Past Events

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October 2, 2019
Stockton's Delta Ditch Run: The Wildest One-Way Race in America
Aaron Wangenheim, 12-time Delta Ditch Run Skipper aboard Bravo

September 25, 2019
The Delta Tunnel: Will It Make Our Great Watershed Salty and Polluted?
Michael Brodsky, Attorney, Save the California Delta Alliance

September 18, 2019
In China, The Wall Builders Are Now Erecting Towers
Morton Beebe, Internationally Recognized Master Photographer

September 11, 2019
With Over 80 Boats and a Classics Class, RBBS 2019 Is Underway
Susan Ruhne, Rolex Big Boat Series Regatta Chair; Graham Biehl, StFYC Race Director

September 4, 2019
Ship Strikes Initiative – Prevent Whale Deaths in Maritime Transport
Brandon Southall and Robert Mazurek, California Ocean Alliance

August 28, 2019
Perspectives of the 50th Transpac from Aboard the Iconic Yacht Merlin
Chip Merlin, Owner and Skipper of Merlin, and Bill Lee, Architect of Merlin

August 21, 2019
A Sailor's Story from the Great White Fleet: Teddy Roosevelt's America
Leslie Compton, Author of Dearest Minnie: A Sailor's Story

August 14, 2019
SF's New Ecotarium: Climate Resilience & Ocean Conservation Museum
George Jacob, President and CEO, Bay Ecotarium

August 7, 2019
The Making of a Bar Pilot
Allen Garfinkle, Executive Director, Board of Pilot Commissioners, San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun Bays

July 31, 2019
We Must Save the Delta, to Save San Francisco Bay
San Joaquin County Supervisor Kathy Miller and Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli, Delta Counties Coalition

July 24, 2019
New Double Handed, Mixed Crew, Offshore Event for the 2024 Olympics
Stan Honey, Professional Navigator, Chairman of the World Sailing Oceanic and Offshore Committee

July 17, 2019
Because the Ocean
Sebastian Nicholls, President, Board of Directors
International Maritime Film Festival & Marine Conservation Institute

July 10, 2019
"Big Whales – Bigger Ships: Can They Co-Exist on The World’s Oceans?"
Matt Larsen, PhD, Director, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Balboa, República de Panamá

July 3, 2019
"Seeing the Greatest Navy":
Arthur Beaumont and the Art of the Sea

Geoffrey Beaumont, Author of Art of the Sea

June 26, 2019
They Came for Gold, They Stayed for the Yachting
Ron Young, Jim Allan, Nazih Fino

June 19, 2019
Who Can Win the 50th Transpac?
Bill Lee, Pioneering Yacht Designer

June 12, 2019
From a Sailing Family to an All-Out Olympic Quest
Luke Muller, US Olympic Sailing Team

June 5, 2019
Restoration of a Herreshoff Classic, NY40 MARILEE
Alison Langley & Todd French

May 29, 2019
Two Years Before the Match -- America's Cup 36
Terry Hutchinson & Tucker Thompson

May 22, 2019
To Save the Bay, We Must First Save the Delta
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Restore the Delta

May 15, 2019
How Grew from a Single Fleet Resource to Serving Thousands
Allen Edwards, Inventor, Coder, Website Developer of

May 8, 2019
Herreshoff and Reliance: Innovation and the Business of Winning
Bill Lynn, Managing Director of the Herreshoff Marine Museum

May 1, 2019
Biomimetic Design: What Nature Can Teach Us About Speed
Channing Robertson, Professor Emeritus in Engineering, Stanford University

April 24, 2019
From the White House to the White Caps -- A Calligrapher's Journey
Rick Paulus: Chief Calligrapher for the White House, 1996-2004

April 17, 2019
Hannibal's Naval Legacy and the Dawn of Biological Warfare
Patrick Hunt: Professor of History at Stanford, Fellow at the Royal Geographic Society and Explorer's Club

April 10, 2019
Afloat, Aground and Around the World
Wendy Hinman: Mother, Adventurer, Circumnavigator and Award-Winning Author

April 3, 2019
Whales in Bakersfield? Mysteries of California's Prehistoric Inland Sea
Roy Leggitt: Sailor, Consulting Arborist, Bird Watcher and now Amateur Paleontologist

March 27, 2019
Celebrity Sailor Roast
Staff Commodore Terry Anderlini

March 20, 2019
Growing up in the Grill Room: StFYC in the 1940s-1950s
Don Bekins and Hank Easom

February 27, 2019
A History of Yachting in Our Beautiful and Endangered California Delta
Bill Wells, Executive Director, California Delta Chambers & Visitor's Bureau

February 20, 2019
Is Our National Security being Protected from Climate Change?
General Gordon R. Sullivan, US Army (Ret.)

February 13, 2019
Globalizing Offshore Wind
Dominique Roddier, PhD., CTO of Principle Power, Inc.

February 6, 2019
Three Olympics in a Row?
Laser Radial Sailor Paige Railey, Two-Time Olympian, Member of the US Olympic Sailing Team Targeting 2020

January 30, 2019
St. Francis Sailing Foundation: Supporting Sailors from Learn-to-Sail Beginners to Olympic Medalists
President Bill Kreysler, Past-President Carolyn Patrick and StFYC Commodore Paul Heineken

January 23, 2019
Looking Ahead to 2019 at StFYC
Commodore Paul Heineken and Director Pam Healy

January 16, 2019
The San Francisco Sailing Science Center -- An Interactive Science Museum
Jim Hancock, Founder and President

 January 9, 2019
A Paradise Bought and Built -- The Discovery and Early History of Tinsley Island
Ed Brovelli, Buz Cox, Barbara Gilmore, Joe Peatman, Judy Wall

2018 SHOWS

December 12, 2018 
Lessons from the Legends of American Sailing
Gary Jobson, Champion Yachtsman, Author, Lecturer, TV Producer

December 5, 2018
When Hearts Collide: The Haunting Story of Love, Deception and World War II
Christie Nelson, Author 

November 28, 2018
Extraordinary Experiences that Help Veterans
Mikhail Venikov, Founder of Ranger Road

November 21, 2018
Misfits, Merchants, and Mayhem
Author, journalist and historian Lee Bruno. 

November 14, 2018
Trade, Tariffs and Trump: Free Trade or Tariffs – What’s Best for the USA?
Bob Heller, Retired Governor of the Federal Reserve Board

November 7, 2018
The Treasure Trove of Historical Records on San Francisco Bay Yachting
Gina Bardi and John Muir of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

October 31, 2018
How Member Support Yields Club Victories
Russ Silvestri, Challenge Committee Chair

October 24, 2018
Provisioning For Distance Racing and Multi-Day Cruising
30 Knot Gourmet Founders Landon Steele and Tony Day

October 17, 2018
Shipping Operations on our Busy Bay
Captain Craig Thomas, President of Agile Marine

October 10, 2018
Deep Dive: Submarines for Personal Exploration
Adam Wright, DeepFlight Submarines

October 3, 2018
Sailors and Sharks: Voyagers Who Cross the Pacific
David McGuire, Founder of Shark Stewards

September 26, 2018
The Care and Feeding Of San Francisco's Eco-Friendly Tourist Fleet
Captain Joe Burgard, Executive VP of Red and White Fleet

September 19, 2018
Saving Coral Reefs in the Era of Climate Change
Dr. Michael Webster, Executive Director of Coral Reef Alliance

September 12, 2018
48 Years of Yachting Photography
Daniel Forster

September 5, 2018
Public Access Sailing
Rich Jepsen, Co-Founder Olympic Circle Sailing Club

August 22, 2018
Cleaning up Deep Sea Munitions
Chris Welsh, Diver

August 15, 2018
Zero Emissions Vessels on SF Bay
Joe Pratt, CEO of Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine

August 8, 2018
Travels in Africa
Michael Ellis, Naturalist and Founder of Footloose Forays

August 1, 2018
Another Day in Paradise: Weathering Hurricanes Irma and Maria
Cristine Perakis, Author

July 25, 2018
Scientific Support for Environmentally Responsible Maritime Business Decisions
Brandon Southall, Research Associate UC Santa Cruz

July 18, 2018
Photography and Travels in Africa
Encore Presentation by Chris Ray and Kim Jones

July 11, 2018
Speed Sailing
Matt Reynolds, CEO Extreme Sailing San Diego

June 27, 2018
From Lima to the Golden Gate Bridge -- One Engineer's Story
Jorge Lee, Architectural Engineer, Golden Gate Bridge District

June 20, 2018
StFYC Celebrity Sailor Roast – Please Check Your Glass Jaws At the Front Desk
Jim Cascino, Staff Commodore, Sailor, Auctioneer Extraordinaire, Breeder of a Frisbee Champion

June 13, 2018
San Francisco’s Auto Racing Past – On the Marina and in Golden Gate Park
Bob Devlin, StFYC Member, Automotive Historian, Author of Two Books

June 6, 2018
From Norway to Iceland the Hard Way—An Arctic Rowing Expedition & Adventure
Carlo Facchino, Endurance Athlete: Ironman, Ultramarathon Runner, Cyclist, Survivalist, Ocean Rower

May 30, 2018
Sail Cowabunga! A Family’s Ten Years at Sea
Janis Couvreux, Sailor, Award-Winning Writer, Travel and Adventure Addict, Mom and Grandma

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


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


January 17, 2018
Encore Presentation: Tales of the Yankee
Staff Commodore John McNeill 

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

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

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