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SAILFEST 2013 The 17th Annual Sandy Letzring SailFest Regatta will be held on Saturday September 7, 2013 SDYC partners with Children’s Hospital and ASYMCA to host children with cancer or other life threatening conditions and their families for boat rides on the bay, barbeque lunch and fun activities on shore for the kids. It is always a wonderful day. SDYC Members may participate in two ways. You can take a family out on your boat for an hour bay cruise or you can volunteer as crew on a boat. SailFest is a memorable event for these brave children, their supportive families and our SDYC members. Skipper check-in 10:30am – 11:00am Saturday September 7th Skippers Meeting at 11:00am Guests arrive 11:00 to 11:30 am To volunteer contact Brian Thomas or Gwynn Thomas 619 997-5220 or 619 997-5219 Your Participation is Greatly Appreciated! Photos by Jackie Kohls

From the commodore COMMODORE - CHARLES HOPE


here is plenty of world class racing to get excited about this month, starting with the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup running in AC 45’s on September 1 – 4, followed by the America’s Cup Finals September 7 – 21. Of course all eyes will be on Team USA45 Racing, with SDYC members Jake La Dow, Jake Reynolds and Nevin Snow. And if that is not enough excitement, SDYC is hosting the Qualcomm 2013 Star Worlds with race days scheduled from September 1st to the 6th. This will be the eighth time SDYC will host since the first competition in 1922. For more information go to: By now you should have received the 2013 Membership Survey Results Summary complied by the McMahon Group. Those who want more detailed information on the survey results are welcome to borrow a copy from the Front Desk for viewing at the Club. The McMahon Group has also briefed the Board on the important aspects of the survey. Some of the immediate action items I mentioned last month have been completed (or will be by September 1st) including: • The popcorn machine is back in the La Playa Room. • WiFi equipment has been installed that will provide Club-wide coverage. • The Lounge sofas have been replaced • New pool furniture is in place • A new parking policy has been approved by the Board that will better serve the members during our busiest days at the Club. Longer term, we have taken steps to assure long term satisfaction of the members, including: • Appointed Mike Morton Jr. as Chairman of a special focus group to develop long range plans for Food and Beverage services. • Al Pleskus is Chairing a relatively new committee called the Fleet Captain Sail Committee. This committee is charged with developing a strategic plan for the long term sustainability of our race assets and race program. • Buffalo Beach Chairman Eduardo Savigliano continues to work with member Joe Holasek to work on a long term master plan for Buffalo Beach. • The Board has scheduled a full-day strategic planning meeting in October to update the Club’s 5 Year Strategic Plan and incorporate many of the ideas we have learned from the survey. • V/C Chuck Sinks and Treasurer Doug Werner are working with the Finance Committee Chair Lisa Betyar on the final version of the 2014 Budget and 5 Year Capital Improvement Plan.

See you at the Club.

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San Diego Yacht Club 1011 Anchorage Lane San Diego, CA 92106-3005 Volume 78 • Issue 9


Board of directors commodore charles b. hope, Jr. Vice commodore chuck c. Sinks rear commodore John l. laun Jr. Staff commodore kyle c. clark

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s you read this, SDYC will be in the middle of the 2013 Star Worlds regatta. John Burnham and Ben Mitchell have done a great job in heading up the planning and we appreciate their tireless efforts. As a part of the Star Worlds event, the last Wednesday Barbeque of the 2013 season will be held on Wednesday, September 4. Coming up at the end of September will be the world renowned “Gentlemen’s Cruise”. Dennis Kuhn and his team have been planning this event for months and I know it will be a

great event. Food, games, fun, music. If you are planning on attending, I suggest you get plenty of rest prior to arriving as sleep time will be at a premium after landing. In response to the member survey, the Club has purchased new pool furniture replacing the lounges, tables, chairs and umbrellas. We hope you enjoy the new look and please help us take care in protecting these assets. The Club has also upgraded the property WIFI and the goal was to ensure coverage throughout the docks and clubhouse. Lastly based on your comments and with an eye to the future of the club, a Long Range Food and Beverage Committee has been formed to study what we are doing and what changes need to be made to improve the operation imagining what we will need to be in 5 – 10 years. Looking further out, the Ladies Luncheon moves to night time, and on October 16, I will be leading a

champagne tasting for the group. You can sign up on the club website as this is sure to be a fun event with 4 different sparkling wines paired with palate cleansing appetizers. All for only $35! Backtracking a bit, the night before I will be holding another wine class. This version is the Wine 101. The program is a basic introductory course on the 6 major varietals of the world. If you want to learn more about wine and are somewhat of a rookie, this is the class for you. As I write this, it is mid-August and the summer has pretty much gone. Football is starting to come to the forefront and baseball is heating up with the playoffs – always my favorite time of the year. This is also when the weather is most beautiful in San Diego – and what better place to enjoy it than SDYC. Hope to see you soon at the club.

Back to School ~ Back to Business Take Advantage of the Club’s many private rooms. With our Malin Burnham Sailing Center now open the opportunities to showcase your Club are endless! Host your company’s next event at your Club. Choose from our many options: Frost Room, Jessop Classroom, Dockside Conference Room, Spinnaker Room & Deck, Board Room, Staff Commodore Room and our La Playa Room. Hosting all day meetings, quarterly events, retirement parties, etc. Anniversary Parties Book your Anniversary Party at The Club and enjoy a Complimentary Champagne (or sparkling cider) Toast (honored for events exceeding $500.00) Weddings/Rehearsal Dinners Did you know Your Club is the ideal setting for weddings from 20 people to 250 people? Wedding Packages available, ask us for more details! Fundraising/Alumni Events Ask us, we are happy to create a value based reception menu for fundraising and Alumni events. Call today for meeting details, What better Place to spend a day away from the office. Please contact the catering office for more information. Plan for success; allow the professional staff at the club to make it easy for you. Catering Office I (619) 758-6312 or (619) 758-6311 I

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS John Ponder “I hope to participate in as many activities as possible at the Club. I would like to obtain additional experience and expertise in sailing and boating to become a competent boater and contribute more when sailing and cruising with friends. I am interested in the Anglers Club and would hope to gain better sport fishing skills.”

Michael Gladstone “Main reason for wanting to become a member is to introduce my newborn daughter to the world of sailing as I was, but also to join my countless friends and family that are current (and past) members. It’s also a goal of mine to one day own our own boat and cruise the world.”

Luke Jacobson “My family and I seek membership for the various social activities including; children’s summer events, swimming/ tennis, brunch and for summer BBQ, and, exposure to members of the boating community. We may seek boat ownership when our family is ready.”

John Barkley “I would like to gain more experience boating, specifically sailing. I love being on the water and the yacht club is an exceptional place to be. I want to be around people who are also passionate about cruising and sailing.”

PROVISIONAL ASSOCIATE Jessica Aminoff “I live down the street from the SDYC and would love to expose our children to boating and everything the SDYC has to offer. We have heard such great things about the yacht club from our neighbors.”

Thomas Schliem “Reasons for wanting to be a member are to become more involved in the San Diego boating community. Also to expose our two boys to sailing and enroll them into the Junior Sailing program.”


JUNIOR FLAG Jack Skahen “Jenny and I love to race and I look forward to sharing SDYC’s focus on sailing competition. As we become more involved in the local sailing community, we find that a majority of our sailing friends are members at SDYC.”

Calli Allen “I love the ocean, being on it, smelling the sea air and living a “nautical” life. We look forward to more sailing, meeting more people with a similar love of the ocean and getting our children into sailing and meeting other children who like to sail as well.”

Transfers JUNIOR FLAG TO FLAG Vicki Barker

Aislinn Sotelo


Chris Foster

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George Kindley


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.



Alexandria Giobbi Supply Management, SDG&E Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Rags Laragione 2nd Sponsor: Jeff Brown

Cameron Cage Student, Grant K-8 School Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Asa Morton 2nd Sponsor: Simon Garland

Brianne Ice (Jonathan) Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Buck Buchanan 2nd Sponsor: Stuart Jewell


Kathy O’Brien Owner of San Diego & Anacortes, WA Lofts Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Jim Dorsey 2nd Sponsor: Will Stout

Michael Brewster (Lauren) Sales (Technology), EMC2 Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Hans Strom 2nd Sponsor: Todd Struyk Dianne Austin-Wist (Roger) School Principal, Self Employed Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Brett Willmot 2nd Sponsor: Lisa Betyar


John Callery Web Producer/Developer, USD Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Thomas Parry 2nd Sponsor: Randall Milanowski


Chris Pryor (Charlene) Info Systems Director, Sharp Healthcare Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Frank Godinez 2nd Sponsor: Chuck Egan

Claire Bagg Student, Santa Barbara City/Photo Degree & SNC Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: S/Comm. Andy La Dow 2nd Sponsor: Jim Reynolds Photo by © Christy Radecic

Sabrina Vierling (Sean) Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatric Centers at San Diego Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Chris Leitz 2nd Sponsor: Pete Evering


Nathaniel Dimelfi Sophomore, Point Loma High School Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Curt Mazur 2nd Sponsor: David Folsom

Aaron Frost Operations Manager, AFJR Partnership L.P. Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Jim Oberg 2nd Sponsor: Gary Fraser Sean Oversmith (Amy Wax) Yacht Consulting/Mgmt, Self Employed Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: John Barbey, Jr. 2nd Sponsor: John Burnham Lauren Maxam (Garrett Thrasher) Attorney / GM of Thrasher Termite & Pest Control Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Danielle Richards 2nd Sposnor: Blaire Herron

Beth Christensen (Brian) Teacher, San Diego Unified Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Richard Stoddard 2nd Sponsor: Kate Evans


Lani Spund (June Lundstrom) Retired Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: Timothy Fuller 2nd Sponsor: John Gladstone


Robert Hanson – Life 936 William L. McLane – Flag 59 James J. Kacirk – Life 358

Beth Shillito (Joshua Garretson) Non-Boat Owner 1st Sponsor: James Wiesler 2nd Sponsor: Barbara Monroe

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Staff Commodore Gordon “G.T.” Frost, Jr. Vice Commodre Chuck Sinks Staff Commodore Kenneth Bertino Staff Commodore Bill Campbell Karen Busch Steve Harris Mary Snow Dennis Kenneally Membership Secretary Danielle Carreón

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SDYC Star World Champions By Joanne O’Dea

The San Diego Yacht Club has a long

and distinguished history of Star Fleet Champions in our membership, some of whom have been members of the yacht club their whole lives, growing up as juniors sailing at SDYC. This month, as the Club prepares to welcome the 2013 Qualcomm Star Class World Championship, generations of SDYC Star World Champs share their stories.

S/C Malin Burnham A two-time Star Class World Champion while still a teenager, Malin reflected back on some of his best memories of his sailing career. He was the winning crew for fellow SDYC member Gerry Driscoll in 1944, Malin was 16 and Gerry was 19. The next year, Malin was the winning skipper, with SDYC member Lowell North as his crew. Malin is excited the Star Worlds is returning to SDYC. “Saltwater has been in my veins since I started sailing at age 10,’’ he said. “Since I won the Worlds, there have been more Star Class Champs out of San Diego than anywhere in the world. When I think about all that history, it’s so nice to

have it back, there’s a lot of tradition here.’’ “What I remember more than anything is that Gerry was my mentor,’’ Malin said. “He was a master at preparation and practicing. On the race course itself, he was a very quiet person, very serious. Gerry taught me a lot.’’ A year after winning the Worlds with Gerry, Malin was the skipper with Lowell was his crew. “It was a great inspiration for me. Winning is something I wanted to do myself someday.” On the water, Malin and Lowell beat a fleet that included a former world champion and three others who would later win the world championship. “I’m satisfied that I beat a bunch of good sailors,’’ he said. Malin came close to winning again in 1963, 1964, and 1965, and came away with lessons that would serve him well. In 1963, he was seven points ahead after three of five races in a 51-boat fleet. There were no throwouts and if a boat had a foul, it was out of that race. In the fourth race, Malin was in second place and his mainsail brushed the mark boat. “Nobody saw it except me, but I had to drop out of the race and head back to the dock”. The next day, he and crew Jim Reynolds sailed across the line in first place in the fifth and final race. They didn’t win the regatta, they finished third, “But I learned how to play by the rules,’’ Malin said. “I learned my lesson, too. That’s where I learned all my virtues.’’ In 1964, his rig tangled sailing downwind in the first race, but he finished third overall. The next year, 1965, the final race would determine the overall results, Malin and Jim finished second. “I had a pretty good run those three years,’’ he said. As well as the Star Class, Malin had a long involvement with the America’s Cup, including serving as President-CEO of the Sail America Foundation, which funded and provided logistical support for Dennis Conner’s winning Stars & Stripes campaign. In 1988, Burnham

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chaired the SDYC’s successful defense. “I’m a great believer that competition breeds more competition,’’ Malin says.

S/C Dennis Conner Another home grown SDYC twotime Star World Champ is Dennis Conner, who everyone knows as “Mr. America’s Cup”, but that hardly where DC’s Star power starts and ends. DC won the Star Worlds in 1971 and 1977, during the decade when he began his run of four America’s Cup victories and also won an Olympic bronze medal for the Tempest. DC’s Star world championship in 1977 might be the greatest in Star class history. After finishing 11th in the opening race (their throw-out race), DC and crew Ron Anderson reeled off five straight bullets. They didn’t have to sail the final race because they’d already wrapped up the title, but they sailed it anyway, and won. “It was a miracle,’’ DC said. “And it had something to do with a very good crew.’’ DC recalls thinking “we had a good chance of winning it if we didn’t mess up, because we were very fast. I’m sure I’m the only one to win the regatta with all first places,’’ he said. “It’ll never happen again. It’s too competitive.’’ DC also won the Star worlds in 1971 in Seattle, when his crew was Jim Reynolds, the father of Mark Reynolds, a two-time Star world champion himself who also won three Olympic

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Mark Reynolds Mention “The Star of the Star Class” and everyone knows you are talking about Mark Reynolds. It’s a well-earned nickname, considering that Mark has won two Olympic gold medals and one silver medal in the venerable class, plus two Star World Championships. Mark followed in footsteps of his father, Jim, who won

a Star World championship as crew for Dennis Conner in 1971. “History-wise, it’s great to come back to San Diego with all the winners we have from our fleet and the history of the world championships being here,’’ said Mark, who will sail with longtime crew Hal Haenel. While a third world championship would be nice, Mark doesn’t consider himself one of the favorites. “It’s one of the great classes of the world and it’s something I was brought up in, so maybe it would have more meaning to me with my father being a world champion and all the people who came before me at SDYC” Winning, though, is “not my focus as much as it used to be. I’m not working at it as hard as I used to. I always had fun sailing the Star. At this point we’d be excited to be in the Top 10’’ Of the previous seven Star World Championships held at SDYC, only one was won by a local, when Lowell North took the Gold Star in 1973. So maybe “local knowledge” isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be? “A lot of times when you know the local conditions, it can be a hindrance,’’ Mark said. “You get programed into thinking you have to go right all the time. You have to keep your head out of the boat and look for changes,’’ he said. won his first Star Mark championship, with Haenel as crew, in 1995. “Leading up to that, I had come really close. I think I had every position in the Top 10 except for first in 14 previous championship regattas’’ Mark said. “We had come pretty close a few times. It was nice to finally win and join my dad on the trophy.” His second world title came in 2000, right after the Olympic trials and shortly before he won his second Olympic gold medal. Magnus Liljedahl was his crew. “It took me 14 tries before I finally won a world championship, and I got a silver medal and gold medal my first two Olympics,’’ Reynolds said. “That shows you how tough it is to win a world championship. It’s not just the

best from every county; it’s a bunch of sailors from every country. The way the Star class is different from other Olympic classes is the depth from several countries, especially the United States, Germany, Italy, and Brazil. The sailor that gets second in the Olympic trials could easily win a gold medal as well. The world championships, I think, are always tougher than the Olympics.’’

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medals, including two golds. DC and Reynolds finished no lower than sixth in any race. DC has a great theory about why San Diego sailors have done so well in the worlds. “I think it’s due to the members of the club. The heritage started with Milt Wegeforth and moved on to Gerry Driscoll. Malin was crew for Gerry. So Malin learned how to do it, and Lowell crewed for Malin, so Lowell learned how to do it, and I was hanging around at SDYC watching Lowell North during the Star worlds in 1958. “Mark Reynolds’ dad, Jim, crewed for me, and that was heritage to me,’’ DC added. “It seemed like what good sailors in San Diego did was win the Star worlds.’’ DC adds “It is a wonderful event for the yacht club to have and it should be congratulated for the forward thinking of making it happen, these events take a lot of work, a fair amount of money and commitment by the club. It’s great SDYC is able to make it happen.’’

George Szabo iIi George realized at an early age just how good the San Diego Bay Star fleet was. Whenever a member of SDYC had won the Star worlds, the trophy was there for everyone to see, including the juniors. “Growing up at the club, you see all these generations of sailors who have won this big trophy,’’ Szabo said. “As a junior sailor you say, ‘How do I get my name on that trophy?’ I know sailors coming up after me are wondering how they could get their name on that trophy.’’ George got his name on the trophy by winning the 2009 Star worlds with crew Rick Peters. “It’s a pretty great feeling,’’ said Szabo. When George brought back the trophy in 2009, he remembers people celebrating. “It was like, ‘Hey, Lowell, we brought your trophy back,’ said George. He also recalls an SDYC member saying: “It’s about time that trophy is back in our trophy case.’’ George will be sailing

In the spotlight this Worlds regatta with crew Craig Moss. The two grew up sailing Lasers against each other at SDYC. About SDYC hosting the Worlds, Star sailors all over the world are saying, ‘We’re going to have figure out what’s in the water you’re drinking’’ George said. “They’re absolutely in awe. Some people say it’s because we sail in the same conditions every day. I say it’s because of the history of the champions in the club. Champions that juniors can look up to and can get advice from every day. Growing up, guys will give you small tips here and there. You’ll be working in the boatyard and Doug Peterson will walk by and say, ‘Do it this way.’ Or Bruce Nelson.

They are great role models to look up to and emulate.’’ Like Mark Reynolds, George didn’t become a Star world champion until his 14th try, he didn’t have a great start to that regatta, finishing 54th in the opening race. “After that we had to sail a perfect series,’’ he said. “We weren’t looking to win, but just have a good series. We knew how to make it go fast in the conditions and we had enough pre-race information to make it go the right way. It all added up.’’ “To win a Star worlds is not very easy’’ George said. “You have to be spot on for six days in a row. Everything has to come together”. For this regatta, he adds, “Our attitude is hope

be in the Top 5 and maybe we’d be lucky enough to win.” George’s affiliation with the Star class goes back to when he was three weeks old and his parents took him out on the water. His father, George Szabo II loved the class so much that he moved the family from New Jersey to San Diego so he could sail his Star year round. George eventually got his name on that big trophy. “It’s a good list to be on, but you don’t let it go to your head,’’ George said. “Lowell’s name is on there four times, so I’ve got a little work to do. Dennis Conner is on there twice. You don’t stop trying.’’

Team USA45 Racing

In late July, Team USA45 Racing began prepping its AC45, the ORACLE TEAM USA – Coutts boat. Nevin Snow played a key role in the process of transforming the AC45 over the last month and it’s ready to sail with a vengeance. “As far as the boat building is going, as a team we’ve learned the ins and outs of the AC45, from winch care to wing tune, “ said team tactician Nevin Snow. “There is no doubt that it is a great boat. At this point last year, each of us sailors were the farthest thing from comfortable on an AC45, and I am happy to report that it’s feeling like home now.” In the final days leading up to the event, the team continues to train on its AC45, along with a Formula 40 catamaran. Off the water, the team continues to push itself in the gym, ensuring peak physical shape come race day. Since arriving in Northern California in June, and as part of Tiburon’s “Official Home of Team USA45 Racing” sponsorship of the team, members are staying in the homes of local residents and have participated in community events all summer. You can check out the team’s activity on its Facebook page – Team USA45 Racing – and get details

about the team’s schedule leading up to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup at If you are traveling to the Bay Area for the America’s Cup, Team USA45 Racing supporters will be convening in Tiburon, located just north of San Francisco on the Bay, to support the team. The Lodge at Tiburon is offering rate specials for those that mention the team ( and America’s Cup hospitality and viewing packages that will benefit Team USA45 Racing are available through the team’s website: Join the team boosters for all the action on Marina Green!

Ready for Start of Red Bull Youth America’s Cup By Krystin Williamson Photo by ACEA/Photos Gilles Martin-Raget


fter intensive training and becoming an official part of the Town of Tiburon community, Jake La Dow, Jake Reynolds and Nevin Snow are eager for the firstever Red Bull Youth America’s Cup competition to begin. Along with six other top youth U.S. sailors, Team USA45 Racing will proudly represent the USA Sept. 1-4 on San Francisco Bay. On-the-water Team USA45 Racing has had the opportunity to train on multiple high performance multihulls, which they believe will give them a leg up on the competition in terms of skill, team bonding and understanding the intricacies of the San Francisco Bay. From the team’s X40 and F18 catamarans for training to Tom Siebel’s MOD 70 and SIG 45, there has been lots of excitement. In fact, Charlie B., Sam, Coach Charlie and the MOD 70 crew reached a speed of 43 knots, which was a personal speed record for the team members and also a boat and MOD 70 class record.

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Southern California

Beneteau Cup 2013


SEPTEMBER 14-15, 2013 WHO: ALL Beneteau Owners of ANY Skill Level

Coaching and crew positions also available. You don’t have to own a Beneteau to join in the fun! Instructors provided, and Racing and Sail Trimming Seminars are also included. We will help you learn to race and have FUN doing it. We will have both novice and experienced racing classes. Join us afterwards for dinner, live music and raft-up at the San Diego Yacht Club.

WHERE: San Diego Yacht Club CONTACT: Yvonne Stern at (619) 224-7784,

September 27 - 29, 2013 SDYC is inviting J/Boat’s from all over SoCal to come and participate in fall sailing in San Diego! One design fleets slated for J/Fest include the fast growing, super hot J/70 fleet as well as J/22, J/24, J/80, J/105. J/109, and J/120 fleets. Any J/Boat is eligible to participate, and all are welcome to race in One Design, PHRF, and J/Cruise classes. Fun on and off the water includes competitive racing on the water and social events after sailing! Notice of Race - Contact Joanne O’Dea at for more information

The 99th Challenge for the Lipton Cup Presents




Friday, November 1st | 5:00 - 8:00 PM | Skippers & Crew | Friends & Family


Enjoy tastes from Point Loma’s finest eating and drinking establishments.

Fun, warm weather, the challenge of an historic ocean race and spirited competition from the best boats and crews. All of it is waiting for you. Enjoy the party and stay for MEXORC. Visit the website for more information about PV ’14 and register today.

All SDYC members and family are invited.

Multi-Hulls • ORR • Double-Handed • PHRF

$25/person Reservations Online

See you at the starting line on MARCH 14th 2014. Chuck Sinks Vice Commodore San Diego Yacht Club Steve Malowney, Regatta Chairman:

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Club News

Cruising Fleet Prepares for Catalina and Chesapeake By John Anderson


lthough summer is winding down, the Cruising Fleet is looking forward to an active fourth quarter schedule. The Coastal Cruise, led by Kemp Ruffner, will head north on the Tuesday after Labor Day. The boats will stop at Del Mar Basin, Newport Beach and Long Beach prior to crossing the puddle

to Emerald Cove. The Summer Cruise, led by John and Deb Anderson, starts at Cherry Cove on Monday, September 9 and the two groups combine. A full schedule of dining and entertainment is planned. The flotilla shifts on Friday to Buffalo Beach for the final stop of the cruise. About forty-five cruisers head for Annapolis in mid-October for the Chesapeake Bay Cruise. While a few members plan on using their own boats, most are chartering both power and sailboats for the 10-day cruise. Bookending the cruise is the Annapolis Boat Show just prior to the departure and the Sailing Hall of Fame inductions the weekend following return to Annapolis.

The Lowe’s Cruise to Coronado is scheduled for mid-November and usually “sells-out” quickly because of limited space. Kemp Ruffner and Tom Lancaster have teamed up this year to make it a special weekend. Meanwhile, here is one calendar change members should be aware of: the October Dinner Meeting will be held one week earlier than usual, October 8 (second Tuesday) to accommodate for the Chesapeake schedule. We’re looking forward to seeing a good turnout for all of our fall activities. Information about the Cruising Fleet is online. Please check out all of the upcoming events on our website

SDYC Knitters

SDYC Knitters meet on both the 2nd and 4th Monday’s 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;, or call 619-964-1842.

IMPOUND LIST As of May 16, 2013

0-30 DAYS: • Red inflatable dinghy. • Grey Alpine blow up inflatable found on riprap near G dock. • 2 Hobie Lanai kayaks each with a set of wheels. (1 blue, 1 yellow) Found beneath large dinghy racks in the North lot. • Green sabot with white stripe and mast found in the North lot. • West Marine inflatable dinghy, grey (poor conition) found in North lot. • White sabot removed from Junior Sabot rack O-8. • Hand dolly for moving boats. • “Tracy” metal dock steps. • Blue Bulingham dock steps. • Box of assorted screws. • Black rusty bike with “Mango” written on seat cover. • Blue Mongoose Bike. • Blue/Silver rusty Jaguar Schwinn bike. • Blue Schwinn bike, no seat cover. • Red power climber “Next” bike. • Rope/Line approx. 100’+ • Rope/Line approx. 250’+

31-89 DAYS: • White windsurfer board with crack on bottom removed from rack H-6T. • Orange cobra kayak with “Wilks” written on kayak found outside fence near I-dock. • Red and yellow Patriot Perception sport kayak. • Grey 7’ aluminum ladder.

90+ DAYS: • Mast, recovered from along the tennis court fence. • Bimini Top and parts. • Gray inflatable dinghy. • 15’ Grey Davidson ladder recovered from along the fence in the Etchells yard. • Sail in White Bag. • White Sabot • Grey boat cover with “SDYC” written on it, found in boatyard. • 3 blue boat covers, found in boatyard. • Boom recovered from rack B-5M.

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.

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Club News


Tuesday SEP




Scott Barnett served as Executive Director of San Diego County Taxpayers Association, a non-profit fiscal policy group. Currently, he is a consultant as president of San Diego The private company studies local government spending. He was chairman of the district’s Independent Citizens Oversight Committee (ICOC) for Proposition MM, the $1.5 billion voter-approved taxpayer construction bond. The New York City native has political experience as well. At age 21 he became one of the youngest elected officials in California by winning a seat on the Del Mar City Council. He has also served on the boards of SANDAG and North County Transit District. As a parent, he has served as president of the Parent-Teacher Association at his daughters’ schools in San Diego Unified and coached their soccer teams. He has also been an entrepreneur, as owner of Barnett Consulting, a land use and public affairs firm. His experience in education includes working as a lecturer at San Diego State University and University of California-San Diego.

Bridgedeckers By DEEGEE FARRELL Photo by Jackie Kohls


Mainsheet articles are always about winners; Bridgedecker winners, but to that winners list I would like to add two more names; Dorothy Wheeler and Jodi Kerr. On June 27th we had a birthday cake to celebrate Dorothy’s 95th birthday. Can you believe it? Her secret to longevity is that Dorothy “ takes each day as it comes”. Sounds like very good advice. Even at 95 Dorothy is still a force at the bridge table. On July 18th we celebrated the birthday of long time member Jodi Kerr. We all shared her birthday cake, complete with a singing candle, brought in by Jo Lancaster. Jodi told us she has forgotten how old she is but we know she just wants to keep it secret. Jodi has no trouble remembering her cards, in fact she is such a good player we all fight over her to have her as a partner. Congratulations to both birthday girls. Thank you D’Neane Wilkinson for

being our lovely Hostess for the month of July. You are really organized and yet do it all with a smile. We play bridge every Thursday from 10 AM to 2:30 PM with lunch at noon. Our Hostess for the month of September will be Nancy Peckham. If you would like to join us please call Nancy at 619-222-5525. Thank You to all the ladies who brought in candies, cookies, and special treats during the month. I ate all the Sees peanut brittle brought in by Phyllis Haynes if you were wondering where it went. Yum! Winners for the month of July were: *Jane Baldwin, Mary Lee Coleman, *DeeGee Farrell, Sharon Hope, Jane Kenny, *Jodi Kerr and Nancy Peckham. Good job ladies. *denotes first place Additionally, special recognition goes to our fabulous Jane Baldwin who won 7,920 points in one day. Way to Go Girl!

Monday Evening Bridge Monday Evening Bridge at SDYC will be held on September 9 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 July winners: 1st-Jane Kenny, 2nd-Cecilia Carrick, 3rd-Judy Garrett. To reserve your seat at the game, please RSVP by September 6 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. With fond regards, Stan and Cecilia

The dazzling lady bridgedeckers.

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Club News

SDYC Women’s Luncheons OCTOBER 16th 6:00-9:00PM $35.00 per person

Ladies Night Out: This special event will not be one to miss. Hors d’oeuvres will be served with the Champagne and Terry will be guiding us through the tasting. He will explain the unique qualities of Champagne and why we ladies love it so much! Can’t wait to see you there. 48 Hour Cancellation policy Sign up online at or call (619) 221-8400

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On the race course

Race Committee By Summer Greene

Visit our website ( for details on these exciting SDYC events.


uly and the first part of August had the race committee running some smaller but classic events as well as warming up for the Star Worlds. July started off with a One Design Weekend (ODW) that had some nice racing, but honestly nothing specifically stood out about it. So, I’ll take the opportunity to give you some ODW facts. 2013 to date we’ve have had 9 different fleets and 95 different boats compete making it one of our most popular events. Although we request 30 days’ notice and 5 entries to participate, we’re happy to fit in as much as we can on a single course. This year we’ve seen all the regulars out and a few new comers. Of particular interest the club owned J/22s and Kite Boards have joined in (see more on kites below). The weekend of July 20-21, we ran the annual Yvonka International Race. This regatta was started by John X as a Jack and Jill race to Glorietta Bay, then sometime in the 1990s the destination was moved to Coronado’s South Island. This year a mix of regulars and new comers enjoyed a nice, if slow, race out to South Coronado Island. Once everyone was anchored on the lee side of the island we enjoyed a pot luck cocktail party on Corinthian. I love this part of the event as it’s an opportunity to meet members I may not know, or run into on a regular basis. This year people really out did themselves on the pot-luck portion of the evening and we enjoyed seared Ahi, spicy shrimp, baked brie and other great dishes. Unfortunately, Sunday’s conditions for the sail home were no more windy then Saturday, but we had some close racing with the first two boats to finish trading jibes in the last 200 yards. The Blue Star District Championship, July 27-28, was our first of two warm up races for the impending Star Worlds. 21 boats came out to sail in

this event, which acted as a Worlds Qualifier for some competitors. Although 21 boats would not normally qualify for a two boat starting line, we took the opportunity to practice our signal boat coordination. During the Worlds we plan on running a three boat start line, with all boats signaling course number, distance, direction and recalls, and Corinthian handling timing and sound signals. This weekend the fleet was quite well behaved so we were unable to practice a coordinated recall maneuver, but glad that the racers seemed to have a good time on the water with clean and fair starts. Our last event for this issue is the August One Design Weekend, which I like to call Kiteboards and Keelboats. The Kiteboarders contacted us just three days before the event asking if they could participate in our traditional, slow keelboat regatta. As signups for Etchells and J/105s were low (an August tradition) we thought we’d give it a try to see what happened. This was SDYCs, and PRO Bruce Greene’s first Kite event and with only two days to prepare we went with a casual approach. The only change to our normal SIs was to move the start closer to the beach for easy Kite launching. Although several of the keel boats were a little apprehensive about sharing the course with kites, there were no big issues. That said I think we learned Kite and Keelboats aren’t a very good combination on the course. As kites need 8-10 knots and the keelboats only need 5 knots, it was difficult for the RC to manage the timing of races and get each fleet racing optimally. Going forward we hope to beable to put these two types of boat on their own. Bruce also commented that Kiteboarders are difficult to identify when screaming past Corinthian at 15 knots. For our next event, we’ll make sure the sailors are wearing proper pinnies/jerseys. For more details, and video from the weekend check out race/news/full_post/kiteboarders_

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Regatta Top Finishers One Design Weekend: July 13-14, 2013 J/105 Winner: Dennis & Sharon Case, Wings J/120 Winner: John Laun, caper Etchells Winner: Sinks/Davis/Eaton, Lola PC Winner: John Landon, Skylark J/22 Winner: Kristen Zillman, Mostly Harmless Dutch Shoe Marathon: July 19, 2013 A Fleet Winner: Max Brill, MBYC B Fleet Winner: David Wood, BYC C Fleet: Joshua Means, BCYC Senior Fleet: Hans Henken, CYC Blue Star District 5 Championship: July 27-28, 2013 1st Place: Andrew Campbell/John von Schwartz, 8209 2nd Place: George Szabo/Craig Moss, 8320 3rd Place: Ben Mitchell/Julian Busch, 8082

Upcoming Events September 1-7: Star World Championship September 14-15: One Design Weekend September 14-15: Beneteau Cup September 20-22: Bishop Rock Race September 21-22: PC Nationals September 21-22: Autumn Match Race Invite (NEW TO SEPTEMBER) September 21: SSSS Saturday Race September 27-29: J/Fest October 11-13: Acapulco Challenge October 12-13: One Design Weekend October 19: SSSS Saturday Race October 19-20: PCISA Girls Invitational October 25-27: International Masters Regatta October 27: PC Powder Puff

join_etchells_and_j_105s_at_odw Finally, a big kudos to the new RC volunteers who came out this month to make the racing happen and a great job to all of our volunteers. Our next month will be dominated by Stars with the Rollins Bowl and then the Star Worlds. If you are reading this in the first week of September, I encourage you to come down and enjoy the Star festivities. See you on the water!

On the race course

AREA GHJL Qualifier for the US Match Racing Championship By Karen Butler Photo by Karen Butler

On the weekend of June 15th & 16th

SDYC hosted the second of two Area GHJL Area Qualifiers for the US Match Racing Championship for the Prince of Wales Bowl in the club’s J/22s. This event was held in conjunction with Sausalito Yacht Club which held the first of the two Area GHJL Area Qualifiers on the weekend of June 1st & 2nd in San Francisco Bay. The winner of each event receives an invitation to the 2013 US Match Racing Championship for the Prince of Wales Bowl to be held this year at Sail Sheboygan, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, September 18-22, 2013. It was a beautiful sunny weekend, a perfect weekend for match racing

with winds in the 6 to 12 knot range. SDYC hosted a strong field of eight competitors, including Scott Dickson from LBYC, Ryan Davidson and Jeff Keenan from BYC, Bruce Stone from SFYC, and SDYC’s own Rick Arneson, Dan Aeling, Bill Pascoe, and Judge Ryan. Ian Trotter, with Susi Graf as back up on Saturday, filled in as Principal Race Officer for wife Summer Greene who usually runs all of SDYC’s match race regattas. Ian was a little nervous at first as the wind would not settle into a direction, but did a great job as PRO completing two full round robins, plus a “first to two point” tie breaker knock out finals for the top two places. At the end of the first day, SDYC’s Judge Ryan was in first with 6 points, followed closely by LBYC’s Scott Dickson with 5 points. Scott is just getting back into match racing and received the Ficker Cup invitation to sail in this past spring’s ISAF Grade 1 2013 Congressional Cup. Judge was followed by a four way tie for third with Arneson, Aeling, Davidson, and Stone each with 4 points. On Sunday the breeze was a bit stronger and there

The winner and his team. Shane Young, Steve Flam, Scott Dickson

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was a jostling of the competitor scores with BYC’s Davidson making a strong surge to the front of the pack, ending the day tied for first with LBYC’s Scott Dickson with 11 total points each, followed by SDYC’s Judge Ryan in third with 9 points, and SDYC’s Arneson in fourth with 8 points. Dickson won the first match of the first to two point tie breaker knockout series to settle first place. The second matched of the tie breaker knockout series was quite heated with both boats jostling for room at the mark as they approached the leeward mark. Davidson already had one outstanding penalty received in a failed attempt at a steel balls move during the pre-start. As they approached the leeward mark Dickson had a leeward overlap with full luffing rights on Davidson. Davidson failed to respond timely to a luff by Dickson, resulting in a second penalty, which was followed shortly by a third penalty as Davidson failed to respond to another luff by Dickson, resulting in Davidson receiving the weekend’s one and only black flag disqualification; thereby giving the match win and the regatta to Dickson along with the invitation to the US Match Racing Championship Finals in Sheboygan this September. There was some great match racing and many of the competitors expressed interest in coming back to SDYC for future match races. Thanks go out to PRO Ian Trotter and his RC Crew for running a great regatta; to Bob & Laura Kyle, Tom & Jo Lancaster, Jim & Susy Dorsey, Ruth Rollins, and Pat Stadel for housing our out of town umpires; Joe Markee and Karen Butler for loaning their Whalers for use as umpire boats; to our Chief Umpire Kirk Brown and his umpire team consisting of David Blackman (NHYC), Kim Kymlicka (DWYC), Karen Butler (SDYC), Grant Baldwin (NHYC), Joe Markee (SDYC), and Christine Robertson (BYC); and to Summer Green, Ian Trotter, and Karen Butler for organizing the regatta.

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On the race course

TransPac By Joanne O’Dea


n mid-July, three SDYC teams completed the 47th TransPac, a race across the Pacific ocean from California to Hawaii; BAD PAK, Creative, and Resolute. Congratulations to them and to the other SDYC members who sailed this very special race. Photo by Sharon Green

Bad Pak is an STP 65 owned by Tom Holthus and designed by Reichel/Pugh. Bad Pak’s crew numbers lucky 13 Ryan Castro, Andy Stagg, Scott Vincent, Andrew O’Dwyer (boat captain), Charlie Jenkins, Tom Deere, Andy Folz, Jim Garrett, Jon Gardner, Damian Craig, Emmet Holden, Scott Lowry (Navigator), Tom Holthus (Owner/ Skipper). This was the third Transpac for skipper Tom Holthus and his “Bad Pak” program. In describing the conditions of the race, the crew on Bad Pak saw periods of light wind followed by periods of darkness, summing up Tranpac 2013's weather. They saw relatively moderate breeze, one squall which was too far off to engage and that's about it. On another note though, the crew saw tons of debris, fallout from the horrible tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. It gets swept in to the East Pacific via the Japan current where it will stay for a very long time parked in the Pacific High. During the race, the crew had only five sail changes, two of those to take down and reset the same spinnakers. The reaching spin had a torsion stay failure, and the running spin had a

couple pinholes that needed a quick repair to be safe. The skipper had the stopwatch out for both of those changes, the crew had record sail change times. Bowman Ryan Castro said he would have been glad to do more, but the wind for Bad Pak never hit much more than 20kts, and not for very long when it did. Overall the crew had excellent preparation for this years race. There were virtually no equipment failures except for a couple minor sail repairs. In hindsight they would have gone a bit lighter and could have left a couple sails behind. Like all the teams, Bad Pak continues to gain experience and will tweak a few things next time around. Owner/skipper Tom Holthus was the fastest helmsman of the race with a speed of 26kts while surfing down the Molokai Channel. It was an unforgettable late afternoon ride with spectacular views of Oahu as they approached Diamond Head. Finishing the Transpac in the daylight is one of the most beautiful and memorable experiences any ocean racer can have. Watching the waterfalls plunging off the cliffs of Molokai, the exhilarating run down the channel, and the sight of Diamond Head and its lighthouse which marks the finish line are things the crew never takes for granted. The Aloha parties they have enjoyed courtesy of the fine folks at Waikiki Yacht Club make it a hard gig to beat. The crew would agree that the run down the Molokai Channel was pretty epic. An STP 65 with plenty of breeze and waves that are just the right size make for some pretty big grins aboard. The welcoming smiles of so many friends and family upon arrival will be the lifelong memories. Bad Pak did the course in 8 days, 3 hours, 41 minutes and 47 seconds, finishing 6th in class and awarded the trophy for finishing 3rd in the famous "First to Finish" Barn Door Trophy. Currently, Bad Pak is safe and sound in her slip at SDYC thanks to veteran delivery captain Andrew O'Dwyer.

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Creative is a J/105, owned by Ed Sanford, and is the first J/105 to participate in the Transpac. This was the first TransPac for the crew - Ed Sanford (owner/helmsman/ project coordinator/boat prep), Bill Beck (aeronautical engineer/Tactician navigator/helmsman), Andrew Sapien (electronics/boat prep) and Cameron Hurley (race prep/fix it guy), and in their words, had the best sailing experience ever. Creative experienced a nice launch off the start. Ed was pleased with their progress out to about 750 miles off the coast, Creative did well using the headsail, with an average speed of over 7 kts, in the cold, wet conditions. The boat seemed to be right up there with the fastest boats in their fleet waiting to put up the kite. After their laptop, which ran race management software, broke down, from day four on, they were unable to keep track of the race, competitors, and weather. The crew learned a lot about perseverance and pushing on. Before the race, folks informed team Creative how much wear they would put on their gear. They were only a day and a half from the start when the covers on the halyards were wearing through. Beating out to the trade winds they tore the primary jib and moved to the heavier air jib. This sufficed, however, they had been moving faster under the primary jib. Chafing on every sail started to occur. The squalls were a huge challenge, they were not able to successfully get in or out of them using the Stan Honey strategies. The squalls just seemed to land right on the boat. Creative experienced two knock downs -- one early in the morning in

On the race course 20+ knots pinning the boat on the portside. The clew busted loose and shredded the heavy air spinnaker in a matter of seconds. The tack was blown which solved the immediate problem and allowed the boat to come up. Team Creative was glad there were no photo boats around as it would have made a interesting sight. The kite was repaired over the next day and put back in service. Other sails tore hurting overall competitiveness as they had to pace out equipment for the remainder of the race. The engine refused to start on day 8. The crew located the problem with the starter button, and were unable to fix, but the engine was started using a screwdriver across the solenoid. Then they discovered that the alternator refused to charge the batteries. For the remaining 6-7 days of the race Creative was unable to charge batteries. The chart plotter had to be turned off as well as lights at night under good visible conditions. They ran on hand-held GPS and a LED bicycle light at the binnacle. The last few days were sailed in light air conditions and hot weather, it’s hard sailing on a small boat that is not moving fast. Over the course of the race, the top speed was just over 14 kts on multiple occasions when the wind picked up and they were able to steer down waves, most of the time at night. The crew's favorite memory is coming into the harbor in Waikiki, such a great welcoming for a last place boat in their division. After the Mai Tai's, Team

Creative all felt like they had won!!! Will Team Creative do this race again? They already have their list of preparation tweaks to improve their finish, a testimonial to the great time they shared.

Resolute is a J/125 owned by Tim Fuller and sailed with six crew - Tim Fuller, Patrick Fuller, Chris Busch, Patrick Murray, Jeremy Davidson, and Brian Perrin. The 2013 Transpac for the J/125 Resolute was described by Tim as "middle of the road." For the start, conditions were light, the distance traveled over the first 24 hours was only about 90 miles! The first tactical decision was whether to take San Nicolas Island to windward or leeward. Even though they had to tack a few times to clear the enormous kelp beds that surround that desolate piece of earth, Team Resolute did have better breeze on the windward side and gained significantly on all but one boat in their fleet that was even further north. From there it was a simply a drag race to the trade winds. For those sailing techies out there the J/125 was incredibly fast with a Code 0 kite, Photo by Sharon Green

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genoa staysail and a reefed mainsail. In 15 to 18 knots of wind they could sail as fast as the wind with only a little help from the confused swell. One of the problems way out there is the confused sea state. Waves seem to come from all directions as far away storms in the Pacific generate wind waves that travel great distances to find your lonely hull in the middle of nowhere. The crew transitioned from small downwind spinnaker sails to the larger ones pretty quickly and rolled along at speeds up to 18 knots, which is not that fast for the mighty Resolute, for days on end. In the end they had the same spinnaker up for about 1,400 miles. During most of that time Resolute lead their division which included some larger rocket ship boats that they were humbled to lead down the track. Then on day 8 a very unusual thing happened in that large body of water; the wind died. As they had been cruising along at an average speed of 14-15 knots for days it felt like a crawl to drop down to 8-9 knots. Unfortunately for Resolute, the larger boats were able to get across the finish line as their time allowance ticked by quickly. In the end Team Resolute was out of 1st place by 3 hours over a 10 1/2 day trek, but they took the 3rd place trophy. The coolest part of the race though for Tim was sailing down the windward side of Molokai late on the last afternoon. The sight of that windward landscape with lush vegetation and giant waterfalls that drop to the shore is just incredible. For the first timers on the boat, Tim is sure they shared that excitement, and no apologies were necessary for putting the race on the back burner for a while while they just looked at the natural beauty within rock throwing distance; it's just amazing. Tim thanks his great crew, and appreciates how they looked after the old man during their time at sea. That was Transpac #10 for Tim, and he will have to see about #11.

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ON the race course

2013 Governors Cup By John Reiter Photos by Mary Longpre ‘LONGPRE PHOTOS’

Team SDYC was selected to sail in

this year’s regatta based on our track record of building Junior Sailors and for our successful Match Racers. SDYC has been a part of the Gov Cup since its inception back in the 1960’s, when then Governor Ronald Reagan helped support the idea as a Junior version of the newly formed Congressional Cup. Team SDYC was the first American entry admitted this year, and up to that point the only team admitted by resume besides the Kiwis & Aussies. The other American teams had to qualify at the Rose Cup, the de facto US Youth Match Race Championships, for the remaining berths. Balboa YC, the host club, considers this annual event their crown jewel. While SDYC hosts many high profile events throughout the year, BYC really rolls out all the stops for this one week, including full sponsorship fundraising. There’s a nightly prostyle press conference complete with interviews of the skippers, all taped and loaded immediately to YouTube for worldwide viewing. They provide housing, spectator boats, meals, and the Gov Cup tradition of ‘Team Hostess’. The job of Hostess is to make the teams’ logistics easier – packing lunches, greeting on the dock with

refreshments, cheering them on with “Go Team” signs! The tradition of Hostess is unique to this event and very much appreciated by all the teams. Team SDYC - AJ Reiter, Storm Brown, and David Larson, are highly capable dinghy sailors in their own right, but had not match raced as a team until May. Coach (and new SDYC member) Steve Hunt was tapped to guide them, providing amazing insights and leadership. Team SDYC practiced in the J/22 both in La Playa and the bay. Having access to this great club asset made their teamwork and confidence in one another a strength that they would need during the regatta. Governor’s Cup is a SIX DAY affair, peaking early is not a good plan. Practice was Tuesday, with racing in the round robin on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by Quarterfinals Friday, Semifinals Saturday, and Finals on Sunday. Our team had good speed on their practice day and looked forward to the boat draw. The boats are all extremely even Andrews 21’s purpose built for the event. The favorites coming into the regatta were Sam, son of match racing legend Peter Gilmour, from Perth, Australia, and #31 world ranked Chris Steele, and an Opti World Champion from Royal NZ Yacht Squadron. Those were our first two opponents… our boys did not handle the breezy conditions well (we were the lightest team by over 100lbs), and ended the day 0 wins for 7 tries. They were not devastated, but close.

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After a coaching & pep-talk phone call from mentor Nevin Snow (currently practicing for the Youth America’s Cup in SF), the team went to bed knowing they would do better. Coach Steve drilled the boys with the basics – go faster than the other boat and stay away from the match racing moves. Our draw was also exceedingly difficult the first day, facing eventual finalists in three of the first four matches. The boys came out firing and took the first three matches. The last opponent in the round-robin was NHYC – if we beat them we tie them and a team from Portland, Maine, and we win the tiebreaker. In a hard fought battle, the lads squeaked their way into the top 8. They were back to the dock knowing all that training paid off and they would live through for at least a fifth place. Friday saw them go on another tear, beating hometown favorite BYC and everyone else but the top Aussie and Kiwi teams. It again came down to the last race where they beat Chicago YC to tie for fourth, again winning that tiebreaker to make it into the semi-finals! The headline in the local Newport newspaper Saturday morning read “TEAM SDYC COMES ALIVE”. A tradition at Gov Cup is for the #1 seeded teams to choose their opponents for the semis. This was done at the Friday night press conference, and undefeated Chris Steele from RNZYS chose SDYC. This left Gilmour to sail against team BYC and Ryan Davidson. Each day was successively lighter than the previous, and as shifty. Saturday’s first race saw SDYC keep clear of technical match race situations in the pre-start, and outpace the team from RNZYS around the course and hand them their first loss of the week. There was so much energy and excitement knowing that they had a real shot at the best, momentum was on their side. NZ took the second race after catching AJ in a pre-start melee that produced a penalty. Same thing in the third race – superior pre-starts by the Kiwis produced

on the race course another penalty on Team SDYC. Great back & forth the entire race but with the lead and a penalty, they won race three. It was now another do-or-die for race to stay alive, and again the boys rallied and focused on keeping penalty-free before the race, and our guys snatched victory from the proverbial jaws of defeat on the last leg. It was on to the deciding race five to see who would sail against Gilmour, who had quickly dispatched Balboa. In another epic battle, it was the Kiwis that prevailed and sailed their way into Sunday’s best three of five vs. Australia the next day. At that evening’s

press conference, the story was still about our boys and their incredible run to take on one of the top Youth teams in the world to five races after such a rocky start to the week. Team SDYC made it to the weekend! They would be sailing for third against Balboa, who had made the semi-finals of their own event for the first time in over 30 years… Sunday was another light and lumpy day, but the Race Committee kept the course square with short windward legs. The “Petit” finals are first to two wins, so it was another “win or swim” moment. Team SDYC had a better start,

better boat speed, and won race two handily. This set up another winner take all moment for us – our umpteenth of the week. The home team did a great job in the pre-start and drew a penalty on us, and capped it off with a strong first leg to build a sizable lead at the first windward mark. Our guys never let up, and drew within a boat length at the bottom mark. BYC opened up a big lead on the last leg, ending our Cinderella Story for the week. Sam Gilmour of Royal Freshwater Bay YC in Perth defeated Chris Steele 3-1 to win the 2013 Governor’s Cup. Malin Burnham commemorated the new Sailing Center building in 2008 by sharing his Seven Virtues of Success. Team SDYC checked the box next to every one of them during their regatta; from their acceptance in early May to the final leg on Sunday: Commitment, Dedication, Hard Work, Teamwork, Follow Through, Playing by the Rules, and Planning Ahead.

Women’s International Match Racing Series

which are very narrow and have a large open cockpit. The boats can be a handful in the breeze, especially the heavy, oversized spinnaker pole. We had interesting accommodations, we stayed in a Bavarian style castle, complete with turrets, a hidden speakeasy room and dungeon. There were eight teams from around the world including Sweden, Great Britain, Denmark and New Zealand. Our team was very competitive with a lot of close racing, which earned us praise from the umpires, but only 6th place. It was a great week of racing, even with the extreme heat, and we look forward to more competitive events like these.

Anna Kjellberg from Sweden won the event followed by Lucy Macgregor from Great Britain, then Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen from Denmark.

By Julie Mitchell Photos by Degree42 Photos

Finally there is a professional match

race series for women and 2013 marks the inaugural year of the Women’s International Match Racing Series. There are 5 events in the series held in France, Korea, Denmark, U.S. and Sweden. Julie Mitchell (bow) and Julie Servais (trim) sailed with Nicole Breault (from Saint Francis Yacht Club) in the U.S. event in Oyster Bay, NY. Also on the team was Molly Carapiet (tactics), Dana Riley (trim) and Karen Loutzenheiser (mast/pit). The event was hosted by Oakcliff Sailing Center in Swedish Match 40s,

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On the race course

2013 Star District Championships After a strong showing by SDYC Star sailors at the recent North American Championships held in Newport Beach in June, the fleet knew that the Districts would bring out the best of the local fleet. With the World Championships just over one month away almost everyone wanted the opportunity to test the San Diego conditions. A fleet of twenty-one strong found the conditions difficult and a review of the scores shows that consistency was difficult. 2013 Star World Principal Race Officer (PRO) Bill Stump was on hand to work with the SDYC race committee in preparation for the upcoming event. With conditions light but seas smooth race number one of six was started on time. Andrew Campbell sailing with John von Schwartz, won the pin end of the starting line, tacked and crossed the fleet and never really looked back, thereby taking race number one. With light airs and a right side course bias conditions were difficult for everyone, it was former World Champion George Szabo sailing with Craig Moss who figured out the day the best with consistent finishes of 2,2,4 to lead at the end of day one. He was followed by Campbell/von Schwartz with a 1,13, 2 and Ben Mitchell sailing with son Julian Busch with 8,3,3. Close behind was SDYC Director Mike Dorgan sailing with son Matt who showed the fleet some new found speed in his recently chartered “Kellerhouse Folli” and took home the win in the last race of the first day! On day two, the sun came out and the breeze filled in a bit stronger than the day before and was enough to get the crews “over the side”. Again the conditions were tricky with random wind shifts successfully catching competitors on the wrong side of the course. On this day team Campbell/von Schwartz jumped the fleet with two strong first place finishes in the first two races of the day. With one race remaining and a throw out now in play, it was a showdown for the Szabo/Moss and Campbell/von Schwartz teams to battle it out for the title. Both competitors found themselves in traffic for the first part of the race and close to mid fleet and had to constantly battle for clean lanes. Szabo and Moss did what they had to do and consistently passed boats to capture the gun at the finish for what looked like enough for the win. However, Campbell and von Schwartz were also passing boats and came back to 4th place in the final beat to the finish, which was enough to secure the title and the well deserved win!

Next up are the Rollins Bowl and right into the World Championships, all right here at SDYC. Can SDYC produce yet another recipient of the coveted Gold Star? Stay tuned…

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Photo by Chuck Hope

SDYC teams finished in the top six places in the fleet: 1. Andrew Campbell/John von Schwartz 2. George Szabo/Craig Moss 3. Ben Mitchell/Julian Busch 4. Mike Dorgan/Matt Dorgan 5. Mark Reynolds/Hal Haenel 6. Eric Doyle/Brian Tehar.

Fleets, Etc.

Model Yacht Fleet By David Ryan Model Yacht Fleet Captain

skipper controlling that particular boat. We hope to have representatives from every nation participating. Will those that dominate in the Star class be able to

duplicate that performance with a radiocontrolled yacht? Only time will tell. I hope we have a great turnout. So come root for your favorite team. Go USA!!

from CYC was the Senior winner, with Chuck Sinks 2nd, Chris Snow 4th, and Randy Lake 5th all from SDYC. Here are a couple of events that are always fun to sail in to put on your calendar. Southwestern Yacht Club has invited SDYC and the SSSS Fleet to sail in their annual Labor Day Intergalatic Sabot Regatta chaired by Captain Peter Blake of SWYC. This event has some unique classes including double handed with your pet! Then, the 40th annual Little Old Ladies (and Gents)

Regatta hosted by Balboa Yacht Club is scheduled for September 14th. Open to Naples sabot Adult classes – Women’s A, B, Men’s A,B, Clydesdale and Novice. Entry fee $25. Sign up on line at BYC website. Please come out and join the SSSS Fleet for the Thursday evening summer series. Racing start at 5:00pm. Be sure to sign up on line and come out and join in on the fun and camaraderie on and off the water!


s I write this month’s Model Yacht Fleet Mainsheet article, I’m realizing that our wonderfully mild San Diego summer has been essentially under appreciated by me, due to the distraction of our fleet’s over-extended yachting calendar. As one of the coolest Augusts I can recall comes to a close, the model yacht fleet is wrapping up a month that had 7 regattas filled with great competition and lots of enthusiastic interest from potential new recruits. The events included 4 of our weekly, Friday Nights Sunset Sailing regattas, as well as 2 Mission Bay Model Boat pond regattas. The “coup de gras”, (as of the time of this writing) is scheduled to be the Star Worlds’ version of our Fourthof-July model yacht “Shoot-out” on Friday, August 30th at 1700. However, as opposed to walk-up “newbies” to radio-control yachting, we have planned a “mini-worlds” preview for all the countries participating in the star worlds which begin September 1st. The transition from tiller to toggle could present quite a challenge to the world-class international skippers. Jean Malthaner has fashioned brackets on each boat’s stern, which will display the country flag of the

SSSS Fleet By Dee Van Horne & Betty Becker

The Dutch Shoe Regatta was fabulous

this year with 45 Seniors racing, 28 from SDYC! The wind was moderate with very little boat traffic--no Navy vessels. We heard that one large Navy ship delayed their arrival by one-half hour to allow us to get across the bay. Wonderful cooperation! Hans Henken

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buFFalo beach BY SUSY DORSEY & AMEE ALAGIRI Photos by Susy Dorsey

The parents are finding it harder and harder to keep up with the teenagers . . . next year, we may just send them on their own with enough water to keep them hydrated and a fat wallet to be able to pay the bill at the airport diner!! (Holasek, Mc Elvain, Dorsey-Johnson families along with Jack Augustine, Audrey Smith & Mark Patskan)

The Hobie Cat got plenty of use by several members; from Martha & Mike Connerty’s son and grandson, to a group of teenages boys whose main goal was to see how far they could tip it without ending up in the water.

Once again, a great time was had by all ... the memories will have to do until next year when we return to our fabulous Buffalo Beach.

The hike to the airport has now become tradition. This year, the trip was completed in record time; 1 hour, 35 minutes pre-buffalo burger and 1 hour, 42 minutes post-buffalo burger.

Buffalo Beach looks fantastic! The work party did a great job getting everything ready for the summer. Swings, play beach Jenga, become obsessed with the ring game or just lay on the beach and take in the sounds of the waves crashing and the palms blowing in the breeze, there really is no better place to “chillax” with family and friends. Hopefully you have had a chance to get over to our beautiful piece of heaven. And if you haven’t, call Joe the dockmaster and book your stay!

Joe Holasek kept himself busy with measuring and documenting all areas and structures of Buffalo Beach. Joe is playing an important role in helping with the permit process with LA County. Thanks Joe!

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Oh deal...this year it was all about the deer. There were no buffalo to be seen during our stay, but the deer were plentiful (or plenty full, after foraging through our coolers)!



Getting Started in Ham Radio at the SDYC By Scott Benjamin KK6FXK Photo by Scott Benjamin


hen I was growing up, VHF radios where everywhere. Whether it was family trips to Catalina or racing around the bay, a radio was always on. I first learned about “Ham Radio” the summer before my freshman year in high school. I learned how easy it was to set up an inexpensive receiver at my house connected to a wire antenna strung across the roof. Initially, there was just a lot of static. However, one night while slowly turning the dial, a faint voice was detected. I found that by tuning the different the knobs on the radio, I could make that signal come in more clearly. I could only get one side of the conversation, thankfully it was in English. The distant voice was talking about a military and a leader who was no longer in power. I didn’t get much more than that until he signed off. He gave his call sign and then his location… Quito Ecuador. It was 1976 and he was broadcasting about the Military coup in Ecuador, which removed President Guillermo Lara. Boy would I have liked to have radioed back to him that night. Over the years I have followed the SDYC’s Amateur Radio Group in the Mainsheet. Seeing the photos and reading the ARG articles brought back fond memories of my listening adventures years ago. Seeing the sophisticated boom antennas on the Locker Building and the top of the line radio equipment in the Communications Center I wondered what it would be like to patrol the air waves for distant voices using that equipment. After I Google’ed “ham radio license”, I learned what it would take to get a license. When I learned that Morris Code was no longer part of

the exam, I jumped in. I went to the yacht club web site and found the ARG home page at www. . I contacted Bob Vincent N6EZV and asked what I needed to do to get my license. Bob’s enthusiasm for Amateur Radio is contagious. He shared with me all the cool things one can do and details of the great equipment and support available to all who ask. The ARG group has set up a step by step process that very doable in a very short period of time. All of this licensing information is available to every member and junior by merely visiting the web site. Over the next two weeks I followed Bob’s instructions to the tee. By the end of the second week I felt like I was ready for the tests. Bob helped me arrange to take the tests and recommend that I take both the Technician and General exam at the same time. With my preparation complete and my test date set, I anxiously awaited that Saturday morning. I knew I had arrived at the correct testing location when upon entering the parking lot almost every car displayed an elaborate antenna or antennas. You’re required to pay a $5 fee to take the Technician test first and, if you pass, they will administer the General test that same morning for no additional fee. The examiners grade the tests immediately so you know that day if you will be issued a license. I passed both tests and headed back to Point Loma feeling a real sense of accomplishment. The following Monday, the FCC had issued me my call sign…KK6FXK. I could not wait to share my results with Bob, so we arranged to meet on the Front Deck for lunch the next day. We immediately started talking about what kind of radio and antenna I might want. I told him I had bought a $35 Chinese 2 meter handheld on Amazon; his response was Great! We took a tour of the Communications Center to see all the radios that I would • w w w. s d yc .o r g •

have access to once I was “checked out on the equipment” where I met Rod McLennan W6MWB. At first it seemed intimidating but Bob and Rod assured me it was very doable. I don’t have a clue how to use any of the radios but I learned that there are some very knowledgeable and really nice people ready to help me out. The following Thursday night at 7:30 pm I decide to try out my handheld. I knew what frequency the ARGJ Net talked on so I tuned it in. And once the frequency set, I could hear Bob talking with the three Pekin boys, Matt KI6UYJ, Tom KI6UYK and Dan KI6UYL. Not knowing if this thing in my hand would even work I keyed the mike and called out for the first time “KK6FXK.” Silence, and then “Scott is that you?” Bob responded. “Hi Bob, it’s me KK6FXK”. With the help of Bob and Rod, I set up a 2 meter base station at my house. I spent a Saturday with Rod making a few “tweaks’ to my new radio and on Monday morning I was part of the ARG Net. From start to finish I was broadcasting in about four weeks, thanks to the ARG. So for all those out there that have thought about amateur radio but for whatever reason have held back, I encourage you to give it a whirl. At your disposal are fabulous resources and really great people to help you get it done. It really is easy. KK6FXK San Diego, standing by!

KK6FXK license and base station connected to the ARG Net.

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PC BY Rish Pavelec, PC #16 DAWN Photo by Rish Pavelec, PC #16 Dawn


hat a beautiful summer it has been so far. I just picked up our main from North Sails after blowing the window out. It will be nice to get out on the water. And nice it was! We went out with friends on Friday to find a sea of Sabots tied up on E Dock. After a bit of maneuvering, we were able to sail out. Instead the hot sunny skies that we saw when we left home, clouds moved it and it was not only cloudy but quite cool on the water. It was a beautiful PC day! We went out to the point and then sailed back in …..just in time to see all those Sabots in the bay off SWYC. As fate would have it, by the time we stopped putzing around…a long string of the Saboteurs sailed out past the harbor patrol dock and were headed out toward the embarcadero. It was quite a site to see all those Sabots! We came in just as the last boat left the entrance to the bay. We have since been able to push off on other days and the weather has been perfect. Our July One Designs offered light air but beautiful weather. It was a very tight race, but #31 cleaned up, followed by #42 and #11 in third place.

J/22 Competitive Fleet

On the move!

By Darin Hayden J/22 Competitive Fleet Coordinator


t's been a great summer of J/22 sailing! We've had up to 6 boats in La Playa on Wednesday evenings for the "J/22 Beer

The Captain of #16 readies to sail. Upper body strength is most important.

Good for all of you for taking part! By now, most of you must be getting ready for our PC Nationals to be held on Sept. 21st and 22nd. We expect to see new blood and talent on the line this year, so be ready for a great showing. October 27th will be the Annual Power Puff/Lady Skipper regatta. Please remember to register early. Did you read that the US President’s son bought a PC? It was in 1938. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was an interesting guy. He was reelected 4 times. That was prior to the “Two Term” decision. Born in 1832, he was an avid yachtsman, even after contracting Poliomyelitis at the age of 39. FDR’s favorite foods included scrambled eggs, fish chowder and hot dogs! Whadda guy!! No wonder Eleanor had so much time to accomplish so much…it didn’t take much time to keep FDR fed! Their oldest son was Jimmy. He too was an interesting fellow. Not only a US Marine officer, but a US Congressman. He sailed with his family for many years on the east coast and eventually ended

up in Newport, Ca. He was involved in a number of businesses, including an insurance company. Jimmy followed the success of the PC and eventually contacted George Kettenburg Jr. and signed a contract for taking possession of hull #29. The boat was named “Half Moon”, after an earlier and larger family boat back east. Our, Joe Jessop presented Jimmy with a “Half Moon” life preserver when the boat was launched and photos were taken of George Jr on the deck with Jimmy. More details and photos can be seen in the book “Building Kettenburgs”. Sadly, I have not been able to determine what happened to the vessel. The last known name was “PANIC”, in 1977. I would love to know where the boat is and/or what happened to it. We, again, had a LOVELY day on the water three days ago and again yesterday. The sun, wind, temperature and swell were all PERFECT PC sailing weather. Those of you who have not sailed your boat in a while are really missing a treat. PC’s were MEANT to be sailed !!!!

Cans" and will be continuing through the end of September or until it’s too dark to sail! We welcome those of you whose obligations to larger fleets will be over after August 7th, to join the J/22 program and race with us in La Playa. We work on practice starts beginning at 5pm followed by racing from 5:30 until 7pm. Just reserve your boats online 48 hours prior to the date and be sure to wear your lifejackets! Events coming this fall! Be sure to sign up online EARLY!

BEER CANS Extended through September, by popular demand! Wednesday's in La Playa @ 5:30 pm

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ONE DESIGN WEEKENDS 9/15, 10/13, 11/17 AND 12/15 J/FEST 9/27-29 *Note: There is a fee for this event but definitely worth it (parties, meals, swag and more)! HOT RUM SERIES 11/9, 11/23, 12/7

Fleets, Etc.

Tennis By Keith Danon Photos by Scott Launey

The weather is hot and so are the

games of our new members.We continue to build the Tennis Fleet membership which brings more great players to our courts. The Tennis Patio Pavilion looks fantastic!. Thanks to Scott Launey and Matt Brown for spearheading this excellent addition. Kudos go out to Scott Rights, Jesse James, Gail Hutchinson, Christy Radecic, Tracy Nichols and Kelly McKeown for helping out. S/C Mike Fink along with Skip Rikon, Dave Ryan, Gary Crawford, Richard Wright, Bob Woodall, Ace

Ken & Samantha Klestinec

Lester, Gary Calendonia and Kay North had their tool belts on. Dan and Becca Rumsey with Ken and Samantha Klestinec were pounding nails and swinging hammers. The Tennis Patio Pavilion will be an asset to the Tennis Fleet for years to come. Thanks again to all of you and your efforts to make this vision come true! We had a huge turnout for our August 17-18 raft up. Numerous boats anchored in La Playa for the 3 day festivities. This yearly raft up was one of the best! Lots of food, drinks, stories, and water activities all weekend long. On Saturday, all the boats were full for a hosted happy hour which lasted until Sunday morning. Some members had a great breakfast of Bloody’s and a couple aspirin to keep the party going. All the guys at “Animal House” would be proud of you all and your stamina.

Christy took some great photos which you’ll see in the next Mainsheet. On both Saturday and Sunday we had our “Tennis Ladder Play Day”which members played and worked their way up the ladder. It was a lot of fun orchestrated by Bruce Ives. If you are interested in being a part of ladder play to compete for the Club Championship, please contact the Tennis Fleet today! Thumbs up to Becca Rumsey for really coming to the plate over the last year as our fleet treasurer. I’m told Becca will be back playing soon and nobody is looking forward to hitting against her wicked forehand. I thank you for supporting the Tennis Fleet and remind you we are blessed to have such a wonderful place to play. See you on the courts!

General Contractors, Scott Launey & Matt Brown

Sunday Work Party!

Matt Brown & Kelly McKeown

Tennis Fleet Pergola in it final stages of construction

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Dutch Shoe

“The Cleanest Race in Years”

44th Annual Dutch Shoe Marathon

By John Reiter Photos by Jackie Kohls


Shoe 2013, like it’s larger ocean racing counterpart Transpac 2013, went down as one of the most drama-free in recent memory. Due to some incredible US Navy “inter-fleet communications” by Junior Director John Fretwell and Sailing Director Jeff Johnson during the week, there were absolutely no near misses with Naval traffic, nor thankfully commercial traffic either! Anyone who has raced or watched a DS knows this is no small feat. There is a special trophy awarded each year named “The Secretary of the Navy” for the participant who gets “hosed” the worst by either Navy or

came&in CORYC 5th. Team commercial traffic,19, and2013 this year Co-Hosted we MBYC. Jack by Ryan SDYC Friday, July couldn’t find a worthy recipient to vote SDYC had a solid lock on B fleet with Registration & Skippers SDYC for! Here’s how fortuitous ourMeeting timing atJack Plavan in 2nd, Mille Dorgan in 3rd, 1st start at 1200 (Fleets C, B, A and Senior) was: the Coronado Ferry, the last and Taisei Hatter in 4th. Sean Caufield Opportunities possibleGreat fly inSpectator the ointment, left the got himself up on the podium with Finish in Mariner’s Cove, before Coronadoa 3rd in C fleet. The first Senior this ferry landing about 25 seconds Food and at First Coronado our leadAwards, boat crossed theirDrink wake! yearYacht wasClub Hans Henken of Coronado, Don’t miss this annual classic... register online today! to capsize didn’t happen until past the who was locked in a tacking duel battle carriers, and that was a kid just goofing royale with perennial favorite V/C around! Seriously folks, this year was Chuck Sinks but nipped him just at the a drama free 7.2 nautical mile race in line. Long time Sabot trailer tower and a bath tub. sail-maker Chris Snow was 4th with Young C2 sailor Piper Holthus of Randy Lake in 5th. All other results SDYC led the most of the way, eclipsed are posted online. As the parade of just on the last upwind leg by the savvy upwind finishers made it to the balmy A fleeters and Seniors. Way to go Piper seaside resort of Coronado, the smiles - you did everyone in C fleet proud in were as wide as the final victory leading for so long! Mom Marcy and margin of the leaders - about an hour little brother Kelly were shadowing her from first to the Tail-end Charlie. in their RIB because they were unable What a great tradition we have to shadow husband/Dad Tom, who here in San Diego - a great course laid was racing Badpak across the pond in out with zero moguls, no protests, a the aforementioned race to Hawaii! sizable and helpful spectator fleet, SDYC’s own Jack Egan was second and gracious post-race hosts Coronado again in this year (despite going back YC made this years race memorable. for an OCS), eclipsed by the 2012 Sabot Thanks everyone, especially the Junior National champ Max Brill from competitors!

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Juniors By Nick Kaschak SDYC Head Sailing Coach Photo by Marcy Holthus

The pinnacle of Naples Sabot racing

graced San Diego’s Mission Bay this summer. Sabot National’s a multiday event consisting of qualifying, flight selection and the championship series. While the Naples Sabot class encompasses a small section of youth sailing, its stars go on to sailing fame. The Sabot Nationals trophy is decorated with names of Olympians, Colleges Sailors of the Year and multiclass champions. SDYC’s Sabot sailors trained exceptionally hard all summer long with the goal in mind of competing at their highest potential. Our training peaked with a final week of sailing on Mission Bay with other SDAYC yacht clubs: MBYC and CYC. Running a variety of skill specific drills and races geared towards the larger fleets at Sabot Nationals. On Friday before the regatta began our sailors worked on goal setting and the appropriate mind set associated with attaining those goals. Monday morning brought almost one-hundred fifty Sabot sailors to Mission Bay Yacht Club. Twenty-nine of who hailed from SDYC! The SDYC squad consisted of many Sabot Nationals veterans in addition to first timers:

Peter Busch, Katie Olsen, Sara Parker, Shaye Wattson, Ryan Hogue, Bradley Allgood, and Cameron Cage! We were greeted with beautiful sunny San Diego weather, complete with eight to eleven knots of breeze. This first day of racing is typically the qualification series. Due to total numbers hovering around onehundred fifty we drove straight into flight selection. During flight selection sailors race to attain a spot in the highest flight as possible either: Gold, Silver, Bronze or Iron. Our sailor’s strategy for flight selection was to race conservatively in order to assure they made their goal flight. At the end of the day SDYC advanced fourteen sailors to Gold fleet! Making up nearly half of the entire fleet! Tuesday and Wednesday of Sabot Nationals are known as the championship series. Sailors having been assigned to flights now work to win them. The winner of Gold flight is crowned the “Sabot National Champion”. Mission Bay delivered another two beautiful days of sailing. Consistency was critical in the moderate breeze and shifty/tricky conditions. Our sailor’s goals were to keep their scores low and not take themselves out of the regatta early. Nevertheless we found almost all of our Gold fleet sailors on the wrong end of the first shift during the first race. This caused tension to mount as many of our top racers acquired their throwout race early. At the end of Tuesday we saw 2012 Sabot National Champ, Max Brill, atop the leaderboard. It

was anyone’s game running into Wednesday with the addition of three more races and a score discard. The racing was tight across all fleets with positions changing drastically every race. SDYC’s Scott Sinks had the overall lead in Gold fleet with two races left. By the final race of the day the overall victor’s spot was in reach by five or so sailors! Upon finishing the last race BCYC’s Derek Pickell topped the standings. While not taking the overall win this year SDYC’s Sabot racers crushed the overall standings occupying third (Jack Ryan) and fourth (Scott Sinks) in addition to five of the top eleven spots overall (Cole Harris, B Lindsay, Jack Egan)! Miss B Lindsay also took home the Joe Wells Perpetual trophy for top female in Gold fleet! We also won the Iron fleet (Peter Busch)! A huge thank you to SDAYC and MBYC for hosting this year’s nationals, this was the effort of a large group. Thank you to all the parents, volunteers and sailors that made SDYC’s internal logistics run smoothly, it would have been impossible without you! A big thanks goes out to Tyler Sinks for giving our squad a great prep speech! Also big thanks to Eric Heim for his talk on sail trim and shape. Thank you to our coaches for their hard work and dedication to our sailors throughout the regatta and whole summer! Finally a shout out to the regatta scoring staff for making this event’s scoring in real-time/near-paperless allowing sailors and coaches to constantly know the point spread. We at the Junior Department look forward to getting everyone out again this fall! Congratulations to the newly elected 2014 Junior Board of Directors Commodore Vice Commodore Secretary C420 Captain Laser Captain A Fleet Captain B Fleet Captain C Fleet Captain

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Clayton Schluter Jesse McKnight Amanda Majernik Cole Harris Matt Dorgan Jack Egan Millie Dorgan Piper Holthus

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SUNDAY 1 Star World championShip

Steak night



Tennis Clinic







SSSS Fall SerieS i


Star World championShip

burger bash


prime rib



Loma Unit Bridge Group


prime rib



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beneteau cup





pasta night

Steak night autumn race

biShop rock race


27 Bridgedeckers

deck dining Model Yacht Sunset XVII Stag Cruise

SSSS race



Steak night Stag Cruise

Stag Cruise

Night Tennis

SSSS Fall SerieS iV

prime rib

autumn race


pc nationalS

Night Tennis

Burger Bash Burger Bash

deck dining Model Yacht Sunset XVI


SSSS Fall SerieS iii

prime rib

15 one deSiGn

pasta night New Member Cocktail Party

burger bash

Steak night


Night Tennis

SSSS Fall SerieS ii



deck dining Model Yacht Sunset XV


Women’s Luncheon

burger bash

model Yacht Fall i

Night Tennis

pasta night


Steak night

deck dining

pasta night










SSSS Fall SerieS V

ScWSa abYc reGatta

prime rib



deck dining

pasta night




SSSS Fall SerieS Vi

burger bash

13 one deSiGn

pasta night


Darren & Terry Show


deck dining


SdaYc double luFF in #3 SdaYc double luFF in #4


Tennis Club Champ


cruiSinG Fleet cheSapeake baY

Loma Unit Bridge Group SSSS Fall SerieS Vii

burger bash


acapulco challenGe

Night Tennis

prime rib


Steak night

SubmarinerS reGatta





Women’s Luncheon


pasta night

Night Tennis

prime rib




SSSS race

deck dining


lehman nationalS

model Yacht Fall ii



cruiSinG Fleet cheSapeake baY


burger bash


prime rib

pc poWder puFF


SSSS Fall SerieS Viii


pasta night

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31 Bridgedeckers

SSSS Fall SerieS iX

Burger Bash

prime rib

Steak night

Night Tennis

pasta night

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international maSterS reGatta

deck dining

Steak night

claSSiFiedS 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 or PARTNER WANTED: Jersey 36 TOPSHOT II Slip A-8, well made, very clean & comfortable. Looking for a partner with or without equity to share use or will sell 100%. Boat is turnkey, no deferred maintenance with only 2,000 hrs on mains and 650 hrs on new 6KW gen. New carpet. New fuel tank and 8 new AGM house bank batteries (880 amp/hrs). Great to cruise or fish, fast and economical, reliable twin Turbo Detroit’s use less than one gallon per mi @ 10 knots. 70 Gal. Lighted bait tank, electric davit for 10ft RIB with 4 stroke Honda. Updated auto pilot, GPS, fish finder, 72 mi radar, VHF, reverse cycle air/heat, blue ray/surround sound. Flat screen TVs. Call Roger E. Bill @ (619) 297-1100 or email: TRADE: for a good bottle of wine.. Dinghy float and a Taylor Made dock wheel. Take a look. Slip B42

Call Bob at 619-743-4247

FOR SALE: “PIKAKE” Partnership member available. This LLC. has an opening for one new partner. A one-fifth ownership. PIKAKE is a beautiful Alaskan 55 Defever design built in Hong Kong by American Marine (Grand Banks) in 1971, Philippine Mahogany construction, CAT power, 2 Norther Lights Generators, water maker, 14’ Caribe tender, 10’ Avon, Lots of toys. Completely redone galley, 22 cu ft refer, propane stove with over, microwave/convection over, new entertainment center, much more. This vessel is in yacht like condition, professionally maintatined to a high standard. This is a great yachting program. The partnership was created in 2006. It is a group of fun, like minder families. For further details please contact Ken Bertino. 619-980-2623 or FOR SALE: 32’ Island Gypsy Sedan Trawler, built in 1984, fiberglass. Single Lehman SP135, well cared for. Modern autopilot, radar, GPS. New batteries, smart charger and panel. Good condition inside and out. 619-840-5585 FOR SALE: 2010 Vanguard Laser $4200. Original owner, minimal use, excellent condition. Includes equipment and cart, (no trailer). Charles-858-945-8750 PARTNER WANTED: Seeking non equity, or equity, partner for a 38’ Hernandez trawler .Partnership fees tailored to your usage needs. Roomy and comfortable yacht. Great slip overlooking La Playa Cove at the end of H dock! Separate bow and aft cabins each with private Heads . Split level floor plan with sunken fully equipped galley area.Flat screen TV, Fireplace, I Pod ready stereo throughout! . Tempurpedic mattress in aft cabin. Twin, low consumption diesel engines,Genset, windless. Lots of outdoor cockpit and cushioned areas to relax and cocktail on. It’s your condo at the club! Call Archer 619-701-9999 FOR SALE: PC’s ARE SPLENDID and Yankee, PC 72, would like to have a new skipper. To sail a PC is to understand why they are a delight for racing or cruising. Yankee, having always been well maintained (and with a freshly painted bottom), is in excellent condition with a full complement of sails. Want to know more? Contact Dave Grundies, 858.999.1898. FOR SALE: SAILING ALONG. Looking for a simple solution to enjoying the fine sailing weather? Consider our Cal 25, Let’s Away. She comes with a good complement of sails, and a newer 6 hp Johnson outboard, recently serviced at Sunset Marine. She is easy boat to maintain and fun to sail. We have enjoyed Let’s Away and now look to find a new owner who will use her more frequently than have we. Kendall Squires, 619.606.2012. FOR SALE: AC Cup finals - One West Grandstand seat for September 10 - two races scheduled between Oracle and ??? - deluxe grandstand between St. Francis and Golden Gate YC’s on the peninsula tickets advertised for $300+ in this grandstand - will sell for $200 - or call 858-412-5546 FOR SALE: -Done Fishing!, Moving to Sail. Beautiful Parker 2320.- $35,000 Sports Cabin. Year: 1999 Deep Vee Hull. Located by the Tennis Courts Engine: 2000, Mercury 225 HP EFI Two Cycle, Salt Water Series Approximately 300 hours. Boat and Engine Professionally maintained at Sunset Marine - Stainless Propeller. Trailer: Sport Trail anodized double axle extra light Aluminum trailer. Hydraulic brakes, great tires. See full inventory: Craigslist San Diego >Boats >Parker. Contact: Eduardo 619.203.6270 or

Get to Know...

By Jackie Kohls

Jared Wohlgemuth - Regatta Admin / Webmaster / IT Manager When did you start working for the SDYC? Jeff Johnson hired me in 2005 as the Sailing Office Assistant, based on my past experience working at a hotel and as a free-lance web designer. I had zero sailing experience before coming to the club over 8 years ago, but have always been a huge sports fan and into all kinds of athletics. You do so much for the SDYC. What is your favorite part about working here? Getting to work in a sporting environment is perfect for me. Although I’m still not a sailor, I’ve learned a ton about event management and the sport of sailing with all of the top level events I get to be involved with here at SDYC. During the Etchells Worlds, I spent a week on the race course livetweeting updates about the races, and then writing daily racing recaps for the press and web. And every other year, spending a week with little sleep working the finish at the Vallarta Race in Mexico is always a highlight. Where were you born? How long have you been in San Diego? I was born and raised in Woodland Hills and Thousand Oaks, just north of LA, where my parents still live. I came to San Diego in 1997 to go to UCSD where I got a degree in American History and PreLaw studies. What is an interesting fact about you? One of my college buddies and I senior year decided to pick a random city and move there after college. So we ended up in Boston for a year where I worked for an environmental research company and had a blast living in the city. The following year I and 6 friends got work visas for Australia and New Zealand, and we spent

a year travelling and working through both of those countries. I was a Jackaroo (Australian cowboy) working in the Outback on a 70,000 acre cattle station, picked bananas in the rainforest in Queensland for a month, got scuba certified and traveled all over the country. When our Australian work visas expired, the 7 of us met back up in Sydney to fly to New Zealand and start all over. I ended up working at a ski resort in Queenstown for the winter and living in a lake house with a few of the guys. We did lots of skiing and driving all over New Zealand. It was a crazy, but great year. How did you become involved in web development? What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a career in your field of interest? With every last dollar spent during my year of traveling, I came back to live with my parents and learn web design from my mom. I moved back to San Diego 8 months later and picked up a few freelance web design projects before getting hired at the yacht club in 2005. I did take some continuing education classes to learn a few web design programs, but most of it is self-taught, and learned from working with my mom. My advice would be to find someone who you can partner with who you can learn from.

What is your favorite tV show or movie? Currently, Breaking Bad is definitely at the top with just a few shows left in that series. Brian, John and I talk about it up in the Sailing Office every week. I’ll be sad when Walter White is gone from my life. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? I prefer to play games that I can have some control of, like poker rather than buying lottery tickets. The first time I went to Vegas when I was 21 I won a few hundred bucks playing cards, so I’ve always liked Pai Gow, Blackjack and Texas Hold ‘Em. If I did win the lottery? Chandra and I are always looking at houses in the Carmel Mountain/Poway/Rancho Bernardo area, so I’d probably buy us our dream home and travel the world.

You just recently got married. What is your favorite aspect of your new life as a married man? Yes, Chandra and I got married this May at the castle at the Mt. Woodson golf course in Ramona. It was an awesome weekend with family and friends in town from all over the country. I now have two stepsons, Landon (10) and Eli (8). So the last few years have been all about working myself into the family and establishing strong relationships with Chandra and the boys. We’re living in Carmel Mountain, and life is good!

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