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.
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.
2015 Kite Foil Gold Cup