ClubBuzz: Tonight’s Pub Quiz starts at 6:00. New video to watch. And sign up for the Wine Tasting and the next fascinating Club Chronicle from Neal

ClubBuzz: Tonight's Pub Quiz starts at 6:00. New video to watch. And sign up for the Wine Tasting and the next fascinating Club Chronicle from Neal

The Buzz
Newsletter of The Club at Westpoint
Sunday, April 9th, 2023

April and May at The Club

Friday, 14th – April Pub Quiz
Sunday, 16th – RC Laser Racing – N-Dock
Friday, 21st – April in Paris Wine Tasting
Friday, 21st – Friday Fun Series, race #1
Sunday, 30th – Opening Day on the Bay Cruise

Thursday, 4th to Sunday 7th – Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show at Westpoint Harbor – volunteers needed
Saturday, 13th – Private event
Friday, 19th – Friday Fun Series, race #2
Saturday, May 20th – PYSF Spring Fund Raiser

Volunteers, please sign up here.

April Pub Quiz on Friday at 6:00 pm
Another hour of odd facts, local history, and current affairs

This month’s April Pub Quiz will be its usual combination of fun facts and surprising stories. Join us for snacks at 6:00, quiz at 6:30, and prizes at 7:00.

For those of you new to The Club, the monthly pub quiz is a social get together with a trivia quiz in the background. The questions are not difficult and meant to be fun and a little bit educational.

This month’s teaser question:

Why are couples in Japan sending bags of rice with a picture of their newborn babies to the baby’s grandparents? Bonus question: how heavy is the bag of rice?

Sign Up HERE if coming in person
Sign Up HERE to register for Zoom

We made this video for the boat show 
Enjoy this montage of club pictures that we will be running in the booth at the
Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show from May 4th to 7th.

Renderings of the new clubhouse and restaurant plus lots of photos of all the fun events we’ve had. Thanks to everyone for all your feedback and ideas for the video.

“April in Paris” Wine Tasting Event
Friday, April 21st at 6:00 pm in the clubhouse

Cost: $25 per person – 
Includes a tasting, charcuterie nibbles, salad, & quiche. 
Limited to 20 people

Sign ups below.

Tasting selection:

  • Champagne Guilleminot 
  • Chardonnay 
  • Pinot Noir or Cabernet Franc  
  • Saba Red Blend 

6:00-6:30 pm Charcuterie Platter
6:30-7:00 pm Salad & Quiche Lorraine
7:00-9:00 pm Tasting

It’s April in Paris and at The Club at Westpoint. Let’s toast the coming of Spring with champagne from Frederich Boelen’s family vineyard, rounded with tastings hand-selected from boutique French Wineries. Frederich will conduct a virtual tasting.

Sign Up here if you are attending via Zoom
Click this link to see the wine selections and to learn how you can order wine to be delivered to your home
Sign Up here if you are attending in person

Friday Fun Series 2023
First Race, April 21st

We are starting The Club At Westpoint’s fifth year of the Friday Fun sailing events. This year with some added Destination Sails. The first four sailing Fridays we’ll be on our own unless we come up with an impromptu plan, the fifth Friday sail is to Treasure Island on the eve of the Westpoint Regatta! And then for the second half of the 2023 series we plan to enjoy the new Club facility! 

So, sign up on and join the Fun. NOR and SIs can be found here.

Larry Mayne (email)

Sign Up on Jibeset

Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show
May 4th to 7th from 10:00 to 6:00
Volunteers needed

To volunteer, sign up here

Thursday: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Club will be having a booth at the event and hosting invited visitors on the party barge adjacent to N-Dock.

$15 Daily
Kids under 12 Free
Thursday & Friday: Free for Active Military

We need volunteers – sign up below.
Volunteers get a stylish polo shirt with the club burgee embroidered on it.

Save the date: PYSF Fundraiser
May 20th, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Los Altos Community Center

Club Chronicles #7 The Navigator’s Rule
Grab a coffee and enjoy the latest installment of the delightful tales of boating life from Neal Doten,

There are many, I know. But, I’ve got one in particular that I want to emphasize. I first learned it in Air Force “nav school” while working toward getting my wings and eventually flying C-141s worldwide. It applies whether you are flying or sailing (cruising) . . .
“Never rely on just one aid to navigation.”  

Now for those of us who use a chart-plotter (or other GPS-based nav aid), don’t get complacent and assume it’s telling you the truth! A picture is worth a thousand words, but let me give you the background on the one below.

Sailing from Nuevo Vallarta (MX) northbound to Punta Mita (Banderas Bay), was an excellent example. My boat is the red/green triangle that points north and appears to be on the beach (shoreline). (Disregard the orange arrow that is telling me which way to turn.) Also, note that there is another boat (solid red triangle) that is apparently about .25 nm inland from the shore.  

Don’t cue the ominous music and fear for “our hero!”  In actuality, I’m about .75 nm offshore and the other boat is anchored near the shore. It was a beautifully warm and clear day, so a visual check of my position proved the chart-plotter had seemingly lost its mind.  

The real culprit and reason for the error was a software programming glitch inherent to the chart files downloaded from the “latest” update by Garmin. This underscores the need to invoke “The Navigator’s Rule.” If the visibility was poor or it was nighttime, using the radar (another aid to navigation) would have been a valid crosscheck.

By the way, during the entire nine-month cruise from California to Mexico and return, this was the only time the chart-plotter was in error. Always maintain position awareness, and follow the “rule!”

Submitted by:  Neal Doten  s/v No Moss

Save the date:

Sail the Riviera with PYSF at their spring fundraiser.

Saturday, May 20th from 6-9pm at Los Altos Community Center.  

More details to come!

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