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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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