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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.

How long have you been a member of StFYC and why did you join?
I joined in 2011. Ten years of racing out of and socializing at StFYC motivated me to get involved, since I wanted to experience and to share StFYC as a member.

How did you become involved in sailing?
I was exposed to dinghy sailing as a camper, and later, as a camp Waterfront Director. While my untrained ventures resulted in good “turtle” stories, at that time, sailing seemed better suited to others. When I moved to SF for grad school, I sought to fill the team sport gap left empty by years of rowing, and this led to an interest in keelboats. Work colleagues, including my StFYC sponsor Bob Izmirian, invited me to join a beer can race aboard Bob’s Olson 911S, Jane Doe. Seventeen years later, I am forever grateful for that introduction to the sport that became a passion that led to many friendships, life lessons and sweet rides. 

What has been your most memorable sailing experience?
Discovering that racing is the ultimate harmonizer. During the heart of the dot com boom, while aboard as the youngest crew member and without having yet passed the Bar exam, I raced with a lawyer, a surgeon, a roofer, a carpet layer, and an executive assistant. I realized that no one cared about age, money, professions, or politics—we just cared about sailing. 

Okay, and winning Rolex Big Boat Series with great friends while outfitted in the most hideous team uniform known to humankind was pretty memorable, too.

Do you have a sailing role model?
Every sailor—newbie or veteran—who makes an effort to share their knowledge and passion for the sport with anyone interested in learning.

What eacing plans do you have for the future?
More of the same, if I’m lucky! That includes recreational sailing, racing (my current ride is Bartz Schneider’s Expeditious), chartering the Club’s J/22s and increasing volunteer efforts with Race Committee. 

Describe sailing in one word.

Tell us about your involvement at the Club. What is your hope for the Club?
I’ve been fortunate to be involved with Membership Development, Marketing, Women’s Committee / Fashion Show, Bylaws, Rules & Regs, and as the Asst. Secretary on the Board of Directors. Currently, as the Chair of our Membership Committee, I have the gift of helping to meet, screen, and welcome new members into the club, in the company of a great team. 

Looking forward, I’m honored to have been nominated to be a Director beginning in 2018, and I hope that, as a membership, we continue to invest in our cultural and fiscal future by sponsoring quality members into our midst. This has a positive impact on the Club as a whole, and it pretty much guarantees that the person sitting next to us at the bar may become a new, like-minded friend.

When you are not sailing, what are you doing?
Volunteering, sharing good eats and wine, hiking, skiing, adventuring, reading and working plenty.  

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