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.
2015 Kite Foil Gold Cup