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 Posted On Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Eat Up, Drink Up and Enjoy! 
Plenty is in motion at your Club this spring. The Bay is alive and active with sailing, kiting and windsurfing and whether you're living your passion on the water or watching in awe from shore, every spring day is made better when you finish it with a meal at your Club. Your Dining Committee has several exciting updates to share.
Final Day: Consistency on Display at Hydrofoil Pro Tour 
The fourth and final day of the 2018 Hydrofoil Pro Tour at the St. Francis Yacht Club enjoyed stellar conditions with ample sun, wind and competition as the top ten racers hung tight for three heats up and down the course. After grinding and pushing hard for three days all looked to gain a position or two – and some did.
 Posted On Saturday, June 09, 2018
StFYC Boats 1st and 2nd in Cal Offshore 
Congratulations to two StFYC boats with outstanding performances in the California Offshore Race Week. In the Santa Cruz 50/52 division, Dave MacEwan’s SC52 Lucky Duck took First Place Overall, as well as First in Division. Bill Helvestine’s SC50 Deception placed Second in Division and Third Overall, and radio-assisted a distressed boat that lead to a Coast Guard Medevac.
Neck and Neck Then Miles Apart for Day 3 of Hydrofoil Pro Tour 
It was absolutely neck and neck for three heats of course racing on Day Three of the 2018 Hydrofoil Pro Tour at St. Francis Yacht Club. Racing commenced at 11am in stellar sunny conditions with winds gusting as high as 36 knots, but dropping into the 20s for The SF Bay Challenge – the Tour’s fourth heat of the day with additional kitefoiling and foiling windsurfer competitors.
 Posted On Friday, June 08, 2018
Gnarly Conditions for Day 2 of Hydrofoil Pro Tour 
Gnarly conditions. Epic racing. San Francisco delivered and more for the second day of the 2018 Hydrofoil Pro Tour at the St. Francis Yacht Club. Sunny skies and 20-knot winds blessed the first heats of the day and gave competitors their most satisfying rides. Heat one blasted off with France’s Nico Parlier (Ozone, Lynch & Associates, The Black Dog, Julbo) rounding the first weather mark and exploding, losing about ten places. He fought back and managed a second in the heat to Guy Bridge (Flysurfer, Mike’s Lab) -- an incredible comeback in tough conditions. “It was very hard. I had a nice little lead and I hit something and crashed,” Parlier explained, noting that something went awry for him in all four races today, preventing him from taking any firsts after yesterday’s five bullets.
 Posted On Thursday, June 07, 2018
Lipton Cup Lives! 
And everyone’s invited to watch, to cheer and to party. That’s the intention of the Bay sailing brain trust that schemed up the revival of an elegant and historic cup that’s been buried by dust in recent years.
An Olympic Launch at FAST 
What does it mean to have an Olympic Development Program running this week through Saturday at Treasure Island’s Facility for Advanced Sailing and Technology? It means this is real – the first Olympic-related event at FAST, the new US Olympic Sailing headquarters. US Olympic Sailing Chief Malcolm Page is now in residence, and Paige Railey, Caleb Paine and Charlie Buckingham are among the Olympic veterans mixing it up with and setting the bar high for young Olympic Development Program hopefuls.
Fast First Day for Hydrofoil Pro Tour 
Boooom! The horn blasted through the ripping winds on the sunny San Francisco Bay today to start the 2018 Hydrofoil Pro Tour kite racing event hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Fifty of the world’s fastest racers, hailing from 16 different countries, silently took to their foils as they crossed the starting line, their kites powering forward in winds gusting in the low to mid 20-knots. A flood tide smoothed the water for the racers as they flew around the course as if dancing above the water. Two laps around the windward/leeward course showcased the incredible speeds and skills of these racers as they negotiated choppy Bay boat traffic and winds gusting into the thirties as the afternoon progressed. Kites looped through the air as the riders rounded the weather mark and powered up for incredible downwind runs hitting speeds over forty knots. The hydrofoils silently sliced through the water, leaving almost no wake, and competition for the lead was neck and neck.
 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.
Hydrofoil Pro Tour Ready to Rip at St. Francis Yacht Club 
The skies and waters of San Francisco Bay will be ablaze with the kites of 50 of the top hydrofoiling kiteboarders June 6-10, 2018, for the Hydrofoil Pro Tour hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club. “Kitesurfing has just been voted into the 2024 Olympics so the sport is only on the rise,” said StFYC’s Event Chair Seth Besse. “We can expect more of this stuff to come.”
 Posted On Tuesday, May 29, 2018
High Winds Push I-14s to their Limits at U.S. Nationals 
Twelve I-14 competitors, nearly all hailing from less breezy regions than the San Francisco Cityfront, faced three days of high winds against strong ebb tides, making just finishing a round a victory in the 2018 U.S. I-14 Nationals, held over Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28, at St. Francis Yacht Club.
 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 Monday, May 21, 2018
StFYC’s Nicole Breault Wins US Match Racing Championship Qualifier 
It was a weekend of high winds and high wins for St. Francis Yacht Club’s Nicole Breault, who won six out of seven matches at the US Match Racing Championship Qualifier at the St. Francis Yacht Club on May 19-20, 2018. Breault will advance to the US Match Racing Championship in Chicago this October.
 Posted On Thursday, May 17, 2018
Pac52 class returns with fire and numbers to the 2018 Rolex Big Boat Series 
While the St. Francis Yacht Club’s annual Rolex Big Boat Series has been offering the West Coast’s most competitive fleet racing since 1964, a highlight of the 2017 regatta was the sight of five brand-new Pac52s tearing around San Francisco Bay at speeds well north of 20 knots. Given the superb sailing conditions that the Pac52 class enjoyed during their inaugural Rolex Big Boat Series, it’s not surprising that this West Coast-bred Grand Prix class plans to return to this year’s regatta (September 12-16) with additional numbers on their starting line and with added incentive to sail fast.
The Need for Speed Fulfilled 
We’ve told you before, kids just wanna have fun and go fast. Define fast? This photo of a youth-generation catamaran—shot during the Nacra 15 Clinic on May 12-13, 2018 —could get that conversation rolling. Cool things are happening on the San Francisco city front.
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