|Over 50 people showed up for a great day at the San Francisco Yacht Club. With ten rafted to the dock, a few more in their home slips, and those who drove, we had 29 boats represented.|
There was plenty of dockside chatter as the fleet assembled, racers and cruisers alike. We were joined by Jeff and Paula Crosby, members from Ohio, who enjoyed checking out all the boats.
Moving to the Cove House, everyone got their raffle tickets and a libation. Then they staked out table space and looked over the terrific door prizes provided by our great vendors.
Once again, the SFYC staff laid on a fine meal with great service. Salad, London Broil with garlic mashed potatoes, all washed down with red and white wine. To top it off, Nancy arranged for a surprise 69th birthday cake for Skipper Wall.
Commodore Salvo adroitly managed the committee reports so we could get to the fun of racing prizes. Don Schumacher hauled away the Ormand Cup for the spinnaker division, while Paul Tara's Zoop finally wrestled the Buster Hammond Half Hull away from Jim Robinson. Gary presented a special prize for Jim - it seems Martha Robinson had warned him that it had hung so long on the wall that if he ever lost it, he would have to repaint the whole wall. Gary provided the paint - complete with brush.
Our guest speakers, Mary Crowley of Ocean Voyages, and Alison Healy of Sail San Franciscoco captured our imagination with the possibilities for the Tall Ships visit August 18 to September 2, 2002. People could sign up to sail on square riggers or help them during their stay in San Francisco. There could be around 50 ships in the Parade of Sail, including 5-8 of the 175 to 250 foot Class A ships. These large vessels may come from countries including Columbia, Ecuadorador, Japan, and Russia. The summer's events will begin with Sail Korea, then a race across the Pacific to Richmond, British Columbia. The fleet will work it's way south through Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego over the summer. Mary also rattled off enticing sailing venues around the world where adventurous sailors can get aboard good, safe boats. Galapagos and Pitcairn Island rank high!
All hands then retired to the docks for more boat visiting. About 20 folks stayed to enjoy SFYC's Halloween Buffet - complete with lots of music and kids in costumes. Just another way to wrap up a special Islander weekend. Take a look at the great contribution Roger & Linda McCellan provided in the last two pictures. Wish you had been there!!!!
Pictures are compliments of Bill Higdon and Rick Van Mell. Click on images to enlarge, click "Back" to return.