ClubBuzz: A very special event this week with Wine Tasting from the exceptional Byington Winery

ClubBuzz: A very special event this week with Wine Tasting from the exceptional Byington Winery

The Buzz
Newsletter of The Club at Westpoint

Wine Tasting Special Event
Club Chronicles (part 3)

January at The Club

This week:
Friday 13th: Byington Winery Wine Tasting at 6:00 pm – limited space
Saturday 14th: PICYA Commodore’s Ball at Sequoia Yacht Club at 5:00 pm

Anchor-Out to the South Bay – Weather Delayed – see below

Quick Updates:
New Building Pictures
The bar is being built!

As always, details on all these topics below. 

SPECIAL EVENT: Byington Winery

Friday, January 13th, at 6:00 pm
Limited Availability Wine Tasting

In 1958, Bill and Mary Byington purchased 95 acres surrounded by redwood forests as a family retreat. Bill planted eight acres of Pinot Noir on the southernmost tip of the rugged Santa Cruz Mountains. Byington Vineyard & Winery was established with its vintage 1987 release.

We will sample four select wines and be led on a journey of discovery by Vince Robledo, Certifed Sommelier. 

There will be a small charge for the Wine Tasting and for the Charcuterie platters. 
Wine Tasting Tickets $25 pp, Charcuterie Tasting Board is $25 pp, and “The Package” price (Wine Tasting and Charcuterie) is $40 pp. This event is limited to 25 people.

Sign me up for the SPECIAL EVENT

A limited selection of bottles will be available for members to purchase including:


Annual PICYA Commodore’s Ball
Saturday, January 14th, 5:00 pm – Sequoia Yacht Club

PICYA Commodore Joan Marsh and the 2022 Officers and Directors
cordially invite members and guests of The Club at Westpoint to the

Annual PICYA Commodore’s Ball
& Installation of the 2023 Officers

HONORING Commodore Larry Mayne, member of The Club at Westpoint, and the 2023 Officers and Directors

Sequoia Yacht Club on January 14, 2023

No-host Cocktails 5:00 pm
Dinner 6:30 pm
Installation & Program 7:00 pm

Music & Dancing to follow

Black Tie Suggested
$60 per person

RSVP BY Jan 7th or call Colleen at 415.259.9894

Anchor-Out to the South Bay

The planned anchor-out to the South Bay is postponed

We regret to announce the upcoming South Bay Anchor Out will be postponed. Your cruise-out team has been reviewing weather and tide forecasts, and out of the abundance of caution, we’ve decided to postpone the South Bay Anchor Out. We are looking to reschedule the anchor out to January 27th, but that too will be dependent on weather. If it pushes further into February, we run into conflict with the St. Francis Cruise out. Thank you for your patience as we work to make our water activities fun and safe for The Club. We will post updates to the cruisers forum, if you want to be included, please be sure to subscribe to the cruisers email list, by sending an email to:

FIRESIDE CHAT: Special Topic:
The Club and the restaurant Hurrica

Wednesday, January 25th, 6:00 pm – Clubhouse and Zoom

Join President Robin Driscoll for a special Fireside Chat on how the relationship between The Club and the Restaurant Hurrica will work for club members.

This meeting will be in person in the clubhouse and also on Zoom.

This is a members-only event.

There will be snacks served.

Sign me up for the FIRESIDE CHAT

Speaker Series: Cruising the Inside Passage
Friday, January 27th, 6:00 pm – Clubhouse and Zoom

Members Jeff Birdwell and Holly Winnen will take us on their adventure cruising “Teak and Holly” up and back through the Inside Passage to Glacier Bay, Sitka, and Juneau. The beauty, vastness, and wildness of this area are almost indescribable. Every day offered something new to see and do. From navigating currents in the narrows, maneuvering through walls of crab pots, 25-foot tidal changes in 6 hours, and an array of wildlife (whales, seals, eagles, otters, and BEARS oh my). Not to mention icebergs, growlers, and baby bits. And yes we caught many fish, crabs, and prawns along the way. As boat owners of less than a year when we started the cruise we learned so much! We would love to share some of the highlights from our fantastic journey with you.

This event will be catered. Meal tickets will be $25 pp.


What’s new with the building

The Bar with a view to Greco Island and beyond

The bar storage (to the right) and the office (to the left)

Club Chronicles
Nautical “Wisdom” Doesn’t Always Save the Day

“It’s a smart sailor who knows when to stay in port.” That’s good advice, and I always check the weather the night before and the day of departure. But, Mother Nature sometimes doesn’t “play fair.”

I was planning to sail from the east coast of Baja (Marina Puerto Los Cabos) across the Sea of Cortez to Mazatlan. This is about 180 nautical miles and estimated to take 40 hours of non-stop sailing. That was “Plan A.” 

What happened was “Plan B.”

The first three hours after leaving the marina breakwater were uneventful. After that, and once out of the protection of the NE-trending coastline, the wind began to pick up out of the north (on the port beam and port quarter). 

The winds gradually built to mid-20 kts to low 30 kts with occasional higher gusts and four-to-five-foot wind waves. This was a dreaded Sea of Cortez “Norther” and obviously not forecasted! The next 30-plus hours were not fun.

The boat handled it well with double-reefed main and staysail. The Hydrovane self-steering maintained course. All I had to do was sit in the cockpit, hang on, try to stay dry and warm (at night), and ride it out as you see in the photo below.

Needless to say, boat speed was greater than planned. The result was arrival off the Mazatlan breakwater at “0-dark thirty” instead of daylight.  Fortunately, the winds had died to almost nothing during the last six hours of the crossing. Not wishing to defy nautical wisdom (i.e., “never enter an unfamiliar harbor at night”), I motored in a holding pattern until dawn.Tying up to the dock in the marina never felt so good!

Submitted by:  Neal Doten  s/v No Moss

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