Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sportsmen Yacht Club Cruise Out and Luau Weekend August 7 – 9

CIYC cruisers started this event by early arrivals.  The Ritter's Sue Z Q arrived at the SYC around 10:30 AM with Fleet Captain Bill and a crew of Brother Bob and Bob's son-in-law Neal on board.  Friday evening dinner was a wonderful enchilada dinner with fruit plate and was enjoyed by the crew of Sue Z Q along with Judy Scrimger and Dane and Honorfel Holweger who came earlier by land.

Saturday morning, a wonderful breakfast was provided by club members and served to all who were at the club.  Shortly after noon, Silver Star (Michael/Bernie Billen) arrived, followed shortly by Delta Pearl (Dane/Honorfel Holweger).  By mid afternoon, the early birds (Jo/Mike Daniels and Red/Betty Griffith) arrived at the club by car and made their way down to the dock.  Of course, this was a good enough reason for an impromptu dock party with Mai Tai's on Silver Star.  The Curtis-Brown threesome arrived shortly and all were ready for the tour of the Museum at 5 PM.  By now a few more CIYCers and guests had joined the Ritter party -- Sue, Phyllis, and neighbor Nick drove in.  The museum historian, Kathy, was full of information and personal stories that made it all seem so real -- she even shared her "room" with us.  The Sportsmen YC clubhouse is a museum piece, celebrating the story of this old Bay ferryboat from the 19th century.  If you haven't seen this place or its museum before, it is certainly a must see!!

Our club had a quite respectable showing of two full tables for the luau.  It was obvious that this club goes all out with decorations, etc. for their annual luau and we were happy to be a part of it.  The dinner included pulled pork and chicken, rice, coleslaw and a beautiful table of various fruits.  The dessert table had something delectable for every taste. 

The Hawaiian dancers were fantastic -- how can those bodies move those hips so fast???  They did numerous dances prior to getting the "locals" up on stage to participate with them.  These few struggled to keep up, but they were certainly good sports.  A lovely evening was had by all.

Sunday was quiet but the few who were around enjoyed another great breakfast at the clubhouse.  SYC members were there to help each of us get off the dock and headed back "home".

Thanks to Steve Kling for setting this up for us and to Fleet Captain Ritter for all of the coordination.  Next up is the Glen C. Scrimger Mystery Go-Fast run that leaves from the Mildred Island anchor out the weekend of August 14-16.  The Go-Fast departs the raftup at 10 AM sharp on August 15th.  Then we have the annual Commodore Island event over the long Labor Day weekend.  And don't forget CIYC's 10-day-long Down Bay Cruise that departs on October 2 and returns on October 12th.  If you can't make it by boat, come visit by car.  There will surely be dock parties every afternoon and all are welcome.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

2015 Mid-Year Recap and a Look Forweard

Caliente Cruisers:
Mid-Year Recap and a Look Forward
We started 2015 with a pretty full calendar and now find ourselves halfway through the year.  Early on, mid-January, we enjoyed a return to Marina West Yacht Club for their annual crab feed.  Some CIYC cruisers traveled by boat while others came by car on the asphalt sloughs.  In February we had our annual Commodore's Ball where current Commodore Chip Maguire feted now immediate Past Commodore Jo Daniels at Carpaccio's Restaurant in Oakley.  In late March we challenged winter weather at Delta Yacht Club where we played a little golf, had a fine time in the clubhouse and made it back to home ports without any interference by either biting cold or high winds.  In April we returned to Willow Berm Marina for good times on their docks (a few made it to Mildred Island.) Early May  had us tied to the docks at the Rusty Porthole for our spring General Meeting and the great food that place continues to turn out, seemingly surpassing themselves with new specials every time we return. Memorial Day was celebrated at Stockton Yacht Club where Kim and Rob Scott put together a terrific event that had us in the middle of that club's full house of western events.  Somehow our Commodore got put in their jail, along with many of their folks--all in the name of fun and earning money for charity -- of course.  Next was a Day at the Races put on once again by Bob and Carolyn Graham.  Not exactly on the water (but very close at Golden Gate Fields.)  Those attending saw American Pharaoh win the triple crown that day (on TV.) 

This all brings us to the most recent event, less organized than others in that members are traditionally on their own over the long 4th of July holiday.  There were two "pods" of CIYC cruisers tied to the banks of Mandeville Tip with a great overall turn out of boats.  One of the "pods" managed by Michael and Christine Christopher eventually had something like 35 boats all tied together.  Many of these were CIYC boats but who was counting? No doubt some of these other boats were with other clubs we know well,  including Don and Erlyn Lucas Payne  (Erlyn is the Vice and soon to be Commodore of DBYC) who recently submitted an application to join our club as well. Welcome aboard guys!!!

Next up is an opportunity to cruise into Sportsmen Yacht Club on August 7-9 to enjoy that group's annual luau (see the recently emailed announcement and reservation form.)  Immediately following is our annual Glen C. Scrimger Memorial Go Fast Mystery Cruise on August 22.  This year the event will depart from and return to our summer time Mildred Island anchor out (see the recently emailed flyer and reservation form.)  Contact Commodore Chip Maguire for anchor out details and Vice Commodore Michael Christopher for meal choices and other details on the Go Fast Mystery Cruise.  Labor Day follows with our return to Commodore Island on September 4 for four days of fun including the always amusing Jungle Cruise put on by Curt and Marsha Hayes (look for an emailed reservation form from those folks.)  On September 18-20 we will have our last anchor out, this at what has become known as Secret Slough near Discovery Bay.  Like our other anchor outs, the theme is water fun--bring floaties, SUPs, water wings and the like and soak up the 80+ degree water likely at that time of year. Commodore Chip Maguire will be the contact on that event.
This brings us to the 31st Annual CIYC Down Bay Cruise.  Fleet Captain Ritter has lined up a full program of destinations, all of which should be alluring to those who want to really get out on the water and explore our SF Bay and beyond.  During the period October 2-12 we will visit: Vallejo Yacht Club, Petaluma's Downtown Dock,  San Rafael Yacht Club, Berkeley Yacht Club, Treasure Island's Clipper Cove (to watch the Fleet Week happenings including the Blue Angels and other flying acts,) and finally the Sausalito Cruising Club.  You've seen the early announcement and will soon see the sign up info for this event.

We bring the cruising year to an end in the Fall beginning at Grindstone Joe's on October 23-25.  If you haven't seen this private club and it's island facilities (actually a peninsula, near Tower Park on Little Connection Slough), this is your chance.  This club, rather exclusive, doesn't have many clubs cruising in but we've got a reservation and hope to have a good turnout. We then finish up as the year comes to a close at Bridge Marina's annual Halloween Party (drive or boat in) and hopefully at Discovery Bay November 7-9 for a cruise in.  We will have our year ending General Meeting at one of these locations as well as our Change of Watch gathering. These last three events are still in the early planning stages so watch for emailed announcements.
That's something like 17 events for 2015, either already enjoyed or on the books.  Some have been in the off months of winter, others where we've tied to docks, still others where we've been on the hook.  We even had an event--Day at the Races--that was just about getting good friends together even if no water was involved.   As a cruising club nobody does it better than CIYC!  We hope to see you on a few of these upcoming events.  Don't hesitate to contact any Board member with questions about our calendar and details about these events.