard to overcome a measurement issue. The first J 70 Worlds, the venue, and the racing was worth the miles and time to get there and back. We are looking forward to hosting the third J 70’s North American Championships in September of 2015 at SDYC!

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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!



n August, 38 members of the SDYC Cruising Fleet “rode the rails” north on the Amtrak Surfliner to the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, the second oldest organized yacht club on the west coast. On Saturday morning, we visited Bridlewood in the Santa Ynez Valley. We tried six interesting wines and were all impressed with how beautiful and charming it was. Next up was the Melville Winery in Lompoc. We had lunch, tasted some great wines and enjoyed the outdoors among the grape vines on a perfect Southern California day. Our last vist was the Foley Winery, just down the road from Melville. Many considered this to be the best stop of the day. Next we headed to Solvang, a little touch of Denmark right in California. When we arrived we were revitalized with visions of classic hot rods, restored vintage vehicles and some big time muscle cars all parked on Copenhagen Drive. The car show was just ending and most of the guys had to check out the wheels. Sunday afternoon we all met back at the Hotel Santa Barbara for a wine and cheese party before heading to dinner on our own. On Monday we headed home. Because of the size of our group, Bob Morris, Venue Chairman and trip organizer, arranged for us to all take over first class car. Great fun and experience!

Our dinner speaker on October 21st will be Richard Cloward Capt USN (Ret), Director Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla. He will give an overview of the Museums holdings from a nautical perspective. Join us for a long weekend south of the border on October 23-27, 2014. It will be packed with culinary adventures and free time for relaxing, shopping and exploring. Highlights include: * Thursday Happy Hour buffet at Hotel Coral Marina bar. * Friday bus tour of the city highlights, La Bufadora (marine blowhole) and a local flea market featuring regional artisans about 15 miles south of Ensenada. That evenijg we will have dinner at the renowned Sano’s steak house which based on personel experience, is outstanding. * Saturday excursion to the Guadalupe Wine Valley with tastings at Vinas de Garza, Lucheza Vineyards and Adobe Guadalupe. We will lunch at Lucheza. * Sunday day of relaxation. Take advantage of the wonderful amenities

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of Hotel Coral, including their famous Sunday brunch, pools, spa, etc. Downtown Ensenada is a short cab ride away for shopping and exploration. *Sunday sunset dinner at Punta Morro with spectacular views of the rugged Mexican coast. We are providing two travel options for this cruise: For those going by sea, we’ll be staying at the Hotel Coral marina. We’ll be setting up buddy boats for those who want to cruise as a group. Additionlly, Hotel Coral is providing assistance with the Port Authority documentation. A shuttle bus will provide transportation between SDYC parking lot and Hotel Punta Morro. If you are planning on staying at Hotel Punta Morro, it is imperative that you make reservations as soon as possible since rooms are limited. Registration is now available on the Cruising Fleet website. November 8-10 (Saturday & Sunday) will be our Loews Cruise (changed this year due to scheduling conflicts.) Mark your calendars.




is winding down, but the sailing is terrific! The sailing venue is all clear for us to really enjoy some super days and racing. We are grateful to Rod and Diane who continue to run our Tuesday races. After racing we enjoy a late lunch on the deck of the club for sailing camaraderie and a few bragging rights. We started our fall series on September 2nd and it runs through December 9th. First start is 11:30am until 1:15pm. Southwestern Yacht Club hosted its Annual Intergalactic Sabot Regatta over the Labor Day weekend. There were about 25 boats of mostly SWYC members…there was a canine division, couples division, adult and juniors division. Susan Dijkman won the adult sabot division and she was the only one representing our SSSS fleet.

Congrats to Susan! Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 15th as SDYC is hosting the last in the SCWSA series regatta. This event is always competitive and fun. If you are interested in helping with this regatta, please contact me 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. Check out the SSSS fleet calendar online at www.sdyc. org/fleets/ssss/senior_sabots for our sailing dates.


into his prize for the largest fish of the day. He repeatedly casted his bait deep into the kelp. He lost several pieces of bait before landing his prize winning 5.5 lb. Calico bass, his patience and perseverance paid off.

Fishing this summer continues to be exceptional. SDYC

Anglers have had success catching Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna, Dorado and Yellowtail…maybe by the end of the season someone will catch and release a Marlin. On August 17th the Anglers hosted a wonderful group of 22 juniors aboard the Sea Watch for a half day fishing tournament. The 25th “JCAT” Junior Coastal Angling Tournament was a pleasant day with blue skies and calm seas as we headed out to the kelp beds. Although the fishing this season has been fantastic compared to recent years, the wind changed days before the tournament and the water cooled off making fishing a bit tougher than expected. Despite the change in weather, the kids caught a wide variety of fish from small Barracuda, Bonito, Sheepshead and lots of Calico Bass. Fishing to me is always a crap shoot, from the wide variety of fish we catch to who happens to have the lucky rods that day. On this trip Brenna French and her sister Erin were full of luck and nearly caught more fish between them than the whole boat combined. Brenna took away the prize for the most fish with 24. Chase Lester put a lot of effort and skill

Congrats go out to the notables: Merrick Heinly -- Largest Sheepshead Sean Guentner -- Largest Bonita Brenna French -- Most fish Cori Lester -- Largest Bass caught by girl Chase Lester – Largest fish- Calico bass 5.5 lbs. The Anglers Group would like to thank Gary Stephany for all the work he has done to make sure the Kids Fishing Day and JCAT are the successes they have been for so many years. Tight Lines from the Anglers Group • w w w. s d yc .o r g •

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Thank you to the coaches and San

Diego Yacht Club for hosting the 2014 adult summer sailing series. Almost fifty members and guests attended the Monday night classes, and a group of enthusiastic coaches led by Kris Zillmann introduced us to the joys and challenges of sailing our J/22 club boats. Luckily we had plenty of wind each Monday night so that whether we were learning to tack, jibe, or fly a spinnaker, we expanded our sailing knowledge in the ever-shifty conditions of La Playa and San Diego Bay. Where most boat owners wouldn’t ask you to dock their boat on the first night, that it exactly what we were asked to do - repeatedly. Hats off to all of the coaches who helped out for twelve week program this summer, for their

excellent coaching tips and reminders. Your jokes and anecdotes were greatly appreciated. If you attended any of this summer’s adult series, please send your feedback and suggestions to Kris@sdyc. org. Maybe we could even create a J22 adult fun series during the year – there are few limits to what we could accomplish, all we need is your interest. To more sailing! Pam Wright With feedback like that, I couldn’t help but think of the things that we can cook up for the fall and winter. To start, we will offer individuallyscheduled sailing lessons through the week before Christmas so that you can pick the ideal time for you, your friends, and family to get a sailing lesson and a great day on the water with a club J/22. Our coaching staff is available during school holidays if you need a good activity to occupy the kids for an afternoon or if you would like to take your book club sailing for tea time, the Club will provide lunch, the boat, and an experienced instructor

to help you make the most of your time spent here. Finally - you can take sailing lessons with your kids for a change instead of watching them have all of the fun without you. Whether you are looking to start sailing, get confident, or get fast on a sailboat, the Club is prepared to support you. Our Fleet Manager has been to the ISAF World Sailing Games, J/22 Worlds, NAs, etc. and the other coaches have repeatedly churned out human racing machines from SoCal. We encourage junior teams interested in triple-handed sailing to join us for a day or for the year and use these boats to build their keelboat experience early – a head start helps later in life. The J/22s will also be employed to host an increasing number of team and match race events and scrimmages for which organizers and helpers are always needed. I hope that you are excited as we are to be able to enjoy these boats in one the world’s premier sailing venues and that you will take the journey with us.

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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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. • w w w. s d yc .o r g •

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BUFFALO BEACH BY SCOTT LAUNEY Mother Nature Gives and Takes Away


s all of our lovers of Buffalo Beach know now our pier has been significantly damaged by the large south swells created by Hurricane Maria over September 25 to 26. As of this writing Catalina Experience is working on a temporary repair to allow them to complete their 2014 season and the repairs would also allow our members a smaller dinghy dock to use. It’s unknown if this will work out as desired, but they are making a strong effort and our Beachmaster Nate is

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assisting as he is able. The Catalina Conservancy is also involved with this, but they are mainly looking toward the future as to what can be done to permanently replace what was lost. I wish I had good news for you, but it looks like it could take at least a year to make any headway on a new pier and a lot of things will have to happen including financing and permitting which will be time consuming efforts. As information becomes available I will pass it on to our membership, but for now Buffalo Beach is fully open and I hope you’ll continue to enjoy your time out there. Information on transportation to and from Avalon can be found on the club’s Web Site under Facilities/Buffalo Beach.




am sitting in my home office watching the Davis weather monitor spin and spin and spin. The club website says the winds today are pushing 14K with gusts to 17 on and off. This Hawaiian storm is just kicking our collective butts. Yesterday we went out and had a lovely day on the water but once we got half way between 7/8 and 5/6… the sea was lumpy and pretty much a mess. We turned around and actually surfed in for quite a way. Any way you cut it…it was a wonderful day on the water. The good news is that Greg Stewart left E Street before us with his 6 Meter and apparently went down to the Bay because we did not see him as we headed out toward the point. I am assuming he hit someone else down there. CF Koehler buzzed by on our return, hours later, just as we were tying up at the dock and congratulated us for our good fortune of “missing” Greg. I, too, was relieved. Our Alaska cruise was a complete joy with glaciers and whales and other sea life. We flew into Juneau and did a loop up the inland coast and end up back in Juneau. Then we took a seaplane


On August 30th, the new electric Boat

Fllet held its inaugural event. It began with a champagne toast to celebrate the SDYC’s Board of Directors’ decision to designate us as an official fleet, and a meet & greet session on the Guest Dock followed by a leisurely cruise around La Playa Cove. Arms were soon weary from waving to friends who looked longingly at our sleek & silent yachts and throats became parched due to profuse laughing and shouting to friends who were anchored out. In order to abate the parched condition,

to Skagway and drove to the Yukon and White Horse, then reversed the whole process. Don’t ask me…I just say “Yes, Dear….”. Word of advice: DON’T enjoy a ruptured appendix out in the middle of nowhere, knowing you have to drive some 250 miles to get to the nearest clinic…then take a seaplane to the nearest hospital for emergency surgery. Ask me how I know. The August 17th Coronado Islands Race went off without a hitch. Congratulations to #11 and crew for showing off their skills. I am told it was a lonely race, in that no other boats participated…but our Fleet Captain surged ahead and placed first! The PC Nationals will be September 20 and 21. A good number of boats have already signed on so it should be the usual good show. The weekend will offer the Saturday pm BBQ and the Sunday deck party awards ceremony will follow the last race. While I was in the middle of nowhere and wondering why my abdomen hurt, I received an email from a physician in Seattle. He was asking my advice about a boat he happens to have in storage. She is #30! I have been looking for this boat forever. I knew it was in a derelict state in the water near Shilshole, Washington…but could never find photos of her. Turns out that this

fellow’s mother owned the marina and took the boat in possession after the loser owner skipped town. The Doctor hauled the boat and trailered her for a few years at his home. Seems he was busy with med school and internship and residency and then spending some time working. He is now in a position to restore the boat and is VERY excited to learn what he can. You may remember that this was a varnished hull doghouse boat. This was the boat seen in last months 1948 “Sea Magazine” photo. It’s very exciting news to me and I have asked John to send me some photos and keep me posted. I have also invited him to come see the fleet if he makes it down to San Diego. Remember that the Oct. 19the Power Puff is still on. The word is that Mattie Brownsea is taking her “Kick Butt” pills and is ready to defend her title! Until next month…have a GREAT time at our club.

aggressive hydration with copious consumption of adult beverages was indicated and was eventually successful!

stowaways. Following the Harbor Cruise, most adjourned to the SDYC Dining Deck for a “meet, greet & eat” where sea stories about the perils of the infamous afternoon adventure were shared and liberally embellished. Our next event will be a late afternoon run on 28 September to one of the restaurants in The Americas’ Cup Harbor. Any other SDYC members that own an electric boat are encouraged to join. Contact Ed Letzring at letzring@ for information. FYI, the combined Initiation Fees and Monthly Dues total exactly $00.00. This does not include libations and munchies. Most activities will be conducted on a “bring or buy your own” basis.

The new fleet is composed of 15 electric powered boats owned by 22 SDYC members and families. Even though only 4 Duffy Yachts actually showed up, 8 Duffy families participated plus 3 more pairs of “Electric Boat Fleet” wanna-be • w w w. s d yc .o r g •

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Grosse Pointe Yacht Club BY ANDY REITER

The US Youth Championship regatta

is the pinnacle of youth sailing in the United States, all of the best sailors in the country travel to sail in this single championship. To be able to compete in this event you must fill out an application with all of your top results. My crew, Charlie Miller, and I were lucky enough to be accepted into the US Youth Championships in the Club 420 class. One of the coolest parts of this event is that all of the competitors are the same age as each other. My crew and I were blessed with a great host family who was so supportive of our needs and extremely kind to put up with all of our stinky sailing gear. Charlie Miller and I flew out of San Diego Friday night on a redeye to Detroit, Michigan. We landed in Detroit at 5:00am and were not picked up from the airport until 12:00pm. We were so exhausted, we slept on the floor of the airport. At noon we were picked up in a school bus full of competitors and were driven to the venue. When we arrived at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Charlie and I went straight to receive our charter boat and check in for the event. Then we rigged up and went out for a quick practice to get a feel for the shifty lake sailing we were about to race in. Day 1 of the event was postponed due to massive thunderstorms. All of the competitors were sheltered inside the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. It was painful to look out the windows of the yacht club and see 15-20 knots of breeze that we couldn’t sail in. Racing was called off after 3:00 pm, so Charlie and I went back to our host families house with the mindset of kicking butt the next day.

Day 2 was exactly like the first day, but the thunderstorm was a lot more patchy and we were lucky enough to have a big enough gap to start a race. When the race committee said it was time to go racing, Charlie and I knew this was our time to go out and sail our best. The conditions were very light breeze with a foot of chop. These weren’t ideal, but we made do. Our only race of the day we placed 5th, which put us in 5th overall after the 2nd day of racing. On day 3 the thunderstorms cleared and it was a perfect 18-20 knots. These were the conditions that my crew and I were waiting for. We perform best in

Scott Sinks & Rebecca McElvain take the top spot trophy!

the heavy breeze due to our weight and knowledge of how to sail the boat fast. The first race of the day we placed 3rd, and we were absolutely thrilled with it. We went into the next race knowing that we had to keep it consistent. We won the second race of the day by a whole leg! It was a combination of getting lucky and being very fast. The third race of the day we just sailed as best as we could and placed 5th... now this was the consistency we were looking for! Going into the last race of the day we had our heads up high and were extremely happy with the day so far. We had some trouble finding a clear breeze and the favored side of the course, but we still placed 19th. At the end of the day we knew that we had one throw out and that this would put us up in the top of the fleet. When we got into the dock and looked at

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results we were in 1st with a lead of 12 points! Charlie and I went back to our host families house and straight to bed knowing the next day would be a big one. Day 4: We went into the last day of the event winning with a 12 point lead. It was one of the most stressful situations I have ever been in. The night before I didn’t sleep too well, but I tried to fight through it and sail the most consistent day I could. The breeze was around 10-15 knots and extremely puffy. At one point in the first race the wind had gone from 14 knots to 5 knots. After floating upwind for half a leg, in came a huge puff out of the far right. It was devastating to see the boats that were over there going 3x our speed and passing us. We placed 24th in that race. Charlie and I just tried to stay confident and keep our sanity. The next race was awesome, we did everything right and finished 9th. We were thrilled to have come back like that due to our last race. The next race was exactly like the first one of day 3, extremely puffy and shifty. We struggled very badly and we started to become very stressed out. We placed 28th in that race. Going into the last race we knew that the hope for winning was gone so we just went out there and sailed as best as we could to represent SDYC, and we did, placing 5th in the last race of the event. This put us in 6th place overall. The US Youth Champs was my favorite regatta by far because it was only kids our age and they were all the best of the best. We are so happy our long time teammates Scott Sinks and Rebecca McElvain won the regatta! We couldn’t have had this amazing experience without the generous support of the SDYC Competition Fund. We would like to thank the SDYC Competition Fund making it possible for my crew and I to compete in this event.

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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SAILFEST 2014 Dear San Diego Yacht Club and ASYMCA, We wanted to thank all of you and your collective efforts for providing a very enjoyable experience for our family this weekend. Our children really enjoyed themselves out on the water and everything was so well planned. Thanks again, Adriana Holguin

Join us on Friday, October 17, 2014 for Deck Dining

5:30 PM until 9:00 PM Pretzels and Hot Beer Cheese, Bratwurst, Schnitzel, Sauerbraten, Warm German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, Braised Red Cabbage, Beer Garden-Style Seating, & Entertainment for only $14.95++/person Enjoy with our Oktoberfest Beers on Tap! (Beer is not included in price. This will be the only dining option for the evening.) Please RSVP at 619-758-6314 for reservations or online at • w w w. s d yc .o r g •

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