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The San Francisco Yacht Club - 150 on the Bay and Beyond

SFYC 150th annual commemorative casebound coffee-table book - 9" x 12"

Keywords: The San Francisco Yacht Club,SFYC,yachting,San Francisco Bay,sailing,boating,cruising,sailors,yachtsmen,yachtswomen,Company History Productions,Creativewerks

The SFYC STAFF COMMODORES

Horace B. Platt 1869-72 Clifford A. Smith 1926 Frank M. Wosser 1969-70 Raymond L. Lent 1999
Richard L. Ogden 1873-78
Charles H. Harrison 1879-82 John C. Piver 1927 Emmet L. Rixford, JR, MD 1971 T. Randolph Ferguson 2000
John D. Spreckles 1883
Charles H. Harrison 1884-85 Robert H. Goodale, MD 1928 Roger Eldridge 1972-73 Marshall M. Appleton 2001
Isadore Gutte 1886-90
William N. McCarthy 1891 Stanley G. Harris 1929 Jerry R. Leth 1974-75 Gary C. Sheppard 2002
Isadore Gutte 1892-96
George E. Billings 1897 John C. Piver 1930-32 Matthew B. McGowan 1976-77 James W. Robinson 2003
Thomas L. Hill, M.D. 1898-99
William N. McCarthy 1900-01 Clifford A. Smith 1933-36 David W. Allen 1978 Charles J. Waters 2004
Robert S. Bridgman 1902-03
William G. Morrow 1904-05 Edwin D. Woodruff 1937-39 R. Thomas Decker 1979-80 Wendy Krill Miller 2005
John M. Punnett 1906
Francis G. Phillips 1907-08 Morton R. Gibbons, Sr, MD 1940-41 George A. Vare, Jr 1981 John S. Scarborough 2006
John R. Hanify 1909-10
Emmet L. Rixford, MD 1911 Leonard H. Brown, Jr 1942 George D. Gazulis 1982 William J. Smith 2007
James F. Lanagan 1912
Rodman C. Pell, Sr. 1913-14 William A. LaViolette 1943-44 Charles J. Winton 1983 John C. Swain 2008
John Barneson 1915-16
Carlton Earl Miller 1917-18 Frank D. Heastand 1945-47 Donald F. Harvey, MD 1984 Kyle Elliott 2009
Wilfred Page 1919-21
Henry A.W. Dinning 1922-23 Gordon Strawbridge 1948 Kenneth A. Frost, Jr 1985 Raymond S. Lynch 2010
John C. Piver 1924-25
Emmet L. Rixford, Jr, MD 1949-50 Robert C. Kahn 1986 H. Robert Heller 2011

Paul L. deSilva, M.D. 1951-52 Carl T. Lewis 1987 W. Robert Griswold, Jr. 2012

Frank M. Wosser 1953-54 Thomas M. Carnes 1988 Thomas C. Lacey 2013

Leonard G. James 1955-57 Jack N. Air 1989 William W. Melbostad 2014

Raymond J. Millzner, MD 1958-59 Kenneth L. Jesmore 1990 Susan E. Moore 2015

Paul L. deSilva, M.D. 1960 Evan deForest Dailey 1991 Edward L. Lynch 2016

Leonard von Schultheis 1961 Edward N. Thomson 1992 James E. C. Eaton 2017

Paul S. Marcucci 1962 Rolfe C. Croker 1993-94 Paul S. Rosenlund 2018

Emmet L. Rixford, Jr, MD 1963 Theodore Gazulis 1995 Andrew Fromm 2019

Jeff Capell 1964-65 Scott M. Noble 1996

Patrick J. Kirrane 1966-67 Terence McLoughlin 1997

Lawerence R. Custer, MD 1968 G. Mitchell Wilk 1998

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New York Yacht Club Invitational attended by Board members • SFYC invited to join the ICOYC International Council • Major three-year kitchen remodel begun • In 2011, 25- and

The SAN FRANCISCO YACHT CLUB
2018 AUXILIARY OFFICERS

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President: Stephanie Portillo Directors: Velda Demmert Ex Officio: Stephanie Stroub
Erika Elliott Honorary: Lisa Rosenlund
Vice President: Jennifer Cromar Cynthia Hills
Camille Jampolsky
Treasurer: Carol Cosgrove
Dawn O’Dell
Secretary: Andrina Welter Kara Warrin
Ginna Milan

front row from left: Lisa Rosenlund [Honorary], Stephanie Portillo [President], Jennifer Cromar [Vice President], Carol Cosgrove [Treasurer]
top row from left: Andrina Welter [Secretary], Kara Warrin, Cynthia Hills, Camille Jampolsky, Velda Demmert
not pictured: Erika Elliott, Ginna Milan, Dawn O’Dell and Stephanie Stroub [Ex-Officio]

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50-year members are recognized – now an annual event • Distinguished Club sailors are recognized on a plaque in the lobby • 2014 sees creation of the Auxiliary Cup for women racers

The SFYC AUXILIARY PAST PRESIDENTS

Mary Duhme 1954 Marlene Knowles 1975-76 Cissy Kirrane 1999
Lois Meyer/Jane Harris 1955
Barbara Creel 1956 Naomi McGinn 1977-78 Ann Welch 2000
Betty Frost 1957
Marcia Holyoake 1958 Eunice Pratt 1979 Susan Gazulis 2001
Dorothy Boat 1958
Marianne Mason 1959 Christina Gazulis Decker 1980-81 Jan Pinkston 2002
Betty Atterberry 1960
Roberta Ferguson 1961 Penny Marshall Tannlund 1982 Elizabeth Merrill 2003
Bea Wineman 1962
Janet Cooke 1963 Ilene Medovich 1983 Jane Watts 2004
Dorothy Boat 1964
Sally Mathews Legge 1965-66 Marilyn Bradley 1984 Lisa Harris 2005
Helen Healy 1967-68
Pat Duggan 1969 Nancy Rogers 1985 Mimi Cornelius 2006-07
Karen De Witt 1970
Grace Colby 1971 Leslie Mathews 1986 Noelle Kamanski 2008
Mary Ann Christensen 1972
Linda Bergeron 1973 Joanne Dailey 1987 Helen Reilly 2009
Sheila Van Pelt 1974
Carol Jesmore 1988 Alisa Bekins 2010

Dorothy Bitter 1989 Lisa Harris 2011

Janice Still 1990-91 Lori Fromm 2012

Sally Secor 1992 Melissa Tulp 2013

Nancy Wells 1993 Marily Rimmer 2014

Joan Harter 1994 Helen Reilly and

Jean Horner 1995 Marily Rimmer 2015

Lorraine Ferrarese 1996 Stephanie Stroub 2016-17

Claire Slaymaker 1997 Stephanie Portillo 2018

Robin Allen 1998

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• The distinctive Auxiliary Scarf and logo are also established in 2015 • The first Wheelhouse Club magazine is published • The Leukemia Cup and other fund-raising events are

RECIPIENTS of The SAN FRANCISCO YACHT CLUB

,52 Patrick Adams Diane Callahan Myron Eisenzimmer Robert Griffin John Johnston Mary McGerity M. Bruce Ottolini
Jack Air Barbara Callander Phillip Elbert W. Robert Griswold Milbrey Jones Naomi McGinn Gregory Owen
Thomas Akin Paul Candy Steven Enzensperger Jonathan Grose Reese Matt Jones Michael McGowan Lawson Owen
Kent Allen Martin Cannon Donald Epstein John Gullett Reese T. Jones Timothy McGowan Craig Page
Link Allen Angelo Capozzi Jason Erickson Alexandra Gullett Michael Jurs Brian McInnis Garth Page
David Anderson Joseph Carapiet David Evans John Gutenkunst Susan Kawala Jack McLaughlin Toni Paige
Robert Anderson Molly Carapiet Peter Evans Michael Guzzardo Russell Keil John McStay Robert Park
Christopher Armstrong Todd Cary Justin Faggioli Michael Haines Duncan Kelso Andrew Mecca Richard Payne
Greg Aull Ann Case Suzanne Falces Jesse Hall Bryan Kemnitzer Ilene Medovich Mark Pearce
Carlos Badell Phillip Cassou Robert Falltrick J. Thomas Hannan Thomas Kenefick Kimberly Medovich Richard Pearce
M. Suzanne Badenhoop John Caviness Gregory Felton Christina Hansen-Scott Allan Kennedy Greg Melanson Grace Perkins
Benjamin Ballard Bernidet Celia Julie Fenix Haig Harris Marilyn Kessler William Melbostad Christopher Perkins
Julian Barnett Jon Chaney Victoria Fennell Gregory Harris Lawrence Kim John Merrill Jonathan Perkins
David Barsotti William Chapman Stephen Fentress Scott Harris Gretchen Kimball Elizabeth Merrill Phillips Perkins
James Barton Roger Chrisman Richard Ferguson Wyman Harris Brandy King Richard Mesker Daniel Perrin
William Barton Dale Closner T. Randolph Ferguson Philip Hart Daniel King Henry Mettier William Perrin
Thomas Bauch Gordon Clute Heather Findlay Joan Harter Joanne Kirwin Kenneth Metzger Lloyd Phillips
Elizabeth Baylis David Cobb Rick Fisher James Hawthorne Thomas Knapp Derek Meyer Peter Phillips
William Baylis Ross Cobb Bruce Flanagan Marc Hayman Barry Kuhn Jessica Miller Gary Pinkston
Jon Bechtel James Coggan Martin Fleischman William Haynor Nancy Kuhn Samuel Miller David Plant
Laurence Bekins Joann Cook Dora Fleming David Hayward Randy Lachman Bruce Moody Willis Polite
Adam Bellinger Liam Cooney Carl Flemming Pamela Healy Meredith Lahey Tod Moody Herbert Potter
Jeffery Bellinger Allen Cooper Douglas Forster Reggio Hearn Andrew Lapkin Richard Moore Tom Price
Lloyd Benson John L. Cooper Herman Frentzel Robert Heller Zachary Larson Richard Moran Robert Pringle
James Berg John P. Cooper Thomas Furlong Richard Hermes Patrick LeBedis Robert Morey Gabrielle Proietti
Thomas Bergeron William Cranford Lynn Galusha Justin Herwick Justin Leitstein Tim Morgan Stephen Pulford
Richard Bergsund Michael Creazzi Jerry Ganz John Hetherington Raymond Lent Dale Morrow Laurence Pulgram
Ethan Berkowitz Terence Creighton Paul Garbarini Douglas Holm William LeRoy Jeff Moseley E. K. Purdy
Barbara Berling Judith Croll James Garrett Anthony Hooker Carl Lewis Jonathan Moseley Melissa Purdy
Bradley Bernheim Walter Crump John Gathings Hope Hopkins Lois Limbach Richard Moseley Tom Purdy
Richard Berridge Walter Crump, Jr. Mark Gathings Jeanie Horner Betty Linvill Harry Mumford Michael Radest
Vito Bialla Danielle Dabbah Nicholas Gazulis Millie Hughs-Fulford Hilary Lowe Daniel Murray Ryle Radke
Peter Bishop Jennifer Dailey Theodore Gazulis Harry Humphrey Craig Lubbock Elizabeth Murray Walden Raymond
Robert Black D. Darby George Gnoss Susie Humphrey Joan Lundstrom Paul Nathan Mark Reed
Martin Bloom Niel Davidson James Goddard Richard Hyde Howard Luria Paul Nathan, Jr. Patricia Rees-Miller
DeWitt Bowman Christina Decker Tony Godino Chelsea Ialeggio Jocelyn Marcelli John Neerhout Stuart Reilly
Marilyn Bradley Helene Denebeim Edward Gomoll Gerd Jakob James Marchetti Jeffrey Nehms Joy Reisner
W. Dennis Brewer Mark Denebeim Charles Gompertz Jan Jakob Noel Markley George Newhall Stephen Rieden
Michael Brilliant Erica Deuyour Martin Gordon David James Janine Marr W. Scott Newhall Eric Robin
David Brining L. John Doerr L. Wallace Graham Arthur Jampolsky Leslie Mathews Jeffrey Nielsen Howard Robin
Kiara Brinkman Miriam Doody Gary Grande David Jampolsky Jennifer Mathews Ronald Noble James Robinson
Peter Brown Mark Dowdy John Gray John Jenkins Patricia Mathis Connie Nowlan James Rodriguez
Hunter Browne W. Lawrence Drew Michael Green Donald Jesberg Charles McBurney J. Michael O'Donnell Kenneth Rogers
Stacey Bruns Joseph Drosihn Stephen Green Kenneth Jesmore Joy McCabe Charles Oewel M. Fred Rose
Jim Bryant Ash Dyer John Greene Eric Johnson Justin McCarthy Charles Ogden John Ross
Robert Buich Kent Easom Gregory Greunke Jeffrey Johnson Lawrence McCullough Gavin O'Hare Alexander Rothenberg
John Bunton Megan Edwards James Grey Peter Johnson David McEligot Marilyn Oronzi Ronald Rouda
Louis Burnett Philip Ehrlich Loyal Griffin Steger Johnson David McGee Joseph Osborn William Royall

successful examples of sailors supporting important non-profits • 2017 – the new building receives town approval through the efforts of many Club members led by S/C Ed Lynch; fund

2 5 -Y E A R S I LV E R P I N a n d 5 0 -Y E A R G O L D P I N

Leslie Ruhland John Sutak 25 Martha Abell Suzanne Knecht David Walker
Timothy Russell Nicholas Sutton Ann Allen Thomas C. Lacey William Wallace
Timothy Ryan Sandra Swanson year Jeffrey Allen Jefferson Lamoree Rollin Warner
George Rygg Steven Swanson Ronald Anderson Michael Lasky Nancy Wells
Alex Rynecki John Sweeney Annelies Atchley Jerry Leth Kathryn Wells
Ian Sands Ann Tartaul Shirley Banks Walter Levison Warren Westerhoff
Kort Sands John Taylor Geri Barsotti Lachlan MacLean Knud Wibroe
Judy Sanford Michael Taylor Nicholas Bates Marsha Maddalena Vann Wilson
Brian Sarasy Robert Taylor Donald Bekins Jeff Madrigali Maria Woodward
John Scarborough John Telischak Ida Mae Berg Lindsay Martin Ruth Wosser
Michael Schirmer Myles Temby Linda Bergeron Stephen Mason Laleh Zelinsky
Marcia Schnapp Joseph Titlow Robert Bernheim Mark Maymar
Bartz Schneider Vincent Titolo Dorothy Bitter Hal McCormack 50
Sandra Schoenberg Chrie Tomsick James Bitter Mel McCormack
Eric Schou Linda Tripp J. Blatchford James McCray year
Diane Schroeder Paul Trudell Frederic Bost Matthew McGowan
Donald Schumacher Frank Tulp Shannon Boyd Michael Mellon
Joyce Seaton Cheryl Valentine Colin Chapman Priscilla Mitchell-Miller
Sally Secor Robert VanBlaricom Luther Conover Midge Moore
Jason Secosky John Vlahoyiannis James Cooper Scott Noble
Richard Selmeier Colin Vogler William Corbett Richard Oppenheimer
Pakhtun Shah Richard vonEhrenkrook Julie Croker Elizabeth Ostrom
Hollis Shaw William Ward Evan Dailey Deirdre Owen
Gary Sheppard Charles Waters Bert Damner Melville Owen
Robert Sherman Robert Wayne Robert Davies Jane Purkey
James Sherman Jeffrey Wayne R. Thomas Decker Christopher Raney
Jonathan H. Shinn William Weiner Louise deVries Eloise Rauscher
Jonathan M. Shinn Ann Welch Patricia Duggan Diane Remick
Frederick Siegel Charles Wideman Herbert Elliott Louis Riggs
Warren Simmons Mitchell Wilk Paul Ferrarese Charles Rixford
Susan Simpkin Jamie Williams-McCullough Alan Finley Harvey Rogers
Robert Slaymaker Violet Williamson Douglas Finley John Rumsey
Robert Smith Stephanie Wondolleck A. Robert Fisher Gerald Rumsey
E. Payton Smith Sandra Wornum Andrew Fromm Margaret Rumsey
Henry Smith H. Ward Wright Kenneth Frost Bruce Sams
Robert Smith Emmet Yeazell Phyllis Garrick Charlotte Scherman
William Smith David Yoffie Garry Gast Grant Settlemier
Simon Snellgrove Patricia Young Sallie Griffith Whit Simpson
Robert Sodaro Ronald Young Anthony Guzzardo Thomas Smith
Stuart Spence Marci Ytterberg Leighton Hills S. Kirk Smith
Cecilie Starin Suzanne Zulch William Hynes Barbara Sparrow
Fredric Steck Allison Zweig David Imrie Steve Taft
Jeffery Stein Glenn Isaacson Leo Tarantino
Ronald Steinau Earl Johnson Edward Thomson ,53
Theo Steinbach Clare Jurvig Linda Turner
Eduard Still Bob Kahn Margaret VanDerReis
Jeff Stong Cissy Kirrane Sheila VanPelt
Stephen Stroub Richard Klein Martha Votaw

raising among members is strong • The beloved Cove House is razed in 2018 • Plans to celebrate the SFYC 150th Anniversary are developed among many Club committees • A Club House

Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing
—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing
as simply messing about in boats. —KennethGrahame

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left: S/C John Swain’s ketch Lyric outside the
Golden Gate; above: Yachts at anchor in Ayala Cove,

Angel Island; opposite: Cruiser Blue Tango

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Tour, “Nautical Day” and other special events take place • Special commemorative Club 150th cups, scarves, ball caps and other items are designed • A special commemorative book, The San

CRUISING on the BAY and BEYOND

A ,COMMON BOND AT THE SAN FRAN- by BILL and BARBARA THOMAS
cisco Yacht Club is the anticipation we
feel and treasure as we pass through
the oaken front doors towards the bar and the
broad, welcoming deck of our Club. Boats of all
types, colors, shapes and sizes beckon us in our
sheltered special Cove backed by the magnificence
of San Francisco shining white in the distance.

One is greeted by smiles, waves, a smile from
one of our wonderful bartenders or friendly waiters,
the hub-bub of members coming and going from
their boats, exhilarated following a challenging race
or relaxed from a cruise around the Bay.

From wee babes whose first voyage may be
on a boat before an airplane, to families discov-
ering the bonding and learning that occurs as they
gain familiarity and confidence on board their first
sailboat, to sage racers, foreheads brown with
time and sun, to visitors who must marvel at the
energy and joy they are witnessing, we are at one
with appreciation for this very place, The San Fran-
cisco Yacht Club.

This is boating, be it by power or wind, alone
or on a team, skipper or crew member, veteran or
newbie. A special gift from the Bay and the sea, it
is our pleasure and for many, our passion.

But, for all, it is special.

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Francisco Yacht Club, 150 Years on the Bay and Beyond is published • Construction of the new Cove House begins • Commodores Paul Rosenlund and Andy Fromm, supported by an active

CRUISING DESTINATIONS Cruise Committee and venture to reciprocal yacht
clubs or other venues within or just outside the
I N ADDITION TO RACERS, THE CLUB HAS HAD on sub-cruises often involving serious navigation, Bay. The most adventurous of these would likely
and continues to have, skilled and intrepid anchoring and exploring. be Tomales Bay—sailing on sometimes heavy
long-distance sailors/cruisers as members. seas into the wind, crossing a bar which can be
We have trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific, trans-Arctic, Then there is chartering, bareboat or crewed. treacherous and then into a tricky and shallow
trans-Canal and trans-Global cruisers, all of whom This category of cruising is organized either pri- place to anchor. Half Moon Bay might rank num-
have amazing stories. Many of their stories can be vately by a group of members who just decide to ber two in adventure, because it’s out the gate and
found in books. put it together and go or under the banner of the into the Pacific Ocean, the reward being a very
The next category in dedication and “degree Commodore’s Cruise, sponsored by The Club. nice town down the coast.
of difficulty” might be the cruising sailors who take SFYC-sponsored cruises have spanned the globe,
their boats on adventures outside of our Bay down including Phuket, Thailand (in 1997), Tonga, Turkey, The easier locations are within the Bay and in-
to Mexico or up to the Canadian or U.S. Pacific Croatia, the Cribbean, British Columbia, Canada, clude San Francisco’s South Beach Harbor where
Northwest (PNW). Many keep their boats in these and the Bahamas. cruisers take in all that the City has to offer, includ-
places, sometimes for years, from where they go ing fine restaurants, museums, walking tours, and
The next point of reference for cruisers might the SF Giants, then retreat to their own perfect
be the “cruise-outs.” These are organized by the hotel room on-board. We also like visiting the St.
Francis Yacht Club with its easy access to the Ma-
rina neighborhood. A bit farther is the beautiful En-
cinal Yacht Club in the Oakland Estuary. We enjoy
a night of live music at Terrapin Crossroads while
docked at the San Rafael Yacht Club or the Marin
Yacht Club. The town of Petaluma is a favorite of
cruisers, as is the hospitality at the Petaluma Yacht
Club. The voyage up the river is absolutely beau-
tiful and the town itself has terrific bars, restau-
rants, shops and great walks. The same can be
said for Napa and Benicia, both charming towns
with marinas right in the town proper.

One of the favorite locations for “local” cruises
is the totally unique Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
It’s about sixty nautical miles and a four-to-five hour
trip in a powerboat and a nine-to-ten hour trip for

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and experienced Board, preside over the many events • Club finances are strong, membership healthy, facilities in excellent shape with the extension of the Sailing Center • Club

a sailboat, all depending on the tides. On some
days it’s no picnic getting there if the wind starts
blowing and fetches up big waves in Suisun Bay.

Around Antioch, the water changes from salt
to fresh and the air temperatures start going up
(and we change into shorts). Eventually the tem-
perature rises to as much as thirty degrees from
what we left in the Bay that morning. From there
it’s 700 miles of fresh water navigable waterways
or just straight to our most frequented venues of
Delta YC or the StFYC’s unique outpost, Tinsley
Island. It’s been an annual tradition for many years
to join up with as many as four other yacht clubs
for an October cruise-out to Tinsley.

Along the way, heading up the Carquinez
Straight and up-river, club cruisers often break up
the trip and stop for a night in Antioch or Pitts-
burg. Upon arrival, we switch to “Delta time” and
go into relaxation mode with an adult beverage
among friends.

One of the most popular cruising destinations
(and also the closest) is just out of our harbor en-
trance and across Raccoon Strait—Ayala Cove at
Angel Island. Cruisers hook a mooring buoy and
spend an afternoon or night(s). It’s perfect for re-
laxing or taking advantage of the great hiking
trails on the island.

Over many years club cruising events have
promoted our sailing abilities and nautical knowl-
edge, great experiences and tremendous cam-
araderie. One might say that’s what our great
Club is all about.

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cruising, racing regatta hosting and major social events continue with classic Club spirit • The Club is currently looking “beyond” with the establishment of Strategic Advisory and

SEA BREEZE

by DAVID COBB

When we married in 2008, Bunny expressed a
love for the Bay, but somehow had not grown to
appreciate water in the face or a knock on the head
from my beautiful 1930 Bird boat’s deck-sweep-
ing boom. We compromised on an even more
beautiful Stephens Brothers motor yacht. Built
in Stockton and launched as Sea Breeze in 1939,
she is a 42-foot “bridge-deck cruiser,” powered by
twin marinized GMC gasoline engines. She cruises
at 12 knots, is capable of twenty, and is in as
good condition below as she appears in this 2016
Opening Day photo.

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PAT PENDING

by MEL OWEN

Pat Pending was built in 1929 at the Lake Union,
Seattle, drydock. At fifty gorgeous classic feet, she
was the first boat in the new SFYC harbor in 1957.
Purchased by Don Owen, a member of the Harbor
Committee from 1941 to 1944, she served briefly
in the Navy guarding the Golden Gate. When the
harbor was built, the wooden yacht was located
at the 300 series dock so that Don could see
her from his window. Today, Pat Pending resides
in that original slip, and is enjoyed by Mel and his
sons Greg and Lawson and families.

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Membership Development Committees • SFYC faces our own special “Beyond” with confidence, professional pride and exciting prospects for our members long into the future…

COMMODORES’ CRUISES

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SFYC MEMBER VOYAGES and BURGEE

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TRAVELS

Rowing on the Bay by Joyce Griffin [ excerpted ]

Nestled deep in the richness of The SFYC A rower must read the wind and tides care
diverse aquatic activities is a group of fully and accurately and be ready for rapid
nearly two-dozen women and men weather shifts. A rower must have respect for
who have found solitude rowing the the Bay, a sturdy and reliable 12 to 16-foot
waters of San Francisco Bay. boat build of wood or fiberglass with light-

Like any sport, one needs to be weight oars and gear, and proper safety gear
in good physical condition to gain the most and provisions including water and sun-screen.
from it. It appears so easy, yet rowing is both art Don Bekins and other experienced rowers like
and science involving an enduring slow, rhythmic Ingrid Wheeler, Gus Rainey, Bob Van Blaricom and
intensity and progression that supports a healthy Bruce Moody, have routinely ventured far and wide,
strong lower back and central body core. Rowing including out the Gate.
uses 86% of all muscles and is very efficient in “I love the freedom of being by myself out on
burning calories, providing cardiovascular fitness the Bay and being able to get places fast” exclaimed
and muscle strength without high impact risks. Ingrid Wheeler.

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by PETER ENGLER SFYC RACING

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above: the gaff-rigged sloop Annie THE FIRST 100 YEARS Our Club was a
right: the racing schooners Chispa and Martha major promoter of racing and
THE GOLD RUSH OF THE MID-1800s AND boasted 14 sailboats in 1877 and 32 in 1907, which
opposite: Hurricane class Hanaloa the many businesses and industries represented almost every large racing yacht on
that were created during this powerful the Bay.
economic era made wealthy men of many
miners and the entrepreneurs who provided Smaller sailboats began to gain favor due to
various services to them. One of the many their affordability and increasing numbers. A re-
ways the nouveau riche spent their new- gatta took place at The SFYC in 1881 and was an
found wealth was in commissioning ever- immediate hit. Skippers were more closely involved
larger sleek racing yachts and hiring talented in the racing of their own boats. This type of racing
skippers and crews to man and race them. became known as “Corinthian Sailing” and mem-
1855 saw the advent of more structured ber-owned and skippered boats became the norm
races with marked courses, valuable purses at The SFYC and other emerging Bay Area clubs.
and active race committees. Actual trophies
would come later as the sport matured. With the new century, racing expanded to
Most boats were designed with cen- off-shore events including the Farallones and
terboards due to the relatively shallow Lightship races. The first Transpac took place in
Bay waters, but they gave way to heavy 1906 in the midst of the San Francisco Earthquake
keels as the boats sought better perfor-
mance. Gaff rigs yielded to Bermuda
rigs which proved more powerful and
easier to manage. This advantage was illustrated in
an 1880 race between the schooner Chispa, owned
byIsadoreGutte,soontobeCommodore, andtheless
agile gaff-rigged sloop Annie. Chispa prevailed in
25-plus knot winds due to her modern configuration.

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I will never try to steer myself
into a situation that I know might
create a discussion after the race.
Any protest immediately cuts
down on my social hours after
the race is over.
— Buddy Melges

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Photo by Diane Beeston

and Fire. Lurline which had flown The SFYC burgee • Noted Club skipper, Jake Wosser, began his
for many years won the race under new ownership. storied racing career during WWII, while sta-
tioned here. His record of sailing wins was
In addition to sailing boats, small gasoline extensive and he passed his enthusiasm on
powered cruising boats became popular, enabling to numerous Club members. The Club’s an-
owners to entertain their guests at a fraction of the nual racing trophy is dedicated to him.
cost of the larger, steam-powered yachts of the • Perpetual Cup compe-
rich. In fact, The Club roster in 1911 shows that of 47 tition remained heated,
boats, 19 were powered. Since then, SFYC’s fleet The Club fleet grew to
of sail and powered yachts has grown to fill our 460, mostly twenty-forty
harbor and many others around the Bay. foot boats at our 100
year mark, and The Club
Highlights of The San Francisco Yacht Club’s took 14 of the class cham-
early racing history include: pionships on the Bay,
three times that of our
• The celebration of the 1915 Panama Pacific closest competitor.
International Exposition with the winning of • Significantly, 1969 saw
the President Wilson trophy by the Six-Meter the youth sailing pro-
boat Nordug IV owned by the Crown Prince of gram gain maturity under
Denmark which first employed roller-reefing the steady leadership
sails, and the winning of the fabulous George of Hilly Stong, who improved the program.
V “Kings” Cup by SFYC Commodore John • To cap off the Centennial year, The SFYC
Hanify aboard Westward. sponsored a major regatta including Knarrs,
• The trend towards greater participation of IODs and Folkboats from Sweden, Norway,
women in racing activities and the beginnings Denmark and all over North America. Club
of a youth sailing program. skippers Wibroe, Damner, York and Wosser
• Winning of the Transpac Race in 1923 and dominated the competition.
1925, and the domination of the longest ocean
race in the world to Tahiti by L.A. Norris of our ,
Club sailing Mariner.
• Commissioning of the John Alden-designed left to right: Yucca, Q winning
Bird Boats and Star Boats by a Club committee the 2018 Wosser Cup and Copperhead
led by Commodore Clifford Smith in the 1920’s.
Their objective was to accelerate Club mem-
ber purchases and racing of one-design boats.

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THE MORE RECENT YEARS

by S/C TAD LACEY

THE KING GEORGE V CUP STORY

Racing sailboats on the Bay and beyond had been
a core focus of the Club’s activity on the water since
its inception in 1869. In 1990, research on the King
George V Cup determined the origin and purpose
of this remarkable cup. The King George V Cup
was awarded to Commodore John Hanify, racing
Westward during the 1915 Panama Pacific Interna-
tional Exposition. The Cup resided in the Olympic
Club until 1955 when S/C Jeff Capell and Leonard
Delmas arranged to have the trophy transferred to
SFYC. The Cup sat above the bar until 1993 when
it was re-dedicated as the perpetual trophy for The
Club Championship trophy in honor of S/C Frank
“Jake” Wosser. The Cup is awarded annually to
the winner of the Club Championship Series.

The first recipient was Bartz Schneider and
recent winners include Randy Smith, Tad Lacey,
David Halliwill, Hank Easom, Bill Melbostad, Steve
Stroub, Glenn Isaacson and Doug Holm, Rick and
Mark Pearce.

Recipients of the 2018 Wosser Cup were Tad
Lacey and Ron Young in the Spinnaker Classes and
Glenn Isaacson / Liz Baylis and Marty Koffel in the
non-Spinnaker classes.

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THE SAN FRANCISCO CUP STORY Between 2004 and 2006, disagreements currently reads “no race” but that doesn’t really
regarding boat qualifications precluded annual explain this bit of racing irony.
The San Francisco Cup is an annual challenge races between the two clubs.
match between the two leading clubs on the Bay, In 2011, Desdemona was campaigned against
The San Francisco Yacht Club and the St. Francis SFYC found a winner for 2007 and 2008 with Chance and again, we lost. Undaunted, they asked
Yacht Club. Craig Healy winning both years in his Etchells 22 me to sail Desdemona again in 2012. I sailed the boat
against Chris Perkins sailing for St. Francis In 2009, against Peter Stoneberg and Chance. It was a hard
In the 1993, San Francisco Cup race, S/C we moved to the new J/105 class. We unsuccess- fought series, but nonetheless, StFYC won in 2012.
Croker’s Hana Ho lost to StFYC’s Gone with the fully defended with Desdemona and John Wimmer
Wind. The 1994 SF Cup, saw a close match between against StFYC’s Peter Stoneberg in Chance. We had been trying for many years to get
Glenn Isaacson’s Express 37 Re-Quest, skippered the SF Cup back on track as a regatta to promote
by Jeff Madrigali, which lost in five races to Fre- 2010 was an interesting year because I was camaraderie, friendship and competition between
quent Flyer, skippered by Kimo Worthington. In selected to defend the Cup in our World Champi- the two clubs. The commodores of each club
the 1995 SF Cup, Don Trask of the StFYC defeated onship IOD. The St. Francis Yacht Club agreed to sailed the J/105s; I, as Commodore of The San
Glenn Isaacson in Express 37’s. the terms and boats, but then decided to forfeit Francisco Yacht Club against Jimmy Cascino,
the cup. Commodore Ray Lynch literally drove over Commodore of the St. Francis. I sailed BlackHawk,
In 1997, Re-Quest returned to race in the SF the bridge to the St. Francis, picked the Cup up off Scooter Simmon’s boat with the Perkins brothers
Cup with Glenn Isaacson driving, sailing against their shelf and put it on ours. The Plaque for 2010 leading me on against Jimmy, Russ Silvestri and
Don Trask in a challenging five race series. In the
end, StFYC won the final race by eight seconds.
Re-Quest, confident from its close series the year
before, challenged for the SF Cup in 1998. The team
unsuccessfully sailed against Jon Andron of StFYC.

After a no-race year in 2000, StFYC defended
in a J/105 with Chris Perkins skippering and broth-
ers Phil and Jon crewing. They defeated Don Jes-
berg in Steve Stroub’s Tiburon in three races. For
two years, 2001 and 2002, The SFYC challenged
with Mike Condon’s 40, but was unsuccessful in
returning the San Francisco cup to our club.

Mark Dowdy’s Express 37 Eclipse defeated
the StFYC team, and returned the Cup to SFYC in
2003 after an absence of 13 years. The following
year Chris Perkins challenged for StFYC in his J/105
Good Timin’ defeating his youngest brother Jon.

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the regular guys from St. Francis. We prevailed regatta proved to be the most exciting series of
in the regatta, three to one. races to date. The teams completed six flights
of three races each. With a winning score of
2014 marked a new beginning. Kimball Living- eleven points, StFYC stood at ten points, SFYC at
ston, then Vice Commodore at the St. Francis, and eight. SFYC needed to win all three matches in
I were the Committee Chairs. The regatta format the final flight. In the senior division, the Perkins
was altered to encourage participation and com- bothers had dominated St. Francis in the J/105
petition. The new format involved a larger group: all weekend, but the St. Francis women’s boat,
a Junior Division; a Women’s Division both to be skippered by a three-time national match racing
sailed in the J/22s provided by the St. Francis champion, had been tough
Fleet and the Open Senior Division, where the two for our women to beat. In
clubs must agree on a boat. the final flight, however, our
ladies came through with
In the first year, StFYC won the regatta. In 2015 a win, leaving the teams
and 2016, The SFYC prevailed and StFYC won in tied 10-10, and handing
2017. The close matches and wins by both clubs the tie breaker match to
proved the new format was a success. The 2018 the juniors. This put the
high-schoolers under
tremendous pressure. and close reached in
The St.Francis Jun- with main and jib only. The
iors jumped to an SFYC juniors won the last
early lead in very race by half a boat length,
windy conditions while StFYC executed their
in the final race. Half- earlier penaty — to rousing
way through the race they broached cheers from the spectator fleet.
and our Juniors jumped ahead. StFYC regained
the lead carrying a penalty. On the final leg, ,
SFYC sailed very tactfully, but very conserva-
tively in big wind gusts slightly behind StFYC. left: heated race for the 2008 San Francisco Cup,
They didn’t jibe their spinnaker for the finish line— center: Tad Lacey racing in the 2018 Wosser Cup
they took it down so they could execute what
we call a “cocktail jibe,” without the spinnaker, above: SF Cup winning team from 2018
The SFYC in 2018 and Abba-Zaba
dueling with Q in 2018

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THE SAN FRANCISCO PERPETUAL Isaacson received the SFYC Yachtsman of the In 1998, the San Diego Yacht
CHALLENGE TROPHY STORY Year Award for his successes that year. Club challenged for the SF Perpetual
Challenge Trophy in Tabasco sailed by Peter Isler.
Established by local clubs in 1895, The San In August 1995, The San Francisco Yacht Club SFYC defended with a new hot boat, a Farr 40,
Francisco Perpetual Challenge Trophy has been sailed the 100th Anniversary of this regatta for the Blue Chip, owned by Walt Logan and sailed by Jeff
raced virtually non-stop to this day. The trophy Perpetual Trophy in S/C Winton’s Chimo, with Jeff Madrigali. Blue Chip won the start and led half way
has recently been dominated by The SFYC and Madrigali driving, and triumphing over Encinal up the second weather leg when she split tacks
the SDYC, with one of the two clubs winning al- Yacht Club. with Tabasco, which sailed the City Front while Blue
most every edition of the regatta sailed on the Chip continued toward the cone of Alcatraz. When
Bay since 1994. This continues the long friendship In late August 1996, SFYC again tapped Glenn the boats re-converged, Tabasco had a command-
and competitive rivalry between the two clubs, Isaacson’s Express 37, Re-quest, to defend the ing lead, which she never relinquished. The Trophy
which has been a great tradition of this regatta. trophy with Jeff Madrigali skippering against a left San Francisco for the first time in 43 years.
challenge from Balboa Yacht Club extremely
In 1994, a well-sailed Re-Quest, skippered well-sailed by world champion sailor Dave Ullman. SFYC returned the following year with ID 35
by Jeff Madrigali, bested Russ Silvestri and Paul In a hard fought race along the City Front, Re-quest challenging with Jeff Madrigali leading the team.
Cayard of StFYC in this one race event. Glenn and The SFYC prevailed.

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The Trophy was still sailed under the one race, Madrigali sailing against Billy Hardesty, both The second new Trophy format emerged in
winner-take-all format. Our team won and the professional racers. (This regatta was a marked 2012, with a best of three race series to permit the
Trophy returned to SFYC. change in the format of the Trophy from the previous regatta to be concluded in one day. The regatta
109 years. The one race, winner-take-all format celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Bird Boat
SDYC was not to be deterred. In 2000, they was changed to the best-of-five race series.) SFYC class. Since 1932, the Bird Boats have sailed in
challenged again in the ID 35, with Peter Isler narrowly lost the first race due to a penalty turn eleven previous events. SFYC was represented by
skippering against SFYC returning skipper Jeff and lead the second race start to finish. Race three Liz Baylis, world match racing champion, with Jock
Madrigali. In a close race, SDYC prevailed and highlighted a dramatic gibing dual to the finish, MacLean, long time Bird Boat sailor and Ben Wells
including each boat getting calls by the umpires. against the Polly from Corinthian Yacht Club. The
the Trophy returned to San Diego. SFYC chal- SFYC won both the third and fourth races to return SFYC team won the Trophy in two races.
lenged again in the ID 35 and was the Trophy to Belvedere. The next year, 2006, the
accepted the following Trophy series switched to amateur sailors, with Unfortunately, in 2013, The SFYC and SDYC
year, with Russ Silvestri Chris Perkins skippering his J/105, Good Timin’, were unable to come to terms and the regatta
sailing for SFYC. San against a challenge from SDYC. The racing was was not sailed. Everything changed in 2014 when
Diego Yacht Club won the close but Chris and The SFYC won in three races. Long Beach Yacht Club—always a formidable
race and kept the Trophy. club in match racing—successfully challenged for
After a few years off, In 2009, the 100th racing of the Trophy fea- the Trophy in a J/105.
SFYC challenged in 2005 tured SFYC defending against a challenge from
in a J/105, skippered by Jeff Newport Harbor Yacht Club sailing owner-driven As I’m writing this racing chapter, St. Francis
Etchells 22s (114 years after the founding of the has just defeated Long Beach Yacht Club in the 2018
Trophy in 1895). SFYC’s Craig Healy skippered his SF Perpetual Challenge Trophy Regatta returning
boat to a three-race victory over Jim Pinkney. the Trophy to San Francisco after a long absence.
Hopefully, The SFYC will challenge for the Trophy
in its 150th year and return it to Belvedere Cove.

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left to right: J/105 Good Timin’ goes sail-to-sail
against the San Diego Yacht Club’s Chile Pepper;
the 2006 San Francisco Perpetual Challenge
Trophy race on the Bay; Good Timin’ crew,
and The SFYC winning team
of the 2005 Trophy

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THE SFYC CHAMPION SAILORS and were honored with the SFYC Stephanie won in 1998 with Vicki as crew.
Yachtsmen of the Year Award. Colin Skippering, Vicki won the championship in 2002,
Our Club has been blessed with an abundance Case won his second Big Boat Series 2006 and 2008, with Stephanie as crew. Vicki’s
of top racing talent among our men and women in National Biscuit. other crew included members Jodi McCormack,
and children! Katie Maxim and 1992 Olympic bronze medalist
SFYC was the first club Pamela Healy. Molly Carapiet was the U.S. Junior
In 1993, Colin Case posted a win in National in the SF Bay Area to admit Women’s Junior Doublehanded Champion, in 2001,
Biscuit in the Big Boat Series. David Allen received women as regular members. and won the U.S. Youth Championship in the Eur-
the Yachtsman of the Year for his outstanding con- During the past 25 years, they ope dingy in 2002. Elizabeth Baylis won the 2002
tributions to racing on his yachts Privateer, Improb- have dominated the women’s ISAF Women’s Match racing World Championship,
able and imp. Championship events. In 1996, and the 2003 and 2007 U.S. Women’s Match
Stephanie Wondolleck, Vicki Racing Championship. In addition, Liz received the
1996 was a very good year on the water for Sodaro and Aimee Hess won the Area G Adams prestigious U.S. Yachtswoman of the Year Award in
SFYC. The Club entered the America’s Cup in Cup trials to qualify for the women’s national sail- 2002. The women represent an extremely accom-
New Zealand with the America True syndicate ing championship. Stephanie and Vicki continued plished group of SFYC racers.
with Dawn Riley and Jeff Madrigali leading on to win the United States Women’s Sailing
the team. The Jeff Championship as a skipper and crew team a total Don Jesberg, a graduate of the Youth Sailing
Madrigali / Glenn of four times. program, went on to be the captain of the USC sail-
Isaacson team won ing team and participated in many offshore racing
in Re-Quest, and programs including the famous imp (SFYC flag
Bill Barton, a long-
time Etchells 22
sailor, dominated

the fleet with Mr.
Natural. Jeff Mad-
rigali, Bill Barton
and Kent Massey
won a bronze medal
in the 1996 Olympics

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left to right: Paul Marcucci, circa 1966; Garry Mull and Tom Blackaller; Mike Shea eyeing his mainsail;
Jeff Madrigali cleaning his, Jock MacLean’s and Stu Reilly’s 70-foot Malabar 13; Tad Lacey aboard the imp
during the 1977 Fastnet Race; Hank Easom; Evan Dailey beating Dennis Conner in the 1973 Challenge Cup;

Carol Jesmore, cover girl for Latitude 38 magazine; Winners of 1999 IOD Championship,
Tad Lacey, John Merrill Jr., Jim Davies, David Walker and skipper Evan Dailey

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ship). He raced on his of the Year” racing boats for The Club
family’s Cal 33 and went on to and the author for decades. Most recently
race in more than twenty worlds and publisher of the he has been campaigning
championships in Etchells, Mel- excellent book, Legend of imp. Q in The Club events, winning
ges 24s and 32s, Finns, Lasers, most regattas.
Snipes and many other one- Hank Easom is one of the elder statesmen At the December 1995 Club’s annual meeting,
designs. He was twice recog- of racing on San Francisco Bay. Twice “SFYC five sailors gathered at the bar and hatched a plan
nized as the World’s Top Corin- Yachtsman of the Year,” he actively campaigned to purchase and refurbish an old International
thian skipper in the Etchells and Yucca, the “Queen of the Bay,” for decades. He One Design, a boat on which each had grown up
Melges 24 Classes. introduced the Etchells class to the Bay. Glenn racing. After five months of extensive restoration,
Isaacson, as noted, has sailed his many Quest a sleek dark blue IOD #100 arrived at the guest
The Perkins Brothers, Chris,
Phil and Jon, are also products of our Youth Sailing
Program racing FJs and Rhodes 19s. They grad-
uated to Knarrs and J/105s where they have dom-
inated the fleets individually and collectively. If
you want to win in a J/105, sail with the Perkins
brothers as your crew.

Bill Barton grew up racing dinghies, Etchells
22s and sailed on imp. In addition to winning
two Atlantic Championships, he won the Etchells
North Americans twice. Bill is a “SFYC Yachtsman

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dock ready to race a little after the start of the and local regattas. In 2017, he sailed in his 42nd WHY DO PEOPLE RACE SAILBOATS?
racing season. The partnership included five orig- Big Boat Series, winning his fifth in a row.
inal SFYC members: Evan Dailey and Tad Lacey You like to win; you like to do well. It’s a sport you
—co-skippers and co-managing general partners— My fondest recollections would be of 1974. can enjoy with your friends.
Mark Maymar, Jim Davies and John Merrill, each That’s the first year I got to sail with the top sailors
as a majority partner having a 51% interest in the in The Club. Jake Wosser was driving the boat in Many of my best friends are people I met at
boat. The partners spent the majority of the winter the Perpetual Cup in which we beat Lowell North The Yacht Club and raced with since I was a Junior
working on the boat with a goal of winning the and Malin Burnham from San Diego. Three weeks member. I think of my eight groomsmen, six of them
1999 World Championship. The original partners later Don Jesberg, Dave Walker and I won the and my Best Man were members of The Yacht Club.
added a sixth partner, David Walker, also with a Rhodes 19 National Championships. This was our After 50 years, my wife and family are steeped
51% interest, to fulfill the budget shortfall during first of many National Championships, and one in those relationships. And the thing that’s brought
the reconstruction. The team finished second for World Championship among the three of us. us all together, the glue in our case, has been racing
the WBRA season. The partnership of IOD US 100, sailboats. I think anybody who gets out on the water
still without a boat name in 1996, won the season I’ve enjoyed sailing for The Perpetual Trophy, and enjoys it to the level I do, is a happy person.
championship and placed second at the Bermuda The SF Cup and winning season championships Cruising, paddle boarding, and that includes race
International Race Week. Finally, the IOD fleet took in my boats. Winning the IOD World Champion- management, protest, etc., not just racing.
it upon itself to name the yacht 306 LP, the total ship in 1999 was certainly another standout.
ownership interests in the partnership. After four
successful season championships on the Bay, in Photo by Leslie Richter
1999, the partners of 306 LP achieved their goal
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went on to win the 2000 WBRA Season Champi-
onship, after which the partnership hung up their
topsiders for a few years. In 2005, the partners re-
turned to win the North American Championships
before finally retiring the partnership and 306 LP.

Following the success of US 100, Tad contin-
ues racing J/120s on SF Bay and the Caribbean,
participating in the Grand Master’s team races,

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below: SFYC racing team in action
center: S/C John Swain and 2018 Pacific Cup

crew aboard Lyric in Hawaii

It’s Always a Perfect Day for a Race! by Don Wieneke

To win a race you have to have a good boat; Checking gear, crew, courses and the boat. Photo by Leslie Richter
you have to be prepared; you have to have good This is about the race committee, but
sails, but what ultimately makes the difference of course, it’s the same for racers. Without run. When the Signal Boat leaves, competitors are
are the people who sail with you. When you have the race committee, there can be no race. watching. “First on the course is first to win”, say
a good crew, they “get it.” Everybody knows what the old timers. Time for the racers to leave the dock.
to do. The joy of racing a boat with a crew that, Exciting work no matter what
given a one-word command, understands the next you do. Both the competitors and race The most exciting thing on race day is always
move and can execute it flawlessly, is what racing committee have a captain, which for the start. It’s the only time you get to see all the boats
sailors strive to perfect. the race committee is called the PRO lined up like migratory birds in perfect formation.
or Principal Race Officer. Everything then moves with swift direction and the lead
So, it’s the quality of the people you get to changes from time to time with dramatic tacks and jibes.
sail with. The real excitement comes from just Early on race day, both rac-
being out on the water. We all love sailing on the ers and race committee are headed Finally, the boats cross the finish line, wakes
Bay, we all love being here, we all love our Yacht for the race course where much is churning, spinnakers straining, crews tense, skippers
Club, and we also love travelling to regattas. yet to be decided. Both disciplines happy or not.
are preoccupied with the wind, cur-
rents and possible courses. Racers are trying It’s never perfect but it is always fun. At the end of
to figure out what the race committee might do and so the day everyone is tired, but no matter what happened,
is the PRO. Soon all will know that on this day, a they’re glad for the day they had on the water participa-
winner will prove that what they brought to the race ting in one of the oldest sports around, yacht racing.
worked. Same for the PRO and his team.

First the PRO decides on courses which are
defined by marks. Where the marks go, how deep
it is there, and weather conditions determine what
equipment they’ll take.

On race day, the mark set boats usually leave
about the same time the Signal Boat does; that’s the
big yellow boat, Victory, from which races are

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Why that Boat? THE BIRD BOAT POLLY
by BILL STUCKY

STAR BOATS Photo by Diane Beeston I bought a Bird Boat, sight unseen, at The SFYC
bar. I had heard that Polly, a 1929 Bird, had been
By WALTER CRUMP completely rebuilt; new frame, new planking and
a new deck and after having spent over $100,000
Star Boats, designed by Francis Sweisguth in 1910, she could be purchased for $18,000. I thought to WHY I RACED A CAL 20
were the first official keelboat class of the Olympic myself, I’m making money. Little did I know that the
Games. They have been sailed by Tom Blackhaller, cheapest part of a wood boat is the purchase price. by JERRY LETH
Lowell North and John F. Kennedy.
Most people don’t realize that The SFYC After I graduated from college, I wanted to race
The Star boat is sleek at 23 feet with a tall commissioned the plans for this first One Design sailboats. My choices? A Cal 20, a Rhodes 19 or
Bermuda rig that enables it to move well, even in Class boat back in the 1920s. 23 Birds were built a Mercury. I made the right choice, a great, tough
low wind conditions. It requires a strong and heavy in San Francisco. They had to withstand the high and versatile boat that could go anywhere. I raced
crew which has been even more critical for me at winds of the Bay sporting a stubby mast and a around the Farallone Islands in the MORA races, did
175 pounds. 22-foot boom. Today, about six Birds survive. a number of Moonlight Madness races and team-
raced on Kaneohe Bay in addition to normal racing.
I arrived here in 1967, at the age of thirty, and When we are racing Polly in 25-knot winds, I cruised the Delta and enjoyed Opening Day on
bought Star #5016, built by Carl Eichenlaub. His she is humming, so well balanced you can take the Bay. I even proposed to Betsy on Puff. We
motto was “any slob can win with an Eichenlaub Star.” your hand off the tiller and she still points straight made long-lasting friendships with fellow Cal 20
I proved that claim with a victory in my first race on and the crew has smiles from ear to ear. Nothing owners. At the 50th Anniversary National Cham-
Richardson Bay. Recently, I competed with Edward sails like a Bird. pionships, 53 Cal 20s started. I owned and raced
Morey on Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire in 2016 her for 38 years.
and did so again in 2018. One never loses one’s af-
fection and dedication to Star Boats.

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WHY A J/105 The Knarr THE ETCHELLS 22

by DON WIENEKE BOAT RULES by DON JESBERG

I bought a J/105 in 2003 after owning a Ranger 23 1. Keep water out of the boat. In 1981, I bought my first Etchells 22, a used boat
and several Hobie Cats (16 & 18) before that. I was 2. Keep people in the boat. brought from Detroit, Michigan during the winter.
a competitive racer ranking 11th in the Nationals 3. Don’t hit anything. My father Dave “Super Doc,” my brother Steven and
for Hobie 16 and nine-time season champion for 4. Look as good as you can. I were ready to campaign in these sleek boats in
the Ranger 23. I was ready for more and because preparation for the 1982 Worlds Championships
many of my friends went to the J/105, it was an to be held for the first time on SF Bay.
easy choice to make. I began racing in the J/105
Fleet in 1999 and then in 2003 bought Lulu a 2001 The fleet was very strong with Hank Easom,
J/105. Simply put, it’s the best boat I can think of John Ravizza, Randy Hecht, and many other top
for strict owner-driver, one design, no-pro boat that racers on SF Bay competing with 15 to 20 boats on
has a strong class and can handle San Francisco the line. Our first goal was to qualify for the up-
Bay with a chute. Fleet One San Francisco is the coming worlds and our first big event was the 1981
largest fleet of J/105s in the World. The camarade- North American Championships in Newport Beach.
rie and strength of the boat stand for themselves.
Over the past 37 years, I have owned or co-
owned seven of these boats. I keep getting drawn
back into this class for the fine design, tight races,
friendly competition and strong international appeal.
I’ve raced the boats throughout the United States,
in Australia, Hong Kong, Canada and England.
We have been very successful and have won the
Worlds Championships as the top Corinthian Crew.

THE KNARR by The Club in 1969 and the 51st will be run by
SFYC in September 2019. Five of the seven US
by LARRY DREW skippers who have won the IKC are members of
SFYC—Bob York, Knud Wibroe, Larry Drew, Chris
The beautiful 30-foot sloop designed in Norway in Perkins and John Perkins. The fleet mantra is “it’s
the 1940s has a special relationship with The SFYC. not a boat, it’s a lifestyle” Most important has been
The first IKC (International Knarr Championship) for the involvement of wives, and others, in the parties
crews from Norway, Denmark and the US was hosted and lasting friendships here and in Scandinavia.

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YACHTSMAN of the YEAR

Recipients of the Emmet L. Rixford Trophy

Jerry R. Leth 1986

Rolfe C.Croker 1987

Roger W. Eldridge 1988

Frank M. “Jake” Wosser 1989

Hank Easom 1990

Leigh Abell 1991

Jeff Madrigali 1992

David W. Allen 1993

Glenn Isaacson 1994

W. Scott Cauchois 1995

Jeff Madrigali 1996

Kent Massey 1996

James Barton 1996

Jerry Knecht 1997

Frank Hinman, Jr. 1998

Evan Dailey 1999

Russ Silvestri 2000

Mark Dowdy 2001

James Coggan 2002

William Melbostad 2003

Bob Van Blaricom 2004

Craig Healy 2005

Paul Cayard 2006

Chris Perkins 2007

Bartz Schneider 2008

John S. Scarborough 2009

Stephen F. Stroub 2010

William G. Barton 2011

William H. Baylis 2012

Donald Jesberg 2013

Hank Easom 2014

Jerry Eaton 2015

Carl Lewis 2016

Thomas C. “Tad” Lacey 2017

Before his death in 1981, Staff Commodore Emmet L. Rixford, MD,
hand-crafted a trophy featuring a lignum vitae halyard block from
his father’s racing sloop Annie. His expressed intention was that the
Board of Directors of The San Francisco Yacht Club should act as
trustee of the trophy and should fix the terms of its award.

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YACHTSWOMAN of the YEAR

Recipients of the Marianne Mason Award

Connie Stong 1976

Marle Knowles 1977

Bettie Potter 1978

Naomi McGinn 1979

Diane Beeston 1980

Ruth Barth 1981

Susie Wosser 1982

Eunice Pratt 1983

Nancy Rogers 1984

Marilyn Berdan 1985

Martha Abell 1986

Helen Clapham 1987

Patricia TeRoller 1988

Mary Ann Christensen 1989

Denise Ashford 1990

Sally Legge 1991

Rosemary Seal 1992

Carol Jesmore 1993

Sheila Thomson 1994

Vicki Sodaro 1995

Janice Still 1996

Gwen Price 1997

Stephanie Wondolleck 1998

Sally Secor 1999

Gabriella Isaacson 2000

Pamela Healy 2001

Gay Harris 2002

Liz Baylis 2003

Melissa Purdy 2004

Cissy Kirrane 2005

Shirley Armor 2006

Julia Yost 2007

Wendy Krill Miller 2008

Suzie Moore 2009

Susan Hoeschler 2010

Angie Lackey Olson 2011

Ann Welch 2012

Tina C. Lundh 2013

Anne McCormack 2014

The Auxiliary of The San Francisco Yacht Club, acting as trustees of the “Marianne Mason Perpetual Trophy” and Annual Award, Madeline Morey 2015
do hereby establish a new award to be known as the “Marianne Mason Award” for outstanding Yachtswoman of the Year.
Ashley Perrin 2016

Stephanie Stroub 2017

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by DON JESBERG SFYC YOUTH SAILING PROGRAM

, MY EARLIEST MEMORIES OF JUNIOR Perkins, Tom and Melissa Purdy, and of course
Sailing at SFYC date back to 1963/64 Andy Fromm. The program continued to burst at
,78 when The Club was very active with the seams.
families from the Belvedere/Tiburon peninsula. The
Club owned ten red El Toro trainers and encour- As soon as the young sailors outgrew the El
aged others to buy or build El Toros to participate in Toros, The Club invested in two FJs. Many of our
sailing classes. The first two El Toros were provided early instructors were high school students includ-
by the SFYC Women’s Auxiliary which has been a ing Doug Best and Tom and Ed McCarthy, but as
key funding source since the program’s inception. they moved on to college, more of the summer
The remarkable Hilly Stong had a big influ- instructors were coming home for their summer
ence on the development of the program of knot vacations to teach our sailing classes.
tying, boat handling and seamanship, and was ac-
tive on a daily basis making sure the program was The successful introduction of FJs led to The
operating efficiently. It would be hard to imagine Club’s ownership of two Rhodes 19s, the “hottest”
the program growing as it did without the unwaver- class of smaller racing boats in SF Bay. Eventu-
ing dedication of Hilly and his loving wife, Connie. ally, our young sailors were winning all the local
Our early group of young sailors included Jeff races and started venturing beyond our local wa-
Madrigali, Don Jesberg (also Carolyn and Steven), ters to compete in the Sears Cup, Leiter Cup, Be-
the Stongs, Connie, Jeff, Elizabeth, Nathan (“Nate- mis, Smythe and other prestigious national events.
the-Great”) and Tina Russell, Jeff and Tony Wayne,
the Ballard Brothers, Ben and Jon, the three Rainey Our young sailors started dominating the lo-
brothers, David, Chris and Jeff, the Thompson Fam- cal junior races against the Richmond, Sausalito,
ily, the Schnap Family (who traveled daily from Encinal and St. Francis Yacht Clubs. In 1974, our
San Francisco by bus), the McCarthy Brothers junior sailing group lead by eighteen-year-old
Tom, Ed and Bruce, the McGinnis Family (there Van Wilson (including crew Nate Russell and Scott
were eleven children, so they were very active Cliff), won the Mallory Cup, The National Mens’
indeed), Linda, Sharee and Jim Hall, Jock Mac- U.S. Sailing championship.
Lean, Charlie Newman, Van Wilson, Pam Healy,
Molly Carapiet, Russ Silvestri, Chris, Phil and Jon The college-aged kids from Belvedere/Tiburon
became the “Head Instructors” including our Staff
Commodore, Tad Lacey. For more than twenty
years, Hilly Stong continued to be the key driver
and our home-grown sailors started making in-

roads into the college sailing ranks at Cal, Stanford, ous support of the entire SFYC membership. The The Yacht Club’s standing “Youth Commit-
USC, and Yale and many other East Coast schools. head instructor became a full-time “Sailing Direc- tee” has been instrumental in building a dynamic
tor”, and coaches and instructors were soon com- program with year-round sailing and racing activ-
In the early 1980s, we retained our Head In- ing from Canada, Mexico, South America and Eu- ities including an Opti team that has traveled to
structor all year, and introduced a high school rope to help our program grow. The fleets of boats many venues throughout the United States and
sailing team to SFYC and the Bay Area. Without a also expanded to include Opti’s, Lasers, 420s, FJs, placed several of our young sailors on the U.S.
doubt, SFYC was the leader in youth sailing training J/24s, J/22s, 29er Skiffs, windsurfers and even Opti team for competitions in Europe and South
in the Bay Area, and we placed many sailors on kiteboards. The Club added the Sailing Center to America. Our exciting Laser team has enjoyed
the U.S. Sailing Team who went on to compete in the include offices, adequate bathrooms and showers, national and international successes as well,
Olympics including Barcelona, Sydney and Atlanta. as well as teaching rooms and regatta support including one of our youth sailors winning the
Many of the powerhouse eastern colleges took equipment storage. Laser Radial Youth World Championship. SFYC
notice of our accomplishments, and our sailors were consistently has many youth sailors accepted to
soon being recruited to many of the Ivy League Many families continue to be active with the U.S. Sailing Youth Championships each year.
schools for sailing (a non-scholarship sport). two generations of sailors having participated in Four Marin County high schools also practice
The Club’s training program and volunteering out of SFYC. All of this has been possible by the
Our program advanced by 1998 to the point endless hours to The SFYC Youth Committee, Bel- unwavering commitment of the members of SFYC
that a dedicated facility and faculty was the only vedere Cove Foundation, BAYS (Bay Area Youth to fund and oversee the program in a very gener-
way to accommodate the 250 active sailors and Sailing), Inter-Scholastic Sailing Federation, and ous and thoughtful manner.
the fleets of boats that came with such a commit- U.S. Sailing.
ment. The “Youth Dock” was built with the gener-

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See you around the Club!

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The Club regularly sponsors a speaker series, holiday

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parties for members’ families and many special events.

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A sampling of the Club’s artwork and trophy collection

left to right: “Volvo Ocean Racing Boat” by James DeWitt, undated; “Yucca with Golden Gate Bridge in Background” by James DeWitt, 1993;
“Yacht Edris with the Steamboat Ukiah” by Darrell McClure, undated

above: “Sailing Yacht in a Storm-Tossed Sea” by Gideon J. Denny, 1882; above: “Emerald” [Winner of the 1st and 2nd SFYC
center: “Belvedere Cove” by Mark Kasanin, undated Annual Regattas, 1869 & 1870] by Joseph Lee, 1870

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left to right: 1. San Francisco Cup, established 1967; 2. First International Junior Regatta, 1976; 3. SFYC Annual Regatta, 1904; 4. Sporting Green Perpetual Winner,
undated; 5. Vallejo to Sausalito, First Prize, 1909, 6. Commodore’s Cup, SFYC Annual Regatta,1909, First Prize, Class B [3, 5 and 6 won by Sloop Challenger.]

7. SFYC Race, Vallejo to Bluff Point,1911, First Prize, Class B to Sloop Annie; 8. Thomas Talmage Martin [Gorham] Memorial Trophy, outstanding Junior Racing Skipper; 9. William Randolph Hearst San Francisco
Examiner Regatta Fleet Trophy, 1957; 10. SFYC El Toro Perpetual Trophy, Junior Division, 1957; 11. SFYC El Toro Perpetual Trophy, Women’s 1955 Auxiliary; 12. Peter Mitchell SFYC Perpetual Trophy

13. Master Mariners Regatta, San Francisco, California, established 1867; 14. William Randolph Hearst San Francisco Examiner Regatta, 1935, won by Lady V; 15. Logan’s Island New Wave Regatta, in honor of
Walt Logan; 16. Artillery shell Etchell’s Trophy, 2002; 17. Cruising Club of America Perpetual Trophy, San Francisco Station, won by Volante 1937-1938; 18. Commodore Clifford A. Smith Trophy, 1936

A view from the bar , Recalled with pleasure by PHILLIP ATCHISON

, Photos by Peter Engler

I HAVE WORKED AT THE SAN FRANCISCO I have seen people in their 30s and 40s when Very busy nights indeed.
Yacht Club for 45 years with pleasure and I had started, now in their 70s and 80s. Kids were As always, we happily enjoy serving our long-
pride. I have tended bar for forty years, work- born, grew up at The Club, went off to college, time members, whose favorite drinks and mem-
ing alongside my associate Rey Acio for at least came home after finishing school, got married, bership numbers we know by heart. Many times,
39 of those years, along with many talented men and now are having children of their own. I re- I like to reminisce with them about the old days.
and women, providing drinks and conversation. member many years ago holding one of those
Working with my cohorts in the dining room, galley babies up, so he could ring the bell at the end One thing has remained constant—the
and bookkeeping, who have been at The Club for of the bar. He is now grown with children of his warm friendliness and open camaraderie
decades themselves, has led to an overall great own. I don’t have the heart to tell him that ring- that flourished in the 70s remains strong and
experience. As a result, I definitely have had a ing the bell signifies that you are buying a round vibrant. Some of the faces have changed,
unique view of The Club—from the bar. of drinks for the entire bar. He has a very large but many of the ol’ timers are still around.
In my role, I have seen a wide array of changes tab to settle after all these years!
over the years. The early years I call the “Rough and The San Francisco Yacht Club has been
Tumble” years. Once in a while, arguments would Drink preferences have shifted from cheap many things to me over the years. I feel it has
result in raucous fisticuffs. After scrapping, the draft beer, red, white or rose wines out of a box, and been a part of my soul, and the membership
argument was settled, and they went back to being highball cocktails back in the 70s, to today’s pref- has been my extended family.
drinking buddies. erences for fine wine being 55% or more of sales,
The regatta racing scene was bigger then. A with a wide array of varietals to choose from, local
hoard of racers would descend upon the bar to craft beers and many specialty drinks including
talk over what had happened out on the water. A Martinis and Manhattans, Moscow Mules and the
lengthy liar’s dice game would ensue. There would memorable Dark and Stormy. Of course, I have to
be as many as ten to twelve players, with the mention our signature drink, the Mai Tai, one of the
loser buying a round of drinks. Sailing was (and is) most popular drinks at The Club (at least 6,000
an expensive sport. per year). There are many fabled stories of the
Many of the members in those early years certain impact they would have on imbibers.
were quite demanding. They would bark their
orders and you’d better make it snappy! Many The bar crowd has transformed quite a
members would go out of their way to be polite, bit over the years. Now we have many more
which made up for the curmudgeons. Nowadays, it women members who are very active in the
seems the folks are very polite and grateful. racing scene. There is a large youth sailing
I have seen The Club go through many trans- /racing contingency of both young men and
formations over the years. women. There are many more young couples
with children present, especially on Friday
nights, and of course, lots of exuberant racers.

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A brief taste of the Club’s past and present publications

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and its stylish website

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, right: The old Cove House was decommissioned by S/C Jim Robinson with “eight bells.”

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The New COVE HOUSE

, building. The project title for the new building
I by S/C ED LYNCH was named the Regatta Center to reinforce the
N 2009, THE SAN FRANCISCO YACHT CLUB, but as the years rolled on the building became mission of The Club which is to promote boating
under the leadership of Commodore Kyle very tired and in need of major repair. A plan and racing on San Francisco Bay.

Elliott, conducted a Strategic Planning to remodel the existing Cove House was devel- The City of Belvedere approved the new
building in November 2016, but it was not an easy
Meeting to develop a 5-10-year plan for the oped in 2010, but the needs of The Club clearly approval to obtain. There were several more
approvals needed including the Bay Conserva-
needs and capital improvements to The Club. (A had grown beyond the capacity the Cove House tion Development Commission (BCDC), the Na-
tive American Indian Tribe, Army Corp of Engi-
plan was also developed that identified several could provide. neers, Fish & Game, and finally the Water Quality
Control Board. It was an arduous process, but
capital projects around The Club.) The highest In 2011, the Facilities Planning Committee The Club prevailed and by late 2017 the project
was again approved by the Board of Directors.
priority was given to a much-needed dredging developed options for the Cove House including The entire project was estimated to cost around
$9,000,000. Funding for the project consisted of
of the harbor and channel followed by a rebuild tearing it down and adding a second story to the Capital Reserves, member donations and a bank
loan of up to $7,000,000.
of the docks, main deck and kitchen facilities. main Clubhouse, remodeling the Cove House,
In September 2018, a special party was held
Most of this work was completed from replacing the Cove House with a new larger to say “good bye” to the old Cove House and
demolition followed by construction of the new
2009 to 2014. In 2011 The Board of Directors facility, expanding the ground floor of the main building commenced in late September 2018.
The project is projected to take 12-14 months to
re-established the Facilities Planning Commit- club house out onto the lawn and tearing down complete which will still be in time to celebrate
The San Francisco Yacht Club’s 150th year.
tee with the sole purpose of developing options the Cove House. These ideas were presented to
After all the approvals were out of the way
for the Cove House. the membership at the first in a series of meet- and construction was about to begin the Board of
Directors voted unanimously to drop the Regatta
The original Cove House was built in 1916 ings that would follow over the next seven years. Center name and named the new building ‘’The
Cove House.” The tradition lives on!
and served as a private residence until it was There was staunch support to replace the Cove

purchased by The Club in 1984. Volunteer mem- House with a new larger facility that would serve

ber’s worked for several months to repair and The Club for the next fifty years.

clean up the building for Club use. The Cove In 2014 the architectural firm of Bull Stock-

House was used for many years as a well and Allen from San Francisco was

second event space serving The Club. retained by The Club to develop plans for

In addition to Club events, the members the new building. After many more spe-

used the Cove House for weddings, mem- cial membership meetings the Board of

orials, birthdays and many other family Director’s approved the plans and began

events. The members loved the Cove House, to organize the funds to construct the new

opposite, left to right: S/C Ed Lynch, Club General Manager Steve DePetro, Commodore Paul Rosenlund, Rear Commodore Stu Reilly and Vice Commodore Andy Fromm ,91

“We muWst esamiulsstosmaieltsiommeestiwmeitshwtithhetwheinwdinadnadndsosmomeetitimmes aaggaaiinnststiti—t —

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—bbuut wt ewemumstussatisl,aainld, annodt dnroiftt,dnroirflt,ienoart alinechaort.anchor.” S F Y C T O D A Y
— Oliver Wendell Holmes and BEYOND

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by CARL LEWIS

F ROM THE SAN FRANCISCO YACHT CLUB
Articles of Incorporation:
“The objects of the Club are to encourage
yachting and the science and art of designing, build-
ing, navigating and handling yachts and small boats,
and to assist Members of The Club in becoming pro-
ficient in such pursuits; to provide a meeting place for
the Members; to foster the mutual exchange of ideas
and the development of common interests with re-
spect to yachts and yachting; to preserve the his-
torical records and artifacts of The Club; to promote
social activities among Club Members; to gather and
disseminate such information as the Members may
desire in the conduct of their yachting activities;
and to encourage an intellectual contact among the
Members of this corporation and the Members of
other associations devoted to similar pursuits.”
While the wording may appear a bit old fash-
ioned and mission statements were not part of the
governance lexicon in 1869, the “Objects” as set
forth in The San Francisco Yacht Club’s incorpora-
tion by-laws remain relevant in defining The Club’s
values, goals and objectives.

Photo by Leslie Richter ,93

Change, however, is a con- for optimism in our ability to do so. We are blessed dition to communicating with our members, we
stant and the pace is quicken- with a superb location on Club-owned land. Fortu- need to use various social media platforms to make
ing, making it imperative that nately, The Club has a long history of sound fiscal sure the community at large associates The San
we have in place a structure management, incurring debt only when necessary Francisco Yacht Club as the place to be for on the
that will allow us to adapt and and then only for relatively short periods. water activities. On a regular basis, we will be host-
grow. The Strategic Advisory ing mixers to bring together prospective members
Committee is one example of how Our infrastructure, including the harbor, is in in an informal setting, allowing them to meet other
our Club and its management con- good condition, well maintained and managed. members and better understand the wide range of
tinue to be pro-active. Charged with advising the The new Cove House, opening in this our sesqui- activities offered by The Club.
Board regarding our view of the many exciting centennial year, will allow us to enhance and
opportunities and sobering threats in the context broaden the wide range of activities and pro- We will be focused on making sure new mem-
of a five to ten-year horizon, it provides, where ap- grams offered by The Club, all intended to ad- bers are fully integrated into Club life. The effective
propriate, actionable recommendations. dress the diverse interests of our membership. delivery of an excellent “Member Experience” is key
The scope of this committee’s work includes to our ongoing success. We will do so using active
everything from The Club’s finances and opera- Food and beverage operations are profes- mentors, supplementing the role normally relegated
tions, including personnel, to infrastructure, com- sionally staffed and well supported. Social and to sponsors. Once integrated, it’s important that we
mittees, programs, and membership. Subjects that educational activities are both numerous and var- continue to reach out as these new members tran-
were never a factor at the time of our founding now ied, offering something for just about everyone. sition through milestones in their lives, graduation,
require timely and careful consideration. Some ex- marriage and starting a family, and their senior years,
amples would include HR related issues around our These are significant positives for prospec- ensuring the member continues to feel connected,
staff, the preservation and protection of Club data, tive members to consider, but we can and
and regulatory and compliance requirements. must do more. We are taking steps that we with a sense of perceived value and identity.
Membership related matters are clearly the believe are more targeted at attracting and There are other member centric ef-
most important and will likely remain so. An active retaining younger members and their fami-
membership with shared values and vision lies at lies, all of whom are living busy lives, with forts underway, all part of an on-go-
the core of our being, providing both the human and many options for alternative activities. ing effort to optimize our members’
financial resources necessary for executing The These efforts are not so much about use and enjoyment of their Club.
Club’s mission and insuring its long-term relevance. recruitment, but awareness. If someone
Like most yacht clubs across the country, we has an interest in being on the water, it is In its 150 years, The San Francisco
are experiencing an aging membership. We are tak- mutually beneficial for The Club to know Yacht Club has experienced war and
ing steps to reverse this trend and bend the curve the nature of that individual’s interest. peace, good times and bad, arriving at
toward a younger demographic. There is reason this point in time with an organization
Smart phones and social media are and legacy we believe worthy of our
a relatively new phenomenon, with a huge founders’ aspirations. With the “Objec-
impact on how we communicate with one tives” as our lodestar, we look with ex-
another and access information. In ad- citement and confidence to its future.

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The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

— Jacques Yves Cousteau

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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Creating The San Francisco Yacht Club’s’ 150th Anniversary Commemora-
tive Book has been a unique pleasure. The Club’s remarkable and mem-
orable history as the “Oldest Yacht Club on the West Coast” is worthy of
recording and enjoying with our families, fellow members, friends, fellow
boating enthusiasts and other Bay Area [and Beyond] yacht club members.

SFYC HSTORICAL COMMITTEE Special thanks are extended to these contributors and those who may
have been omitted, but certainly appreciated:

Commodore Paul Rosenlund, Commodore Andy Fromm—our 150th Year Commodore—
and to Rear Commodore Stu Reilly who also helped direct this project. S/C Ken and Jane
Frost, Deirdre Owen, Ruth Wosser, Fritze James, Diane Schroeder, and Midge Moore, long-
time members of the Historical Committee without whom this book would not be possible.

Content writing/proof-reading contributors: P/P Marily Rimmer, P/P Elizabeth Merrill,
Madeline Morey, Bill and Barbara Thomas, Peter Engler, Carole Engler, Tom Joyce,
Diane Beeston, Mel Owen, S/C Tad Lacey, S/C Ed Lynch, P/P Lori Fromm, P/P Lisa Harris,
Bob McDermott, Pat Montag Swain, S/C John Swain, S/C Bob Heller, S/C Wendy Miller,
S/C Carl Lewis, Walter Crump, David Cobb, Susan Hoeschler, Robert Sellers, S/C Jerry
Eaton, Hank Easom, S/C Evan Dailey, S/C Jerry Leth, S/C Ken and P/P Carol Jesmore,
Bill Stucky, Don Wieneke, Don Jesberg, Leslie Ruhland, Club Manager Steve DePetro,
Evelyne Swinscoe-Byer, Barbi Loy, Roxanne Fairbairn, Phil Atchinson, and Earl Davis.

Company History Productions:
Peter Engler: concept/writer/editior

and Tom Joyce [Creativewerks]:
art director/graphic designer
print production manager

© 2018, The San Francisco Yacht Club

SFYC 150th ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE




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