Last weekend, 138 boats competed in the popular Delta Ditch Run, where they encountered some of the windiest conditions the regatta has seen in years. For some boats, that spelled disaster. But for kitefoilers Johnny Heineken and Riley Gibbs, that spelled an opportunity to set a new course record.
Over a year ago, the Junior Committee and Junior Sailing staff began a deep-dive into our existing sailing program, wondering about the current curriculum and the best way forward. After months of study, collaboration and discussion, they have come up with a solution that will transform our junior sailing program for the better.
The St. Francis Sailing Foundation recently hosted a High Performance Nacra Clinic on San Francisco Bay. An impressive cadre of volunteer coaches came together to train 26 kids aboard a fleet of six Nacra 15s. By the end of the weekend, Pamela Healy told the group, “Someone in this group will be going to the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires in 2018.”
As San Francisco sailors, we are intimately connected with the Bay itself. When we look at the water, we see things that non-sailors don’t see. And with the massive amounts of rain this winter, draining down through the Delta and out into the Bay, we’re starting to notice something different on the water.
Over the weekend, San Francisco Yacht Club hosted StFYC in the annual San Francisco Cup, featuring three divisions (Open, Women's and Juniors) in a first-to-11 match race series. Both Saturday and Sunday saw highly competitive racing from our skippers Craig Healy, Nicole Breault and Spencer Paulsen. In the end our Club clinched the Cup with a resounding score of 12-6.
In late February, member Ethan Sargent, age 10, traveled to Palamos, Spain to represent Team USA at StFYC at the Optimist Nations Cup. There, he went up against 550 Opti sailors from 27 countries. Read more here.
In late January, the Junior Department hosted a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony for our 2016 junior sailors. Most Outstanding and Most Improved awards were presented to the Spring, Summer and Fall Programs along with the Race Team and High School Sailing Teams.
Just over a year ago, a handful of St. Francis Yacht Club families came together to galvanize the club’s Opti Race Team. Mike Mahoney, father of stellar Opti sailor Sean Mahoney, discusses the structure of the program as well as its goals. He encourages all competitive young StFYC sailors to, “Opti In!”
Last month, Commodore Kiriakis wrote about “diving into the deep end” in 2017. Junior Committee chairman Jon Paulsen reports, “We are cannonballing!” Read about the Junior Committee’s goals and ideas for 2017, including their continued focus on generating world-class racers straight from our Junior program.
This week, 16-year-old Daniela Moroz will fly to New York City and make her way to the New York Yacht Club where she will be named the 2016 US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. We sat down with Daniela at the Club to ask her a few questions about this prestigious honor, and the journey she traveled to earn it.
In 2016 Nicole Breault competed in regattas from Chicago to Patagonia, proudly flying the StFYC burgee and furthering the Club's reputation with every win. At the 2016 Annual General Meeting, Nicole's phenomenal year was recognized when she was awarded StFYC Yachtswoman of the Year (an honor shared with Daniela Moroz). Here we catch up with Nicole to look back on the highlights and challenges of her 2016 season and see what's in store for her this year.
On January 10, 2017, Commodore Kimball Livingston stood before a captive audience in the Main Dining Room to announce the winners of the Club’s 2016 perpetual trophies. These winners represent the best of our esteemed membership, and range from an enthusiastic youngster learning to sail at Tinsley Island to a World Champion earning his third international title.
This week, US Sailing announced that IKA Formula Kite World Champion Daniela Moroz and Olympic Bronze Medalist Caleb Paine are the 2016 US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman and Yachtsman of the Year.
It’s a new year, which means new opportunities for all of us to learn and sharpen our team racing skills! We want to start this team racing season off with a bang by offering a two-day Team Racing 101 event to get team racers of all levels ready for a busy year of scrimmages and regattas.
Head sailing coach Adam Corpuz-Lahne looks back on the Junior sailors’ highlights of the past year, including a trip to Sweden, placing at the Club 420 North American Championship, and winning the Area G Sears Cup, Area G Smythe and Women’s Formula Kite World Championship.
Lawson Willard Jr. started sailing at age six and went through the ranks of Bay Area sailing, competing in Optis for several years before jumping into a Laser, only to discover his true passion. He is now racing for the College of Charleston. Learn about Lawson’s sailing journey, sailing role models and future sailing goals.
In 2016, members of St. Francis Yacht Club shattered records and won races the world around. Sailing on kites, catamarans, dinghies and keelboats, our sailors earned their place at the top over and over again. Daniela Moroz became the ladies’ kiting champion of the world. Mike Martin and Adam Lowry won 505 Worlds. Caleb Paine won a Bronze medal. And that’s just the beginning! Read about sixteen of the year’s greatest on-water victories and most accomplished sailors.
This past August, StFYC Junior sailor Parker Klebahn was selected as one of eight U.S. sailors, age 17-21, to represent the country at Laser Under-21 Worlds in Kiel, Germany.
This August, four of our members—Caleb Paine, Marion Lepert, Helena Scutt and Paige Railey—competed in Olympic sailing in Rio de Janeiro. That’s more than any other yacht club in the world. Now, we hear from Caleb, Marion and Helena about their experiences in Brazil, as well as their gratitude looking back.
Our Junior sailors were busy this summer, sailing in summer camps on Tinsley Island and Cityfront and training and competing at venues all over the world. In September, we launched into another high school season with nearly 60 kids sailing out of the Club every week
Mother Nature had some surprises in store for the 68 boats that assembled on the Berkeley Circle for the third day of racing at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club, namely split personality conditions that tested each boat's light- and heavy-air skills.
Each summer, StFYC hosts several weeklong summer sailing camps, both on Tinsley Island and on Cityfront. This year’s instructors sent in some photos and stories to the Mainsheet to tell us about sailing camp thus far, including the joys they have found in teaching our youngest sailors how to love the sport.
Since its earliest days, our Club, our members, and our Bay have all been established as pillars in the sport of kite racing. Continuing the tradition, St. Francis Yacht Club is preparing to host the second stop of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour this August 4–7. Forty of the world’s top kiting competitors are expected to come to San Francisco to race off Crissy Field, one of the best kite-racing venues in the world.
Six of StFYC’s Juniors are spending this week in Sweden with Head Coach Adam Corpuz-Lahne, participating in what has become an annual youth sailing exchange between StFYC and the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) in Stockholm, Sweden.
Each year, StFYC graduates a pool of talented High School seniors and many of them go on to race in College, some at schools that are perennial contenders for top honors. Coach Adam sat down with three recent grads who are racing in college—at Boston College, Tufts and Georgetown—to learn about the experience thus far and see how StFYC helped prepare them.
This evening, a full weekend of classic yacht racing will begin at the St. Francis Yacht Club’s Woodies Invitational Regatta. Among the most popular and competitive events of the season for the Bay’s wooden boat classes, the “Woodies” will begin tonight at 6:00pm with a single twilight race. There will be an additional four to five races over the weekend.
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of chairing the Opti Heavy Weather Regatta at St. Francis Yacht Club. There were 57 competitors—11 in the Green fleet and 46 in the Open fleet—hailing from many West Coast latitudes including Cabrillo Beach, California Yacht Club, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Seattle and Willamette, plus nine competitors from Canada.
At last weekend's Area G Qualifiers, hosted by Richmond Yacht Club, StFYC's youth sailing team of Mats Keldsen, Spencer Paulsen, Ryder Easterlin and Juliana Testa finished first, earning the Club a berth at the Sears Cup.
Commodore Livingston discovers the meaning of “Adventure Sailing.”
Kristen Zarembinski details her travels to Germany to represent StFYC in a yacht club exchange program.
Every year, the St. Francis Yacht Club Junior program puts 700 junior sailors in sailboats. This month, we check in with six of our stand-outs: Twelve-year-old Colette Lee tells us about learning to love Optis while high school sailor Michael Tellini talks about 420s and FJs. Noble Reynoso is racing 420s around the country and Haydn Fischer is pushing the boundaries in kite boarding. Claire Mohun is taking everything she learned on the Bay and applying it to college sailing at Georgetown University.
The Double-Handed Farallones Race started off like any other: light breeze at the start that built as the fleet existed the Gate. After Staff Commodore Ray Lotto and his crew Steve Carroll rounded the island, conditions changed—quickly.
“I was hanging at the bar, leading the fleet astray, when I fell to thinking on this spirit thing. It pops up all over,” begins Commodore Livingston’s May column. In it, the Commodore ponders on the last month at StFYC, highlighting the members who have contributed their spirit to a club he loves.
If the IntraClub Regatta is meant to be representative of our varied membership and our varied fleet, then the 2016 rendition succeeded, and then some. The eighteen entered sailboats ranged in length from 22 to 54 feet, in handicap from 198 to -33 and in age from 70 years old to three years old.
On April 16 and 17, the St. Francis Yacht Club welcomed hundreds of sailors to San Francisco Bay for J/Fest, an annual regatta that this year featured J/24s, J/70s, J/105s, J/111s and J/120s. After a two-hour postponement on Saturday, the breeze filled in and competitors enjoyed two fantastic races.
In the course of its history, StFYC has named only 35 Honorary Members; Don Trask is one of them. Professionally, he was a boat builder and broker. He was also a champion sailor, an evangelist for the sport, an enthusiastic member sponsor and the person credited with bringing the Laser to SF Bay and sparking “The Laser Generation.”
Saturday, April 23rd marks our annual Intraclub Regatta, in which members take to the Bay in a grand attempt to earn a year of bragging rights. We have heard some boisterous trash-talking from the Commodore, the Juniors and Fresh Crew. Now, there’s a rumor that the Entertainment Committee is also furnishing a boat!
Since 1967, St. Francis Yacht Club and San Francisco Yacht Clubs have been “competing for superiority in the same field” at the annual San Francisco Cup, a match race that grants its winner a line on a trophy and a year of bragging rights. In 2014, the Cup was ours. In 2015, it was San Francisco’s. It’s 2016, and this weekend’s SF Cup is anyone’s match.
This weekend, StFYC hosted the third of three stops on the World Sailing Grade 3 2016 California Dreamin’ Series. Over the course of two wet and blustery days on San Francisco Bay, the eight teams in attendance completed two Round Robins in the Club’s fleet of J/22s.
Feast or famine. That is always the theme when it comes to the Gaucho Regatta, hosted every March by the UC Santa Barbara Sailing Team. This year was no different, with 64 High School teams from across the state competing in winds at both ends of the spectrum.
The 2016 racing season kicked off with a blustery start this weekend, as the sailors in Spring One Design experienced gale-force winds, rain and even a bit of hail.
This weekend, StFYC welcomes the first big regatta of 2016 and with it, a heaping dose of El Nino. Because Spring One Design is the first season counter regatta of the year for many fleets, we’re expecting to see a great turnout of boats with their crew in full foulies.
Over the winter, Executive Race Committee worked diligently to build the 2016 racing calendar, and it shows. Read about the incredible year of sailing ahead of us and how you can be a part of it. Divided by category—Championships, Big Boats, Youth Sailing, Match & Team Racing, Dinghy Racing—this story shines a spotlight on some of the biggest regattas on the horizon. Get "Race Ready!"
"I’ve tapped into something good: A pool of keen sailing talent that doesn’t know the meaning of fear, much less the fear of pain." Commodore Livingston is going sailing, and he’s taking our Juniors with him, starting with an entry into the Intraclub Regatta this April. What’s more, he’s challenged Fresh Crew to a duel in the Intraclub.
This year’s Road to Rio Auction at the St. Francis Yacht Club will feature a silent auction followed by a live (and lively) auction. As always, the list of items up for bid is chock-full of unique and exciting opportunities. Take a trip to Havana, fly in a private jet over California, visit the Royal Yacht Squadron or enjoy a day on the Bay with the Commodore and a VIP crewmember.
In 2015, members of St. Francis Yacht Club accomplished a number of impressive on-water victories: 1st in the 29er fleet at the US Sailing Youth Championship. 1st at the Nations Cup. 1st female finisher in the Kite Foil Gold Cup Tour. New world record holder for Transpacific time. J/105 National Champion. 1st to finish in the Transpac. Gold Medal at the Pan Am Games. The list goes on…
“Every January, I attend three regattas that hold special meaning to me, each for a different reason, and at each I have a different role.” Head Sailing Coach Adam Corpuz-Lahne is more than just our sailing coach. He is a dedicated member of the sailing community as a whole. This month, he talks about regattas near and dear to his heart and reflects on that most important of questions: why do we sail?
Whether it was winning the Transpac, capturing a national championship or crushing a trans-ocean record, our members did it all. Take a look at our top member accomplishments across every segment of the sport.
This past year, our members hosted 149 days of racing or training on the water. We raced in 23 international locales and sailed aboard dozens of unique boats and classes. Relive the incredible year of sailing by the numbers.
Rivalry is one of the keystones of the sport of sailing, and StFYC is rife with it. Curator S/C RC Keefe digs into his archives to share photos and stories of three exceptional rivalries that plied our waters.
It came down to the last race. Stanford and Cal were tied 1-1 in a best of three competition. As both teams prepared to start, the spectators went wild. The marching bands roared, the cheerleaders flew and the live commentary rang out. No, this was not a football game; it was the Big Sail, an intercollegiate regatta between Stanford and UC Berkeley, (“Cal”).
Helena Scutt and her skipper Paris Henken have been pouring their energy into their 49erFX campaign. At this summer’s PanAm Games in Toronto, their hard work paid off and the girls secured a Bronze. Check out Helena’s account on what it took to medal.
It seems like only a couple of weeks ago we were getting all of our Optis, Teras and 420s ready for Summer Sailing Camp. But here we are in October, with our High School Sailing program practicing three days a week, the 420 team and High School Development team practicing on Fridays, our beginner and intermediate Fall sailing courses running on Saturday and Sunday, and regattas going almost every weekend.
From Sept 17-20, St. Francis Yacht Club hosted the 51st Rolex Big Boat Series. In classic form, we rolled out the red carpet for a weekend jam-packed with exceptional racing and shoreside entertainment to match. At the end, six Rolex timepieces were awarded to the winners of six classes.
Like many great traditions, it started with a bet: A bet between two sailors as to which of their craft could cover the length of San Francisco Bay faster. Now in its 17th year, the Bridge to Bridge has become a wide-reaching sail-what-you-brung drag race. It is also one of the best spectacles of the year.
Shawn Bennett and his team of Kurt Wessels, Melissa Feagin and Tom Purdy went 14-0 on September 5-6, beating each competitor twice to take the overall win at the Last Chance Qualifier for the US Match Racing Championship. St. Francis Yacht Club hosted the event under a bright blue sky and warm sun that graced San Francisco’s city front over Labor Day weekend.
Of the nearly 100 entries to the 2015 Roles Big Boat Series, 28 will be flying the St. Francis Yacht Club burgee. Here are the StFYC-helmed boats to watch, including their notable racing accomplishments in these same boats since RBBS 2014.
This fall, the StFYC Junior program is implementing some meaningful changes in an effort to continually improve our program as well as our Junior sailors. Of note, the practice schedule is shifting to Tuesday-Thursday, allowing Friday to be open to a different kind of sailing – the kind beyond dinghies and short courses that our juniors will see when they matriculate past high school.
The story of the Laser and the Laser Generation at the St. Francis Yacht Club is a story of names, championships, numbers, and sheer imagination unsurpassed in the sailing world.
Kite Foil Gold Cup wraps up at StFYC; French claim top victories; San Francisco Residents claim podium finishes including 3rd (Johnny Heineken), 4th (Joey Pasquali), First Woman (Erika Heineken) and U.S. Kite Foil Youth Nationals Champion (Nicolai Sponholtz)
During Day One of racing in the Kite Foil Gold Cup 69 kiters went head-to-head in five races, working out the kinks and getting to know the venue.
For six weeks this summer, a group of 8- to 15-year olds head up to Tinsley Island for a week of sun, fun and learning how to sail at StFYC Summer Camp. Check out images of the kids sailing, playing and generally enjoying their island.
One of the biggest goals of the StFYC Junior program is to encourage our racing juniors to be all-around sailors, for them to be proficient with spinnakers, trapezes and even keelboats. This year, the Club created a new regatta to introduce them to another exciting aspect of our sport: 3v3 Team Racing.
This has been another thrilling week for members racing—and winning—under the StFYC burgee.
July saw a number of impressive on-water victories for members of StFYC. Renauld Laparche and co-skipper Ryan Breymaier beat the existing Los Angeles to Honolulu record by over a day aboard the 105ft trimaran, Lending Club 2. Nicole Breault skippered her team to victory in the Women’s Division of the Nation’s Cup in Vladivostok, Russia. In the Pan Am Games in Toronto, members Paige Railey, Marion Lepert and Helena Scutt & Paris Henken earned medals. Plus more member victories!
A conversation with Daniela Moroz, kiter on the rise. Learn about how she became involved with kiting, her favorite kiting locations and who her favorite training partner is. Look for her next in the U.S. Junior Kite Foil Nationals, which will take place as part of the Kite Foil Gold Cup this summer.
Good sportsmen are rare, and it is with great pride that we congratulate StFYC junior Kieran Chung who was recently awarded the College Sailing Sportsmanship Award by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA).
It’s not often that “Opti” and “new technology” are seen in the same sentence, but at this weekend’s Opti Heavy Weather regatta at the St. Francis Yacht Club, that’s exactly what happened.
The Future is Bright: Meet the Next Generation of StFYC Superstars.
Just as it is with meeting new people, one’s first impression when encountering a new activity often creates an opinion that will last far beyond that moment.
StFYC’s Junior Program has a busy summer ahead. We are running nine weeks of Summer Camp, hosting a youth team race invitational with two of the nation’s top coaches, and sending a Junior to Germany to sail in an exchange program.
As the annual Bay to Breakers foot race-cum-festival takes over the streets of San Francisco this weekend, boatloads of colorful crew will take to the Bay, racing in a costume party that is also known as the Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta.
It's been busy in the Junior Clubhouse! Our 420 and Laser sailors raced in the Spring Dinghy regatta. The High School Team traveled to Santa Barbara for the Gaucho Regatta, raced in the PCISA Nor Cal Championship, and ended their season at the PCISA Gold Fleet and Silver Fleet Championships.
On April 25th, The Bay School Sailing team traveled to San Diego to compete in the PCISA Team Race Championship. The other four teams in the regatta, Point Loma HS, Newport Harbor HS, Corona Del Mar HS, and Cathedral Catholic HS were all ranked in the top 5 of the PCISA season standings. The Bay School sailors were not intimidated, and brought the fight to every race.
The La Ventana Kitefoil Goldcup in March was my first international competition and it certainly didn't disappoint. On the starting line were 43 kiters, representing 15 countries. I was one of only 6 women participating.
The annual Night with the Stars Auction took place on St. Patrick’s Day, and luck was surely in the air. Auction bidders won fantastic prizes while grantees benefitted from the generous donations of those in attendance.
Light breeze made for limited racing, but great camaraderie, during the NorCal 4 and 5 Regattas
The 2nd and 3rd NorCal regattas, also known as Pumpkin Regatta, took place at Encinal Yacht Club over two days. The event counted as two separate regattas. Set in the Oakland-Alameda estuary, this year’s Pumpkin Regatta occurred during a sunny, beautiful weekend with a perfect 5-9 knot breeze, allowing for plenty of races.