General Membership Meeting

April 22, 2017

We had a good meeting and a great dinner at our first Saturday General Membership Meeting.  The short ribs and polenta were awesome!

Joining us for dinner were a number of members of the Sausalito Yacht Club who cruised in for the weekend.  Our Port Captain, Mark Malcolm, took this picture on Friday of their boats at our guest dock.

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After dinner, CPYC members gathered and heard reports from various officers and department chairs.  We have a busy schedule ahead of us this year!  Our Membership Chair, Catherine Miskow, reported on the Boat Show and the upcoming Open House.  It was a good time to share ideas about new activities and brainstorm about ways to improve our Club.

After our meeting, members gathered at the Bar to talk and watch the game!

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Easter Brunch

On Sunday, April 9th, Coyote Point Yacht Club hosted our Easter Brunch.

Our Vice Commodore, Yvette Yong, did a fantastic job!  We had 60 guests and everyone had a great time.

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Look at he fabulous meal she prepared!

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Pacific Sail and Power Boat Show


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Thursday, April 6 – Sunday, April 9, 2017

Report from the Cruise Chair, Mark Bettis:

The boat show in Richmond was a great event for Coyote Point Yacht Club, and there are a few stories to tell!

I left Coyote Point early in the morning on Thursday the 6th of April, aboard Shannon, loaded with table and chairs, brochures and other materials for the booth. Four hours of motoring over calm waters brought me to Marina Bay Yacht Harbor, where I backed into a guest slip and tied up facing southward, in anticipation of a coming storm. Turned out it was a good idea to point the boat in that direction, because Mother Nature delivered a doozy!

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Thursday night saw gust of up to 60 knots. It was really howling, but Catherine and I were snug as could be with doubled-up dock lines and a stout vessel. However, when we awoke and emerged there was destruction in the marina. Four boats had unfurled and tattered jibs in our area. Over at the boat show a temporary dock had broken up and piled up on a raft of yachts causing severe damage to several expensive sailboats.

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The weather was edgy for most of the weekend, which affected attendance. Nevertheless the Club got a great deal of much needed exposure, and we answered a lot of questions and spoke with a fair number of interested boat owners and prospective boat owners. This was a great way to kick off our Spring membership drive, which continues May 20 with our open house.

Sunday evening after the show I enjoyed a fantastic evening sail back to Coyote Point, with fair winds and favorable currents. It was one of those truly magnificent evenings on the Bay!

A lot of people put significant time and effort into this event.  I’d like to thank those that helped with manning the booth:

Dave & Chris Stormont    Mark Liddell     Steve Belenky     Gary Edwards

Mark Malcolm      Peter Kanefsky     Craig Thorson    Alex Houlton

Mark Hecht & Linda Martinez          Steve & Bernadette DeArmond

Jocelyn & Steve Swanson (Ask them what they picked up at the show…)

And of course, big thanks to Catherine Miskow, our Membership Chair, who designed and printed brochures, a banner, membership applications and other various collateral. She also created wonderful Coyote Point key rings to hand out and showed up to work at the booth three out of the four days.

It was great to see so many members volunteering their time to help the Club!!!



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Andy Byrd Memorial Regatta

Andy Byrd Memorial Regatta – Saturday, April 1, 2017
 Our Vice Commodore, Yvette Yong reports:
We only had four boats come out for Saturday’s regatta, but we all enjoyed a lovely day on the Bay!  We were treated to a mixed bag of conditions –  perfect calm winds on the first leg, extremely light winds on the next two, and then strong winds to finish the final leg. 
1st place – Luther & Yvette on Paradigm,
2nd place – Tom, Jeff & Leslie on Smooth.
(other two boats DNF)
 After the race, a nice gathering enjoyed tasty enchiladas from Chef John and Bill Hoyt’s “famous” margaritas at the bar.
Luther, crewing on Paradigm
Here’s the report from Regatta Chair, Tom Fedyna:
The race was postponed by 15 minutes due to no wind.
Smooth crossed the start line first, followed by Zangara, then Paradigm, with Vita e Bella not far behind. The winds were light for the whole race. Paradigm rounded the Bird Cage first, followed closely by Smooth. The next mark was a broad reach to “C”. Smooth popped its “spinny” and slowly passed Paradigm, whose crew was unable to use their shoot due to a broken halyard.
From “C” we headed to channel marker 8, coasting along, with Paradigm slowly catching up. Zingara and Vita e Bella were caught in light to no wind and fell behind. Then both Paradigm and Smooth were hit by the same light air between CPYC and “8”. Both boats were working the sails to keep moving forward.
 Just enough breeze allowed us to finally make it past “8” and head back to “Z” for the finish. Then the wind came like it does, zero wind to 15 kts.

Paradigm being chased by Smooth and Zingara
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Cruise to Pier 39, March 24-26, 2017

Thanks to our Cruise Chair, Mark Bettis, for this exciting report on the cruise!


The Coyote Point Yacht Club Pier 39 Cruise out was a great success for all those that attended!

Friday morning Catherine and I set sail aboard “Shannon” in blustery southerlies and steady rain. It turned out to be a truly fantastic sail, as we sailed downwind wing and wing, rockin’ rollin’ and sometimes surfing up to 9 knots.

Our trusty tiller pilot, “Jesus” had the wheel (tiller) and took us all the way to Pier 39 without having to gybe once.


We arrived, soaking wet on the outside but warm and dry inside our foulies, and tied up at Pier 39. We were the only Coyote Point boat to sail on Friday, the rest of the cruisers having understandably chosen not to sail in stormy conditions.

Now, the west side of Pier 39 is well known for one thing, and sure enough, there was a mass of strange creatures clustered on the dock, making loud noises, arguing with each other, barking or sometime just lazing and relaxing as they clustered tight together on the pier, pushing around over each other to get a good look at the sea lions.

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The very small west harbor at Pier 39 has a lot of vessel traffic. Two of the big Blue and Gold ferries dock there, as well as a few sightseeing boats and a huge bright orange rocket jet boat. It was a great opportunity to observe the strange creatures, that after gawking at the sea lions then rush over to the gate, don plastic ponchos, and board the rocket jet boat for a fun filled spin around the Bay, creating huge wake circles to knock the wind out of the sails of passing sailboats, all the time struggling to protect their iPhones and selfie sticks from the salt spray churned up by the massive jet drives.

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Strong currents run along the City waterfront, as the tidal flows move in and out of the Golden Gate. These currents, coupled with heavy vessel traffic, cause very strong surge at the Pier 39 docks. After mooring “Shannon” with nine lines, and repeatedly adjusting fenders and snubbers we were able to achieve a reasonably comfortable ride, but the sound of the lines tensioning and chafing at the forward mooring hawse made for difficult sleeping both nights. Once we were safely moored and out of our soaking wet foul weather gear, cocktail hour ensued!

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Catherine and I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon together, then took an Uber up to a brand new restaurant on Broadway called China Live. Coyote Point members Yvette Yong and Quinn McKenna both work here and have put in a huge effort to open up this place. It is a great spot – upscale, open, fun, and has an eclectic modern Chinese fusion menu that was outstanding. We had a great meal, and checked in with Yvette and Quinn. By the time we left the place was totally full with a line out the door, and really hopping.
After dinner we enjoyed walking back to Pier 39, and then detoured to Fisherman’s wharf, where we spent some time in the arcade museum. I discovered that Catherine spent way too much time as a teen playing Pac-Man.

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Saturday morning at 2:30 am we were awakened as “Shannon” rolled violently in the slip. Bottles crashed to the floor in the galley, unsecured cabinets flung open and general mayhem occurred. I got up and cleaned up, and luckily nothing was broken or damaged. The next morning a monstrous cruise ship was in port, and we assume that the wake of this gargantuan passing the harbor entrance on its way to dock caused the carnage.

On Saturday our friends Mark and Linda arrived on their azure blue Catalina 275 “Azure”. They tied up alongside “Shannon” and cocktails once again ensued.

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That evening the four of us barbecued tri-tip and enjoyed a great meal aboard “Shannon”, then walked up to the Buena Vista Café, a San Francisco icon and home of the original Irish coffee. Mark treated us to a couple of these wonderful concoctions, and a great walk back capped the evening.

Sunday morning we had light to moderate southerlies, and motored home as the wind was right on the nose. A solid flood current made for a quick trip, and we encountered Luther on “Paradigm” just south of Hunters Point. Our two vessels then completed the trip together, arriving home by early afternoon.

This was a truly great weekend. It was interesting to have our little island of sanity among the tourist crowds of Pier 39, and to be able to retreat to “Shannon” and relax, enjoying this world class tourist trap from an entirely different perspective. I’m sorry the weather precluded more participation. I also have to say that mooring at the docks at Pier 39 is challenging, and the constant surge actually worked one of “Shannon”s very substantial bronze breast cleats loose. We will have to think carefully about whether we want to tie up there again, but the time we had was truly fantastic.

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St. Patrick’s Day Party – March 18, 2017

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We had a great turn out for the wearing of the green at our St. Patrick’s Day Party on Saturday night!

We were joined by a number of our long-time members, including Gay O’Brien, LaVey Norquist and Linnea Liddell who arrived on Friday afternoon to decorate our dining room.  They put together some beautiful table decorations:

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When they were finished the dining room looked just beautiful!

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On Saturday, we enjoyed a dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, Irish soda bread and a delicious dessert.  During dinner we were treated to a performance by Murphy’s Irish Dancers, a tradition at our St. Patrick’s Day parties for many years.

Gay O’Brien led us in singing several Irish songs, accompanied by Dave Badilla’s one-man band

 After singing, some took to dancing and some enjoyed “Irish flu shots” (miniature bottles of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey that were placed at each table setting) and some enjoyed keeping our bartenders, Dave and Carly, busy!

Thanks to all who made this evening such a success, including hosts Gay O’Brien and Commodore Andy Smith; LaVey Norquist and Linnea Liddell; our kitchen crew including Lisa and Maria; our servers, Carly and Tamara; our  bartenders, Carly amd Dave, and Mark Liddell for the terrific pictures!

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John Pitcher Memorial Regatta – March 4, 2017

Six boats braved the cold for a heated race out on the Bay, including Jack Verducci & Crew on Vita e Bella

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Here’s new member Steve Belenky at the helm on Silver Cloud

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Looks like Steve and Crew are having a great time!

Also joining Jack and Steve were:

Luther Izmirian on Paradigm

Mike Haddock on Hot Ice

Mark Hecht on Azure

and Tom Fedyna on Smooth

Congratulations to Luther Izmirian on Paradigm

for a 1st place finish!

Following Luther was Mike Haddock on Hot Ice.

Only 17 minutes separated first and last place, so congratulations to all!

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