St. Francis Yacht Club
WHERE is the
The Wright-Mulligan family celebrating the holidays in Costa Rica. Pura vida!
Susan & Bill Hoehler and Janet & Paul Heineken in the Galapagos
Sabrina Perell in Australia outside the famous Sydney Opera house
Victoria Ford with the StFYC burgee and three piranhas in the Peruvian Amazon
Laura, Lola, Stella and Joe Belluomini celebrating the New Year in Mo'orea, French Polynesia
Kim Jones & Chris Ray at the docks in Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Betty and Jack Schafer on the Red River in northern Vietnam
Christopher Hanson & Peggy Cramer on Christmas Day at Playa Bahia del los Piratas, Costa Rica
Brian and Bobby McInerney at the Royal Cork Yacht Club
Stephanie Teel and Jill Patton at the Falkland Islands with Gentoo penguins
The Kuhn family bareboating in the Grenadines
The Mainsheet (ISSN 10641688) is published monthly by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Vol. XXVI No. 2. Periodical Postage Paid at San Francisco, CA. Subscription price, $30.00 per year, included in annual membership dues.
In the Sheet February 2018 LETTERS 03 From your Commodore 04 From your Chairman of the Board
05 From your General Manager
AROUND THE CLUB
06 Photos: Annual General Meeting 07 St. Francis Sailing Foundation: The 2018 auction 08 Photos: Traditional Father Son Luncheon 09 In Memoriam: Remembering Ed Bennett 10 Photos: New Year's Eve Gala 11 WYL: February's speakers
AND THE WINNERS ARE... This year's Annual General Meeting celebrated racers, cruisers, teachers, students, Tinsley enthusiasts and Race Commiteee stalwarts. Read all about your remarkable fellow members.
WELCOME TO 2018 Igor Capibaribe
16 Meet the Leaders: Greetings from your new Commodore, Rear Commodore and Directors 18 Tinsley: Ten reasons to Toil in 2018
20 Race: Upcoming Race Committee opportunities 21 Juniors: Nacra 15 junior race team launches
STORIES OF ST. FRANCIS 22 Historian: The story of the Windward model 23 Meet the Staff: Jennifer Ingham 24 @stfyc: The Club gets social
25 Calendar of Events
On the Cover: Commodore Theresa Brandner at the helm of her J/105, Walloping Swede, beating up the City front. Learn more about the Commodore on page 3 and 16. Photo by Chris Ray
AROUND THE CLUB IN FEBRUARY Get Involved in 2018 Committees Your Club’s 2018 Committee Chairs have officially begun their tenure! The St. Francis Yacht Club has about thirty member-run Committees with charters ranging from Grade One regattas, to annual clubhouse events, to member cruises on Tinsley. These Committees are the heart and soul of St. Francis Yacht Club, and they are what make our Club unique, as member participation has long been a tradition we treasure. If you have been thinking of getting more involved in your Club, 2018 is a great year to do so. For a full list of Club committees, chairs and charters, log on to stfyc.com and navigate to Member Info // Committees. There, you will find an updated list of Club Committees as well as a form you can fill out indicating your interest. Several committees are open, which means any member can join. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Election Results The 2018 election of Flag Officers and Directors of the St. Francis Yacht Club has been completed. A total of 994 valid ballots were counted. There were 49 invalid ballots. The vote totals are as follows. The members who have been elected to office will commence their terms in 2018. FLAG OFFICERS For Commodore—Theresa Brandner: 643 For Commodore—James A. Diepenbrock: 341 For Vice Commodore—Paul Heineken: 880 For Rear Commodore—Ken Glidewell: 846 DIRECTORS For Director—Paul Cayard: 911 For Director—Elizabeth Little: 851 For Director—Geoffrey Mulligan: 771
In memory of our members who have
Crost the Bar MRS. JANE WAAL
MR. EDWARD G. BENNETT
Passed away December 26, 2017 Special Associate Member since 2005
Passed away January 7, 2018 Honorary Member • Joined in 1965
MR. JOHN R. PRICHARD, SR.
Passed away January 6, 2018 Regular Non-Resident Member since1970
Passed away December 28, 2017 Regular Member since 1981
St. Francis Yacht Club 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMMODORE: Theresa Brandner VICE COMMODORE: Paul A. Heineken REAR COMMODORE: Ken Glidewell CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD: Mark A. McLaughlin DIRECTORS Medea Isphording Bern Paul Cayard Pamela Healy Maurice J. Fitzgerald, Jr. Elizabeth Little Geoffrey Mulligan David Wilson, Jr. APPOINTED OFFICERS John Collins, Secretary Susan Ruhne, Assistant Secretary Larry Swift, Treasurer Nadine Franczyk, Assistant Treasurer John Fitzgerald, General Counsel
MAINSHEET EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Meredith Laitos CHIEF DESIGNER: Anna Hoit CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS: Toby Bromwich, Igor Capibaribe, Liza Gershman, Meredith Laitos, Noel Omila, Chris Ray, Christy Usher, Amy Velasco ST. FRANCIS YACHT CLUB T: 415-563-6363 F: 415-563-8670 STFYC.COM For address changes, contact email@example.com, 415-820-3702 or Membership Director c/o St. Francis Yacht Club, 700 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94123
Connect with Us! St. Francis Yacht Club St. Francis Yacht Club - Racing St. Francis Yacht Club - Tinsley Island
There’s Only One
t is my honor to welcome you to the 91st year of the St. Francis Yacht Club. This year is all about camaraderie and reuniting the membership around our shared passion for yachting, sailboat racing and lasting friendships. I hope you’ll join me in embracing our Club. Our Club has always been a fun place where generations have felt at home. It’s a place for a cold beer after a long day of work, or preferably, sailing! It’s a welcoming atmosphere filled with joyful moments. It’s over-indulgence at the Sunday evening buffet and high-energy table talk in the Grill Room with family and friends. Speaking of the Grill Room—that’s the only place I have ever been that you can walk in by yourself and instantly find a welcoming smile from the staff, a place to sit and another person there for the same reason: camaraderie. Whenever I am at the Club, I meet a new member or find out something surprising about a fellow member I have known for a while. While the moniker is tied to Tinsley Island, it is also true that, In All the World There’s Only One…StFYC. Nowhere else may we cross paths with such a wide range of interesting, accomplished and sincere people. We have many cherished members who joined our Club over 50 years ago, and they deserve our gratitude and respect for passing along the history and traditions we hold dear to this day. At the other end of this spectrum are our Junior Members, the youngest of whom are just 10 years old. These members represent our future and we are committed to embedding in them our traditions, just as they were embedded in each of us. I have a particularly fond memory that epitomizes our Club’s intergenerational camaraderie from when I served on the Membership Committee in 2010. Under the leadership of then-Membership Committee Chairman, Bob Hanelt (1968), I interviewed all prospective Junior members. During that time, the number of junior applicants surged—14 new applicants in a single month, and we joked that it was “raining juniors”. The endearing stories of their adorable interviews made my role enviable. One memorable applicant was Carolyne Ikeda (2010).
2018 COMMODORE’S CRUISE TO CROATIA September 30–October 7
Her application was faxed to the Club by her enthusiastic and proud grandfather, Ed Dollard (1958) on the evening before her 10th birthday. Despite her youth and nervousness during the new member reception, she was perfectly poised and spoke with grace, eloquence and assertiveness. She won everyone’s heart. Her sister, Catherine Ikeda (2015), subsequently joined. I recently saw her and her grandfather in the Grill Room. The girls are now dynamic teenagers and avid sailors, making their grandfather prouder than ever. I have been and continue to be passionate about our Club. The past several months have been challenging. For all of us. I recognize this reality. However, I believe that now is the time to move beyond the past, renew friendships, and look forward. I hope you agree. Our Club is such a special place, and I hope you share with me a desire to build on our amazing heritage and set the stage for an even greater future, with more friendships and heart-felt connections. I invite you to make the most of your membership this year and share your enthusiasm for your Club and care for one other as we move forward. I am hopeful that something in my message resonates with you. If you share my vision, how might you support it? Get involved. Offer to help set up for an event. Put bikes together for the bike drive. Volunteer for Race Committee. Go to Tinsley, even if it is just for the day. Each week, make an extra trip to the Grill Room or Clippership Bar to tell us, over a glass of wine, how we’re doing. I will likely be there. Keep an eye on the Current to see the many upcoming opportunities to volunteer. And, please feel encouraged to reach out to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I ask you for your participation to make 2018 an incredible year of renewal and camaraderie. Put on your life jackets—let’s go sailing!
Theresa Brandner Commodore email@example.com
Join us on a chartered flagship and bareboats as we cruise this storied destination Learn more and sign up at stfyc.com // Events // Calendar St. Francis Yacht Club • MAINSHEET 3
Welcome from Your New Chairman
joined the St. Francis Yacht Club forty years ago. Since then, the rich history, strong traditions, and polished reputation of our Club have remained at the pinnacle of the local, national and international yachting community. I am honored to serve again as Chairman of the Club’s Board of Directors, a role I also filled in 2006–2007. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of serving in many roles at our fine Club. They include Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer, Director and Chairman. I have been active on many committees including Audit, Finance, Fresh Crew, Long Range Planning, New Member Development, Nominating Committee, GM Search Committee and more. The role I enjoy most is that of being a member in good standing at the finest yacht club in the world. Each of my volunteer engagements has presented different focus requirements. The principal business issues have included debt reduction, two different Union negotiations and our seven-year lease negotiations with the City of San Francisco, which Dick Robinson and I worked on together. I still have the original pen we used to sign our current 49-year lease with city of SF. Unquestionably, our Club has undergone some meaningful change in recent months, including a vacancy on the Board of Directors to serve as Chairman. This is a pivotal volunteer position at our Club—one that I step into with optimism, focus and experience. I believe that my years of volunteer work at the Club and on the Board will lend me insight as I help lead this new Board in a respectful and collaborative capacity. At present, we are in the midst of a significant transition following an unprecedented contested election for Commodore. My listening skills have been polished. The Board is sorting out some disciplinary situations that arose throughout the Election as well as some that have arisen since. We are moving forward at the appropriate pace and making balanced decisions while always keeping the best interest of the Club top of mind. As I shared with the Board at our first meeting of 2018, our responsibility is to steward your Club to a better place in January 2019 than we found it in January 2018. This is always the responsibility of every Board, but the path looks different from year to year, and this one is just beginning to unfold. My focus this year will be three-fold: 1. Unite the Board in its strategic, cultural and operational capacity
4 FEBRUARY 2018 • stfyc.com
2. Mend relationships that experienced friction through recent changes 3. Most importantly—unite and engage you, our membership! The membership of our Club is dynamic, passionate and diverse in its priorities, ranging from Tinsley to Race to Cruising to Entertainment, with an amazing calendar of events to keep us all engaged year-round. Whatever interests and passions you hold at StFYC, please remember that at the end of the day, we are all members at the same fine club. I am a dedicated Club member and volunteer and I believe in transparency. I welcome your calls and conversations! We will have succeeded if you embrace the Club and participate more in 2018 than you did in 2017. That is certainly my plan, and I hope you’ll join me! See you at the Club,
Mark A. McLaughlin Chairman of the Board firstname.lastname@example.org
Every member of the St. Francis Yacht Club first came to the Club thanks to an invitation. This year, take the opportunity to extend the invitation.
Invite your prospective members to the
Prospective Member Brunch March 18, 2018 • 11am-2pm
Sign up through Membership Director Leslie Blakely at email@example.com
Showcasing and Celebrating Your Club
he best of the private club industry is visiting San Francisco this March. For the first time in twenty years, the Club Managers’ Association of America (CMAA) is hosting its annual World Conference in San Francisco with the culminating event to be held at the St. Francis Yacht Club on Monday, March 5. We are getting prepared to welcome 1,600 club managers from around the world, all traveling here to experience why your Club consistently gets ranked number one. For this event, the Club will be transformed into “The Streets of San Francisco”, with drinks and cuisine to match. To accommodate the large number of guests, we will be erecting a tent in the West parking lot beginning Friday, March 2. The Club will run businessas-usual over the weekend, with the exception of Sunday when the Main Dining Room and Clippership will be closed for event preparations; the Grill will remain open for a la carte dining. If you are interested in being a member ambassador during the event, please contact me and we can get you signed up for an informational training session. We thank you very much for allowing the use of your Club for this event. It will be a networking opportunity for
club managers and a chance to showcase our fine club. The staff is looking forward to the party as we consider it a real honor to have been asked to host it. Speaking of staff, we recently held our annual employee appreciation event aboard the California Hornblower, with nearly 200 employees, guests and board members in attendance. In addition to a beautiful setting and great refreshments, the evening allowed us the opportunity to hand out our yearly service pins and recognize our Employee of the Year. The employees nominate individuals for this award on the basis of the following traits: Exemplifies Teamwork, Excellent Attendance, Shows Positive Leadership, Punctuality, Demonstrates Integrity and Offers Mutual Respect. This year, we received 64 nominees and had a tough time narrowing it down to the standouts. In the end, we awarded a San Francisco Employee of the Year—Christian Lopez—and a Tinsley Island Employee of the Year—Josefina Jimenez. We also acknowledged six MVPs for their excellent service: Ana Alvarez, Chase Bargemann, Weiqiang Cen, Kem Eap, Hon Ng and Tody Soriano. The next time you see any of these individuals around the Clubhouse, please congratulate them. The party was a rousing success and it is always a pleasure to celebrate the staff members who work so hard to make this Club great. As we kick off the new year, the staff is looking forward to a fantastic 2018 after closing out a stupendous 2017. I hope to see you here at the Club.
Paul Koojoolian General Manager/COO firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Francis Yacht Club • MAINSHEET 5
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING | JANUARY 9 additional images: stfycphotos.com // password: stfyc1927
Commodore Brandner receives her Commodore's flag from S/C Jim Kiriakis Geoff & Penny Mulligan
Gary & Erin Stypulkoski
2016 & 2017 Chairman Robin Driscoll
Susan Ruhne and Joan Burleigh
Adam & Laura Gambel
S/C R.C. Keefe
Larry and Kristen Zarembinski
Peggy Cramer and Sarah Dreyer
IGOR CAPIBARIBE Igor Capibaribe
S/C Jim Kiriakis presents the Rear Commodore flag to Ken Glidewell
2018 St. Francis Sailing Foundation Auction Poised to Up the Ante By Michelle Slade
ickets are on now sale for the St. Francis Sailing Foundation Auction on March 20. If it’s not on your calendar, it should be! This year’s goal is simple: lift the top off last year’s Auction which raised $250,000. For the past 13 years, the St. Francis Sailing Foundation has annually organized one primary fundraiser, the “Evening with the Stars Auction”. The Auction is one of the premier sailing social events in the San Francisco Bay Area sailing community honoring past, current and future sailing stars. The Foundation welcomes a diverse group of guests to the event from young kids in junior sailing programs all the way up to Olympic medalists and hopefuls. Funds raised during the Auction provide the Foundation with the ability to fulfill its goal: to provide support to young sailors just beginning their sailing careers, competitive sailors as they advance, and elite sailors seeking world class competition. Additionally, the Foundation assists various programs in the San Francisco Bay Area that introduce sailing to students, underserved youth, and individuals who face physical challenges. These programs include: Set Sail Learn, which is run by the Treasure Island Sailing Center with the Foundation its primary sponsor; Community Sailing of Alameda; Call of the Sea; Envision Academy Sailing Team; and Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS). In the past few years the Foundation is thrilled to have been
Honored guests at last year's auction included several members of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team
able to assist great sailing athletes like Olympic bronze medalist Caleb Paine, two-time IKA Formula Kite World Champion Daniela Moroz, and Laser Radial sailor Erika Reineke who took gold in Japan at the 2017 Enoshima Olympic Regatta and was recently honored as Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year for her 2017 sailing achievements. This year, the Foundation is excited to announce that Dick & CB Watts are Honorary Co-chairs for the event. Both have been tireless supporters of the Foundation and St. Francis Yacht Club, and their leadership will be a huge bonus to a successful event. The evening will begin with a silent auction and cocktail hour, followed by dinner and a live auction. With emcees Jonny Moseley and Paul Cayard in action, a lively evening is guaranteed. Auction items often include those money can’t buy, and a sample of this year’s Auction offerings includes: • NEW: One Week at Esperanza in Cabo! September 16-22, 2018 in a 2,500-square-foot, three-bedroom villa • NEW: Aspen Trip: 3-bed, 2.5-bath, April 15-22, 2018 • NEW: Kids Movie Night in the Ward Room • BACK AGAIN: Gulf Shore Getaway—a five-night stay in Orange Beach along with an 8-hour deep sea fishing voyage on a 68ft fully crewed Hattaras • BACK AGAIN: An evening at the Napa Valley Reserve with lodging and top-of-the-line transportation • OLD FAVORITES: Grill Room Menu Item and Custom Cocktail; Tinsley Lighthouse Takeover August 20–22 Patron and Sponsorship packages are available at stfsf.org/ auction for $500-$5,000. Early bird tickets are also on sale for $195 at stfsf.or/auction or through the StFYC Front Desk. After February 20, tickets go to $240, so be sure to buy your ticket soon! The Foundation is grateful to everyone who participates in this event, and extends a special thanks to sponsors Jaguar Land Rover San Francisco, Stableford Capital, The Driscoll Family Foundation, Dick & CB Watts, and Bishop Ranch—A Sunset Development Project. Mark your calendar for March 20 and purchase your tickets at stfsf.org/auction/. St. Francis Yacht Club • MAINSHEET 7
FATHER SON LUNCHEON | DECEMBER 27 additional images: stfycphotos.com // password: stfyc1927
Peter Noonan, son Peter and son-in-law Casey Gray
Jaren, Keller and John Leet
The caricature artist at work
Jim Holmes and crew
That’s Entertainment! The 2018 StFYC Show Schedule
WEDNESDAY LIVE! February 21, 6:00pm March 7, 6:00pm
Chip Mallari & Dave Hagerman April 11, 6:00pm
Brian Ramsey and Friends
May 9, 6:00pm June 6, 6:00pm September 5, 6:00pm October 10, 6:00pm November 7, 6:00pm
RACCOON STRAITS CONCERT Coming this spring!
SONS OF THE SEA SPRING CONCERT HIGH SEAS SPRING CONCERT Stay tuned to learn which of our amazingly talented Associate Performers will be playing at these shows. Remember, all Wednesday Lives are free to attend for members and guests
8 FEBRUARY 2018 • stfyc.com
Ariel Goldsztejn and his dad
Reflections on Ed Bennett ropes. Even after Ed’s vision faltered, we spent many a day on a RIB, with him driving and me standing watch. I loved that man.
—Vice Commodore Paul Heineken
I first met Ed doing mark-set on Race Committee. I was fortunate to work with him dozens of times and we became good friends on and off the water. Ed had a good way of passing along knowledge which he presented as, “How should we work this one?”, listen and then offer quiet, modest input such as “There’s a trick that I’ve used that might work here…”. The reality was, of course, he had a great plan and vast experience that he was passing along to the next generation. When things were quiet, he told us great stories about his sailing career and his pioneering windsurfing days.
Ed Bennett circa 1970 sailing his Finn; in 2017 (inset)
d Bennett joined the St. Francis Yacht Club in 1965, a sailing veteran from the age of ten. He was the Club’s first Olympian, competing in the Finn class at the 1972 Olympics after winning the US title that same year. Known affectionately to his sailing friends as “Fast Eddie,” he crewed in the American-Australian Six Meter Challenge in the 1970s and sailed with Tom Blackaller in the ‘80s in their quest for an Olympic berth in the Star. He windsurfed through the ‘90s and 2000s and was the driving force behind introducing board sports to StFYC. Late in life, he moved closer to the Club to make it easier for him to regularly volunteer on Race Committee. And, until his body failed him, he was always on the water, in a RIB. In 2013, he was named an Honorary Member. Ed passed away January 7, 2018.
Here, his fellow members remember the man: Ed Bennett went to the 1972 Olympics representing the USA in the Finn Class. His very good friend Louie Nady was selected as the team alternate to accompany Ed. Leading up to the Olympics and afterwards, the two of them had the old club boatyard filled with Finns. Ed and Louie created the interest and then inspired many young sailors to better themselves sailing a Finn.
I introduced Ed to a friend who became the first client of Edward G. Bennett Co. What a brilliant sailor and lovely man. It makes me cry to know he’s gone. —Jim deWitt Ed was a longtime friend and great sailor. We sailed together many times, mostly in the Masters Regatta during the 1990s. Ed was on the team when we won in 1999. Several years ago, we made him an honorary member of the club—an honor well deserved. He will be missed by many. RIP.
I have known Ed since the mid 1960s when I started to sail Finns. We trained for the 1972 Olympics together and sailed against each other competitively until the 1980s when Ed switched from Finns to board sailing. We remained good friends and a few years ago he stayed with us for several days at our cabin at Clearlake. Despite the fact that Ed’s sailing days were behind him, I got him back out on the water on a Finn again for about an hour on a nice day. He enjoyed his sail and it brought back fond memories.
St. Francis Yacht Club’s first Olympic sailor was a gentle pioneer and a giant in stature and achievements. He had muscles of steel. But, his will and determination were even stronger. After climbing to the pinnacle of our sport, he spent decades setting marks for others on the racecourse. He set a great example. When he spoke, we all listened. A more generous spirit has not passed this way.
I am so saddened by the news of Ed’s passing. I remember well sailing with him in some team racing events and was always impressed by his calm demeanor and always-gentlemanly conduct. I would describe him as a true gentleman and worthy icon of the best of our sport.
Ed's family welcome his friends to attend a Celebration of Life on March 18 from 1:00–5:00 in the Northwest Room of the St. Francis Yacht Club. Donations in his memory can be made to the St. Francis Sailing Foundation at stfsf.org/contribute/donate-inmemory-of-ed-bennett/.
When I moved to California, Ed was my Finn idol and mentor. Once, after he ground me down on the City Front, I was humbled when he offered, “It’s time to join the StFYC!” I returned the favor by teaching him to windsurf. Years later he organized the Race Committee RIB manual and taught me the St. Francis Yacht Club • MAINSHEET 9
NEW YEAR'S EVE | DECEMBER 31 additional images: stfycphotos.com // password: stfyc1927
Gary & Laura Schoennauer
Caroline & D'Arcy Doyle and crew
S/C Jim & Kathleen Kiriakis
Bob & Beb Skye
Nikki & Casey Gray
Lisa & Bill Dana
Jason & Danielle Creech
Tony & Alston Calabrese
S/C Ray & Janet Lotto
Tracy & Shaun Steingold
Bruno Tapolsky & Trecia Knapp
John & Erica Siegel
Sean Williams and friends
LUNCHEON, 11:45AM SPEAKER, 12:30PM Q&A, 1:15PM
By Ron Young, Wednesday Yachting Luncheon Chair
February 7: The Challenges Facing the New Chair of the Federal Reserve System
Robert Heller, Former Governor of the Federal Reserve System, CEO of VISA, Yachtsman, Author Jerome Powell is scheduled to take the reigns as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board on February 1. What are the challenges confronting him and his team? Bob Heller will analyze the impact of the new tax legislation and the Fed’s proposed “normalization” of monetary policy on the booming economy. Will economic growth continue? Is inflation likely to return? What impact might deregulation have? Bob’s impressive career includes serving on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and as President and CEO of VISA U.S.A. The author of seven books on international economics and finance, including his autobiography, The Unlikely Governor, Bob provides frequent commentary on CNBC. He also is a Staff Commodore of The San Francisco Yacht Club.
February 14: America’s Cup Update—What’s Next and New for the Oldest Game in Sport? Tom Ehman, StFYC Member; Veteran of Twelve AC Campaigns; Founder and Editor of Sailing Illustrated On this day in 2010, in Valencia, Spain, the Golden Gate Yacht Club's Oracle Team USA won the America's Cup over Ernesto Bertarelli’s Swiss team Alinghi. That was Larry Ellison's third, San Francisco’s sixth and StFYC member Tom Ehman’s eleventh campaign for the Auld Mug. In addition to serving as head of External Affairs for Mr. Ellison’s teams, and Rules Advisor for Paul Cayard's AmericaOne campaign, Tom’s been an important part of eight other Cup campaigns. He is uniquely qualified to provide the latest news, valuable insight and insider predictions about the 2021 America’s Cup in New Zealand. Tom, will the Kiwi’s 75ft foiling-monohulls fly over the water at 60 knots?
February 21: Why We Dynamited the Junior Program and are Not Looking Back Kimball Livingston, Staff Commodore, 2018 Chair of the StFYC Junior Committee
The Coach: “Commodore, we have a problem.” The Commodore: “Explain. I’ll see what I can do.” From that beginning, a certain Staff Commodore went on to shake up youth sailing on SF Bay, blow up StFYC youth sailing per the advice of our coaches, and become the 2018 chair of the Junior Committee. You break it, you bought it. But why did youth sailing change dramatically in a single generation? Why is the StFYC experience relevant nationally, and why are we involved in an attempt to reset standards for sail training instruction? And is there a mysterious “other” WYL bell? Kimball will explain. He eats this stuff for breakfast.
February 28: Exploring Maritime Art through the Life & Work of John Steven Dews
John Steven Dews (via Skype from New Zealand) and Zachary Hall, Director, Trinity House Paintings John is both a successful maritime artist and experienced yachtsman. Born in England in 1949, Dews lives, works and sails in New Zealand. Learn how a master approaches his work by combining his lifelong passions for painting and sailing. Dews’ first U.S. exhibition was in San Francisco and was completely sold-out. Dews has created portraits of yachts for owners worldwide, including StFYC's Tom Perkins. Zachary Hall has 10 years of premier art gallery and auction house experience. He earned a Masters in History from John Carroll University, where he rowed varsity for four years and was team captain. Several of Dews’ paintings will be on exhibition in the Ward Room of StFYC from February 26 through March 6.
March 7: Swimming from Catalina to the Mainland and More Night Train Adventures David Holscher, Ocean Swimming Champion and President, Night Train Swimming Team David will describe his swim from Catalina Island to the California mainland and other recent and daring ocean swimming adventures. Founded in 2008, Night Train Swimmers is a 501(c) (3) Foundation with a membership of over 40 open-water swimmers, ranging in skill from amateur to Olympic Gold Medalists. Under the watchful eye of Night Train Co-Founder and Coach Vito Bialla, the team has set multiple world records, including the current world record for the Longest Swimming Relay. Using their non-profit platform, they have raised over $1.5 million for multiple causes and organizations, including Semper Fi, The Lighthouse Foundation, Reed School District and Baykeeper. They have also taught over 300 underprivileged kids how to swim and be water safe.
St. Francis Yacht Club • MAINSHEET 11
The Greer Trophy
WHEELER MICHAELS The young man or woman in our summer sailing camp who shows the greatest improvement over the course of the year WHEELER MICHAELS started summer camp as a plucky 50-pound 7-year-old, a bit apprehensive but excited to learn. After two sessions of cityfront sailing, Wheeler had overcome challenges, sailed through some scary days and worked his way into the hearts of the instructors. He finished the summer ready for more sailing!
T. David Fenix Junior Yachtsman of the Year
JACK SUTTER AND CHARLOTTE VERSAVEL The Junior Member who has had the greatest achievement in junior sailing during the year In 2017, JACK SUTTER and CHARLOTTE VERSAVEL left the 29er to dive headfirst into a Nacra 15 campaign. This new Olympic development boat is the fastest and perhaps most competitive youth boat on the water. Not only did the pair decide to campaign the Nacra—they also set a goal of qualifying for the Youth Worlds in 2019 and potentially an Olympic berth in 2024. Their secondever regatta was the Inaugural Nacra 15 Championship with 17 boats from five countries; they finished mid-fleet. After that was the Nacra 15 Midwinters where they finished as first West Coast boat and 5th overall, showing incredible speed and boat handling in heavy air. Watch out for these two!
Tinsley Island Trophy
MEDEA BERN Honors extraordinary contributions to the betterment of Tinsley Island The talented MEDEA BERN frequents our Island often and has been invaluable in chairing the Tinsley Island Media Subcommittee for years. She has produced numerous marketing documents and articles that have enhanced members’ knowledge of the Island. Through it all she maintains her vibrant and positive personality, working well with everyone and gaining the respect of both members and island staff.
THE TINSLEY ISLAND TROPHIES
John S. Lauer Tinsley Toiler Award
BOB AND SHARON FRASE Recognizes an outstanding contribution to the Toiler effort For the past eight years, BOB and SHARON FRASE have volunteered their time and talents to almost every Toiler weekend and have served as chefs, providing our Toilers with excellent food and refreshments. They are highly respected by all because they work tirelessly and thoroughly. The Toilers sincerely appreciate the time and effort this couple has dedicated to the cause as well as the friendly and pleasant way in which they always conduct themselves. St. Francis Yacht Club • MAINSHEET 13
The Harter-Jacks Perpetual Cruising Trophy in conjunction with the
Mary D. Grandin Women’s Cruising Trophy
JOHN & MICHELLE ZERATSKY THE CRUISING TROPHIES
For members who are cruising under the burgee in remarkable ways
K.E. “Hal” Hallikainen Trophy
CHRISTOPHER HANSON Awarded for outstanding contributions to cruising under the burgee and to leadership and material involvement in the club. CHRISTOPHER HANSON saw a need at the Club and filled it. He created the Seamanship Subcommittee and produced articles and safety-at-sea seminars, empowering members to get on the water and feel more comfortable at the helm. His dedication to educating the membership and expanding their knowledge and confidence shows—every class was fully subscribed.
Emanuel Franzel Memorial Trophy
EXECUTIVE RACE COMMITTEE TROPHIES
A couple in their mid-thirties, JOHN & MICHELLE ZERATSKY spent a decade saving and preparing to cruise on their Outbound 46, Pineapple. In 2018, they quit their jobs, sailed out the Gate and turned left. Since then we have been following them at ParticularHarbor.com where we find them currently in Mexico. Says John, “The Cruisers Group was instrumental in developing our love of cruising. We were always the youngest attendees (sometimes by a couple decades) on Club cruise-outs, but these cruises showed us the simple joy of going places on your boat. We always had a great time and learned so much from experienced cruisers like the Munros, Patricks and Thornes. Thank you, Cruisers Group!”
Robert C. Evans Memorial Trophy
Recognizes the most outstanding accomplishment of a small boat skipper sailing in an international regatta
For outstanding contributions to the Race Committee
Longtime member ANDREW HOLDSWORTH won his first World Championship in sailing at age 21. He diverted into bike riding for a few years and recently returned to sailing. In addition to a full-time job that includes global travel, he is a true Corinthian sailor, competing in the Laser Masters Fleet as well as with his X-Yacht Extreme Ways in Europe.
MIKE MAHONEY has regularly participated in running our regattas for decades. In 2017, he upped his participation level significantly and completed the year with 38 volunteer days—the most of any volunteer! Mike often serves as the captain of a markset boat and has been a tremendous teacher, often bringing new people to the Race Committee and introducing them to the art of on-water work.
14 FEBRUARY 2018 • stfyc.com
In 2017, he finished on the podium in every Laser regatta he entered including the Laser Masters US Championship and Laser Masters PCCs. While this award recognizes small boat accomplishments, Andrew also won the North Aegean Regatta and the Marmarius International Race Week on board his X-Yacht, flying our burgee.
St. Francis Yacht Club Sailor of the Year
PETER WAGNER The member who through dedication and persistence achieved excellence as an amateur skipper and/or crew in the sport of yacht racing PETER WAGNER sailed his J/111 Skeleton Key to the podium time and again in 2017, winning 1st place at an impressive list of regattas, including Key West Race Week, J/Fest, Annapolis NOODs, SFYC Summer Keelboat, StFYC Summer Sportboat, Swiftsure Regatta and, most impressively, the 2017 J/111 World Championship hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club.
Yachtswoman of the Year
DANIELA MOROZ The woman member who has contributed most significantly to the sport of yachting
Jerome B. White Yachtsman of the Year
DANIELA MOROZ has been in the spotlight a lot recently. She was our Yachtswoman of the Year in 2016 and also U.S. Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. In 2017, she was the top woman finisher in every Hydrofoil Pro Tour stop she competed in and concluded her year by once again winning the women’s class of the Kiting World Championship in Oman. She has been flying the StFYC burgee around the world on her kiteboard and was recently nominated for 2017 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year.
The member who has made the greatest contribution to the sport of yachting during the preceding year Over the past year, NICOLE BREAULT’s contributions to the sport of sailing ran the gamut from competitor to coach to volunteer. As a competitor, she executed a successful bicoastal J/105 campaign while continuing her strong performance in team and match racing. In 2017, she won nine major regattas including the Spring One Design, J/Fest, Hinman Grandmasters Team Race, Buzzards Bay Regatta and Block Island Race Week. She has also served as an invaluable role model for women sailors, creating the immensely successful Women’s Learn-to-Sail clinic and Women’s Match Race Clinigatta at StFYC. Finally, she gives back to the sport as the national grading secretary for US Match Racing, an active participant on the US Match Racing Committee and chair of the Women’s Match Racing Subcommittee. Receiving her award, an emotional Breault said, “This is an incredible honor. There’s no question there are more men sailing and racing than there are women, but maybe this year is really the year of the woman! I’ve been racing all my life and I’ve only ever wanted to be among the best of the best and earn their respect by winning on the water. I’ve had to face the fact that when I race against the guys, it’s not always easy. But I’ve always put my best out on the water and not make it about gender.” St. Francis Yacht Club • MAINSHEET 15
MEET THIS YEAR’S CLUB LEADERS On January 9, a new slate of leaders was welcomed in to the St. Francis Yacht Club Board room to serve alongside returning Directors Medea Bern, Dave Wilson, Jr., Pamela Healy and Maurice Fitzgerald, Jr. as well as Vice Commodore Paul Heineken. Here, we get to know them a bit better as members of our club and community.
THERESA BRANDNER Commodore
grew up in South Dakota and, after receiving a B.S. in mechanical engineering, moved to Minneapolis where I established a career in the medical device industry, specializing in neurovascular devices. Over the course of working for ten start-ups, I obtained over 40 device approvals worldwide. These days, I enjoy consulting and guest lecturing at Stanford University. I learned to sail in my 20s, racing on Lake Superior and Lake Minnetonka. 16 FEBRUARY 2018 • stfyc.com
I bought my first boat, a Hobie 18, which I still have today. Motivated by my desire to sail year-round, I moved to San Francisco in 1999 and quickly realized that StFYC was the place to be. On my first visit to the Grill Room, I met Pete McCormick relaxing with a cold beer and a Corinthian smile. He told me all about the sailing scene on the Bay and I made my way into the J/105 and J/120 fleets, where someone was always looking for a foredeck. In 2003, I joined the Club, bought the J/105 Walloping Swede, a boat I had crewed on, and began skippering her under the StFYC burgee. It was not for the faint of heart, but it was thrilling and a good way to relax from my day job. Now, I regularly use the San Francisco Clubhouse, spend summers at Tinsley on my Tiara 36, and race in the J/105 fleet, occasionally with my 4.5-year-old daughter, Odette. Since joining the Club, I have served on 14 committees including Long Range Planning and America’s Cup, and have chaired ten of them, including Finance, Membership and Audit. I was a Director from 2011-2013 and gained thorough knowledge of the inner-workings of the Club and the responsibilities of its leadership. I value the Club traditions and the needs of the membership and look forward to serving as your Commodore.
KEN GLIDEWELL Rear Commodore
first joined the St. Francis Yacht Club in 1993 as a Corinthian Crew member. At the time I was racing primarily on J/24s but quickly expanded my sailing resume to include crew positions on several club members’ boats including J/24s, J/35s, J/105s, Melges 24s, Express 37s, Santa Cruz 52s and Knarrs. My enthusiasm for the sport and the lifestyle has only grown. In addition to my racing, I’ve enjoyed several years of Race Committee work, volunteering for our fine Executive Race Committee. Off the water, I have been involved in many committees over the years. I served on Election, Stag Cruise, New Member Development, House and Commodore’s Ball and also chaired Membership, Long Range Planning, Audit and Fresh Crew. My first time serving in the Board Room was in 2001 as Assistant Secretary and I served as a Director from 2006-2008. All of this involvement has allowed me to experience the yacht club from a variety of vantage points and has helped me gain a full and deep understanding of what it means to be a member here, and what it means to give back. My wife Ellen Levy and I were married in the Club's Golden Gate Room in 2008 and our son Jake was born in 2009. Now, I am honored to be following in the footsteps of so many exceptional Commodores before me as I begin my year as your Rear Commodore for 2018. Here’s to a productive year at the Club!
ELIZABETH LITTLE Director
espite having raced out of and socialized at StFYC for ten years prior, I was taken aback by the transformative gifts of camaraderie and community availed by membership when I joined our Club in 2011. Now, thanks to our exceptional members and staff, StFYC feels like a second family within a second home. Growing up around lakes in Ontario, Canada, I enjoyed skiboats, canoes and coxing rowing shells…my attempts at dinghy sailing were less than stellar.
Upon finishing law school and looking for a way to reengage in a team sport, my StFYC sponsor and former colleague Bob Izmirian invited me to join a beer can race aboard his Olson911S, Jane Doe. Seventeen years later, I am forever grateful for his introduction to the sport that has become a passion, and for the many friendships, life lessons and sweet rides that ensued. Around the Club, I’ve been fortunate to be involved with Marketing, Women’s Committee, Membership Development, Women’s Fashion Show, Bylaws, Rules & Regs, and as the Assistant Secretary on the Board of Directors. I’ve just begun my second year chairing Membership Committee, and it is a privilege to do so,
working alongside a great team. Looking ahead, I’m honored to have been nominated to be a Director, and I look forward to serving our membership.
joined St. Francis Yacht Club in 1976 as a junior member. Rex Allen was my sponsor. The Junior program was headed by Don Trask and Packy Davis who mentored us and facilitated our use of some club assets so that we could compete nationally and internationally. This opportunity was formative and largely responsible for the career I have had in sailing.
he Club has always been an important part of my life. Though I’ve been a member since 1987, my grandparents, who joined in the 1930s, began bringing me to the Club when I was six. It was my grandfather and his passion for the Club that got me hooked at an early age. One of my favorite memories was going to Tinsley to see the Lighthouse being taken off a barge and moved to where it sits today. I also worked at Tinsley for two summers in high school, when the only dock was the Main Dock.
In 1981, Staff Commodore R.C. Keefe decided to pass the Club’s 6-Metre baton from team Tom Blackaller to the Juniors. I was part of the Juniors who inherited St. Francis VII. In 1983 I skippered St. Francis VIII. I have raced as a crewmember on both St. Francis Yacht Club America’s Cup challenges in 1987 and again in 2000. I have raced around the world twice and competed in many regattas around the world representing St. Francis Yacht Club. Over the years I have witnessed how these club-wide campaigns in sailing really bring out the best of our club—camaraderie, pride, sportsmanship—and highlight what the St. Francis is all about. Now, I have joined the Board of Directors in order to give back. Though I have been a longtime member, I feel I have a lot to learn about how our club is run and the important issues that will guide us over the next 90 years. I am humbled and honored to be joining our Board.
I bought my first boat, an Ericson 35 sailboat, in 1988. It took me less than a year to figure out my grandfather was doing it right by going directly from point A to B in a powerboat. Since then I’ve owned eleven powerboats ranging in size from 42 to 61 feet, one of which we took from Florida to SF on its own bottom. My lovely wife of 20 years, Penny, and our four children have cruised in the Bahamas, the BVIs, Mexico, Southern California and, of course, Tinsley, aboard our KEMOSABE. Over the past four years I have had the privilege to serve on various committees including Finance, Tinsley and Long Range Planning as well as co-chairing the Memorial Day Cruise with Penny. This allowed me to get to know many terrific members and build a solid understanding of how the Club works and how we can ensure a long and stable future. We are the most recognized Yacht Club in the world and must never lose sight of our mission statement. It is a privilege to become a Director and serve the Membership. St. Francis Yacht Club • MAINSHEET 17
Why Should You Toil This Year? By Greg Wettersten, Tinsley Island Committee Chair
elcome to Tinsley Island in 2018! As your new Tinsley Island Committee Chairperson I would like to say I am humbled, grateful and honored to serve the St. Francis Yacht Club and its many fine members. The Committee and I will work tirelessly to provide the best experience possible for our fellow members this year. Since it is February, it is time to talk Tinsley Island Toilers. This group of DIY enthusiasts has worked for decades making Tinsley the epitome of "Primitive Elegance". Each year the Tinsley Chair uses this column to issue a plea to the Membership to come toil; I will not break with tradition. WHAT'S A TOILER? The Tinsley Island Toilers are dedicated volunteers who include members, spouses, children and non-member friends. Every spring over six weekends, we gather on the Island to complete projects that enhance the beauty, use and utility of the Island.
Toilers come for one night, one weekend or every weekend. We ask that when you come, you come prepared to work and bring your own basic tools—a hammer, gloves, a hat, a tool belt (if you have one)—and a smile on your face. We will feed you well, accommodate you (bring your own sleeping bag and towel) and introduce you to many new friends. WHO CAN TOIL? Everyone is qualified to be a Toiler. Whether you are a skilled craftsman or you need to hold a hammer with both hands, the Toilers have a place for you. For those who are more gastronomically inclined, we also always need help in the galley to feed our hard workers. Some of our best Toilers are women, and some of our best chefs are men! If you have children, we welcome you to bring them along. We always have jobs for younger Toilers, and young Toilers grow into our future adult Toilers.
Toiler Launch Schedule LEAV E S T I NS L EY I S L AND Friday 8:30am*, 2:30pm*, 5:00pm*, 6:30pm* Saturday 7:45am*, 2:30pm*, 8:30pm* Sunday 8:30am*, 11:30am*, 2:30pm* 18 FEBRUARY 2018 • stfyc.com
LEAVES KING ISLAND 9:00am*, 3:00pm*, 5:30pm, 7:00pm 8:15am*, 3:00pm*, 9:00pm* 9:00am*, 12:00pm*, 3:00pm*
WHAT ARE THE TOILERS DOING IN 2018? We have an exhaustive, and exhausting, list of projects that includes: turning the boards on the north dock, building 22 new picnic tables, leveling the pavers around the pool, improving the Lighthouse kitchen and building a dozen new sets of step-ups for the dock. And that barely scratches the surface. A TYPICAL TOILER WEEKEND Our typical weekend starts on Friday evening with dinner. We talk about projects, renew old acquaintances and make some new ones. Saturday is spent completing projects and ends with a dinner for all. On Sunday, we finish up, share lunch, and wrap up by 1:00pm. The last launch leaves the Island at 3:00pm. In the past, some have not participated because they can’t get on to the island on Friday, or they have other obligations over the weekend. We want you to toil! If you cannot make it for the full weekend, we have a special launch service on Saturday morning. You’ll arrive in time for breakfast, experience the morning toil, enjoy lunch and the afternoon work session, and be ready to wrap late Saturday afternoon.
CAN'T TOIL? BE A BENEFACTOR! We understand that circumstances sometimes prevent people from toiling, so we gratefully accept assistance from our Benefactors. Benefactors are those who make a financial contribution to allow us to purchase the materials we use to improve the quality of our lives on the Island. Benefactor funds have been used for WiFi, bar stools, tables, umbrellas, hoods over barbecues and more. We remind all Benefactors that donations to the Tinsley Island Toiler Fund are not deductible as charitable contributions. To become a Benefactor, visit stfyc.com and navigate to "Tinsley Island", "Toilers", then "Toiler Benefactors". You will also find a list of those who donated in 2017. If you have ever enjoyed the shade structures at the bocce ball courts, a drink at the bar or a game in the domino area, you may thank the Toilers and Benefactors who built and paid for them! We appreciate the support we have received over the years, and we look forward to your support again this year. This is going to be a productive and FUN Toiling year! See you on the Island.
Greg's TOP 10 PERKS OF TOILING 10) Not knowing the difference between a band saw and a band aid, learning to operate the former, and immediately needing the latter 9) Eating five yummy meals prepared by our wonderful Toiler chefs! 8) Getting to listen firsthand to one of Thom Gritzer’s motivational speeches 7) Watching Bob Frase drive heavy equipment while completing this year’s Toiler tasks and simultaneously creating next year’s projects
Come Toil With Us THIS YEAR! OUR 2018 TOILING DATES AND LEAD CHEFS
March 2-4 John & Linda Courtright
March 23-25 Tamara Thorne and Mark Harris
April 6-8 The Drs. Heineken
April 13-15 Mike & Flicka Gorman
May 4-6 David & Julie Wiard
6) Learning how to use a tool you can neither identify nor pronounce from a friendly fellow member 5) Going home sore, tired, and thoroughly satisfied, thinking “Man, am I ever glad I did that!” 4) Seeing the look on Ross Schiveley’s face on Sunday as he surveys the damage done and wonders how much time Pedro and the crew will need to repair it 3) Watching Patti Balch use the tile saw and not being sure if you are watching Michelangelo carve stone or DaVinci paint. 2) Watching your children toil shoulder to shoulder with other members, gradually understanding the “secret sauce” that makes the St. Francis Yacht Club tick 1) Employing the Toiler credo: Measure with a laser, mark it with chalk, cut with an axe
May 18-20 The TI Committee Sign up to toil at stfyc.com //Tinsley Island // Toilers
Casting Off into 2018 By Jenn Lancaster, Race Director
hank you again for your invaluable contribution to the success of our 2017 race season. Now, it’s time to jump into another great year on the water! The 2018 regatta schedule is posted at stfyc.com // Sailing. I invite you to review it and see what the year has in store for us. Here are a few things to get on your calendars.
Our non-member Race Committee volunteers are vital to our operation. However, I am hopeful we can increase member participation on Race Committee this year. As a start, we have opened the CERVIS signups for the entire year to members only until February 14. It is my hope that this will give you some advance time to volunteer for the events that suit your interests and best fit your schedule. If you are logged into your CERVIS account and are unable to see events, please contact Race Coordinator Graham Biehl (email@example.com) to update your account information.
UPCOMING REGATTAS March 10–11 CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ March 14, 21, 28 J/22 & J/70 SPRING SERIES March 17–18 SPRING ONE DESIGN J/120, J/111, J/105, J/70, J/22, Express 37, Express 27, Melges 24, Moore 24 March 24–25 SPRING DINGHY 5o5, C420, Nacra 15, International 14, Laser, Radial
20 FEBRUARY 2018 • stfyc.com
RACE COMMITTEE SIGN-UPS OPEN TO MEMBERS ONLY UNTIL 2/14
All members are encouraged to join the Race Committee in 2018
UNDER 25 SAFE POWERBOAT HANDLING COURSE March 3-4, 8:30am–5:00pm Advance registration required This class is open to all members ages 16-25 and will meet the requirements for them to obtain their California boater’s education license. Effective January 1, 2018, all persons 20 and under are required to have this license to operate a powerboat. This two-day, hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boathandling skills. No previous experience is required! Sessions will include docking, close-quarter maneuvers, anchoring, person overboard rescue, navigation, rules of the road and more. $150/person. MARK YOUR CALENDARS: RACE COMMITTEE KICK-OFF! February 24 EVERYONE should attend this one-day symposium which will include breakout sessions on various Race Committee topics that are specific to our Club, boats and venue. It is a great chance to dust off your skills and refresh your memory before the season kicks off just a few weeks later. Please contact me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am looking forward to another great year on the water!
RACING UNDER THE BURGEE Compiled by Susan Ruhne
Paul Cayard 1st Overall/1st Master, Levin Memorial Regatta for Star Class Daniela Moroz Finalist, 2017 US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year GGYC MIDWINTERS, JANUARY Dorian McKelvy, Madmen PHRF 1 1st Place Aya Yamanouchi, Benny PHRF 3 1st Place Mark Dahm, Benino Knarr 1st Place SYDNEY HOBART RACE Matt Brooks & Pam Levy, Dorade 2nd in IRC Division 4 and ORCi Division 4 Stan Honey Navigator on 1st in Line Honors, Comanche
Juniors Launch Nacra 15 Race Program By Adam Corpuz-Lahne, Head Sailing Coach
ou may have heard a buzz coming from the Junior Clubhouse. Actually, it’s more of a hum, and it’s emanating from the C-foils and rudders on the Nacra 15 as it skims through the water at incredible speeds. That sound has captured the attention of many of our junior sailors. The Nacra 15—a two-person, double-trapeze catamaran with a square-top main, jib, and gennaker—was introduced in 2015 as the trainer boat for the Olympic Nacra 17. World Sailing (formally ISAF) designated it the official catamaran in the Youth World Sailing Championship. Last May, StFYC teamed up with the St. Francis Sailing Foundation and the Nacra 15 class to host a clinic for local youth sailors to get their feet wet in the catamaran world. These sailors came from a range of backgrounds, with FJ, 420, Laser, and 29er sailors giving it a go. We even had a World Champion. The response from the kids was all positive, with almost everyone going faster than they ever had before. The smile-per-mile ratio was at an all-time high. Fast forward a couple of months to when the US Sailing Olympic Development Program (ODP) hosted a training camp at StFYC and invited US Youth Worlds Teams, top national sailors, and local sailors in the Laser, Radial, 29er and Nacra 15 fleets. While it was billed as a “heavy air” training camp, the first day was fairly light. And still, as the Laser sailors were just getting into their
Jack Sutter and Charlotte Versavel have officially launched their Nacra 15 campaign
hiking straps, the Nacra 15s were double-trapezing and ripping around, easily flying a hull upwind and downwind. As the breeze built over the weekend, the speed around the course kept increasing in the Nacras. At one point the Nacra fleet blew past the 29ers like they were standing still. The sailors gained confidence to push the boats harder and harder, flirting with disaster and coming away grinning. Two teams stood out. Despite having only a couple of months in the boat, Jack Sutter/ Charlotte Versavel and Helen Horangic/Teddy Horangic were sailing with confidence. Fast forward a couple more months and things were progressing rapidly. In November, there was two weeks of training in Miami followed by the inaugural Nacra 15 North/South American Championship (where Sutter/Versavel claim 8th in their first major regatta), and an ODP camp. In early December, Helen and Teddy went to China to represent their native country of Canada in the Nacra 15 at the World Sailing Youth Sailing Championship, nabbing a couple of bullets and finishing 11th. After Christmas, Sutter/ Versavel traveled to Clearwater, Florida and sailed in a clinic held by Red Gear Racing (run by catamaran guru Robbie Daniel) then competed
in the Nacra 15 Midwinters East. With big breeze pumping from the north on day one of Midwinters, Sutter/Versavel came out of the blocks firing, with a score of 1,2,2. Unfortunately, they were caught OCS in race three, so it was really 1,2,OCS. With a bunch of carnage on day one, the Race Committee chose not to sail the next day, as the breeze was forecast to be even stronger. To quell the competitive desires of these high-end racers, the entire regatta went to a local Go Kart track and to get our racing fix in. Day three brought good breeze, but a westerly breeze meant it was shifty and puffy. Jack and Charlotte struggled to connect the dots and finished the regatta in 5th, with the OCS costing them 3rd. While not quite the result we were looking for after such a strong showing on day one, it was still a nice improvement from the North American Championship. As we move along in 2018, we will be adding two more teams to our Nacra 15 squad, and hope to bring in a couple more boats. Within a few months there will be 7 or 8 of these high-performance catamarans tearing up the Bay! We have a full regatta schedule on tap for 2018 and look forward to helping the fleet grow in the U.S., where there is a waitlist to get new boats. Stay tuned!
St. Francis Yacht Club • MAINSHEET 21
HISTORIAN “They Mark our Passage as a Race of Men – Earth Shall not see Such Yachts as Those Again”
The Story Behind the Windward Model By Staff Commodore R.C. Keefe, Club Historian and Curator
problems developed. The yacht was to be shipped to San Francisco, but finding a ship to handle her, much less an underwriter to insure her, proved to be impossible. Nobody wanted to take the risk. It was, after all, 1941, and the Second World War was already raging in Europe. German submarines were operating in the Atlantic between New York and Panama. On December 7, 1941, it became very apparent that Windward wasn’t going anywhere for the duration of the War. She remained in storage at Nevins Yard until the War ended, and arrived in San Francisco on board a ship in early 1946. She was sailing and in full commission for the opening of the 1946 sailing season. Tobin entered Windward in the 1949 Honolulu Race, which was looking to be a 2,225-mile match race with Patolita, but the first night out Windward was dismasted. In 1951, the two had a four-race match here in San Francisco, and the following year the same in Santa Barbara. In 1956, with serious health problems, Cyril Tobin sold Windward to an owner in Southern California. In February of 1958, Windward went ashore on the Mexican coast to become a total loss. The model in the Northwest Room and her figurehead, which hangs over the fireplace in the Grill Room, ensure that this important part of the Club’s history is now well preserved.
n the Northwest Room of the Club, you will find a model of one of the most historic boats in our Club’s fleet: the Windward. The model was commissioned by six members of the Club in 2007 and built to a ½ inch scale by the late Ken Gardiner. Construction time was a little over one year and the model was dedicated to the memory of Staff Commodore (1934) Cyril Tobin. Windward was an 83ft M-Class sloop, designed to the Universal Rule by Charles Mower in New York. She was built for the then-Commodore of the New York Yacht Club, Janur Morgan, and launched in 1929 by Nevins Yacht Yard in the Bronx. By any definition, Windward was as fine a proper yacht as could be designed and built. In 1941, Cyril Tobin sent his sailing confidant, StFYC member Lester Stone, out east to locate a new yacht for him. At the time, the Commodore owned the 72ft schooner Seaweed, but wanted something bigger and more capable of serious racing. Both men had seen the Patolita, an M-Class sloop that came up from Southern California to race in the 1939 World’s Fair at Treasure Island. They were very impressed with her; so much so that Stone went east to look at Windward after seeing her advertised in Yachting Magazine. In New York, Stone found Windward laid up and out of commission, but in near-perfect condition. He immediately purchased her for Tobin in August of 1941. That’s when the 22 FEBRUARY 2018 • stfyc.com
Meet the staff
JENNIFER INGHAM A LA CARTE CAPTAIN, MAIN DINING ROOM
Mainsheet: When did you start working at StFYC and what did you do before? Jennifer Ingham: I’ve been here for eight years. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone! My first job was at UCSF as an administrative assistant, but I didn’t like being in an office all day, so I looked for a place I could be busy and move a lot. I started at StFYC in Catering, then worked as a server before moving to the Main Dining Room where I’ve been ever since. I love the people I work with and how we work as a team every day, from the kitchen to the dishwashers to the servers. MS: Tell us about a typical day for you. Jennifer: I take a lot of pride in making the seating chart for each night. It’s really important to me that the servers are happy and feel comfortable and that the members are paired with a server who complements their style, ensuring a good night for everyone. I’ve gotten to know the members over time and what they’re looking for, but every night is different. Some nights we’re super busy with lots of parties and everyone needing to be on their game. Other nights, it’s quieter with more opportunities to connect one-on-one with the members.
MS: What do you like about working in a club setting? Jennifer: I went out to eat at a restaurant in the city last week and noticed that the servers had to deal with different diners every single night. Here, we get to know our “diners”—the members. We meet their grandkids and we watch their families grow. That part is really sweet.
MS: Sounds like you’re kind of the Dining Room matchmaker? Jennifer: I guess so! Putting people at the right table is important, and it all happens behind the scenes. I want the members to be happy, and I want them to come back. It’s felt nice recently to hear members say how happy they are, and that they feel there’s a good team in place.
MS: Tell us about your own family. Jennifer: My husband, David, and I have been married for ten years and together for twenty years—we started dating in high school! We have two kids, a son and a daughter. David and I are both huge Giants and 49er fans—I have so many great memories of tailgating in my family’s RV at Candlestick Park. We were heartbroken when they left Candlestick and my husband has been protesting ever since!
MS: What’s your favorite night of the week? Jennifer: Saturday, our Steak & Lobster night. That tends to be a special night out when members come in with family and friends to enjoy their Club and maybe even show it off. They want to be here and to be taken care of, and that feels really good.
MS: What do you like to do with your family? Jennifer: We love to vacation and just got back from a trip to Hawaii. In the summers, we go to Tahoe and hang out at my family’s cabin where we waterski, hike and spend time outside. I also love to cook—I get all my best recipes from Pinterest!
MS: Favorite TV Show? Jennifer: I like cooking shows, especially Anthony Bourdain and his traveling food shows. MS: What’s your dream vacation? Jennifer: I’ve always wanted to go to one of those resorts with the huts suspended over the beach. I’d want it to be somewhere super tropical where I can enjoy a nice cocktail in the sun. Maybe Fiji or the Maldives. MS: If you could have dinner with one celebrity, who would you chose? Jennifer: Beyonce. I think she’s amazing. Her voice, what she stands for, everything about her. She just gives you chills when she performs, she’s so real. I saw her live at AT&T Park and was totally blown away. She was even better in person! MS: Anything else you want to tell us before we say goodbye? Jennifer: I always tell people that I have the best office in the city. The view is amazing and it changes all the time. A purple sunset, mysterious clouds, whales breeching. I love to share it with the members and their families! St. Francis Yacht Club • MAINSHEET 23
@stfyc AN EVENTFUL SEASON
Join the conversation! Tag #stfyc in your posts for a chance to be featured
Still works. #Rolex @jennleestylist
All-female Jazz choir singing Christmas carols in a cappella, four-part harmony while the Boat Parade of Lights sails to the Golden Gate Bridge. Are you kidding me!? Awesome. @garza_girl
#WYL Chairman Ron Young interviewing world sailor David Thoreson in the first-ever live-stream broadcast of a Wednesday Yachting Luncheon, viewable on Facebook @St.FrancisYachtClub. Stay tuned for more live streams!
ON THE WATER
Dockmaster Chase’s before-and-after photos of his work @bargemann
#tbt to 25,000lbs of carbon and lead at #rbbs @garrettlindonbrown
Gorgeous décor at the Commodore’s Farewell Dinner @msjessicanoel
Father Daughter Dinner dance with the #guppies @jimfishersf 24 FEBRUARY 2018 • stfyc.com
StFYC High School Sailing Alumni at the Rose Bowl regatta in Long Beach (L-R): Ryder Easterlin, John DeRuff, Spencer Paulsen, Leo Findlay, Will Paulsen, Head Coach Adam Corpuz-Lahne, Nolan Van Dine, Sailing Director Brent Harrill, Francesca Dana
On Mondays and Tuesdays the Club does not offer food service and is open to members and accompanied guests only. Ladies Game Day
The Grill Bar is open for drinks only 4:00pm-9:00pm
Liar's Dice Tournament
Ladies Domino Day
Prime Rib Night WYL
15 Ladies Game Day
Valentine's Day Prix Fixe MDR Menu
Shuck It Thursday
Bourbon & Bluegrass
Family Pasta Buffet & Movie Night
Advanced Race Mgmt Seminar Steak & Lobster Night
Advanced Race Mgmt Seminar Family Pasta Buffet & Movie Night
US Powerboat Training
Steak & Lobster Night
US Powerboat Training Family Pasta Buffet & Movie Night
Prime Rib Night
Steak & Lobster Night
Ladies Game Day
Steak & Lobster Night
Race Committee Kickoff
Family Pasta Buffet & Movie Night
Prime Rib Night WYL
On Mondays and Tuesdays the Club does not offer food service and is open to members and accompanied guests only.
Prime Rib Night
Prime Rib Night
Ladies Game Day
Shuck It Thursday
Prime Rib Night
Prime Rib Night WYL
Ladies Game Day
Steak & Lobster Night
Spring One Design
Under 25 US Powerboat Training TOILER WEEKEND
Steak & Lobster Night
Family Pasta Buffet & Movie Night
Family Pasta Buffet & Movie Night
Ladies Domino Day
Steak & Lobster Night
Under 25 US Powerboat Training
Ladies Game Day
The Grill Bar is open for drinks only 4:00pm-9:00pm
Steak & Lobster Night
California Dreamin' Family Pasta Buffet & Movie Night
Spring One Design Prospective Member Brunch Family Pasta Buffet & Movie Night
Steak & Lobster Night
Ladies Game Day
St. Francis Yacht Club â€¢ MAINSHEET 25
PRESORTED FIRST CLASS US POSTAGE PAID FolgerGraphics
THE FRANCIS 14TH ANNUALSAILING ST. FRANCISFOUNDATION SAILING FOUNDATION AUCTION THE 14 ANNUAL ST. AUCTION th
March 20, 2018 | St. Francis Yacht Club
March 20, 2018 www.stfsf.org
For patron & sponsorship packages and tickets, visit:
Yacht until Club, San Francisco EarlySt. birdFrancis tickets available February 20, 2018 Illustration 2017 Â© Lourdes Patron, Sponsorship Packages and Livingston Tickets Available at www.stfsf.org Early bird tickets available until February 1, 2018