Fundraiser for ELF, December 9, 2017

CPYC Member Jay Bond hosted a Private Fundraiser to raise money for ELF (Everybody Loves Families), an all volunteer charitable not-for-profit which gives holiday gifts to children who are wards of the state or who are in transitional living situations.  CPYC members were invited to attend.

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The party was billed as a “Sock Hop” and guests were encouraged to wear “Nifty Fifties attire”.  In the background, Jay was running the movie “Grease” on a large screen, so everyone got into the spirit!

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Swing dance lessons were given and everyone had a terrific time.  Apparently, some of the attendees belong to a local Swing Dance Club and boy, could they dance!

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In addition to the door fee, funds were raised through a silent auction and a raffle.

Jay says that the event was a success and vows to repeat it next year to an even bigger crowd!

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Lighted Boat Parade, December 8, 2017


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“Cardinal Rule” in the foreground; left to right in the background, “Shannon”, “Seadancer”, “Smooth”,”Panda Angler” and “Stella Maris”

The first ever holiday lighted boat parade was a resounding success. Six boats participated: “Shannon,” skippered by Mark Bettis; “Seadancer,” skippered by Bill and Emily Hoyt; “Smooth,” skippered by Tom Fedyna; “Panda Angler,” skippered by Gary Edwards; and “Stella Maris,” skippered by Alex Houlton. The parade was led by former Harbor Master, Ed Hallett, in the patrol boat, and MC’d by Catherine Miskow on “Cardinal Rule.” The windless, moonless night made for perfect conditions, as the group proceeded down the slipway and out the channel, as members of the public gathered on the berm to watch.

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“Seadancer”, “Smooth”, “Panda Angler” and “Stella Maris”


At the end of the parade, the kids and guests were treated to a special visit by Santa Claus, and Queen Elsa (from the hit movie “Frozen”) as well as cookies, hot cocoa, and hot apple cider. Elsa, Santa, and Yvette Yong acted as judges for the boats. First prize went to “Shannon,” and second prize went to “Seadancer.” The boats will be docked at the guest dock for the holidays. We hope to make this an annual event for the club, the marina, and the local community. Thank you to everyone who participated and who helped make this event a success.                       

Catherine Miskow, Membership Chair


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Backyard BBQ & Lobster Boil on Saturday, December 2, 2017

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We had a really good turnout for our last Backyard BBQ & Lobster Boil of the year.  Fourteen of us had lobster and there were a number of steaks and chicken dinners sold as well.  The lobsters that Vice Commodore Yvette gets are on average 1.75 lbs, so nothing scrawny here!  As you can see from the picture, we had corn on the cob, roasted potatoes, brown-butter braised green beans and salad to accompany the main course, and melted butter for the lobster.  For dessert there were several pies to choose from and also chocolate cookies.  Needless to say, no one went home hungry!

This event, and we’ve had three other lobster dinners this year, seems to be one of our most popular dinner events.  

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General Membership Meeting, November 14, 2017 – Election Meeting

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We had a good turnout at our November General Membership meeting, which is our annual election meeting.  The following slate, which was presented at our October meeting, was voted into office for 2018.  Congratulations to all!

2018 Board of Directors:

Commodore – Yvette Yong

Vice Commodore – Noah Sundance

Rear Commodore – Lee Stevens

Staff Commodore – Andy Smith

Treasurer – Jan Mendez

Secretary – Catherine Miskow

Port Captain – Brad Jones

Director – Mark Malcolm

Director – Mark Neumann

Director – Mike Haddock

House Chair – Ken Combes

Membership Chair – Bill Rinehart

Regatta Chair – Steve Swanson

The new Board will be inaugurated at the 2018 Commodore’s Ball on January 20, 2018.

All of the Committee Chairs will be looking for volunteers to serve on their Committees.  It’s not a big time commitment, but it makes a huge impact.  Please email if you are interested in helping out.

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A big thank-you to the members of the Nominating Committee for all the work they did to to meet with and interview candidates for the positions.  Nominating Committee members for 2017 were:

Joe Pratt

Peter Kanefsky

Gary Edwards

Steve Martin

Quinn McKenna


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Here are a few pictures from the meeting.

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Commodore’s Cup and Commodore’s Tribute Dinner, November 4, 2017

Four boats participated in Saturday’s Commodore’s Cup Race:

Luther Izmirian and crew on Paradigm, Jack Verducci and crew on Vita e Bella, Mike Haddock and crew on Hot Ice and Tom Fedyna and crew on Smooth.

Vita e Bella was the first to cross the finish line, but Paradigm (with Commodore Andy Smith aboard) corrected out for the win.  Congratulations, Luther!

Thanks to Nancy Kay Metzger, who was on the Committee Boat, for these great pictures!


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After the race, the group gathered on Paradigm for Happy Hour.

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Thanks, Yvette and Alex, for these pictures!

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Commodore’s Tribute Dinner

The dinner menu, prepared by Club favorite, Chef Mac, included “Autumn Leaves”, a salad with Bibb lettuce, toasted hazelnuts, pears, quince paste vinaigrette and Gorgonzola.  The main course, “Bessie in the Pumpkin Patch”, was a pumpkin seed crusted tri-tip with piquillo pepper coulis served with honey roasted Brussels sprouts, seasonal mushrooms and spiced rum-poached kabocha squash.  The dessert, “Fall Decadence”, was a maple and Ghirardelli chocolate tart with pecan brittle, topped with maple bourbon chantilly cream.

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Thanks to Yvette for these pictures of the dinner and of Commodore Andy being duly honored and roasted!

Looks like a good time was had by all!


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Congratulations to Mark Bettis – the new Harbor Master for Coyote Point Marina!

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At our November 4, 2017 CPYC Board meeting, Mark Bettis let us know that he had just accepted this position which became available upon Ed Hallett’s retirement.  Here’s the write-up from the Marina Newsletter:

Mark Bettis will be joining Coyote Point Marina in November as the new Harbormaster. Mark has been boating since age 12, and has been a tenant at Coyote Point since 2013.  He is an active member of Coyote Point Yacht Club, serving as Cruise Chair for 2017 and 2018.  He has a 100 ton Captain’s license, and most recently was employed as captain of the Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry.  He has worked as a SCUBA instructor and is also a certified sailing instructor.  Mark worked in commercial solar energy for 15 years, and capped his solar career as Vice President of Sales for REC Solar, a national solar contractor.  He brings 25 years of business management experience to Coyote Point coupled with a passion for sailing and all things nautical.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara, and an MBA from San Francisco State University. Please stop by the Harbor Office and say hi to Mark!

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Cruise to Napa Valley Yacht Club, Friday, October 27 – Sunday, October 29, 2017



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Cruise Leader, Cathy Miskow, reports:

The final cruise of the year to Napa Valley Yacht Club is in the books!  The members of the Napa Valley Yacht Club, as well as the people of the city of Napa, were happy to see life returning to their city.  Three boats comprised the flotilla, with Vita Bella (Ross Bowling) and Stoli’n Time (Jim Fadenrecht) heading up early on Thursday, and Cardinal Rule (Catherine Miskow and Mark Bettis) heading up on Friday.

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Cardinal Rule, Stoli’n Time & Vita Bella

Friday night saw dinner and a costume party at the yacht club.

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“Cutthroat McPhearson & “Sharktooth Brandy”

Saturday, Mark and Cathy went wine tasting at V. Sattui Winery

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The group converged Saturday night on Vita Bella for burgers and baseball

The Napa River has been dredged to 20 feet and cruisers never had less than 10 feet of water under their boats.  It may be a long trip, but it is quite worth it. 

Heading home…

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Vita Bella approaching the Mare Island Causeway Bridge in Vallejo

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Stoli’n Time headed back to CPYC

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