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.
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.
2015 Kite Foil Gold Cup