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The San Francisco Yacht Club

October 2010

November 2009



The Bulletin

Magazine of The San Francisco Yacht Club October 2010 Volume 16 • Issue 9


OFFICERS & DIRECTORS Raymond Lynch Robert Heller Robert Griswold Bill Melbostad Suzie Moore Jay Hooker Steve Fentress Tad Lacey Ed Lynch John Rittenhouse Paul Rosenlund S/C Kyle Elliott

AUXILIARY OFFICERS & DIRECTORS President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Directors:

Alisa Bekins Lisa Rosenlund Mimi Blakeslee Melissa Tulp Kari Cusack Ginny DeMaria Lori Fromm Lee Johnson Cindie O’Donnell Ginna Milan Laura Rousseau Jane Young Helen Reilly - Ex-Officio Kim Lynch - Honorary

General Manager Dennis Conneally Asst. General Manager Evelyne Swinscoe-Byer

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Commodore Auxiliary News Food and Beverage General Manager

Departments 6 7 8 16 17

Bowline Around The Club Race News Cruising Youth Sailing

Features 18

Crossing Wakes

P/P Mimi Cornelius AGM Evelyne Swinscoe-Byer Ross Tibbits S/C John Swain

Production Manager

Vince Mattera

Bulletin Committee

Joan Linn Bekins Dennis Conneally Mickey McClure Mike North Bill Reilly Marily Rimmer P/P Sally Secor Barbara Raeuber Thomas P/P Jane Watts


Phil Atchison, Forrest Gay, Scott Harris, Wyman Harris, Steve and Ginger Mason, Angie Lackey Olsen, Leslie Richter, Jim Rimmer, Jeffery Stein, John Swain, Sergie Zavarin

THE SAN FRANCISCO YACHT CLUB 98 Beach Road • P.O. Box 379 Belvedere, CA 94920-0379 (415) 435-9133 • FAX (415) 435-8547

November 2009 Lucy Eisenzimmer enjoys cruising life

Social Events

THE BULLETIN Editor Ads/Calendar Editor Race Editor Advisor

The Great San Francisco Schooner Race


On The Horizon

Lola Bushnell in Long Beach

Cover photo: Team SFYC Competes in the Qualifying Series of the 2010 NYYC's Invitational Cup Regatta in Newport, RI. photo by Suzie Moore


photo by Jim Rimmer

Commodore Vice Commodore Rear Commodore Secretary Treasurer Port Captain Directors:

The San Francisco Yacht Club

A beautiful schooner cruises The Bay.

Commodore’s Ball Come Experience the Romance of the Voyage By Embarking on an Elegant Evening Aboard the

“SS Lynch” Final Destination – The Hawaiian Islands

Saturday, November 6 Cocktails: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Enter Another Era Where Getting There Was Half the Fun! Ukuleles – Fine Dining – Big Band Dancing Black Tie

Dinner: 7.30pm Dancing: 8.30pm RSVP – Front Office 435-9133 ext. 10 Chair – Lisa Harris

“Won’t you let me take you on a Sea Cruise?” OCTOBER 2010 THE BULLETIN • • 3

From the Commodore Raymond Lynch, Commodore / Alisa Bekins, Auxiliary President


s the summer sun, such as it wasn’t, gradually is slipping lower and lower in the latitudes, so too our summer sailing and racing is slowing down as we head into fall. Season championships throughout The Bay Area are winding up. With this subtle shift I have also noticed a change in the emphasis of our members’ focus. More and more I have been asked, “Which way is the Board headed?”, and “Where is the direction of The Club going?” Just like the fading sun, so too is my year as Commodore. However, what remaining influence I do have will be used in helping your Board of Directors set a true and proper course. From September 6th through 12th, a number of SFYC Board members spent time in Newport, Rhode Island participating as very engaged spectators in The New York Yacht Club’s Invitational Cup. I had the opportunity to meet and have in-depth discussions with twenty-four Commodores or Flag Officers from clubs throughout the country. The topics of conversation were centered on issues the other clubs are facing. I might add that the esteem I have for The New York Yacht Club increased tenfold, enhanced by the warmth, graciousness, and genuine sincerity of everyone from the dock boys to the Commodore, David Elwell Jr. With the exception of only one other club, all are very concerned about their graying, diminishing membership and striving to attract and retain younger members. I really had to control my comments about life at The SFYC. And therein lays the answer to the question “Where is our Club going?” As one of the premier yacht clubs in the country, we are a complete anomaly. More than any other club to my knowledge, we are a member owned and operated entity. Not to diminish our fantastic staff, but I have yet to meet a SFYC member who doesn’t feel as if he is somehow connected with the management of our Club. It’s that very different approach that will chart our course. Our Club will succeed and weather the storms better than most because we will be broad based in all areas. We will not allow ourselves to be narrow minded to any subgroup’s interests. We will be an even keeled group of sailors, cruisers, racers, power and sail boaters, rear deck, all night partiers, and youngsters that have to be home for dinner. This may sound simple, but most clubs focus on just one segment of who they are or want to be. In order to maintain this balance, we must continually strive to do the following:


• We must maintain a balanced Board of Directors, one that represents all factions of The Club membership. • We must maintain an avid Racing Program, as this is the platform that keeps the buzz, attracts new faces, and wards off us turning into a force at The Domino Worlds. Today’s “thirty to forty somethings” are joining for buzz, not for a place to have a little peace and quiet. • We must maintain an avid Youth Program. If nothing else, we owe it to the next generation. This is the lifeblood of The Club and the future of its sailing tradition. • We must keep our physical plant fresh and inviting. Many clubs have large financial issues because they haven’t “stayed on it”. A few years on the water will deteriorate anything. These goals are simple and obvious. While all those other commodores and clubs are striving for this, we already have it. So in short, we are staying the current course. My last push will be to keep the energy going, encourage everyone to cast off those lines, seek new shores, and never be complacent. Around The Club: We will be hosting a delegation of stalwart sailors from the Annapolis Yacht Club over the October 22 -24 weekend. Their intent is to place their name on the new Coastal Cup as the first victor. This is our house! Let’s see a warm welcome and start this cup off with enthusiasm. Last, but not least: October 9th is our Youth Fundraiser. It’s also the last chance for two lucky people to win the chance to join me in August 2011 on a trip of a lifetime to British Columbia. West Coast Resorts has graciously donated two trips to their world class facility in the Queen Charlotte Islands. You can’t win if you don’t buy a ticket. As promised, here are a few pictures from this year’s trip.

I look forward to seeing you all at The Club. Ray

2009 Youth Raffle winner and member Bill Haynor, with his son Charlie off Hippa Island last month.

Jack Matthews(center) and buddies having a good day of fishing.

Commodore Lynch and Entertainment Chair Delaney Lynch at work.

Doug Holm showing he knows how to get it done.


The Bowline Keeping The SFYC membership tied to what’s happening around The Club




The Secret Service is an elite team of men who share a mission: to protect the President of the United States. On November 22, 1963, these men failed and a country would never be the same. Now, for the first time, a member of JFK’s Secret Service detail reveals the inside story of the assassination, the weeks that led up to it and its heartrending aftermath. Join the authors of The Kennedy Detail, former Secret Service agent Jerry Blaine, writer Lisa McCubbin (daughter of SFYC members Gay and Wyman Harris) and Clint Hill, the heroic agent who leapt onto the back of the presidential limousine as shots were fired at JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy, for a question and answer session December 1st at The SFYC.


he SFYC Photo Contest entry period begins October 1st. This contest challenges SFYC members to submit photos that best convey “The Spirit of The SFYC”. • The contest is open to SFYC photographers of all ages. • A maximum of two entries will be accepted from each photographer. • Submissions will be accepted for the following two divisions: Adults and Kids 16 and Younger. • All entries must be submitted as 8”X 10” photographs to The SFYC Front Office or mailed to The Bulletin, P.O Box 379, Belvedere, CA 94920-0379.

Jerry Blaine

Lisa McCubbin

Please RSVP by November 18th to The SFYC at 435-9133 ext. 10.

FIRST PRIZE: Adult Division: $100 SFYC Gift Certificate that can be used in The Club Dining Room or Ship’s Store.

Clint Hill

Progressive Fall

Kids 16 and Younger Division: Gift Certificate to Way Point Pizza.


Starts October 7 Every Thursday Ends November 11

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Winners will be announced in the November Bulletin. (Entry in The SFYC Photo Contest implies permission is given to the editors to display and use the submitted photos in The SFYC Bulletin.) Get out your camera and start shooting those photos!

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Entries will be displayed in The SFYC Clubhouse.

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50¢ for each bingo card; buy as many as you want to play Proceeds from the bingo cards go to the Junior Program.

Bingo starts at 6:00 p.m. Mimi Cornelius and Ross Tibbits SFYC Bulletin Editors B

Build Your Own Taco Bar with beef, pork, chicken and all the fixings


Around The Club

Hard Aground


o you ever sit around and wish things were as they had been ten years ago, twenty years ago…five centuries ago? I was asked to name a couple of things experienced in the last few years that are probably better off not repeated. How about:

Scotch Tasting before the Annual Meeting. One of the best modern day SFYC Annual Meetings I ever attended took place when S/C Terry McLoughlin decided to have a scotch tasting presentation after lunch and before the Annual Meeting. “Truth’s” were spoken at the meeting that night as sailors shared their honest thoughts toward one another. A great night was had by all. Motivational Speakers. Another wonderful Annual Meeting occurred when a motivational speaker was hired for the entertainment following the dinner. The person who booked the speaker thought the guy was a comedian. It turned out he was, but not by intent. It took our dear departed Wink Smith to clear the air of the reasonable suggestions that were being expounded (sadly at the wrong time to the wrong crowd). In the end however, we were all motivated to head toward the bar. Those were the Good Ol’ Days? Anybody remember the Vasa? She was the warship of her day. The pride and joy of Sweden when launched, her future looked strong and secure. A beautiful, powerfully built creation of her time, she represented the best that a mix of modern technology and traditions could offer. Her actual life was a bit different than what the builders, sailors, and captain could have possibly imagined however. She hit the water on August 10, 1628 around 3pm, fired a salute to her King and builders, and set sail in light airs. Hit by a reportedly light gust, similar to winds experienced daily at The Club on our back deck, she promptly heeled over and sank taking fifty of her crew of over 300 with her. Under-ballasted with gun ports designed too low (and left opened) proved to be a bad combination. You can view the proud beauty in all her glory, now restored and hard aground in Stockholm. Let’s face it – sometimes the good ole days – just weren’t.

Free Vessels!!!! Come and get ‘em!!! From the SF Examiner on 8/29/10: “Blanketed by night, a boat skulks up to a pier along The City’s waterfront. Its operators throw a rope around one of the metal ties on the pier. Then they walk away, and don’t come back.” The tough economy is causing more and more once well loved vessels to be abandoned along our waterfronts. It’s been suggested to this sailor that the two vessels below were recently part of that ever growing abandoned fleet. I don’t believe it. You decide for yourself.

Maltese Falcon

“A” Nasty Rumors: Are we being nickeled, dimed and one hundred dollar billed to death? Are members really charged $100 to use the Commodore’s Room these days? I thought that’s what our dues were going toward. How about a recently reported “Cake Cutting Fee”? Will it follow that charges for the usage of silverware is close at hand? I hope it’s not up for Board approval to charge a buck a flush for the off loading of dangerous cargo. Damnable, nasty rumors started by malingering, malcontents and trouble makers I think. That’s all for this month from your guest contributor, Bosun’s Mate Miserly Aswell


Race News Angie Lackey Olson, 2010 Race Council Chair

Sailing Under the SFYC Burgee


rguably one of the busiest race months of the year, August kept your Race Council, Race Management teams and Race support boats fully engaged each weekend.

Anne Scully PRO’d August 7th during the Mitchell & Ross regattas (the 6th and 7th races of the Club Championship series). Beginning with the Peter Mitchell Race, the wind was just perfect for a tight reach across The Bay to Blackaller - the first rounding mark. The wind gods piped things up significantly for the Herb Ross Regatta. Wow, was it blowing out there! A number of boats retired early due to the conditions…something we applaud, as the goal is to always have fun, not break anything and avoid injury. The trophies for Mitchell & Ross, creatively decided upon by Michelle Mourani, were a carving set and steak knives. Does anyone know why? Trophy recipients included:

PETER MITCHELL MEMORIAL Spinnaker 1st David Joyner, Full Throttle 2nd Steve Stroub, Tiburon 3rd Charles Pick, Elusive

October Events Although the racing season is winding down, SFYC continues to have race events almost every weekend. We look forward to seeing you down at The Club and should time allow, out with us on Race Committee. Please let us know if you are available. The Leukemia Cup is Sunday, October 3. Get out there and race for a great cause. The Belvedere Cup is October 9-10. This is a match racing event for up to eight hearty J/105s. Tom Roberts and Jeff Zarwell spearhead this event. A new regatta for us this year will be the Corinthian Cup. Created by our Regatta Development Committee, this is a match race with the Annapolis Yacht Club. Members Erich Ringewald and Mike Brilliant represent The SFYC in the joint committee. And rounding out the season for us will be the Round the Island Race ably organized by Jay Hooker. Thanks go out to the countless volunteers who participate in our regatta management program. We could not do this without your support. And we’ll look forward to seeing everyone at Race Recognition Night on Friday, November 12.

Non-Spinnaker 1st Jim Robinson, Belafonte 2nd Glenn Isaacson, Q 3rd Garry Gast, Vim

HERB ROSS MEMORIAL Spinnaker 1st David Joyner, Full Throttle 2nd Baylis, Fennel & Froeb, Good & Plenty 3rd Steve Stroub, Tiburon Non-Spinnaker 1st Charles Pick, Elusive 2nd Mark Denebeim, Mirthmaker 3rd Julia Yost & Nancy Rogers, Spirit The following weekend the Express 37 and J/105 fleets visited for the Summer Keelboat Regatta. Bill Gage organized the two days of racing. Three flawless races were completed on the first day and included numerous lead changes. Setting the course on the second day proved challenging with light air and regular wind shifts within 80 degrees. When conditions eventually settled in after more than an hour, racing resumed.

Team SFYC: Sean Bennett, Nick Gibbens, Steve Marsh, Whitney Feagan and Melissa Purdy Feagan


Race News

Team SFYC and supporting members made us one of the largest groups in attendance

Congratulations to Team SFYC for making the second round of the preliminary series of the 2010 NYYC’s Invitational Cup Regatta

Thank you to Protector Boats for generously providing this Targa SL 38' for our exclusive use during the regatta. OCTOBER 2010 THE BULLETIN • • 9

Race News

2010 San Francisco Melges Race Week By Suzie Moore


Melges 24 Start with Chris Farkas second from the photographer

Melges 32 start

photos by Leslie Richter

he SFYC hosted the San Francisco Melges Race Week August 20th – 22nd that included the Melges 24 and Melges 32 fleets. This event was the third and final regatta in the inaugural 2010 California Cup for the Melges 24 fleet as well their 2010 US Gold Cup (one of three nationally-ranked events). While this event also served as a “tune-up” regatta for the Melges 32 fleet for their World Championship being held on San Francisco Bay in September, the racing was as expected – very competitive. The event started on Thursday with check-in for the Melges 24 fleet. The parking lot was the hub of activity all day long with crews from both fleets preparing their boats. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Berkeley Olympic Circle conditions were fairly typical for this time of year. Big breeze is the expectation and the wind gods delivered. Each day the thermal-generated winds filled in from the west to 12-14 knots at the Warning Signal for the first race and increased throughout the day to about 25 knots. The strong currents provided additional challenges not only for the racers but also for the Race Committee. Special thanks go to: Co-Race Chair Chris Farkas (USMCA Treasurer and San Francisco Melges 24 Fleet Captain) for all of his efforts organizing this event. Vicki Sodaro, whose performance as PRO was topnotch and highly regarded by the competitors in each and every one of the eight races. Hank Easom for making a “dock-call” on Saturday night to breathe just enough life into the ailing windless on Victory to allow us to take her out for the final day of racing. All 48 volunteers including those that served multiple days! Great job! All of The SFYC management and staff members that assisted with this event off-the-water; particularly Natalie Watson. Dave Holscher for helping us secure parking for trailers at the Tiburon Peninsula Club during the regatta for the Melges 24 fleet. Member Honors: John Kilroy, Jr., 1st place, Melges 32 Division Co-Race Chair: Suzie Moore

Melges 32 finish - all hands on Victory recording… 10 • OCTOBER 2010 THE BULLETIN •

Glenn Isaacson's Q, with S/C John Scarborough at the helm, rode the wake of Hank Easom’s Yucca to win the Commodores' Cup, Non Spinnaker Division. photo by Leslie Richter

Staff Commodores’ Cup

continued by the Kirrane family. This year the last descendants of SFYC Commodore John Hanify (Commodore 1909), Martha Duncan, her husband and daughter Eileen were on the Committee Boat as guests of The Club.


en SFYC Staff Commodores participated in the Annual SFYC Labor Day Staff Commodores’ Cup. Each competing boat was either skippered or crewed by a SFYC Staff Commodore. Race results were as follows: NonSpinnaker Division: 1st place Glenn Isaacson’s Q, with S/C John Scarborough; 2nd place Tom Perot’s QE3 with S/C Ken Jesmore; 3rd place S/C Ed Thomson aboard his Arriba; 4th place S/C Ken Frost aboard his Kinship; 5th place, Nancy Rogers’ Spirit with S/C Tom Decker and skipper Julia Yost. Spinnaker Division: 1st place; Bill Melbostad’s JR with S/C Wendy Miller; 2nd place Hank Easom’s Yucca with S/C Carl Lewis; 3rd place Richard von Ehrenkrook’s Can O'Whoopass with S/C Jerry Leth; 4th place, S/C Bill Smith aboard his Fast Friends. The names of first place winners in both the spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions are engraved on the Staff Commodores’ Cup trophy, the model of the schooner Emerald. The San Francisco Yacht Club Staff Commodores’ Cup was begun as a tribute to The SFYC past commodores in recognition of their many contributions to The Club. The event was established by S/C Patrick J. Kirrane and has been

Staff Commodores (l-r) Tom Decker, Jerry Leth, Ken Frost, Ed Thomson, Wendy Miller, Mitch Wilk, Bill Smith, Ken Jesmore, John Scarborough and Carl Lewis enjoyed the friendly completion of The Commodores’ Cup. photo by Serge Zavarin




portion of the entry fee for the race is donated to the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center in Sausalito. The weekend included a Parade of Sail along the Tiburon waterfront before the race and an after-race party on The SFYC deck for owners, crews and schooner lovers. Many Club members took advantage of the opportunity to view and board these vessels. The fourteen mile race course, which in past years has been sailed in relatively benign and pleasant conditions, turned into a wet and tense struggle as San Francisco Bay lived up to its reputation for big summer breezes, delivering thirty plus knot winds and a steep chop. Some boats reported seeing gusts to forty knots. Seaward, the eighty foot staysail schooner which represents The SFYC lost two headsails and retired to the docks early. Regulus lost her steering and was saved from going on the rocks off Angel Island by the outstanding seamanship and fast work of her crew. Brigadoon, a 1924 Herreschoff design built in Lynn,

Photo by Jim Rimmer

ace day was one of those days on the bay when the old story comes to mind about the clipper ship sailor who, as they rounded Cape Horn, mentioned to his captain that the ship was over canvassed for the heavy winds they were experiencing. He suggested that they ought to take some sails down. The captain replied, “I put ‘em up. Let God take ‘em down”. On August 28th, seventeen schooners, ranging in age from the eighty foot Alma, built in1891, to the forty-eight foot Jakatan, built in 2007, and in size from the twenty-seven foot Stardust to the one hundred and fifteen foot Eros, gathered at The SFYC for the third annual Great San Francisco Schooner Race. Each one of these magnificent schooners has an interesting history. While the race is the centerpiece of this three day weekend, the event is also intended to be a celebration of schooners. It is designed to honor our maritime heritage, increase the profile of these historic vessels in the San Francisco Bay Area and on the entire West Coast, and to acknowledge the ship owners and caretakers for their dedication in preserving these magnificent vessels. A


Massachusetts, had to withdraw when she was forced to turn on her engine to avoid a collision with a windsurfer. Four additional boats retired early in the rough conditions rather than risk breaking gear or worse. It was a challenge to get all the boats docked without incident in the high winds after the race. The schooners needed docking help from two SFYC push boats run by Race volunteers who did a great job assisting them. A group of members, led by S/C Jim Robinson worked as line handlers and did an amazing job of squeezing these big vessels into the confines of our harbor. This event has grown each year and it takes a large group of people to make it run seamlessly. Much credit goes to AGM Evelyne Swinscoe-Byer, S/C Jim Robinson, Angie Lacky-Olson,

Jeff Zarwell, Alan Olson, George Vare and the loosely knit team of gracious member volunteers and employees who made it such a great weekend. The member sponsors who, through their donations to Call of the Sea, made it possible for the youth training vessel Seaward to sail in the race for The SFYC should be very proud of their support for the spirit of The Club and the home team. We were also very fortunate and grateful to have KKMI as a sponsor. Because of the difficult conditions this year, the race certainly supplied its share of sea stories for the participants. Long time member Bob Van Blaricom, who sailed aboard Mahdee,

noted that “You are going to have a hard time beating it next year”. The after race party was particularly spirited. Everyone seemed to agree that the event had lived up to its name and that they could hardly wait for next year’s Great San Francisco Schooner Race. - S/C John Swain



48 ft built in 2007


Freda B

78 ft built in 1991



86 ft built in 1984 Marconi:



55 ft built in 1935


Elizabeth Muir

48 ft built in 1991


Gold Star

58 ft built in 1961

115 foot Eros in calm conditions before the race


Auxiliary News Alisa Bekins, SFYC Auxiliary President, 2010

SFYC Auxiliary

Halloween Party

October 30 • 5:30 p.m.

Please join us for some ghoulish games, frightening fun, a Freaky Food Buffet, AND… The Haunted House! $10.95 children, per person 10 years and under (0-3 years free)

$24.95 adults, per person

RSVP Front Office: 435-9133 ext. 10 All prices subject to Club service charges and Marin sales tax.



Sunday, December 12th 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

SFYC Children’s Holiday Party

ER 9


Santa’s Coming to Town!!



International Cruise: Athens to Istanbul – September 2011 RoyAnne Florence is leading this special cruise aboard the Windstar on Saturday, September 17, 2011; embarking in Athens and disembarking in Istanbul. Stops along the way include Mykonos, Santorini and Rhodes in Greece, as well as Bodrum and Kusadasi in Turkey. As of July 7th, fourteen members of The SFYC have signed up for this exciting trip. RoyAnne is arranging some special surprises for the group. The price of the 7-day cruise has been discounted for SFYC members to $3324 per person for B cabins and $3504 for A cabins. Reservations are being handled by veteran agent Joanne Norman at Casto Travel in Tiburon (, ph 435-9725, FAX 435-9940). A deposit of $750 per person is required. The two ports of Athens and Istanbul afford the chance for a splendid add-on tour. Joanne can help you with all this, as well as airline reservations, but it’s important for her to hear from you soon.


Youth Sailing

Forrest Gay, Director /

SFYC YOUTH RACE TEAM RESULTS SMYTHE SINGLEHANDED NATIONALS @ SAN DIEGO (AUG. 14-19) Laser (20 boats) 11th Domenic Bove Grace Hull on a reach in The Gorge

Maria Casciani at The Gorge

Sean Haechler and Kristopher Swanson battle upwind in The Gorge

BAYS #4 @ SFYC (AUG. 14-15) Opti Green Fleet (9 boats) 1st Tommy Young; 3rd Remi Lowe; 7th Dustin Decker 420 (8 boats) 1st Jack Barton; 7th Lea Russell FJ (7 boats) 6th Wyatt Russell Radial (8 boats) 6th Lola Bushnell; 7th Madeleine Ginsburg PCCS @ THE GORGE (AUG. 14-15) Opti (42 boats) 2nd Sean Haechler; 3rd Kristopher Swanson; 4th Will Cefali; 6th Lawson Willard; 7th Alex Moody; 8th Logan Lee; 9th Maria Casciani; 16th Grace Hull; 20th Teddy Hayden; 21st Christopher Casciani; 23rd Dylan Meade; 26th Hannah Baylis; 32nd Christian Ehrnrooth; 33rd Teddy Russell; 36th Sam Barton; 38th McKenzie Baylis; 42nd Gage McLennan LABOR DAY REGATTA @ ABYC (SEPT. 4-5) Laser 4.7 (6 boats) 1st Kyle Larsen; 2nd Michael Tan; 3rd Lola Bushnell; 4th Lawson Willard; 5th Markus Suorsa BAYS #5 @ TYC (SEPT. 4-5) 420 (8 boats) 1st Barton/Buckstaff; 7th Bergsund/Lynch Opti Championship Fleet (27 boats) 1st Will Cefali; 2nd Sean Haechler; 4th Maria Casciani; 5th Teddy Hayden; 6th William McMullen; 8th Lucy Wilmot; 9th Logan Lee; 10th Will Martens; 12th Hannah Baylis; 13th Christopher Casciani; 14th Romain Screve; 15th Will Snyder; 16th San Barton; 18th Kristopher Swanson; 19th Sally Wilmot; 21st Christian Ehrnrooth Opti Green Fleet (18 boats) 1st Teddy Russell; 2nd Remi Lowe; 3rd Tommy Young; 5th Michael Tellini; 8th Nicholas Marwell; 14th Dustin Decker; 16th Paris Gakuba; 17th Ines Lowe WCCS @ CALYC (SEPT. 11-12) Opti Championship Fleet (44 boats) 1st Romain Screve; 6th Will Cefali; 8th Kristopher Swanson; 9th Logan Lee; 10th William McMullen; 14th Christopher Casciani; 17th Maria Casciani; 18th Lucy Wilmot; 22nd Sam Barton; 23rd Lindsey Baab; 24th Christian Ehrnrooth; 25th Will Snyder; 27th Remi Lowe Green Fleet (19 boats) 16th Ines Lowe ** Missing from last month’s results page ** OPTIMIST NATIONALS @ FISHING BAY YC, VIRGINIA (JULY 20-24) Silver (68 boats) 22nd Logan Lee


Crossing Wakes Steve & Ginger Mason

on and Alice Shinn found Holland delightful, but Ariel was a tight fit through the waterways from Vlissingen (south) to Lauwersoog (north). Some canals are smaller than the San Rafael canal and you have to avoid inland ships as large as 3,500 tons. The Shinns thought the prettiest towns were Middelburg, Haarlem, Dokkum and Leeuwarden. Each has perfect little houses with exquisite yachts in front. Rotterdam has big ships everywhere, cranes hiding the sun, 20-story leaning (on purpose) buildings built last year, buildings stacked on each other, and curved bridges. Ariel was docked in the “Nieuw” port (opened 1872), which holds about 30 mostly classic yachts. From Rotterdam, the Shinns set out on the Standing Mast Canal Route to Amsterdam to meet their family at Schiphol Airport. They made it through all the locks, but the last bridge wouldn’t open because it was too hot. A delightful Dutch couple was also stopped, so they all shared wine, cheese, stories and free berthing at the pontoon. When they confirmed that the bridge would not even open the next day, Alice and Jon followed the Dutch couple back to their home in Haarlem, which is closer than the Amsterdam harbor to Schiphol, and they arrived in time for the flight.


800+ yachts. They made stops at Sneek and Leeuwarden, where they simply tied up to the canal walls. They all left Holland to spend a week in Cuxhaven, Germany. This is the largest resort on the German North Sea, but it felt “grey”. It’s short on gaiety and long on rules, e.g. no jay walking, no bikes on docks, and no standing in bike lanes. But, there are happy memories here. As Ariel went through the lock to the Kiel Canal, they met and spent an evening with a German couple who gave them a burgee from the Cuxhaven Yacht Club! Their family guests are now departed and the Shinns are off to Denmark, Norway, and then south again. They don’t know when they will return. Gay and Wyman Harris are home after four months aboard Safari in Canada and Alaska. They covered 3,086 nautical miles and spent nights in 84 different locations, 55 nights at anchor and 66 at docks. About 50-60 days were sunny, 40 cloudy, and 2535 rainy. Alaska is truly the last frontier and it didn’t disappoint. Wildlife viewing was extraordinary and the scenery spectacular. The unique towns of 30-100 population all have a special character and wonderful characters to learn from and enjoy. These are towns in Alaska like Elfin Cove, Pelican, Tenakee Springs, Meyers Chuck, Baranof Warm Springs and towns in B.C. like Hartley Bay, Butedale, Namu, Ocean Falls and Sullivan Bay. Alaska supplies 95% of North America’s halibut, wild caught salmon and king crab. There are no fish farms. If your hook gets near the water, you will catch a fish. On the other hand, in B.C., fish farms have permanently reduced the wild populations. Gay and Wyman have traveled 23,261 nautical miles during their 10 years of cruising aboard Safari, including seven in the Pacific Northwest, with two trips to Alaska. Safari is waiting in Sydney, B.C. for their return. To read more about Safari’s adventures go to Jerry and Karen Eaton returned to the Pacific Northwest for another few weeks on Pelican in the San Juan and Gulf Islands and were then off on an Alaskan cruise where they will leave the driving and cooking to someone else.

Now, with six on Ariel, including two young and enthusiastic grandchildren, they finally made it to Amsterdam. The next stops were the enchanting town of Enkuisen and then Hindeloopen, with 800 population and a new harbor with room for 18 • OCTOBER 2010 THE BULLETIN •

Likewise, Al Haussener is leaving the return of his Josephine from B.C. to the Bay Area to someone else. Steve and Ginger Mason had quite an interesting summer cruising experience aboard Sea Jay in Southern California. On arrival at Dana Point Harbor they were told their credit card was cancelled due to possible fraud. Happily, a new card arrived the next day at the harbor office. Next they went to Newport Harbor. The nearby Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club in San Pedro was hosting the Mercury Nationals and Steve took Sea Jay to act as a spectator boat and spend the night. Unfortunately, the

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Thursday Night Morning in Cabrillo Beach next morning Steve took a wrong step and felt the pain of a ligament tearing in his knee. After a trip to the emergency room, he came back with a leg brace, cane, and instructions to ice his knee and rest for several days, meaning staying at CBYC. Steve says if anyone from CBYC visits SFYC, be sure to treat them like royalty; they were all wonderful to him. Steve and Ginger decided to return home early, so Sea Jay ventured next to the Del Ray Yacht Club in Santa Monica Bay where they discovered engine problems. The club members quickly found a great mechanic and the problems were solved. Next they made it to Santa Barbara where Rich Wideman was waiting to help as additional crew. They left immediately during a weather window and motored through two nights of full moons and no wind. There would have been no stops, but they discovered that an above-thewaterline thru-hull fitting was broken, causing the bilge to fill. That meant a tense diversion to Santa Cruz in the middle of the night, but with a quick repair the next morning, they headed back north. As they reached the Golden Gate, the weather window was closing and a fog bank obscured both the bridge and a tanker exiting the bay! All ended well and the trio arrived at SFYC just before dark. It was great to be safely home after an adventure made successful through the help of both strangers and friends.

at The San Francisco Yacht Club with the


The San Francisco Yacht Club’s

Pasta Night Sunday, November 7 Enjoy fresh pasta dishes cooked to order in the Member’s Dining Room BUILD YOUR OWN PASTA BAR INCLUDES CHOICES OF: Steak, Chicken, Shrimp, Scallops and Calamari Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, Olives, Broccoli, Sundried Tomatoes, Winter Squash and Seasonal Vegetables YOUR CHOICE OF PENNE PASTA OR FETTUCCINI WITH Alfredo Sauce, Pesto Sauce or Marinara Sauce Delicious Garlic Bread and Full Salad Bar with Chef Reny’s famous Assorted Salads

Carol Lewis had fun catching four dorado while while boating in La Paz

ALL YOU CAN EAT: $18.95++ Adults $10.95++ Kids 10 and under


Get in the spirit…

Champagne Dinner WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Book a holiday party now while dates are available… Give Natalie a jingle in the Catering Office and enjoy the magic of the season…



Come spend an evening with one of America’s oldest and favorite sparkling wine houses:

Schramsberg Vineyards Located in Napa Valley


Having been served at many a White House dinner, now is your chance to delight in experiencing a gourmet 4 sparkling wine, 4 course dinner. SFYC Members Only Limited to 50 Seats



The SFYC Auxiliary invites you to participate in its annual tradition of decorating the Club on Monday following Thanksgiving, November 29th at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, December 18th 6:00 p.m. – Midnight

Lunch will be served.

Reservations 435-9133 ext. 10,

Champagne and Hors D’oeuvres Dinner 7:30 p.m. Dancing until Midnight

Attire: Work Clothes Members and their guests Call 435-9133 or contact Lisa Rosenlund.


Co-Chairs Ginny DeMaria & Lisa Rosenlund

Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday, November 25, 2010 12 noon – 6:00 p.m.

APPETIZER BUFFET INCLUDES: Seasonal Vegetable Crudités Thanksgiving Pates Jumbo Mexican Prawns on Ice Blue Point Oysters on the Half Shell Smoked Alaskan Salmon Traditional Waldorf Salad Vine Ripened Tomato and Cucumber Salad Mixed Field Greens with Assorted Dressings


Roasted Organic Farm Raised Turkey with all the Trimmings Wild Oregon Cedar Planked Salmon Angus Prime Rib of Beef


Reservations Required

House Made Pumpkin Pie House Made Apple Pie Ice Cream

RSVP with Front Desk 435-9133, ext.10

$38.95 Adults $17.95 Children (under 12)

All prices subject to Club service charge and Marin sales tax.


Food and Beverage Phil Atchison, SFYC Wine Manager


hink of grapes like you would people: Hundreds of different varieties, each one with its own personality. Some are delicate and pretty, while others are full-bodied and intense. Some facts from the Grape World: There are some 24,000 names for varieties of wine grapes. Ampelographers believe these represent about 5,000 truly different varieties of wine grapes since most varieties have numerous names, depending on where they are grown. Of those 5,000 grape varieties, only 150 are planted in commercially significant amounts and of the 150 varieties, only the following nine are considered classics: WHITE GRAPES


Chardonnay Chenin Blanc Riesling Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Pinot Noir Syrah

Winemaker Dinner featuring

THE STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARD October 7, 2010 6:00 p.m. Reception 6:30 p.m. Dinner Cove House $95.00 per person RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Elegant 4-course dinner paired with with wines from The Staglin Family Vineyard SFYC Members only Limited to 50 seats

Please contact the Front Office (415) 435-9133, ext. 10 All prices subject to Club service charge and Marin sales tax – Cancellation policy in effect


What defines a classic variety? First, it must have manifested considerable quality over a long period of time and second, have done so in more than one place. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay for instance, are made into good (and occasionally great) wines everywhere, from the wine country here in California, to France, and to Chile. Recently I had the pleasure to invite Yohannah Burmeister, an advanced sommelier associated with the Henry Wine Group, to come to The Club and provide a little bit of wine service instruction, tasting, and wine education for the waitstaff. Within the packet of information she handed out to the staff, was this fun sheet regarding varietal markers for grapes. Let’s see if you, too, can find some of the characteristics included here in your next glass of wine. Cheers! Phil

“Give me wine to wash me clean of the weather-stains of care” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Varietal Markers for Grapes Chardonnay: hazelnut, apple, citrus, cheese rind, pineapple, butter Sauvignon Blanc: grapefruit, grass, gooseberry, tarragon in Sancerre, jalapeno, passion fruit in New Zealand Gewurztraminer: lychee, rose, potpourri, grapefruit pith, candied ginger Viognier: honeysuckle, vanilla, citrus blossom, fruit loops, mango Muscat: orange candy, rose grapes Pinot Grigio: lemon rind, melon, peanut shell, flat beer Riesling: apricot, peach, petrol, lime zest (young Aussie Riesling) Albarino: peach, orange oil, juicy fruit gum Gruner Veltliner: white pepper, lentils, watercress, radish, asparagus Chenin Blanc: bruised apple, quince, honey, chamomile, wasabi, tangerine, wet wool Pinot Noir: black cherry, strawberry, cranberry, boiled beets, violets, tomato leaf, cola bean Gamay: strawberry, bubblegum, violets, banana, fruit drops Cabernet Sauvignon: black currant, green pepper, tobacco, vanilla if highly oaked Merlot: plum, blackberry, chocolate, fern leaf, same as cabernet for oak Cabernet Franc: black currant red currant, green bell pepper, jalapeno, cherry cough drops Nebbiolo: dried red fruits, tar, rose, licorice, truffle, mushrooms Tempranillo: tart red raspberry, tobacco, sweet and sour, dill weed, bay leaf, ripe strawberries Granache: dehydrated strawberries, raspberry, black pepper, raisins, powdered sugar, grenadine Sangiovese: sour red cherry, licorice root, fennel, black tea, leafy underbrush, sandlewood Malbec: blueberry, coffee bean, ripe plum Zinfandel: cranberry, blueberry jam, blackberry pie, peppercorn, peach yogurt Syrah: raspberry, blueberry, black pepper, smoked/grilled meat, leather

From the General Manager Dennis Conneally CCM, CCE /


ast month I had an opportunity to meet a very interesting sailor named Nicholas Hayes, the author of “Saving Sailing”, a book that was just published last year. Nicholas was giving a talk on his research to an interested group of local sailors at one of our neighboring yacht clubs for their speaker series. He presented a unique perspective on what he believes has been happening to the sport of sailing over the past thirty plus years. Nicolas, a market researcher by profession, has determined through a series of nationwide surveys and interviews that the sport of sailing has declined over 40% since 1997 and over 70% in the United States since 1979. It seems that the trend has followed the baby boomers since its heyday in the late 1970’s. While the population in America has increased steadily since then, the average age of active sailors has followed in lockstep with the aging baby boomers. Over 50% of sailors in the 1970’s were between the ages of fifteen and thirty. In comparison, some thirty years later over 50% of the sailing population today is between the ages of forty-five and sixty-five; with another 12% over the age of sixty-five. The good news, however, is that today approximately 25% of all sailors in the United States are under the age of twenty-five, indicating a renewed interest in the sport by the youngest generation of upcoming sailors. What does all this mean and how does it relate to us? Over time, yacht clubs across the country have become social centers where sailors and boaters of all kinds who share the same or similar interests, gather and enjoy the love of the sport in a safe and comfortable environment. As the average age of yacht club memberships

nationwide have increased, so to have their needs, wants and desires as they relate to their clubs. Our club is no different. In fact, I would venture to guess that over 80% of our membership has, at one time or another, been very closely involved with the sport of sailing, whether it be racing, cruising or leisure sailing. But a much smaller percentage of the membership would consider themselves as being active sailors today. The demographic of the types of people who join yacht clubs has also changed over time, as has their

“…today approximately 25% of all sailors in the United States are under the age of twenty-five, indicating a renewed interest in the sport…” expectations of what a yacht club should provide. This is especially true among the younger generations like Gen X, Gen Y, and even Gen Z. The need for instant information, the demands on free and leisure time, and the reality in most instances that both husband and wife are in the professional workforce together, have placed new demands on clubs than were not present thirty to forty years ago. One of the amazing statistics here at The SFYC is that over the past ten years our membership levels have remained completely constant. We have thirty-four more members in 2010 than we did in 2000. It is a fact that many clubs across the nation are struggling to retain members while at the same offering a

myriad of membership drives and incentives to try and attract new members. The SFYC on the other hand continues to remain on stable ground with a solid membership base which keeps our programs, activities, and regattas strong. The management team and Board of Directors are constantly addressing the key issues our club faces on a daily basis. Sound fiscal management is always a critical component in keeping The Club healthy, as is the need for constant forward thinking; creating a vision and long range plan to keep The Club interesting and attractive for the new generation of members. One of the top priorities facing our club right now is the need to invest capital funds in our galley facilities. Over the past fifteen years, through normal wear and tear, the galley infrastructure has developed code compliance issues, equipment failure issues, and fire safety issues that all require major upgrades. While we maintain our facilities in the best working order possible, our infrastructure is getting old and needs to be addressed. Part of our overall master plan with the City of Belvedere is looking at the long term needs of our whole facility. The Board is finalizing what it feels is the best plan of action to take with regards to these immediate issues as well as consideration of future needs. The harbor infrastructure of our wet and dry slips is another major project as are the Cove House upgrades, the dining deck and the need to address the growth of our race management. The House Committee, Harbor Committee, Finance Committee, and Race Council are working in unison to provide the Board with the best information they can for our future capital needs. This in turn will enhance the membership’s enjoyment of The Club now, and provide a first class facility that will be here for our children and generations of members to come.



October 2010





Friday Friday Night BBQ

Leukemia BBQ 3 Leukemia Cup

Club Closed

Belvedere Cup 10

Club Closed

Cruise Out






25 Club Closed

Oakland Cruise In



(no regular a-la-carte menu)





28 Club Closed Auxiliary Holiday Decorating


Wednesday Bar Menu



Leukemia Cup VIP Dinner

8 Belvedere Cup 9

Oakland Yacht Club Cruise In


Bar Menu


No Corkage 4

No Corkage 11 Fall BINGO ends

Bar Menu 17 16 Club Closed Schramsberg Vineyards Champagne Dinner Cove House


Club Closed

29 Club Closed




Club Closed

22 Club Closed



Club Closed

Club Closed


Youth Event: Main Dining Room Member Dining: Fall BINGO Starts BBQ Cove House Stockton Yacht Club Cruise In Cruise Out Tinsley Delta Yacht Club Bar Menu 13 No Corkage 14 Friday 12 15 RACK OF LAMB 16 Club Closed FOR TWO $48.95++ Night Dream Boat Series BBQ Member Dining: Fall BINGO Cove House Pittsburg Yacht Club Cruise Encinal Yacht Club Cruise In 19 22 Corinthian Cup: 23 No Corkage 21 Friday Bar Menu 20 Annapolis YC Night Dream Boat Series Dinner Club Closed BBQ Fall BINGO Mother/Son Dinner Dance Bel Marin Keys Yacht Club Cruise In 26 30 29 Family No Corkage 28 Friday Bar Menu 27 Halloween Night Club Closed Dream Boat Series Party BBQ Fall BINGO


Club Closed

Staglin Family 7 Friday Wine Dinner: Night Cove House


Club Closed Appleton 7 Regatta: Youth Pasta Night


Bar Menu

Club Closed

Club Closed Encinal Cruise In Round The 24 Island Race Corinthian Cup




Bar Menu


Commodore’s Ball

No Corkage 18 Auxiliary Annual Mtg. Luncheon


Berkeley Cedar Plank 19 20 Salmon for Two $48.95++

26 Cedar Plank

Salmon for Two $48.95++

Benicia Yacht Club Cruise In

Auxiliary Holiday Decorating

Breakfast: Sat 0830-1130; Sun 0830-1400

Lunch: Thur-Sun 1130-1500


13 12 Cedar Plank Race Salmon for Two Recognition $48.95++ Night

Thanksgiving 30



Dinner: Wed-Sun 1730-2100 (Fri 2200)


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