July 2015

July 09, 2015  |   From the Commodore   |     |   Comments Off on July 2015
David Borton

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.


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


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


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