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From the Commodore: Off to the Races
“Our Club is on an upwind beat as we begin our sail into 2018. January and February were abuzz with meetings, planning, and brainstorm sessions during which your club’s leadership charted a course for the year ahead. Now, as we tack into March, it’s exciting to see all of our planning come to fruition.”

Our Club is on an upwind beat as we begin our sail into 2018. January and February were abuzz with meetings, planning, and brainstorm sessions during which your club’s leadership charted a course for the year ahead. Those months were essential to our success and I’m proud of the tactical planning and hours of dedicated service put in by so many members. Now, as we tack into March, it’s exciting to see all of our planning come to fruition. In a way, March marks the start of “busy season” at the Club, when the breeze fills in and the speed of events picks up—we’re all getting ready!

At the San Francisco Clubhouse, the Wednesday Yachting Luncheons, chaired by Ron Young (1968), began streaming live on Facebook. You can view an archived library there or at stfyc.com // Events // Wednesday Yachting Luncheon. The Mother Son Dinner Dance welcomed a multitude of superheroes and super-Moms. The festive Bourbon and Bluegrass event drew a big crowd. We had an energetic Super Bowl party to cheer on the Eagles and Patriots and Valentine’s Day in the Main Dining Room was a well-attended and lovely affair. It was also my daughter Odette and my first Valentine’s Day date together! Our Entertainment committee, co-chaired by Kirsten Nusser (2009) and Martha Peterson, is ready to launch this year’s Wednesday Live program and we’re all looking forward to the St. Francis Sailing Foundation Auction on March 20, chaired by Michelle Harris (2011).

On the race side, the February 24th Race Committee Kick-Off was fully subscribed and our Race Office is preparing for a busy roster of powerboat training courses available throughout March. Regatta season also kicks off this month and we are looking forward to hosting the California Dreamin’ Series (March 10-11), the J/22 Spring Series (begins March 14), Spring One Design (March 17-18) and Spring Dinghy (March 24-25). Walloping Swede’s first regatta of 2018 is Spring One Design and I look forward to seeing many of you on the starting line.

On the water, StFYC is well represented by our members, and racing across the country! Already this year, our members have raced under the burgee in Florida and California. Craig Healy (1976) and Shawn Bennett (1997) skippered in the Master Driver Team Race in St. Petersburg. Nicole Breault (2011) won the California Dreamin’ regatta in San Diego. Paul Cayard (1976) is competing in the international Star Midwinter Series in Miami—he won the first regatta and placed second in the second regatta. 

The Cruisers Group, chaired by Laura & Bruce Rubin (2013), was hosted by the Marin Yacht Club on February 16-18, coordinated by Laura & Bruce. The South Beach Yacht Club will host the next cruise-in on March 9-10, coordinated by Doug & Tamara Thorne (2005). The Cruisers have a long list of cruises scheduled for the year, so make sure to join in, either by land or by sea.

At Tinsley, we are ready to begin our Toiler season this month! Our first official Tinsley summer event is the Memorial Day Cruise (for grown-ups only), chaired by Peter & Peggy Noonan (1979). Greg Wettersten (2001) is chairing this year’s Tinsley committee, and Ross McDonald (2007) is our Tinsley Port Captain. The entire Tinsley Committee is busy working to prepare our island oasis for summer, which will be here before you know it.

When we started this year, one of the goals we set forth was communication and transparency. To that end, I am pleased to introduce a new monthly publication that will be available to the membership: The Board Report. This two-page document will come to you via the Current each month and will also be available at

stfyc.com // Membership // Membership Resources. The Board Report will provide you with high-level updates from the Club’s Committees, or at least those with updates to share that month. It will also include a link to the Board Resolutions and decisions from the Board of Directors meetings. My hope is that this will be a first step in engaging the membership on a deeper communicative level. Thank you to Assistant Secretary Susan Ruhne (1996) for spearheading this important project.

I look forward to seeing you at the Club, toiling, and on the water!

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