The San Francisco Yacht Club
Magazine of The San Francisco Yacht Club November 2010 Volume 16 • Issue 10
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
THE BULLETIN Editor Ads/Calendar Editor Race Editor Advisor
P/P Mimi Cornelius AGM Evelyne Swinscoe-Byer Ross Tibbits S/C John Swain
Joan Linn Bekins Dennis Conneally Mickey McClure Mike North Bill Reilly Marily Rimmer P/P Sally Secor Barbara Raeuber Thomas P/P Jane Watts
Contributors Don Bekins, Joan Bekins, John Paul Christen, David Dibble, Joyce Griffin, Forrest Gay, John Maynard Keyes, Scott Harris, Ellen Hoke, Harold Kleiderman, Carl Lewis, Killarney Loufek, Chef Reny Madrid, Steve and Ginger Mason, Angie Lackey Olsen, Robin Reynolds, Bill Stark, Ron Steinau, Jeffery Stein, Bob Van Blaricom, Serge Zavarin
THE SAN FRANCISCO YACHT CLUB 98 Beach Road • P.O. Box 379 Belvedere, CA 94920-0379 (415) 435-9133 • FAX (415) 435-8547 www.sfyc.org
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Commodore Auxiliary News Food and Beverage General Manager
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Bowline Around The Club Race News Harbor Youth Sailing Eight Bells Cruising
Photo by Ellen Hoke
Commodore Vice Commodore Rear Commodore Secretary Treasurer Port Captain Directors:
The San Francisco Yacht Club
Leukemia Cup co-chairs, S/C Bill Smith and Anne Feinberg
November 2009 Rowing
Social Events 14
Cover photo: S/C Bill Smith and Fast Friends head for the leeward mark of the 2010 Leukemia Cup Regatta Cover photo by David Dibble
Tinsley Island Margarita Party Committee: Harold Kleiderman, Andy Fromm, Shawn and Rich Wideman 2 • NOVEMBER 2010 THE BULLETIN • www.sfyc.org
From the Commodore Raymond Lynch, Commodore / email@example.com
s our summer and fall (that never really happened) turns toward winter, it’s time to reflect on another season of sailing, racing, and exploring on the briny deep. It’s also a chance to take the first peek at things to come. As you read this article, we are only a week away from Race Recognition Night; a night that allows us to look back and congratulate our stalwart sailors who have represented us all on various venues throughout the year. It is also a chance to put a face behind a name of many of our younger members who are stepping up their game and will be carrying our burgee for years to come. So come down to The Club on Friday evening, November 12. You don’t have to have been a participant, although you already were, you just didn’t know it. How many of us pick up Latitude 38 to check the various race results looking for SFYC participants? You were there! Vice Commodore Bob Heller and I, accompanied by our better halves, had another terrific Fleet Week Lunch over at the Golden Gate Yacht Club where this same theme was brought to light. The America’s Cup was proudly on display and a guest speaker from BMW/Oracle followed the exact footprints of Russell Coutts and said everything but “It will be sailed on San Francisco Bay.” What I found most fascinating was that when he asked for a show of hands from “all the sailors in the room”, about half the hands went up. He then asked for a show of “how many are not sailors?”. Again, about half the hands went up. He then stated that it was the second group that the entire BMW/Oracle Team was focused on. He said the sailors were already going to follow The Cup no matter where it was sailed. But it was those people
on the cusp, those on the fringe that the Team hoped to capture with the excitement and thrill of sailing and racing. As I’ve said throughout the year, don’t be afraid to cross into deep water or look into the abyss. It may be fun! Back at the docks, in the confines of our safe harbor, your Board of Directors are spending any free moments finalizing our analysis of The Club’s structural needs in order to keep the facilities in great shape. Treasurer Suzie Moore and her Finance Committee are shaping next year’s budget, as well as looking five years down the road at heavy maintenance needs and capital improvements. By the end of November we should all have a much clearer picture of what the future will look like at our home away from home. I’ve had many stimulating conversations with members about the wisdom or need for fixing up the Cove House. We can further discuss the pros and cons later. But if we just look at the current requirements for delving into Indian mindens, the concern for global warming and how a remodel would impact other structures in Belvedere, plus searching through 120 years of Belvedere’s history and how it relates to the project, we would do it now. On a lighter note, a few good nautical reads I would like to pass on, for those coming winter nights. Neither are new releases: Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea, by Gary Kinder. This is a fascinating, true story of the recovery of the steamer SS Central America, off the coast of South Carolina. It’s the about the greatest cargo ever recovered from any sea faring mishap. Unbelievable! A Voyage for Madmen, by Peter Nichols. This one is a gripping account of the 1969 Golden Globe Race, wherein nine solo sailors took off from England in the inaugural nonstop circumnavigation race that was the precursor to the Vendee Globe and Whitbread Races. The book sheds insight into the many personalities one can encounter, even here in The Bay. One more column left…Hope to see everyone at The Club.
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The Bowline Keeping The SFYC membership tied to what’s happening around The Club
Thoughts from the Editor SFYC PHOTO CONTEST igital Delivery of the Bulletin is available to all SFYC members. While the traditional delivery of The Bulletin will continue to be available, there are two reasons to select digital delivery: • Digital copies provide early notification of SFYC activities because the electronic version of The Bulletin is sent out to members before the traditional paper version arrives by snail mail. • Digital delivery saves postage costs. To switch to digital delivery of The Bulletin please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name, the address where the paper version of The Bulletin is delivered and the email address where the digital version should be sent.
The SFYC Photo Contest entry period has been extended to December 10, 2010. Contest winners will be announced in the January Bulletin. Don’t miss your chance to win the prize. The Bulletin is looking for writers, proofers, story ideas and candid photos of Club activities. Please send all inquires or responses to email@example.com.
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. FIRST PRIZE: Adult Division: $100 SFYC Gift Certificate that can be used in The Club Dining Room or Ship’s Store. Kids 16 and Younger Division: Gift Certificate to Waypoint Pizza. Entries will be displayed in The SFYC Clubhouse.
Picture Your Boat At The Bar! Photo by Alisa Bekins
Email a digital picture of your boat, you on your boat, or you on someone else’s boat to Kerry in the Front Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will put it up on the new display on the TV screens above the SFYC bar. Finally, get the recognition you (think) you deserve! Shirley Armor, 2006 Yachtswoman of the Year, takes the helm of Q while Glenn Isaacson acts as technician 4 • NOVEMBER 2010 THE BULLETIN • www.sfyc.org
Around The Club
Hard Aground – An Election Special –
ack the sheets, reverse helm, hard alee!!!! I’ve run aground and I can’t get up. It’s time to put our belaying pins down, cross our arms and speak out. It’s the election season and time to throw the bums out!!!! All of ‘em. Left, right, center, tea drinkers, gin drinkers, soft drink drinkers...it doesn’t matter, give ‘em all the boot. In unison let’s say, “Here’s your coat. Here’s your hat. What’s your hurry? Don’t let the door hit you in the transom. Adios Sucker. Beat it. Scram.” But wait. Should we throw out the good as well as the bad… The bath water with the babies (or something like that)? I guess we shouldn’t just give everyone the heave ho. Just those that don’t agree with me…or you…or the other guy…Dang, we’re back to where we started!! Who’s to blame for this mess we find ourselves in anyway? That’s when I ran aground. It’s like trying to get your head around what’s beyond space. I know things are confused. No matter where you look it’s tough – the economy, schools, job markets, housing markets, aisle four in the supermarket… it’s time to do something – but what? You know what’s weird is every time I look for someone to blame I end up standing in front of a mirror. How is that possible? There’s a wicker basket just waiting for someone’s melon other than yours or mine. I’m tired of pointing fingers and looking for who’s responsible. I need to go for a sail. One of the great things about sailing seems to be that it’s almost impossible to not find yourself responsible for whatever predicament you find yourself in. You can try and blame others but we all can see right through the lame excuses. If you’re ever bored to tears, or simply don’t have any friends (like me) turn on your VHF radio sometime on a busy weekend and listen to calls that come out of the Straits of Hell off the Isle of Doom. “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, I’m off the coast of Sausalito and my engine won’t start.” “Pan-pan, Pan-pan, Pan-pan, we’re anchored off Angel Island and I’ve run out of gas.” “Hello All Stations, Hello All Stations, this is Reginald Flogisthin III aboard the sailing vessel Grossly Incompetent and although I succeeded in choosing my parents well, I really don’t know what I’m doing on a boat. Can someone please help me? I’m tied up over on the Z dock and my ice is melting…Muffy, more ice please, and hurry!!” People have been looking to me for advice for quite a few decades, so here goes: For the Mayday call – charge your batteries next time. For the Pan-pan, check your tanks before casting off. For the Hello All Stations, seek counseling and call The Club for sailing lessons. If you’re having trouble with the economy, climate, fall programming on your TV, your children, your parents, your in-laws, your out-laws, your was-bunds, and/or beginner-wives, you need to turn to your government...I’m 90% sure it’s their fault. Thank you for listening. Respectfully submitted by John Maynard Keynes.
Editor’s note: John, a new (although deceased) regular member, is well known for initiating Keynesian economics which argues that private sector decisions sometimes lead to inefficient macroeconomic outcomes and therefore advocates active policy responses by the public sector, including monetary policy actions by the central bank and fiscal policy actions by the government to stabilize output over the business cycle.
A Casual New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Club
Friday, December 31 Served 6 to 10 p.m.
FIRST COURSE Shrimp Cocktail
SECOND COURSE Consommé of Beef with Root Vegetables THIRD COURSE Choice of: Wild Oregon Filet of Salmon – 29.95 Scallop Potatoes, Sautéed Market Vegetables Tuscan Crusted Rack of Lamb – 32.95 Baked Potato, Sautéed Spinach Prime Rib of Beef – 34.95 Baked Potato, Creamed Spinach Niman Ranch New York Steak – 36.95 Cracked Black Pepper, Baked Potato Sautéed Market Vegetables, Wild Mushroom Brandy Reduction FOURTH COURSE New York Cheese Cake, Raspberry Coulis Dinner includes one Complimentary glass of Champagne All prices subject to Club service charge and Marin sales tax. Open Seating • Reservations Required Front Office 435 9133 ext. 10 Watch the Ball Drop in Time Square on the Big Screen at 9:00 p.m.
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Race News Angie Lackey Olson, 2010 Race Council Chair
Wosser Cup Finalizes 2010 Club Championship Series The last two races of the Club Championship series were held on Sunday September 26. PRO, Jeff Zarwell, selected a different course for each race. The first race was a windward/leeward in light winds. When time came for the second race, the winds had filled-in nicely, coming directly from Blackaller Bouy, sending racers across the bay to the Cityfront. Wosser Cup winners included: Spinnaker 1st Skip & Jody McCormack Trunk Monkey 2nd Steve Stroub Tiburon 3rd Baylis/Froeb/Fennell Good & Plenty Non-Spinnaker 1st Glenn Isaacson, Q 2nd Charles Pick, Elusive 3rd Tom Perot & Suzie Miller, QE3 Final results for the Club Championship series will be announced at Race Recognition Night on Friday, November 12.
IOD N. American Invitational
Eight teams of IOD sailors raced in the 2010 IOD North American Invitational, September 22-25. Participating teams came from as far as Bermuda. One team was local and the other six hailed from the Northeast. Bartz Schneider PRO’d the three-day event and did an excellent job of keeping the racing on track despite several light air days and many other competing events on the Berkeley Circle.
Six J/105s signed up for a weekend of match racing on October 9. Tom Roberts and Jeff Zarwell organized the event, and gathered all the needed umpires and boats. Liz Baylis also held a match-racing tutorial for participants. Light winds delayed some start times, but two round robins were completed over the weekend (that’s 30 starts by the way) while the Blue Angels provided additional entertainment overhead.
1st Ed Kavle, Fishers Island 2nd Robert Constable, Nantucket 3rd Mark Pearce, San Francisco
1st John Horsch, Business Time 2nd Bruce Stone, Arbitrage 3rd Peter Stoneberg, Yikes
Fall Classic Thirty Folkboats, IODs, and Knarrs graced our harbor the weekend of September 11-12. PRO, Erich Ringewald, executed the weekend’s racing in fine form and sailors enjoyed the post-race BBQ on the deck. Folkboat 1st Peter Jeal, Polperro 2nd Tom Reed, Freja 3rd Fred Andersen, Filur IOD 1st Lacey/Dailey/Maymar, PH 2nd Mark Pearce, Fjaer 3rd John Wright, Never Again II Knarr 1st Jon Perkins, Fifty-fifty 2nd Chris Kelly, Flyer 3rd Charles Griffin, Penelope
RACE COUNCIL RECOGNITION NIGHT Friday, November 12th 6:00-8:00 p.m. Please return the information as soon as possible to Anne at the SFYC Race Office, P.O. Box 379, Belvedere, CA 94920 or FAX to: 415-789-5648.
Come help celebrate and present the 2010 Racing Season Awards to San Francisco Yacht Club members. We will also recognize those who have contributed significantly to The Club’s Race Management this year. The Club is proud of the achievements of our members and we want to honor each one! Please identify your significant achievements, so we can include you in the awards presentations. Also, please let us know about any other members we should include in the presentations.
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2010 Albert T. Simpson Sportboat Regatta St. Francis YC, October 16-17 Bill Melbostad, Bryan Moore and Steve Fentress sailed JR to an overall win in the Etchells fleet, bringing the 108-yearold trophy home to the SFYC. Their first place win was hard fought over Don Jesperg who skippered Ben Wells’ Mr. Natural into second place, just one point behind JR. Congratulations, to all! NOVEMBER EVENT
Race Recognition Night Friday, Novermber 12 6:00-8:00 P.M.
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Photo by Ellen Hoke
Leukemia Cup planning committee members welcome guest speaker, Russell Coutts, to the VIP Dinner
America’s Cup Champion Russell Coutts Pays Tribute to Leukemia Cup Celebrants By Robin Reynolds
our-time America’s Cup champion, Russell Coutts, and hundreds of sailors from across the Bay Area teamed up to raise $688,815 in support of the fifth annual Leukemia Cup Regatta at the SFYC, on October 2-3. Russell Coutts was the featured guest speaker at the VIP dinner for local blood cancer survivors, or “honorary skippers,” top fundraisers and major sponsors. Coutts paid special tribute to the honorary skippers, and said, “I don’t think it’s any exaggeration to say it is a fantastic idea to combine the sport we share with support for the people you care about so much. It was pure inspiration to raise awareness and support for patients and families of these illnesses.” Coutts congratulated the Leukemia Cup committee, and remarked, “I salute the tremendous efforts made by The San Francisco Yacht Club to make its own regatta, the most successful fundraiser in the country for four straight years.” The exceptionally dedicated committee co-chairs, Anne Feinberg and S/C Bill Smith, were instrumental in this year’s
phenomenal success. S/C Bill Smith was the top overall individual fundraiser, raising $27,400. Bill noted, “Thanks to the collective spirit of exceptional sailors who believe in giving back, I’m very proud to say we have raised a total of $2.4 million since our regatta started in 2006.” On Sunday, October 3rd there were 90 boats competing in a variety of classes. The race was PHRF with spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions and one-design classes for Knarrs, Melges, Colgates and Hunters. The class winners include: John Wimer Desdemona (Div 1 spinnaker); Gerard Sheridan Tupelo Honey (Div 2 spinnaker); Doug Wilhelm Wilco (Div 3 Melges 24); William Baylis Good & Plenty (Div 4 spinnaker); Robert Izmirian Jane Doe (Div 5 spinnaker); Magnus “Julle” LeVicki Min Flicka (Div 6 non spin 60-120); Tom Perot QE3 (Div 6 non spin 123-159); Knud Wibroe Snaps III (Div 7 Knarr); Tom Royall BigWOW! (Div 8 non spin); David Hayward Swell Bound (Colgates & Hunters) and Peter Jeal Polperro (Div 9 non-spinnaker).
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Race News Leukemia Cup Regatta Action Tom Perot and Suzi Miller's QE3
Photos by David Dibble
The invaluable support team!
David Joyner and Bill Nolan on Full Throttle
Junior sailors race the Club's J/24
Speaker Series U.S. Match Racing Championship Finals
Melissa Purdy Feagin, Adam Roberts, Shawn Bennett (skipper), and Tom Purdy dominated the series winning 5-0 in both the semifinals and the finals of the U.S. Match Racing Championship, in Detroit, MI., September 19 8 • NOVEMBER 2010 THE BULLETIN • www.sfyc.org
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1
6:00 p.m. 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. Please RSVP by November 18th to The SFYC at 435-9133 ext. 10.
Harbor Ed Lynch, Harbor Chair / email@example.com
s winter approaches The SFYC harbor staff is getting the summer projects buttoned up and prepared to weather the coming storms. It seems this year was spent making repairs to the dry dock, hoists and other areas of the harbor that are being beaten by the elements 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I have written several articles about the aging infrastructure of the harbor and the need for a long range program to rebuild and maintain our harbor. The Harbor Committee has spent the last two years researching options, costs and product suitability,
somebody. I compliment all of the staff for displaying that same approach and working hard to make the membership experience the best it can be. Having recently attended the New York Yacht Club Invitational in Newport R.I. with many fellow members of The SFYC, I returned with a great sense of pride in our club. We have a world class club with world class members in a world class location. Let’s work to keep it that way. Happy Holidays.
Thursday, November 25, 2010 12 noon – 6:00 p.m.
APPETIZER BUFFET INCLUDES:
all in an effort to develop a comprehensive project to address these issues. This plan has been finalized and presented to the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee for consideration with implementation hopefully starting in 2011. We need not look further than the dry dock repairs this year to see what future problems we will encounter if we continue to apply temporary fixes to these problems. No one likes to be inconvenienced by these emergency repairs. Good planning and coordination can alleviate many of these issues and result in a safer, improved and less costly harbor for all the membership to enjoy. As the Flag Officer’s continually stress, “We are one club” and the Harbor Committee agrees with that philosophy. We have worked closely with the Race Committee and our Youth Committee to solve problems and streamline processes allowing our members to get out on the water to sail and race like they should. The harbor staff has assisted the Race Committee by launching support boats, blowing up race markers and making sure the boats are ready to go. Members from the Harbor and Race Committees jointly built a new race locker to consolidate race equipment and be more efficient by storing it on the water. Because the program has grown, the Harbor Committee will be working with the Youth Committee in helping solve storage and logistical problems they have encountered. Point is, together as a club, we can solve problems and accomplish our goals with a little bit of effort from everybody versus a lot of work from
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
ENTREES CHOICE OF: Roasted Organic Farm Raised Turkey with all the Trimmings Wild Oregon Cedar Planked Salmon Angus Prime Rib of Beef
HOMEMADE DESSERTS INCLUDE: House Made Pumpkin Pie House Made Apple Pie Ice Cream Reservations Required 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.
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Youth Sailing Forrest Gay, Director / firstname.lastname@example.org
2010 SFYC Youth Race Teams Awards Dinner
he Youth Sailing Awards Night proved to be an exciting event for all participants. In addition to the deserving award winners pictured on this page, the following awards were handed out by Olympic Sailor and “SFYC Sailor Dad” Jim Barton. The Leadership Award went to Sean Haechler who has consistently supported his fellow team members. Most Improved Opti Sailor went to William McMullen who was away practicing in Puerto Rico with the US Optimist Team. Remi Lowe received the Top Grommet Award for being the most dedicated Green Fleet sailor.
Marika and Rich Bergsund and their daughters Kyra and Marie celebrate Reid’s Bill Black Award.
Photos by Ron Steinau
Alex Moody accepting the Donald H. Carlberg Trophy from Olympian Jim Barton
SFYC Youth Sailors enjoyed the Award Dinner festivities
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Teddy Hayden accepting the Most Improved Racer trophy from Olympian Jim Barton
Forrest Gay, Director / email@example.com
Sailing Poem The breeze blows through my hair Heat rests on the back of my neck Water shoots up on my face The boat leans slowly toward the water I am sailing. My sail flaps against the wind I pull it in The luffing stops Relief calms me I am sailing. The waves crash against my boat Water enters I release the rudder to throw the water out Once I let go, my boat flips over. I was sailing. - John Paul Christen, Age 12
PERRY #1 (420) @ CABRILLO BEACH YC (SEPT 18-19) (31 boats) 7th Annie Rossi/crew; 13th Jack Barton/Scott Buckstaff; 19th Sean Haechler/Graham Gooding; 30th Kennedy Placek/Sammy Shea; 31st Kyra Bergsund/Cassidy Lynch TOTALLY DINGHY @ RYC (SEPT 25-26) 21 boats (full and radial) 14th Kyle Larsen; 20th Michael Tan PCISA #1 (SEA OTTER) @ MONTEREY (OCT 2-3) Gold Fleet (23 teams) 8th Branson; 15th Redwood Silver Fleet (22 teams) 7th Redwood JV LEUKEMIA CUP OPTI GREEN FLEET @ SFYC (OCT 3) (23 boats) 1st Teddy Russell; 2nd Remi Lowe; 3rd Gage McLennan; 4th Sally Wilmot; 5th Miles Daly; 6th Tommy Young; 7th Michael Tellini; 9th Bennett Snyder; 10th Cassidy Mountjoy; 11th John Paul Christian; 12th Ezra Acker; 14th Caitlin Froeb; 15th Charlie Snyder; 17th Alya Kalra; 18th Luke Froeb; 22nd Ines Lowe
Photos by Killarney Loufek
420 practice under the bridge
SFYC YOUTH RACE TEAM RESULTS
Kennedy Placek and Lea Russell
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Scholarship Committee Alisa Bekins, Auxiliary President
The San Francisco Yacht Club
ecause of the support and generosity of our members, the Scholarship Committee and 10,000 Degrees (formerly the Marin Education Foundation) are pleased to announce the awarding of two scholarship grants for the 2010/2011 academic year. The recipients are Melissa Madrid and Juan Maldonado. Melissa, the youngest daughter of Chef Reny, and in her junior year at Barry University, is pursuing a BS in Exercise Science with plans for graduate school and a career as a physical therapist. She enjoys reading and – no surprise, cooking. Demonstrating a passion for soccer from an early age, she was recently elected captain Chef Reny Madrid and his daughter Melissa of the Barry University team. Juan is in the second and final half of his program at the International College of Cosmetology and doing well in his classes. He and his brothers, The Maldonado brothers, Gaspar, Jorge Jorge and and Juan Gaspar, have worked for the Club for a combined total of some 54 years! Separate from his duties as a busboy, Chef Reny has tapped into Juan’s creativity and decorative flair in transforming many of the Club events into works of art. In addition to helping to care for his mother, Juan has been involved with Comunidad San Dimas, a San Francisco based lay missionary volunteer service providing hope and spiritual guidance to at risk Spanish speaking youth. 10,000 Degrees continues to play a crucial role in making our program a success, providing administration, outreach, counseling, and mentoring. Approaching 30 years of service to the community, we are fortunate to have them as a partner in our efforts to help our employees and their children realize the benefits of higher education. 12 • NOVEMBER 2010 THE BULLETIN • www.sfyc.org
We have completed an analysis of our employee demographics which, together with expressions of interest from some of the staff, suggest an uptick in applications for 2011 and beyond. While we have accumulated some reserves, it remains our objective to be able to make multi-year commitments to applicants, subject to their continuing to meet the program’s requirements. To do so requires the on-going financial support of our members and we are again asking that you consider your Club’s scholarship program as a part of your charitable giving. All contributions are tax deductible, with 100% of the moneys going directly to recipients. Donations should be made payable to 10,000 Degrees, with a notation the moneys are for The San Francisco Yacht Club Scholarship program. Checks can be mailed to: 10,000 Degrees 781 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 140 San Rafael, CA 94901 If you prefer to donate by credit card, a brief form and mailing envelope are available at the Front Office. A recap of our fundraising efforts will be provided in the February or March Bulletin. Thank you for your support. The Scholarship Committee Alison Elliott, Bob Griswold, S/C Carl Lewis, S/C Bill Smith, S/C Mitch Wilk
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Cedar Plank Salmon Dinner for Two served with fall vegetables and fingerling potatoes $48.95 for two
The San Francisco Yacht Club’s 141st Annual Meeting Saturday, December 4, 2010 12 Noon Club is closed for Members ONLY 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. Hosted Buffet Lunch 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Games Voting from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Special Luncheon Speaker5:00 p.m. ANNUAL MEETING 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Hosted BaR 7:00 p.m. Hosted Dinner Stay after dinner for our special Entertainment
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Photos by Ron Steinau
Country Western Night
Photo by Alisa Bekins
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“Special times, special places, special friends together. The moments pass so quickly but the memories last forever”
Photo by Joan Bekins
Matt Copenhaver Matt, a Regular SFYC member since 1980 passed away August 16, 2010. He is survived by his three children: Jonathan, Katherine, and Garth, son-in-law Joel Butler, and the mother of his children, Joby. Matt was a serious sailor; winning the SFYC Championship in 1988. His ashes have been cast at sea. Edith Holm Edith and her late husband Russell Holm joined the SFYC in 1976. The couple was well-loved “regulars” at The Club and Russell was a member of the Eight Bells Committee. Edith is survived by her son, SFYC member Douglas Holm and his wife Laurel and their children Natalie and Russell. Charlotte Jurs Charlotte, a longtime Belvedere resident passed away October 2, 2010 at the age of 97. While not a SFYC member herself, Charlotte was well known and loved by Club members
and staff. She was often a guest of her son, SFYC member Michael Jurs and her many SFYC friends. A Celebration of Charlotte’s life will be held November 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm in the SFYC Main Dining Room. Philip M. Robertson Philip, a member of The SFYC since 1957, has died. He and his wife, Sue Robertson lived in Shaw Island, Washington. Robert C. Tartaul Robert died October 9, 2010 at the age of ninety-four. He is survived by Ann Tartaul, his wife of forty-three years. Robert had retired after a long successful career at the Naval Shipyard. Robert, a member of The SFYC since 1971, loved sailing his Erikson 32, Alora on the San Francisco Bay. When he and Ann moved to La Jolla, CA many years ago, Alora went with them.
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Auxiliary News Alisa Bekins, SFYC Auxiliary President, 2010
s the leaves start dropping from the trees and the air gets cooler, we can see that fall is here! This time-frame brings three fun events to the stage for the Auxiliary: The Past Presidents’ Luncheon, The Second Annual MotherSon Dinner Dance, and HALLOWEEN! The Auxiliary Past Presidents’ Luncheon was a well-attended celebration of incredibly talented ladies. A sea of fabulous hats and stylish dresses was the scene in the Cove House because a garden tea party was the theme of the afternoon. It was wonderful to hear the stories that were shared from years past and present days. Thank you to our Past Presidents for keeping this wonderful tradition alive by sharing your insightful stories and wisdom with all of us. The Second Annual Mother-Son Dinner Dance was a sell-out event ~
whoo hoo! Co-Chairs Ginna Milan and Cindi O’Donnell hit this event out of the park. Well done ladies! Handsome young men covered the dance floor with their stylish mothers in toe. The Club was rocking with excitement and energy as the DJ played hit after hit. In the Commodores’ Room, games brought out the boys competitive sides and the sound of high-fives could be heard from the bar area. In addition, the photo bar proved to be a huge hit. The line was down the hall and everyone received a souvenir photo to capture the memories of this special night. Chef Reny and his amazing staff prepared a superb feast for these hungry patrons. He did not disappoint yet again! Thank goodness my son, Connor, is only eight so I can continue to attend this event for at least a few more years. Next it was time for Halloween, always a crowd-pleasing event. CoChairs Lori Fromm, Melissa Tulp and
Jane Young worked feverishly to make this event a super scary scene. They definitely freaked more than a few people out. Mua-ha-ha! The Cove House was transformed into a ghoulish and creepy environment that had the kids running for their parents. The highlight for many was the electric chair. It had them lined up again and again. You can never get enough of that fun! The Purple Monkey photo booth provided hours of entertainment for all those kids who wanted to make scary faces and capture their creative costumes alongside their friends. Chef Reny and his cast of goblins prepared a freaky food buffet that was out of this world. Special thanks to all of our volunteers who made the party work so smoothly, especially Juan Gonzalez who made the haunted house a reality once again. Without our loyal members and staff supporting our various events it would be very hard to make these parties come to life. So enormous thanks to all of YOU!
THE SAN FRANCISCO YACHT CLUB
CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS 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,
Attire: Work Clothes Call 435-9133 or contact Lisa Rosenlund.
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Champagne and Hors D’oeuvres Dinner 7:30 p.m. Dancing until Midnight
Members and their guests Co-Chairs Ginny DeMaria & Lisa Rosenlund
Sunday • December 12 • 2:00 - 4:00 pm
2010 Co-Chairs Laura Rousseau, Jane Young and Lee Johnson
Flag Officers’ Holiday Buffet Sunday, December 5, 2010 Served 6 to 9 p.m.
EMB AY, DEC THURSD
SEAFOOD RAW BAR Blue Point Oysters on the Half Shell Jumbo Mexican Prawns, New Zealand Mussels Scottish Smoked Salmon Sushi and Sashimi Chef’s Seven Hand Crafted Assorted Salads
ENTREES Carved Angus Prime Rib of Beef Oregon Crab Cakes New Zealand Lamb Chops Alaskan Filet of Halibut Scalloped Potatoes, Saffron Rice Winter Market Vegetables
CHEF’S VIENNESE DESSERT TABLE $42.00++ Adults $19.95++ Children under 12 Reservations Required
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SFYC Rowing — Another way to go? By Joyce Griffin
estled deep in the richness of The SFYC diverse activities is a group of nearly two-dozen women and men who have found solitude rowing the waters of San Francisco Bay. The SFYC Directory lists fifteen Rowing Shell owners, more whose rowing is secondary to other sailing activity, and several who keep boats, but no longer row. This article is voicing a few experienced active rowers like Don Bekins, Ingrid Wheeler, Gus Rainey, Bob Van Blaricom, and Bruce Moody. SFYC members are well known for their rowing accomplishments. On a gorgeous autumn day recently, a call to wife, Joanie, to tell her he was OK, rower Don Bekins was awed by the glorious beauty of nature along the shores off Point Bonita. “It was a day of perfect conditions to row outside the Gate. To escape the flood tide, I rowed out under the bridge close to the Marin shore [which one cannot do when rowing to Mile Rock] and took advantage of the back-eddies, encountering the flood only at the south tower and a point about half way to Bonita, that has a small light house and fog horn on it.” Like any sport, one needs to be in good physical condition to gain the most from it. It appears so easy, yet rowing is both 18 • NOVEMBER 2010 THE BULLETIN • www.sfyc.org
Don Bekins enjoys his rowing skiff in Belvedere Cove.
art and science. Observing rowers shows an enduring slow, rhythmic intensity and progression that supports a healthy strong lower back and central body core, a kind of seated-dance. Rowing uses 86% of all muscles, and can be efficient in burning calories. It offers cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength, though is a sport of low impact compared to say, running; and, since movement is within a defined range, fewer injuries result when proper technique is used. Technique is even more important for the beginner. One must be well-educated in reading the water, wind direction, tide, currents, clouds, weather in general, to say nothing of one’s own mood. And, knowledge of safety requirements is mandatory. I asked each of the rowers what are three serious things an interested beginner needs to know before taking up the sport? Don’s answer: “The first thing a rower on San Francisco Bay has to know is respect of the bay: the tides, and the weather. Don't try to row on the bay in winds of 15mph or higher. Plan your rowing in light winds and slack water. If not slack water, always row against the tide on the way out and use the tide to bring you
Photo by Joan Bekins
happen], and a cell phone for communication. When I go out under the GG Bridge, I carry a hand-held VHF marine radio with me. And I dress appropriately for the weather.” Bruce Moody tells beginners to “Start with proper training; join the Dolphin Club rowing class, or Open Water Rowing.” Gus Raney, Don’s mentor, has a slightly different take for the beginner: “ a) It is a relatively inexpensive way to enjoy the water. b) It is excellent exercise and requires very little training to enjoy recreational rowing. c) It is very desirable to have rapid access to the water wherever you row, if you are going to continue to do it regularly. After sailing for many years I found that rowing is a much easier way to get out on the San Francisco Bay, and that Gus Raney aboard his Nordic pulling boat particularly in the morning when there is little wind and there are very few other boats, one can get a near-instant wilderness experience.” Gus and Don have each rowed to Red Rock near the San Rafael-Richmond bridge, Mile Rock out under the Golden Gate, Pt. Bonita, and around Alcatraz. Photographer Don uses his rowing as opportunity to take Mile Rock Row – with Golden Gate Bridge and many photos of birds and other Angel Island in the background animals, including herring runs. And, “I am a sucker for pictures of beautiful yachts on the bay. My Bob Van Blaricom in a dory he built. rowing pictures often appear in the Ark.” Don has his oar on the rowing pulse at the Club. “Another home, as I did in rowing to Pt. Bonita. On that voyage, the person who often rows out of the SFYC is Bruce Moody. Bruce wind came up as I returned under the bridge and blew me back goes out almost every day, generally in the early morning. We to Belvedere Cove about 20 to 30 minutes faster than it took cross courses often, and I have almost collided with him twice -me row out.” Veteran boaters know how quickly the weather remember, we are rowing backward. Bruce says I need a rear-view can change its mind and pull its own surprises. mirror. Yes, I need to get one. I also occasionally see Bob Van “Secondly, obtain a boat at least 12 to 16 feet long, with a Blaricom rowing.” sliding seat and a good set of oars, preferably light carbon-fiber The art of rowing also appears to be part meditation as it oars matched to the boat's width and length. The bay can be requires single-minded focus with constant alertness, no spacing rough, so it should be a high-sided, relatively narrow boat, like out. Yet, as any recreational canoer and kayaker knows, seated atop a dory. The rowing sculls are very long and narrow, and low to the water, rocking gently with the waves is to be about as close as the water – not good for choppy waters one experiences on the one can get to Mother Earth. Perhaps that aesthetic is the draw of bay. But, they are fast – and tippy – and wet. I seldom get a healthy addiction these rowers experience. Bruce says, “Thirty water splashed into my boat.” years ago it was a method of finding peace and quiet, no one could “Thirdly, take waterborne necessities with you in the boat. interrupt your solitude.” I take a life jacket, wide brimmed hat, dark glasses, rowing “I loved the freedom of being by myself out on the Bay and gloves [mine are old ski gloves] water, sun cream, a bailer, a being able to get places fast,” says ecstatic rower, Ingrid Wheeler, compass in case I get caught in thick fog [only once did that who regularly rows her skiff especially built for her by Bob Van Blaricom. It is berthed at The SFYC. “Rowing introduced me to a very different and exciting experience of full-body exercise with speed.” Ingrid is not a newcomer to rowing. Prior to moving to Belvedere, Ingrid started a successful rowing club on Lake Sonoma, west of Healdsburg, called the Sonoma Sculling Society that continues today. What better place to be in unity with the universe than rowing the waters of San Francisco Bay? We may have more on our rowers and rowing in a subsequent SFYC Bulletin. Be curious about our rowers. They may be lurking beneath sailing garb or a flowery luncheon hat. Talk, watch, and listen to their stories; they may enchant you for hours. And, you may become one; rowing is another way to go. The city from Red Rock, near the SR/Richmond Bridge NOVEMBER 2010 THE BULLETIN • www.sfyc.org • 19
Cruise to Tomales Bay By Bob Van Blaricom
number of SFYC boats joined the Cruising Club of America in a fall cruise to Tomales Bay on the weekend of September 23 - 28, an excursion which was organized by Doug Finley with significant help from Don Bekins and other SFYC members. Our contingent, consisting of Steve and Ginger Mason’s Sea Jay, Doug and Anne Finley’s Tuck-a-Roo plus Bob Van Blaricom’s Misty joined five other CCA boats for the sixty mile round trip voyage. The first leg to Drakes Bay, an easy passage in sunshine and light air, was abruptly ended by strong winds in the anchorage which precluded visiting between boats by dinghy. But the evening was enlivened by a lively chase under oars to retrieve a runaway dinghy. The next day the fleet was underway early to reach the entrance to Tomales Bay at noon in order to catch high slack tide and cross the bar uneventfully with optimal conditions. Once CCA cruisers at anchor in Tomales Bay safely inside, everyone enjoyed a lovely ten mile sail down the bay to the pretty anchorage at Heart’s Desire Beach. A contingent of asphalt sailors joined the sea-going crews for cocktails and a BBQ picnic in the late afternoon under blue skies and amidst the splendid scenery which Tomales Bay can
Cruising News By Bill Stark
Angel Island Cruise-Sept 25
nce again our Cruising Fleet Social Chairs, Scott and Nancy Harris, created a fun cruise to Angel Island. We spent the early afternoon hiking around the Island on a “SFYC Angel Island Exploration Poker Run.” It was great exercise as well as a good way to see the Island. This was
provide when the fog decides to take a holiday. The perfect afternoon was topped off with a full moon casting a silver path up the bay to the fleet riding at anchor in the still water of the cove. On Saturday the fleet, with the exception of Sea Jay, got underway about 10 am and exited the bay uneventfully at high water just after midday. Unsurprisingly, the easy sail to Point Reyes was transformed by a small gale in the Drake’s Bay anchorage where all boats opted to anchor as close as possible under the high bluffs east of the usual spot in hopes of finding smoother water and less wind. In Cocktail hour at Tomales Bay this they were disappointed, but were rewarded by a clean sandy bottom, free of the eel grass and seaweed usually found further west. On Sunday, the final day, the ocean provided smooth water and some patchy, dense fog on the way to the Golden Gate. Jim Cornelius, sailing on Athesa, left the anchorage at 0700 and experienced dense surface fog (less than fifty yards visibility) the entire trip back to the Golden Gate via the Bonita channel. Naturally the fog cleared at the Golden Gate. In all, it was a delightful and easy cruise with just enough excitement to keep everyone awake. Ironically, Sea Jay, which remained behind in Tomales Bay to enjoy the superb weather for a few more days, had to punch through some scary breakers on the bar due to the swells which had built up during her sojourn.
followed by a SEGWAY extravaganza. Those two-wheeled, self balancing devices you have always wanted to try; but… After all the activities, we settled down to a wonderful catered dinner in the grove with views of Ayala and Belvedere Coves. After dinner, we scrambled to get off the island by sunset. Some cruisers stayed on buoys for the night while others had a great evening sail to see the City lights before returning to the Club. The weather could not have been better. Thank you to Scott and Nancy for another fun cruise out.
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Bill and Ann Stark enjoyed Angel Island with their son and daughter-in-law
Annual Four-Club Cruise to Tinsley Island (aka the “Quad Cruise”) By Harold Kleiderman
ollowing the tradition of prior years, the four local clubs , Corinthian, Tiburon, Marin, and SFYC, gathered at Tinsley Island October 7-10. For anyone that has not been there before, it really lives up to its motto, “In All the World There is Only One”. SFYC had eight boats and 17 cruisers participating. Most of our cruisers left for the Delta on Thursday, October 7 and enjoyed a good flood tide most of the way up. Two boats, Andiamo and Sea Jay, spent the first night at Delta Yacht Club, a pleasant and friendly island club just a mile from Tinsley. By noon on Friday, most of the boats were safely docked at Tinsley. A warm and pleasant afternoon was spent around the pool and socializing. Friday evening Corinthian hosted their usual Martini Party, complete Lori Fromm, Steve Mason, Marily Rimmer, Jim Rimmer, Lisa Klairmont with member-bartenders in tuxedos. A DJ got everyone and Dick Payne enjoyed Tinsley Island. dancing after dinner. Saturday brought more warm weather and light winds. Most of our cruisers spent the day around the pool, enjoying the Delta weather. That evening, SFYC hosted a Margarita Party, complete with a Margaritaville theme. Shawn and Rich Wideman, and Lori and Andy Fromm were Jimmy Buffet look-a-likes, serving those frozen concoctions, using Bar Manager Phil’s secret recipe. More dancing to the DJ ensued. On Sunday morning, the cruisers started departing; with some of the sailboats leaving early to catch the ebb tide. This year’s Four-Club Tinsley Cruise was another fun time for all. Think about joining us next year.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Cruise Committee Meeting September 29 Our Annual Planning Meeting for our Cruising Calendar was held in the Commodores’ Room and over twenty-five cruisers attended. After much discussion, we created great plans for 2011. We will post the schedule at The Club and in the Bulletin as our reservations are firmed up. We have reserved slips at South Beach Harbor for the Giants Opening Weekend and are planning a SFYC evening at the Park for April 9th. We need to tie down our group reservation
around November 1st so, if you are interested in joining us for the Giants game, please email email@example.com as soon as possible.
Leukemia Cup October 3rd Question: How do you provide for a fun, afternoon on the Bay for some laid back cruisers to raise money for a great cause? Answer: The first ever Cruising Class Photo Treasure Hunt. When I first heard about Jib Marten’s idea to include the cruising fleet in the Leukemia Cup I thought it was very creative and would be
a fun day on Tradition. We invited some friends to give it a try and once everyone was on board the competitive juices began to flow. We were “racing” out the Gate to get our pictures of the Bridge from underneath and pictures of seals, dolphins, the points around Angel Island, waving to people on the ferry boats with them waiving back, aquatic park, and down Richardson Bay. It was a lot of fun and we plan to return next year…hope to see you there. And yes, thanks to Jib, the cruising fleet did its part to raise money for the cause. “Because too much fun is never enough.”
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Food and Beverage Reny Madrid, Executive Chef / firstname.lastname@example.org Chef’s From Hood Philosophy:
Back Door to Go” as an option for your holiday dining. To go orders will include one carved and sliced 12-14 lb turkey with four sides and all the classic trimmings, including a traditional pumpkin pie. Orders will serve four to six people. All Thanksgiving takeout orders must be submitted by November 22nd in order to be ready for pick-up on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25th. Call and place your order with The SFYC Front Office. The cost of each “Chef’s Back Door Thanksgiving Dinner to Go” is $170 plus tax. Of course we will also be serving our regular delicious Thanksgiving Dinner in the Main Dining Room from 12 noon to 6 pm for a price of $38.95 for adults and $17.95 children under 12.
“I feel sorry for the person who can’t get genuinely excited about his work. Not only will he never be satisfied, but he will never achieve anything worthwhile.” ~ Walter Chrysler
Kitchen Confidential: Ask Jamie, our ace assistant in accounting... “What’s the name of your new horse?”
From all our staff, Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Member Dining in the Cove House 12/8 & 12/11
Photo by Ron Steinau
I hope everyone enjoyed “Yappy Hour”. All the dogs got along really well. I was very relieved about that because I couldn’t sleep the night before thinking about them all fighting with each other on the lawn. I could not believe all the really beautiful and well behaved dogs there were at the event. I made lots of new doggy friends because they all came to me for treats! Both two and four footed friends The November GM enjoyed the Yappy Hour Party! Saturday Night Special Dinner will be Cedar Plank Salmon for Two with fall vegetables and fingerling potatos.$48.95++ The rainy season is ahead of us and The Club’s Wednesday BBQ on the deck will soon end. The new Wednesday Night Special will be Mongolian Stir Fry which will be done indoors. You will be able to create your own stir fry using a variety of meats, seafood, Enhance your vegetables, dining experience every sauces, and Thursday Night spices at this at Chef-attended The San Francisco Yacht Club station from with the 5:30 to 9 pm. NO CORKAGE Price: option $12.95++ New this year for Thanksgiving, The Club will have “Chefs
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Champagne Dinner WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 COVE HOUSE RECEPTION 6:00 P.M. DINNER: 6:30 P.M.
Come spend an evening with one of America’s oldest and favorite sparkling wine houses:
Schramsberg Vineyards Located in Napa Valley
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED PLEASE CONTACT THE FRONT OFFICE 435-9133 EXT.10
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
From the General Manager Dennis Conneally CCM, CCE / Dennis@sfyc.org Our club is blessed to have a membership of individuals with diverse backgrounds. I am fascinated as I get to know so many of you at The Club. In addition to highly decorated sailing giants like Liz Baylis, Vicki Sodaro, Craig Healy and Paul Cayard, our club also has many members who are quiet giants in their own right. For example, our past Club Champions are dedicated yachtsmen and yachtswomen representing all ages, who have brought years of fun and excitement to the SFYC racing program. Our many world cruisers are also club heroes who proudly fly The SFYC burgee in many ports-of-call, from Greece to Norway and to the far reaches of the world. In my book, the real unsung heroes are the everyday members that keep The Club on the straight and narrow; the ones that are here every week sharing their stories and congratulating their fellow members who return from faraway lands with tales just waiting to be told. These heroes are people like Mel and Gig Owen, members since 1967, who proudly hail aboard their classic wooden boat Pat Pending. The other day Mel was sharing his story with me about how that beautiful classic boat came into their family in the early 1940’s; and how, during World War II, she was taken over by the United States military to assist in patrolling the waters of the San Francisco Bay. Mel and Gig are always enthusiastic about The Club. It is a real pleasure every time I have a chance to sit with them and listen to their adventures. Another fascinating couple is John and Judy Sanford, members of The Club since 1981. John is a long-time member of the Cruising Club of America and he and Judy have worked closely with the Northern California Station since the early 1980’s. Many SFYC members are also members of The Cruising Club of America, one of the greatest organizations I know of where members gather to share interesting stories about their adventures
sailing the globe while exploring the most faraway locations that boaters can visit. John has especially been a big help encouraging me to get to know SFYC members better while learning more about them through their tales. Mrs. Patricia Duggan, a SFYC member since 1964 and Auxiliary President in 1969, is one of the best unsung heroes I know. She tells me stories every Friday evening about The Club that only the walls could repeat. With such poise and class, Pat is one of the true diehards of our Friday night festivities. She always has great words of wisdom for me while expressing true admiration for the SFYC staff. She is also a long time member of the club across the bay. But deep down, I know Pat’s heart truly belongs right here in Belvedere. Another hero in the long string of club heroes in my book is one of the finest gentlemen I have ever met, Mr. Paul Dombey. Paul is a rather quiet, reserved man. But when he speaks, it is always worth listening. What most SFYC members probably do not know about Paul is that when he first arrived in this country from England, he found himself at the Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel with only a few coins in his pocket. It was there that he met the folks from the French company, Dom Pérignon. In those days, the brand Dom Pérignon was not well known in the United States. With his brilliant English wit and incredible charm, Paul convinced the company’s proprietors that he could market their champagne to the American public. Paul did just that; helping to make it one of the most recognizable brands of champagne on the market today. Paul and his lovely wife Caroline have cruised the world many times over. It is always a joy to listen to them share their adventures. Like everyone I have mentioned in this article, Paul and Caroline are extremely proud of this club and are willing to share The Club burgee wherever they go. Come share your stories with me. I am “all ears” and look forward to exchanging tales with as many of you as I can; even if you only frequent The Club for an occasional sand dab or two. Last month, the staff and I continued our training mission to learn more about
the different facets of our industry through a series of interesting field trips. Sixteen staff members and I traveled to Santa Rosa to visit an industrial laundry facility to learn more about how The Club’s linens are processed. The trip was mandatory for our busboys and housekeepers and open to the rest of the staff. It was a fascinating trip and a real education for all that attended. Several weeks later twenty-three members of the galley crew and wait-staff took a field trip to Fremont for a tour of Facciola Meats, a commercial meat packing and warehouse facility. We witnessed everything from the cutting and sorting to the preparation of the beef. We were also educated in the packing and
SFYC Galley Crew and Wait-Staff dressed in inspection garb shipping process from start to finish. On the same trip, we toured the SYSCO Commercial Distribution Center that houses over 50% of the products The SFYC purchases. Tens of thousands of items are brought in, sorted for distribution and shipped out every twentyfour hours. Our hosts treated us to a fine luncheon “on the house” while we sampled some of their best products on the market.
SFYC Staff inspect the SYSCO Distribution Center A special thanks to all the staff that participated in these excursions. We look forward to continuing our staff training, both at The Club and at off-site venues. I look forward to seeing you around The Club!
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Club Closed Appleton 7 Regatta: Youth Pasta Night (no regular a-la-carte menu)
Speaker Series JFK Book
7 Bar Menu Club Closed
26 Cedar Plank
Salmon for Two $48.95++
No Corkage 2
Members’ Annual Meeting - All Day
9 Light The Night
10 Chateaubriand 11
No Corkage No Corkage 16
Member Dining Cove House
Dinner for Two $48.95++
21 Bar Menu
No Corkage 23 Christmas Eve 24
28 Bar Menu
No Corkage 30
Breakfast: Sat 0830-1130; Sun 0830-1400
Member Dining Cove House
14 Bar Menu
27 Club Closed
Benicia Yacht Club Cruise In
Berkeley Cedar Plank 19 20 Salmon for Two $48.95++
Auxiliary Annual Mtg. Luncheon
Commodore’s Ball Appleton Regatta: Youth 12 Cedar Plank 13 Race Salmon for Two Recognition $48.95++ Night
No Corkage 18
Auxiliary Holiday Decorating
No Corkage 11 Fall BINGO ends
Children’s Santa Party
Bar Menu 17 16 Club Closed Schramsberg Vineyards Champagne Dinner Cove House
29 Club Closed
5 Flag Officers’ Holiday Buffet
No Corkage 4
Auxiliary Holiday Decorating
28 Club Closed
Lunch: Thur-Sun 1130-1500
Open for Lunch Club Closes at 3:00 p.m.
Christmas Dinner Dance
Christmas Day Club Closed
New 31 Year’s Eve Dinner
Dinner: Wed-Sun 1730-2100 (Fri 2200)