Wednesday Yachting Luncheons

The Wednesday Yachting Luncheons continue a 51-year tradition of relevant topics, friendly fun, and good food in a relaxed, informal setting.

The buffet lunch service begins at 11:45am. The program begins at 12:30pm sharp. Presentations and Q&A usually wrap up by 1:30pm and guest speakers often linger for conversation with our knowledgeable audience. All members of recognized yacht clubs are welcome at the Wednesday Yachting Luncheon. First-time guests are asked to please visit our Front Desk for a guest card and a smile. We hope you enjoy our luncheon fare, fabulous view and sailor’s hospitality.

Do you have a great idea for a guest speaker? Please contact Wednesday Yachting Luncheon chairman Ron Young at

Learn about the origins of StFYC's Yachting Luncheons HERE


January 24: The Life, Times, Care and Feeding of Peace-time Drones
Anthony Scopazzi, Photographer, Videographer, Young Chef and Budding Drone Pilot
As they have become easier to use and less expensive, drones are ever more popular among photo and video professionals. At age 20, Anthony has been making and editing short films for six years and using drones for the last four. He will review the many benefits, limitations, laws and regulations associated with drone-assisted photography over and around San Francisco Bay. He will demonstrate two video-equipped drones and discuss their operation, maintenance requirements and insatiable appetite for batteries. To support his passion for drones and photography, Anthony works as a Chef and First Mate on Five Stars Yacht and All Seasons Catering. He is looking forward to attending Cal Maritime Academy in 2018 and starting his maritime career.

January 31: The Fascinating Return of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises to the Bay
Bill Keener, Marine Biologist, Golden Gate Cetacean Research, Former Exec. Dir. Marine Mammal Center
The improved health of San Francisco Bay has given three species of marine mammals the chance to thrive in our waters: humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins and harbor porpoises. During the past two summers, an unexpected influx of humpback whales swam through the Golden Gate and began feeding in the Bay. Around the same time, bottlenose dolphins expanded their range from Southern California to become residents along the shores of San Francisco and harbor porpoises returned to the Bay after an absence of 65 years. Here’s your chance to learn from a scientific authority about the lives of great whales, the difference between porpoises and dolphins and the best times and places to see our fascinating new neighbors.

February 7: The Challenges Facing the New Chair of the Federal Reserve System
Robert Heller, Former Governor of the Federal Reserve System, CEO of VISA, Yachtsman, Author 
Bob’s impressive career includes serving as a Professor of Economics at UCLA, Chief of the Financial Studies Division of the International Monetary Fund, SVP and Director of International Economics at Bank of America. President Reagan appointed him to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, where he served alongside chairmen Volcker and Greenspan. Subsequently, he became CEO of VISA USA, a board member of VISA International, and Chairman of Marin General Hospital. Author of seven books on international economics and finance, including his autobiography, The Unlikely Governor, Bob provides frequent commentary on CNBC. He is a Staff Commodore of The San Francisco Yacht Club.

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