By Laura Rubin, 2017 Cruisers' Group Chair
What a year 2017 was for the StFYC Cruisers' Group! We enjoyed some favorite destinations and explored some new ones. We started our year cruising into Sausalito where we stayed at Schoonmaker Marina in Richardson’s Bay. We toured the building of the educational tall ship S/V Matthew Turner and had a dock-tail party and a great time.
In April, we enjoyed a weekend on the moorings in Angel Island’s Ayala Cove. As is tradition, we had a progressive boat dinner visiting each other by tender, followed by a grand BBQ on Saturday with oysters. If you haven’t joined the Cruisers for this fun annual event, I highly recommend you try it next year; the Ferry runs from both SF and Tiburon!
In August, we introduced a “Poker Run” that took off from our beloved Tinsley Island. This allowed many members to participate as we all took our ski boats out for a day of cruising on the Delta, sharing jokes, drinks, and dinner at Stockton Yacht Club. As the summer winds died down, we planned to cruise up to Napa, but Mother Nature thought differently. Thwarted by the devastating wildfires, we instead did a “pop-up” cruise into the Club; at least we were all safe and together!
In November, we cruised into Corinthian Yacht Club and ended with our annual “Homeport Cruise-In” weekend to the Club. The weekend started with a cocktail party at Jack & Irene Kaus's home. On Saturday we gathered on the docks and enjoyed a tour of the Disney Museum and an art hike through the Presidio, followed by our awards ceremony and dinner dance.
In between our cruise-outs we met once a month for purely social reasons. At these dinners (which are the first Thursday of every month, and can be registered for on the Club calendar!) we enjoyed various guest speakers and cruise presenters, as well as live performances by the Killer Bee’s and Stephanie Teele!
It’s hard to believe 2017 has wound down. I look forward to an exciting cruise year in 2018! If you would like to join us or share a cruising experience with others who love to cruise, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for new ideas, and new destinations, and new friends!
The Launch of the Seamanship Series
With the pretty views and the scrumptious food at our Club, it’s sometimes hard to remember that we’re the St. Francis YACHT Club and not just one of the better restaurants in the City. I think that’s what Commodore Kiriakis wanted to remind us of when he started his year with the goal of “getting more members out on the water.” "Yacht"-ing is our middle name, after all.
The Commodore asked us to build on the existing schedule of Race Committee classes with classes that could be of interest to members who cruise. Thus was born the Seamanship Subcommittee. We found a home in the Club structure under the wings of Laura & Bruce Rubin of the Cruisers’ Group, and off we went.
This year, we hosted three free classes: Safety Flares and Smoke (lots and lots of smoke!), Suddenly in Command (“I told you not to go swimming!”), and Man Overboard (“How do we get you back aboard now?”)
Looking ahead to 2018, we might present even more with courses in, say, Charting and Navigation, Lights and Sounds, Weather, Basic Diesel Maintenance. Who knows what the following year will bring? We might even add a class on Radios and SSBs, and shoot some more flares off again.
My thanks to the Subcommittee, and to those who attended one or more of the classes. I hope you found the experiences worthwhile.