Mark your calendars for StFYC’s on-water education and activities in the coming year!
Welcome to another active year at the St. Francis Yacht Club! In 2018, your Club will focus on powerboat education, intraclub racing and championship regattas, maintaining a well-rounded and active schedule. Here is what you need to know to get involved.
Brush up on Your Boating Skills
As of January 1, 2018, California law will begin to require all boat-operators to carry a California Boater Card or risk getting fined. This new law will be phased in over eight years beginning in 2018 with all persons under 20 and expanding in 2019 to everyone under 25. Here at the Yacht Club, we have put together two courses to equip you with the tools you’ll need to acquire your card. More information can be found at boat-ed.com/california/.
Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling + Safety and Rescue
Instructors: Ian McClelland, Forest Gay, Jenn Lancaster
This course is for anyone who has taken a classroom boating course but wishes to improve boathandling skills and safety. Students will be expected to study outside of the classroom and to pass a written exam covering equipment requirements, rules of the road, aids to navigations, safety and more. This course focuses on hands-on application of skills, consequently it does not meet requirements for the California Boater Card. After passing this course, students will receive their US Sailing/US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certificate and their Powerboating Safety and Rescue Boat Handling Certificate. They will be equipped to take the Boater Card test on their own.
Skills: Boat rescues, towing, Williamson turn, steering a range in/outbound, intercepting & maintaining position with moving vessel, use of bearings, GPS
Under-25 Safe Powerboat Handling
Instructors: Brent Harrill, Chase Bargemann, Jenn Lancaster
This 16-hour on-the-water course is for anyone under 25 looking to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve boathandling skills. No previous experience required. After passing this course, students will earn their US Sailing/US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certificate (NASBLA Approved) and attain their CA Boater Card.
Skills: Docking, close-quarters maneuvering, MOB recovery, high-speed turns & stops, VHF radio comms, trip checklists, rules of the road, aids to navigation, emergency procedures
Jump Aboard a J/22
The StFYC has a fleet of ten equally matched J/22s available for members to charter at specific events. Here are some of 2018’s J/22 regattas:
Three Bridge Fiasco
A San Francisco Classic! The course is defined by the Golden Gate, Richmond and Bay Bridges and racers must sail to each to finish. Organized by the Singlehanded Sailing Society, this regatta is the largest shorthanded race in the country. Register through the SSS and reserve a J/22 at stfyc.com. If you intend to compete in the PHRF division (in addition to the J/22 Class), you will need to acquire your own PHRF certificate through YRA.
StFYC Spring Series
March 14, 21, 28 & April 4, 11, 18
This mid-week intraclub series offers one-design buoy racing in front of the Club. New this year is the addition of the J/70s, and we hope to see even more members on the water! J/22s charters are popular, so keep in mind that registration often fills up within the first 48 hours. The Notice of Race is available online and registration will open on February 7 at noon.
Spring One Design
We are looking to get a full fleet of J/22s on the line to kick of the 2018 season strong. The Notice of Race is available online and registration is open.
One of our biggest regattas of the year—charter a J/22 to join in the action. Online registration is open and the NOR has been posted.
The Biggest Regattas of 2018
5O5 North American Championship
Regatta Chair: Mike Martin
With several of our members campaigning 5O5s and ranked amongst the best in the world, StFYC is excited to bring 5O5 racing to the City Front with the 5O5 North American Championship. Expect to see 30–40 boats racing hard right in front of the Club.
Laser Master North American Championship
Regatta Chair: Tracy Usher
This epic regatta is returning to San Francisco Bay, along with the always-popular Laser Slalom. Last year the event was held at the Buffalo Canoe Club in Ontario, Canada, and attracted 59 Lasers and 23 Laser Radials. Just prior to the event, StFYC will host the Laser Slalom, last held in 2011.
US Women’s Match Racing Championship
Regatta Chair: Bruce Stone
First held in 1974, the US Women’s Open Championship laid the groundwork for what is now the US Women’s Match Racing Championship. StFYC member Nicole Breault won the championship in 2016, and will be out to defend her title.
Rolex Big Boat Series
Chair: Susan Ruhne
Now in its 54th edition, the Rolex Big Boat Series is known as the premiere West Coast regatta. We intend to keep it that way by offering the best in Bay racing and shoreside hospitality over four spectacular days. There have been around 100 boats competing in recent years, and we encourage members to enter. There are also dozens of Race Committee opportunities, so stay tuned.
World Sailing Nations Cup Match Race
Regatta Chair: Bruce Stone
We are pleased to be hosting our first-ever World Sailing sanctioned event. The inaugural 1991 Nation’s Cup had six countries competing, with USA’s Ed Baird taking home the gold. Held every 2-3 years, StFYC’s Russ Silvestri and Nicole Breault represented the USA in 2015 in Vladivostok, Russia among nine other countries. Breault won the women’s division and Silvestri finished 4th in the open division.
House a Sailor!
Throughout 2018, many of our biggest regattas will bring hundreds of visiting sailors to town. Opening our homes to visiting competitors is unique to the sailing world, and it’s a tradition we’re proud to continue. To house a sailor, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.