Letter from the Commordore – October 2016

October 10, 2016  |   From the Commodore   |     |   Comments Off on Letter from the Commordore – October 2016



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


SYC Twin Island Race #3, October 15

SYC Midwinter Race #1, November 16


Berkeley Yacht Club Lobster Feed, November 19


Cuban Night, October 13

Night with Arthur Dente, October 22

Halloween Dinner and Dance, October 29

Speaker Series:

Carl Nolte, October 19