March 2015

March 04, 2015  |   From the Commodore   |     |   Comments Off on March 2015

David Borton


This past month has been a busy time at SYC. The mild weather has made it a good time to get out of the house, go to the club and enjoy being on the water. The lack of rain has also had boating benefits. SYC boating has included a cruise to Marina Bay in Richmond, the fourth Midwinters race and continued sail-training activities. Unfortunately the Midwinters race was on a wind-free day and needed to be cancelled. This allowed those who wanted to watch the Super Bowl that day to get the boat put away and make it to the club – or private parties – before kickoff.

Cruise to Marina Bay, Richmond

Nine boats and 22 people (some land cruisers) made it to Marina Bay on a beautiful February weekend. Your “experienced” Commodore took an ill-advised “short cut” and ran aground getting to the harbor. Luckily, the tide was high enough so I was able to power through the shallow water and make it into the channel well in time for docktails. The “required” docktails were held on Todd and Cyndi Wheeler’s boat OSA and this year’s first set of cruisers got to know each other again. One boat of new members also made it to Richmond. Welcome Mike and Lori Wingert on their boat Eagle Rae. Then a scrumptious dinner was held at Salute’s Restaurant a short walk from the slips. Watch the website and your email for information about cruises to other destinations all during the year. One popular destination is the cruise to Angel Island on May 3. It’s a great event. Start your planning now.

Cascais Youth Sailing Exchange – Fund raising

Fado Night at The Pines150 people were transported from Sausalito Old Town to a replica of the Alfama district in Lisbon, Portugal with the captivating music of traditional Portuguese Fado (a form of urban folk music), Portuguese wines and a buffet of pesticos (appetizers).The evening was a benefit for the Sausalito – Cascais Sister City Youth Sailing Exchange program. Student sailors from Cascais will visit Sausalito in July of this year and next year Sausalito Yacht Club youth sailors will travel to Cascais. It is the first international youth sailing exchange in the Bay Area and should be a delightful celebration of over 150 years of Portuguese-Azorean heritage in Sausalito.

Staff Commodores’ Luncheon

Staff Commodores Luncheon (Feb 2015)It has become an annual tradition to have a luncheon for the Staff Commodores. This year there were 17 who could make it including the current, vice and rear commodores. Chefs Dennis and Alan prepared an excellent lunch for us. It was good to get suggestions and counsel from past and experienced commodores. And the advice was truly constructive.

Valentine’s Party

A champagne greeting and silent and live auctions made for an enjoyable night for the attendees. It also was a successful night for the SYC Auxiliary – the organizers of the party. The Auxiliary will spread the benefits of the auctions among many constituents of the club including the youth sailing organization. Thank you all. And thank you Auxiliary and club staff for a wonderful night.

New Club Calendar

This is the new look for the club calendar. It looks better, is easier to use and allows club officers and staff to add extra information about club events. It is under development so you will find additional information as time moves on. Use this resource to find out what’s happening at SYC. You can get to the calendar on the club website – select Calendar from the menu and then SYC Events. Thank you Robert Stoeber and the club officers and staff for getting our website improved.

March and April 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 with your own boat or catch a ride with someone else. You may also drive as a “Land Cruiser.”

March 13 – 15: Ballena Bay Yacht Club

April 11-12: St. Francis Yacht Club. SOLD OUT

May 2: Angel Island Lamb and Oyster Feed


Fire up your competitive spirit. Join a series of races or participate in a single event. Bar and galley are open after the race.

March 1: Midwinters Race (last of the series).

March 21: “Jaws” race. A Pursuit race for sailboats and a Predicted Log race for powered boats.

April 11: Bullship Race. El Toros racing from Sausalito to San Francisco

April 12: Meet and Greet for new members

April 25: Twin Island Race #1 of 3

April 28: Spring Sunset Race #1 of 5


Party on. Come and enjoy the fun.

March 5: First Thursday Performance

March 14: St. Patrick’s Dinner & Dance

April 2: Thursday Performance Series

April 4: Senior Members Honorary Dinner

April 5: Annual Easter Brunch

April 18: Piano Bar and Prime Rib

April 26: Opening Day on the Bay. BBQ and live bands.