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 Posted On Friday, June 01, 2018
Yachts of the St. Francis  
In this month’s issue, we publish our annual ode to “History & Tradition”, a topic many of our members hold dear. Club Curator R.C. Keefe has published a series of articles over the past few Mainsheets, chronicling some of our most storied yachts. Learn more about the sailboats, and the sailors, who were around at the beginning of our fine Club.
Rich Traditions & Fiscal Update 
“In Board meetings this year, I have been impressed with the dedication of each member of the Board to rise above their particular interests and truly represent the best interests of our club. Over the Club’s 91 years, Boards have confronted significant issues and this year’s Board is no different. But, with these issues calmed, we have shifted our focus to looking longer term.”
What’s Your St. Francis Story?  
“We all have our St. Francis Story—the reason you joined, the small-world connection you discovered at the bar. I’ve learned that our membership family is constantly evolving and it’s fun to consider how the St. Francis stories of today will become the history of tomorrow.”
The Future of Preserving Our Past  
“It is quite the experience to have an office nestled in the middle of a 91-year-old museum. The history and traditions of the St. Francis Yacht Club have always been a treasure of its membership. So, how do we keep track of all of our historical artifacts? And, when space gets tight, how do we prioritize and protect it?”
Meet the Staff: Waterfront Director Chase Bargemann  
Chase Bargemann has been working at the St. Francis Yacht Club for several years in a wide variety of positions, ranging from events to food & beverage to, finally, his true passion—the docks. Now, he has been promoted to Waterfront Director. Learn about Chase’s passion for surfing, his soft spot for Australia and his secret past as a lean, mean, basketball stud.
 Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2018
Flying Waszps 
I was three months old when my father took me on a boat for the first time; in the 14 years since then I have been sailing every opportunity I get. Recently, that included one of the most awesome one design foilers in development, at the 2018 Waszp Atlantic Coast Championships on the weekend of May 19-20.
 Posted On Tuesday, May 22, 2018
“It Blew The Dogs off their Chains” 
To say it was windy would be an understatement: It blew the dogs off their chains on the evening of Friday, May 18, for the first St. Francis Yacht Club Friday Slalom Series Race. Twelve windsurfers braved the conditions, rigging up anywhere between a 5.8 and 8.6 sail for the building ebb and 20-35 knots of breeze.
 Posted On Thursday, May 17, 2018
St. Francis Yacht Club to Host US Match Racing Qualifier 
On May 19-20, 2018, match racers from throughout the US will be tested by San Francisco Bay conditions in the US Match Race Championship Qualifier at the St. Francis Yacht Club. Eight skippers will be competing for a spot at the US Match Racing Championship, hosted by Chicago Yacht Club on October 19-20.
 Posted On Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Another Successful Women’s Clinic  
The second running of the StFYC Women’s Spring Sailing Course took place on Tuesdays, March 6 to April 17. Sixteen participants received lessons in the fundamentals of sailing and introductory level racing, specific to J/22s and our Cityfront waters. Nineteen qualified volunteer member coaches devoted time to the program, coordinated by lead coach, Nicole Breault.
 Posted On Monday, April 16, 2018
A Celebration of Two Great Clubs 
Congratulations to The San Francisco Yacht Club for winning the 2018 San Francisco Cup. And congratulations to both clubs for a weekend of winning moments high in spirits, long on camaraderie and infused with drama. Could Hollywood produce a hotter script than two days of racing decided in the final seconds of the final race of the final flight?
 Posted On Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Preparing to host the ICOYC World Forum 
The St. Francis Yacht club, supported by The San Francisco Yacht Club, is honored to be hosting the 2018 World Forum of the International Council of Yacht Clubs. The mission of the Council is “Leading Yacht Clubs, Working Together, Sharing Experience” and the group holds a biennial conference to learn from one another with the intention of improving the membership experience at all Member Clubs.
 Posted On Monday, April 09, 2018
Come Cheer Your Team: SF Cup Match Racing this Weekend 
An annual match-race rivalry with our parent club across the river, the San Francisco Cup has more than half a century’s worth of tradition to drive it. With a lot of pride on both sides of that “river,” StFYC is the 2018 Defender and this coming Saturday and Sunday we have three sets of quality match races on the city front for your viewing pleasure. In the Open Division, Women’s national champion Nicole Breault skippers the family J/105, Arbitrage; she’s also been the all-time coach and trainer, working up our Women’s Division Skipper Evan Cahill and our Youth Division Skipper Mats Keldsen in J/22s.
 Posted On Thursday, April 05, 2018
US Olympic Sailing Team Moves to San Francisco Bay 
FAST USA, the Facility for Advanced Sailing and Technology, will soon headquarter America’s Olympic sailors on San Francisco Bay, a game-changing development that was spearheaded by your St. Francis Sailing Foundation. Long a supporter of the community outreach activities at Treasure Island Sailing Center (TISC) the Foundation has now entered a three-way partnership with TISC and with US Sailing. The result is FAST. FAST will elevate every aspect of TISC while the US Olympic Sailing Team gains a flagship training base of unprecedented scope and technological sophistication.
 Posted On Monday, April 02, 2018
From Chairman McLaughlin: Shore Operations 
In this month’s column, Chairman of the Board Mark McLaughlin reports on a variety of recent Board activity including a strategic session in which your Directors explored new revenue opportunities, a financial wrap-up of the first fiscal quarter of 2018, and positive news regarding upticks in members' utilization.
From COO/GM Paul Koojoolian: Setting a High Bar 
On March 5, your Club welcomed 1,700 club managers for the annual Club Managers’ of America networking event. In Paul’s column this month, he shares some stories about this great success, offering kudos to the talented staff and thank yous to the enthusiastic member ambassadors. Plus, he provides a few staffing updates.
StFYC’s Match Racing Game is Strong in 2018 
Over the past few years, StFYC has been upping its game in the realm of match racing. As we launch into the sailing season, the match race line-up is strong. The two headliner events will be the US Women’s Match Racing Championship (August 24–26) and the World Sailing Nations Cup Grand Final (October 10-14), surrounded by a bevy of other match race activity.
The Grand Experiment: Shifts in StFYC Youth Sailing 
Back in 2017, the StFYC Junior Committee altered the course of our youth sailing program with one simple goal: create a path for Juniors to become active lifelong sailors. One quarter into the “Experiment”, we’ve got more kids sailing on a wider variety of boats than ever before. So did we get our hypothesis right?
From Commodore Brandner: Rounding the Windward Mark 
“One recent night at the Club, I stepped outside the Grill Room for some fresh air. I was admiring the unseasonably thick fog when…who has time to admire the fog? It’s April at the St. Francis! We’re setting our kites for a downwind run as everything kicks off: the racing season, Club events, Tinsley Toilers and active committee work.”
 Posted On Thursday, March 01, 2018
Photos: A 29er Clinic for Opti Sailors 
What happens when you take teenage Nacra sailors and put them in a 29er with Opti sailors? As one onlooker put it: “A relentless gigglefest.” Our StFYC Race Team did just that last month during a go-fast sailing clinic. Check out some great photos here.
What’s Coming up in Seamanship? 
Following a very successful launch of the Seamanship Seminar Series in 2018, our Seamanship guru, Capt. Christopher Hanson, is back! Read about plans to offer more great free seminars to members.
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