August 2015

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David Borton

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 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 , 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 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 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.”

August 21 — 23: Petaluma Yacht Club

Sept 4 — 8: Half Moon Bay

Sept 18 — 20: Encinal Yacht Club


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


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