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 Posted On Monday, January 07, 2019
USA Sweeps the Podium at the 505 Worlds 
Ninety of the top 505 sailors on the planet came together to enjoy the solid wind and warm water of Fremantle, Australia during the 2019 SAP 505 World Championships. Despite the stacked fleet with Olympic Medalists, America's Cup sailors and 10 previous World Champions, the Americans stole the show taking four of the top five places on the leaderboard. The 2019 title went to now four-time 505 World Champion Mike Martin and now two-time 505 World Champion Adam Lowry of St. Francis Yacht Club. Runner-up was the team of two-time previous World Champions Mike Holt from Santa Cruz, CA and Carl Smit from Annapolis, MD. Finishing off the podium was the team of Parker Shinn and Eric Anderson, both from San Francisco.
 Posted On Monday, December 10, 2018
Members Receive Top Honors at PICYA Awards  
St. Francis members Tom Ehman and Ron Young were honored at the PICYA’s 53rd Annual Awards Dinner at the Encinal Yacht Club on Monday, November 5, 2018.
 Posted On Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Paula LeRoy – a Grand Dame of StFYC  
We've lost a Grand Dame of St. Francis Yacht Club with the passing of Paula LeRoy. Paula was the dynamic “Commodora” of StFYC in 1992 alongside her beloved husband and soulmate Bill during his tenure as Commodore. In 1993, Paula was honored as StFYC Yachtswoman of the Year.
 Posted On Tuesday, November 27, 2018
The Party Planners 
Behind the Scenes with the Entertainment Committee As we roll into the holiday season, there’s no better time to check in with your Entertainment Committee.
 Posted On Friday, November 09, 2018
What's the Story with Your Boat's Name? 
Some sterns just beg the question: what's the story with your boat's name? Our Commodore and a few members share their tales.
'Tis the Season for Champagne 
The holidays are nearly upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with great champagne? We thought this to be the perfect time to remind you of some of the wonderful champagnes we have at the Club, including some exciting new opportunities coming this month!
 Posted On Friday, October 26, 2018
Yes, Sailing Heals 
It’s a piece of cake to recruit boats and skippers for that day each year when we host cancer patients and caregivers, and there’s a reason for that – everyone has been touched by cancer. We are touched in turn by those who come to us for a few hours of peace and forgetfulness, removed from the grind of chemo and radiotherapy. It took our Joan Burleigh a while to coax this young mother (Stage 4) out of the shelter of the dodger, but it was worth it.
 Posted On Monday, September 17, 2018
Class Winners and Dock Cred Determined at Rolex Big Boat Series 
Bright sunshine, steady breeze and flat seas greeted the 76 teams for the final day of racing at the 54th edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series (September 12-16, 2018), hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. The race committee announced a 15-minute postponement on both the Alcatraz and Treasure Island race courses to allow the breeze to consolidate and—given the flood-tide cycle that the racers have been enjoying all week—the water to flatten-out prior to the day’s single long-form Bay Tour race. This traditional final-day course selection allowed all seven competing classes to finish this no-drop series directly in front of StFYC’s Race Deck, giving onshore spectators a fantastic view, their cheering audible from the water as winning sailors crossed the finish line in one of the sailing world’s greatest natural amphitheaters.
 Posted On Saturday, September 15, 2018
Dueling Day 3 of Rolex Big Boat Series 
Strong airs and freshening white caps greeted the third day of racing at the 54th edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Long uphill bashes in three to four-foot seas and 20 knots, gusting higher, were rewarded with blistering downwind runs and adrenaline-saturated kite rides juiced by a flooding tide.
 Posted On Friday, September 14, 2018
Long Beats and Fast Runs at the Rolex Big Boat Series 
What goes up must come down, but the flat, fast conditions that greeted sailors at Day One of the 54th edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California (September 12-16, 2018), continued on Day Two, following a short postponement to let the breeze gather. But once the starting guns began sounding, racers were rewarded for their pre-racing patience by a flood tide and 10 to 15 knots that built all day. The net result of westerly wind cooperating with tide was long beats juxtaposed with blistering runs, bow spray and big grins aboard the boats that gathered on San Francisco Bay to contest the West Coast’s most prestigious regatta.
 Posted On Thursday, September 13, 2018
Flat And Fast Conditions At The Rolex Big Boat Series  
It’s not often that Mother Nature’s agenda perfectly aligns with a regatta’s racing schedule, but that’s exactly what unfurled for the first day of racing in the St. Francis Yacht Club’s 54th annual Rolex Big Boat Series (September 12-16, 2018). The 76 participating teams hoisted sail in 12-15 knot breezes and flat seas for their first race of the West Coast’s most prestigious regatta. Warm sunshine and a flooding tide ensured that the good times only compounded as the day unfurled and the breeze slowly but consistently built, eventually just knocking the tops off the waves to punctuate San Francisco Bay with sporadic white caps.
 Posted On Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Preparation is About to Pay Dividends at the Rolex Big Boat Series 
In sailing, as in life, most important contests are won and lost in the days and weeks preceding the starting guns, and the St. Francis Yacht Club’s 54th annual Rolex Big Boat Series (September 12-16, 2018) is no exception. All 76 teams that have assembled ahead of the West Coast’s toughest regatta understand that winning on San Francisco Bay requires absolute top form given the impressive levels of competition, sailing talent, and tightly choreographed teamwork that will be on display once racing commences. For many of the competing teams, this internationally recognized and respected Grand Prix event is the pinnacle of their sailing season and serves as a high-octane finale that’s typically punctuated by ample breeze, challenging tides and currents, world-class racecourse management, and engaging, family-friendly evening entertainment.
 Posted On Monday, September 03, 2018
StFYC One Ups Royal Yacht Squadron 
A team representing St. Francis Yacht Club recently traveled to Cowes, England, to test their skills against the Royal Yacht Squadron across numerous disciplines, including fleet racing, 2v2 and 3v3 team racing. Led by Team Captain Sally Mace, skippers included Mace, Nicholas Dugdale and Domenic Bove, with crew Claire Dennis, Brandon Paine, McKenzie Wilson, Max Rohr, Cassidy Lynch and Sammy Steele. After three days of exciting competition, StFYC won by a single point after 21 scored races.
 Posted On Tuesday, August 28, 2018
The Future of Olympic Sailing is at StFYC this Weekend 
If you’re on the city front this weekend, you will see Laser Radials and Nacra 15s on the water, and you should know this is something special. It’s a clinic of ODP—the Olympic Development Program—dropping in on St. Francis Yacht Club. Four years ago, donations from StFYC members jumpstarted Project Pipeline, combining the talent development of regional youth programs with Olympic-level coaching from the U.S. National Team. What you’re seeing this weekend on our city front course is boots on the ground for Project Pipeline.
 Posted On Monday, August 27, 2018
Nicole Breault Wins Third U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship 
Nicole Breault (San Francisco, Calif.) ran the table at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club, August 24-26. Without a single loss, Breault and her St. Francis Yacht Club (StFYC) crew of Molly Carapiet (San Francisco, Calif.), Hannah Burroughs (San Francisco, Calif.) and Karen Loutzenheiser (Santa Cruz, Calif.) successfully defended their 2016 title.
 Posted On Friday, August 24, 2018
Buoys Back in Business 
For several months, two popular San Francisco Bay buoys often used as racing marks have been high and dry, sitting next to the Club’s Mark Shed. They're afloat once more thanks to some assistance from the US Army Corps of Engineers.
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