Kay & Dave Few Regatta History & Reminder

The Inaugural Kay & Dave Few Regatta ( previously Jack & Jill Regatta ) hosted by Coyote Point Yacht Club

 October 6th, 2012, 12:00 start, 10:30 Skippers Meeting.

Some History on the Race – as told by Kay Few

The concept of a Jack and Jill race was started in the 70s hopefully to get more women out on the race course. In the early 70s most of the Coyote Point sailing women went along for the ride. They passed up drinks etc. and tried to stay out of the way. One day a 25ft sailboat with man, wife and daughter went out for a sail. He had a heart attack and the daughter – a nurse – was able to help him but neither wife nor daughter knew how to get sails down or start the engine. They did know how to use the radio and CP members came out to help them in. The women’s auxiliary decided that something had to be done and the Powder Puff races were started.

Initially, there were two divisions, Division A with women only and one with one man aboard to take over if there was a problem. Division B, where most of us started where the men brought the boat in and out of the harbor then handed control over to the women.  We moved up as we felt more comfortable.

These races were held twice a year for several years and became the Woman’s Regatta. Eventually abandoned in the early 80’s as fewer and fewer boats signed up. The race eventually resurfaced as the Jack and Jill, at the urging of Dave and Kay Few.

Reason For the Name Change

We’ve renamed the Jack and Jill Regatta in honor of Kay & Dave because for many years they have kept the concept of “couples” racing, and women skippers alive at Coyote Point. In his many years at CPYC Dave served as Regatta Chair, Vice Commodore and House Chair. Dave sat on the PHRF committee for many years and as such was a huge help answering those handicapping questions which plague every yacht club. In recent years, sailing Chablis IV the quote around Coyote Point is that if you could see Kay and Dave at the finish, you lost! Kay was always at the helm and Dave was pulling the lines.

The rules for this regatta have changed over the years but the concept is intact: get women out on the race course and encourage them to take charge!

2012 Rules:

A woman must be at the helm at least 50% of the time. Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker divisions if the turnout is over eight boats, so show up and bring crew! Course(s) will be discussed at the skippers meeting and decided by the race committee. “A” mark has gone missing which may lead to new course routings.

Note that a Committee Boat is needed: Volunteers for Race Committee would be appreciated. Anyone interested please contact me. 

Kay will on hand before and after the race. There will be a small get together on Dock 12 aboard Chablis IV, Chai DM and Sweet Grapes in Dave’s honor. Visitors can side tie in front of Sweet Grapes then raft out from there as needed OR park your boats at the guest dock and walk over.

Jim Manishin
Regatta Chair


About Coyote Point Yacht Club

Coyote Point Yacht Club is located at Coyote Point Park in San Mateo, south of the Bay Bridge and north of the San Mateo Bridge. Views of San Francisco and the San Mateo Bridge/Oakland provide a pretty setting for events in the club house and outdoor activities in our backyard. BBQ facilities, showers for men and women, and free ice are available.
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