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 Posted On Thursday, March 01, 2018
From the Archives: A Junior Program for the Ages 
From 1969–1985, members of the StFYC funded the design and construction of a modest fleet of 6-Metres. And then they filled them with junior sailors. John Bertrand, Paul Cayard and John Kostecki were all skippers, racing nationally and internationally.
The Junior Program in 2018  
In 2017, our sailing coaches worked closely with club leadership to adjust the way we offer junior sailing. Now, all of that preparation is coming to fruition as we launch into the spring season. Junior Sailing Chairperson and Staff Commodore Kimball Livingston provides an update here.
In Search of One Particular Harbor 
Michelle and John Zeratsky were first introduced to the cruising lifestyle by the Cruisers’ Group of the St. Francis Yacht Club. Now, they’re living aboard an Outbound 46, Pineapple, cruising the coast of Mexico. They check in here to tell us more about how they cast off the dock lines.
From the Commodore: Off to the Races 
“Our Club is on an upwind beat as we begin our sail into 2018. January and February were abuzz with meetings, planning, and brainstorm sessions during which your club’s leadership charted a course for the year ahead. Now, as we tack into March, it’s exciting to see all of our planning come to fruition.”
From the Chairman: Headers and Shifts 
“Sixty days into my new role as Chairman of the finest yacht club in the world, we are encountering some strong headers and some shifts.” Chairman Mark McLaughlin provides an update on navigating the Club through 2018: facing some foreseen headers and focusing on shifts in the demographics of our Club and the ways our members engage with the Club.
Showcasing and Celebrating Your Club 
Paul Koojoolian provides the membership with an update on club staff including a shift in the Communications department, an on-water victory in the Race Department and some exciting continued education for several club managers at the upcoming Club Managers of America Association World Conference.
 Posted On Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Meet the Staff: Jenn Ingham 
This Main Dining Room Maître d' greets you each time you visit for a meal, and makes sure your experience is positive, start to finish. In this month's Meet the Staff, we get to know Jenn Ingham a bit better, including her family, her interests and her favorite parts of her job
Juniors Launch Nacra 15 Program  
In 2017, a hum started to come from the Junior Room. By now, it's grown into a buzz, and its emanating from the C-foils and rudders on the Nacra 15 as it skims through the water at incredible speeds. The buzz has captured the attention of many of our junior sailors. Read all about the newly launched Nacra 15 race program with Head Sailing Coach Adam Corpuz-Lahne...
 Posted On Thursday, February 01, 2018
Showcasing and Celebrating Your Club 
On March 5, the best of the club industry is coming to St. Francis to see why we are consistently rated the #1 yacht club in the country. We have been asked to host the Club Managers of America annual event, and we are honored to do so. Learn what you should know about this event.
Welcome from Your New Chairman 
As Mark McLaughlin steps back into the role of Chairman of the Board, a position he also held in 2006-2007, he presents the membership with information on his personal background, his volunteer experience within the Club and his goals and vision for the year ahead.
There’s Only One 
As Commodore Brandner kicks off her year at the helm of StFYC, she reflects on the spirit of the St. Francis, the uniqueness of the beloved Grill Room, the diversity of the membership and the fact that, just like on our Island, “in all the world, there’s only one…STFYC.”
Meet This Year’s Club Leaders 
On January 9, a new slate of leaders was welcomed in to the St. Francis Yacht Club Board room to serve alongside returning Directors Medea Bern, Dave Wilson, Jr., Pamela Healy and Maurice Fitzgerald, Jr. as well as Vice Commodore Paul Heineken. Here, we get to know them a bit better as members of our club and community.
And the Winners Are… 
At the Annual General Meeting, your Club celebrated its many accomplishments of the past year by awarding perpetual trophies to fourteen exceptional individuals. These award-winners spanned the spectrum from racers to cruisers, teachers to students, Tinsley enthusiasts to Race Committee stalwarts.
 Posted On Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Remembering Ed Bennett 
Ed Bennett joined the St. Francis Yacht Club in 1965. He was the Club’s first Olympian, competing in the Finn class at the 1972 Olympics after winning the US title that same year. In 2013, he was named an Honorary Member. Ed passed away January 7, 2018. Here, his fellow members remember the man:
 Posted On Friday, January 12, 2018
Sailor Spotlight on Aya Yamanouchi 
Aya joined the St. Francis Yacht Club in 2016 and made a splash quickly as she wasted no time getting involved in racing and Race Committee. In two short years she evolved from being a newbie sailor to owning and skippering her very own J/70.
 Posted On Thursday, January 11, 2018
In 2018, Try a New Wine 
Welcome to 2018! As you continue to celebrate the new year, we hope you'll come down to the Club and enjoy some of your old favorite wines and then sample a few of the newer offerings.
 Posted On Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Nicole Breault Named StFYC Yachtsman of the Year 
At the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the membership of the St. Francis Yacht Club (StFYC), Nicole Breault received the Club’s highest honor: the Jerome B. White Yachtsman of the Year. This perpetual trophy is awarded each year to “the member who has made the greatest contribution to the sport of yachting during the preceding year.”
 Posted On Wednesday, January 03, 2018
From the COO/GM: Just Another Day  
“One afternoon in December, one of our vendors visited the Club to meet with me. I found her in the Lobby, marveling at the energetic buzz that permeated the Clubhouse. ‘What’s going on, is there a special event today?’ she asked. I laughed and said, ‘Nope! Just another day at the St. Francis Yacht Club during the holiday season!’”
My Year at the Helm 
From museum visits to wine tastings, sailing clinics to pearl demonstrations, Kathleen Kiriakis filled her year as Women’s Committee Chair to the brink with opportunities for fun and female bonding. She writes, “With great fondness, I will remember all of the good times we had this year.
From the Chairman: 2017 Financials & Operations in Review  
At the end of 2017, Chairman of the Board Robin Driscoll reports that we met our financial targets for the year: our contribution to capital is better than budgeted, new member initiation fees greater than projected and capital expenditures less than anticipated.
From the Commodore: Reflections on a Nautical Adventure 
When Commodore Jim and Kathleen Kiriakis launched into their year at the helm, they put three goals into focus: get more members on the water, welcome new members and burnish our reputation worldwide, all with the theme of “nautical adventure” at the center.
On the Water in 2018 
Welcome to another active year at the St. Francis Yacht Club! In 2018, your Club will focus on powerboat education, intraclub racing and championship regattas, maintaining a well-rounded and active schedule. Here is what you need to know to get out on the water and get involved.
 Posted On Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Oh, the Places We Cruised 
What a year 2017 was for the StFYC Cruisers' Group! We enjoyed some favorite destinations and explored some new ones.
 Posted On Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Daniela Does It Again 
When Daniela was first introduced to the StFYC community, she was a young woman who was charging hard at Crissy Field, quickly rising to the top of the local kiting scene. At 16, she became the youngest-ever recipient of the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Award and was recently named as a Nominee for the Award in 2017. She is the two-time Women's Kiting World Champion. To us, she's a hometown hero.
 Posted On Friday, December 22, 2017
College Sailing Insight Night a Success 
StFYC’s first-ever College Sailing Insight session featured 11 of our High School Sailing alumni home from college, sitting on a panel and telling our high schoolers what it’s like at the next level. On Thursday night, the Golden Gate Room was alive.
 Posted On Wednesday, December 20, 2017
What's Cooking with Chef Aaron Johnson 
Dining Committee Chair Karen Growney talks to Chef Aaron Johnson about his path to being a chef, his favorite ingredients, and more.
 Posted On Friday, December 08, 2017
Get to Know: Albert Beltran, Food & Beverage Manager 
Albert Beltran joined the Club earlier this year as our Food & Beverage Manager. You may know him as a smart sommelier or a smiling face in the Main Dining Room. Did you also know he is a classical clarinet player?
 Posted On Friday, December 01, 2017
90 Years Strong: St. Francis Yacht Club’s Best Moments of 2017 
In 2017, the St. Francis Yacht Club celebrated its 90th anniversary in style, with diverse accomplishments on and off the water. Here, we celebrate the best of our year.
From the COO/GM: The Best of 2017  
“December is our busiest month at St. Francis Yacht Club, and probably the most fun for the staff. December also marks the end of an amazing year. Looking back on 2017, several events are prominent in my memory.”
From the Chairman: A Financial and Operational Update 
The Chairman reports on the October financials, including our contribution to capital, the state of our capital accounts and our new-member trends. Looking forward, he reviews the 2018 budget including upcoming union negotiations and capital expenditures.
From the Commodore: My Favorite Things  
“In thinking back on this year, I am reminded of the positive energy and passion for yachting that is shared by our membership. 2017 had so many highlights that exemplify our mission statement.”
 Posted On Monday, November 20, 2017
Outside the Gate with a Boatload of High Schoolers 
“I backed Sea Wisdom off the slip and let the ten young sailors take command of the vessel. I stood, observed and tried not to intervene. They aimed toward the west into the sunset past the Golden Gate Bridge.":
 Posted On Thursday, November 02, 2017
From the Commodore: With Gratitude  
As the busiest part of race season wraps up, Commodore Kiriakis congratulates sailors who have recently competed in regattas here and abroad, flying the StFYC burgee. Then he looks ahead to a fast-approaching holiday season that kicks off with the Commodore’s Ball.
Meet the Staff: Leslie Blakely  
You may recognize Leslie from her previous position in Catering & Events at StFYC. She’s back again, excited to be serving as Membership Director. We get to know Leslie a bit more, including her background, her goals for Membership and her passion for river rafting.
A Junior Sailor's Sea Story: We Laugh to Keep from Capsizing 
On the first day of sixth grade, StFYC summer camp sailor Nicholas Huberty received a writing assignment: “Tell us about your summer.” Nicolas recounted a day of sailing on the Bay that did not end the way he’d hoped it would.
Women's Committee: We Keep Winding Up 
“Even though the calendar days are winding down, the activities for women at the Club continue to wind up.” – Kathleen Kiriakis, Women’s Committee chair. Find out what’s next for the Committee during the holiday months.
 Posted On Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Lessons from a Legend 
In the world of sailing coaches, few names garner as much respect and admiration as Dave Ullman. Coach Adam was lucky enough to serve as Dave’s assistant at the recent Etchells World Championship. The real pleasure for me came in Dave’s daily briefings and debriefs during. Every day, there was at least one little nugget...
Tinsley Island Lottery Reservations Now Open for 2018  
It is time, once again, to submit your requests for accommodations on Tinsley Island for the new year. The Tinsley Island Committee’s goal is to accommodate as many members as possible. We hope you will consider Tinsley Island one of your relaxation destinations for 2018.
 Posted On Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Winning the Hinman 
This past weekend, Team Jet Lag, comprised of St. Francis Race Team members and Stanford Sailing alumni, clinched the US Team Racing National Championship title for the George R. Hinman trophy. The team was composed of Mateo Vargas, Sammy Steele, Oliver Toole, Kelly Ortel, Kevin Laube and Yuri Namikawa, all of whom have been working hard toward this goal for the last couple of years.
The Future of History 
No racing class has a richer history than the Six Metre. And the St. Francis Yacht Club has Six Metre history reaching back to the 1920s. And—We’re back, and we couldn’t be missed at the World Cup in October. Names you know gathered at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club to sail for the title in these cranky, grand old boats that, foot for foot and pound for pound, are the hardest boats to sail (well) ever conjured in the name of naval architecture.
 Posted On Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Close Sailing at the Cornerstone Cup  
Team StFYC recently traveled across the pond to London, England to compete in the biennial Cornerstone Cup, a Corinthian team race between St. Francis Yacht Club, New York Yacht Club, Royal Yacht Squadron and Royal Thames Yacht Club. This was the 4th edition in the history of the event, and was hosted by Royal Thames Yacht Club
 Posted On Thursday, October 12, 2017
Q&A with Barbara Kuykendall, Co-Chair of the Bike and Toy Drive  
The Bike and Toy Drive is a member-wide effort, but it is thanks to two especially dedicated members that the drive experiences such success year after year. We sat down with "Chief Elf" and Bike Drive Co-Organizer, Barbara Kuykendall, to learn more about the efforts she and her husband, Ed, put into the drive year-round.
 Posted On Monday, October 09, 2017
Hitting Our Stride 
This month marks the two-year anniversary of when four of your Club managers joined the team here at St. Francis Yacht Club. I cannot believe how quickly the time has flown, and I am very glad to know and work with these professionals.
 Posted On Friday, October 06, 2017
SF Yachts of the Depression: Pt 1 of 2 
During the Depression years, yacht racing all but came to an end on San Francisco Bay. The only two yachts that kept the sport alive were the 75ft schooner, Idalia, owned by E. R. Parker of the San Francisco Yacht Club, and the 67ft ketch, Dragoon, owned by Stanley Barrows of the St. Francis Yacht Club. Club Historian RC Keefe has more HERE
 Posted On Sunday, October 01, 2017
Get to Know: Race Director, Jenn Lancaster  
Race Director Jenn Lancaster joined StFYC from Newport Harbor Yacht Club on July 1, right in the heart of racing season. Get to know more about her background in Clubs and on the water, as well as her hopes for the future in this position.
October 2017 Crow's Nest 
General Manager, Paul Koojoolian's monthly summary of Club happenings serves as a high-level understanding of the Club's accomplishments from the point of view of the Club's staff. This month, the Crow's Nest was especially stellar, reflecting a particularly great summer for the StFYC. Read it here or pick up a copy at the Front Desk.
Sailor Spotlight on Elizabeth Little 
Racer, Lawyer, Volunteer and now on her way to being a 2018 Director! Member Elizabeth Little has been enthusiastically involved in the Club for several years. Now, we get to know her a bit more in this Sailor Spotlight.
Coming Into the Home Stretch  
“We’ve officially tuned the corner and head into the home stretch. We fully expect to end our year in good shape.” Chairman Driscoll provides a full report and update on the financials of the Club going into the final quarter of the year.
The Heart of the Season 
“Here at the St. Francis we are lucky to enjoy activities year-round. . . but there are portions of the year that are particularly concentrated with opportunity—seasons in which cruises and regattas are plentiful, temperatures are warmer and the breeze is especially consistent."
Letters from Our Aspiring Olympians  
Jack Sutter and Charlotte Versavel are on a mission to represent the USA and StFYC at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires in 2018. Last month, they participated in the Olympic Development Program Clinic at StFYC.
RYS vs. StFYC: An Extravaganza of Competition 
Over Labor Day Weekend, StFYC invited our friends from the Royal Yacht Squadron to share in a weekend extravaganza of competition and camaraderie.
All That Glitters: The Gold of Rolex Big Boat Series 
By all accounts, this year’s Rolex Big Boat Series was a success. The racing was fantastic, the competition steep and the weather ideal for hosting a Grand Prix regatta on San Francisco Bay.
 Posted On Thursday, September 28, 2017
New Dishes, Paired with Something Classic: Suggestions from your Dining Committee  
What’s new on the menu? Chef Aaron has been busy creating fantastic new menu items for us! This month, your Dining Committee walks you through some of our suggestions.
Ten Ways to Make the Most of 
Earlier today, the Club launched a newly designed To help you make the most of your experience, we have created a “top ten” list of website features
 Posted On Sunday, September 17, 2017
Six Perpetual Trophies Awarded on Final Day 
“After four great days of racing on San Francisco Bay in a variety of conditions, we’ve determined the winners of 11 classes, including six perpetual and five class winners,” said Susan Rhune, the regatta co-chair. “
 Posted On Tuesday, September 05, 2017
The Unwritten Rules of the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 
Thursday, August 31 welcomed the 20th edition of the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Race hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club with 39 entries: 26 hydrofoil kites, 8 windsurfers and a handful of cats and moths.
 Posted On Friday, September 01, 2017
StFYC Juniors Hit the Road with Two National Championships 
This past month, Head Sailing Coach Adam Corpuz-Lahne drove the Club’s van and trailer, stacked with a coach boat and two C420s, all the way to Massachusetts to coach our kids in the Buzzards Bay C420 Champs and the C420 National Champs.
From the General Manager: All that, Before September!  
In the month of August, your Club staff was busy! There was Vintners Night and Le Diner in the Clubhouse, J/111 Worlds and Hydrofoil Pro Tour on the water and a great employee party at the SF Zoo. And it’s only now September!
From Chairman Driscoll: Keeping the Membership Updated 
As we enter our busiest time of year, Chairman Robin Driscoll provides updated information about the Club’s financials, re-negotiations of sponsorship contracts, new member recruitment efforts and more. He’s also taking requests for Fireside Chat topics.
Women’s Sailing Camp: Not Just for Kids! 
Last month’s Women’s Sailing Camp welcomed 15 women to a week of learning, fun and bonding on our Tinsley Island. One camper, Cori English, tells us all about the experience and why she believes it changed her life “forever and for the better.”
Sailor Spotlight on Port Captain Chris Lewis 
You’ve seen Chris sailing his Carmelita out on the Bay, and racing her in shorthanded races out the Gate and back. Now, get to know a bit more about his sailing manta, “the more the merrier”, his family, and his duties as StFYC Port Captain.
The History of the Commodore’s Ball  
Did you know that in the early years of the Commodore’s Ball, it was not uncommon to see men dressed in capes and carrying swords? While the dress code has since softened, the Balls have increased in popularity and entertainment value over the years.
The St. Francis Sailing Foundation Goes Full Circle 
The StFSF’s annual auction boasts auction lots that “money can’t buy” all in the name of giving back to the sport of sailing. Member Ruth McCracken shares her story of a recent auction prize and how it set the cherry on top of her birthday tradition
From Commodore Kiriakis: Reflections on the Commodore’s Cruise 
Commodore Kiriakis looks back on a wonderful Commodore’s Cruise in Maine aboard the flagship, Victory Chimes, surrounded by members and friends. Don’t miss Dick Watts’ Chimes poem or the full Cruise photo album with images from the adventure.
 Posted On Sunday, August 27, 2017
Skeleton Key Secures Victory at 2017 J/111 Worlds 
After nine races spread over four grueling days, Peter Wagner’s Skeleton Key (USA 115) is the 2017 J/111 World Champion. Going into day four, this regatta was still anyone’s game, and all eyes were on the top three contenders who had tussled for pole position throughout the regatta.
 Posted On Saturday, August 26, 2017
Chasing Down the Miles at the 2017 J/111 Worlds at St. Francis Yacht Club 
One of the marks of a world-championship-level sailing team is the ability to rapidly adjust to evolving conditions while also being fast at courses of all lengths and shapes. Such was the test today at the 2017 J/111 World Championships, which are being hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California and held on the waters of San Francisco Bay, as the race committee sent the eight-strong fleet on a 26.4-nautical-mile tour of the Bay
 Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2017
Splitting Fortunes at the 2017 J/111 Worlds at St. Francis Yacht Club 
Spend enough time sailing on any body of water and it slowly reveals its secrets, giving sailors a set of rules-of-thumb that should—theoretically—be the keys to success, provided that time-honored patterns prove consistent.
 Posted On Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Green Lights Aglow for the 2017 J/111 Worlds at St. Francis Yacht Club 
Pre-racing excitement is already blowing around the docks at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California, where the 2017 J/111 Worlds are set to take place from Thursday, August 24 through Sunday, August 27
 Posted On Sunday, August 20, 2017
StFYC Reclaims Hinman Masters Trophy  
After three years of close, but not quite, St. Francis Yacht Club claimed the Hinman Masters Trophy at the New York Yacht Club Invitational Team Race Regatta in Newport, RI, August 18-20.
 Posted On Monday, August 14, 2017
Charting a Course to J/111 Worlds  
Every team’s journey to a starting line is a tale of organization, crew alignment, vessel preparation and practice. Add in international travel, and the complexity snowballs. Then, weave in the pressures and prestige of a World Championship—in this case the 2017 J/111 Worlds—and the situation compounds.
 Posted On Friday, August 11, 2017
From the Chairman: StFYC and the Twin Tunnels  
Recently, your Board of Directors was made aware of the details surrounding the Twin Tunnels Project in the Delta and how it might impact Tinsley Island.
 Posted On Monday, August 07, 2017
Pushing Toward the Pinnacle 
Kiting Continues to Develop on SF Bay as the 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour Wraps Up
 Posted On Sunday, August 06, 2017
Day Four: Race to the Podium 
Going into Day Four of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour, conditions were perfect for kiting off of Crissy Field. The sun was out, the wine was up and the racing was going to be fast.
 Posted On Saturday, August 05, 2017
Hydrofoil Pro Tour Day Three: Game On! 
Game on! The fog started parting early today and racing started at 1100 PST. Today brought a combination event with three heats of course-racing followed by the Bay Challenge, which raced to Berkley Pier and back. Now that we have over five races on the books, the dropouts start taking effect. There are battles brewing all over the field and today brought some sailing drama.
 Posted On Friday, August 04, 2017
Hydrofoil Pro Tour Day Two: Racing Abandoned 
Day Two of racing at the 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour brought abnormal conditions. The skies filled with clouds and shut down the wind. Brief rain showers passed through as the wind shifts west to south and clocked back. Reports of 2-4 knots, brief surges to 10, and back to nothing kept teasing the racers and Race Committee. At 4:00pm, the official notice came to cancel racing for the day.
 Posted On Thursday, August 03, 2017
Hydrofoil Pro Tour Day One: They're Off! 
The racers were ready, the countdown started ticked, nerves were up, energy was buzzing and BAM! The starting signal sounded and forty-six racers were off the line. The 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour kicked off today off of Crissy Field in San Francisco, CA.
Hydrofoil Pro Tour Kicks Off 
This afternoon marks the first of four days of racing for the San Francisco stop of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club. Forty-six of the world's best kiters are here this weekend, representing 16 nations.
 Posted On Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Bill Lee and Merlin Return to the Transpac After Historic Race 40 Years Ago 
In the 1970s, ultralight-displacement boats from Santa Cruz – ULDBs – changed offshore racing forever, and the boats with the biggest impact were designed by Bill Lee. This talented StFYC raced one of the first ULDBs in the 1977 Transpac and set a record. He entered again in 2017 and beat his 1977 time.
 Posted On Tuesday, August 01, 2017
It’s Sailing Time! 
“We are fortunate to be among like-minded sailors poised to capture bountiful opportunity.” Our members have been busy this summer, racing and cruising from coast to coast. The Commodore reviews some recent sailing highlights and looks forward to what’s to come.
Chairman Driscoll: What Should I Know?  
This time of year, the Board of Directors starts to decide on the budget for the following year. In this month’s column, Robin Driscoll provides a review of the budgeting process so the membership can be aware of the various elements taken into consideration.
Sailor Spotlight on Julian Mann 
You may have noticed Julian’s sweetly painted C&C30, Don’t Panic, messing about on the Bay over the last year. Now, get to know the skipper at the helm, including his goals for the Don’t Panic program and his ideas for bolstering the future of the sport.
Noel Omila: So Far, So Good 
“We are now in the middle of the summer season, and so far, so good.” Assistant General Manager Noel Omila fills us in on summer at the St. Francis. As the keeper of club event reservations, he also gives an inside tip on how to get a good seat!
Get to Know: Mario Ascencio 
Main Dining Room server Mario Ascencio has been working in restaurants around San Francisco for 33 years. He recently became a Level One Sommelier and is excited to share his knowledge with the membership. Learn about Mario’s favorite pairings, his career and his family.
Postcards from Summer Sailing Camp  
This summer, StFYC Sailing Camp has welcomed happy campers to the water every week, both at Tinsley Island overnight camp and Cityfront day camp. Our sailing instructors sent us three “postcards,” with an inside scoop of the adventures at camp.
 Posted On Thursday, July 20, 2017
Why Do You Race in the Rolex Big Boat Series?  
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.
 Posted On Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Tales from the TransPac: StFYC in 2017's Race 
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.
 Posted On Thursday, July 13, 2017
When the Lights Go Down in the City: Reading Navigational Lights 
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.
 Posted On Wednesday, July 12, 2017
On the Bay this Weekend: J/70 PCCs 
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.
 Posted On Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Thirty Six New Match Racers: Report from Women’s Match Race Clinigatta 
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.
 Posted On Saturday, July 01, 2017
Sailor Spotlight on Michael Moradzadeh  
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.
A Word of Thanks from our Employee Scholarship Recipients 
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.
Water Witch Reborn 
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.
What Tinsley Island Means to Me 
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.
Kathleen Kiriakis: Dive into Your Membership 
“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.
Meet the Staff: JC Garcia 
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 Time: From the Island Manager 
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.
 Posted On Thursday, June 29, 2017
Top Tips for Tinsley Island 
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.
 Posted On Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Meet Your Junior Sailing Instructors 
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.
 Posted On Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Life is Great on Svea 
I was very pleased when Tom Siebel asked me to join a truly all-star crew aboard his beautiful new J Class yacht Svea for the historic J Class regatta in Bermuda, held concurrent with the 35th America’s Cup.
 Posted On Tuesday, June 20, 2017
St. Francis Yacht Club to Host Top Kiters in Hydrofoil Pro Tour 
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.
 Posted On Thursday, June 15, 2017
Fight for the Flight: Johnny Heineken and Riley Gibbs’s 2017 Delta Ditch Run 
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.
 Posted On Thursday, June 08, 2017
Total Transformation of the Ketch All  
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.
 Posted On Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Johnny Heineken Sets New UltraNectar Challenge Record 
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.
 Posted On Saturday, June 03, 2017
Junior Sailing Rebooted 
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.
 Posted On Thursday, June 01, 2017
From the Commodore: The Maine Objective & Changes to High School Sailing  
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.
From the COO/GM: Welcoming Some New Faces 
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.
From the Chairman: Long Term Thinking & Why We Write 
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.
Cruise Season Begins on Tinsley 
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.
Dining: What’s New on the Menu? 
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.
The 6 Metre Syndicate is Alive and Well  
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.
Sailor Spotlight on Eliza Richartz 
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.
Cruising… of Course! 
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.
 Posted On Tuesday, May 30, 2017
How Does the Club Find a New House Red Wine?  
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.
 Posted On Thursday, May 25, 2017
St. Francis Yacht Club Hires Talented Sailing Professional to Head Race Department  
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.
 Posted On Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Registration in Full Swing for 2017 Rolex Big Boat Series at St. Francis Yacht Club 
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.
 Posted On Monday, May 15, 2017
Talent Abounds at High-Performance Nacra Clinic 
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.”
 Posted On Tuesday, May 09, 2017
When Siebel Met Svea 
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.
 Posted On Thursday, May 04, 2017
Introducing New SOTS Skipper Gregory Cheng 
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 Welcome Musical Director Bill Keck 
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.
 Posted On Monday, May 01, 2017
Meet the Staff: Geovanny Lemus  
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.
Membership: The Perks of Reciprocal Membership  
Did you know that St. Francis Yacht Club enjoys reciprocal privileges with over 90 private clubs around the world? Simply by being a member here you may enjoy visits to clubhouses near and far. Membership Committee Chair Elizabeth Little reviews this fantastic perk of membership.
Cruisers Group: A Cruise to the Cruise 
Last month, the Cruisers Group enjoyed cruises to Sausalito and Angel Island. Now they are planning their annual “Cruise to the Cruise” for the week preceding the Memorial Day Cruise on Tinsley. Learn about their waypoints and how you can get on board.
Wine Committee: A Treasure Trove 
Your Wine Committee has been busy! Committee member Kim Jones reports on some new additions to the wine menu and provides a sneak preview of this year’s Vintner’s Night. She also recaps the Merry Edwards Winemaker Dinner and looks ahead to the Spottswoode Winemaker Dinner on June 22.
Tinsley Island: Summer Season is Here! 
May 1 marks the official start of the summer season on Tinsley Island, when the launch schedule switches over to a more frequent cadence, the docking fees shift to summer rates, and members begin to flock to our outstation up the Delta. Tinsley Chairman Milt Werner recaps Toiler Season and looks ahead to Cruise and summer season.
From the GM/COO: What It’s All About  
Looking back on the “Grand Weekend”, General Manager Paul Koojoolian provides a recap of the incredible events and activities that filled the Club in the days surrounding our 90th Birthday Party. Over 1,000 members and friends visited the Club in just three days, and it was a weekend to remember!
From the Chairman: Financial Updates and Fireside Chats 
As we launch into May, Chairman Driscoll is pleased to report that the financial performance for the Club remains slightly ahead of budget for the year. He also outlines his and the Commodore’s schedule and topics for Fireside Chats in 2017, which include a Chat about Tinsley Island and another about the membership dues, categories and growth.
From the Commodore: A Range of Prospects  
“As we celebrate our Club’s 90th year, it’s apt that we reflect on our good fortune. How is our Club so auspicious that we constantly enjoy a beautiful location, spectacular fare, high-level sport, adventures, on-the-water skill development, culture, parties and friendship? The secret sauce is our members…”
 Posted On Monday, April 17, 2017
Excitement Builds for J/111 Worlds at St. Francis Yacht Club 
What happens when some of the world’s best keelboat sailors climb aboard high-performance One Design boats on a famously windy racecourse for a world-class regatta? In the case of the J/111 Worlds, the result will involve tightly contested starting lines, high-drama mark roundings and ample bow spray.
 Posted On Saturday, April 01, 2017
Preserving our Playground 
As San Francisco sailors, we are intimately connected with the Bay itself. When we look at the water, we see things that non-sailors don’t see. And with the massive amounts of rain this winter, draining down through the Delta and out into the Bay, we’re starting to notice something different on the water. 
Cruising the Century: the 100th Opening Day on the Bay 
The year 1917 was an eventful one. U.S. troops landed in France; the U.S. federal budget was $1.95 billion; and the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded. Here on San Francisco Bay, it was the first year the Pacific Inter-Club Yachting Association sponsored Opening Day of Yachting Season.
The Making of the Legends of Sailing Regatta 
On Friday, April 21, there is an all-new event that will bridge the gap between our Club’s Legends and Legends-in-the-making. The new regatta is known as the Legends of Sailing. My idea behind it was to create a Club championship showcasing the most members putting skin in the game, and to provide an opportunity to back it up
Meet Pleas Bishop, “Mr. B”, 17-Year Cook at StFYC 
“When I came here 17 years ago, my intentions were to retire. But I fell in love with the place and the people. I like working here, and they like having me. When I walk through that door, this is just like coming home.”
Getting Settled and Getting Going 
Last month, the Commodore and I were in New York to honor Caleb Paine and Daniela Moroz as US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of 2016. It reminded me, again, that not only do we have the best people at the best club, but we are also part of a bigger world of yachting, surrounded by people with common interests who are passionate about our sport.
Traditions that Last 
Not all traditions remain in place forever. Some last a few years, and the world moves on. Some last a very long time, and we have at least one in the St. Francis Yacht Club that was with us at the start and is still with us some 90 years later. That is the sport of yachting. 1928 saw us with a sailing fleet of some 39 sailing yachts. Among them were Rs, Schooners and 6-Metres.
Make the Most of your Membership 
Happy Springtime from your Membership Committee! This is a wonderful time to make the most of your membership by engaging in Club activities and sharing the Club experience with your family, friends, and potential new members. Read about a few of my favorite upcoming events.
Commodore Kiriakias: Major Milestones  
As we begin the racing season in earnest, please know your Club’s burgee is well represented far and wide. It’s only April and already we are sending our sailors to regattas around the country to challenge other clubs in the grand tradition of yachting. Here is how StFYC did in the Nichols Cup, plus who we are sending to the Palmer Trophy and Baldwin Team Race Cup.
Becoming St. Francis  
Did you know that the very first San Francisco Yacht Club was in Mission Bay? Or that our first Commodore was a civil engineer from England who used his professional chops to help construct our yacht club on land fill? How much would you guess our original membership dues were? Explore a timeline of our Club’s founding, spanning from 1869 to 1928, as we prepare to celebrate our 90th birthday.
 Posted On Tuesday, March 28, 2017
San Francisco Cup Returns to StFYC! 
Over the weekend, San Francisco Yacht Club hosted StFYC in the annual San Francisco Cup, featuring three divisions (Open, Women's and Juniors) in a first-to-11 match race series. Both Saturday and Sunday saw highly competitive racing from our skippers Craig Healy, Nicole Breault and Spencer Paulsen. In the end our Club clinched the Cup with a resounding score of 12-6.
 Posted On Friday, March 24, 2017
2017 St. Francis Sailing Foundation Auction in Review: Lights Out, Paddles Up!  
In some organizations, a power outage in the middle of the biggest fundraising event of the year could spell disaster. But when the power went out in the middle of the 2017 St. Francis Sailing Foundation Auction, the show went on.
 Posted On Thursday, March 23, 2017
San Francisco Cup Turns 50 
"This month marks the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco Cup, a competition between the San Francisco Yacht Club and St. Francis Yacht Club to establish who is the superior club, at least for a year. The first iteration of the Cup, in 1967, featured a best-of-five regatta between two proven racing yachts and sister ships..."
 Posted On Saturday, March 18, 2017
Treasure Island Sailing Center Receives US Sailing Jim Kilroy Outstanding Outreach and Inclusion Awa 
At the 2017 US Sailing National Symposium, US Sailing awarded the Jim Kilroy Outstanding Outreach and Inclusion Award to Treasure Island Sailing Center for creating public access to sailing for thousands of San Francisco Bay Area individuals.
 Posted On Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Help Plant the Tinsley Garden! 
Two years ago, the Toilers started a garden on Tinsley Island with the purpose of growing vegetables for members to enjoy throughout the season. Now, growing season is upon us and the Toilers are looking for gardening enthusiasts to help improve the garden and select better crops for the Delta environment.
 Posted On Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Sailors Put to the Test at Spring One Design Regatta  
This past weekend, seven Express 27s, five Melges 24s, seven Moore 24s and twenty J/105s kicked off the spring sailing season with Spring One Design at StFYC. Competitors sailed through three races on Saturday and two on Sunday, and all present got to enjoy a rocking Mardi Gras social, with food straight from the Bayou.
Cruising into 2017—A “Journey” Near & Far 
In recent years, Bruce & Laura Rubin cruised aboard their powerboat, Journey, throughout the Pacific Northwest and the Bay Area. Now, they are excited to take the baton from Doug & Tamara Thorne as they become the 2017 StFYC Cruisers Group chairs.
 Posted On Saturday, March 04, 2017
Try out Team Racing 
On the first weekend in February, we hosted Team Race 101, a two-day clinic that combined on-water training with chalk talks. The Clinic was fully subscribed and, despite the rain, our 40 attendees had a fantastic time. They learned a lot and we all agreed it was a great way to kick off the season.
 Posted On Thursday, March 02, 2017
Junior Sailors Report from Optimist Nations Cup in Spain 
In late February, member Ethan Sargent, age 10, traveled to Palamos, Spain to represent Team USA at StFYC at the Optimist Nations Cup. There, he went up against 550 Opti sailors from 27 countries. Read more here.
 Posted On Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Go Sailing! 
The rallying cry of St. Francis Yacht Club in 2017 is: Go sailing! There are numerous opportunities to do this year whether it’s racing a big boat, kiting on the Bay, trying your hand at team racing or chartering a J/22. This month, we present you with several ways to, simply, go sailing!
From the GM: Stepping up to the Plate  
Paul Koojoolian became Controller of St. Francis Yacht Club back in 2008 and says, “I never imagined I would someday have the opportunity to become the General Manager of the #1 Yacht Club in America. Now, almost nine years later, I am honored and humbled to take on this role.”
From the Chairman: Welcome our New General Manager 
Chairman Robin Driscoll reports that, effective March 1, Paul Koojoolian has been named the General Manager and COO of St. Francis Yacht Club, citing Paul’s “leadership performance, operational involvement and understanding of the needs of staff and membership”.
From the Commodore: Get Out There! 
The Commodore reviews several upcoming opportunities for members to get out on the water in 2017, including the Women’s J/22 Clinic, the San Francisco Cup, the Legends of Sailing Regatta and the Champagne Cup. He also gives a shout-out to the incredible entertainment line-up showcasing at the Club this month.
Congratulations 2016 Junior Sailing Award Winners 
In late January, the Junior Department hosted a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony for our 2016 junior sailors. Most Outstanding and Most Improved awards were presented to the Spring, Summer and Fall Programs along with the Race Team and High School Sailing Teams.
The Opti Race Team Wants You to Opti In! 
Just over a year ago, a handful of St. Francis Yacht Club families came together to galvanize the club’s Opti Race Team. Mike Mahoney, father of stellar Opti sailor Sean Mahoney, discusses the structure of the program as well as its goals. He encourages all competitive young StFYC sailors to, “Opti In!”
From the Junior Room: Cannonball! 
Last month, Commodore Kiriakis wrote about “diving into the deep end” in 2017. Junior Committee chairman Jon Paulsen reports, “We are cannonballing!” Read about the Junior Committee’s goals and ideas for 2017, including their continued focus on generating world-class racers straight from our Junior program.
 Posted On Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Sailor Spotlight on Daniela Moroz, StFYC Co-Yachtswoman of the Year 
This week, 16-year-old Daniela Moroz will fly to New York City and make her way to the New York Yacht Club where she will be named the 2016 US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. We sat down with Daniela at the Club to ask her a few questions about this prestigious honor, and the journey she traveled to earn it.
Sailor Spotlight on Nicole Breault, 2016 StFYC Co-Yachtswoman of the Year 
In 2016 Nicole Breault competed in regattas from Chicago to Patagonia, proudly flying the StFYC burgee and furthering the Club's reputation with every win. At the 2016 Annual General Meeting, Nicole's phenomenal year was recognized when she was awarded StFYC Yachtswoman of the Year (an honor shared with Daniela Moroz). Here we catch up with Nicole to look back on the highlights and challenges of her 2016 season and see what's in store for her this year.
 Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2017
Recent Improvements to your Club’s Library 
Over the course of the fall, Club Librarian John Harrington assiduously organized the entire Club Library collection, dividing it into sections that are now clearly marked on shelves around the room
 Posted On Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Meet the Club’s 2016 Annual Award Winners 
On January 10, 2017, Commodore Kimball Livingston stood before a captive audience in the Main Dining Room to announce the winners of the Club’s 2016 perpetual trophies. These winners represent the best of our esteemed membership, and range from an enthusiastic youngster learning to sail at Tinsley Island to a World Champion earning his third international title.
Introducing the 2017 Board of Directors 
The new year brings with it a new Board of Directors. Beginning their watch are Directors Pamela Healy, Dick Watts and Dave Wilson, Jr., along with newly appointed Rear Commodore Paul Heineken. Here, each of these leaders provide an introduction, giving us some insight into their life at the Club as well as their vision for 2017.
From the Commodore: Diving into the Deep End  
In Commodore Kiriakis’ first column at the helm, he thanks the 2016 leadership and warmly welcomes those who will be leading with him in 2017. The Commodore also lays out his vision for the year, which includes getting more members on the water and welcoming more new members by referral.
From the Chairman: The Five Foci of 2017 
At the 2016 Annual General Meeting, Chairman Robin Driscoll announced the Board of Director’s five major focuses for 2017, which are: capital reserves and cash management; membership development, retention and affordability; sponsorship development; junior and outreach programs and operational efficiencies.
Casting Off on Our Nautical Year 
Kathleen Kiriakis is excited to chair the Women’s Committee and, alongside Commodore Kiriakis, announces that her “theme” will be, simply, nautical. She shares plans to get more members on the water and to provide the Women’s Committee with plenty of fun ways to get involved.
Meet the Incoming President of StFSF 
Bill Kreysler has been involved in sailing philanthropy since the mid-1970s. Along the way, he has been a pillar of leadership and mentorship in Bay-Area sailing. As he takes the helm of the Sailing Foundation, Bill shares his story and enumerates the Foundation’s recent charitable activity.
Planning for the 2017 Toiler Season 
It’s never too early to plan your trips to Tinsley Island, our beloved outstation up the Sacramento Delta. This year’s dates have been posted for member Cruises and Toiler Weekends. Tinsley Chairperson Milt Werner shares these dates, plus several important Tinsley updates and reminders.
It Takes Great New Members to Keep the Club Great! 
As Brendan Bradley takes on his new role of Chairperson of Membership Development, he announces his Committee’s plans for the year, including the dates of prospective member events. He also discusses new member recruitment and the importance of sharing a club you love.
 Posted On Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Registration Open, NOR Posted for J/111 Worlds at St. Francis Yacht Club 
Registration opens today for the 2017 J/111 Worlds hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA from August 22–27, 2017. The Notice of Race includes two days of measurement followed by four days of racing on San Francisco Bay.
 Posted On Saturday, January 14, 2017
StFYC Members Moroz, Paine Named Yachtswoman and Yachtsman of 2016 
This week, US Sailing announced that IKA Formula Kite World Champion Daniela Moroz and Olympic Bronze Medalist Caleb Paine are the 2016 US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman and Yachtsman of the Year.
 Posted On Monday, January 09, 2017
Ready to Race in 2017 
After one of the most busy and successful regatta schedules ever this past year, we are poised to repeat. Our slate is chockfull with our regular weekly and weekend events along with some additional major visiting regattas. Here are just a few highlights to keep on your radar.
 Posted On Sunday, January 01, 2017
Junior Sailing Highlights of 2016 
Head sailing coach Adam Corpuz-Lahne looks back on the Junior sailors’ highlights of the past year, including a trip to Sweden, placing at the Club 420 North American Championship, and winning the Area G Sears Cup, Area G Smythe and Women’s Formula Kite World Championship.
Time to Say Hello: The Commodore's Final Column  
“The next time we meet, I will probably be dressed as a ‘civilian.’ Do say hello, if you recognize me. I used to be the Commodore, and yes, it was the experience of a lifetime. I especially liked the good parts.”
Wining and Dining in 2017 
As we enter a new year of enjoying life at St. Francis Yacht Club, members of the Wine Committee and Dining Committee came together to talk about some of their favorite appetizers, entrees and beverages at the Club. Learn what they are eating and drinking in 2017!
Get to Know Waterfront Director Hannah Biehl 
You may recognize Hannah as the woman who tied up your boat, launched your J/22 or managed the dock plan for your favorite regatta in 2016. Now, get to know our Waterfront Director behind the scenes, including her hobbies and interests and her personal sailing history.
Sailor Spotlight on Lawson Willard Jr.  
Lawson Willard Jr. started sailing at age six and went through the ranks of Bay Area sailing, competing in Optis for several years before jumping into a Laser, only to discover his true passion. He is now racing for the College of Charleston. Learn about Lawson’s sailing journey, sailing role models and future sailing goals.
From the Chairman: Wrapping up 2016, Strategies for 2017 
As we wrap up 2016, Chairman Robin Driscoll provides a financial update and discusses changes in capital dues. He thanks the Commodore, Directors and Appointed Officers who supported him through a successful year. Finally, he provides the membership with a taste of what’s in store for 2017.
From the Acting General Manager: Holiday Behind Us, Projects Ahead 
Acting General Manager Paul Koojoolian looks back on the holiday season at StFYC when hundreds of joyous members enjoyed their Club. As we enter 2017, he also provides the membership with an update on all of the “house cleaning” projects scheduled this January.
From the Commodora: Carrying the Flame  
“To those who ask, ‘What will you do next year?’ It’s simple. I’ll enjoy knowing that 2016 was full. I’ll ride that wave.” Commodora Livingston looks back on her year at the helm of the Women’s Committee, remembering wonderful events and her fellow members who made them a reality.
 Posted On Thursday, December 01, 2016
From the Wine Committee: Adding Diversity and Depth to the Wine List 
Recently the Wine Committee has been focused on diversifying the Club’s wine list, with the addition of new Syrahs, French Burgundies and even a few festive bubblies. They announce a holiday wine sale and also release the dates and names of 2017’s spring Winemakers Dinners.
Sixteen Great Moments of 2016  
In 2016, members of St. Francis Yacht Club shattered records and won races the world around. Sailing on kites, catamarans, dinghies and keelboats, our sailors earned their place at the top over and over again. Daniela Moroz became the ladies’ kiting champion of the world. Mike Martin and Adam Lowry won 505 Worlds. Caleb Paine won a Bronze medal. And that’s just the beginning! Read about sixteen of the year’s greatest on-water victories and most accomplished sailors.
From Tinsley Island: Our Successful Season Wraps Up  
In 2016, the Tinsley Toilers completed numerous projects to improve our island and they aren’t stopping any time soon! The list of 2017’s toiler projects is already 27 projects long, and Toiler weekends are open for registration. Committee Chair Milt Werner also thanks his 2016 Committee.
Cruisers Group: Reviewing a Year of Travels  
In 2016, StFYC’s Cruisers Groups enjoyed several great adventures together, including a cruise to Napa Valley, to Marin Yacht Club, to Half Moon Bay and even to Catalina for the Commodore’s Cruise. Three-year Committee Chair Doug Thorne celebrates the end of his tenure with a look back.
Women’s Committee: Knotty, Nice and the History of Holiday Decorating 
In December, the Club will be decked out in holiday décor, thanks to the careful work of Karla Andersen and her holiday decorating committee. Commodora Lourdes Livingston takes us on a journey of holiday decorating through the ages, which has included international wreath exchanges, a full-size cherry picker and more.
Who ARE We? 2.0 
Amidst the merriments of the holiday season, Commodore Livingston revisits his theme of “who are we?”, this time shining on a light on the staff of St. Francis Yacht Club. He gives a nod to those past and a “thank you” to those present.
Financials and Fireside Chats  
As we approach the close of the financial year, your staff and Board are pleased to report that we will end on a positive financial note with a larger contribution to capital than budgeted. The Chairman of the Board also announces another Fireside Chat on December 14.
 Posted On Saturday, November 19, 2016
Sailor Spotlight on Mario Yovkov 
Mario Yovkov's sailing resume runs deep. Growing up, Mario was a champion Opti sailor in Bulgaria. He came to SF for college and joined the StFYC shortly after. Since then, he has sailed extensively under the burgee, racing inshore and offshore on a variety of boats. He is perhaps best known for the Big Boat Series in which he proposed to his now-wife by printing “Will you Marry Me” on a spinnaker.
 Posted On Friday, November 11, 2016
St. Francis Yacht Club Named Number One Yacht Club in the Country 
This week, Platinum Clubs of America released its list of the Top 20 Yacht Clubs in America 2016-2018. St. Francis Yacht Club ranked number one in the nation, a distinction we were also honored to receive in 2012 and 2014.
 Posted On Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Top Five Advantages of Making a Dining Reservation 
The Dining Committee prides itself in being skilled patrons of the St. Francis Yacht Club dining spaces. In this month’s column, they offer a word of advice on reservations, and why making dining reservations at the club can make all the difference when it comes to your dining service and experience.
6 Metre Racing Then and Now  
Last month’s 6 Metre North Americans brought 11 gorgeous 6-Metre boats to our Club where they competed in a regatta that was as beautiful to watch as it was intense to compete in. Club Historian S/C RC Keefe offers perspective on this boat and its place in StFYC history, starting in 1915 and going through the present.
News from the ICOYC Forum in Copenhagen 
This past September, Staff Commodores McNeill and Dort represented St. Francis Yacht Club at the 10th Annual International Council of Yacht Clubs Forum, hosted by the Royal Danish Yacht Club in Copenhagen. The theme was “Reinventing our Clubs and Sport” and the Commodores returned home with a bevy of knowledge to share.
 Posted On Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Jessica Cup Classic Yacht Regatta Wrap-Up 
Last Saturday a dozen classic yachts of various rigs and sizes competed in the Jessica Cup. Two races were run off the StFYC race deck and by the end of the day some familiar names topped the leader board.
 Posted On Monday, October 24, 2016
Parker Klebahn Reflects on Under-21 Laser Worlds 
This past August, StFYC Junior sailor Parker Klebahn was selected as one of eight U.S. sailors, age 17-21, to represent the country at Laser Under-21 Worlds in Kiel, Germany.
 Posted On Sunday, October 23, 2016
Silvestri Wins 6 Metre North Americans with Richartz Hot on his Heels  
The 2016 International 6 Metre North American Championship and Fall Invitational 6 Metre Regatta concluded today at St. Francis Yacht Club with Russ Silvestri (StFYC) taking first aboard Sting...
 Posted On Wednesday, October 19, 2016
St. Francis Yacht Club to Host 2017 J/111 Worlds in San Francisco  
The 2017 J/111 Worlds will be hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club (StFYC) in San Francisco, CA from August 22–27, 2017. This will be the fourth World Championship for this competitive one-design class and its first on the U.S. West Coast.
 Posted On Monday, October 17, 2016
Team StFYC Wins U.S. Adult Sailing Championship 
On Saturday, October 15, St. Francis Yacht Club won the 2016 US Adult Sailing Championship with skipper Russ Silvestri, Mario Yovkov, Maggie Bacon and John Collins.
 Posted On Thursday, October 06, 2016
St. Francis Sailing Foundation to Double Membership Giving to the Sea Scouts 
Good news. StFYC has responded generously to the Commodore's Call for donations to the Sea Scouts. We want their damaged, historic whaleboat, Viking, back on the water. Now the St. Francis Sailing Foundation is jumping in with a matching grant of up to $3,000.
 Posted On Sunday, October 02, 2016
Catapult Wins the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds Hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club 
After a full week of hotly contested racing at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds, Joel Ronning’s Catapult (USA 187) claimed the title of World Champions.
 Posted On Saturday, October 01, 2016
Juniors Recap Summer and Kick into High School Season  
Our Junior sailors were busy this summer, sailing in summer camps on Tinsley Island and Cityfront and training and competing at venues all over the world. In September, we launched into another high school season with nearly 60 kids sailing out of the Club every week
Rio Reflections: Members Share their Olympic Experiences 
This August, four of our members—Caleb Paine, Marion Lepert, Helena Scutt and Paige Railey—competed in Olympic sailing in Rio de Janeiro. That’s more than any other yacht club in the world. Now, we hear from Caleb, Marion and Helena about their experiences in Brazil, as well as their gratitude looking back.
Tinsley Island Transitions to Fall  
What a wonderful summer on the island! With five great Cruises and innumerable perfect summer nights behind us, it’s clear that Tinsley Island did not disappoint. Now we transition to Fall with a new seasonal launch schedule and a look ahead to 2017 Toiler dates, housing lottery and more.
Dreaming Provence (And it’s great to be an American) 
“Women’s Cruise 2016 transformed Tinsley into a ‘Weekend in Provence’ drenched in sunflowers, lavender and pastel, a masterpiece executed by creative vision, dexterity and imagination…‘A Feast for the Senses’ could have subtitled the cruise. ‘A Perfect Weekend’ will do.”
A BIG Big Boat Series: Rolex Big Boat Series Wrap-Up 
The record-setting 52nd Rolex Big Boat Series featured the largest fleet in event history, with 125 boats racing in 11 classes. At the final awards ceremony, six class winners took home the most coveted prize in sailboat racing: a specially engraved Rolex timepiece as well as a St. Francis Yacht Club perpetual trophy.
The Stars of the Knarr Class: IKCs in Review  
The 48th International Knarr Championship took place in September, marked by tight competition and spirited camaraderie. The unique boat-lottery system and relatively consistent conditions made the racing especially challenging. In the end, members Chris Perkins and Jon Perkins finished first and second, respectively.
Annual Bike and Toy Drive Aims to be the Largest Yet  
Every year, the St. Francis Yacht Club is the #1 provider of donated gifts and bikes to the SFFD’s annual bike and toy drive. Since 1999 we have gifted 2,500 bikes and thousands of toys to this cause and we’re ready to do it again. In fact, we want this to be our biggest drive yet!
At the Risk of Confusing You 
The Commodore reports: “I expected to be announcing an assessment along about now. It was never going to be as big as the biggest numbers in the rumor mill, but—There’s a better plan.” Going into budget planning for 2017, the Commodore will be urging the Board to adopt a capital dues program.
Fireside Chats in Review  
In September, the Commodore and the Chairman hosted two fully subscribed “Fireside Chats” to discuss the state of the Club. Those who attended indicated that the information provided and the discussions that followed were all appreciated. For those who did not attend, read about some of the discussions here.
 Posted On Friday, September 30, 2016
Endurance Sailing at Day Four of the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds Hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club 
Sailors are a hearty type, but even hearty bodies get tired, especially when exposed to world-class competition that requires A-game performances for several days in a row. Such is the game at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club...
 Posted On Thursday, September 29, 2016
A Status Report on the Tinsley Island Berm and Dredge Projects 
If you were hanging out at Tinsley in the 1980s you might recall the most recent dredge. Now, we are preparing for what will be our 1st maintenance dredge. Here is an update on what has been happening with this project, our thinking and research behind it, and the path ahead.
Split Personality Conditions at Day Three of the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds Hosted by St. Francis Yach 
Mother Nature had some surprises in store for the 68 boats that assembled on the Berkeley Circle for the third day of racing at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club, namely split personality conditions that tested each boat's light- and heavy-air skills.
 Posted On Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Cutthroat Competition on Day One of the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds Hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club 
World Championship regattas always generate high-level competition, but when you stack 68 of the world’s most popular One Design boats on San Francisco Bay in a crisp, late-September breeze, you can bet your last shackle that the competition will be ferocious.
 Posted On Monday, September 26, 2016
Phenomenal Sailing and World-Class Talent Expected at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds  
Summer’s days may be numbered, but this comes as welcome news to all sailors participating in the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, as fall’s arrival neatly dovetails with the start of what promises to be a world-championship regatta for the ages.
 Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Friends in Need: Aiding the Sea Scouts After Boat Capsize 
Some of our fellow members have already stepped up to help the Sea Scouts recover from capsize damage to their whaleboat, Viking. I write now to urge that more of us do the same.
 Posted On Monday, September 12, 2016
Chris Perkins Wins 48th International Knarr Championship 
All week, the Club’s yardarm proudly flew three flags to denote the 48th annual International Knarr Championship: the Danish, the Norwegian and the American. Raced between sailors from all three countries, this year's IKCs were rife with tough competition and great camaraderie. In the end, local Knarr talent Chris Perkins came away with the win.
 Posted On Thursday, September 08, 2016
Not Just a Boat: Halfway Through IKCs at StFYC 
With five races down and five to go, the International Knarr Championship is off to a great start. PRO Bartz Schneider reported perfect conditions and the twenty-five teams have demonstrated very competitive sailing. Above all, this fleet stands out for its tradition, its camaraderie and its spirit.
 Posted On Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Whitecaps Marine Outfitters Signs On as Official Green Partner of RBBS and Alcatel J/70 Worlds 
St. Francis Yacht Club is pleased to announce that Whitecaps Marine Outfitters has signed on as the official green partner of the club’s two biggest regattas of the season: Rolex Big Boat Series (Sept 15–18) and Alcatel J/70 Worlds (Sept 24–Oct 1).
 Posted On Friday, September 02, 2016
Regatta Preview: 48th International Knarr Championships 
Picture a fleet of gorgeous classic Knarrs plying the Bay. This championship rotates every three years between Norway, Denmark and San Francisco and welcomes die-hard Corinthian sailors to compete in locally owned boats.
Regatta Preview: 52nd Rolex Big Boat Series 
Since it began in 1964, the Big Boat Series has been recognized as the premier West Coast regatta. Now in is 52nd edition, this will be our largest Big Boat Series ever, with more than 125 entries and counting.
Regatta Preview: Alcatel J/70 Worlds  
This sportboat is the fastest-growing class in the history of the sport with over 1,100 hulls built since the boat launched in 2011. Now at its third-ever Worlds, the class is anticipating over 85 boats to be on the line.
From the Commodore: Make Your Legend  
On the brink of the largest Big Boat Series in history, Commodore Kimball Livingston reflects back on the regatta’s 52 years of growth, including his personal experiences racing aboard the 72-foot Windward Passage. Through the “ever-changing, ever-evolving” Series, Commodore Livingston says, “Every generation makes its own legends.”
From the Chairman: September Financials  
July is traditionally a slow month for business at the Club, but the Chairman reports that, “We remain ahead of our annual contribution to capital projection and expect to close the year on budget or slightly better.” Read about the Club’s financials and the Chairman’s thank-yous for an excellent Commodore’s Cruise.
From the COO/GM: To Be a Part of This 
In the beginning of August, General Manager and COO, JJ West experienced a single week that he says, “encapsulated the multi-faceted value of membership at StFYC.” Read about the member activities and accomplishments that comprised that week, and how it helped JJ define the value of membership at StFYC.
Meet Scholarship Recipient Pedram Babai  
Each year, members of StFYC donate generously to the Employee Scholarship Fund that supports the children and families of our employees who are pursuing their education. This month, we interviewed scholarship recipient Pedram Babai (son of longtime cook Reza Babai) who is studying microbiology.
Introducing Corovin at the Club  
This month, StFYC Sommelier Wendy Shoemaker introduced an all-new Corovin Wine List to the Club, featuring some of the highest-end wines in the Club’s cellars. A Corovin is an innovative wine device through which your server can extract a single glass of wine without even removing the cork.
 Posted On Friday, August 26, 2016
Leccese Sets New Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Course Record 
They say records are made to be broken, and for kiters on San Francisco Bay, that continues to be true. On Thursday, August 25, in 18 knots of breeze and a ripping 2.5-knot flood tide, Italian foil boarder Rikki Leccese set a new Ronstan Bridge to Bridge record of 10:31, shattering Johnny Heineken’s existing 12:00 record. Leccese’s average speed was 33 knots over the 5.8-nautical-mile racecourse.
 Posted On Wednesday, August 24, 2016
StFYC Women's Team Ties for 5th in First 6M Regatta  
The StFYC Women’s Team competed in the 2016 6mR European Championship in the crown jewel of the international 6-Metre class, USA 128 Scoundrel (formerly GBR 96), designed in 1988 by renowned yacht designer, Ian Howlett.
 Posted On Friday, August 19, 2016
StFYC Scholarship Fund Recipient: Alvin Leung 
The St. Francis Yacht Club Employee Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 by S/C David and Cherie Sneary. Here, scholarship recipient Alvin Leung shares how the Scholarship Fund has helped him pursue his educational aspirations.
The Long Road to First 
On August 5, StFYC members Mike Martin and Adam Lowry were crowned champions of the 2016 505 Worlds in Weymouth, England, beating a fleet of 130 boats.
 Posted On Monday, August 01, 2016
From the Chairman: August Financials and Fireside Chats  
Going into August, your Club is ahead of budget; the Chairman breaks down some of those details in this month’s column. He also introduces “Fireside Chats” during which the membership is invited to discuss important Board issues with the Flag Officers at two different informal meetings this fall.
From the COO/GM: My First Year in Review 
StFYC’s General Manager and COO, JJ West, reviews his first full year at the helm of the St. Francis Yacht Club. He reviews some of his greatest early challenges and subsequent accomplishments and offers words of thanks to the multitude of members who helped him navigate the past twelve months.
From the Commodore: Who ARE We?  
“In our 89th year, St. Francis Yacht Club is not what we were when the Club began. Membership was small, and those men (all men) were financial rock stars before there were rock stars. Now we’re eight times their number, and we have people who make sacrifices to be part of this. Because ‘this’ matters. This rocks.”
Sailor Spotlight: Sean Kelly  
Fourth generation San Franciscan Sean Kelly first fell in love with sailing through a picture book his parents purchased for him. From there, he learned to windsurf, joined the Coast Guard and went on to represent the armed services in several international windsurfing competitions.
Back to the Future at the International Knarr Championships 
When Knud Wibroe first saw Knarrs sailing on San Francisco Bay in the 1960s, he had a vision of a weekly racing series. Now, that vision has expanded into a thriving local fleet that is preparing to host the 2016 International Knarr Championships. Knud, by the way, is still sailing Knarrs. And still winning.
Meet the Staff: Sous Chef Shane Dare 
If you have enjoyed a meal at the St. Francis Yacht Club within the past few months, chances are you have gotten to experience some of Chef Shane’s cooking. Since the age of 16, Shane has been pouring his heart and his hard work into his cooking career.
Happy Campers at StFYC Summer Sailing Camp 
Each summer, StFYC hosts several weeklong summer sailing camps, both on Tinsley Island and on Cityfront. This year’s instructors sent in some photos and stories to the Mainsheet to tell us about sailing camp thus far, including the joys they have found in teaching our youngest sailors how to love the sport.
Fresh Crew, Defined 
The Fresh Crew of the St. Francis Yacht Club are known as both the “young” and the “young at heart.” In this month’s feature story, Fresh Crew Chairperson Noelle Phillips digs into what it means to be a part of Fresh Crew, including how she got her start and how other members can get involved.
 Posted On Monday, July 25, 2016
Warrior Sailing Program Meets Great Challenges on San Francisco Bay 
Between a slippery deck, a squirrely pole and an unruly spinnaker, running the foredeck on a J/22 is no simple task. Doing so blind is simply incredible. And still, Scott Ford, veteran of the United States Navy, insists on running foredeck when he races a J/22. Scott is a participant in the Warrior Sailing Program, which recently found its way to San Francisco Bay to train on J/22s out of the St. Francis Yacht Club.
 Posted On Friday, July 22, 2016
StFYC Poised to Win Big at Pacific Cup  
Last week, visitors to the StFYC were treated to a series of eight of picture-perfect starts just off our Clubhouse as dozens of boats began the 2016 Pacific Cup race to Hawaii. This has been a record-breaking year for the race and several of the top finishers are sailing under the StFYC burgee.
Team StFYC Wins 2nd at 6 Metre Europeans 
On Tuesday, July 19, the Six Metre Europeans concluded on Lake Lucerne in Brunnen, Switzerland. St. Francis Yacht Club was well represented with two boats in the Modern Division—Sting skippered by Russ Silvestri and Scoundrel skippered by Eliza Richartz—as well as Lucie in the Classic Division, owned by Matt Brooks. In all, there were 15 boats representing six countries in the Modern Division and Sting was proud to finish in 2nd place.
Savoring Summertime: Announcing several new menu items plus Tinsley’s new wine list  
Summer in San Francisco may be chilly, but things are heating up in the St. Francis galley! On July 13, Executive Chef Aaron Johnson introduced a few new items to our clubhouse dining menus. Whether you are looking for a light snack before you head out on the water, or you plan to share a romantic dinner in the Main Dining Room, these new dishes are sure to enhance your dining experience.
 Posted On Friday, July 15, 2016
Silvestri and Richartz Report from 6 Metre European Championships  
Since 1937, the St. Francis Yacht Club has enjoyed a rich and successful history in international yacht racing within the 6 Metre Class. Our members have raced these yachts all over the world and now, we’re doing it again.
Top Kiters to Race at StFYC in Hydrofoil Pro Tour 
Since its earliest days, our Club, our members, and our Bay have all been established as pillars in the sport of kite racing. Continuing the tradition, St. Francis Yacht Club is preparing to host the second stop of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour this August 4–7. Forty of the world’s top kiting competitors are expected to come to San Francisco to race off Crissy Field, one of the best kite-racing venues in the world.
 Posted On Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Under Sail: Daily Reports from our Juniors in Sweden  
Six of StFYC’s Juniors are spending this week in Sweden with Head Coach Adam Corpuz-Lahne, participating in what has become an annual youth sailing exchange between StFYC and the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) in Stockholm, Sweden.
How Warrior Sailing Came to the St. Francis Yacht Club 
This Thursday, St. Francis Yacht Club welcomes the Warrior Sailing Program for four days of intensive training on San Francisco Bay. These wounded, ill and injured active duty service members and veterans will be staying on members’ boats, spending time in the clubhouse and sailing our J/22s in preparation for the J/22 Open Worlds in Ontario next month.
 Posted On Monday, July 11, 2016
Member Ed Cotter, Jr. Establishes Annual Navigation and Seafaring Award at the U.S. Naval Academy  
The next time you are in Annapolis, Maryland take some time to visit the Naval Academy and the Robert Crown Sailing Center. The Sailing Center is home to the Collegiate Sailing National Hall of Fame and now the newly established Cotter Family Navigation Award, among other interesting exhibits.
 Posted On Friday, July 08, 2016
Wounded Vets Prepare to Train at St. Francis Yacht Club 
When Jen French started looking for venues to host training camps for Warrior Sailing—comprised of wounded, ill and injured active duty service members and veterans—San Francisco was at the top of her list. She wanted a venue with reliably challenging sailing conditions near a vibrant city so she brought the idea to Commodore Livingston.
 Posted On Friday, July 01, 2016
Life After High School Sailing 
Each year, StFYC graduates a pool of talented High School seniors and many of them go on to race in College, some at schools that are perennial contenders for top honors. Coach Adam sat down with three recent grads who are racing in college—at Boston College, Tufts and Georgetown—to learn about the experience thus far and see how StFYC helped prepare them.
Greetings from the Island Manager 
For the past seven years, Ross Shiveley has worked hard to preserve the “primitive elegance” of Tinsley. Now, he provides an update on the Island as well as a look into his personal island philosophy.
Tinsley Tales 
Those who love Tinsley know that its true magic comes from the people who spend time there. Whether it’s a young family just discovering it, a group of old friends enjoying an annual “Meatfest” or a mythical Gnome that keeps showing up, no two Tinsley Tales are the same.
Get to Know: Steven Marion, Dockmaster 
Steven first started working on Tinsley Island as the Launch Driver. Over the course of a few years, he graduated college and worked his way up as Supervisor and now, Dockmaster. Learn about Steven’s new role, what he will be doing on Tinsley and what he does for fun off the Island.
From the Commodore: Red, White, Blue and Medium Green  
As the Commodore packs his bags to celebrate Independence Day on Tinsley Island, he gives a nod to two of the things he treasures most about the Club’s patriotic spirit: the tradition of the Colors ceremony at Tinsley and our ceaseless efforts to be green in the City and on the Island.
From the COO/GM: We’re on a Roll! 
Throughout the year, COO/GM JJ West has noticed that different segments of the Club experience flourishes of activity. Now, it seems the flourishes are all around: in Race with its 17 days on the water in July; on Tinsley Island with its Cruises, summer camps and Theme parties; amongst the Juniors and here in the Clubhouse.
From the Chairman: A Midyear Report  
As we enter the midway point of the year, your Chairman of the Board is pleased to report that your club is tracking to beat budget by 42%. The sources of cost savings are diverse, and include an uptick from Race and a strong retention rate in personnel. The Chairman also provides various updates on our capital reserves and planning.
Sailor Spotlight: Helena Scutt, USA Olympic Sailor 
In just one month, Helena Scutt departs for Rio to represent Team USA in the Olympics. She has conquered a number of remarkable hurdles on her journey to Team USA including double carpel tunnel surgery and making a tough decision to put her graduate education on hold. In this Sailor Spotlight, we get to know Helena on and off the water.
 Posted On Friday, June 24, 2016
Meet the Woodies: a Breakdown of this Weekend’s Classic Racers  
This evening, a full weekend of classic yacht racing will begin at the St. Francis Yacht Club’s Woodies Invitational Regatta. Among the most popular and competitive events of the season for the Bay’s wooden boat classes, the “Woodies” will begin tonight at 6:00pm with a single twilight race. There will be an additional four to five races over the weekend.
 Posted On Wednesday, June 22, 2016
What a Grown-Up Can Learn at an Opti Regatta  
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of chairing the Opti Heavy Weather Regatta at St. Francis Yacht Club. There were 57 competitors—11 in the Green fleet and 46 in the Open fleet—hailing from many West Coast latitudes including Cabrillo Beach, California Yacht Club, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Seattle and Willamette, plus nine competitors from Canada.
 Posted On Monday, June 20, 2016
Pasquali Sets New Delta Ditch Record on a Kite  
On June 4th, over 150 boats raced 67 nautical miles in the 26th annual Point Richmond to Stockton Race, also known as the “Delta Ditch Run.” Among the fleet was member Joey Pasquali who was pursuing a longtime goal to become the first kiter to complete the Delta Ditch, crushing the preexisting record by several hours.
 Posted On Wednesday, June 01, 2016
The Origins of Fresh Crew 
Fresh Crew first came to be in the ‘80s when a dozen hardcore racers carved out a space for themselves in Club life. It quickly grew to include an epic hoe-down in the Clubhouse and a creative Cruise to Tinsley that involved tents pitched on houseboats.
Sailor Spotlight on Al Sargent 
Al grew up sailing at the St. Francis Yacht Club, racing Lasers with the Junior Program at Tinsley Island and along the California coastline. Today, he’s a V15 National Champion, a Laser Masters National Champion and a proud Opti dad.
From the Chairman: Behind the Scenes 
In addition to his regular updates on Club business and finances, Chairman Robin Driscoll provides a behind-the-scenes look at the long-range conversations being held by our Board. Read about their strategic thinking and forecasting for multiple administrations.
From the Commodore: Send me in Coach  
“In our 89 years, whenever the game got tough, there was always someone to say: Send me in, coach.” Commodore Kimball Livingston speaks to the Club’s long-standing tradition of stalwart dedication from steadfast members.
The 30-Year Club 
Who better to recall the history of our club than the staff who have lived to see it unfold? Since the beginning, StFYC has seen several employees build entire careers here. Currently, there are six staff members who have been with us for over 30 years.
Every Week, a New Story 
Each year, the Wednesday Yachting Luncheon welcomes 50 unique speakers to the Grill to their share stories of life on the water. Amazingly, and thanks to some extremely dedicated members, this tradition has been ongoing since 1965.
Still Waters Run Deep 
Since the first time Connie McNeill organized a Women’s Cruise to Tinsley in 2009, the event has grown in color and in popularity. Lourdes Livingston pays homage to some of the Cruise’s most memorable characters and their costumes.
Think Like a Sailor 
2016 Executive Race Committee Chairman, Grant Baldwin, sits down with the original ERC chairman, Pax Davis, to learn about the history of the Committee. He also gets some sage advice on how Mr. Davis would run regattas today.
“The Way It’s Always Been” 
Medea Bern explores some of Tinsley Island’s beloved traditions and looks back on when and how they began. Among other things, her stories involve the Tinsley tales of Colors, a potato and a one-eyed goose.
 Posted On Tuesday, May 24, 2016
USMRC Wrap-Up: Steve Natvig of Cabrillo Yacht Club Earns Berth to US Match Racing Championship 
Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club’s Steve Natvig and his team of Roger O’Connor, Wes Byrne and Brian McMartin are on a roll! Fresh from winning the California Dreamin’ Series, they came back to the Bay Area this past weekend (May 21-22, 2016) and won another hotly contested match racing event—the US Match Racing Qualifier hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club in J/22s.
 Posted On Thursday, May 19, 2016
USMRC Qualifier Kicks Off at St. Francis Yacht Club 
This weekend, the St. Francis Yacht Club will host some of the best match racing in the country when eight teams go head to head in the US Match Racing Championship Qualifier at the Club on May 21-22, 2016. The winner will earn a berth at this year’s US Match Racing Championship.
 Posted On Monday, May 16, 2016
J/Stop: A Regatta with a Twist 
Twenty-one J/105s, four J/111s and five J/120s competed this weekend in the inaugural J/Stop at the St. Francis Yacht Club on May 14-15, 2016. From afar, it looked like another great weekend regatta of tight keelboat racing. But regatta organizer Bruce Stone explains that this was a regatta with a twist. Stone is past president of the J/105 class and the owner of Arbitrage, J/105 #116. We caught up with Stone after the regatta. Read his commentary below:
 Posted On Wednesday, May 11, 2016
J/70 Worlds on Track to Host Top International Talent 
J/70 Worlds is four months out and already, 35 boats from 11 countries are signed up to race. We talked to Julian Fernandez Neckelmann, who won the 2015 Worlds.
 Posted On Tuesday, May 03, 2016
The Ever-Evolving Elvstrom-Zellerbach 
Every year, the Elvstrom-Zellerbach Regatta gathers the biggest dinghy classes in the Bay for a weekend of tight racing in small boats. Though the fleets have changed over the years—Finns and Boards made way for Kites and F18s—the caliber of racing remains ultimate.
StFYC to Race in London's Cumberland Cup 
From May 4–7, 2016, two teams of StFYC sailors will be in London, England to compete in the Cumberland Cup, hosted by the Royal Thames Yacht Club. This biennial event is open by invitation only to the best team racing teams in the world.
 Posted On Monday, May 02, 2016
Welcome to Adventure Sailing 
Commodore Livingston discovers the meaning of “Adventure Sailing.”
My Trip to Hamburg 
Kristen Zarembinski details her travels to Germany to represent StFYC in a yacht club exchange program.
Small and Mighty: Meet Six of our Junior Superstars 
Every year, the St. Francis Yacht Club Junior program puts 700 junior sailors in sailboats. This month, we check in with six of our stand-outs: Twelve-year-old Colette Lee tells us about learning to love Optis while high school sailor Michael Tellini talks about 420s and FJs. Noble Reynoso is racing 420s around the country and Haydn Fischer is pushing the boundaries in kite boarding. Claire Mohun is taking everything she learned on the Bay and applying it to college sailing at Georgetown University.
Sea Stories: Under Water on El Raton  
The Double-Handed Farallones Race started off like any other: light breeze at the start that built as the fleet existed the Gate. After Staff Commodore Ray Lotto and his crew Steve Carroll rounded the island, conditions changed—quickly.
Meet the Staff: Pedro Cuevas  
As the lead Set-Up on staff at the Club, Pedro is definitely someone you’ve seen around, carrying tables, setting up or breaking down rooms. We know him as a good-natured, hard-working guy, but did you also know he’s majoring in Computer Science? Or that his favorite hobby is “drifting?”
From the Chairman: Updates on the Berm, Tinsley Docking Fees & Malware Intrusion  
April was a busy month at the Club. We secured a temporary solution for the eroding Berm on Tinsley; agreed upon updated Tinsley Island docking fees with a panel of Island regulars and experienced a malware intrusion on our internal servers.
From Your Commodore: The Spirits and Spirit of StFYC 
“I was hanging at the bar, leading the fleet astray, when I fell to thinking on this spirit thing. It pops up all over,” begins Commodore Livingston’s May column. In it, the Commodore ponders on the last month at StFYC, highlighting the members who have contributed their spirit to a club he loves.
Morning Star: Refit to Win 
The 98ft Morning Star is one of the most storied boats in our fleet’s history. She first arrived at StFYC in 1945 when Richard Rheem purchased her to compete in the Transpacific Yacht Race. That began an 11-year love story in which Rheem devoted himself to the success of Morning Star.
 Posted On Monday, April 25, 2016
2016 Intraclub Regatta: A Fleet as Varied as our Club 
If the IntraClub Regatta is meant to be representative of our varied membership and our varied fleet, then the 2016 rendition succeeded, and then some. The eighteen entered sailboats ranged in length from 22 to 54 feet, in handicap from 198 to -33 and in age from 70 years old to three years old.
 Posted On Wednesday, April 20, 2016
J/Fest 2016: Short and Sweet Racing on SF Bay  
On April 16 and 17, the St. Francis Yacht Club welcomed hundreds of sailors to San Francisco Bay for J/Fest, an annual regatta that this year featured J/24s, J/70s, J/105s, J/111s and J/120s. After a two-hour postponement on Saturday, the breeze filled in and competitors enjoyed two fantastic races.
 Posted On Friday, April 01, 2016
Wine Notes: News from the Wine Committee 
Earlier this year, the Wine Committee completely redesigned the wine menu. Never one to sit on its laurels, it has continued to improve the program by adding new wines, installing wine taps in the Grill Room and throwing an excellent Winemakers’ Dinner.
It’s Cruise Season on Tinsley! 
Registration is now open for all six summertime Cruises to Tinsley Island. These are a wonderful way to enjoy the island with family and friends during the prime months of summer
He Inspired a Generation—Sailor Spotlight on Don Trask 
In the course of its history, StFYC has named only 35 Honorary Members; Don Trask is one of them. Professionally, he was a boat builder and broker. He was also a champion sailor, an evangelist for the sport, an enthusiastic member sponsor and the person credited with bringing the Laser to SF Bay and sparking “The Laser Generation.”
Say My Name at The Intraclub Regatta 
Saturday, April 23rd marks our annual Intraclub Regatta, in which members take to the Bay in a grand attempt to earn a year of bragging rights. We have heard some boisterous trash-talking from the Commodore, the Juniors and Fresh Crew. Now, there’s a rumor that the Entertainment Committee is also furnishing a boat!
Meet the Staff: Ryan Stiles, Food and Beverage Manager  
You may recognize Ryan from your time spent dining at the Club. Ryan’s career in restaurants began at age 19 and he has worked his way up from food runner to server to bartender to Assistant General Manager. He now joins us as Food and Beverage Manager and is looking forward to getting to know the membership.
Under the Burgee, Around the World 
Eight StFYC couples share their photos and stories of cruising around the world. From Mexico to the Mediterranean, the Pacific Northwest to the Intracoastal Waterway, our cruising membership is nothing short of intrepid. And, they do it all while flying our burgee.
 Posted On Monday, March 21, 2016
SFYC Retains SF Cup, 11-10 
This Saturday marked the 45th San Francisco Cup, a classic hometown rivalry that has been fought between St. Francis and San Francisco Yacht Clubs since 1967. Three teams competed in three classes (Open, Women’s and Juniors) in a battle to be the first to accumulate 11 points. SFYC won by one point.
 Posted On Friday, March 18, 2016
Hometown Rivals Meet at this Weekend’s SF Cup 
Since 1967, St. Francis Yacht Club and San Francisco Yacht Clubs have been “competing for superiority in the same field” at the annual San Francisco Cup, a match race that grants its winner a line on a trophy and a year of bragging rights. In 2014, the Cup was ours. In 2015, it was San Francisco’s. It’s 2016, and this weekend’s SF Cup is anyone’s match.
 Posted On Wednesday, March 16, 2016
“That’s the Fastest I’ve Ever Gone in an FJ!” 
Feast or famine. That is always the theme when it comes to the Gaucho Regatta, hosted every March by the UC Santa Barbara Sailing Team. This year was no different, with 64 High School teams from across the state competing in winds at both ends of the spectrum.
Natvig Wins StFYC Stop of California Dreamin’; Secures Berth for Ficker Cup 
This weekend, StFYC hosted the third of three stops on the World Sailing Grade 3 2016 California Dreamin’ Series. Over the course of two wet and blustery days on San Francisco Bay, the eight teams in attendance completed two Round Robins in the Club’s fleet of J/22s.
 Posted On Monday, March 07, 2016
Spring One Design: A Wet and Wild Ride 
The 2016 racing season kicked off with a blustery start this weekend, as the sailors in Spring One Design experienced gale-force winds, rain and even a bit of hail.
 Posted On Friday, March 04, 2016
I Christen Thee…Beer Rack! 
Wednesday nights in the Grill Room are always a place for celebrations, stories and nourishment. This Wednesday, the Grill Room took all three of these things to the next level as House Committee Chairman Bill Dana and Commadora Lourdes Livingston christened the much-anticipated Grill Room Beer Rack. In
Spring One Design Kicks of Racing Season at StFYC 
This weekend, StFYC welcomes the first big regatta of 2016 and with it, a heaping dose of El Nino. Because Spring One Design is the first season counter regatta of the year for many fleets, we’re expecting to see a great turnout of boats with their crew in full foulies.
 Posted On Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Race Ready: Preparing for a Big Year in Racing at StFYC 
Over the winter, Executive Race Committee worked diligently to build the 2016 racing calendar, and it shows. Read about the incredible year of sailing ahead of us and how you can be a part of it. Divided by category—Championships, Big Boats, Youth Sailing, Match & Team Racing, Dinghy Racing—this story shines a spotlight on some of the biggest regattas on the horizon. Get "Race Ready!"
Meet the Staff: Private and Club Events Manager, Amanda Corsiglia 
Born and raised in the city of San Francisco, Amanda has been working in our Events department for nearly a year. She has a passion for event planning and was one of the master-minds behind great recent events such as Commodore’s Ball and Father Daughter Dinner Dance.
Behind the Scenes with Membership Development Committee  
The MDC is an excellent resource for current members as well as prospective members. They are our club’s ambassadors, connectors and relationship-builders. This month, Committee Chair Elizabeth Little introduces the members of MDC so you may put faces to names and learn how to reach out accordingly.
From the Chairman: First Quarter in Review  
As we wrap up the first quarter of the 2016 fiscal year, Chairman Robin Driscoll provides an update on the Club’s financials. He also discusses the latest news regarding Tinsley Island, where we are continuing to work with various agencies and professionals to seek the best solutions for dredging the channel and fortifying the berm.
From the COO/GM: Kicking Off Spring at the Club  
This month, COO/GM JJ West traveled to San Diego for the Sailing Leadership Forum where he got to see our Race Department in action. Whether giving talks or sitting on panels of experts, they stood out as leaders in the sport of sailing and represented our Club well. Back at the St. Francis, JJ also marks the start of two crucial and beloved seasons: Toiler Weekends and Winemaker Dinners.
From Your Commodore: The Fresher Crew Challenge 
"I’ve tapped into something good: A pool of keen sailing talent that doesn’t know the meaning of fear, much less the fear of pain." Commodore Livingston is going sailing, and he’s taking our Juniors with him, starting with an entry into the Intraclub Regatta this April. What’s more, he’s challenged Fresh Crew to a duel in the Intraclub.
 Posted On Sunday, February 28, 2016
Ready Your Paddles 
This year’s Road to Rio Auction at the St. Francis Yacht Club will feature a silent auction followed by a live (and lively) auction. As always, the list of items up for bid is chock-full of unique and exciting opportunities. Take a trip to Havana, fly in a private jet over California, visit the Royal Yacht Squadron or enjoy a day on the Bay with the Commodore and a VIP crewmember.
 Posted On Monday, February 01, 2016
From our Head Sailing Coach: People First, Results Second 
“Every January, I attend three regattas that hold special meaning to me, each for a different reason, and at each I have a different role.” Head Sailing Coach Adam Corpuz-Lahne is more than just our sailing coach. He is a dedicated member of the sailing community as a whole. This month, he talks about regattas near and dear to his heart and reflects on that most important of questions: why do we sail?
From the Commodora: Following in their Footsteps 
As Lourdes Livingston steps into her role as head of the Women’s Committee for 2016, she takes time to reflect on the many inspiring female mentors who have come before her. She shares lessons learned from these strong and colorful women, and charts a course for an interesting 2016.
Announcing the winners of the 2015 St. Francis Perpetual Trophies 
In 2015, members of St. Francis Yacht Club accomplished a number of impressive on-water victories: 1st in the 29er fleet at the US Sailing Youth Championship. 1st at the Nations Cup. 1st female finisher in the Kite Foil Gold Cup Tour. New world record holder for Transpacific time. J/105 National Champion. 1st to finish in the Transpac. Gold Medal at the Pan Am Games. The list goes on…
2016 Foundation Auction: The Road to Rio 
In celebration of the Foundation-supported athletes who are vying for a spot in the Olympics in Rio, this year’s Foundation Auction will take us on a journey to Brazil. The food and feeling of the evening will be distinctly Brazilian, while the auction itself will keep the paddles flying. The initial list of auction items has just been released and ticket sales are open.
From the Chairman: Launching in to 2016 
Robin Driscoll discusses his journey to becoming Chairman of the Board, thanking those who have supported him along the way. He introduces the initiatives he plans to focus on going forward, including food and beverage operations, membership experience and long-term financial planning.
A Warm Welcome from your New Tinsley Island Committee Chair 
As Milt Werner steps into the position of Chair of the Tinsley Island Committee, he provides dates and details on everything you need to know about Tinsley this year. He reviews this spring’s Toiler tasks, chefs and weekends and presents the dates for this summer’s Cruises.
From the Entertainment Committee: Change is Good, You Go First 
Though the Entertainment Committee is active year round, winter tends to be the busy season, when this talented group comes together to throw a dozen of the best parties of the year, back to back to back. Committee Chair Dudley Fournier recaps the highlights of the season and thanks many of his Committee and Event Chairs.
 Posted On Friday, January 22, 2016
Commodore Kimball Livingston: A Story From Way Back When 
John Ravizza has a story to share about Kimball Livingston and it goes way back. The Beatles had just announced their breakup; Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendricks and The Rolling Stones were popular; the degaussing buoys were in place off Fort Mason…
Introducing Your New Directors 
Newly elected Directors, Medea Isphording Bern and Maurice Fitzgerald are settling in for three productive years on the Board of the Club they love. Here they discuss their relationship with StFYC, their many experiences within its community and what they hope their tenure will add to the member experience.
Welcoming Your New Flag Officers 
At the Annual General Meeting on January 13, St. Francis Yacht Club celebrated a changing of the guard, bidding adieu to Commodore Sean Svendsen and ushering in Commodore Kimball Livingston. Here, we bring you brief introductions of your new Flag Officers.
 Posted On Friday, January 01, 2016
Lourdes Livingston, A True Original  
In 2016, Commodore Kimball Livingston will take the helm as our Commodore. His wife, Lourdes, will be there beside him. As Lourdes steps into the spotlight, we get to know her history, her hobbies and some of her many hidden talents.
Honored to Take the Helm: JJ West, StFYC’s New GM 
JJ West joined StFYC as Interim General Manager in July of 2015; in December he was named General Manager/Chief Operating Officer. Here, JJ describes his experience thus far and provides a glimpse into his future goals at the club.
Paul Reck: The Man Behind the Models 
Our Club has one of the most impressive model collections in the country, and Paul Reck is responsible for creating many of those models. A model maker of 75 years (he started when he was 10!) Paul is currently working on model #17 for the Club.
Meet Nora Cotter, Food and Beverage Director 
Ever since Nora joined StFYC as our Food and Beverage Director, she has been hard at work reshaping service in all of our dining areas. Nora has a long and passionate career in private clubs and is very excited to bring her talents to StFYC.
Our Brilliant Year: Nancy Svendsen’s Farewell  
Whether it was at the city club, on Tinsley, or traveling near and far, Nancy Svendsen brought her special touch to many of the events of 2015. Here, she remembers some of the best moments and provides gratitude for the women who shared her journey.
Time to Pass the Torch: Neil Pincus Wraps up Three Years as Tinsley Chair 
For the past three years, Director Neil Pincus has served as the Chairman of the Tinsley Island Committee. This month, he looks back on the many Toiler projects completed under his watch and also sets the stage for the way forward.
At the End of my Watch: Chairman’s Farewell 
After two years as Chairman of the Board, Chairman Jim Diepenbrock provides a year-in-review report on the financials of StFYC. He also offers a vision for the way forward as well as words of thanks for those who have served alongside him.
It’s A Wrap: Commodore’s Farewell 
At the end of his year at the helm, Commodore Sean Svendsen takes a look back. From regattas on the water to weekends away on Tinsley, to nights enjoying the Club, Commodore Svendsen takes us on a reminiscent journey of the year.
 Posted On Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Reimagining the StFYC Wine List 
After months of planning, the Wine Committee is pleased to introduce an all-new wine list for the Club. Reimagined both in terms of design and content, this list premieres just in time for the holiday season.
A Step Above: The Year’s Top Racing Accomplishments by StFYC Members 
Whether it was winning the Transpac, capturing a national championship or crushing a trans-ocean record, our members did it all. Take a look at our top member accomplishments across every segment of the sport.
This past year, our members hosted 149 days of racing or training on the water. We raced in 23 international locales and sailed aboard dozens of unique boats and classes. Relive the incredible year of sailing by the numbers.
Meet the Women of StFYC: Maggie Mack 
Maggie Mack has been a tremendous volunteer at the Club, and has chaired the Fall Fashion Show and Mother Son Dinner Dance. But did you know she was involved in relief work during the Bosnian Civil War?
What Off-Season? Keeping the Island “ship shape” in winter 
It may be wintertime, but on Tinsley Island, there is no off-season! The Toilers are gearing up for a new set of projects. We are also excited to announce the addition of a new “yellow shirt” to make your island experience even better.
 Posted On Thursday, November 19, 2015
"Bah Humbug" or The Joys of the Decorated Boat Parade  
“Bah humbug” I hollered as I stubbed my toe for the tenth time on that damn foredeck cleat. Who ever mounted it there like that anyway? Well never mind, it wasn’t an injury a strong eggnog wouldn’t cure. It was time, again, for the Decorated Boat Parade
 Posted On Tuesday, November 17, 2015
How the Game Can Win: The Big Sail, and how an innovative intercollegiate regatta is a win for every 
It came down to the last race. Stanford and Cal were tied 1-1 in a best of three competition. As both teams prepared to start, the spectators went wild. The marching bands roared, the cheerleaders flew and the live commentary rang out. No, this was not a football game; it was the Big Sail, an intercollegiate regatta between Stanford and UC Berkeley, (“Cal”).
 Posted On Monday, November 02, 2015
Women of StFYC: Meet Nicole Breault 
Between winning the Nations Cup and the US Women’s Match Racing Championship, 2015 has been a remarkable year for Nicole Breault. Here, Nicole takes us behind the scenes to talk about her roots, her career and what’s next.
Sailor Spotlight on Blaine Pedlow 
Blaine grew up sailing Sabots in San Diego and, over the years, has raced competitively in the Etchells and 505 classes. In this month’s Spotlight, Blaine talks about how he got his start, his sailing mentors and his best moments on the water.
Another Great Year for StFYC Race Committee! 
St. Francis Yacht Club is known for having a very busy racing calendar, but did you know that we host over 95 individual races per season? With so many events spreading from February to December, we require an army of volunteers on the water to make sure marks get set and finishes get recorded.
What it Takes to Win Bronze  
Helena Scutt and her skipper Paris Henken have been pouring their energy into their 49erFX campaign. At this summer’s PanAm Games in Toronto, their hard work paid off and the girls secured a Bronze. Check out Helena’s account on what it took to medal.
Al Sargent on Winning V15 Nationals 
After finishing nearly last in a previous V15 Nationals, Al Sargent spent 100 days, 500 races and five years practicing. This summer, practice made perfect when Al and his crew secured the top podium finish at Nationals.
High School Season Kicks Off 
It seems like only a couple of weeks ago we were getting all of our Optis, Teras and 420s ready for Summer Sailing Camp. But here we are in October, with our High School Sailing program practicing three days a week, the 420 team and High School Development team practicing on Fridays, our beginner and intermediate Fall sailing courses running on Saturday and Sunday, and regattas going almost every weekend.
November News from Tinsley Island 
As the island winds down from another lively summer, the Committee shares its news about long-range planning, this year’s Tinsley Awards and the upcoming housing lottery. And, get your calendars ready! Announcing 2016’s Toiler weekends.
First-Timers at 48 Knots 
On a recent weekend in October, you may have seen a sea of neon yellow shirts and lots of children smiling in and around our Club. That was our StFYC’s second annual collaboration with the San Francisco City Parks and Rec Department and Call of the Sea.
 Posted On Friday, October 09, 2015
A Recap of the International 6 Meter Invitational at St. Francis Yacht Club  
The first time 6 Meters appeared on San Francisco Bay, Woodrow Wilson was president of the United States. The Panama Canal had just opened and Babe Ruth had just hit his first career home run. This week, one century later, eight 6 Meters met at the St. Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay to compete in the International 6 Meter Invitational.
 Posted On Monday, October 05, 2015
Living History: International 6 Meter Invitational  
From kites to windsurfers to dinghies to big boats, StFYC has hosted a bevy of events that continue to up the level of competition along City Front. Now, as we enter the last month of a busy racing season, we get back to our roots and welcome the “Class of all Classes” to the International Six Meter Invitational.
 Posted On Thursday, October 01, 2015
The Cornerstone Cup is Coming! 
What is the Cornerstone Cup? It is one of the most prestigious racing events in which StFYC has the honor of participating. The Cornerstone Cup is a biennial team-racing regatta between four of the most notable yacht clubs in the world: The Royal Yacht Squadron; The Royal Thames Yacht Club; The New York Yacht Club; and our very own St. Francis Yacht Club.
RBBS 2015: “I’ve Never Seen Boats Sailed Better, or Better Boats Sailed”  
From Sept 17-20, St. Francis Yacht Club hosted the 51st Rolex Big Boat Series. In classic form, we rolled out the red carpet for a weekend jam-packed with exceptional racing and shoreside entertainment to match. At the end, six Rolex timepieces were awarded to the winners of six classes.
A Lifetime Messing About in Boats 
The story of Ken Keefe’s life is the story of a sailor: from sailing on Bolero at the age of five to defending the America’s Cup in Perth to campaigning the TP52 Vesper, Keefe has put many miles beneath his keel. Along the way, he also started KKMI Boatyards, of which he is still the proud owner/operator.
An Evolving Tradition: The Ronstan Bridge to Bridge  
Like many great traditions, it started with a bet: A bet between two sailors as to which of their craft could cover the length of San Francisco Bay faster. Now in its 17th year, the Bridge to Bridge has become a wide-reaching sail-what-you-brung drag race. It is also one of the best spectacles of the year.
Boilers, Bathrooms, Bike Racks: House Committee Update 
One of the biggest investments the Club has made in a number of years is replacing the boiler, which is now complete. Learn more about how this project will impact the Club and what other improvements have been made in recent months.
 Posted On Thursday, September 17, 2015
September 2015 Town Hall in Review 
On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Chairman Jim Diepenbrock and Commodore Sean Svendsen brought together the membership of the St. Francis Yacht Club to present a state of affairs of the Yacht Club. In the 25-minute presentation, the Commodore and the Chairman discussed a number of topics before opening up the floor for a Q&A session with the membership. Here is our account of that meeting.
 Posted On Sunday, September 13, 2015
What it Takes to Run a Rolex Big Boat Series 
As Race Director at the St. Francis Yacht Club, I’ve learned that the Rolex Big Boat Series (RBBS) is capable of presenting its own unique hurdles. From dodging 1,000+ foot container ships to sending 10 classes on different Bay tours without running them into each other, it regularly provides excitement for the organizers.
 Posted On Friday, September 11, 2015
Dorade Successfully Completes Historic Campaign with Stellar Performance in 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race 
Defying critics who said it couldn’t be done, Dorade has completed a four-year campaign to repeat all of the major ocean races she won in the 1930s, finishing up on the podium at the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race, where she took second in IRC Class 4 and seventh overall out of 356 boats.
 Posted On Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Team Bennett Sweeps Last Chance USMRC Qualifier 
Shawn Bennett and his team of Kurt Wessels, Melissa Feagin and Tom Purdy went 14-0 on September 5-6, beating each competitor twice to take the overall win at the Last Chance Qualifier for the US Match Racing Championship. St. Francis Yacht Club hosted the event under a bright blue sky and warm sun that graced San Francisco’s city front over Labor Day weekend.
 Posted On Friday, September 04, 2015
Ronstan Bridge to Bridge: The Tradition Evolves 
Like many great traditions, it started with a bet: a bet between two sailors as to which of their craft could cover San Francisco Bay faster. In the early years, the 49er ruled. Then it was the windsurfers, then the 18ft skiffs, then the kites and now the foiling kites. This year's Ronstan Bridge to Bridge featured a vast array of entrants in one of the most chaotic regattas of the year. Check out our full regatta report, including video and photos here.
 Posted On Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Making All-Around Sailors out of our Juniors 
This fall, the StFYC Junior program is implementing some meaningful changes in an effort to continually improve our program as well as our Junior sailors. Of note, the practice schedule is shifting to Tuesday-Thursday, allowing Friday to be open to a different kind of sailing – the kind beyond dinghies and short courses that our juniors will see when they matriculate past high school.
Hometown Advantage: StFYC Members to Watch in the Rolex Big Boat Series 
Of the nearly 100 entries to the 2015 Roles Big Boat Series, 28 will be flying the St. Francis Yacht Club burgee. Here are the StFYC-helmed boats to watch, including their notable racing accomplishments in these same boats since RBBS 2014.
A Viewers’ Guide to the 51st Rolex Big Boat Series 
Inside is everything you need to know about the Rolex Big Boat Series weekend as a club member and a spectator. In one place, find the daily schedule in addition to notices regarding parking, guests and tips on the best spots to watch the races.
Why do we call it Big Boat Series?  
In 2009, we celebrated the 45th Anniversary of Big Boat Series. In the September Mainsheet of that year, Curator R.C. Keefe provided an account of the regatta’s very first year, along with a twisted tale of the journalist who may have accidently given the regatta its name.
A Look Back: Celebrating Past Big Boat Series Winners 
A gallery of images showcasing ten of the most picturesque previous Big Boat Series winners. This gallery stretches from Athene, winner of St. Francis Perpetual Trophy in 1964 to Vesper, winner of the same trophy in 2014.
The Fit Sailor: Three Exercises to do on Board 
Looking for fun and simple ways to stay fit within the confines of your boat this summer? StFYC Wellness Consultant Rochelle Lacey took to the deck of Robin Driscoll’s Freedom to demonstrate three simple exercises that can be done by any sailor, on any boat, at any time.
Women of StFYC: Jody McCormack  
Jody McCormack didn’t learn to sail as a child, mostly because that’s exactly what her parents wanted her to do. But by the time she got bit by the sailing bug, she got bit bad. Jody has kite surfed in multiple countries, raced in the Pacific Cup and campaigned an 18ft Skiff. In between she attended law school, met her husband and started her own maritime law practice.
Meet the Staff: Patty Cabrera, Front Desk Receptionist  
Of all the faces of StFYC, those smiling at you from behind the Front Desk may be the ones with whom you interact most frequently. Patty Cabrera recently celebrated her one-year anniversary with the Yacht Club. Originally from Sacramento, she tells us about the intricacies of her job, her hobbies and interests and her favorite Giants players.
Sailor Spotlight: Three Generations of LeRoys 
Bill and Paula LeRoy had a unique take on membership at StFYC. Whenever an event arose, they found the newest member attending and requested to sit with them, to continually expand their circle of StFYC friends. Their children Katy, Aimee and Mike carried on a strong club tradition through racing, cruising and spending time at Tinsley and now, the third generation is getting their toes wet on Tinsley and in Optis. The LeRoy family story is truly a story of the St. Francis Yacht Club.
 Posted On Tuesday, August 18, 2015
2015 US Laser Masters Nationals Wrap-Up 
On August 15-16, St. Francis Yacht Club welcomed 25 Laser sailors to compete in the US Laser Master Nationals. From the earliest days of the class when Don Trask introduced the boat to our Bay, StFYC has existed at the heartbeat of the Laser class. Memories of “The Laser Generation” fill our halls and influence our on-the-water ways.
From the Archives: The Laser Generation 
The story of the Laser and the Laser Generation at the St. Francis Yacht Club is a story of names, championships, numbers, and sheer imagination unsurpassed in the sailing world.
 Posted On Sunday, August 09, 2015
The Green Road to Rolex Big Boat Series 
Meet Patches, Resolute, Varuna, and Timeshaver, the four boats that are doing triple duty: Transpac, Ocean Clean-Up and Rolex Big Boat Series.
 Posted On Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Kite Foil Gold Cup Wrap-up 
Kite Foil Gold Cup wraps up at StFYC; French claim top victories; San Francisco Residents claim podium finishes including 3rd (Johnny Heineken), 4th (Joey Pasquali), First Woman (Erika Heineken) and U.S. Kite Foil Youth Nationals Champion (Nicolai Sponholtz)
 Posted On Saturday, August 01, 2015
A Viewer's Guide to Kite Foil Gold Cup 
This weekend, 67 kite foil racers from 14 countries are coming to San Francisco to compete in the third stop of the Kite Foil Gold Cup tour, the largest kiting event of the year. StFYC is proud to host this global competition. Here is how you can best be a part of the action.
Meet the Staff: Welcome a New Interim GM and Director of Catering  
There are more new faces around the Club! Learn more about JJ West, Interim GM/Clubhouse Manager and Tressa Orizotti, Director of Catering
Women of StFYC: Pam Rorke Levy, Dorade’s Better Half 
Pam's journey has been nothing short of colorful. Born in the Presidio, she grew up internationally. She was a concert pianist and a successful television producer. When she met Matt Brooks, she took a whole new tack. Together, the couple restored Dorade and brought her back to glory.
Meet the Staff: Graham Biehl, Race Coordinator 
StFYC's Race Coordinator, Graham Biehl, discusses his role at the Club, his love of kiteboarding and what brought him back to his home state after years in Australia.
The Dos and Don’ts of Tinsley Island 
While at Tinsley, common sense will tell you that the primary rule to live by is this: treat other members with respect and allow them to have “quiet enjoyment” of the Island. But what about all of the other rules?
Photos: Summer Camp on Tinsley  
For six weeks this summer, a group of 8- to 15-year olds head up to Tinsley Island for a week of sun, fun and learning how to sail at StFYC Summer Camp. Check out images of the kids sailing, playing and generally enjoying their island.
Commodore Svendsen Reflects on the July 4th Family Cruise 
Summertime is family time at St. Francis Yacht Club. Those of you who attended the Fourth of July Family Cruise to Tinsley, chaired by our spectacular Ian Kasman, experienced firsthand the sheer amount of fun there is to be had on our island paradise.
Pass-backs, Mark-Traps and the Royal Swedish Yacht Club 
One of the biggest goals of the StFYC Junior program is to encourage our racing juniors to be all-around sailors, for them to be proficient with spinnakers, trapezes and even keelboats. This year, the Club created a new regatta to introduce them to another exciting aspect of our sport: 3v3 Team Racing.
 Posted On Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Members Win Transpac, Team Race Worlds; Place at Singlehanded Champs 
This has been another thrilling week for members racing—and winning—under the StFYC burgee.
 Posted On Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Q&A with Interim General Manager, JJ West  
JJ will join the St. Francis Yacht Club as our Interim General Manager and Clubhouse Manager on August 4, 2015. Here he discusses his private club career and what he looks forward to most at StFYC.
 Posted On Sunday, July 19, 2015
StFYC Members Set New LA-Honolulu Record, Win Nations Cup; Medal at Pan Am Games  
July saw a number of impressive on-water victories for members of StFYC. Renauld Laparche and co-skipper Ryan Breymaier beat the existing Los Angeles to Honolulu record by over a day aboard the 105ft trimaran, Lending Club 2. Nicole Breault skippered her team to victory in the Women’s Division of the Nation’s Cup in Vladivostok, Russia. In the Pan Am Games in Toronto, members Paige Railey, Marion Lepert and Helena Scutt & Paris Henken earned medals. Plus more member victories!
 Posted On Sunday, July 12, 2015
Skippers Representing StFYC, U.S. at Nations Cup in Russia 
This week, members of the St. Francis Yacht Club will race under the burgee in Russia. Teams skippered by Russ Silvestri and Nicole Breault will represent North America in the International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) Nations Cup match race at the Seven Feet Yacht Club in Vladivostok, Russia, July 14-19.
 Posted On Sunday, July 05, 2015
Thirty Years Later, Members Recreate a Portrait Session 
Jarold and Adrienne Lowenstein were delighted to hear that EA Photography was taking members’ photos for the online member directory. Not only did they wish to aid in the Club’s initiative, they were in need of a new portrait!
 Posted On Friday, July 03, 2015
The Record Will Stand 
This month, an impressive fleet gathers in Long Beach, CA to compete in the 2015 TransPac. Our Club’s history has long been intertwined with that of the “Honolulu Race”, tracing back to the inaugural in 1906.
 Posted On Thursday, July 02, 2015
Matt Brooks Vying to Make History in Transatlantic Race 
On June 28 StFYC member Matt Brooks and his crew set sail in the 2015 Transatlantic Race aboard the legendary ocean racing yacht, Dorade. Not only does Brooks plan to cover the 2,800 miles between Newport, R.I. and Plymouth, U.K, he hopes to beat Dorade’s original time of 17 days, one hour and 14 minutes—84 years after she achieved that victory in 1931.
 Posted On Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Inaugural Taste of St. Francis a Success 
In the months leading up to the inaugural Taste of St. Francis, the Dining Committee was having a hard time containing itself. It was a new event, sure, and a new concept, but we were certain the membership was going to get a kick out of it.
Nine Ways to Enjoy Tinsley Island 
This month, we cast aside the creeping cats’ paws of fog and set our sights for points west, a particular point, a special point all our own: Tinsley Island. There is no “wrong” way to spend time on Tinsley Island. But there are plenty of ways to do it “right.” Here, we allow some of the possibilities to unfold.
Get to Know Pedro Gonzalez, Tinsley Island Foreman 
Pedro Gonzalez has worked on Tinsley Island since 2003. There he's our all-around troubleshooter and handyman, with daily duties that vary from maintenance to landscaping to boat-handling. Learn what he loves most about his job as well as his off-duty hobbies and interests.
Sailor Spotlight on Daniela Moroz 
A conversation with Daniela Moroz, kiter on the rise. Learn about how she became involved with kiting, her favorite kiting locations and who her favorite training partner is. Look for her next in the U.S. Junior Kite Foil Nationals, which will take place as part of the Kite Foil Gold Cup this summer.
Club Wellness: Rochelle’s Eight Secrets to Shedding fat 
Whoever coined the term “love handles” must have had a funny sense of humor. This tough-to-trim section can be a source of frustration for many people. Here are six simple ways to target belly fat by thinking holistically about your health.
 Posted On Thursday, June 25, 2015
StFYC Junior Kieran Chung Named ICSA Sportsman of the Year 
Good sportsmen are rare, and it is with great pride that we congratulate StFYC junior Kieran Chung who was recently awarded the College Sailing Sportsmanship Award by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA).
 Posted On Monday, June 22, 2015
Competitor Safety Technology Debuts at Opti Heavy Weather Regatta 
It’s not often that “Opti” and “new technology” are seen in the same sentence, but at this weekend’s Opti Heavy Weather regatta at the St. Francis Yacht Club, that’s exactly what happened.
 Posted On Sunday, June 07, 2015
Johnny Heineken's All Tangled Up 
When your kids get their kite fouled up in the branches of a tree, you climb up and untangle it, right? But when former Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Johnny Heineken gets his kite fouled in the rigging of a J/105, the retrieval process is a whole lot more dramatic. Check out photos from the SF Challenge Kite Kerfuffle here.
 Posted On Thursday, June 04, 2015
Fast and Furious Racing in 2015 SF Bay Challenge 
In this weekend’s SF Bay Challenge, 21 kite racers and six windsurfers will race from the St. Francis Yacht Club to Berkeley pier and back. The course begins at the Starting Line in front of the Club, continues upwind to a mark off the Presidio, turns downwind to a mark at the base of Berkeley Pier and finishes in front of the Club.
 Posted On Monday, June 01, 2015
Meet the Newest Member of the Junior Fleet: the RS Tera 
Just as it is with meeting new people, one’s first impression when encountering a new activity often creates an opinion that will last far beyond that moment.
The Future Looks Bright: StFYC Juniors 
The Future is Bright: Meet the Next Generation of StFYC Superstars.
Utilizing the Club's Calendar 
For the most up-to-date and accurate information, we recommend utilizing the Club’s online calendar on There you can view the calendar, register for events and sync events to your own calendar.
The Junior Room: Program Update 
StFYC’s Junior Program has a busy summer ahead. We are running nine weeks of Summer Camp, hosting a youth team race invitational with two of the nation’s top coaches, and sending a Junior to Germany to sail in an exchange program.
US Coast Guard Foundation Honors Member Dan Hountalas and StFYC 
St. Francis Yacht Club received two honors at the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation’s Pacific Area Awards Dinner on April 23rd.
 Posted On Monday, May 25, 2015
Silvestri Earns a Berth at U.S. Match Racing Champs 
Over the weekend, StFYC hosted the first of two U.S. Match Racing Championship Qualifiers begin held at the Club this year. Members Russ Silvestri and Nicole Breault both put on impressive shows and Silvestri earned a berth at this October's U.S. Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.
 Posted On Thursday, May 21, 2015
U.S. Sailing Match Racing Qualifiers Come to StFYC 
This weekend, eight teams will gather at StFYC to race in two complete round robins in the Club's matching fleet of J/22s. The winner of the regatta will qualify for a berth in the U.S. Match Racing Championship in October and the Women's Championship in August.
 Posted On Thursday, May 14, 2015
Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta: A Race with a Costume Party 
As the annual Bay to Breakers foot race-cum-festival takes over the streets of San Francisco this weekend, boatloads of colorful crew will take to the Bay, racing in a costume party that is also known as the Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta.
 Posted On Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Elvstrom Turns 40 at 2015 Elvstrom Zellerbach Regatta 
At this weekend’s Elvstrom-Zellerbach Regatta, 88 entries from eight classes—six dinghy classes, Formula Windsurf and Hydrofoil Kite) took to the waters in front of the St. Francis Yacht Club to compete in one of the area’s most storied events.
 Posted On Monday, April 27, 2015
Bay School Sailing Team Takes on Team Race in San Diego 
On April 25th, The Bay School Sailing team traveled to San Diego to compete in the PCISA Team Race Championship. The other four teams in the regatta, Point Loma HS, Newport Harbor HS, Corona Del Mar HS, and Cathedral Catholic HS were all ranked in the top 5 of the PCISA season standings. The Bay School sailors were not intimidated, and brought the fight to every race.
 Posted On Saturday, April 25, 2015
An Ode to Wednesday Night Racing 
Gathering up the laptop, the phone, the papers that need attention “right away”, stuffing them in a briefcase, we head to the Club. It’s Wednesday!
 Posted On Thursday, April 16, 2015
J/Fest 2015: A Gathering of the Bay's Js 
This weekend's J/Fest Regatta will follow a long-standing tradition of bringing together the best in J/boat one-design racing on San Francisco Bay. With 50 boats signed up, Race Committee plans to run two separate courses along City Front. In addition to great racing, the regatta serves as a warm-up for several keystone J/Boat regattas throughout the season.
 Posted On Monday, April 13, 2015
The Origins of Wednesday Yachting Luncheons 
Back in 1995, I found myself wondering, when did the Tuesday Yachtsmen’s Luncheon program begin and who started it? To answer this simple question I started calling StFYC old-timers. One call led to another and some clues led to more questions. I rifled through old Club directories and scraps of old Mainsheets across the decades, spoke to retired Club staff and foraged in the dusty shelves of the curator’s office and the dustier shelves between the ears of our oldest and most respected members. Here is what I learned
 Posted On Friday, April 10, 2015
Soundbites of The High Seas 
The St. Francis has a secret. If you've ever found yourself at the Club on a Monday night, you may have heard whispers of this secret wafting out of the Ward Room in the form of four-part harmony. The secret is: The High Seas! Here is a bit more about the Club's all-women singing group.
 Posted On Wednesday, April 08, 2015
The La Ventana Kitefoil Goldcup 
The La Ventana Kitefoil Goldcup in March was my first international competition and it certainly didn't disappoint. On the starting line were 43 kiters, representing 15 countries. I was one of only 6 women participating.
 Posted On Wednesday, April 01, 2015
An Anthology of Wee Willie Stories 
Since 1973, the William L. Stewart III has served as the flagship Race Committee of the St. Francis Yacht Club. In celebration of Opening Day 2015, when a model of the boat will be christened, we've gathered an anthology of Willie stories. It has been said that "What happens on the Willie, stays on the Willie." Well, mostly...
Get to Know: Angelica Bondoc, Ketch All Supervisor 
Marianne Kent interviews Ketch All Supervisor Angelica Bondoc on her position at the Club, her life before the Club and her hopes and aspirations for the future.
Women of StFYC: Nancy Tompkins 
When Life Magazine put a photo of San Francisco on its cover in the 1960s, Nancy knew this was the city for her. Shortly after arriving, she delved into a vibrant music scene and eventually found the StFYC. Today, Nancy is an established personality in both the music and sailing scenes, and she has cruised around the world. This is her story.
Uncorked: Announcing New Wine Programs & Events  
The Wine Committee has been hard at work putting together a number of new and exciting wine-related programs. From wine on tap to Winemakers' Dinners to wine pairings with the Main Dining Room menu, there's a lot to cheers to!
 Posted On Tuesday, March 31, 2015
StFYC Juniors have Strong Showing at Spring Regattas 
High School sailing coach Adam Corpuz-Lahne provides a full report on this spring's regattas, including Nor Cal #7, PCISA #4 and Nor Cal #9.
 Posted On Thursday, March 26, 2015
StFYC to Defend in 2015 SF Cup 
It's time again for the annual hometown rivalry: the San Francisco Cup. Come cheer on your St. Francis Yacht Club (the Defender) as we take on the San Francisco Yacht Club (the Challenger) in a historical match race. Run regularly since 1967, this is one of the most contested races of our year.
 Posted On Friday, March 20, 2015
Juniors: Want to Sail in Germany this Summer? 
To all junior members and children of members: Are you interested in sailing in Germany this summer as a Junior Ambassador of the Club? Announcing the St. Francis Sailing Foundation Foreign Exchange Program! Apply within.
 Posted On Thursday, March 19, 2015
The Secret Past of our Geochron 
During yesterday's vernal equinox, at 3:45 PST, the sun landed squarely above the equator. Here in the Club, our Geochron displayed a small black circle perfectly balanced on its elliptical path from tropic to tropic. The Geo-WHAT? Find out more about this fascinating bit of Club history.
 Posted On Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Introducing Pictorial Membership Album 
The St. Francis Yacht Club is pleased to announce our new Pictorial Membership Album. We will be working with EA Photography to capture portraits of our members and their families.
 Posted On Tuesday, March 17, 2015
RACE TIME: 2015 on the Water at StFYC 
Every year, the St. Francis Yacht Club earns its reputation as an elite racing venue, thanks to our robust regatta schedule and professional race management, all of which unfurl right below our Race Deck. Rest assured: 2015 will be no different. Here is a brief preview of notable regattas coming across the starting line.
 Posted On Monday, March 16, 2015
StFYC's Food and Beverage Staff Taste & Tell 
Working alongside Chef Antonio and Food and Beverage Manager, Lili Hang, the Dining Committee has been working with a training program for the Club’s front-of-house staff.
 Posted On Saturday, March 14, 2015
Generations of Greatness - Profiling the Ford and McNeill Families 
Our Club has a lot to be proud of: its premiere racing pedigree, location in one of the world’s top sailing destinations, and roster boasting some of the most impressive and well-respected sailors in the sport. But there’s one additional, perhaps less famous, role that the Club has played since it opened in 1927: facilitating family bonds.
 Posted On Thursday, March 12, 2015
Record Number of Entries for Spring One Design 
A record number of boats have registered for this weekend’s Spring One Design Regatta, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club from March 14–15. The event, which marks the first qualifying regatta for several of fleets, is set to welcome over 350 sailors. Expect to see a high level of competition across the board.
 Posted On Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The Origin of the Willie 
At last, we had a dedicated Race Committee boat to be christened the Wee Willie, a boyhood nickname of Commodore W. L. Stewart. Mrs. Barbara Stewart performed the champagne bottle ceremony on Opening Day, 1974.
 Posted On Sunday, March 08, 2015
Spring Dinghy Serves up Close Competition, Good Breeze 
This year’s Spring Dinghy Regatta at the St. Francis Yacht Club did not disappoint. Saturday’s breeze filled in and Sunday served up some seriously exciting conditions. The conditions allowed for a full six-race regatta, showcasing tight competition in five fleets: Club 420s, Laser Radials, Laser Standards, 505s and Wetas.
 Posted On Thursday, March 05, 2015
2015 Spring Dinghy Kicks off Racing Season 
As the rest of the country marks the end of winter by setting their clocks forward an hour, we mark the end of winter the best way we know how: sailing in small boats. This Saturday and Sunday, over 50 dinghies will race six fleet races in the 2015 Spring Dinghy Regatta.
 Posted On Thursday, February 19, 2015
Women of StFYC: Barbara Munch-Cameron 
Next in our series of profiles of remarkable women of StFYC, Barbara Munch-Cameron is an Emmy-award winner for set decoration. Her illustrious career has included stints on the set of Glee, Behind the Candelabra and more. You'll never guess where she got her start.
Celebrating 100 Years of Pacific Expo, Birthplace of StFYC 
February 20 marks the centennial anniversary of the Panama Pacific International Exposition, a most incredible World's Fair that took over the San Francisco waterfront in 1915. The grand fair marked many firsts for the world, including the opening of the Panama Canal. It also lead to the birth of our St. Francis Yacht Club.
 Posted On Saturday, February 14, 2015
Meet your New 2015 Board Members 
In their own words, the new Directors and new Rear Commodore share with us their appreciation for the St. Francis Yacht Club, as well as their vision for their role in its future.
 Posted On Friday, February 13, 2015
Announcing the Winners of 2014 Annual Awards 
Recognizing our outstanding members who achieved new levels of greatness at the Club and around the world in 2014. Congratulations to the winner of our Yachtsman of the Year, Junior Sailor of the Year, Toiler of the Year and many more!
2014 Annual General Meeting: The Changing of the Guard 
Celebrating the year past and looking to the future at the Annual General Meeting, Dinner and Awards Presentation. Welcome to Commodore Sean Svendsen, Vice Commodore Kimball Livingston and Rear Commodore Bruce Smith.
 Posted On Thursday, February 12, 2015
Women of StFYC–Barbara Gilmore 
Barbara Grace Cleese Gilmore has some stories to tell. As Mayor Angelo Rossi’s (Mayor of San Francisco, 1931–1944) most photogenic granddaughter, she jettisoned to fame at age 4 ½ when she was crowned “Queen of the May” at the annual May Day celebration in Golden Gate Park.
 Posted On Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Sailor Spotlight on Laser Sailor Tracy Usher 
I have been a member since the late 1990s. I moved to the Bay Area in 1989 and sailed big boats until the mid-1990s when I returned to Laser sailing.
 Posted On Friday, February 06, 2015
2015 Tinsley Island Reservations Open 
Now that the Tinsley Island Lodging Lottery is over, members who still desire Island housing are free to snap up those remaining dates. Between February 1 and May 31, members can make reservations for any “open” housing on the Island not filled during the lottery period, even if you already secured one during the lottery.
 Posted On Thursday, February 05, 2015
Updated Rules and Regs on Tinsley in 2015 
All updates and changes for Tinsley will be included in 2015 Membership Directory, Rules and Regulations, Section 6, Tinsley Island Station and the 2015 Tinsley Island Station Supplement. These can also be found on the Club’s website under the Library tab, in the Bylaws, Rules and Regulations section.
 Posted On Tuesday, February 03, 2015
King Island Marina Announces New Parking Program 
Over the winter, Island Management worked with King Island Marina’s new ownership to develop a parking program exclusively for members of StFYC. The process has involved a collective effort and we are pleased to inform members of the following parking program.
 Posted On Sunday, February 01, 2015
How to E-Register on Tinsley Island 
All members must register each time they arrive on the Island, whether they plan to stay on their boat or in Island accommodations. All registrations can be completed electronically or by visiting one of the Tinsley Island tablets available on the launch or at the Island bar.
 Posted On Thursday, January 22, 2015
Cruise the Chesapeake with ICOYC and StFYC 
This October, StFYC members will join the International Council of Yacht Clubs for their annual member cruise, beginning at the Annapolis Yacht Club. The cruise is a wonderful opportunity to meet cruising friends from Clubs around the world.
What is the ICOYC? 
In 2009, Royal Thames Yacht Club and Seattle Yacht Club asked the St. Francis to join the International Council of Yacht Club. We knew enough about the organization at the time that we knew it was a good idea, but we had no idea the benefits it would provide to our Club and its members.
 Posted On Monday, January 19, 2015
Just Getting Started 
Following a few months of planning and careful preparation, Chef Antonio and the St. Francis Dining Committee are ready to release the 2015 Dining Menus, featuring distinct menus for each of the Club's three dining spaces: The Grill Room, the Main Dining Room and the Clippership.
 Posted On Friday, January 09, 2015
St. Francis Yacht Club Competes in NorCal 4 and 5 Regattas  
Light breeze made for limited racing, but great camaraderie, during the NorCal 4 and 5 Regattas
 Posted On Tuesday, December 09, 2014
The Origins of Yachting Luncheons 
In 1995, I decided to research the roots of the Tuesday Yachtsmen’s Luncheon program. I began my quest with phone calls to StFYC old-timers. One call led to another and each clue led to more questions. I rifled through old Club directories and scraps of archival Mainsheets. I interviewed retired Club managers and employees. I foraged in the dusty shelves of the curator’s office and into the even dustier spaces between the ears of our oldest and most respected members...
 Posted On Wednesday, December 03, 2014
VIDEO: StFYC honors Hall of Fame Inductees 
On Tuesday, October 28, the StFYC honored members who have been named to the National Sailing Hall of Fame, the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, or both
 Posted On Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Cal, Stanford Split Wins at 2014 Big Sail 
Every year at about this time, California college football fans gear up for one of the biggest match-ups of the season: Cal vs. Stanford, a game that will take place this Saturday, November 22nd at Cal.
 Posted On Wednesday, November 05, 2014
StFYC Recaptures the Lipton Cup After 85 Years! 
It's been a long time coming... 85 years in fact. St. Francis Yacht Club last took home the Lipton Cup in 1929 with May-Be. Maybe, in fact chances are good, we had no idea it would be 85 years before another crew would finally break the Lipton Cup curse and reclaim that trophy.
 Posted On Monday, November 03, 2014
2014 Pumpkin Regatta: Six Races, Good Breeze 
The 2nd and 3rd NorCal regattas, also known as Pumpkin Regatta, took place at Encinal Yacht Club over two days. The event counted as two separate regattas. Set in the Oakland-Alameda estuary, this year’s Pumpkin Regatta occurred during a sunny, beautiful weekend with a perfect 5-9 knot breeze, allowing for plenty of races.
 Posted On Friday, September 19, 2014
St. Francis Yacht Club hosts free sailing excursions for Bay Area youth this weekend aboard "Seaward 
This weekend, St. Francis Yacht Club, in partnership with San Francisco Recreation & Parks, will be providing the opportunity for local youth, ages 9-16, to get out on the Bay for a free three-hour tour aboard “Seaward”...
 Posted On Saturday, August 30, 2014
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Race Day Five 
After a wild week of inflicting its fury on the 13th 18' Skiff International Regatta, San Francisco Bay got the message and greeted competitors Saturday with a modest 15 knots of summery breeze through the Golden Gate...
 Posted On Monday, August 25, 2014
StFYC Weekly Update: New Executive Chef, Leukemia Cup & More 
We are very pleased to announce that Chef Antonio Campolio will be joining our team as Executive Chef at St. Francis Yacht Club...
 Posted On Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Laser Nationals Wrap Up 
StFYC hosted the 2014 US Laser Nationals from Thursday, July 31 to Sunday, August 3. The regatta boasted 137 competitors (30 Laser Standard and 107 Laser Radials). Over five countries and 17 states, from California to Connecticut, were represented in the four day event...
 Posted On Wednesday, February 26, 2014
StFYC Hosts Rolex Yachtsman of the Year & Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Awards 
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