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SYC 75th Anniversary Gala

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Sausalito Yacht Club 75th Anniversary Gala

2017 SYC St. Patrick’s Day Party

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New Year’s Eve 2016 – Under The Sea

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Bar opens at 7:00 pm
Dinner Service: 8:00pm
Raw Bar with Oysters, Shrimp and Crab claws
Watercress & Golden Frisee Salad
Main Course choice of Tournedo of Beef Tenderloin
or Fresh Catch from the Ocean
Chocolate Terrine and Vanilla Ice Cream

$99 Dinner and Party

$35 Countdown Party (after 9:30pm)
Standing room only. Includes party favors dessert & Champagne toast
reservations@sausalitoyachtclub.org

Music By Lumanation
Lumanation’s unique sound is rooted in classic reggae, ska, funk, and rock grooves.
They are fun and irresistably danceable so put on your best dancing shoes!
Singer Bobby G is a performer unto himself and delivers an electrifying show
that makes even the most discriminating listeners believers.

Black Tie or Fanciful Elegance – Mermaids and Zeus attire welcomed!

new years eve 2016

2016 Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks Party

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A limited dinner menu will be available from 5-9pm at a walk up stand outside the kitchen.

There will be no reserved tables or formal seating. This will be a casual mix and mingle event.

$5 Cover Charge For Members!

Reserve your tickets now at reservations@sausalitoyachtclub.org

Children and Grandchildren of members 12 years and younger Free!

Adult Guests of members (reservations open Nov. 25th): $20.00

Child guests (reservations open Nov. 25th) : $10.00

Your wristband from SYC will provide you access to the Winterfest Tent next door.

 

 

A Special Thirsty Thursday Performance

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October 2016 Events at SYC

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2016 October Events

SYC October 2016 Cigar Dinner

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SYC’s 2016 Night At The Opera

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2016 Night at the Opera

2016 Women Skippers Regatta

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From The Commodore – July 1, 2016

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Commodore Bill Aubrey

Bill Aubrey

LETTER FROM COMMODORE BILL AUBREY

July is a very active time for our club as well as boating in the Bay in general. Hopefully you can all enjoy some aspect of the opportunities our Bay has to offer.

The Pacific Cup (a race from San Francisco to Hawaii) starts in a few days and Ohana will be flying the SYC burgee under the watchful eye of Captain Steve Hocking with SYC member Dennis Webb serving as part of the crew. OhanaThe start time for Ohana is scheduled for July 12 at 11:10 am. We wish Steve and crew well and a safe passage.

Mark, son of member Peter English (1958) and Ian, son of member Bob Rogers (1963) will be dual handling Mark’s Moore 24, MAS! in the same race. Their start is July 11 at 10:25 am. It is my understanding that Mark and Ian are going for broke on this race in the hope of setting a record for their class. Good luck racers.

Renee LindeI am pleased to announce two new members to our board. The FOC voted unanimously for Renee Linde to become the club’s new Membership Chair. We are fortunate that Renee accepted the position. Having been part of the Membership Committee in the past, she brings experience and enthusiasm to this very important role at SYC.

John Wales, CPA, has been vetted by the Nominating Committee and the board has approved John as the Club’s new Assistant Treasurer. Although the Assistant Treasurer does not have a vote on either the FOC or Executive Board, the club will benefit greatly from John’s knowledge and experience.

Thanks to both John and Renee for serving our club.

Roger Milligan continues to lead our cruising fleets to cool destinations. This year he and his team have put together seven cruises, with most of them sold out. He has an additional seven cruises scheduled for the remainder of the year, with Benicia next up on the calendar. For more information and to register for a cruise go to the website at https://sausalitoyachtclub.org/cruising. Cruising is a great way to meet and get to know your fellow SYC members.

By my count, Roger has put together over 40 cruises in his 4-year tenure as Cruise Chair. Might be time for Rog to start thinking about Commodore type roles……Thanks Roger.

Plan on stopping by the club July 23rd anytime between 9:30 am and noon for a question and answer session with myself as well as other Flag Officers of the club. We will be doing something somewhat different from what we have in past years. Instead of a general-member town hall meeting, we will hold more of a one-on-one session with club members. We plan to give those attending a rundown as to what is happening at the club; what the plans are for the remainder of the year; and the financial picture as of the first half of the year. Copies of current financial statements will be available to all attending. Coffee, juice, pastries and, of course, doughnuts will be provided.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Cruise: Benicia Cruise, 7/9; Petaluma Cruise, 8/19

Race: Twin Island #2, 7/16; J105 Fleet Race, 7/23-7/24; Summer Sunset Series, 7/26, 7/29

Entertainment: Notte Italiana, 7/16; Summer Music Series, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31

 

 

From The Commodore – June 1, 2016

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Commodore Bill Aubrey

Bill Aubrey

LETTER FROM COMMODORE BILL AUBREY

 

Exciting and eventful happenings continue going on at our Club, and sailing is front and center once again. Coach Renee started her Summer Sailing Program on June 13th. She will be hosting a total of 5 sessions with 25 plus kids in each session. It’s really cool to see all those kids on the water learning how to sail.

summer youth sailingOn June 30th, the SYC high school sailors will be departing for 6 days of racing at Cascais and Club Naval in Cascais Portugal. This event, in conjunction with the Sister City program between Sausalito and Cascais is a continuation of the program that began last year when sailors from Cascais visited our club. Lets wish our young racers good luck and safe travels as they pursuit the silver on the other side of the Atlantic.

Anyone who has read the Great Gatsby (or seen the movies) knows that old sport Jay Gatsby knew how to throw a grand party. Well, in keeping with that theme, Miriam and team are putting on the party of all parties on June 18th. The clubhouse will be decorated to the nines. Great music is lined up for the evening and the menu is going to be spectacular. jay-gatsby Make your reservations for a great time.

The 4th of July is always a popular event at SYC and this year should be no exception. The bar will open at noon and the BBQ will start at 1400 hours. Live music will start at 1500 hours with the one and only Unauthorized Rolling Stones! This is a very popular band in the Bay area and we are fortunate to have been able to book them for the 4th. As with Opening Day, the club will NOT be charging an entrance fee for the day so make your reservations and come on down and enjoy the day.

Plan on stopping by the club July 23rd anytime between 930 and 1200 hours for a question and answer session. I will be there along with other Flag Officers with a new format for addressing your questions. Instead of doing a general member town hall meeting, we will be doing more of a one on one session with club members a run down as to what is happening at the club, what the plans are for the remainder of the year as well as the financial picture of the club as of the first half of the year. Copies of current financial statements will be available to all attending. Coffee, juice, pastries and off course, doughnuts will be provided.

Upcoming events

Cruise:

June 25-Rear Commodore Race to Vallejo;
July 9, Benicia cruise

Race:

June 21-Spring Sunset Race;
June 25, Rear Commodore race

Entertainment:

June 18-Great Gatsby;
July 4, 4th of July;
July 11, Itailiana Nolte

Eight Bells: Elaine Thorne. May Elaine remain in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Great Gatsby Gala

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SYC 2016 Great Gatsby Gala

From The Commodore – May 1, 2016

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Commodore Bill Aubrey

Bill Aubrey

LETTER FROM COMMODORE BILL AUBREY

April was a busy month for our little club. We completed the first race of the Twin Island Series as well as the first race of the Spring Sunset Series. Deana Maggard picked up the ceremonial empty shot gun shell for both races for ‘getting’ the gun! If you have not signed up for either series race, there is still room for new entrants. This is a great time for racing on the bay.

Once again Roger put on another incredible cruise to the St. Francis Yacht Club. I have heard nothing but rave reviews from those who attended. There are plenty of cruise outs remaining this year so go to the club website and sign up.

Opening-Day-deck-2016Opening Day on the bay was a real blast. We had over 450 members and guests visiting our club during the day. Jim and Tim were kind enough to take out 14 of our newest members on Defiance as they led the annual parade along the city front. I thank all the members who attended the no cover charge event as it was one of the most financially successful ‘opening days’ the club has had in years. Hopefully we can continue having positive events without assessing cover charges. A big Thank You goes out to Miriam and all the volunteers who assisted with the day; it’s a huge undertaking.

As for club business, the Flag Officer and Chairs unanimously approved the appointment of Kay Mitzel as the new Communications Chair, replacing Robert Stoeber. The Board welcomes Kay’s presence and contribution. We greatly appreciate Robert’s expertise and continued support of the website.

Membership is the key to any club success and the Sausalito Yacht Club is no exception. While our membership has grown significantly in the last few years there is still room for growing the base. The Board recognizes that the best source of new members is from our existing membership. As such, the club is offering $100 in galley credits for any member who refers a new member into the club. So go round up some new members.

Deck-upgrade-2016Final status of our deck: DONE! There was the situation with a few tables that seemed to be ‘melting’ which was extremely frustrating, but we have been assured that the manufacturer will replace the damaged tables. We expect the new tables in late June or early July. Even with a few not so perfect tabletops, the deck and furniture look great. Stop by and enjoy the view of the bay while also enjoying the new fire pit area.

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to take out one of our paddle boards and paddled down to Salitos AND back. Apparently there were a few wagers made as to whether I was going to return soaking wet or not. I can honestly say that I came back completely dry. And all naysayers paid up, thank you Ross! The kayaks and paddle boards are there for our members at no cost so please use them. You’ll have a good time while getting in a bit of exercise.

Upcoming events: Cinco De Mayo, May 5; Mother’s Day Brunch, May 8; Night in Greece, May 14; Angel Island Lamb and Oyster Feed, May 15; Comedy Night, May 26.

Eight Bells: Thomas Davis, Dennis Kavanagh, Rob McGowan, and Mark Shafer – may they remain in our thoughts.

 

 

A Night In Greece

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2016 Night In Greece

Comedy Night

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2016 Comedy Night at SYC

From The Commodore – April 1, 2016

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Commodore Bill Aubrey

Bill Aubrey

 

LETTER FROM COMMODORE BILL AUBREY

Spring is here, the sky is clear and summer is fast approaching. To celebrate, the club is planning a variety of activities, on the water as well as parties and seminars.

We had a successful conclusion to the Mid-Winter Series with plenty of silver passed out. It was wonderful for the racers to congregate back in the clubhouse and revel in good food, drink and friendship.

Jaws-race-2016March 26th saw the fourth annual running of the “Jaws” race, founded by our own Bud Livingstone. There was a good turnout with 18 boats participating in the pursuit race. We had only two boats for the predicted log race; so cruisers, start turning up for next year’s race. It was great to see Peter English pick up the trophy as helmsman on Q.

The Auxiliary’s Childrens Easter party and Brunch was another success with over 40 kids attending to have a personal visit with the Easter Bunny. This year’s bunny seemed to be one of the cutest we have had (I admit to being biased).

House Cleaning: I am hoping this is the last time I have to report on the ‘status’ of our deck refurbishment. As I write this, the new tables, chairs and umbrellas have been purchased and paid for in full. Delivery is anticipated by Opening Day. That’s the good news. The bad news is that, since we have to remove all furniture for Opening Day, delivery is slated for the week immediately following Opening Day. This way, we will not have to move furniture twice.

deck-cleaningCourtney Goff and crew (Mike McKinley and Bill Gargon) have started the deck refinishing project. It is going to take approximately 10 days to thoroughly clean, apply two coats of primer, then two coats of finish paint. Consequently, the deck may be closed for one weekend. I have been assured that the crew will do its best to keep the deck open during the weekends but we cannot guarantee it.

Many thanks and appreciation go out to the members who have so generously donated to a new lounge area and fire pit. We would not have been able to absorb the cost without their support. Thank You.

In conclusion, this project, which has been 12 months in the making is finally coming to fruition. Yep.

Opening Day on the Bay: Sunday, April 24th we celebrate Opening Day on the Bay. Miriam and her team have planned for a great time to be had by all. The deck will be set up for festivities and entertainment all day. Bob Braid will be providing shore service for those who would like to tie up on one of the club moorings.

This is a huge event which requires much assistance from the membership. Please check the website and emails from Miriam for time slots requiring volunteer help. Not only will you have the satisfaction of knowing you volunteered for a fun and cool cause, you will also get a nifty T-shirt. Just an aside: In case you have not noticed on the posters or emails, this will be the first Opening Day celebration (that I can recall) where there will not be a cover charge. So, for all those folks who have stayed away because of the cover charge, come on down and enjoy the fun.

Other upcoming events: St Francis Yacht Club Cruise, April 8 and 9; SYC Wooden Boat Invitational, April 16; Twin Island Race #1, April 23; Spring Sunset Series #1, April 26; Boutique California Wine Tasting, April 30.

On-the-watertoys: The club has taken possession of 3 kayaks and 4 stand-up paddle boards for member use. GM Jay is completing the checking out and checking in procedures and finalizing the necessary paper work. Please see Jay for use.

Eight Bells: Mike Thurston, Lisa York and Gary Semereaux. May they remain in our thoughts.

 

 

2016 SYC Opening Day

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From The Commodore – March 1, 2016

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Commodore Bill Aubrey

Bill Aubrey

 

LETTER FROM COMMODORE BILL AUBREY

February was a busy month at SYC. Hopefully you were able to take advantage of the unseasonably warm, dry weather and enjoy time on the water. Some of you may have been fortunate enough to spend a weekend enjoying Ayala Cove.

On the water, we had a successful Midwinter Series race, followed by chili and the Super Bowl. February 20 marked the annual cruise to Richmond.

Mid-winter racing at SYC

Mid-winter racing at SYC

Club members also enjoyed a number of events beginning with the annual Staff Commodore Luncheon. It is an occasion when 20 or so previous Commodores get together and let each other know how successful their tenure was! It is always a positive experience to be blessed with the knowledge, experience and wisdom the past Commodores share.

The Auxiliary organized and held another successful Valentine’s Party and Auction (both silent and live). As with past auctions, SYC was the big winner as the Auxiliary spreads the generated wealth around the clubhouse as well as the Youth Sailing group. I must say I do not believe I have ever seen SYC looking so splendid. The decorations were amazing. It was very obvious that much time, effort and energy went into transforming the clubhouse into a true Medina Raid (feel free to look that one up).

Staff Commodore Luncheon

Staff Commodore Luncheon

Entertainment hosted their Academy Awards Oscar Party once again and it was glamor galore from the red carpet and flowing champagne to the gowns and fabulous food and drink. If you have not attended an SYC Oscar night, I encourage you to do so next year. Great time to be had.

On a business note, the Nominating Committee has formally submitted its recommendation to the Executive Board for the replacement of outgoing director Tom Upton, who is relocating to Santa Barbara. The voting members of the Executive Board will be meeting on March 11 to discuss prospective candidates. If you have any questions regarding the process of replacing an existing member of either the EB or FOC, feel free to give me a ring or grab me in the club and we can chat about it. The other option is to take a look at the Bylaws, as they spell out the process.

As part of the Wednesday Evening Speaker Series, Coach Renee teamed up with the folks at Modern Sailing to give a presentation on beginning and continuing sailing education both at our club and at Modern Sailing. The teaming of SYC and Modern Sailing provides an avenue for our members to get professional sailing instruction at a significantly discounted rate. Information on the program as well as sign-up instructions can be found on our website.

Upcoming events on the water include the final Midwinter Series race on March 6; Cruise to Ballena Yacht Club March 12-13 and the “Jaws” Pursuit and Predicted Log Race on March 26.

Other events in March: St. Patrick’s Day celebration, March 12; New Member Appreciation dinner, March 20 and Easter Brunch, March 27. Get your reservations in soon.

One last note, Staff Commodore Lynne Miller and Man about Club, Bill Gargin are looking for volunteers to assist in a Spring Cleaning of the clubhouse, deck and dock. Give Lynne and or Bill a call.

Remember to keep checking the website and Calendar to find out what’s happening at SYC.

 

2016 Squeegee Issues to Download

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Spring 2016

2016 Spring Squeegee

Summer 2016

2016 Summer Squeegee

Winter 2016

2016 Summer Squeegee

 

2015 Issues are here

2014 Issues are here

2013 Issues are here

2012 Issues are here

 

2016 Academy Awards Party

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2016 Oscar party information

From The Commodore – January 1, 2016

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David Borton

Commodore Dave Borton

 

LETTER FROM COMMODORE DAVE BORTON

I know, I know. I’m no longer Commodore, but there were so many events in December that I wanted to share them with you. This is my final “Letter from the Commodore.” I have enjoyed sharing the activities of the club with you over the past year through these letters. Hopefully, those of you that have found these letters each month have also found them useful.

Most important to me was the support I have received from the officers and the members of the club. It is satisfying to me to get the strong support from everyone involved. Yes, there were challenges; there always are in any organization. And I know not all decisions by me or others in the club were universally supported. But on balance, the general tone was very positive. So much of that is due to the hours and hours of time the chairs, flag officers and committees put in graciously to help the club fulfill its mission to all of us. The staff has also been very professional and supported the style of our club.

THANK YOU AGAIN TO ALL THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED
TO THE SUCCESS OF THE CLUB THIS PAST YEAR!

electric ramp hoist

New Hoist From Ramp to Dock

A new hoist for the ramp to the dock has been approved by the members and has recently been installed. The old one was manually operated and had become “frozen” and difficult to operate. The new one is motor driven and can be operated by a single person. It was completed just in time for anticipated winter storms. It reduces the risk of storm damage.

Nominating Committee

The 2016 Nominating Committee has gone through a change. Mike Fiske, elected to the Nominating Committee in November has decided to resign from the committee. The person with the next most votes on the ballot was Randy Grenier. This will be Randy’s second straight membership and contribution to the committee. Randy joins Dan Rheiner, Dave Borton, J Rigler and Tammy Blanchard on the 2016 Nominating Committee.

Please thank and congratulate Randy for his contribution to the committee and the club. Also, please thank Mike for his contributions to the club over these past years as Port Captain and as Commodore.
2016 Commodore Bill Aubrey

New Year’s Eve

The New Year’s Eve party is always a big hit at the club. This year was no exception. There were two bands to help set the tone for the evening. One band during dinner and another seven piece band to provide for dancing after dinner and through midnight. The dinner was preceded by a wonderful seafood buffet on the deck served on a sailboat. Very creative.!

Just after midnight I presented our new commodore with the gavel and his new Commodore badge. Here is a photo of Bill and his wife Jonea enjoying their night out!

2015 Special Initiatives Status

The planning meeting from January resulted in three initiatives that came from the member survey run in late 2014. One initiative has been implemented and the other two are in process and are expected to be completed in 2016.

1. Open more hours: The club has been open for more hours since June 3. Food service and bar service is available Wednesday through Sunday. 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 for the furniture has just been approved by members. It is in the process of being purchased and will be installed within several months. New heaters will need to be funded in the future, but the existing heaters have been repaired and are now operational.

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 has just been authorized by members. Meanwhile, we do have a 25 foot sailboat, Dragon, on a mooring off the club that will also be available. Watch for the introductory seminar on March 2nd! And then plan to get checked out and sign-up for using the boats right off the club deck.

Seminars / Speakers / Events

January 9: 4pm, Formal Gavel Exchange

January 23: Crab Feed (tentative)

January 24: Staff Commodore Oz West travels and book signing

January 30: FADO Night; Cascais Youth Sailing fundraiser at Pines mansion

Upcoming 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.”

February 20: Richmond Marina

March 12: Ballena Bay; St. Patricks Day

RACE

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

February 7: Chili Midwinter’s #4

March 6: Chili Midwinter’s #5 and Series Awards

ENTERTAINMENT

Party on! Come and enjoy the fun.

January 7: First Thursday Music

January 16: Scottish Burns Dinner

February 7: Super Bowl Party

February 13: Valentines Dinner / Dance

February 28: Academy Awards

 

Thank you from Dave Borton

Mad Men New Years Eve Extravaganza

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Mad Men New Years Eve

From The Commodore – December 2015

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David Borton

Commodore Dave Borton

 

LETTER FROM COMMODORE DAVE BORTON

The Holiday Season has arrived at the club. The Christmas tree is up on display and adds a festive spirit to the club. There are decorations all over the club as well. Don’t miss it. Stop by and visit.

Keep the many holiday events on your calendar as well. The members’ Holiday Party is this coming Sunday — December 6. A Hosted glass of Champagne and Hors d’oeuvres await the attendees. Then the excellent Lighted Boat Parade goes right by the club on Saturday December 12. The judges are seated at the club so it’s a prime place to be. That, or on the water on your own boat.Gail in the tree The following day, Sunday Dec 13 is Brunch with Santa. Brunch starts at 10 am; Santa arrives by boat at 11 am. Your children or grandchildren will not want to miss this.

The club is closed on December 24 and 25. But New Year’s Eve is a fun evening with excellent food and entertainment. The following day, New Year’s Day, the staff has the day off. Members are welcome to enjoy a do-it-yourself potluck and BYOB party. The Rose Parade starts at 8:00 am and the club will “close” at 7:00 pm. Come and enjoy, and come and help.

Holiday Decorating

Entry-decoratingThe club was decorated on the 29th of November. 20 to 30 volunteers showed up to help with setting up and decorating the Christmas tree. Garlands and decorations are placed throughout the club.

Gail Ward is putting some special touches on the tree. Jenny Mantalvanos, Cat Smith and Renee Shurstad are decorating the front entry.

Thanks to them and all the others for their help.

Downton Abbey — Murder Mystery

Cate Lannes as the cook Miss Kettles, John Williams as the detective and Debby Boyce-Smith are prepping their lines just before going out to the dining room to be “on-stage.” They are three of the 18 cast members putting on the Murder Mystery for the club members and their guests in the audience.

Murder Mystery CastThe show is based on an English TV series. Liz Monnet as Lady Van der Sluty is taken ill and dies early in the episode. The audience listens in to the questions the detective asks the cast members. This was all wrapped around a delicious three course dinner.Miriam

Sure enough, Miss Kettles the cook poisoned Lady Van der Sluty. Two tables, out of 14, were able to identify Miss Kettles as the culprit. Everyone agreed this was a wonderful event and are looking forward to a new mystery dinner next year. Thank you, Jenny Mantalvanos for directing this production! And thank you cast members!
On the right is Miriam Brown, our Entertainment Chair. She supported both of the events on this page and helped get all the logistics in place. Thank you, Miriam!!!

Youth Sailing: Boat repair

Bill Gargan repairing boatBill Gargan is busy helping the Sail Training staff keep the boats “ready to go.” In this case it requires tape and epoxy to keep the bow smooth and strong. Reminder: Summer Sailing Camp is an excellent gift to give to your kids—and grandkids.

Annual Meeting

The club had an excellent Annual Business meeting on Sunday November 8. The good news (and bad news) was that the meeting that was scheduled for 60 minutes and took 90 minutes. That was due to excellent questions from the members in attendance. There was a lot of interest in the club’s plans for the long-term future. We are adding to the building fund to be available for a variety of alternatives. Members volunteered opinions about alternatives to consider. For more details of the meeting, read the minutes for this and other meetings on the website.

Ferry Landing

The Golden Gate Bridge District has proposed a revised design for the ferry landing. This is a view from our club. A PowerPoint presentation from November 14 can be found on the internet at http://www.ci.sausalito.ca.us/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=17333. You will find it very informative.

Ferry landing redesign

ACH Payments

Many of you are paying your monthly club bills automatically with a credit card. We understand that is very convenient – however, that is very expensive for the club. As a lower cost alternative we will be changing to Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments. Provide a voided check and call or stop by the office for an enrollment form. ACH is available to the club as a no-charge alternative. Checks are also no-charge. We will continue to accept credit card payments in person.

Seminars / Speakers / Events

December 6: Member Holiday Party

December 12: Lighted Boat Parade

December 13: Children’s Christmas Party

December 16: Wine Club

December 24 & 25: Club Closed. Happy Holiday!

January 1: Happy New Year! Member Pot Luck. Staff day off.

January 23: Crab Feed (tentative)

December 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.”

Watch the club calendar and the Cruise pages of the club website for upcoming details of our 2016 program.

RACE

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

December 6: Chili Midwinter’s #2

January 3: Chili Midwinter’s #3

ENTERTAINMENT

Party on! Come and enjoy the fun.

 

December 3: First Thursday, Angelika

December 5: Breakfast with Santa, Parks & Recs

December 31: New Year’s Eve Party

January 1: Happy New Year! Member Pot Luck. Staff day off.

2015 Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks

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2015 Lighted Boat Parade

From The Commodore – November 2015

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David Borton

Commodore Dave Borton

 

LETTER FROM COMMODORE DAVE BORTON

Halloween just finished with the party last Saturday.  It was a great party.  I’ve included a few photos, but you will need to check the photos on the club web site to see the members in their excellent  trick-or-treat garb.  The staff were in full regalia also.  A fun time.

The next day, November 1, was the start of the Mid-winters racing schedule. There were more than 30 boats entered and racing. The club was jammed with competitors and spectators well into the late afternoon.  Good winds and crossing over to the city front while dodging freighters made for a wonderful start of the five race series. If you missed this race, not to worry. There are four more and you are welcome to join in.

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the club is scheduled for next Sunday, November 8. It starts at the club at 4:00 pm. Highlights of the meeting include a financial review of 2015, a plan for 2016 and a view into a five year plan. A vision of the club will also be presented.  Facility improvements with new deck chairs and tables will be offered.

The results of the officer election will be shared as will the decision on the capital improvements. Last, but certainly not least, members will be recognized through trophy awards.

Be there.Sunday Nov 8 at 4:00 pm. The meeting will last about an hour.

Dues Update

The Chairman and I sent out an email last week with an update on the club’s financials and a dues increase on February 1. In case you did not see the email, here is that letter repeated:
Sausalito Yacht Club periodically reviews the club’s financial status and adjusts the monthly dues for members. The Executive Board did make that review at its monthly meeting, October 20, 2015.

The five year plan presented last year had a planned 5% increase each year going forward. This is to cover additional expenses the club faces each year as well as providing funds for the Building Fund (ie, for capital improvements.)  The Executive Board unanimously decided to implement a 5% increase in Member Dues effective February 1, 2016. This compares with a 10% dues increase a year ago.

Specifically, Regular Members Dues will go from $126.50 per month to $133.00 per month.  That is a 5.1% increase.  Senior members dues will likewise increase 4.8% from $31.50 per month to $33.00.  Senior members are members 60 years old or older and have a minimum of 25 years as a Regular Member of the club. Other Member Classes (Junior, Junior-Adult, Non-resident, etc.) will have no increase.

The Executive Board feels this increase of $6.50 per month is a nominal amount that will keep the club continuing on a strong financial basis for the years ahead.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and for providing your support to keep the Sausalito Yacht Club a valuable presence in the Bay Area boating community, a strong resource on the Sausalito waterfront and a wonderful place for members to enjoy.

Dan Rheiner, Chairman
Dave Borton, Commodore

ACH Payments

Many of you are paying your monthly club bills automatically with a credit card. We understand that is very convenient – however, that is very expensive for the club.

We will be offering Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments. Look for an email for enrollment or bring a voided check and stop by the office for an enrollment form. ACH is available to the club as a no-charge alternative. Checks are also no-charge. We will continue to accept credit card payments in person.

Seminars / Speakers / Events

November 8: Club Annual Meeting

November 29: Sunday, Club Decorating Party

December 6: Member Holiday Party

December 12: Lighted Boat Parade

December 13: Children’s Christmas Party

December 16: Wine Club

December 24 & 25: Club Closed. Happy Holiday!

January 1: Happy New Year! Member Pot Luck. Staff day off.

November and December 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.”

 

November 21 – 22: Berkeley Yacht Club “Lobster” cruise

RACE

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

December 6: Chili Midwinter’s #2

ENTERTAINMENT

Party on! Come and enjoy the fun.

 

November 5: First Thursday Cuban Night

November 10: Tuesday, Marine Corps Birthday Bash

November 14: Saturday, Downtown Abbey Murder Mystery

November 18: Wednesday, Wine Club

November 21: Saturday, Alan Choy Sing Along

December 3: First Thursday, Angelika

December 5: Breakfast with Santa, Parks & Recs

December 31: New Year’s Eve Party

January 1: Happy New Year! Member Pot Luck. Staff day off.

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Commodore Dave Borton

 

LETTER FROM COMMODORE DAVE BORTON

 

Membership Maxes Out!

Thanks to our Membership committees led by J. Rigler in most of 2014 and now Deana Maggard in 2015, the club has reached the club’s stated maximum of 520 regular members! Thanks to J and Deana, their committees and all the members that referred and sponsored new members, our club is a very vibrant place to be. Races are competitive, cruises have many new attendees, sail training has larger than ever classes and the dining room and bar are jumping with food, drinks and entertainment. Seminars and speakers have also returned for monthly events.

The club’s boards have also approved an almost 8% increase in membership to a new maximum of 560. The club’s expanded hours of operation has increased the capacity so we can easily handle the increased attendance at the club. More members also allow us to improve the facility and add resources for racing, sail training – and to start the use of club boats by members. We are moving ahead on that front so you will see that increasing in the near future. Our 25 foot sailboat, Dragon, is available now for club members to use. SUPs and kayaks are on the horizon.

Cruises

PowerboatCruise continues to have a strong turnout for each cruise. This year has been a great year for the cruising group with more people signing up and taking advantage of the cruises to meet new friends as well as enjoy old friends.

Jeff and Melissa Polick were the Cruise Captains for the recent Encinal cruise. It was a great cruise with 37 members on 16 boats, who made their way to the Encinal Yacht club for a great weekend. Jeff has done this cruise for several years and it keeps growing. The cruise to Tinsley Island the first weekend in October continues to grow as well. Larry and Sharon Moraes are the captains again this year. It promises to be as spectacular as ever.

The final cruise is coming up November 21st to Berkeley for their lobster feed. There are 17 boats lined up to go on this cruise as well as some members by car.

Roger Milligan, our Cruise Chair, is starting to plan the 2016 cruising schedule which will include our usual haunts as well as some new places. If you have any suggestions for where you would like to go, please let him know. He is also looking for cruisers to help manage a cruise next year. Thanks to those who have stepped up and made this year’s cruising more fun.

Races

Summer racing has two club races left. The first is an invitational race to determine the champions of the Spring and Summer Sunset Series. The race gets off at noon on Sunday October 10th. Cheer on your favorites out on the Bay or welcome them back from a year well done. The winners share the Lischeske Trophy.

Race start from MercuryThe final Twin Island Race around Alcatraz and Angel Island occurs on Saturday October 17th. The competitors choose which island to go around first. Single racers are also encouraged to join in for this wonderfull “Bay Cruise” race.

The winter season gets underway on the first Sunday on the months from November through March. Get your crews together and register for this excellent and competitive midwinter series.

2016 Ballot – Please Vote!

The ballot may already have arrived at your house. If not, it will be there shortly. The ballots are available to Regular, Senior and Honorary Members. They are not available to other membership classes, spouses and significant others. Please mail or return the ballot at the club so it arrives by 10:00am on the Annual Meeting date of Sunday November 8. The meeting starts at 4:00pm and the results of the election will be announced there.

Rules Update

We have chosen to update one of our club rules. Specifically, the rule that deals with pets at the club has been updated to add clarity. Service animals for disabled individuals are still allowed and are better defined. Pets are still not permitted. Following is the reworded text of the rule. It will be included on the website in our Rules pages shortly. Following that is a reminder about our parking rules.

Rule XXVI: Pets and Service Animals
Except as provided below, dogs, cats, and other animals are not permitted in the Clubhouse, on the decks or the dock.
Sausalito Yacht Club follows the definitions and guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for admitting service animals to the premises.

  1. Only dogs are recognized as service animals
  2. A service animal is a dog specifically trained to perform tasks for a person with a disability.
  3. Examples of service animals include dogs trained to lead the blind, alert people who are deaf, pull wheelchairs, alert persons of a pending seizure, remind the person with mental illness to take medications, or provide assistance to people with psychiatric disabilities. They may accompany their owners anywhere in the Club while tethered, harnessed or on a leash.
  4. Assistance animals and comfort animals which are not service animals are excluded from the above.

This rule applies at all times whether the Club is open or closed.

Parking stickerAnother rule we have is currently being ignored by too many members or guests. The club parking lot is a convenient resource for out of town members that use the club. This resource is being abused often and those vehicles will need to be ticketed. Make sure you have a current yellow sticker on your vehicle. Here is an excerpt from the club rules. Check the club website for the entire rule.

Rule XVIII: Parking
The Club parking lot is intended for use by members as a convenience during Club activities or while conducting Club business. The Club lot is not to be used for commuter parking. With these provisions members may park in the Club lot as space allows and be free of any public parking fee.

Members who are residents of Sausalito are encouraged to avail themselves of the three-hour free parking in Public Lot 1.

Automated Clearing House (ACH) Payments

Many of you are paying your monthly club bills with a credit card. We understand that is very convenient – and it can be financially attractive to you with credit card rebate and mileage programs. However, that is very expensive for the club as those benefit costs are passed on to the club. The costs to the club are in the range of $20,000 to $25,000 per year. Past years have seen costs as high as $40,000. These are significant costs for our club.

We will be offering ACH automatic payments later this year. It is hoped to be in place by December. ACH is available to the club as a no-charge alternative. Watch for further announcements about the implementation date and credit card fees.

Seminars / Speakers / Events

October 7: Wednesday, Seminar – Active Lifestyle

October 25: Sunday, Children’s Halloween Party

November 4: Wednesday, Speaker – Record Breaking Trip to Hawaii

November 8: Sunday, Club Annual Meeting

November 29: Sunday, Club Decorating Party

3rd Tuesdays: EB Meetings now at the club at 5:00 pm

October and November 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.”

October 2 – 5: Tinsley Island of StFYC

November 21 – 22: Berkeley Yacht Club “Lobster” cruise

RACE

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

October 10: Sunset Championship (Invitational)

October 17: Twin Island Race #3

November 1: Chili Midwinter’s Race #1

ENTERTAINMENT

Party on! Come and enjoy the fun.

October 6: Tuesday, Cigar Dinner

October 18: Sunday, Book Reading – Insider Trading

October 21: Wednesday, Wine Club

October 31: Saturday, Monster Mash Halloween Ball

November 5: First Thursday Cuban Night

November 10: Tuesday, Marine Corps Birthday Bash

November 14: Saturday, Downtown Abbey Murder Mystery

November 18: Wednesday, Wine Club

November 21: Saturday, Alan Choy Sing Along

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Commodore Dave Borton

 

LETTER FROM COMMODORE DAVE BORTON

 

AMERICA Visits Sausalito

Two weeks in advance, the staff from the yacht America called to confirm their visit to Sausalito. The replica of the original winner of a sailboat race in 1851 that resulted in the America’s Cup would visit our club. We had prepared nothing at this point. But the America crew would handle the boat logistics and the selling of tickets and the presentation and the boat tours. We just needed to publicize it to club members.

AMERICA at SYC Dock

AMERICA at SYC Dock

Jay and his staff put the hospitality part of the event together. Members, including the Auxiliary, volunteered to help with boat docking and visitor management. The visit by America was a great success. The club members that were able to make it on short notice were well served. Even the weather cooperated as the sail was on flat waters with medium breezes. Thank you to all the helpers and staff to make this day the success it was.

America is 139 feet long and draws 11 feet. She barely fit at the dock – and she dragged through some mud at low tide.

Troy Sears, owner and captain of “America” and Steve Hocking, SYC member. Steve described his family’s involvement in the original America and Troy told about the America replica on the SYC dock, the America’s Cup competition progress and the sailing plans for later in the afternoon.

Bylaws Changes

The Bylaws change proposals from last year are being considered and updated by three different committees. They have completed recommendations for members to consider. Before that happens, the club’s officers decided to subject the proposed bylaws to a legal review. That review has happened and the report made back to the Executive Board. Fundamentally, the report has found our Bylaws compares favorably with the non-profit laws regulating our type of organization.

Here are some observations and recommendations. The recommendations will take the club’s committees some time to incorporate so there will be further delays to bringing the bylaws changes to the members for a vote. We have been running the club successfully with the current bylaws so this delay will not materially affect the club’s operation. The legal review had the task to evaluate the risk of our private club’s compliance with non-profit laws.

Legal review observations:

  • Proposed Bylaws are sufficient under the tax code for Not for Profit corporations and they compare favorably with Non-profit mutual benefit laws.
  • SYC appears to be compliant with 501(c)(7) exemptions
  • There is no apparent inurement in our initiation, dues or membership structure
  • Electronic voting is permitted
  • Junior Sailing is not a risk to “Private” status as long as it is revenue neutral over time. (Note: Junior Sailing is open to members and non-members.)
  • Bylaws should state specific accounting reports the Treasurer will generate
  • A review or audit is a good idea
  • Indemnification of Officers and Directors be stated
  • Bylaws should state we are not libel to Members, Guests or Trainee’s for loss or injury
  • State that Member dues cannot be paid by companies nor can Members seek reimbursement from companies for dues and services the club provides

These recommendations will be considered by the subcommittees, reviewed and then brought to the members prior to any vote. There is no specific timeline for this to complete. It may very well spill over to next year.

Cruises

cruisersCruise continues to have a strong turnout for each cruise. There usually runs around 15 boats and 30 to 40 people participating. There was a very successful cruise to Benicia July 24-25 (see photo) and Petaluma on August 21 – 23. Looking out into the future months we are booked at a much better rate than last year. We do continue to get new people going out on the cruises as well as the regular participants. The year continues to book in a great group of cruisers making the cruise events even larger than last year. Upcoming cruises include Half Moon Bay Sept. 4 – 7, Encinal Yacht Club Sept. 18 – 19, and Tinsley Island in the delta Oct 2 – 4. Finally the Berkeley Lobster Cruise Nov 21 is not to be missed.

For more information – and to register – go to the website at https://sausalitoyachtclub.org/cruising/. There is no better way to meet and get to know your fellow SYC members than cruising. Come by boat or car and join in.

Nominating Committee for 2016

The current Nominating Committee is finalizing the slate of officers for 2016. They choose candidates for the officers and chairs for the annual elections. They do not choose candidates for the Nominating Committee itself, however. The committee consists of the ex-Chairman of the Executive Board, the ex-Commodore and three members selected from candidates at large. Volunteers need to step forward to run for a position on the committee. This is an excellent way to contribute to the club in a very important way. It’s also an excellent way to meet many talented members.

There still is time to apply for inclusion on the list for candidates for next year. Regular, Honorary, and Senior members may serve on the Nominating Committee and shall have been members for at least five (5) years. If you are interested to run, make yourself known to the SYC Secretary, Alan Shirek, at secretary@sausalitoyachtclub.org or by telephone to the club office.

Seminars / Speakers / Special Events

Keep informed and up to date.

Sept 12 – 13: Rotary Cruise-In weekend

October 7: Wednesday, Seminar – Active Lifestyle

October 25: Sunday, Children’s Halloween Party

 

September And October 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.”

Sept 4 – 8: Half Moon Bay

Sept 18 – 20: Encinal Yacht Club

October 2 – 5: Tinsley Island of StFYC

RACE

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

Sept 15: Summer Sunset #5

Sept 29: Sunset Championship

October 17: Twin Island Race #3

ENTERTAINMENT

Party on! Come and enjoy the fun.

Sept 13: Sunday, Wisps & Willows

Sept 16: Wednesday, Wine Club

Sept 20: Bloody Mary Sunday 9:30 to 1 pm,

Sept 20: Sunday, AM Quartet

Sept 26: Saturday, Lobster Dinner with Derek & Damir

October 1: Thursday, Chime Travellers

October 3: First Saturday Dinner

October 6: Tuesday, Cigar Dinner

October 21: Wednesday, Wine Club

October 31: Saturday, Monster Mash Halloween Ball

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Commodore Dave Borton

 

LETTER FROM COMMODORE DAVE BORTON

 

There are two significant planning activities going on at the club right now. First we have hired an architect to help us visualize the way the club could look. There are many opportunities to make the clubhouse “pop” and make a significant impact on the Sausalito waterfront. While this design takes place, some of our facility initiatives have been placed on hold. Specifically, the deck update, the front of the club and some interior projects are being paused while we get the design – and costs – identified. Members will get an opportunity to review changes and costs before we make any new and significant enhancements.

The second planning activity is the start of the staffing plan for the club leadership next year. Those interested in being on the Nominating Committee during 2016 should make themselves known to Alan Shirek, the club secretary, by September 8th. It must be in writing or email to secretary@sausalitoyachtclub.org. Ballots for the Nominating Committee and the club’s officers for next year will go out in October. Results will be announced at the Annual Meeting on November 8.

Seminars – Speaker Series

You may have noticed announcements in the past two months about a speaker series that has restarted at the club. The seminars and speakers are typically scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month starting at 6:30 pm. The first one on July 1st was Kame Richards, the co-founder of Pineapple Sails, who presented “Understanding SF Bay Tidal Currents.” Kame explained common tidal currents and how they behave from transitions from flood to ebb and vice versa. The talk applied to relatively slow craft including sailboats, swimmers, row boats, kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards. A full house greeted Kame – and he treated them to a walk out on the club deck to observe the water flowing past the club at the beginning of a flood current.

A second seminar is this Wednesday, August 5th – again at 6:30 pm. It features Alan Olson who will speak about the educational tall ship that is taking shape on the shores of Sausalito. The ship, the Matthew Turner, is being built mainly by volunteers. The project will provide on-the-water and shore-side experiential education for students of all ages, both during construction and following completion.

Kathie Forte is organizing this series and is putting together a variety of topics. Other seminars include

  • September 2: Terry Moran from Wooden Boats for Veterans 
  • October 7: Dr. Laura Sciaroni, Orthopedic and Sports Medicine injuries and conditions. 
  • November 4: to be determined
  • December 2: to be determined

Thank you, Kathie.

Check the club calendar for additional details as the dates draw closer.

The club’s bar and galley are now open for food and beverage service on Wednesdays. Enjoy a meal, beverages – and a seminar – on these Wednesday evenings.

Sail Training

Renee with hands full of Crisco
Summer Sailing Camp
is well underway – and is about to conclude until next summer. This has been the largest session the club has had with over one hundred students enrolled. Students from 8 to 18 are enrolled in boats from eight-foot Optis to 12 foot FJ’s to 13 foot 420’s. Optis are great for beginners. FJ’s are the next step up for more experienced sailors. The 420’s come with spinnakers and are used by high school teams around the bay. Lasers are also available for some solo sailing. Watch for more information about fall sailing opportunities. Students can learn new skills as can the competitive high school race team.
Watermellon Polo
Sailing camp is also about having fun IN the water!

The Youth Sailing Exchange concluded with the high school sailors from the US Mount Tam and the Cascais, Portugal students sailing together and competitively on the bay. Racers from Richmond, San Francisco and St Francis yacht clubs also joined in on the competition. The Portuguese finished with the top three places – but everyone still had a great time.

The joint camaraderie between sailors from two countries so far from each other was excellent. It will continue next summer as the SYC team will send six students to Cascais.

Mayor-TomMayor Tom Theodoris from Sausalito presents the Mayor’s Trophy to the coach of the Cascais team, Afonso Prieto. The sailors from both teams designed and made the trophy during a visit to the educational Tall Ship construction site.

Adult Sailing on a club boat is available through the use of Dragon, a B-25 sloop. It is moored off the club and is available to members at no charge. You just need to demonstrate your ability to sail – and then you are able to use the boat. Go to the club website at https://sausalitoyachtclub.org/adult-sailing-and-boating-program/ , scroll down to the “Check Out Course” and sign-up. It’s $25 to get checked out and on the list for qualified skippers.

Squeegee Magazine

The new Squeegee club newsletter is now available. Printed copies are available at the club. You can also read it on-line at https://sausalitoyachtclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/2015-Summer-Squeegee.pdf Thanks go to all the contributors and to editor Karin Shakery for pulling it together.

August and September 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.”

August 21 — 23: Petaluma Yacht Club

Sept 4 — 8: Half Moon Bay

Sept 18 — 20: Encinal Yacht Club

RACE

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

August 4: Summer Sunset #2

August 18: Summer Sunset #3

Sept 1: Summer Sunset #4

Sept 15: Summer Sunset #5

Sept 29: Sunset Championship

ENTERTAINMENT

Party on! Come and enjoy the fun.

August 8: An evening with Arthur Dente

August 13: Thursday—Burlesque Show

August 15: Spanish Wine Dinner

August 20: Thursday—Blue Monday Band

Sept 3: Thursday—Country Western Band

Sept 17: Thursday—tbd

Every Sunday from August 16—Sunday Series music on the deck

Sailing Instruction at SYC

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June 2015

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LETTER FROM COMMODORE DAVE BORTON

 

Town Hall Meeting – Sunday June 14, 4:30 pm

Stop in at the club on Sunday afternoon for a brief mid-year update. There are many things going on at the club that we want to share. The approval process is underway for investments required for membership recommendations from the recent member’s survey. The agenda will include the following topics – and others that you may have questions about:

  • Membership Survey Results
  • Financials
  • Member Survey Projects Status and Investments
  • Executive Board Update
  • By-laws Update
  • Q & A

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. Members are looking for the club to be open more hours. We have just announced the extended hours for the club starting Wednesday June 3.
    • The Bar Menu will be served on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 8 with an introductory special 1/2 price on all food and beverage.
    • Thursday lunch for $15 will start June 4th.
    • Friday and Saturdays the Bar and Galley will be open half an hour earlier at 11:30 am. Saturday night wine specials have wines at 1/2 price except for house wines.
    • Sunday Family Night BBQ Buffet from 5 to 8 starts Sunday June 7.
  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. The new furniture can be supported financially this year and will be presented to you, the members, for your approval. The heaters will be deferred to 2016. This will also be discussed at the Town Hall meeting June 14th.
  3. Improve On-the-water activities. The goal is to provide watercraft for members to use at the club. We need additional storage for the boats – kayaks and SUP’s (stand up paddleboards.) Meanwhile, we do have a 25 foot sailboat on a mooring off the club that is also available. Look for the signs at the club for our new Adult Sail Training and usage program. Check this link for training sessions: https://sausalitoyachtclub.org/adult-sailing-and-boating-program/
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Dave Martel

Key Personnel Changes

Two unexpected resignations from the senior club staff recently occurred. Our General Manager, Dave Martel, has accepted a Bar and Restaurant manager’s position at the Marin Country Club in Novato. Dave’s last day at SYC was Saturday May 30. Dave was very personable to us, the members, when we arrived at the club. He always made us feel very welcomed. He will be missed. Best wishes to Dave as he pursues the hospitality business in a golf environment. Golf is Dave’s passion so he will fit right in immediately. Dave was the GM here for 3 1/2 years. Thank you very much, Dave.

Ed McCann has resigned as a Director on the Executive Board. He felt he was unable to continue. Ed has distinguished himself as an excellent investigative resource, He can support his position on almost any issue with considerable detail. Ed has served on the Executive Board for about one year. Thank you, Ed.

Search efforts are underway for the replacements of both Dave and Ed. It is our hope we can find replacements soon. However, we want to find the right candidates so it may take some time.

Youth Sailing Exchange with Cascais, Portugal

syc-cascais
The youth sailors from Cascais, Portugal will be here for the Sausalito Sister Cities event in one month. They arrive in Sausalito on July 3 and will get totally immersed on the 4. They will be in the Sausalito parade that day followed by the BBQ and fireworks from the decks of the club. The following week they will be touring Sausalito, San Francisco, sailing and racing on the Bay with a concluding banquet at the club on Sunday July 12. They depart for home on Monday July 13th. We expect they will return home having experienced a wonderful time in the US, California and Sausalito.

Youth from the SYC Sail Training program will go to Cascais in the summer of 2016. Some sailing students are already getting excited to be part of that contingent.

4th-of-july
4th of July at SYC

4th of July is always a very popular event at the club. The fireworks are out in the bay just South East of the club. The BBQ is excellent.

  • Bar to open at 2:00 pm
  • BBQ to start at 3:00 pm
  • Fireworks at 9:00 pm
  • Live Music starts at 4:30 pm and plays to 8:30 – Featuring Cameron Woodruff Band
  • Fireworks at 9:00 pm

Cover charge for this very popular event will be:

  • Members – $15
  • Guests – $20
  • Children under 12 – $10

A portion of the proceeds are contributed to the fireworks display.

June and July 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.

CRUISEJoin 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.”

June 19 to 21: South Beach – San Francisco

June 26 – 28: Rear Commodore’s Race / Cruise to Vallejo

July 24 – 26: Benicia Yacht Club

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

June 9: Spring Sunset #4

June 23: Spring Sunset #5 and Series Awards

June 27: Rear Commodore’s Race / Cruise to Vallejo

June 28: PICYA Lipton Cup, 100th Anniversary

July 18: Twin Island Race #2

July 21: Summer Sunset #1

ENTERTAINMENTParty on! Come and enjoy the fun.

June 4: Thirsty Thursday Performance Series with the AM Quartet. Small Plates Menu.

June 5: Jazz and Blues by the Bay every Friday during the summer. Club table for 6 is available at Gabrielson Park ($50). See the website home page to sign up.

June 13: Summer Solstice Celebration

June 14: Town Hall Meeting

June 17: Wine Club

July 4: 4th of July BBQ and fireworks

July 5: Cascais, Portugal Youth Sailing Exchange all week

July 15: Wine Club

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

SYC 2015 Summer Solstice Celebration

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Entertainment Presents

The Summer Solstice Gala Dance Party!

The one thing I have learned as your Entertainment Chair is – This Club Loves a Good Party!

Attire: Fanciful Elegance

The Menu: A Spellbinding Medley of Culinary Delights. Incorporating a multitude of food stations orchestrated by Chef Dennis Tao. Don’t miss this show stopping experience! (see below for details)

The Stars: Two Shows Featuring the “Upper Mid Town Trio” and “The Right Time”

The Fun: Prizes, Prizes, Prizes! Most Fanciful Elegant Couple, Most Fanciful Original Goddess, Most Fanciful Original Zeus, Best Floral Crown-God or Goddess!

SYC Solstice Celebration


 
Summer Solstice menu

May 2015

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David Borton

LETTER FROM COMMODORE DAVE BORTON

Opening Day on the Bay capped off a very busy April. Over 300 members, spouses and guests visited the club on that Sunday, April 26. It started with the Blessing of the Fleet in front of Corinthian Yacht Club in Raccoon Straights. The SYC boats were led by Jim Gabbert’s “Defiance.” Jim also led the parade on the City Front right behind the fireboat.

The race season started in April as well with El Toro’s racing from Sausalito to San Francisco’s City Front in the Bull Ship Race, the first Twin Island Race of the year and the start of the Tuesday Night Sunset Series.

Sail Training concluded the Spring session with a banquet for the students and their families. Planning for the summer, including the hosting of student sailors from Cascais, Portugal is now in full swing. Watch for them in early July.

Town Hall Meeting – Sunday June 14

A mid-year update is coming soon! There are many things going on at the club that we want to share. The approval process will be underway for investments required for membership recommendations from the recent members survey. The agenda will include the following topics – and others that you may have questions about:

  • Membership Survey Results
  • Financials
  • Member Survey Projects Status and Investments
  • By-laws Update
  • Q & A

Help-Wanted

The club is looking for a couple of volunteers to start some new activities. They are an Education Director and a Website Editor.

The Education Director coordinates with the various Chairpersons and General Manager in order to create a series of nautical themed seminars and education. This is an important function to keep the members up to date in many different facets of nautical topics. Many of the speakers will come from within the club; others will be found outside. Contact me for more information.

The Website Editor generates and edits communications to the members that go on the website. Source material comes from events at the club. We need someone with marketing, public relations and writing skills. Contact me or our Communications Chair, Robert Stoeber, for more information.

Angel-Island-BBQCruise to Angel Island

One of the more popular “cruises” of the year is the Angel Island Picnic in Ayala Cove. It was on Saturday May 2 this year. It was fully booked, but watch the cruise calendar for next year and make a decision early. It’s a great BBQ!

Ferry Landing

The proposed Ferry Landing next to the club is getting a lot of attention by residents and businesses these days. This is a view of the ferry landing recently. Club management is concerned about any undue erosion to the sea bed around the pilings supporting the club’s facility. Our most recent survey is ten years old. The pilings were fine then, but we may need to do another survey soon. The dredging process using catamaran ferries – as seen here – are a potential concern.

Ferry-Landing

 

Race

Wind and no-wind! That was the story of both the initial Twin Island race on Saturday April 25 and the Sunset race on Tuesday April 28. The Twin Island race had light to medium winds at the start, around the islands and until boats exiting Raccoon Straights heading to Yellow Bluff ran into a wind hole. Four boats parked there and did not finish. The Tuesday night race suffered a 40 minute delay for lack of wind. Then a light breeze filled in and most boats were able to sail the course before the time limit. Both races concluded with refreshments and food at the club. The Spring Sunset Series continues four more alternate Tuesdays starting May 12. It’s not too late to register either for the series or a single race.

Additional special races in the next two months are the Women’s Skippers Regatta on Saturday May 16, the Rear Commodore’s race to Vallejo on Saturday June 27 and the Lipton Cup on Sunday June 28. Check the website and watch your emails for additional details for these races.

Our three initiatives progress

  • Open more hours. Members are looking for the club to be open more hours. We are putting plans in place to be open additional hours and days during the week. As reported last month, watch for an announcement of additional hours in the near future.

  • 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. Additional research is underway so that the choices we make result in solutions that last, are attractive and are affordable. The deck also needs refurbishment. These projects and purchases were not in the financial plan for 2015. We will be presenting these expenditures to you, the members, for your approval. They will also be discussed at the Town Hall meeting in June.

  • Improve on-the-water activities. The goal is to provide watercraft for members to use at the club. We need additional storage for the boats – kayaks and SUP’s (stand up paddleboards). Government approvals are needed for expanding our boat storage. We are working towards that – or other storage alternatives. Meanwhile, we do have a usable 25 foot sailboat on a mooring off the club that is also available. Look for the signs at the club for our new Adult Sail Training and usage program. It will also be on our website in the next weeks.

Tam High School mementoSail Training

The Tam High School winter program concluded with a wonderful banquet for the team and their parents. Congratulations to the success the team had – and to the winners on the team. Thank you to the team for providing a photo memento to the club. Look for it on display.

Summer camp for children is rapidly approaching. There are opportunities for children from 8 years old all the way through high school. Learn to sail lessons all the way through competitive racing are available. There are one week, two week, and all summer options for children. Check out the schedule and options for your children, grandchildren and others. Club member’s children get a discount.

Youth Sailing at Sausalito Yacht ClubThe Sausalito / Cascais Youth Sailing Exchange inaugural event is rapidly arriving. The six students from Cascais, Portugal have been chosen and are excited about their trip to the US, Sausalito and our yacht club. They arrive on July 3 and will be here through the 13. Their visit is being coordinated and funded by the Sausalito Sister City program. The chairperson for Sausalito is our club member Cheryl Popp. The club’s liaison for the last three years is Staff Commodore John Williams. It’s not too late to get your child enrolled in the sailing program the week of July 6 while the Cascais sailors are here. It’s an excellent opportunity to get international exposure. And, next year, Tam High students are eligible to go to Cascais for sailing and touring.

May and June 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.”

May 2: Angel Island Lamb and Oyster Feed (SOLD OUT)

June 19 to 21: South Beach – San Francisco

June 27: Rear Commodore’s Race / Cruise to Vallejo

RACE

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

 May 12: Spring Sunset Race #2

May 16: Women’s Skipper Regatta

May 26: Spring Sunset Race #3

June 9: Spring Sunset #4

June 23: Spring Sunset #5 and Series Awards

June 27: Rear Commodore’s Race / Cruise to Vallejo

June 28: Lipton Cup

ENTERTAINMENT

Party on! Come and enjoy the fun.

 May 7: Thirsty Thursday Pig Roast by Chef Dennis Teo and entertainment by Freddie and the Freeloaders

May 10: Mother’s Day Brunch, 2 seatings

May 20: Wine Club

May 25: Memorial Day BBQ: 12 to 6

May 30: Winemakers Dinner, Domaine Anderson and Chef Dennis

June 4: Thirsty Thursday Performance Series

June 14: Town Hall Meeting

June 17: Wine Club

June 20: Summer Solstice Celebration

Women Skippers Regatta

April 23, 2015  |   Race   |     |   Comments Off on Women Skippers Regatta

2015 Women Skippers Regatta