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Squeegee Issues from 2017

June 14, 2017  |   Squeegee   |     |   Comments Off on Squeegee Issues from 2017

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Letter from the Commodore, December 2017

May 13, 2017  |   From the Commodore   |     |   Comments Off on Letter from the Commodore, December 2017

I hope you agree it has been a wonderful year at the Sausalito Yacht Club in many ways and I hope you enjoyed it as much as possible. Probably the most important accomplishment of this year, is the Leadership that is in place for next. But before we turn that page, let’s thank the many volunteers who contributed to this year’s success.

Vice Commodore Jock Rystrom and Rear Commodore Chuck Cihak, or Port and Starboard as I called them because they kept us in the channel all year. Secretary John Wales provided better financial reports, Renee Linde and her staff implemented the Name Badges which is leading to better camaraderie in the Club. Bill Gargan has brought the fleet up to standards and is our representative at PICYA. Doug Ford oversaw our top tier Race Program and Todd Gates oversaw the award winning Junior Sailing Program. Peter Thorne and the Auxiliary provided entertainment and made substantial contributions. Philippe Lannes and the Entertainment Committee organized 35 events this year including the 75th Anniversary Gala and our 1st Family Fun Day. Kudo’s to this entire group. Rich Vasquez as House Chair kept the lights on and completed important projects. Cheryl Popp headed up communications and Kay Mitzel has been a great Secretary and contributor to both the FOC and the EB. Junior Staff Commodore Bill Aubrey has been a great sounding board all year and a voice of reason.


Let’s also thank the Executive Directors, Chairman and President Tom Aden, along with Directors Nick Sands and Jerry Tarpin. One or more of these gentlemen attended every FOC meeting and were important part of the Leadership team this year. The EB worked closely all year with the FOC in full support of enhancing Member satisfaction.


There are several other unofficial chairs that played an important role. Tom Kowalski elevated the SYC Speaker Series to top tier, Karen Tischler set a sales record in the Ship’s Store, Donna Baschle chaired the Wine Club where every event was sold out and Karin Shakery, our Squeegee editor for the past six years, reported the news to in beautiful color and helped in writing many of the articles in the Squeegee.


Also, I would like thank Jay Bedsworth for all of his help and support this year along with his outstanding team in the Bar & Galley.


Next year I will be on the Nominating Committee and will look forward to following the leadership of the 2017 Team chaired by Jim Gabbert.


I hope you were as impressed by all the accomplishments of those mentioned here as I have been and know there were many more on committees and work parties that contributed. The camaraderie at our Club is great, based on the respect we have for each other and the common interests we all share.


To your and your Family, Best wishes for the Happiest of Holidays and the Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year.


Larry Moraes

2016 Valentine’s Day

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January 2017 Letter from the Commodore

January 23, 2017  |   From the Commodore   |     |   Comments Off on January 2017 Letter from the Commodore

It is quite an honor to be Commodore of the Sausalito Yacht Club in our 75th year, following in the foot-steps of some outstanding people. I am quite fortunate to be taking this role at a time when the Club is in good shape as measured in a number of ways. However, there are challenges that will affect us all. By now you are aware of the dues increase. Needless to say no one likes that. With this increase the bottom line for 2017 is still very thin. During 2016, the Club leadership decided to increase wages in bar & galley above the minimum level and begin to provide benefits for some key employees. We agree this is needed for the staff and in order to provide better results to the Members. The other factor driving the increase is the decline in Regular Members. Member Dues and Bar & Galley revenue are our two sources of revenue so we are working to build both as you will read.

That said, this is not a one person job and we are all fortunate to have on the FOC, a group of skilled and committed people who are working hard to make sure we meet our goals and yours. More on that in a minute.

Early in January the FOC met for a day-long meeting to establish common goals for the FOC as well as individual chair goals. The concept of these retreat meetings dates to 2008 and Commodore Mary Richardson. One of the outcomes of that meeting was the following:


We are recognized as the friendliest club on the bay in a world class location actively involved in our community with a focus on activities that enhance our standing in Race, cruise and sail training. As a premier venue for all water-oriented activities we are always seeking ways to improve our community presence and attract a young and vibrant membership who all enjoy a high degree of satisfaction and involvement.


  • We respect and honor the heritage and history of our Club and strive to maintain the traditions that make us proud to be Members.
  • We actively promote and support all aspects of boating, sailing and related education.
  • We always engage in those activities that provide a positive experience to our members.
  • We are recognized and will continue to be known as a positive influence within our community.
  • In every aspect of our organization we maintain proper management policies and sound fiscal management.
  • We believe in and support the importance of having a well-managed bar & galley that delivers quality food, beverages and service.

This FOC reviewed the Vision and Value statement of 2008 and adopted it unchanged, something we hope all of Members support.

Before we get into the goals for the year, there are several new FOC Members this year. The good news is that they are really skilled and have come up to speed fast. I am confident they will succeed in their areas. The FOC is an impressive group.

Each Chair has established goals for their areas of responsibility and have committee’s working on achieving those goals. At the first FOC Meeting of the year, each of the Chairs laid out their plans with a great focus on Membership satisfaction.

In addition, the FOC has the overarching team goal of achieving the following:

  • Attracting New Members
  • Retaining existing Member
  • Improved Communications with the Membership
  • Engaging Members through volunteerism.

Please look at the website where you will see Entertainment events, race and cruise events all posted.

In addition, the Club will now be posting our financial reports on the website for your review. A step to improving Communications.

Lastly, you will see all of the EB and FOC meetings scheduled for the year on the website. You are welcome and invited to attend any of these meetings to observe and ask questions.

See you at the Club and on the Water,

Larry Moraes


November 2016

November 10, 2016  |   From the Commodore   |     |   Comments Off on November 2016

bill-monstersOctober was busy month that ended with a cool Halloween party.

I always get a kick watching folks eating and drinking while in full costume. Scott Wilson seemed to have some difficulty getting his hands and arms over his chest and Craig Morton looked a lot like Craig Morton!



It was a large turnout that can best be described…eclectic!

scott-halloweenDolly Parton played by Scott Wilson!         kris-mooreWicked witch played by Kris Moore!

I encourage all members to attend the Annual Meeting on November 13th at 11:30 am. Agenda items include a review of 2016 including financial results status of our building fund as well as discussion on capital expenditures and facility improvements followed by preliminary plans and budgets for 2017. I will also be awarding the perpetual trophies. The meeting should last about 60-90 minutes with time devoted to questions and answers. The entire agenda is posted on the website.

On another note, I realized I have not given enough recognition and acknowledgement to our Entertainment Chair, Miriam Browne, and her Committee of E-troupers. The success of our events is directly and unequivocally the result of long hours and hard work by Miriam and her committee. Each event requires planning and scheduling to get the club decorated and then returning things to “normal”.  A quick down and dirty of the events shows the group has organized 33+ events through the end of October! To Miriam and the entire E-troupers committee: Thank you!

We recently received notice that The Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA) has bestowed to Sausalito Yacht Club the Nimitz Club Youth Sailing: The Admiral Chester W. Nimitz USN Perpetual Trophy. The trophy is given to the PICYA member yacht club that has made the greatest advancement in youth sailing. This is a tremendous honor that further demonstrates the continued growth and success of our youth sailing program under the leadership of Renee DeCurtis. Congratulations!


Upcoming Events:

Race: SYC Midwinter race #1 – November 16th; SYC Midwinter race #2 – December 4th

Cruise: Berkeley Yacht Club – November 15th

Entertainment November: Murder Mystery – Nov. 12th; SYC Uncorked: Champagne & Caviar – Nov. 15th

Entertainment December: Lighted boat parade – Dec. 10th; Club Christmas Party – Dec. 18th

Speaker Series: Vessel Traffic Seminar – November 16th