Wednesday Yachting Luncheons
The Wednesday Yachting Luncheons continue a 51-year tradition of relevant topics, friendly fun, and good food in a relaxed, informal setting.
The buffet lunch service begins at 11:45am. The program begins at 12:30pm sharp. Presentations and Q&A usually wrap up by 1:30pm and guest speakers often linger for conversation with our knowledgeable audience. All members of recognized yacht clubs are welcome at the Wednesday Yachting Luncheon. First-time guests are asked to please visit our Front Desk for a guest card and a smile. We hope you enjoy our luncheon fare, fabulous view and sailor’s hospitality.
Do you have a great idea for a guest speaker? Please contact Wednesday Yachting Luncheon chairman Ron Young at Ron@RonaldYoung.com
Learn about the origins of StFYC's Yachting Luncheons HERE
Mysteries of the Mojave – Once a Lake, Now the Driest Desert in North America
Michael Ellis, Naturalist, Footloose Forays
During the last Ice Age, roughly 15,000 years ago, rather than a desert, the Mojave region was full of huge freshwater lakes. As the climate changed, the Mojave dried into the arid region we now know as the Mojave Desert. The lakes evaporated into inland salty seas, now salt flats. Renowned naturalist Michael Ellis will explain the unusual ecosystem that produces one of the most beautiful deserts on earth. Through photos, we will explore the heart and beauty of the Mojave’s vast canyons, eerie Joshua Tree forests, rugged mountains, volcanic craters, roadrunners, desert tortoises, coyotes and abundant desert wildflowers.
Saving Our Oceans, It’s Key to Saving Our Earth
Geoff Shester, Campaign Director and Senior Scientist, Oceana
Oceans cover 71 percent of the globe and are as important to humanity as they are vast. Oceans play a central role in the world's natural systems by regulating our climate and absorbing carbon dioxide; they also provide livelihoods to people around the globe, feed hundreds of millions and have the capacity to provide a healthy meal to a billion people, every day. Unfortunately, the oceans are in trouble. Scientists report that the amount of fish caught from the oceans began declining—for the first time in recorded history—just a few decades ago. Oceana advocates science-based fishery management and other best practices to restore the world's oceans.
From Classic Wooden Boat Construction to Digital Modeling and Fabrication
Terry Nathan, President, IYRS School of Technology & Trades
In 2004, Terry Nathan joined IYRS as President. Building on IYRS’ roots in the marine trades industry, Terry has broadened the school’s unique learning system by applying it broadly to build almost anything. Today, the school has developed a worldwide reputation as the new trade school paradigm and IYRS grads have careers in aerospace, technology, education, general manufacturing and marine. Prior to joining IYRS, Mr. Nathan spent over 20 years in the software industry, mostly in four start-ups as a partner and operating executive. He is co-founder of The Media Services Group, a major supplier of ERP systems to publishers.
Historic Military Base Becomes America’s First Financially Self-Sufficient Park
Michael Boland, Chief of Park Development & Operations, The Presidio Trust
The Presidio was founded in 1776 as a military base to defend San Francisco. Founded in 1997, the Presidio Trust has transformed the base into America's first financially self-sufficient national park site. The 1,500-acre park is a major outdoor recreation hub with miles of trails, a golf course, overlooks, beaches, the Civil War–era Fort Point, the Walt Disney Family Museum, eateries, homes and businesses. Michael manages the planning, capital projects, stewardship, sustainability, transportation and park operations. He is focused on managing multiple interdisciplinary teams to create relevant contemporary park programming, while modeling 21st century sustainable stewardship practices in urban parklands.