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Letter from the Commodore, May 2017

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The first trimester of 2017, by almost any means of measurement, has been quite successful.

While we may have different ways of prioritizing our satisfaction with the Club, let me share some of mine.

Starting with a bottom line approach, our financial success year to date is ahead of plan. Due largely to the financial disciplines of the Chairs on the FOC, the year is off to a great financial start.

All of the Chairs began with razor thin financial budgets and have done great work in completing their projects while managing budgets to the benefit of all Members. We cannot thank these great volunteers enough for the outstanding work they are doing.

In addition to managing their projects and budgets, there is a great synergy and camaraderie that has made serving this year a real pleasure. Hopefully you are noticing the good work of the FOC.

Port, Communications, Membership, Entertainment, Race, Cruise, Auxiliary, House, Sail Training, Secretary and the Rear and Vice Commodores are making for great teamwork.

Let’s not overlook the great job the administrative staff and Bar & Gallley are doing as well. Bar & Gallery are managing to budget and providing good results.

It would be to your benefit to be more diligent in making reservations. Really.

Recently we had a Town Hall meeting and reported that the financial reports for the Club are now posted on the website. If you are reading this article, click over to the Members only section and check out the reports posted.

We have begun celebrating the 75th anniversary of the year with new wearables featuring the 75th logo. The Twin Island Race rules have been amended to require at least one crew be 18 years old or less, as were the founders of the SYC.

More activities, including a regatta and gala are coming together as is our historical archive.

So while I think the year is going well, what do you think? We asked that question at the Town Hall Meeting on April 30 and ask it everyday. Please, feel free to reach out any time with questions or concerns.

In the coming weeks we will be introducing new parking policies. It will require diligent use of parking stickers, limits on how long a car can remained park and will ban blocking emergency vehicle access. Your inputs on the policy are welcome and cooperation once implemented are appreciated.

There will be details to follow.

Meanwhile, we look forward to meeting your expectations.

Fair winds,

Larry Moraes

January 2017 Letter from the Commodore

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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:

Vision:

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.

Values:

  • 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

Commodore

Letter from the Commodore – December

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The Holiday season is in full bloom at our club. The tree is magnificent, probably one of the nicest trees I have seen and the decorations are top notch. Starting at 10:30 am on November 27th, 25 plus members worked throughout the day transforming the club into a Christmas wonderland. Rear Commodore Jock made sure all the lights worked-one light bulb at a time……….I was told that ‘for being a Commodore, I took directions very well.’

The Lighted Boat Parade is Saturday, December 10th. The good news is the evening is sold out. The bad news (if you can call this bad) is that there will be a $5 donation fee charged at the door. I know that a number of members are disappointed that we are charging a fee for the event since we eliminated cover charges for other events, but the fee goes towards the Sausalito On The Water Front Foundation in the form of a donation towards the fireworks that will be provided. Keep in mind that the cost is still $10 less than previous years. It should be a spectacular evening!

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Sunday, the 11th is the annual Brunch with Santa and childrens Christmas Party, beginning at 10 am. Santa will arrive via Mercury around 11 am. Bring the kids and grandkids. The Club Holiday Party will be on Sunday December 18th at 5:30 pm. A hosted glass of wine (or two or three) will be provided along with passed hors d’oeuvres for all members. Please make it a point to come on down and celebrate with your fellow members.

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SYC will end the year with a very festive and fun New Years Eve with excellent foot and entertainment. Make sure to get your reservations in early as the event will be another sell out. Urgent Call: The club is in need of a new Entertainment Chair for 2017. If you are up for the task or know of a member who you think would like to take on the roll, please reach out to a member or the Nominating Committee. Please.

Well, this is the last Commodore Letter I will be writing. For those of you who have taken the time to read these ramblings, I thank you. For those of you who have not, I thank you as well! And again, thank you for allowing me to serve you and our club as Commodore, it’s been a great ride.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and may you and our dear club have a great 2017.
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November 2016

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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

 

Letter from the Commordore – October 2016

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Hard to believe October is here and summer has past-except for us Bay Area folks. I always find that this is the best time of the year for being on the water, both cruising and sailing. The sun is out and there is generally a good breeze. So get out there before winter sets in.

Jonea and I just spent three glorious days at Tinsley Island as part of the five club cruise (SYC, CYC, Marin YC, SFYC and Tiburon YC). Cruise Captain Larry Moraes and side kick Chuck Cihak did a spectacular job organizing the SYC activities of the cruise. Out of the five clubs attending, SYC had the largest member representation with over 45 members signed up. There is a great camaraderie as well a bit of competitiveness among the clubs. Although, SYC didn’t win for best table decoration (I thought ours was most definitely the coolest), Ross and Tammy took down CYC in the annual Bocce Ball tournament…way to go Blanchards! Larry and Chuck served up 150-200 Scorpions (don’t ask what’s in it, you do not want to know but they are good-can’t even taste the alcohol) and there were a lot of ‘stars’ tending to the bar on Saturday.

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front-door-varnishI hope most of you have visited the club in the last few weeks and noticed the improvements that House Chair, Courtney Goff and crew have completed. The front doors have been completely refinished: old varnish was stripped off, prepped, stained and finished with 10 coats of varnish, sanding in between coats. The entrance way had all the cracks and holes patched, primed and finished with two coats of fresh paint. Both improvements give a very inviting welcome as you enter the club. Now we need to look at the clubhouse itself…

 

The saga of the deck furniture is finally over. The old burning, melting, exploding furniture has been replaced with non-burning, non-melting tables and chairs. I have heard nothing but positive feedback regarding the style and look, and that’s a good thing. I can assure you there were no additional costs to the club; however, there was a significant cost to the manufacture and vendor who sold us the burning-melting furniture, as there should be.

In September, the city of Sausalito received a call informing them that the grease trap in our galley was not up to code. Photographs were also supplied to the city. The city called the club and scheduled an inspection for the following day. Somehow the drain that is supposed to go to the grease trap was reversed and went directly to the drain, which leads to the city sewer. Courtney was able to make the correction by simply rotating the drainpipe 180 degrees. It was a very simple fix. Feel free to contact me should anyone have any questions about this resolved issue.

 

Ballots for the 2017 club Officers and Chairs and Nominating Committee candidates should be in your mailbox this week. I think you will find that the 2016 Nominating Committee put up an exemplary slate of well-qualified candidates and our club will be well served for the years to come. Please mail or return the ballot so it arrives before the November 13th annual meeting. The meeting will begin at 11:30am at which time the results will be announced.

 

One more rule to bring up and then I will close. When parking in the Club parking lot, please have a current member parking sticker in your vehicle. It is very frustrating for members to come to the Club and not be able to park in the lot because cars are without their stickers. We did hire a security guard to remind members to have parking stickers. It seems to have helped but we still have folks parking without stickers. The reason I am reminding everyone is that we do not want to ticket vehicles.

Upcoming Events

Race:

SYC Twin Island Race #3, October 15

SYC Midwinter Race #1, November 16

Cruise:

Berkeley Yacht Club Lobster Feed, November 19

Entertainment:

Cuban Night, October 13

Night with Arthur Dente, October 22

Halloween Dinner and Dance, October 29

Speaker Series:

Carl Nolte, October 19

Commodore’s October Newsletter

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From the Commodore – August 1, 2016

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I am pleased to inform you that John Wales has been elected by the FOC to serve as Treasure for the remainder of the year. John will serve as Treasurer after the resignation of Tom Shurstad. Tom resigned due to increased involvement with his business. Tom had little time to devote to the club treasury duties. Although we are sad to see Tom resign, we are confident in John assuming the role of Treasurer.

Please pardon the ‘mess’ as you enter the Club. We have begun the process of sprucing up the clubhouse. So far, we have completed painting the foyer, outdoor deck near the front entrance (smoking area) as well as refinishing the front doors. The initial phase should be complete by the August 12th. The remaining interior of the clubhouse will be painted by the end of the year.

Come on down to the SYC deck for The Summer Music Series every Sunday afternoons 4:30-7pm through September 25th. Enjoy the live music in a relaxing setting. I’ve attended two music Sundays and totally enjoyed both. For more info, click here.

The summer issue of the Squeegee newsletter is available both in printed version (pick up at the club) as well as online. Many thanks to our editor, Karin Shakery and all the contributors. It takes a lot of work and time to produce the Squeegee.

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Members Steve Hocking, Dennis Webb and four other crew sailed Steve’s boat ‘Ohana”, a 46’ Beneteau, in the 2016 Pacific Cup. They finished 5th with a time of 11 days, 12 hours. Congratulations Steve and crew! Dennis has been in the Club a few times since returning from Hawaii and has some great stories. If you see him, ask him about the trip-you’ll be amazed.

 

 

 

 

 

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The sons of members Peter English and Bob Rogers, sailing “Mas!”, a Moore 24, was a ‘clean sweep’ winner: Best PHRF, Moore 24 record and team trophy (RYC). They finished in 10 days, 14.30 hours. Peter and Bob taught Mark and Ian well!

 

 

 

 

Mercury will be spending week at KKMI getting much of her electrical system refurbished, a budgeted item long in need. We have been assured all work will be completed in a timely manner and the boat will be back in service in time for the next scheduled race.

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The Women Skippers’ Regatta is August 27th. The Axillary sponsored event is in its 35th year. Music and BB-Q will follow at the Clubhouse. Sign up here!Untitled

 

***Members interested in serving on the Nominating Committee shall come forward and advise the Secretary, in writing, of their desire to serve on the incoming Nominating Committee. The written notice must be received by the Secretary no later than 60 days prior to the Annual Meeting. The deadline is September 20th.

Upcoming events:

Entertainment:

  • Alan Choy Piano Bar, August 13th
  • Night at the Opera, August 20th
  • Lobster night, September 17th

Race:

  • Summer Sunset: August 9, 23 and Sept 6th
  • Women Skippers’ Regatta, August 27th

Cruise:

  • Petaluma, August 20th
  • Half Moon Bay, September 2nd

 

Eight Bells: Jeff Hutter; Paul Perko. May they remain in our thoughts.

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

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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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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

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.

From The Commodore – November 2015

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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.

From The Commodore – October 2015

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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

September 2015

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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

August 2015

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David Borton

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

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

June 2015

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David Borton

Commodore Dave Borton


 

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/
Dave_Martel

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

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

April 2015

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David Borton

LETTER FROM COMMODORE DAVE BORTON

Summer is fast approaching. If you have not done it already, now is the time to get your boat prepared and your boating activities planned for the summer. Your club is arranging a large variety of activities for you to include in your plans; some are on the water, others are at the club.

This next two months will see activity in many areas. Opening Day on the Bay is at the end of April. There will be a special BBQ and children’s activities at the club and boat outings for the blessing of the fleet. Spring and summer races also get going in April. Now is time to make your boat fast. If you are not into heavy-duty racing, the Twin Island Series goes around Alcatraz and Angel Islands. It’s a cruise with competition!

Progress on Our Initiatives

January’s planning meeting resulted in three initiatives that came from the member survey run in late 2014. Your club management is working to put these initiatives in place. They all come with issues that we are working to overcome.

  • Open more hours. We are putting plans in place to be open additional hours and days during the week. This requires adjusting the working hours of the staff which is easy for some and difficult for others. Watch for an announcement in the near future.

  • Make the deck available for extended usage. There are two projects that will make that happen. We are looking for more comfortable chairs and tables plus heaters on the deck. Additional research is underway so that the choices we make result in solutions that last, are attractive and are affordable.

  • Improve on-the–water activities. The goal is to provide watercraft for members to use at the club – probably 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 sailboat on a mooring off the club.

Cruise to Ballena Bay, Alameda

Ballena Bay turned out to be a great small cruise on March 13 to15 and everyone had a fun time.  The corned beef and cabbage dinner was outstanding. This is a club that we need to revisit in the future.

There were some new faces on this cruise. Kristine and William Moore are new members of the club on their first cruise. This was Dee and Tom Clappiers first SYC cruise after eight years with the club; we hope they do many more. Surprise cruisers were the Prandis who I also hope will continue to cruise with our group.

Race

The Midwinter’s Series concluded successfully on March 1. The race committee tried really hard to get the last race of the series underway. They had to wait two hours, but the race was finally run much to the glee of the racers that stuck it out. The race ended with a deck full of racers getting their awards, trading stories and enjoying the weather, food and drinks.

Season’s first place results:

Division A Spinnaker: Q, Glenn Isaacson

Division C Spinnaker: Nancy, Pat Broderick

J105 One Design: Hazardous Waste, Dana Sack

Division D Non-spinnaker: French Kiss, Dave Borton

Division E Non-spinnaker: Raccoon, Jim Snow

Jaws Race

Bud Livingston initiated this race reminiscent of the old races that started and finished off the club deck. March 21 celebrated the third year of the race; thank you Bud. The race is a “pursuit” with staggered starts. The idea is that all the boats should finish at the same time if they have the same winds and if they sail their boats the same. So the first to cross the finish line wins. The winners were: Spinnaker – Ohana, Marika Edler; Non-spinnaker – Q, Glenn Isaacson.

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day came early at the club – and most places in the US this year. The club party was three days early – on March 14. But no one minded. Also no one minded that we had some Scottish bagpipe music from our Staff Commodore Lynne Miller. The attendees really enjoyed themselves.

Sail Training

Summer camp offers opportunities for children from 8 to 18 years old. Lessons range from basic sailing all the way through to competitive racing. . There are one-week, two-week and all-summer options. Check out the schedule and options for your children, grandchildren and others. Member’s children get a discount.

April and May 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.”

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

April 26: Opening Day Blessing of the Fleet

May 2: Angel Island Lamb and Oyster Feed

RACE

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

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

April 25: Twin Island Race #1 of 3

April 28: Spring Sunset Race #1 of 5

May 12: Spring Sunset Race #2

May 16: Women’s Skipper Regatta

May 26: Spring Sunset Race #3

ENTERTAINMENT

Party on! Come and enjoy the fun.

April 2: Thursday Performance Series

April 4: Senior Members Honorary Dinner

April 5: Annual Easter Brunch

April 11: Short History of American Pop Music

April 18: Winemaker Dinner: Domaine Anderson

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

May 23: TBD

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.

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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