Pre-racing excitement is already blowing around the docks at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California, where the 2017 J/111 Worlds are set to take place from Thursday, August 24 through Sunday, August 27
After three years of close, but not quite, St. Francis Yacht Club claimed the Hinman Masters Trophy at the New York Yacht Club Invitational Team Race Regatta in Newport, RI, August 18-20.
Women’s Cruise on Tinsley Island (September 8–10) is just weeks away and our amazing Cruise chairs Peggy Cramer and Sarah Dreyer share all about what you can expect at the Cruise.
Every team’s journey to a starting line is a tale of organization, crew alignment, vessel preparation and practice. Add in international travel, and the complexity snowballs. Then, weave in the pressures and prestige of a World Championship—in this case the 2017 J/111 Worlds—and the situation compounds.
Recently, your Board of Directors was made aware of the details surrounding the Twin Tunnels Project in the Delta and how it might impact Tinsley Island.
Kiting Continues to Develop on SF Bay as the 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour Wraps Up
Going into Day Four of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour, conditions were perfect for kiting off of Crissy Field. The sun was out, the wine was up and the racing was going to be fast.
Game on! The fog started parting early today and racing started at 1100 PST. Today brought a combination event with three heats of course-racing followed by the Bay Challenge, which raced to Berkley Pier and back. Now that we have over five races on the books, the dropouts start taking effect. There are battles brewing all over the field and today brought some sailing drama.
Day Two of racing at the 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour brought abnormal conditions. The skies filled with clouds and shut down the wind. Brief rain showers passed through as the wind shifts west to south and clocked back. Reports of 2-4 knots, brief surges to 10, and back to nothing kept teasing the racers and Race Committee. At 4:00pm, the official notice came to cancel racing for the day.
The racers were ready, the countdown started ticked, nerves were up, energy was buzzing and BAM! The starting signal sounded and forty-six racers were off the line. The 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour kicked off today off of Crissy Field in San Francisco, CA.
This afternoon marks the first of four days of racing for the San Francisco stop of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club. Forty-six of the world's best kiters are here this weekend, representing 16 nations.
In the 1970s, ultralight-displacement boats from Santa Cruz – ULDBs – changed offshore racing forever, and the boats with the biggest impact were designed by Bill Lee. This talented StFYC raced one of the first ULDBs in the 1977 Transpac and set a record. He entered again in 2017 and beat his 1977 time.
“We are fortunate to be among like-minded sailors poised to capture bountiful opportunity.” Our members have been busy this summer, racing and cruising from coast to coast. The Commodore reviews some recent sailing highlights and looks forward to what’s to come.
This time of year, the Board of Directors starts to decide on the budget for the following year. In this month’s column, Robin Driscoll provides a review of the budgeting process so the membership can be aware of the various elements taken into consideration.
You may have noticed Julian’s sweetly painted C&C30, Don’t Panic, messing about on the Bay over the last year. Now, get to know the skipper at the helm, including his goals for the Don’t Panic program and his ideas for bolstering the future of the sport.
“We are now in the middle of the summer season, and so far, so good.” Assistant General Manager Noel Omila fills us in on summer at the St. Francis. As the keeper of club event reservations, he also gives an inside tip on how to get a good seat!
Main Dining Room server Mario Ascencio has been working in restaurants around San Francisco for 33 years. He recently became a Level One Sommelier and is excited to share his knowledge with the membership. Learn about Mario’s favorite pairings, his career and his family.
This summer, StFYC Sailing Camp has welcomed happy campers to the water every week, both at Tinsley Island overnight camp and Cityfront day camp. Our sailing instructors sent us three “postcards,” with an inside scoop of the adventures at camp.
What are the critical elements needed to transform a fine sailboat race into a world-class regatta? Rather than pontificating on which finer points inspire sailors to commit time, resources and sailing bandwidth to a given regatta, we reached out to some of the skippers, tacticians and industry professionals who are participating in this year’s Rolex Big Boat Series to get their pulse on what makes this storied regatta hum.
In this year’s Transpac, StFYC was in the hunt. From setting a new course record (Stan Honey) to winning the Barn Door Trophy with a broken port rudder (Manouch Moshayedi) to rationing tortillas on day 7 but finishing 2nd in class on day 10 (Bill Helvestine), our members experienced every facet of this storied race.
Sitting in the Main Dining Room, sipping your Sauvignon Blanc, you look out into the Bay and see a boat with three bright white lights, all in a row on the masthead. Do you know what it means? The Seamanship Committee breaks down a handful of helpful ways to remember light configurations.
A small but star-studded fleet of J/70s will be racing in this weekend’s Pacific Coast Championships. Among the top competitors will be Paul Cayard on Chris Kostanecki’s Jennifer (warming up for J/70 Worlds in Porto Cervo this September), Willem Van Waay on David Schumann’s Bottle Rocket and Victor Diaz de Leon on Bennet Greenwald’s Perseverance.
This past weekend, StFYC sailor Nicole Breault and her Vela Racing team organized a match race clinigatta for female sailors from across the US. The event was fully subscribed and 36 women spent three days drilling, then match-racing, in StFYC's J/22s.
Michael first caught the sailing bug in college, sailing on Lake Lagunita on Stanford’s campus. Since then, he has sailed bigger and faster boats and now competitively races the Santa Cruz 50, Oaxaca, inshore and offshore.
The St. Francis Employee Scholarship supports employees and their families in their pursuit of remarkable opportunities. This month, we hear from scholarship recipients Pedram and Ben Babai, sons of 37-year employee Reza Babai, with an update on their education.
In 1936, the 53ft Water Witch met the 50ft Dorade on the racecourse for the first time. Over the years, both have had multiple owners and home ports. This year, Watch Witch reappeared on the Bay, completely refurbished and ready to race.
Tinsley Island Committee Chair Milt Werner has spent much of the past decade immersed in life at the Club and, especially, on Tinsley Island. This month he shares a personal anecdote on his family’s enjoyment of their home-away-from-home.
“So, let's say you are a new member of the St. Francis Yacht Club. The best advice I can give you to benefit your overall membership experience is this: get involved.” Kathleen Kiriakis, Chair of the Women’s Committee, provides several ideas on how to get started.
You likely know Island Supervisor JC Garcia as the guy who is always bustling around Tinsley, repairing things and keeping the islandin ship-shape. Now, we get to know JC behind the scenes, including his Army National Guard career and his passion for cooking.
Island Manager Ross Schiveley had a busy winter and spring, keeping the Island afloat through the highest tides we’ve seen in years. Now in the heart of summer, he’s all smiles, excited to welcome members to their favorite outstation.
The Tinsley Committee and the Port Captain would like to gently remind you that our Island is our own small-town oasis. To ensure its peaceful enjoyment by all, please be mindful of these top rules and tips.
This summer, StFYC will hold seven sessions of sailing camp, three on Tinsley Island and four out of the city clubhouse. All of our instructors are veterans with several years' experience sailing and teaching for the Club.
I was very pleased when Tom Siebel asked me to join a truly all-star crew aboard his beautiful new J Class yacht Svea for the historic J Class regatta in Bermuda, held concurrent with the 35th America’s Cup.
On August 2–6, St. Francis Yacht Club will welcome the best foiling kiteboarders in the world to the third stop of the 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour. Up to 60 kiters are expected to attend, representing up to 15 countries.
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.
Earlier this spring, Ketch All manager Cheryl Galli and her team unveiled a totally transformed Ketch All with floor to ceiling delights for members, family and friends. Here is how to navigate the five departments within the reimagined space.
This past weekend marked the 38th running of the SF Classic, the longest continuously run long-distance board race in the world. Over the years, much has changed about this San Francisco Bay race—the regatta format, the boards under foot, the sails over head—but one thing remains the same: the competitors keep getting faster.
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.
With an ongoing focus on all things sailing, Commodore Jim Kiriakis offers a final look into the magic that will be the Commodore’s Cruise in Penobscot Bay, Maine, this July 16-21 (there is still limited room to join this coveted vacation!). Then, he discusses the recent changes to High School Sailing at StFYC, and the reasons behind them.
COO/GM Paul Koojoolian is excited to welcome two new staff members this month, who will both enhance the membership experience. Jenn Lancaster begins as our Race Director on July 1 and Albert Beltran joins us as Food & Beverage Manager in Development on June 6.
In recent months, the Chairman and Board of Directors have put an emphasis on long-term planning. With input from member-committees, they are examining future-focused strategies for Tinsley Island and membership structure, among other things. Chairman Robin Driscoll provides an update on this process, as well as a financial report.
With Memorial Day Cruise behind us, and Fresh Crew Cruise on the horizon, we are officially into Cruise Season 2017! Tinsley Island Committee Chair Milt Werner reminds members that, while all Cruises are certainly a treat, the Island is worth visiting all summer long.
The Dining Committee is excited to report on a number of new Club menu items, many of which are a celebration of summer. To whet your palate, here is a taste: Grilled Octopus with Chorizo Meatballs and Lemon Zest, Grilled Peach Salad with Burrata and Arugula, Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Rhubarb Consommé and Fresh Strawberries.
Sting, Scoundrel, Scallywag, Arunga, Lucie: these are the names of the five 6-Metres sailing under the St. Francis burgee. The fleet has grown substantially this year, thanks to the support of the St. Francis International Yacht Racing Foundation who purchased Sting, Scoundrel and Scallywag. Now, our sailors are getting ready for Worlds.
Since joining the St. Francis in 2015, this young sailor has been spotted racing Knarrs, 6-Metres, J/22s and just about anything she can get her seaboots on. We sat down with Eliza to get acquainted with her off the water. We learned about her East Coast roots, her Dawn Riley fan status and her plans for sailing to come.
While lounging lazily one summer day on Tinsley Island, Tarek Hamid & Nadia Mansour wondered aloud, “What is a retirement strategy that would be good for our spirit, mind and body?” The answer came to them clearly: cruising! Over the next two years, the couple bought a boat, commissioned her, and sailed over 4,000 miles.
This summer, a group of dedicated members is on a mission to find the St. Francis Yacht Club a new house red wine, something that lies at the core of any club beverage program.
Beginning July 1, 2017, the St. Francis Yacht Club is proud to announce that Jennifer Lancaster will be at the helm of its robust racing program as the Club's Race Director.
When it comes to determining the fastest guns in the west, Rolex Big Boat Series has long served as the left coast’s pivotal proving ground. Of the 40 regattas our club hosts each year, this is the signature event and enjoys a proud 52-year history of testing competitors’ skills in the demanding, rewarding conditions of San Francisco Bay.
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.”
By the time Tom Siebel joined the St. Francis Yacht Club in 2009, he had sailed his way through a Laser, kiteboard, Hobie Cat, Nacra 17, Wildcat, SIG45, J/125, Swan 90 and MOD70. What was next for this passionate sailor? The answer came to him when the 1937-vintage line drawings of a J-Boat crossed his desk.
The Sons of the Sea are pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Gregory (Greg) Cheng as Director of your Sons of the Sea Men’s Chorus (SOTS). Director Cheng brings with him a wealth of musical leadership experience having conducted ensembles ranging from orchestras to wind ensembles to choruses throughout the Bay Area.
The High Seas are delighted to be working with a talented new Musical Director, Bill Keck. Bill's experience is both impressive and varied—currently he's both Director of Music at Holy Innocents' Church and plays with Beach Blanket Babylon. Learn about his background, his favorite SF music venue and how he came to work with the High Seas.
You have no doubt seen Geovanny around the clubhouse, setting up, breaking down, and generally taking care of our Club with a smile on his face. As the lead of the set-up team, Geovanny is integral to the Club’s many ongoing meeting and activities. Now, get to know him behind the scenes.
Did you know that St. Francis Yacht Club enjoys reciprocal privileges with over 90 private clubs around the world? Simply by being a member here you may enjoy visits to clubhouses near and far. Membership Committee Chair Elizabeth Little reviews this fantastic perk of membership.
Last month, the Cruisers Group enjoyed cruises to Sausalito and Angel Island. Now they are planning their annual “Cruise to the Cruise” for the week preceding the Memorial Day Cruise on Tinsley. Learn about their waypoints and how you can get on board.
Your Wine Committee has been busy! Committee member Kim Jones reports on some new additions to the wine menu and provides a sneak preview of this year’s Vintner’s Night. She also recaps the Merry Edwards Winemaker Dinner and looks ahead to the Spottswoode Winemaker Dinner on June 22.
May 1 marks the official start of the summer season on Tinsley Island, when the launch schedule switches over to a more frequent cadence, the docking fees shift to summer rates, and members begin to flock to our outstation up the Delta. Tinsley Chairman Milt Werner recaps Toiler Season and looks ahead to Cruise and summer season.
Looking back on the “Grand Weekend”, General Manager Paul Koojoolian provides a recap of the incredible events and activities that filled the Club in the days surrounding our 90th Birthday Party. Over 1,000 members and friends visited the Club in just three days, and it was a weekend to remember!
As we launch into May, Chairman Driscoll is pleased to report that the financial performance for the Club remains slightly ahead of budget for the year. He also outlines his and the Commodore’s schedule and topics for Fireside Chats in 2017, which include a Chat about Tinsley Island and another about the membership dues, categories and growth.
“As we celebrate our Club’s 90th year, it’s apt that we reflect on our good fortune. How is our Club so auspicious that we constantly enjoy a beautiful location, spectacular fare, high-level sport, adventures, on-the-water skill development, culture, parties and friendship? The secret sauce is our members…”
What happens when some of the world’s best keelboat sailors climb aboard high-performance One Design boats on a famously windy racecourse for a world-class regatta? In the case of the J/111 Worlds, the result will involve tightly contested starting lines, high-drama mark roundings and ample bow spray.
The year 1917 was an eventful one. U.S. troops landed in France; the U.S. federal budget was $1.95 billion; and the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded. Here on San Francisco Bay, it was the first year the Pacific Inter-Club Yachting Association sponsored Opening Day of Yachting Season.
On Friday, April 21, there is an all-new event that will bridge the gap between our Club’s Legends and Legends-in-the-making. The new regatta is known as the Legends of Sailing. My idea behind it was to create a Club championship showcasing the most members putting skin in the game, and to provide an opportunity to back it up
“When I came here 17 years ago, my intentions were to retire. But I fell in love with the place and the people. I like working here, and they like having me. When I walk through that door, this is just like coming home.”
Last month, the Commodore and I were in New York to honor Caleb Paine and Daniela Moroz as US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of 2016. It reminded me, again, that not only do we have the best people at the best club, but we are also part of a bigger world of yachting, surrounded by people with common interests who are passionate about our sport.
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.
Not all traditions remain in place forever. Some last a few years, and the world moves on. Some last a very long time, and we have at least one in the St. Francis Yacht Club that was with us at the start and is still with us some 90 years later. That is the sport of yachting. 1928 saw us with a sailing fleet of some 39 sailing yachts. Among them were Rs, Schooners and 6-Metres.
Happy Springtime from your Membership Committee! This is a wonderful time to make the most of your membership by engaging in Club activities and sharing the Club experience with your family, friends, and potential new members. Read about a few of my favorite upcoming events.
As we begin the racing season in earnest, please know your Club’s burgee is well represented far and wide. It’s only April and already we are sending our sailors to regattas around the country to challenge other clubs in the grand tradition of yachting. Here is how StFYC did in the Nichols Cup, plus who we are sending to the Palmer Trophy and Baldwin Team Race Cup.
Did you know that the very first San Francisco Yacht Club was in Mission Bay? Or that our first Commodore was a civil engineer from England who used his professional chops to help construct our yacht club on land fill? How much would you guess our original membership dues were? Explore a timeline of our Club’s founding, spanning from 1869 to 1928, as we prepare to celebrate our 90th birthday.
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 some organizations, a power outage in the middle of the biggest fundraising event of the year could spell disaster. But when the power went out in the middle of the 2017 St. Francis Sailing Foundation Auction, the show went on.
"This month marks the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco Cup, a competition between the San Francisco Yacht Club and St. Francis Yacht Club to establish who is the superior club, at least for a year. The first iteration of the Cup, in 1967, featured a best-of-five regatta between two proven racing yachts and sister ships..."
At the 2017 US Sailing National Symposium, US Sailing awarded the Jim Kilroy Outstanding Outreach and Inclusion Award to Treasure Island Sailing Center for creating public access to sailing for thousands of San Francisco Bay Area individuals.
On March 1, Paul Koojoolian accepted the position as General Manager of St. Francis Yacht Club. We go behind the scenes and get to know a bit more about Mr. Koojoolian, including his family, his interests and his favoritte things about St. Francis Yacht Club.
Two years ago, the Toilers started a garden on Tinsley Island with the purpose of growing vegetables for members to enjoy throughout the season. Now, growing season is upon us and the Toilers are looking for gardening enthusiasts to help improve the garden and select better crops for the Delta environment.
This past weekend, seven Express 27s, five Melges 24s, seven Moore 24s and twenty J/105s kicked off the spring sailing season with Spring One Design at StFYC. Competitors sailed through three races on Saturday and two on Sunday, and all present got to enjoy a rocking Mardi Gras social, with food straight from the Bayou.
In recent years, Bruce & Laura Rubin cruised aboard their powerboat, Journey, throughout the Pacific Northwest and the Bay Area. Now, they are excited to take the baton from Doug & Tamara Thorne as they become the 2017 StFYC Cruisers Group chairs.
On the first weekend in February, we hosted Team Race 101, a two-day clinic that combined on-water training with chalk talks. The Clinic was fully subscribed and, despite the rain, our 40 attendees had a fantastic time. They learned a lot and we all agreed it was a great way to kick off the season.
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.
The rallying cry of St. Francis Yacht Club in 2017 is: Go sailing! There are numerous opportunities to do this year whether it’s racing a big boat, kiting on the Bay, trying your hand at team racing or chartering a J/22. This month, we present you with several ways to, simply, go sailing!
Paul Koojoolian became Controller of St. Francis Yacht Club back in 2008 and says, “I never imagined I would someday have the opportunity to become the General Manager of the #1 Yacht Club in America. Now, almost nine years later, I am honored and humbled to take on this role.”
Chairman Robin Driscoll reports that, effective March 1, Paul Koojoolian has been named the General Manager and COO of St. Francis Yacht Club, citing Paul’s “leadership performance, operational involvement and understanding of the needs of staff and membership”.
The Commodore reviews several upcoming opportunities for members to get out on the water in 2017, including the Women’s J/22 Clinic, the San Francisco Cup, the Legends of Sailing Regatta and the Champagne Cup. He also gives a shout-out to the incredible entertainment line-up showcasing at the Club this month.
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.
Over the course of the fall, Club Librarian John Harrington assiduously organized the entire Club Library collection, dividing it into sections that are now clearly marked on shelves around the room
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.
The new year brings with it a new Board of Directors. Beginning their watch are Directors Pamela Healy, Dick Watts and Dave Wilson, Jr., along with newly appointed Rear Commodore Paul Heineken. Here, each of these leaders provide an introduction, giving us some insight into their life at the Club as well as their vision for 2017.
In Commodore Kiriakis’ first column at the helm, he thanks the 2016 leadership and warmly welcomes those who will be leading with him in 2017. The Commodore also lays out his vision for the year, which includes getting more members on the water and welcoming more new members by referral.
At the 2016 Annual General Meeting, Chairman Robin Driscoll announced the Board of Director’s five major focuses for 2017, which are: capital reserves and cash management; membership development, retention and affordability; sponsorship development; junior and outreach programs and operational efficiencies.
Kathleen Kiriakis is excited to chair the Women’s Committee and, alongside Commodore Kiriakis, announces that her “theme” will be, simply, nautical. She shares plans to get more members on the water and to provide the Women’s Committee with plenty of fun ways to get involved.
Bill Kreysler has been involved in sailing philanthropy since the mid-1970s. Along the way, he has been a pillar of leadership and mentorship in Bay-Area sailing. As he takes the helm of the Sailing Foundation, Bill shares his story and enumerates the Foundation’s recent charitable activity.
It’s never too early to plan your trips to Tinsley Island, our beloved outstation up the Sacramento Delta. This year’s dates have been posted for member Cruises and Toiler Weekends. Tinsley Chairperson Milt Werner shares these dates, plus several important Tinsley updates and reminders.
As Brendan Bradley takes on his new role of Chairperson of Membership Development, he announces his Committee’s plans for the year, including the dates of prospective member events. He also discusses new member recruitment and the importance of sharing a club you love.
Registration opens today for the 2017 J/111 Worlds hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA from August 22–27, 2017. The Notice of Race includes two days of measurement followed by four days of racing on San Francisco Bay.
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.
After one of the most busy and successful regatta schedules ever this past year, we are poised to repeat. Our slate is chockfull with our regular weekly and weekend events along with some additional major visiting regattas. Here are just a few highlights to keep on your radar.
“The next time we meet, I will probably be dressed as a ‘civilian.’ Do say hello, if you recognize me. I used to be the Commodore, and yes, it was the experience of a lifetime. I especially liked the good parts.”
As we enter a new year of enjoying life at St. Francis Yacht Club, members of the Wine Committee and Dining Committee came together to talk about some of their favorite appetizers, entrees and beverages at the Club. Learn what they are eating and drinking in 2017!
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.
You may recognize Hannah as the woman who tied up your boat, launched your J/22 or managed the dock plan for your favorite regatta in 2016. Now, get to know our Waterfront Director behind the scenes, including her hobbies and interests and her personal sailing history.
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.
As we wrap up 2016, Chairman Robin Driscoll provides a financial update and discusses changes in capital dues. He thanks the Commodore, Directors and Appointed Officers who supported him through a successful year. Finally, he provides the membership with a taste of what’s in store for 2017.
Acting General Manager Paul Koojoolian looks back on the holiday season at StFYC when hundreds of joyous members enjoyed their Club. As we enter 2017, he also provides the membership with an update on all of the “house cleaning” projects scheduled this January.
“To those who ask, ‘What will you do next year?’ It’s simple. I’ll enjoy knowing that 2016 was full. I’ll ride that wave.” Commodora Livingston looks back on her year at the helm of the Women’s Committee, remembering wonderful events and her fellow members who made them a reality.
Recently the Wine Committee has been focused on diversifying the Club’s wine list, with the addition of new Syrahs, French Burgundies and even a few festive bubblies. They announce a holiday wine sale and also release the dates and names of 2017’s spring Winemakers Dinners.
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.
In 2016, the Tinsley Toilers completed numerous projects to improve our island and they aren’t stopping any time soon! The list of 2017’s toiler projects is already 27 projects long, and Toiler weekends are open for registration. Committee Chair Milt Werner also thanks his 2016 Committee.
In 2016, StFYC’s Cruisers Groups enjoyed several great adventures together, including a cruise to Napa Valley, to Marin Yacht Club, to Half Moon Bay and even to Catalina for the Commodore’s Cruise. Three-year Committee Chair Doug Thorne celebrates the end of his tenure with a look back.
In December, the Club will be decked out in holiday décor, thanks to the careful work of Karla Andersen and her holiday decorating committee. Commodora Lourdes Livingston takes us on a journey of holiday decorating through the ages, which has included international wreath exchanges, a full-size cherry picker and more.
Amidst the merriments of the holiday season, Commodore Livingston revisits his theme of “who are we?”, this time shining on a light on the staff of St. Francis Yacht Club. He gives a nod to those past and a “thank you” to those present.
As we approach the close of the financial year, your staff and Board are pleased to report that we will end on a positive financial note with a larger contribution to capital than budgeted. The Chairman of the Board also announces another Fireside Chat on December 14.
Mario Yovkov's sailing resume runs deep. Growing up, Mario was a champion Opti sailor in Bulgaria. He came to SF for college and joined the StFYC shortly after. Since then, he has sailed extensively under the burgee, racing inshore and offshore on a variety of boats. He is perhaps best known for the Big Boat Series in which he proposed to his now-wife by printing “Will you Marry Me” on a spinnaker.
This week, Platinum Clubs of America released its list of the Top 20 Yacht Clubs in America 2016-2018. St. Francis Yacht Club ranked number one in the nation, a distinction we were also honored to receive in 2012 and 2014.
The Dining Committee prides itself in being skilled patrons of the St. Francis Yacht Club dining spaces. In this month’s column, they offer a word of advice on reservations, and why making dining reservations at the club can make all the difference when it comes to your dining service and experience.
Last month’s 6 Metre North Americans brought 11 gorgeous 6-Metre boats to our Club where they competed in a regatta that was as beautiful to watch as it was intense to compete in. Club Historian S/C RC Keefe offers perspective on this boat and its place in StFYC history, starting in 1915 and going through the present.
This past September, Staff Commodores McNeill and Dort represented St. Francis Yacht Club at the 10th Annual International Council of Yacht Clubs Forum, hosted by the Royal Danish Yacht Club in Copenhagen. The theme was “Reinventing our Clubs and Sport” and the Commodores returned home with a bevy of knowledge to share.
Last Saturday a dozen classic yachts of various rigs and sizes competed in the Jessica Cup. Two races were run off the StFYC race deck and by the end of the day some familiar names topped the leader board.
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.
The 2016 International 6 Metre North American Championship and Fall Invitational 6 Metre Regatta concluded today at St. Francis Yacht Club with Russ Silvestri (StFYC) taking first aboard Sting...
The 2017 J/111 Worlds will be hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club (StFYC) in San Francisco, CA from August 22–27, 2017. This will be the fourth World Championship for this competitive one-design class and its first on the U.S. West Coast.
On Saturday, October 15, St. Francis Yacht Club won the 2016 US Adult Sailing Championship with skipper Russ Silvestri, Mario Yovkov, Maggie Bacon and John Collins.
Good news. StFYC has responded generously to the Commodore's Call for donations to the Sea Scouts. We want their damaged, historic whaleboat, Viking, back on the water. Now the St. Francis Sailing Foundation is jumping in with a matching grant of up to $3,000.
After a full week of hotly contested racing at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds, Joel Ronning’s Catapult (USA 187) claimed the title of World Champions.
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.
What a wonderful summer on the island! With five great Cruises and innumerable perfect summer nights behind us, it’s clear that Tinsley Island did not disappoint. Now we transition to Fall with a new seasonal launch schedule and a look ahead to 2017 Toiler dates, housing lottery and more.
“Women’s Cruise 2016 transformed Tinsley into a ‘Weekend in Provence’ drenched in sunflowers, lavender and pastel, a masterpiece executed by creative vision, dexterity and imagination…‘A Feast for the Senses’ could have subtitled the cruise. ‘A Perfect Weekend’ will do.”
The record-setting 52nd Rolex Big Boat Series featured the largest fleet in event history, with 125 boats racing in 11 classes. At the final awards ceremony, six class winners took home the most coveted prize in sailboat racing: a specially engraved Rolex timepiece as well as a St. Francis Yacht Club perpetual trophy.
The 48th International Knarr Championship took place in September, marked by tight competition and spirited camaraderie. The unique boat-lottery system and relatively consistent conditions made the racing especially challenging. In the end, members Chris Perkins and Jon Perkins finished first and second, respectively.
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
Every year, the St. Francis Yacht Club is the #1 provider of donated gifts and bikes to the SFFD’s annual bike and toy drive. Since 1999 we have gifted 2,500 bikes and thousands of toys to this cause and we’re ready to do it again. In fact, we want this to be our biggest drive yet!
The Commodore reports: “I expected to be announcing an assessment along about now. It was never going to be as big as the biggest numbers in the rumor mill, but—There’s a better plan.” Going into budget planning for 2017, the Commodore will be urging the Board to adopt a capital dues program.
In September, the Commodore and the Chairman hosted two fully subscribed “Fireside Chats” to discuss the state of the Club. Those who attended indicated that the information provided and the discussions that followed were all appreciated. For those who did not attend, read about some of the discussions here.
Sailors are a hearty type, but even hearty bodies get tired, especially when exposed to world-class competition that requires A-game performances for several days in a row. Such is the game at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club...
If you were hanging out at Tinsley in the 1980s you might recall the most recent dredge. Now, we are preparing for what will be our 1st maintenance dredge. Here is an update on what has been happening with this project, our thinking and research behind it, and the path ahead.
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.
World Championship regattas always generate high-level competition, but when you stack 68 of the world’s most popular One Design boats on San Francisco Bay in a crisp, late-September breeze, you can bet your last shackle that the competition will be ferocious.
Summer’s days may be numbered, but this comes as welcome news to all sailors participating in the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, as fall’s arrival neatly dovetails with the start of what promises to be a world-championship regatta for the ages.
Some of our fellow members have already stepped up to help the Sea Scouts recover from capsize damage to their whaleboat, Viking. I write now to urge that more of us do the same.
All week, the Club’s yardarm proudly flew three flags to denote the 48th annual International Knarr Championship: the Danish, the Norwegian and the American. Raced between sailors from all three countries, this year's IKCs were rife with tough competition and great camaraderie. In the end, local Knarr talent Chris Perkins came away with the win.
With five races down and five to go, the International Knarr Championship is off to a great start. PRO Bartz Schneider reported perfect conditions and the twenty-five teams have demonstrated very competitive sailing. Above all, this fleet stands out for its tradition, its camaraderie and its spirit.
St. Francis Yacht Club is pleased to announce that Whitecaps Marine Outfitters has signed on as the official green partner of the club’s two biggest regattas of the season: Rolex Big Boat Series (Sept 15–18) and Alcatel J/70 Worlds (Sept 24–Oct 1).
Picture a fleet of gorgeous classic Knarrs plying the Bay. This championship rotates every three years between Norway, Denmark and San Francisco and welcomes die-hard Corinthian sailors to compete in locally owned boats.
Since it began in 1964, the Big Boat Series has been recognized as the premier West Coast regatta. Now in is 52nd edition, this will be our largest Big Boat Series ever, with more than 125 entries and counting.
This sportboat is the fastest-growing class in the history of the sport with over 1,100 hulls built since the boat launched in 2011. Now at its third-ever Worlds, the class is anticipating over 85 boats to be on the line.
On the brink of the largest Big Boat Series in history, Commodore Kimball Livingston reflects back on the regatta’s 52 years of growth, including his personal experiences racing aboard the 72-foot Windward Passage. Through the “ever-changing, ever-evolving” Series, Commodore Livingston says, “Every generation makes its own legends.”
July is traditionally a slow month for business at the Club, but the Chairman reports that, “We remain ahead of our annual contribution to capital projection and expect to close the year on budget or slightly better.” Read about the Club’s financials and the Chairman’s thank-yous for an excellent Commodore’s Cruise.
In the beginning of August, General Manager and COO, JJ West experienced a single week that he says, “encapsulated the multi-faceted value of membership at StFYC.” Read about the member activities and accomplishments that comprised that week, and how it helped JJ define the value of membership at StFYC.
Each year, members of StFYC donate generously to the Employee Scholarship Fund that supports the children and families of our employees who are pursuing their education. This month, we interviewed scholarship recipient Pedram Babai (son of longtime cook Reza Babai) who is studying microbiology.
This month, StFYC Sommelier Wendy Shoemaker introduced an all-new Corovin Wine List to the Club, featuring some of the highest-end wines in the Club’s cellars. A Corovin is an innovative wine device through which your server can extract a single glass of wine without even removing the cork.
They say records are made to be broken, and for kiters on San Francisco Bay, that continues to be true. On Thursday, August 25, in 18 knots of breeze and a ripping 2.5-knot flood tide, Italian foil boarder Rikki Leccese set a new Ronstan Bridge to Bridge record of 10:31, shattering Johnny Heineken’s existing 12:00 record. Leccese’s average speed was 33 knots over the 5.8-nautical-mile racecourse.
The StFYC Women’s Team competed in the 2016 6mR European Championship in the crown jewel of the international 6-Metre class, USA 128 Scoundrel (formerly GBR 96), designed in 1988 by renowned yacht designer, Ian Howlett.
The St. Francis Yacht Club Employee Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 by S/C David and Cherie Sneary. Here, scholarship recipient Alvin Leung shares how the Scholarship Fund has helped him pursue his educational aspirations.
On August 5, StFYC members Mike Martin and Adam Lowry were crowned champions of the 2016 505 Worlds in Weymouth, England, beating a fleet of 130 boats.
St. Francis Yacht Club and the International J/70 Class are pleased to announce Alcatel as the title sponsor of the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds, which will take place on San Francisco Bay from September 24 to October 1, 2016.
Going into August, your Club is ahead of budget; the Chairman breaks down some of those details in this month’s column. He also introduces “Fireside Chats” during which the membership is invited to discuss important Board issues with the Flag Officers at two different informal meetings this fall.
StFYC’s General Manager and COO, JJ West, reviews his first full year at the helm of the St. Francis Yacht Club. He reviews some of his greatest early challenges and subsequent accomplishments and offers words of thanks to the multitude of members who helped him navigate the past twelve months.
“In our 89th year, St. Francis Yacht Club is not what we were when the Club began. Membership was small, and those men (all men) were financial rock stars before there were rock stars. Now we’re eight times their number, and we have people who make sacrifices to be part of this. Because ‘this’ matters. This rocks.”
Fourth generation San Franciscan Sean Kelly first fell in love with sailing through a picture book his parents purchased for him. From there, he learned to windsurf, joined the Coast Guard and went on to represent the armed services in several international windsurfing competitions.
When Knud Wibroe first saw Knarrs sailing on San Francisco Bay in the 1960s, he had a vision of a weekly racing series. Now, that vision has expanded into a thriving local fleet that is preparing to host the 2016 International Knarr Championships. Knud, by the way, is still sailing Knarrs. And still winning.
If you have enjoyed a meal at the St. Francis Yacht Club within the past few months, chances are you have gotten to experience some of Chef Shane’s cooking. Since the age of 16, Shane has been pouring his heart and his hard work into his cooking career.
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.
The Fresh Crew of the St. Francis Yacht Club are known as both the “young” and the “young at heart.” In this month’s feature story, Fresh Crew Chairperson Noelle Phillips digs into what it means to be a part of Fresh Crew, including how she got her start and how other members can get involved.
Between a slippery deck, a squirrely pole and an unruly spinnaker, running the foredeck on a J/22 is no simple task. Doing so blind is simply incredible. And still, Scott Ford, veteran of the United States Navy, insists on running foredeck when he races a J/22. Scott is a participant in the Warrior Sailing Program, which recently found its way to San Francisco Bay to train on J/22s out of the St. Francis Yacht Club.
Last week, visitors to the StFYC were treated to a series of eight of picture-perfect starts just off our Clubhouse as dozens of boats began the 2016 Pacific Cup race to Hawaii. This has been a record-breaking year for the race and several of the top finishers are sailing under the StFYC burgee.
On Tuesday, July 19, the Six Metre Europeans concluded on Lake Lucerne in Brunnen, Switzerland. St. Francis Yacht Club was well represented with two boats in the Modern Division—Sting skippered by Russ Silvestri and Scoundrel skippered by Eliza Richartz—as well as Lucie in the Classic Division, owned by Matt Brooks. In all, there were 15 boats representing six countries in the Modern Division and Sting was proud to finish in 2nd place.
Summer in San Francisco may be chilly, but things are heating up in the St. Francis galley! On July 13, Executive Chef Aaron Johnson introduced a few new items to our clubhouse dining menus. Whether you are looking for a light snack before you head out on the water, or you plan to share a romantic dinner in the Main Dining Room, these new dishes are sure to enhance your dining experience.
Since 1937, the St. Francis Yacht Club has enjoyed a rich and successful history in international yacht racing within the 6 Metre Class. Our members have raced these yachts all over the world and now, we’re doing it again.
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.
This Thursday, St. Francis Yacht Club welcomes the Warrior Sailing Program for four days of intensive training on San Francisco Bay. These wounded, ill and injured active duty service members and veterans will be staying on members’ boats, spending time in the clubhouse and sailing our J/22s in preparation for the J/22 Open Worlds in Ontario next month.
The next time you are in Annapolis, Maryland take some time to visit the Naval Academy and the Robert Crown Sailing Center. The Sailing Center is home to the Collegiate Sailing National Hall of Fame and now the newly established Cotter Family Navigation Award, among other interesting exhibits.
When Jen French started looking for venues to host training camps for Warrior Sailing—comprised of wounded, ill and injured active duty service members and veterans—San Francisco was at the top of her list. She wanted a venue with reliably challenging sailing conditions near a vibrant city so she brought the idea to Commodore Livingston.
For the past seven years, Ross Shiveley has worked hard to preserve the “primitive elegance” of Tinsley. Now, he provides an update on the Island as well as a look into his personal island philosophy.
Those who love Tinsley know that its true magic comes from the people who spend time there. Whether it’s a young family just discovering it, a group of old friends enjoying an annual “Meatfest” or a mythical Gnome that keeps showing up, no two Tinsley Tales are the same.
Steven first started working on Tinsley Island as the Launch Driver. Over the course of a few years, he graduated college and worked his way up as Supervisor and now, Dockmaster. Learn about Steven’s new role, what he will be doing on Tinsley and what he does for fun off the Island.
As the Commodore packs his bags to celebrate Independence Day on Tinsley Island, he gives a nod to two of the things he treasures most about the Club’s patriotic spirit: the tradition of the Colors ceremony at Tinsley and our ceaseless efforts to be green in the City and on the Island.
Throughout the year, COO/GM JJ West has noticed that different segments of the Club experience flourishes of activity. Now, it seems the flourishes are all around: in Race with its 17 days on the water in July; on Tinsley Island with its Cruises, summer camps and Theme parties; amongst the Juniors and here in the Clubhouse.
As we enter the midway point of the year, your Chairman of the Board is pleased to report that your club is tracking to beat budget by 42%. The sources of cost savings are diverse, and include an uptick from Race and a strong retention rate in personnel. The Chairman also provides various updates on our capital reserves and planning.
In just one month, Helena Scutt departs for Rio to represent Team USA in the Olympics. She has conquered a number of remarkable hurdles on her journey to Team USA including double carpel tunnel surgery and making a tough decision to put her graduate education on hold. In this Sailor Spotlight, we get to know Helena on and off the water.
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.
On June 4th, over 150 boats raced 67 nautical miles in the 26th annual Point Richmond to Stockton Race, also known as the “Delta Ditch Run.” Among the fleet was member Joey Pasquali who was pursuing a longtime goal to become the first kiter to complete the Delta Ditch, crushing the preexisting record by several hours.
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.
Fresh Crew first came to be in the ‘80s when a dozen hardcore racers carved out a space for themselves in Club life. It quickly grew to include an epic hoe-down in the Clubhouse and a creative Cruise to Tinsley that involved tents pitched on houseboats.
Al grew up sailing at the St. Francis Yacht Club, racing Lasers with the Junior Program at Tinsley Island and along the California coastline. Today, he’s a V15 National Champion, a Laser Masters National Champion and a proud Opti dad.
In addition to his regular updates on Club business and finances, Chairman Robin Driscoll provides a behind-the-scenes look at the long-range conversations being held by our Board. Read about their strategic thinking and forecasting for multiple administrations.
“In our 89 years, whenever the game got tough, there was always someone to say: Send me in, coach.” Commodore Kimball Livingston speaks to the Club’s long-standing tradition of stalwart dedication from steadfast members.
Who better to recall the history of our club than the staff who have lived to see it unfold? Since the beginning, StFYC has seen several employees build entire careers here. Currently, there are six staff members who have been with us for over 30 years.
Each year, the Wednesday Yachting Luncheon welcomes 50 unique speakers to the Grill to their share stories of life on the water. Amazingly, and thanks to some extremely dedicated members, this tradition has been ongoing since 1965.
Since the first time Connie McNeill organized a Women’s Cruise to Tinsley in 2009, the event has grown in color and in popularity. Lourdes Livingston pays homage to some of the Cruise’s most memorable characters and their costumes.
2016 Executive Race Committee Chairman, Grant Baldwin, sits down with the original ERC chairman, Pax Davis, to learn about the history of the Committee. He also gets some sage advice on how Mr. Davis would run regattas today.
Medea Bern explores some of Tinsley Island’s beloved traditions and looks back on when and how they began. Among other things, her stories involve the Tinsley tales of Colors, a potato and a one-eyed goose.
Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club’s Steve Natvig and his team of Roger O’Connor, Wes Byrne and Brian McMartin are on a roll! Fresh from winning the California Dreamin’ Series, they came back to the Bay Area this past weekend (May 21-22, 2016) and won another hotly contested match racing event—the US Match Racing Qualifier hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club in J/22s.
This weekend, the St. Francis Yacht Club will host some of the best match racing in the country when eight teams go head to head in the US Match Racing Championship Qualifier at the Club on May 21-22, 2016. The winner will earn a berth at this year’s US Match Racing Championship.
Twenty-one J/105s, four J/111s and five J/120s competed this weekend in the inaugural J/Stop at the St. Francis Yacht Club on May 14-15, 2016. From afar, it looked like another great weekend regatta of tight keelboat racing. But regatta organizer Bruce Stone explains that this was a regatta with a twist. Stone is past president of the J/105 class and the owner of Arbitrage, J/105 #116. We caught up with Stone after the regatta. Read his commentary below:
J/70 Worlds is four months out and already, 35 boats from 11 countries are signed up to race. We talked to Julian Fernandez Neckelmann, who won the 2015 Worlds.
Every year, the Elvstrom-Zellerbach Regatta gathers the biggest dinghy classes in the Bay for a weekend of tight racing in small boats. Though the fleets have changed over the years—Finns and Boards made way for Kites and F18s—the caliber of racing remains ultimate.
From May 4–7, 2016, two teams of StFYC sailors will be in London, England to compete in the Cumberland Cup, hosted by the Royal Thames Yacht Club. This biennial event is open by invitation only to the best team racing teams in the world.
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.
As the lead Set-Up on staff at the Club, Pedro is definitely someone you’ve seen around, carrying tables, setting up or breaking down rooms. We know him as a good-natured, hard-working guy, but did you also know he’s majoring in Computer Science? Or that his favorite hobby is “drifting?”
April was a busy month at the Club. We secured a temporary solution for the eroding Berm on Tinsley; agreed upon updated Tinsley Island docking fees with a panel of Island regulars and experienced a malware intrusion on our internal servers.
“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.
The 98ft Morning Star is one of the most storied boats in our fleet’s history. She first arrived at StFYC in 1945 when Richard Rheem purchased her to compete in the Transpacific Yacht Race. That began an 11-year love story in which Rheem devoted himself to the success of Morning Star.
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.
With Opening Day scarcely in our rear view mirror, and sailing season firmly upon us, Chef Aaron Johnson is rolling out a handful of new menu items to be featured in the Grill Room and Main Dining Room. We welcome you to pay the Club a visit and give these new items a try!
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.
Earlier this year, the Wine Committee completely redesigned the wine menu. Never one to sit on its laurels, it has continued to improve the program by adding new wines, installing wine taps in the Grill Room and throwing an excellent Winemakers’ Dinner.
Registration is now open for all six summertime Cruises to Tinsley Island. These are a wonderful way to enjoy the island with family and friends during the prime months of summer
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!
You may recognize Ryan from your time spent dining at the Club. Ryan’s career in restaurants began at age 19 and he has worked his way up from food runner to server to bartender to Assistant General Manager. He now joins us as Food and Beverage Manager and is looking forward to getting to know the membership.
Eight StFYC couples share their photos and stories of cruising around the world. From Mexico to the Mediterranean, the Pacific Northwest to the Intracoastal Waterway, our cruising membership is nothing short of intrepid. And, they do it all while flying our burgee.
This Saturday marked the 45th San Francisco Cup, a classic hometown rivalry that has been fought between St. Francis and San Francisco Yacht Clubs since 1967. Three teams competed in three classes (Open, Women’s and Juniors) in a battle to be the first to accumulate 11 points. SFYC won by one point.
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 week, Chef Aaron and his team will complete their roll-out of refreshed menus in all three dining rooms. In addition, you will see an entirely new Dessert Menu featuring only items made in house.
Wednesday nights in the Grill Room are always a place for celebrations, stories and nourishment. This Wednesday, the Grill Room took all three of these things to the next level as House Committee Chairman Bill Dana and Commadora Lourdes Livingston christened the much-anticipated Grill Room Beer Rack. In
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!"
Born and raised in the city of San Francisco, Amanda has been working in our Events department for nearly a year. She has a passion for event planning and was one of the master-minds behind great recent events such as Commodore’s Ball and Father Daughter Dinner Dance.
The MDC is an excellent resource for current members as well as prospective members. They are our club’s ambassadors, connectors and relationship-builders. This month, Committee Chair Elizabeth Little introduces the members of MDC so you may put faces to names and learn how to reach out accordingly.
As we wrap up the first quarter of the 2016 fiscal year, Chairman Robin Driscoll provides an update on the Club’s financials. He also discusses the latest news regarding Tinsley Island, where we are continuing to work with various agencies and professionals to seek the best solutions for dredging the channel and fortifying the berm.
This month, COO/GM JJ West traveled to San Diego for the Sailing Leadership Forum where he got to see our Race Department in action. Whether giving talks or sitting on panels of experts, they stood out as leaders in the sport of sailing and represented our Club well. Back at the St. Francis, JJ also marks the start of two crucial and beloved seasons: Toiler Weekends and Winemaker Dinners.
"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.
As Lourdes Livingston steps into her role as head of the Women’s Committee for 2016, she takes time to reflect on the many inspiring female mentors who have come before her. She shares lessons learned from these strong and colorful women, and charts a course for an interesting 2016.
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…
In celebration of the Foundation-supported athletes who are vying for a spot in the Olympics in Rio, this year’s Foundation Auction will take us on a journey to Brazil. The food and feeling of the evening will be distinctly Brazilian, while the auction itself will keep the paddles flying. The initial list of auction items has just been released and ticket sales are open.
Robin Driscoll discusses his journey to becoming Chairman of the Board, thanking those who have supported him along the way. He introduces the initiatives he plans to focus on going forward, including food and beverage operations, membership experience and long-term financial planning.
“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?
As Milt Werner steps into the position of Chair of the Tinsley Island Committee, he provides dates and details on everything you need to know about Tinsley this year. He reviews this spring’s Toiler tasks, chefs and weekends and presents the dates for this summer’s Cruises.
Though the Entertainment Committee is active year round, winter tends to be the busy season, when this talented group comes together to throw a dozen of the best parties of the year, back to back to back. Committee Chair Dudley Fournier recaps the highlights of the season and thanks many of his Committee and Event Chairs.
John Ravizza has a story to share about Kimball Livingston and it goes way back. The Beatles had just announced their breakup; Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendricks and The Rolling Stones were popular; the degaussing buoys were in place off Fort Mason…
Newly elected Directors, Medea Isphording Bern and Maurice Fitzgerald are settling in for three productive years on the Board of the Club they love. Here they discuss their relationship with StFYC, their many experiences within its community and what they hope their tenure will add to the member experience.
At the Annual General Meeting on January 13, St. Francis Yacht Club celebrated a changing of the guard, bidding adieu to Commodore Sean Svendsen and ushering in Commodore Kimball Livingston. Here, we bring you brief introductions of your new Flag Officers.
In 2016, Commodore Kimball Livingston will take the helm as our Commodore. His wife, Lourdes, will be there beside him. As Lourdes steps into the spotlight, we get to know her history, her hobbies and some of her many hidden talents.
JJ West joined StFYC as Interim General Manager in July of 2015; in December he was named General Manager/Chief Operating Officer. Here, JJ describes his experience thus far and provides a glimpse into his future goals at the club.
Our Club has one of the most impressive model collections in the country, and Paul Reck is responsible for creating many of those models. A model maker of 75 years (he started when he was 10!) Paul is currently working on model #17 for the Club.
Ever since Nora joined StFYC as our Food and Beverage Director, she has been hard at work reshaping service in all of our dining areas. Nora has a long and passionate career in private clubs and is very excited to bring her talents to StFYC.
Whether it was at the city club, on Tinsley, or traveling near and far, Nancy Svendsen brought her special touch to many of the events of 2015. Here, she remembers some of the best moments and provides gratitude for the women who shared her journey.
For the past three years, Director Neil Pincus has served as the Chairman of the Tinsley Island Committee. This month, he looks back on the many Toiler projects completed under his watch and also sets the stage for the way forward.
After two years as Chairman of the Board, Chairman Jim Diepenbrock provides a year-in-review report on the financials of StFYC. He also offers a vision for the way forward as well as words of thanks for those who have served alongside him.
At the end of his year at the helm, Commodore Sean Svendsen takes a look back. From regattas on the water to weekends away on Tinsley, to nights enjoying the Club, Commodore Svendsen takes us on a reminiscent journey of the year.
After months of planning, the Wine Committee is pleased to introduce an all-new wine list for the Club. Reimagined both in terms of design and content, this list premieres just in time for the holiday season.
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.
Maggie Mack has been a tremendous volunteer at the Club, and has chaired the Fall Fashion Show and Mother Son Dinner Dance. But did you know she was involved in relief work during the Bosnian Civil War?
It may be wintertime, but on Tinsley Island, there is no off-season! The Toilers are gearing up for a new set of projects. We are also excited to announce the addition of a new “yellow shirt” to make your island experience even better.
Did you know your membership includes reciprocal privileges at over 50 yacht clubs around the world? This month, we hear from one member who recently enjoyed the Yacht Club de Monaco.
Since Chef Aaron joined the St. Francis Yacht Club in October, he has been working with his team to produce a fantastic dining experience in all of our dining areas. Now, we go behind the scenes to learn Aaron’s story.
“Bah humbug” I hollered as I stubbed my toe for the tenth time on that damn foredeck cleat. Who ever mounted it there like that anyway? Well never mind, it wasn’t an injury a strong eggnog wouldn’t cure. It was time, again, for the Decorated Boat Parade
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”).
Between winning the Nations Cup and the US Women’s Match Racing Championship, 2015 has been a remarkable year for Nicole Breault. Here, Nicole takes us behind the scenes to talk about her roots, her career and what’s next.
Blaine grew up sailing Sabots in San Diego and, over the years, has raced competitively in the Etchells and 505 classes. In this month’s Spotlight, Blaine talks about how he got his start, his sailing mentors and his best moments on the water.
St. Francis Yacht Club is known for having a very busy racing calendar, but did you know that we host over 95 individual races per season? With so many events spreading from February to December, we require an army of volunteers on the water to make sure marks get set and finishes get recorded.
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.
After finishing nearly last in a previous V15 Nationals, Al Sargent spent 100 days, 500 races and five years practicing. This summer, practice made perfect when Al and his crew secured the top podium finish at Nationals.
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.
As the island winds down from another lively summer, the Committee shares its news about long-range planning, this year’s Tinsley Awards and the upcoming housing lottery. And, get your calendars ready! Announcing 2016’s Toiler weekends.
On a recent weekend in October, you may have seen a sea of neon yellow shirts and lots of children smiling in and around our Club. That was our StFYC’s second annual collaboration with the San Francisco City Parks and Rec Department and Call of the Sea.
The first time 6 Meters appeared on San Francisco Bay, Woodrow Wilson was president of the United States. The Panama Canal had just opened and Babe Ruth had just hit his first career home run. This week, one century later, eight 6 Meters met at the St. Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay to compete in the International 6 Meter Invitational.
From kites to windsurfers to dinghies to big boats, StFYC has hosted a bevy of events that continue to up the level of competition along City Front. Now, as we enter the last month of a busy racing season, we get back to our roots and welcome the “Class of all Classes” to the International Six Meter Invitational.
What is the Cornerstone Cup? It is one of the most prestigious racing events in which StFYC has the honor of participating. The Cornerstone Cup is a biennial team-racing regatta between four of the most notable yacht clubs in the world: The Royal Yacht Squadron; The Royal Thames Yacht Club; The New York Yacht Club; and our very own St. Francis Yacht Club.
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.
The story of Ken Keefe’s life is the story of a sailor: from sailing on Bolero at the age of five to defending the America’s Cup in Perth to campaigning the TP52 Vesper, Keefe has put many miles beneath his keel. Along the way, he also started KKMI Boatyards, of which he is still the proud owner/operator.
The first time she walked through the doors of StFYC, Medea Bern promised herself she would become a member. She has made good on her promise, and then some, bringing her family to the club and serving as a member and chair of several committees. Now, she prepares to embark on her next role: Director.
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.
One of the biggest investments the Club has made in a number of years is replacing the boiler, which is now complete. Learn more about how this project will impact the Club and what other improvements have been made in recent months.
On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Chairman Jim Diepenbrock and Commodore Sean Svendsen brought together the membership of the St. Francis Yacht Club to present a state of affairs of the Yacht Club. In the 25-minute presentation, the Commodore and the Chairman discussed a number of topics before opening up the floor for a Q&A session with the membership. Here is our account of that meeting.
As Race Director at the St. Francis Yacht Club, I’ve learned that the Rolex Big Boat Series (RBBS) is capable of presenting its own unique hurdles. From dodging 1,000+ foot container ships to sending 10 classes on different Bay tours without running them into each other, it regularly provides excitement for the organizers.
Defying critics who said it couldn’t be done, Dorade has completed a four-year campaign to repeat all of the major ocean races she won in the 1930s, finishing up on the podium at the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race, where she took second in IRC Class 4 and seventh overall out of 356 boats.
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.
Like many great traditions, it started with a bet: a bet between two sailors as to which of their craft could cover San Francisco Bay faster. In the early years, the 49er ruled. Then it was the windsurfers, then the 18ft skiffs, then the kites and now the foiling kites. This year's Ronstan Bridge to Bridge featured a vast array of entrants in one of the most chaotic regattas of the year. Check out our full regatta report, including video and photos here.
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.
Inside is everything you need to know about the Rolex Big Boat Series weekend as a club member and a spectator. In one place, find the daily schedule in addition to notices regarding parking, guests and tips on the best spots to watch the races.
In 2009, we celebrated the 45th Anniversary of Big Boat Series. In the September Mainsheet of that year, Curator R.C. Keefe provided an account of the regatta’s very first year, along with a twisted tale of the journalist who may have accidently given the regatta its name.
A gallery of images showcasing ten of the most picturesque previous Big Boat Series winners. This gallery stretches from Athene, winner of St. Francis Perpetual Trophy in 1964 to Vesper, winner of the same trophy in 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.
Looking for fun and simple ways to stay fit within the confines of your boat this summer? StFYC Wellness Consultant Rochelle Lacey took to the deck of Robin Driscoll’s Freedom to demonstrate three simple exercises that can be done by any sailor, on any boat, at any time.
Jody McCormack didn’t learn to sail as a child, mostly because that’s exactly what her parents wanted her to do. But by the time she got bit by the sailing bug, she got bit bad. Jody has kite surfed in multiple countries, raced in the Pacific Cup and campaigned an 18ft Skiff. In between she attended law school, met her husband and started her own maritime law practice.
Of all the faces of StFYC, those smiling at you from behind the Front Desk may be the ones with whom you interact most frequently. Patty Cabrera recently celebrated her one-year anniversary with the Yacht Club. Originally from Sacramento, she tells us about the intricacies of her job, her hobbies and interests and her favorite Giants players.
Bill and Paula LeRoy had a unique take on membership at StFYC. Whenever an event arose, they found the newest member attending and requested to sit with them, to continually expand their circle of StFYC friends. Their children Katy, Aimee and Mike carried on a strong club tradition through racing, cruising and spending time at Tinsley and now, the third generation is getting their toes wet on Tinsley and in Optis. The LeRoy family story is truly a story of the St. Francis Yacht Club.
On August 15-16, St. Francis Yacht Club welcomed 25 Laser sailors to compete in the US Laser Master Nationals. From the earliest days of the class when Don Trask introduced the boat to our Bay, StFYC has existed at the heartbeat of the Laser class. Memories of “The Laser Generation” fill our halls and influence our on-the-water ways.
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.
Meet Patches, Resolute, Varuna, and Timeshaver, the four boats that are doing triple duty: Transpac, Ocean Clean-Up and Rolex Big Boat Series.
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.
This weekend, 67 kite foil racers from 14 countries are coming to San Francisco to compete in the third stop of the Kite Foil Gold Cup tour, the largest kiting event of the year. StFYC is proud to host this global competition. Here is how you can best be a part of the action.
There are more new faces around the Club! Learn more about JJ West, Interim GM/Clubhouse Manager and Tressa Orizotti, Director of Catering
Pam's journey has been nothing short of colorful. Born in the Presidio, she grew up internationally. She was a concert pianist and a successful television producer. When she met Matt Brooks, she took a whole new tack. Together, the couple restored Dorade and brought her back to glory.
StFYC's Race Coordinator, Graham Biehl, discusses his role at the Club, his love of kiteboarding and what brought him back to his home state after years in Australia.
While at Tinsley, common sense will tell you that the primary rule to live by is this: treat other members with respect and allow them to have “quiet enjoyment” of the Island. But what about all of the other rules?
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.
Summertime is family time at St. Francis Yacht Club. Those of you who attended the Fourth of July Family Cruise to Tinsley, chaired by our spectacular Ian Kasman, experienced firsthand the sheer amount of fun there is to be had on our island paradise.
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.
JJ will join the St. Francis Yacht Club as our Interim General Manager and Clubhouse Manager on August 4, 2015. Here he discusses his private club career and what he looks forward to most at StFYC.
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!
This week, members of the St. Francis Yacht Club will race under the burgee in Russia. Teams skippered by Russ Silvestri and Nicole Breault will represent North America in the International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) Nations Cup match race at the Seven Feet Yacht Club in Vladivostok, Russia, July 14-19.
Jarold and Adrienne Lowenstein were delighted to hear that EA Photography was taking members’ photos for the online member directory. Not only did they wish to aid in the Club’s initiative, they were in need of a new portrait!
This month, an impressive fleet gathers in Long Beach, CA to compete in the 2015 TransPac. Our Club’s history has long been intertwined with that of the “Honolulu Race”, tracing back to the inaugural in 1906.
On June 28 StFYC member Matt Brooks and his crew set sail in the 2015 Transatlantic Race aboard the legendary ocean racing yacht, Dorade. Not only does Brooks plan to cover the 2,800 miles between Newport, R.I. and Plymouth, U.K, he hopes to beat Dorade’s original time of 17 days, one hour and 14 minutes—84 years after she achieved that victory in 1931.
In the months leading up to the inaugural Taste of St. Francis, the Dining Committee was having a hard time containing itself. It was a new event, sure, and a new concept, but we were certain the membership was going to get a kick out of it.
This month, we cast aside the creeping cats’ paws of fog and set our sights for points west, a particular point, a special point all our own: Tinsley Island. There is no “wrong” way to spend time on Tinsley Island. But there are plenty of ways to do it “right.” Here, we allow some of the possibilities to unfold.
From 1988-1996, Tinsley Island was home to the premiers of some of off-off-Broadway’s greatest shows–starring our very own members. Cleverly rewritten and elaborately produced performances such as “Annie Get Your Boat”, “My Bare Lady” and “Mommadore’s Dilemma” created quite the buzz around the Club.
Pedro Gonzalez has worked on Tinsley Island since 2003. There he's our all-around troubleshooter and handyman, with daily duties that vary from maintenance to landscaping to boat-handling. Learn what he loves most about his job as well as his off-duty hobbies and interests.
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.
Whoever coined the term “love handles” must have had a funny sense of humor. This tough-to-trim section can be a source of frustration for many people. Here are six simple ways to target belly fat by thinking holistically about your health.
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.
When your kids get their kite fouled up in the branches of a tree, you climb up and untangle it, right? But when former Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Johnny Heineken gets his kite fouled in the rigging of a J/105, the retrieval process is a whole lot more dramatic. Check out photos from the SF Challenge Kite Kerfuffle here.
In this weekend’s SF Bay Challenge, 21 kite racers and six windsurfers will race from the St. Francis Yacht Club to Berkeley pier and back. The course begins at the Starting Line in front of the Club, continues upwind to a mark off the Presidio, turns downwind to a mark at the base of Berkeley Pier and finishes in front of the Club.
It was a field of boats and a day of dreams as Parade Founder S/C Grant Settlemier and Parade Organizer Biz Obley led 25 member boats in the PICYA Annual Boat Parade.
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.
For the most up-to-date and accurate information, we recommend utilizing the Club’s online calendar on stfyc.com. There you can view the calendar, register for events and sync events to your own calendar.
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.
St. Francis Yacht Club received two honors at the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation’s Pacific Area Awards Dinner on April 23rd.
One of my goals this year is to showcase the extraordinary diversity and character of the women of St. Francis Yacht Club. Susan Griffing is one such woman.
Over the weekend, StFYC hosted the first of two U.S. Match Racing Championship Qualifiers begin held at the Club this year. Members Russ Silvestri and Nicole Breault both put on impressive shows and Silvestri earned a berth at this October's U.S. Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.
This weekend, eight teams will gather at StFYC to race in two complete round robins in the Club's matching fleet of J/22s. The winner of the regatta will qualify for a berth in the U.S. Match Racing Championship in October and the Women's Championship in August.
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.
Beginning today, Wednesday May 13, all three St. Francis Yacht Club dining room menus are getting a spruce-up for summer, incorporating old favorites with some soon-to-be-favorites in a shift that Executive Chef Antonio Campolio calls “exciting and refreshing.”
This summer, 80 of the world’s fastest foiling kiteboard racers will assemble at the St. Francis Yacht Club to compete in the second stop of the 2015 Kite Foil Gold Cup tour.
At this weekend’s Elvstrom-Zellerbach Regatta, 88 entries from eight classes—six dinghy classes, Formula Windsurf and Hydrofoil Kite) took to the waters in front of the St. Francis Yacht Club to compete in one of the area’s most storied events.
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.
Jamie oversees the Private Events department. Her job includes helping members and their families, friends and colleagues book and plan their private events from start to finish. Learn more about what she does at the Club and in her off time.
This year’s Toiler turn-out and Benefactor support has been nothing short of astounding and our season has been a blast!
A brief wrap-up of the San Francisco Cup and J/Fest with a preview of the Bluerush Thursday Kite Race Series, which kicked off April 9.
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.
Gathering up the laptop, the phone, the papers that need attention “right away”, stuffing them in a briefcase, we head to the Club. It’s Wednesday!
This weekend's J/Fest Regatta will follow a long-standing tradition of bringing together the best in J/boat one-design racing on San Francisco Bay. With 50 boats signed up, Race Committee plans to run two separate courses along City Front. In addition to great racing, the regatta serves as a warm-up for several keystone J/Boat regattas throughout the season.
Back in 1995, I found myself wondering, when did the Tuesday Yachtsmen’s Luncheon program begin and who started it? To answer this simple question I started calling StFYC old-timers. One call led to another and some clues led to more questions. I rifled through old Club directories and scraps of old Mainsheets across the decades, spoke to retired Club staff and foraged in the dusty shelves of the curator’s office and the dustier shelves between the ears of our oldest and most respected members. Here is what I learned
The St. Francis has a secret. If you've ever found yourself at the Club on a Monday night, you may have heard whispers of this secret wafting out of the Ward Room in the form of four-part harmony. The secret is: The High Seas! Here is a bit more about the Club's all-women singing group.
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.
Since 1973, the William L. Stewart III has served as the flagship Race Committee of the St. Francis Yacht Club. In celebration of Opening Day 2015, when a model of the boat will be christened, we've gathered an anthology of Willie stories. It has been said that "What happens on the Willie, stays on the Willie." Well, mostly...
Marianne Kent interviews Ketch All Supervisor Angelica Bondoc on her position at the Club, her life before the Club and her hopes and aspirations for the future.
When Life Magazine put a photo of San Francisco on its cover in the 1960s, Nancy knew this was the city for her. Shortly after arriving, she delved into a vibrant music scene and eventually found the StFYC. Today, Nancy is an established personality in both the music and sailing scenes, and she has cruised around the world. This is her story.
The Wine Committee has been hard at work putting together a number of new and exciting wine-related programs. From wine on tap to Winemakers' Dinners to wine pairings with the Main Dining Room menu, there's a lot to cheers to!
High School sailing coach Adam Corpuz-Lahne provides a full report on this spring's regattas, including Nor Cal #7, PCISA #4 and Nor Cal #9.
It's time again for the annual hometown rivalry: the San Francisco Cup. Come cheer on your St. Francis Yacht Club (the Defender) as we take on the San Francisco Yacht Club (the Challenger) in a historical match race. Run regularly since 1967, this is one of the most contested races of our year.
To all junior members and children of members: Are you interested in sailing in Germany this summer as a Junior Ambassador of the Club? Announcing the St. Francis Sailing Foundation Foreign Exchange Program! Apply within.
During yesterday's vernal equinox, at 3:45 PST, the sun landed squarely above the equator. Here in the Club, our Geochron displayed a small black circle perfectly balanced on its elliptical path from tropic to tropic. The Geo-WHAT? Find out more about this fascinating bit of Club history.
The St. Francis Yacht Club is pleased to announce our new Pictorial Membership Album. We will be working with EA Photography to capture portraits of our members and their families.
Every year, the St. Francis Yacht Club earns its reputation as an elite racing venue, thanks to our robust regatta schedule and professional race management, all of which unfurl right below our Race Deck. Rest assured: 2015 will be no different. Here is a brief preview of notable regattas coming across the starting line.
Working alongside Chef Antonio and Food and Beverage Manager, Lili Hang, the Dining Committee has been working with a training program for the Club’s front-of-house staff.
Our Club has a lot to be proud of: its premiere racing pedigree, location in one of the world’s top sailing destinations, and roster boasting some of the most impressive and well-respected sailors in the sport. But there’s one additional, perhaps less famous, role that the Club has played since it opened in 1927: facilitating family bonds.
A record number of boats have registered for this weekend’s Spring One Design Regatta, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club from March 14–15. The event, which marks the first qualifying regatta for several of fleets, is set to welcome over 350 sailors. Expect to see a high level of competition across the board.
At last, we had a dedicated Race Committee boat to be christened the Wee Willie, a boyhood nickname of Commodore W. L. Stewart. Mrs. Barbara Stewart performed the champagne bottle ceremony on Opening Day, 1974.
This year’s Spring Dinghy Regatta at the St. Francis Yacht Club did not disappoint. Saturday’s breeze filled in and Sunday served up some seriously exciting conditions. The conditions allowed for a full six-race regatta, showcasing tight competition in five fleets: Club 420s, Laser Radials, Laser Standards, 505s and Wetas.
As the rest of the country marks the end of winter by setting their clocks forward an hour, we mark the end of winter the best way we know how: sailing in small boats. This Saturday and Sunday, over 50 dinghies will race six fleet races in the 2015 Spring Dinghy Regatta.
Next in our series of profiles of remarkable women of StFYC, Barbara Munch-Cameron is an Emmy-award winner for set decoration. Her illustrious career has included stints on the set of Glee, Behind the Candelabra and more. You'll never guess where she got her start.
February 20 marks the centennial anniversary of the Panama Pacific International Exposition, a most incredible World's Fair that took over the San Francisco waterfront in 1915. The grand fair marked many firsts for the world, including the opening of the Panama Canal. It also lead to the birth of our St. Francis Yacht Club.
In their own words, the new Directors and new Rear Commodore share with us their appreciation for the St. Francis Yacht Club, as well as their vision for their role in its future.
Recognizing our outstanding members who achieved new levels of greatness at the Club and around the world in 2014. Congratulations to the winner of our Yachtsman of the Year, Junior Sailor of the Year, Toiler of the Year and many more!
Celebrating the year past and looking to the future at the Annual General Meeting, Dinner and Awards Presentation. Welcome to Commodore Sean Svendsen, Vice Commodore Kimball Livingston and Rear Commodore Bruce Smith.
Barbara Grace Cleese Gilmore has some stories to tell. As Mayor Angelo Rossi’s (Mayor of San Francisco, 1931–1944) most photogenic granddaughter, she jettisoned to fame at age 4 ½ when she was crowned “Queen of the May” at the annual May Day celebration in Golden Gate Park.
I have been a member since the late 1990s. I moved to the Bay Area in 1989 and sailed big boats until the mid-1990s when I returned to Laser sailing.
Now that the Tinsley Island Lodging Lottery is over, members who still desire Island housing are free to snap up those remaining dates. Between February 1 and May 31, members can make reservations for any “open” housing on the Island not filled during the lottery period, even if you already secured one during the lottery.
All updates and changes for Tinsley will be included in 2015 Membership Directory, Rules and Regulations, Section 6, Tinsley Island Station and the 2015 Tinsley Island Station Supplement. These can also be found on the Club’s website under the Library tab, in the Bylaws, Rules and Regulations section.
Over the winter, Island Management worked with King Island Marina’s new ownership to develop a parking program exclusively for members of StFYC. The process has involved a collective effort and we are pleased to inform members of the following parking program.
All members must register each time they arrive on the Island, whether they plan to stay on their boat or in Island accommodations. All registrations can be completed electronically or by visiting one of the Tinsley Island tablets available on the launch or at the Island bar.
This October, StFYC members will join the International Council of Yacht Clubs for their annual member cruise, beginning at the Annapolis Yacht Club. The cruise is a wonderful opportunity to meet cruising friends from Clubs around the world.
In 2009, Royal Thames Yacht Club and Seattle Yacht Club asked the St. Francis to join the International Council of Yacht Club. We knew enough about the organization at the time that we knew it was a good idea, but we had no idea the benefits it would provide to our Club and its members.
Following a few months of planning and careful preparation, Chef Antonio and the St. Francis Dining Committee are ready to release the 2015 Dining Menus, featuring distinct menus for each of the Club's three dining spaces: The Grill Room, the Main Dining Room and the Clippership.
Light breeze made for limited racing, but great camaraderie, during the NorCal 4 and 5 Regattas
In 1995, I decided to research the roots of the Tuesday Yachtsmen’s Luncheon program. I began my quest with phone calls to StFYC old-timers. One call led to another and each clue led to more questions. I rifled through old Club directories and scraps of archival Mainsheets. I interviewed retired Club managers and employees. I foraged in the dusty shelves of the curator’s office and into the even dustier spaces between the ears of our oldest and most respected members...
On Tuesday, October 28, the StFYC honored members who have been named to the National Sailing Hall of Fame, the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, or both
Every year at about this time, California college football fans gear up for one of the biggest match-ups of the season: Cal vs. Stanford, a game that will take place this Saturday, November 22nd at Cal.
It's been a long time coming... 85 years in fact. St. Francis Yacht Club last took home the Lipton Cup in 1929 with May-Be. Maybe, in fact chances are good, we had no idea it would be 85 years before another crew would finally break the Lipton Cup curse and reclaim that trophy.
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.
This weekend, St. Francis Yacht Club, in partnership with San Francisco Recreation & Parks, will be providing the opportunity for local youth, ages 9-16, to get out on the Bay for a free three-hour tour aboard “Seaward”...
After a wild week of inflicting its fury on the 13th 18' Skiff International Regatta, San Francisco Bay got the message and greeted competitors Saturday with a modest 15 knots of summery breeze through the Golden Gate...
We are very pleased to announce that Chef Antonio Campolio will be joining our team as Executive Chef at St. Francis Yacht Club...
StFYC hosted the 2014 US Laser Nationals from Thursday, July 31 to Sunday, August 3. The regatta boasted 137 competitors (30 Laser Standard and 107 Laser Radials). Over five countries and 17 states, from California to Connecticut, were represented in the four day event...