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July 2015

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David Borton

Commodore Dave Borton

 

LETTER FROM COMMODORE DAVE BORTON

 

I’m feeling a little breathless with the activities that have just occurred this past month; and those that are still going on. The Town Hall meeting occurred last month. We have hired a new General Manager that started July 4. The Cascais, Portugal youth sailors have arrived and are getting used to the US and the waters of SF Bay. A new Treasurer has been selected. Races and cruises have continued and, in one case, combined. The 4th of July party had great food, great music and the always excellent fireworks.

New General Manager

New General Manager Jay Bedsworth

New General Manager Jay Bedsworth

A new permanent General Manager has just been selected. He started July 4 and his name is Jay Bedsworth. Jay has club management experience at the Olympic Club in San Francisco and the Round Hill Country Club in Alamo. He also has power boating and windsurfing experience from the lakes of Minnesota. We all are excited about Jay joining the SYC team. Be sure to stop and greet Jay – and to welcome him to our club.

Town Hall Meeting

A Town Hall Meeting was held on Sunday June 14 to bring members up-to-date with activities from the past half year – and future plans for the future. There were 45 to 50 attendees for the meeting. The attendees asked a number of questions that provided good inputs to all attending. Thank you for your attention and responses. For those of you that were unable to attend – or for those that forgot some details – the minutes are on the club website.

New Treasurer

There was an opening for a club treasurer when our past treasurer, Jim Merrill was chosen to fill in an opening the Executive Board as a Director. Tom Shurstad has been the Assistant Treasurer for this year. He also has 35 plus years in management positions in transportation companies that have required detailed financial analysis, reporting and understanding. Tom has been selected as the Treasurer for the club for the remainder of 2015. Welcome, Tom!

Youth Sailing

SYC Youth Sailing on dockSummer camp has started. This year promises to be one of the biggest sessions we have had for a long time. Renee DeCurtis, our coach, has established an excellent program that reflects the schedule children are looking for. The result is record setting enrollments. The youth in the camp so far have responded by being very enthusiastic for the lessons they are getting. Some children are re-upping for weeks where there are still openings. And some weeks are filled up with sailors. It’s still not too late to look for vacant spots in some of the weeks. Your children / grandchildren will savor the experience.

4th of July Parade Cascais kidsJuly 3 the Portuguese youth arrived for their Youth Sailing Exchange. This is part of the Sausalito Sister City program. Six youth sailors from Cascais have joined with six youth from Tam High School and SYC for 11 days of sailing and Bay Area touring. Other Bay Area clubs are involved as well and will be joining in on the competition. Their experience in the bay area started with the Sausalito 4th of July parade. This was followed by time at Dunphy Park, a lunch at the Sausalito Portuguese Hall and a BBQ and fireworks at the club.

 

New Fire Alarm

SYC Fire AlarmLast fall members authorized $15,000 for the club to update the facility fire alarm system. It is almost completed. 42 smoke and heat detectors have been installed throughout the building, many below and above the false ceiling in the dining room. Every storage space and void is now protected by a warning/signaling device. Additionally, horn/strobe devices have been installed in the dining area, and restrooms. New manual stations are near the exits. Lastly, the kitchen stove grease trap and flu extinguishing system are now fully monitored. All these devices are designed to signal a Central Station (Bay Alarm Company), who will notify the Fire Department prompting their response. Thank you members for your authorization – and thank you Mike McKinley for getting this done.

Race: Lipton Cup

2015 Lipton CupOn June 28 the SYC hosted the 100th anniversary of the PICYA Lipton Cup. Thanks to the efforts of our club representative Bill Gargan, 2015 saw the return of the series to the SYC and a return to racing as there were no races in 2014.

This year saw J105s (3), Express 27s (4), Cal 20s (6), and J24s. The racing took place in the Knox/Yellow bluff area. It was a hard fought battle in the J105s with Chuck Cihak for SYC finishing in 2nd place with a 2-1-2 (by seconds.) The end result means our club will keep the perpetual sextant trophy that is in our club entry, for another year. Afterwards there was good fun on the club deck with hosted beer, nibbles and storytelling by 50 plus competitors. Click here for full results linked in our race web tab.

Our three-initiatives progress

The planning meeting from January resulted in three initiatives that came from the member survey run in late 2014. We will also discuss these at the Town Hall Meeting.

  1. Open more hours: The club has been open for more hours since June 3. Food service will now be available Wednesday evenings, Thursday noon and a Sunday night Family BBQ. Adjustments can be expected as we determine usage. Click here for the Bar & Galley website and the current schedule.
  2. Make the deck available for extended usage: There are two projects that will make that happen. One is new and more comfortable chairs and tables on the deck and the other is heaters on the deck. Funding and design alternatives for both are continuing.
  3. Improve On-the-water activities: The goal is to provide watercraft for members to use at the club. Funding for SUP’s and Kayaks is deferred to next year. Donations are welcome! Meanwhile, we do have a 25 foot sailboat, Dragon, on a mooring off the club that is also available. Adult checkout and training on Dragon is now available. Click here for the Instruction / Adult Instruction tab on the club website.

 

July and August Activities

Here are some activities that are going on at the club over the next two months. There are more later in the year you may want to plan for. Watch your emails for them or check the club’s website https://sausalitoyachtclub.org/. You can find more details and reservation methods on the website.

CRUISE

Join outings to other clubs or destinations on the bay – and beyond. You may go on your own boat or catch a ride with someone else. You may also drive as a “Land Cruiser.”

Jul 24–26: Benicia Yacht Club

Aug 21—22: Petaluma Yacht Club

RACE

Release your competitive spirit. Join a series or a single race. Bar and galley are open after the race.

Jul 18: Twin Island Race #2

Jul 21: Summer Sunset #1

Aug 4: Summer Sunset #2

Aug 18: Summer Sunset #3

ENTERTAINMENT

Party on! Come and enjoy the fun.

Jul 5: Cascais, Portugal Youth Sailing Exchange all week

Jul 15: Wine Club

Jul 25: A Night at the Opera. Family style dinner; The Leyland Opera Singers

Aug 8: An evening with Arthur Dente

Aug 15: Spanish Wine Dinner

March 2015

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David Borton

LETTER FROM COMMODORE DAVE BORTON

This past month has been a busy time at SYC. The mild weather has made it a good time to get out of the house, go to the club and enjoy being on the water. The lack of rain has also had boating benefits. SYC boating has included a cruise to Marina Bay in Richmond, the fourth Midwinters race and continued sail-training activities. Unfortunately the Midwinters race was on a wind-free day and needed to be cancelled. This allowed those who wanted to watch the Super Bowl that day to get the boat put away and make it to the club – or private parties – before kickoff.

Cruise to Marina Bay, Richmond

Nine boats and 22 people (some land cruisers) made it to Marina Bay on a beautiful February weekend. Your “experienced” Commodore took an ill-advised “short cut” and ran aground getting to the harbor. Luckily, the tide was high enough so I was able to power through the shallow water and make it into the channel well in time for docktails. The “required” docktails were held on Todd and Cyndi Wheeler’s boat OSA and this year’s first set of cruisers got to know each other again. One boat of new members also made it to Richmond. Welcome Mike and Lori Wingert on their boat Eagle Rae. Then a scrumptious dinner was held at Salute’s Restaurant a short walk from the slips. Watch the website and your email for information about cruises to other destinations all during the year. One popular destination is the cruise to Angel Island on May 3. It’s a great event. Start your planning now.

Cascais Youth Sailing Exchange – Fund raising

Fado Night at The Pines150 people were transported from Sausalito Old Town to a replica of the Alfama district in Lisbon, Portugal with the captivating music of traditional Portuguese Fado (a form of urban folk music), Portuguese wines and a buffet of pesticos (appetizers).The evening was a benefit for the Sausalito – Cascais Sister City Youth Sailing Exchange program. Student sailors from Cascais will visit Sausalito in July of this year and next year Sausalito Yacht Club youth sailors will travel to Cascais. It is the first international youth sailing exchange in the Bay Area and should be a delightful celebration of over 150 years of Portuguese-Azorean heritage in Sausalito.

Staff Commodores’ Luncheon

Staff Commodores Luncheon (Feb 2015)It has become an annual tradition to have a luncheon for the Staff Commodores. This year there were 17 who could make it including the current, vice and rear commodores. Chefs Dennis and Alan prepared an excellent lunch for us. It was good to get suggestions and counsel from past and experienced commodores. And the advice was truly constructive.

Valentine’s Party

A champagne greeting and silent and live auctions made for an enjoyable night for the attendees. It also was a successful night for the SYC Auxiliary – the organizers of the party. The Auxiliary will spread the benefits of the auctions among many constituents of the club including the youth sailing organization. Thank you all. And thank you Auxiliary and club staff for a wonderful night.

New Club Calendar

This is the new look for the club calendar. It looks better, is easier to use and allows club officers and staff to add extra information about club events. It is under development so you will find additional information as time moves on. Use this resource to find out what’s happening at SYC. You can get to the calendar on the club website – select Calendar from the menu and then SYC Events. Thank you Robert Stoeber and the club officers and staff for getting our website improved.

March and April Activities

Here are some activities that are going on at the club over the next two months. There are more later in the year you may want to plan for. Watch your emails for them or check the club’s website https://sausalitoyachtclub.org/. You can find more details and reservation methods on the website.

CRUISE

Join outings to other clubs or destinations on the bay – and beyond. You may go with your own boat or catch a ride with someone else. You may also drive as a “Land Cruiser.”

March 13 – 15: Ballena Bay Yacht Club

April 11-12: St. Francis Yacht Club. SOLD OUT

May 2: Angel Island Lamb and Oyster Feed

RACE

Fire up your competitive spirit. Join a series of races or participate in a single event. Bar and galley are open after the race.

March 1: Midwinters Race (last of the series).

March 21: “Jaws” race. A Pursuit race for sailboats and a Predicted Log race for powered boats.

April 11: Bullship Race. El Toros racing from Sausalito to San Francisco

April 12: Meet and Greet for new members

April 25: Twin Island Race #1 of 3

April 28: Spring Sunset Race #1 of 5

ENTERTAINMENT

Party on. Come and enjoy the fun.

March 5: First Thursday Performance

March 14: St. Patrick’s Dinner & Dance

April 2: Thursday Performance Series

April 4: Senior Members Honorary Dinner

April 5: Annual Easter Brunch

April 18: Piano Bar and Prime Rib

April 26: Opening Day on the Bay. BBQ and live bands.

February 2015

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David Borton

LETTER FROM COMMODORE DAVE BORTON

This year has begun with a rousing start. The celebration started with the New Year’s Eve party and gavel exchange at the club. This was followed the very next day with the ever-popular Member’s Pot Luck as the staff was given the day off to be with their families. And the members reminisced back to the days when the club was an all-volunteer organization.

Then the officers and organizers got together for the annual planning meeting. We went over the plans for the year and discussed some projects that will be initiated now but may go on into  2016.

2015 gavel exchangeGavel Exchange

The official exchange of the gavel took place at SYC’s New Year’s Eve party at the club. Thank you Mike Fiske for your years of club service that culminated in being Commodore for 2014. As Commodore for 2015, I’d like to make significant progress on increasing member satisfaction particularly in the three areas identified in the Annual Planning Meeting. (Read about these overleaf.) I’m afraid these initiatives are going to require expenditures we do not have targeted for this year. But we will get started on them.

New Year’s Pot Luck

Thank you Harvey Pawl for the eagerly-anticipated prime rib, Michael Lappert for the giant tub of ice cream and all of the attendees and volunteers for their contributions and for making the Pot Luck such a success.

2015-new-year-harvy-pawl2015-new-year-prime-rib

 

Annual Planning Meeting

The Flag Officers and Chairs, Executive Board and Nominating Committee for 2015 met in a conference room at the Bay Model on January 10. We reviewed the plans for the year AND we developed three initiatives.  Specific plans for each of the club’s areas were presented. We also reviewed the Member Satisfaction Survey, the Five Year Plan and the proposed updates to the Rules and Regulations and the FOC Roles and Responsibilities.

All attendees at the meeting developed the special areas we need to focus on for this year.  Some projects may continue into future years depending on the cost of implementation. The overall theme is to increase member satisfaction as identified by the member survey. Specific areas we will focus on are:

  1. Expanding the club hours (Larry Moraes, project leader)
  2. Upgrading the deck to make it usable for more of the year (Bob Braid, project leader)
  3. Enhancing on-the-water activities (Bill Aubrey, project leader)

Watch for progress on these three initiatives during the year.

Annual planning meeting

February and March Activities

Here are some activities going on at the club over the next two months. There are more later in the year that you may want to plan for. Watch your email for notifications or check the club’s website: sausalitoyachtclub.org where you can find details and reservation methods.

Cruise
Join outings to other clubs or destinations on the bay – and beyond. You can go with your own boat or catch a ride with someone else. You can also drive and join in as a “Land Cruiser.”

Feb 21: Richmond Marina Bay.

Mar 13 – 14: Ballena Bay Yacht Club

Race
Bring out your competitive spirit. Join a series or take part in a single race. The bar and galley are open after the race.

February 1 and March 1: Midwinters Race.

March 21 “Jaws” race: A Pursuit race for sailboats and a Predicted Log race for powered boats.

Entertainment
Party on! Come down to the club and enjoy the fun.

Feb 5: First Thursday Performance

Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance

Feb. 18: Wine Club

Feb. 22: A Night at the Oscars

March 5: First Thursday Performance

March 14: St. Patrick’s Dinner