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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.

2017 continues to evolve as an epic racing season for St. Francis Yacht Club sailors both here on our home court and at regattas hosted by our fellow clubs. The Fall J/22 Series dates are November 5, 12, 19, 26 providing multiple opportunities to use skills acquired during the sold-out clinics during the year. One of the most eagerly anticipated and exciting races of the year is the Big Sail, Tuesday, November 14. Keep in mind festivities start at 11:00am, so be sure to get your work done early or take a day off work and register in advance! Also, know the Cruise to the Corinthian Yacht Club led by our tireless Cruise Chair Laura Rubin is the weekend of the 17th which is a great shakedown opportunity to be sure your yacht is ready for the Lighted Boat Parade in December.

We are extraordinarily proud of our exemplary Team and Match racers who have had one of the busiest and most successful sailing seasons in our ninety-year history. Please join me in congratulating Team Captain Mateo Vargas for leading his excellent team to victory in the Hinman Cup. Sailors for StFYC included Oliver Toole, Kevin Laube, Yuri Namikawa, Kelly Ortel and Sammy Steele. At the time of this writing, we have the Gardiner Cup approaching against Newport Harbor Yacht Club with skippers Hecht, Svendsen, Nazzal and Andron. This is followed by the Lipton Cup where StFYC will compete in J/105s with the only boat sailed entirely by women, skippered by Nicole Breault.

Don’t get caught short without your formal wear freshly prepared as we cartwheel into the holiday season. The Commodore’s Ball is keenly foreseen by Miss Kathleen and me as literally hundreds of hours of preparation have been invested by the organizing Committee led by Alexandra Hausen. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Our social docket is rounded out with one of the most heart-filled traditions, and this is made so by the Holiday Decorating Committee which will adorn and transform our Clubhouse on the last weekend of the month to prepare us for another blowout holiday season. We very much encourage you to please dress up for all of the holidays, including Thanksgiving; the better you look, the better we all feel.

This time of year you will see letters from me reminding us of the magnificent staff we have which we all consider family. The level of care, love and service makes our Club welcoming, special and warm so please join us in showing our appreciation for the folks who make our days and evenings at the Club comfortable and delicious.

Happy Holidays!

Jim Kiriakis

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