Cruise to Half Moon Bay Yacht Club – Friday, May 26 – Monday, May 29, 2017

Bill Hoyt, Cruise Leader for the Half Moon Bay cruise, gives us this report:

The Half Moon Bay cruise was a great success. Three brave sailing vessels set out in the wee hours of the morning to avoid the negative tide and ride the ebb out of the gate. SeaDancer and Tilligo left Coyote Point in the dark and set an intercept course to chase down Shannon, already positioned in Tiburon, and Tenacious, pre-positioned in Half Moon Bay (way to take advantage of the week, Peter!)  Sailing was fast and easy.

Past the first makers outside the Gate, the winds went into hiding and out came the fishing rods. Without any luck, we fired up the motors and set a course for HMB.  Luckily for the group, Panda Angler motored out to the same markers and landed some monster Salmon just mere hours later. Yes, Capt. Gary took full advantage of all that horsepower and shallow draft for some extra shut eye to start. 

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 Our first night the gracious hosts at HMBYC didn’t disappoint, with some grub and a surprisingly delicious Gin our cruise out was off to a superb start. 

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 Day two met us with blue skies and warm winds. A brief walk to the brunch tour of the Half Moon Bay Distillery shook off the grogginess from the night before. The tour of the distillery left the group more informed about the nuances and subtle differences in makes of Gin and Vodka. We are all taste experts now – thank you Ulli and Caesar for the behind-the-scenes experience. 

 Next up was lunch on SeaDancer with fresh caught Salmon as the main dish, which was quite tasty.  The only way to make this day complete was to Kayak, boat and dinghy over to Shannon for happy hour. Mark and Catherine put out a spread for the mass of cruisers and everyone was again treated to a special night out on the water. 

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 Sunday saw cooler weather and cloudy skies; needless to say, everyone slept in and relaxed, knowing the main event BBQ at the yacht club was fast approaching.  Again, the hospitality and spread at the Club made for another great evening capped off by the group gathering around the firepit to let our new-found appreciation for the spirits soak in.

 We formulated a plan for the departure, and with only a few little hiccups, the group was underway – but this time we were met by westerly winds and were able to sail at hull speeds back to Coyote Point, dodging many whales feeding at the gate along the way.

 I’d like to thank all who participated, crewed and helped in any way to make this cruise-out something special. 

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Open House – Saturday, May 20, 2017

Our Membership Chair, Catherine Miskow reported the following from our recent Open House:

What a beautiful day it was.  The open house was a great success, with visitors coming from around the Peninsula and even from the marina.  Several families with young children stopped by and enjoyed dinghy  rides around the marina, courtesy of Mark Bettis, and even saw a few curious bat rays . Many visitors commented that they ‘didn’t know there was a yacht club here’ or that they ‘never went beyond the park area’ to the marina.  We hope to continue forging this bond with the local community.
 Ads were placed on social media, as well as in Latitude 38, Craig’s List, and the local newspapers’ calendars.  Special thanks to Mark Bettis, Carly Cozart, Mark Malcolm, Gary “Grill Master” Edwards, Jan Mendez, Bill Tobin, Charlie Weidanz, Andy Smith, and Yvette Yong for helping with the event.  (Hope I didn’t miss anyone!)  We are looking to have another open house in the fall for marina tenants.  
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Before our guests arrived we set up tents to showcase our various activities: Regattas, Cruises and Membership/Social Events
Participants enjoyed our hot dog BBQ and kids enjoyed coloring pictures
 and playing computer games.  Hopefully we’ll see some of these faces
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Here’s Cruise Chair, Mark  Bettis, taking a family for a dinghy ride around the harbor!

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Rabbit Races, Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Here are some pictures taken by Bill Hoyt at last Wednesday’s Rabbit Races

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Everyone enjoyed tamales for dinner, and drinks were served by our able bartender, Emily.

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South Bay Opening Day, May 5 – 7, 2017!

The weekend-long event began with the kick-off dinner Friday at CPYC which was a combined effort of Yvette Yong, our Vice-Commodore and Poplar Creek.  The theme for the weekend was Pioneer Days – to be in sync with Redwood City celebrating their 150th year.SBPioneersposter (1) (002)

Everyone enjoyed dinner and conversation at CPYC Friday night. SBOD 2017 (3)

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This is a great spot to take a picture of the Commodores from each Club


The next morning everyone sailed down to Sequoia for their breakfast

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Then off to the docks to watch the boat parade

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Our own Shannon, with Mark Bettis and Catherine Miskow as captain and crew, won two prizes: Best flat over 30′ and the Spectators Choice Trophy for Best Decorated Boat – Congratulations!

During the day there were displays in the parking lot:

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Even Ms. Redwood City was on hand to watch the festivities

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Lunch was at Sequoia Yacht Club and a great band played on the back deck

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After some afternoon relaxation, we all wandered to Peninsula Yacht Club for a great steak dinner and dancing to a wonderful blues band

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The weekend events ended with a brunch at South Bay Yacht Club on Sunday, where we were entertained with another band.

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This year’s South Bay Opening Day weekend was a great success!


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Wine Tasting Event!

We had a great time at our wine tasting event on Saturday, April 29th!   The purpose was to sample a variety of wines and choose some new wines to be offered at our bar.

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Our Vice Commodore, Yvette Yong prepared a delicious spread of hors d’oeuvres and had a collection of 26 different wines for us to sample.Wine Tasting

The wines included: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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We were asked to rate each wine on a scale of 1 to 5, according to our preference.

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Here are some of the wines we sampled:

Sauvignon Blanc –  Pomelo, Geyser Peak, Sterling Vineyards, Simi and Josh Cellars

Pinot Grigio – Cavi, Villa Pozzi, Estancia

Chardonnay – Kenwood, Rodney Strong, Josh Cellars 

Rose – Ferrari Carano

Pinot Noir – Votre Sante, Castle Rock, Kenwood Yulupa

Merlot – Kenwood, Josh Cellars, Line 39, 14 Hands

Cabernet Sauvignon – Lange Twins, Avalon  

As soon as the results are tallied and decisions made, you’ll see some new wines at the bar!

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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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