From The Commodore – December 2015

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David Borton

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 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 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.”

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


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


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.