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.
2015 Kite Foil Gold Cup