Fall Meeting & Winners Dinner
Oakland Yacht Club
November 5, 2011

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For the main event, we had 61 folks representing 29 boats show up for the Fall Meeting & Winners' Dinner at Oakland YC. They came to exchange greetings, nibble on goodies, and generally have an enjoyable and relaxed time. The list is shown below.


Boat Owner Crew
4 R Sanity Roger & Linda McClellan
Because Tim & Ian Shea
Brigid Anna Stewart (Corky was away)
Califia Tim Bussiek
Cassiopeia Kit Wiegman & Naomi Wortis Delightful 4 year old Yvonne!
Celebration Ken & Miriam Rappolt
Diana Lou & Diane Zevanov
Everyday Gail & Mervin Giacomini
Falcon Bruce & Donna Hallberg
Freedom Won John & Nanci Melton
Irish Rogue Gary Connors
Kindred Spirits Don & Barbara Henderson
Luna Sea Dan Knox & Myphi Alloy Steve & Lisa Corwin, Anne-Marie Lebas
Jean-Pierre Voortman
Nantucket Richard & Gina Doyle
Natural High Dennis & Judy Bush
Orion Ray Duran & Barb Carpenter
Pacific High Michele Williams & Matt George
Paradesia Rick Vulliet
Pegasus Robert Aston & Mary Gleim
Serenity Eric Mueller Nancy O'Malley
Snowflower Skipper & Nancy Wall
Some Day Roy & Melinda Samuelson
Vanishing Animal Rick & Sandy Van Mell
Vitesse Tom Furlong
White Horses Rob Blenderman & Ruby Wallis Ann Thomas
Windwalker Philippe Lamy
Woodbine Ron & Karen Damsen
Zenith Art & Betsy Fowler
Zingara Steve & Jocelyn Swanson Corey Lynch, Suni Peterson, Lorraine Weiss

We joke about it, but it's quite impressive how good we all look "with clothes on." Coats, ties, and beautiful dresses were in abundance. Best of all, there was a warm and friendly spirit all evening. Racers got a chance to catch up with other crews and swap stories about skippers and cruisers.

Elaine Mendes, Oakland YC's supurb Beverage & Catering Manager, with help from John Melton, skillfully moved the whole crowd to the tables to get dinner under way. A light salad started things off, followed by the chosen entrees of Tri-Tip, Game Hen or Risotto. The excellent entrees didn't need any help, but the seasonal fruit sorbet for dessert topped it all off. And, bottles of white wine and red wine helped wash it all down.

Commodore Aston recognized Ken & Miriam Rappolt for coming the farthest to the meeting. They sail their Islander Celebration from Honolulu, Hawaii, though this time they came by plane!

Sandy Van Mell & Betsy Fowler, with lots of help from Ron & Karen Damsen, plus Nancy Wall & Nanci Melton, decorated the tables, organized registration and arranged the great big table full of Door Prizes. Each boat with a reservation had an envelope ready with individual name tags, raffle ticket stubs for each person, and an entree card to put on the table of their choice -- and tables were reserved for boats that brought their whole crew. That sure make checking in easy. The list of prizes and winners appears with the pictures of the prizes below.

Sandy Van Mell, teamed up with Myphi Alloy and Nanci Melton to hand out the Door Prizes with humor and aplomb. There were several rounds of prize offerings during the evening.

Of course there was some fun business too. The Fall Meeting is also our Winner's Dinner - time to celebrate the year's victors. The Season's Championship winner was Rich Shoenhair aboard Windwalker. Though Rich wasn't able to be present to appreciate the applause, his loyal crew of 13 years - and never missed a race - Philippe Lamy was awarded the Perpetual Crew Award. The Nationals Regatta winner was Kit Weigman aboard Cassiopeia.. The cruising Award went to Dan Knox.

The Schneider Trophy goes to an individual for outstanding contribution to the Association.

"This silver plated champagne bucket was donated to the Islander 36 Association, Fleet One, San Francisco Bay, by John R. (Russ) Schneider, a past winner of several Islander 36 championships. This champagne bucket is awarded by the Commodore with the advice of the board of directors, in recognition to one or more individuals for their continued dedication and generous support of our Islander 36 Association. This champagne bucket is to be a perpetual trophy, to be awarded annually at the Islander 36 Association fall meeting." This year Rick Van Mell of Vanishing Animal was the winner.

The main order of business, and the official purpose of the Fall Meeting, is to elect Officers for the 2012 season. Your 2012 Officers are: Commodore John Melton (Freedom Won), Vice Commodore Ray Duran (Orion), Treasurer Pat Salvo (Ophira), Secretary Myphi Alloy (Luna Sea), Measurer Lou Zevanov (Diana), & Past Commodore Robert Aston (Pegasua). Appointed positions include: Fleet Captain Dan Knox (Luna Sea), Cruise Chair Richard & Gina Doyle (Nantucket), Membership Chair Bob Knickerbocker (Woden), Newsletter Editor Bill Ray (Exit Strategy from Lake Texoma!), and Webmaster Rick Van Mell (Vanishing Animal).

So enjoy the pictures. We're looking forward to seeing all of our members for at least one function in 2012, and hopefully we'll have new members to join us as well. Our members outside the immediate Bay Area are always welcome to let us know when they are coming to town and we'll do our best to get them out on the water. This year, Ken & Miriam Rappolt (Celebration) again flew in from Hawaii, easily getting the award for most distant participant.

Now, you, your family and crew have a happy and safe holiday season. See you all next year.

Pictures by Rick Van Mell. Click on images to enlarge, click "Back" to return.

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Set up time ...
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coming together ...
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almost ready ...
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Karen & Ron
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John & Nanci
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Judy & Dennis
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looking pretty ...
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We are ready ...
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Welcome aboard!
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Don & Skipper
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Art & Bruce
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Donna & Nancy
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John, Tom & Gary
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Dennis & Karen
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Zingara crew
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Miriam & Ken
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Lorraine & Dan
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Mary & Robert
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Naomi, Yvonne & Kit
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Bruce, Donna & Melinda
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Lisa, Myphi & Steve
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Girl talk
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Matt & Michele
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Rob, Ann & John
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Art, Roy & Melinda
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Eric & Nancy
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Richard & Gina
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Luna Sea table
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Lorraine & Steve
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Door Prize time ...

Door Prizes

N0. Donation Donor Contact Donor Boat/Company WINNER
1 Zenith Wine Bsk - Tapanade & Salmon Art & Betsy Fowler Zenith Michele Williams
2 Zenith Wine Bsk - Marmalade & Glasses Art & Betsy Fowler Zenith Anne Marie Lebas
3 2 wool blend, hand knitted "sailing caps" Karen Damsen Woodbine Melinda Samuelson
4 2 wool blend, hand knitted "sailing caps" Karen Damsen Woodbine Naomi Wortis
5 2 wool blend, hand knitted "sailing caps" Karen Damsen Woodbine Matt George
6 BIWA Pearl Necklace & Earrings Sandy Van Mell Vanishing Animal Ray Duran
7 Goody Basket Barb Henderson Kindred Spirits Ann Thomas
8 $40 West Marine Gift Certificate Pat Salvo Ophira Nancy - Serenity
9 WM Gift Dan Knox Luna Sea Skipper Wall
10 Duffel Bag Robin Sodaro/Vicki Hood Sails, Sausalito Nanci Melton
11 Tote Bag & Belt Robin Sodaro/Vicki Hood Sails, Sausalito Lorraine Weiss
12 3 Tech T's w/popular logos - exchangeable Ken/Amy Miller Pirates' Lair, Sonora Diane Zevanov
13 2 Personalized Polo I36 shirts - custom Ken/Amy Miller Pirates' Lair, Sonora Corey Lynch
14 Haul Out/Wine Bottle Erica Kaplan KKMI, Richmond Roger McClellan
15 Bag & Dock Lines Erica Kaplan KKMI, Richmond Tim Shea
16 Certificate: $500 (I Gal) Bottom Paint James Morgan Svendsen's, Alameda John Melton
17 Safety Equipment: Life Jackets Dan Niessen West Marine, Alameda Mervin Gia
18 Barbecue Set Sue Hert/ Willi West Marine, Stockton Ruby Wallis
19 Binnoculars Darryl Santuray West Marine, So SFO Ian Shea
  Glasses cords, hat clips, info (30) Brandy/Matt Tradewinds, Marina Bay Pair per boat - all
25 Nautical Bag & Beach Towel Carol & Harry Farrell Pacific High Barb Henderson
26 Set Photo Cards Robert Aston Pegasus Judy Bush
27 Set Photo Cards Robert Aston Pegasus Don Henderson
28 Set Photo Cards Robert Aston Pegasus Don Wilson
29 Set Photo Cards Robert Aston Pegasus Roy Samuelson
30 Set Photo Cards Robert Aston Pegasus Suni Peterson
31 5 Embroidered Bath Towels Ruby Wallis White Horses Steve Corwin
32 Set Sailboat Tea Light Candles Michele Williams Pacific High Jocelyn Swanson
33 Wine & Cheese Basket Anonymous Anonymous Gary Connors
34 $50 West Marine Gift Certificate Kathryn Munn Mischief Dan  knox
35 Natura Spa Basket - from Brazil Nanci Melton Freedom Won Art fowler
36 Bag Brad Bergman Blockbuster Rick Vulliet
37 Annette's Chocolate Bag - Napa Tim & Rhonda Shea Because Sandy Van Mell
38 3 Beaded Key Chains Gina Doyle Nantucket Anna Stewart
39 Abalone Shell Mirror Gina Doyle Nantucket Myphi Alloy
40 2 Bottles of wine Anna Stewart Brigid Karen Damsen
41 B&B Weeknd at Front 30 Ranch - TX Bill & Terry Ray Exit Strategy Rick Van Mell
42 2 Long Neck Brews - Craft Beer Bill & Terry Ray Exit Strategy Rob Blenderman
43 Hawaii YC Cap - hidden lanyard Ken & Miriam Rappolt Celebration Tom Furlong
44 Surprise ! Skipper & Nancy Wall Snowflower Gail Giamonci
45 Surprise 2 Skipper & Nancy Wall Snowflower Lou Zevanov
46 Boaters Packet Refernce Steve & Jocelyn Swanson Zingara Ken Rappolt
47 I-36 Boxed Burgee Gail & Mervin Giacomini Every Day Nancy Wall
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Great hats ...
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Tote bags ...
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Duffel & BBQ set ...
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Logo shirts ...
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Fine wine basket ...
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Weekend B&B ...
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Necklace ...
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Beautiful bird ...
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Wine & Haul Out
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& Life jackets!
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Dan gets Cruising Award
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Philippe get Crew Award
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Kit gets Nationals
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Rick gets Schneider Award
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The Line Up!
John, Rick, Ray, Myphi
Lou, Gina, Richard, Dan
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Richard & Tim flank
OYC's great Elaine Mendes!
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