First Quarter Recap and Upcoming Events

April is here, and with it, hopefully more showers – except on race days!

It was a busy first quarter at CPYC starting with the Brrr Rabbit on New Year’s Day followed by a post-race Build-Your-Own-Bloody-Mary event.  January 12th brought us the first race in the brand-new Winter Beer Can Series, which was such a great idea (thanks, Jack!).  The Commodore’s Ball on January 25th was a smashing success (well done, Gary!), and it was so nice to catch up with those of you we don’t see very often at the Oyster Point Brunch Cruise Out on the 26th.

February started with fickle weather, as experienced by the racers in the Double Up & Back (super-light winds on the upwind leg, and then lots of breeze going downwind), and the Year of the Horse was welcomed to Coyote Point with a post-race Chinese New Year buffet dinner.  The next day saw a full house at the Club for Superbowl, and the crab feast (thanks, Mark & Linnea!) kept the binge-eating going.  The Winter Beer Can scheduled for the 9th was rained out, but Valentine’s Day on the 14th was a cozy event at the Club (bravo, Madlen!).

March 1st’s John Pitcher Memorial Regatta was a real bobber, as only four boats managed to finish the race due to lack of wind and strong currents.  However, that evening’s Mardi Gras party brought tasty gumbo and a packed dance floor (nice, Linda!).  Because you can never have enough corned beef, we welcomed the Berkeley Cruise In with “An Evening in Ireland” on the 8th.  A grand time was had by all at the Ballena Bay Cruise Out on the weekend of the 15th (good job, Rod!), which may have been the first of its kind (at least to my knowledge) with an all-sailboat turnout.  This was followed by another first – when I single-handed my boat in our informal race from Ballena Bay back to Coyote Point on the 16th (don’t think I need to do that again!).  March 23rd brought a close to the Winter Beer Can Series with two races in one, and a hearty congratulations go out to the top three finishers in the series:  Mark B (Smokin’ J), Luther (Paradigm) and Steve M (Moriah)!

All race results posted here:

Second quarter is already looking pretty packed with fun events, so start marking your calendars now for the following events!

April 5th – Andy Byrd Memorial Race (aka the “Mangiata Regatta”) followed by an Italian Feast cooked by Lisa and yours truly

April 12th – A Latin evening with a Paella Dinner catered by Chef Bill Chow, and Salsa Dancing (and lessons by a real instructor!), welcoming Cruise Ins from both Sausalito and Sequoia Yacht Clubs

April 16th – Wednesday Night Beer Cans start for the season!

April 26th – 2014 Shorteez Regatta #1 (after we had the “First Annual Shorteez Regatta” last year, everyone decided we needed to do it more than once a year!) followed by a BBQ

May 2nd – South Bay Opening Day Weekend Kick-Off Party will be held at CPYC

May 3rd – South Bay Opening Day Event, Parade and Blessing of the Fleet in Redwood City, and CPYC Cruise Out to Westpoint Marina

May 4th – Frank Ballentine Memorial Pursuit Race starting outside the RWC Channel

May 17th – Cruise Out to South Beach

May 24th – CPYC Membership Drive & Swap Meet, and the Oakland Yacht Club Cruise In

June 7th – Merton Yolles Memorial Race

June 14th – Cruise Out to Encinal

June 21st – Linda’s Solstice Party

We are looking forward to seeing more of you, more often!



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General Membership Notes & John Pitcher Memorial Regatta Results

*ALL MEMBERS – please check your billing statement this month for upcoming events and to fill out and return a member info update form!  If you can’t turn in the form, please drop Buz Ashbaugh a note at

*Don’t forget the end of the first quarter is March 31st!  Join us at the Club on weekends to spend your $50, or contact the Club to put aside some ship store goodies for you.  Polos, sweatshirts and bags available!

*We are currently looking for volunteers to help out on Wednesday nights with Beer Can Races starting April 16th!  Please email Yvette Yong at if you are available to help.

*If you are not receiving the weekly email blasts via Constant Contact, you’re not getting notices of all our fun events.  Email Yvette at to get added to the list.

*Registrations for Youth Sailing are now open!  Get your kids and grandkids started on the water, and tell all your friends with young ‘uns!  For more information, email Laurel Reid at

*Please note: if you have a boat and/or trailer in the backyard of the Club, please make sure Carly knows about it for billing.  Any unclaimed vehicles by the end of the month will be removed.  Email Carly at

And on to racing…

Congratulations to Jack Verducci and the crew of Vita e Bella on a spectacular win under tough conditions!  Race Results are posted at:  Race Report to follow when I can figure out how to add a new blog to this website.

Hope to see all of our racers this weekend for Winter Beer Can Series Race #4 on Sunday, March 9th, and please sign up if you’re able to join us for the Cruise Out to Ballena Bay on March 15th and for the race home on the 16th.  More info on the Cruise Out and St Patrick’s Day Party can be found at:


The Liquid Kitty gliding toward the finish line in the John Pitcher Memorial Regatta

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(she who posts the blog gets to post gratuitous photos of her own boat)  =)


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Double Up & Back Race Results Are Posted!

The small boats ruled the day this past Saturday for Coyote Point Yacht Club’s Annual Double Up & Back Regatta!

This was traditionally a double-handed race, but had turned into a full-crew race last year in order to encourage more participation.  This year we simply decided to hold two divisions – one for boats being double-handed, and the other division for full crew.  A total of eleven boats showed up for the race: seven boats double-handing and four boats with full crew.  There was also a very impressive turnout of female sailors, as five of the seven double-handing boats had both sexes on board!

On hand to do the real work was Gary Edwards with the Panda Angler and his partners in committee-boat crime, Lee Stevens and Bill Tobin.  After a short postponement due to very light winds, the first division started at 1:16pm and the second division at 1:26pm.  The short course was from the starting line between the Z-mark and the Panda, up to Channel Marker 6, over to the Birdcage, and then back down to Z.

Light to zero wind was the order of business for practically the entire first leg – allowing the small boats to gain a great head-start advantage, but then the wind kicked up and we had a steady 10-12 knots around the rest of the course.  All around, it was a very close race with the fastest boat finishing the course in two hours and twenty minutes, and the slowest boat finishing within two hours and forty-two minutes.

The Liquid Kitty’s head start on the first leg worked out significantly in her favor as she corrected out 35 seconds ahead of Paradigm to take first place in Division 1, and despite Friday’s Eagle’s valiant run, Escape corrected out SEVEN seconds ahead for first place in Division 2.

After the race, most of the skippers and crew came up to the Club for a refreshing beverage and over 30 people enjoyed the yummy Chinese New Year dinner.  Did you miss out on the fun?  Be sure to join us next time!

Our eternal gratitude to Gary, Bill and Lee for spending their afternoon out on the water for our benefit, and many thanks to the participating boats, skippers and crew!  Full results available by clicking on “Boating at CPYC” above and then selecting “Race Results.”


Yvette Yong, Regatta Chair 2014

p.s. – I significantly shortened my race report for this website post.  Feel free to let me know if you want the full blow-by-blow.  =)

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New Year’s Day on the Water in the Brrr Rabbit

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Happy New Year, everyone!


This year’s Brrr Rabbit race out of Coyote Point Yacht Club was such a crazy mixture of hopefulness, frustration and relaxation.  Thank you to those who made it out, and a “shame on you” to those who did not!  It was a lovely California winter day out on the water.


The day started off with the brand new Regatta Chair (yours truly) rolling out of bed and checking to find that the December 31st forecast of 5 knots had changed to 10 knots.  Excellent!  There must be some weather action going on for the meteorologist powers that be to make those kinds of adjustments!  When I pulled up to Coyote Point with my bags of snacks for after the race, there were beautiful wind lines streaking across the water and a just a touch of breeze kissing my cheek.  I promptly unloaded the snacks and got to work making bloody mary mix for the after-race event.


The sailors started showing up early - some helping Carly to clean up the joint from the New Year’s Eve festivities, and the others just clustering around the bar waiting to start 2014 off right.  Two lovely surprises met us early on - Torin Knorr decided to grace us with his presence after being absent since the hotly contested Jerry O’Grady of 2013, and Craig Thorson decided to blow off work to take Charlie out for a spin.  Despite a bit of cajoling, Mark Green (otherwise known as “Tactician” by the dogtag on his keychain - ask to hear this story if you haven’t already) chose not to take Sweet Grapes out and we had a rather good, but still single digit, turnout of nine boats for the first race of the year.  Regardless, the course was set for: Rabbit Start, round Z to starboard, round 8 to starboard, round Z to port, and then take your time at the outer channel markers.  The crazy tides that absentee Mark Bettis felt the need to inform all the other sailors of via email dictated that we should all be back in before 4pm.  Obviously no one else checks the tide charts beforehand, so good save!


By 12:30pm, most of the nine boats were puttering around on the Bay.  The light breeze was perfect for the Liquid Kitty with her whopping 2400lbs and still-fresh-ish bottom, and Jack Verducci already had his spinny up on Vita e Bella to either test it or his crew.  Torin, who had graciously offered to be the Rabbit as the founder of this race, made his way out of the channel around 12:40pm, and then kept heading out.  Vince, who had already had enough of two pre-teens on Chai DM with him within an hour asked if this was a sign of postponement.  After some urging to use his motor to head back into the harbor (and a headsail change – hey, if you have a Code Zero, use it), Torin and Larry Weinhoff went in and came back out to start the race.


As would be expected, Luther Izmirian was the first to cross Jet Lag’s transom, and then off he went on Paradigm all by his lonesome, in a random direction.  Others who expected Torin to turn north to head for Z (he did not) had to sail south for a bit to actually, technically cross his transom before turning around to head toward the first mark.  As it turns out, Torin had the right idea of heading to the middle of the Bay to catch the max ebb of 2.7 knots.  While Torin was just being smart, both Liquid Kitty and Chai DM were finding joy in thwarting Jim Manishin and crew on Liquid Asset by making them duck two times in a row to work around our starboard tacks.  And that was about the extent of the action that I could see for the Coyote Point racers for the rest of the day.


Winds shifted in the wrong direction so that every two minutes after falling off, you were pinching – headed in the wrong direction.  Spinnakers went up (which is actually a success story when it comes to Liquid Kitty with Aaron Swerkes and I) and promptly drooped.  Wind lines disappeared and the Bay became glassy.  Around 2:15pm, our illustrious Regatta Chair got on the radio (on the channel she had only happened to tell half of the boats to tune into) that she was shortening the course to Z, 8 and in.  (Thank you, Vince and Jim for having your radios on and accessible!)  Around 3pm, she (me, whatever) changed the course to Z and in (shortest course EVER).  Around 3:30pm, Jack furled all his sails and said through non-verbal boat-language that Vita e Bella had had it and was headed in so that she would not get stuck in the mud during the impending minus tide.  Paradigm and Charlie were quick to follow suit, and within 15 minutes, NO ONE had made it to the first mark and everyone was headed in.


In short, EVERYONE WAS A WINNER! Tactical errors, or none, cluelessness or not, there were no losers in today’s glorious winter day on the water.  I mean, really – how often do you get the opportunity to sail backwards?  Slowly, most of the skippers (really, Jack?) buckled up their boats and headed up to the Club.  What awaited them was a fabulous spread of snack food and a veritable cornucopia of accoutrements if one ordered a bloody mary (I was extremely partial to the Chipotle Cholula, cocktail shrimp and pickled okra).  There was even a cameo appearance by Shorteez Regatta winner, Mark Canton, just flown back from Seattle after having given up racing for the day to spend extra time with his girlfriend (we do love Kate, though!).


Again, to those of you who did not make it out – shame on you, but we hope to see you next time.  And a very special thank you to those who did:

- Torin Knorr and Larry on Jet Lag

- Mike Haddock and Laura on Hot ice

- Craig Thorson, Jeff and Rod on Charlie

- Jim Manishin, Leslie, Tom and Mark Green on Liquid Asset

- Jack Verducci and his crew whom he doesn’t let come up to the bar on Vita e Bella

- Vince Swerkes, Memphis and Gauge (Cage? what was that kid’s name?) on Chai DM

- Mark Hecht, Peter and Kathy on Friday’s Eagle

- Luther (the loner) on Paradigm

- and to my SSO Aaron, my ex-work-wife Kassondra and her boyfriend Chris on Liquid Kitty - what a lovely crew to spend the first day of the year bobbing around on the Bay with!


Don’t forget – our Winter Beercan Series starts on Sunday, January 12th.  This will be a series of six races on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of January, February and March.  If you are not signed up for the CPYC email blasts – what’s your problem?  If you are – details are soon to follow.  =)






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Walter Kentzler in Happier Days

Walter Kentzler in Happier Days

This photo of our beloved member: Walter Kentzler was published at his memorial service. It captures his spirit so well we needed to share it with ALL our members.

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8 Bells for Walter Kentzler at GMM Tues, November 19th

Dear Friends and Fellow Club Members,

Our long time member and good friend, Walter Kentzler passed away peacefully in his sleep, after a long illness, on October 20th in Burlingame. Memorial Services will be held on November 15th at 10:00 hours at St. Catherine’s Church, 1310 Bayswater Ave, Burlingame.

Instead of flowers, please consider a donations to either:

The Alzheimer’s Assoc. 1060 La Avenida, Mt. View, CA 94043 or

Mission Hospice, 1670 S. Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94402

Eight Bells will be rung at the General Membership
Meeting on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

……Sailor, rest your oar……
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