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

Learn about the origins of StFYC's Yachting Luncheons HERE


May 30: Sail Cowabunga! A Family’s Ten Years at Sea
Janis Couvereux, Sailor, Award-Winning Writer, Travel and Adventure Addict, Mom and Grandma
From Bordeaux to San Francisco, Sail Cowabunga follows a Franco-American couple and their two young sons (one of whom, “Doogie,” would mature into a professional sailboat racer) across the Atlantic and a ten-year journey in their 42-ft sailboat. Through adventures and misadventures, tragedies and global glories, the Couvereuxs rarely had a nautically dull moment. While fending off a midnight intruder, sailing to the microscopic St. Peter and St. Paul rocks on the equator, exploring the jungles of French Guiana or sailing through Cuba during the turmoil of the late 80s, they maintained their sanity, schooling and smiles. Their medical emergencies twice required trans-global travel for treatments, leaving Janis to singlehand a Panama Canal passage, amid pre-war chaos.

June 6: From Norway to Iceland the Hard Way—An Arctic Rowing Expedition & Adventure 
Carlo Facchino, Endurance Athlete: Ironman, Ultramarathon Runner, Cyclist, Survivalist, Ocean Rower
During the summer of 2017, Carlo Facchino and four crewmates, aboard the Polar Row, rowed from Tromsø, on the northern tip of Norway, northward to become the first ever land-to-land recorded row across the Norwegian Sea to Svalbard, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Along the way, the crew encountered killer whales, walruses, dolphins and an ocean of ice-cold water. From Svalbard, the crew continued north to the permanent Arctic Ice Sheet where they reached 79o55'50" before making a u-turn and heading south toward Iceland. The crew had to navigate through dangerous ice drifts, battle Arctic storms and eventually make an emergency landing on the remote volcanic island of Jan Mayen.

Past Programs
StFYC live-streams Wednesday Yachting Luncheons to Facebook. A Facebook account is not required to watch a replay -- just click an image below:

May 23, 2018
Go Faster—With 3D Molding, Automated Fiber Placement & Flexible Membranes
Bill Pearson, Head of 3Di Advanced Technology Department, North Sails;

May 16, 2018
2018 -- Eleven Olympic Sailors in Seven Classes vs. 1,000 Competitors from 50 Countries
Malcolm Page, Chief of Olympic Sailing 

May 9, 2018
All The Oceans -- Designing by the Seat of My Pants
Ron Holland, Famed Naval Architect and Author 

May 2, 2018
Higher and Faster—The Origin of The America’s Cup
Steve Tsuchiya, Historian, Author, Chairman, Selection Committee America’s Cup Hall of Fame 

April 25, 2018
How Can Hybrid Vessels Help the Bluest of Oceans Go Green?
Charlie Walther, CEO, Walther Engineering Services 

April 18, 2018
Engaging Women Through Sailing—StFYC Female Stars Tell Us How It’s Done
Pamela Healy, Olympic Medalist and World Champion & Nicole Breault, National and Match Racing Champion 

April 11, 2018
The Capture of the U-505 -- A Legion of Heroes
Bob McLaughlin, Author 

April 4, 2018
The Film Icarus and Why it Matters—Stopping Russia’s National Policy of Cheating
Jim Swartz, Venture Capitalist, Grand Prix Sailor, Emmy, Peabody and Oscar Winning Producer 

March 28, 2018
A Conversation with Jocelyn Nash—Pioneering, Legendary Sailor
Jocelyn Nash, Mallory Club Winner, Boat Builder, Sailmaker, Champion and Mother of Champions 

March 21, 2018
A Proper Yachting History of the St. Francis Yacht Club
RC Keefe, StFYC Historian and Senior Staff Commodore

March 14, 2018
Man vs. Sea—Winslow Homer Depicts the American Hero
Philip Eliasoph, PhD, Professor of Art History, Fairfield University, Connecticut

March 7, 2018
Swimming from Catalina to the Mainland and More Night Train Adventures 
David Holscher, Ocean Swimming Champion and President, Night Train Swimming Team 

February 28, 2018
Exploring Maritime Art through the Life & Work of John Steven Dews 
John Steven Dews (via Skype from New Zealand) and Zachary Hall, Director, Trinity House Paintings 

February 21, 2018
Why We Dynamited the Junior Program and are Not Looking Back 
Kimball Livingston, Staff Commodore, 2018 Chair of the StFYC Junior Committee  

February 14, 2018
America’s Cup Update—What’s Next and New for the Oldest Game in Sport? 

Tom Ehman, StFYC Member; Veteran of Twelve AC Campaigns; Founder and Editor of Sailing Illustrated 

February 7, 2018
The Challenges Facing the New Chair of the Federal Reserve System
Robert Heller, Former Governor of the Federal Reserve System, Former CEO of VISA

January 31, 2018
Bill Keener, Marine Biologist
The Fascinating Return of Whales, Porpoises and Dolphins to SF Bay 

January 24, 2018
Anthony Scopazzi, Drone Pilot
The Care and Feeding of Peace-time Drones


January 10, 2018
David Thoreson
Saving the World One Ocean at a Time 

November 30, 2017
John Rousmaniere
On the History of Yachting and the America's Cup

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