LETTER FROM COMMODORE DAVE BORTON
Opening Day on the Bay capped off a very busy April. Over 300 members, spouses and guests visited the club on that Sunday, April 26. It started with the Blessing of the Fleet in front of Corinthian Yacht Club in Raccoon Straights. The SYC boats were led by Jim Gabbert’s “Defiance.” Jim also led the parade on the City Front right behind the fireboat.
The race season started in April as well with El Toro’s racing from Sausalito to San Francisco’s City Front in the Bull Ship Race, the first Twin Island Race of the year and the start of the Tuesday Night Sunset Series.
Sail Training concluded the Spring session with a banquet for the students and their families. Planning for the summer, including the hosting of student sailors from Cascais, Portugal is now in full swing. Watch for them in early July.
Town Hall Meeting – Sunday June 14
A mid-year update is coming soon! There are many things going on at the club that we want to share. The approval process will be underway for investments required for membership recommendations from the recent members survey. The agenda will include the following topics – and others that you may have questions about:
- Membership Survey Results
- Member Survey Projects Status and Investments
- By-laws Update
- Q & A
The club is looking for a couple of volunteers to start some new activities. They are an Education Director and a Website Editor.
The Education Director coordinates with the various Chairpersons and General Manager in order to create a series of nautical themed seminars and education. This is an important function to keep the members up to date in many different facets of nautical topics. Many of the speakers will come from within the club; others will be found outside. Contact me for more information.
The Website Editor generates and edits communications to the members that go on the website. Source material comes from events at the club. We need someone with marketing, public relations and writing skills. Contact me or our Communications Chair, Robert Stoeber, for more information.
One of the more popular “cruises” of the year is the Angel Island Picnic in Ayala Cove. It was on Saturday May 2 this year. It was fully booked, but watch the cruise calendar for next year and make a decision early. It’s a great BBQ!
The proposed Ferry Landing next to the club is getting a lot of attention by residents and businesses these days. This is a view of the ferry landing recently. Club management is concerned about any undue erosion to the sea bed around the pilings supporting the club’s facility. Our most recent survey is ten years old. The pilings were fine then, but we may need to do another survey soon. The dredging process using catamaran ferries – as seen here – are a potential concern.
Wind and no-wind! That was the story of both the initial Twin Island race on Saturday April 25 and the Sunset race on Tuesday April 28. The Twin Island race had light to medium winds at the start, around the islands and until boats exiting Raccoon Straights heading to Yellow Bluff ran into a wind hole. Four boats parked there and did not finish. The Tuesday night race suffered a 40 minute delay for lack of wind. Then a light breeze filled in and most boats were able to sail the course before the time limit. Both races concluded with refreshments and food at the club. The Spring Sunset Series continues four more alternate Tuesdays starting May 12. It’s not too late to register either for the series or a single race.
Additional special races in the next two months are the Women’s Skippers Regatta on Saturday May 16, the Rear Commodore’s race to Vallejo on Saturday June 27 and the Lipton Cup on Sunday June 28. Check the website and watch your emails for additional details for these races.
Our three initiatives progress
Open more hours. Members are looking for the club to be open more hours. We are putting plans in place to be open additional hours and days during the week. As reported last month, watch for an announcement of additional hours in the near future.
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. Additional research is underway so that the choices we make result in solutions that last, are attractive and are affordable. The deck also needs refurbishment. These projects and purchases were not in the financial plan for 2015. We will be presenting these expenditures to you, the members, for your approval. They will also be discussed at the Town Hall meeting in June.
Improve on-the-water activities. The goal is to provide watercraft for members to use at the club. We need additional storage for the boats – kayaks and SUP’s (stand up paddleboards). Government approvals are needed for expanding our boat storage. We are working towards that – or other storage alternatives. Meanwhile, we do have a usable 25 foot sailboat on a mooring off the club that is also available. Look for the signs at the club for our new Adult Sail Training and usage program. It will also be on our website in the next weeks.
The Tam High School winter program concluded with a wonderful banquet for the team and their parents. Congratulations to the success the team had – and to the winners on the team. Thank you to the team for providing a photo memento to the club. Look for it on display.
Summer camp for children is rapidly approaching. There are opportunities for children from 8 years old all the way through high school. Learn to sail lessons all the way through competitive racing are available. There are one week, two week, and all summer options for children. Check out the schedule and options for your children, grandchildren and others. Club member’s children get a discount.
The Sausalito / Cascais Youth Sailing Exchange inaugural event is rapidly arriving. The six students from Cascais, Portugal have been chosen and are excited about their trip to the US, Sausalito and our yacht club. They arrive on July 3 and will be here through the 13. Their visit is being coordinated and funded by the Sausalito Sister City program. The chairperson for Sausalito is our club member Cheryl Popp. The club’s liaison for the last three years is Staff Commodore John Williams. It’s not too late to get your child enrolled in the sailing program the week of July 6 while the Cascais sailors are here. It’s an excellent opportunity to get international exposure. And, next year, Tam High students are eligible to go to Cascais for sailing and touring.
May and June 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.”
May 2: Angel Island Lamb and Oyster Feed (SOLD OUT)
June 19 to 21: South Beach – San Francisco
June 27: Rear Commodore’s Race / Cruise to Vallejo
Release your competitive spirit. Join a series or a single race. Bar and galley are open after the race.
May 12: Spring Sunset Race #2
May 16: Women’s Skipper Regatta
May 26: Spring Sunset Race #3
June 9: Spring Sunset #4
June 23: Spring Sunset #5 and Series Awards
June 27: Rear Commodore’s Race / Cruise to Vallejo
June 28: Lipton Cup
Party on! Come and enjoy the fun.
May 7: Thirsty Thursday Pig Roast by Chef Dennis Teo and entertainment by Freddie and the Freeloaders
May 10: Mother’s Day Brunch, 2 seatings
May 20: Wine Club
May 25: Memorial Day BBQ: 12 to 6
May 30: Winemakers Dinner, Domaine Anderson and Chef Dennis
June 4: Thirsty Thursday Performance Series
June 14: Town Hall Meeting
June 17: Wine Club
June 20: Summer Solstice Celebration