ClubBuzz: Delta Cruise Our Briefing Tonight

ClubBuzz: Delta Cruise Our Briefing Tonight

The Buzz
Newsletter of The Club at Westpoint
Monday, August 7th, 2023

In today’s Buzz:

  • Saturday Hang-Out Pics
  • Delta Cruise-Out Briefing
  • Club Chronicle #10 – Practicing for the Delta
  • Junior Sailing Early Registration
  • PYSF Family FUNdraising

Call for volunteers:

  • Set up for the PYSF FUNdraising Regatta (Saturday 12th, from 2:00 to 3:00)
  • Serving drinks at the PYSF FUNdraising Regatta (Saturday 12th, from 3:00 to 5:00) – must have ABC Certification

August through October at The Club

Saturday, 5th
– Member hangout on the Large Barge and then …
Monday, 7th – Early registration for members in PYSF Fall Sailing program
Monday, 7th – Delta Cruise-Out Briefing (Zoom)
Thursday, 10th – Board meeting
Thursday, 10th – FIFA World Cup if USA Playing (Clubhouse) 6:00pm
Friday, 11th – Friday Fun Series #7
Saturday 12th – PYSF Family Fun Regatta
Sunday 13th – RC Laser Racing
Thursday, 17th to Sunday 20th – GM on Vacation
Thursday, 25th to September 1st – Delta Cruise-Out

Friday, 1st to Monday 4th
– Schoonmaker Cruise-Out
Monday, 4th – Labor Day Observed
Friday, 8th – Pub Quiz is back
Sunday, 10th – RC Laser Racing
Friday, 15th – Friday Fun Series #9
Saturday, 16th – Special Meet the New Members Hangout
Saturday, September 23rd – Red Bra Regatta South Beach Yacht Club

Friday, 6th – Friday Fun Series #10
Monday, 9th – Columbus Day observed
Friday, 27th – Annual Members Meeting (proposed)

Notice of Annual Members Meeting
Voting closes at midnight tonight. You should have an email with your voter number. Please check your spam folder if you do not see it.

Kevin Parker, Secretary, The Club at Westpoint.

Saturday Hang Out and Chill
Next one – Saturday September 16th at 4:00 pm – Special Meet the New Members

Super sunny Saturday for hanging out and having fun. Thanks to the harbor for the use of the large party barge and for the wonderful shade it provides. Thanks to all who came, everyone who helped put it together, and special thanks to Roland Wood for the Duffy tours. We’ll do this again next month.

Delta Cruise-Out Briefing
Tonight at 7:00 pm

Cruising to the Delta – A presentation, Aug 7 @ 7:00 pm
Interested in hearing about cruising to The Delta? Please join Shannon on Monday, August 7th at 7:00 pm via zoom for a short presentation on The Delta, followed by a Q&A session. The presentation will include guidance for first time visitors, and suggestions that should help make your time in the Delta more enjoyable. While the presentation is intended for those joining us in the Delta later in August, particularly those that have never been, all are welcome to join and participate in the discussion. The presentation will be zoom only, and you may join the presentation on the night using this link: HTTPS:// the link can be found in The Club calendar here too.

If you are thinking about attending The Delta Cruise Out (Aug 25 to Aug 31), please put your name on the sign up sheet, here.

Club Chronicles #10 – Practicing for the Delta
The latest installment in The Club Chronicles series
from Port Captain, Neal Doten

Should you ever venture north to San Francisco Bay, here is a lesser-known cruising ground that offers a “Delta experience” without going the extra miles. You will have all the same challenges (winding waterways, drawbridges), but spend less time getting there and back.

Why bother? Well, once one has sailed San Francisco Bay with its “brisk” winds, fog, cool temperatures, and hefty currents, the thought of kicking back in warm, sunny weather and light breezes is eagerly anticipated. Add to that the visual appeal reminiscent of sailing the rural canals of Europe.

This most enjoyable cruising experience begins by heading north of San Francisco Bay to San Pablo Bay and anchor off China Camp (state park).

The next day you enter the Petaluma River which will take you all the way to the Petaluma Turning Basin (your end point). The distance is approximately 22 nm and is ideally done with a rising tide ─ just in case one kisses a mud bank along the way.

There are two bascule drawbridges that require VHF radio contact. The first one is the railroad bridge just south of the town of Petaluma.  The second one (D Street bridge) is essentially at the entrance to the Turning Basin.  This one requires prior notice and VHF radio contact when approaching.

Once in the Turning Basin, tie up to the main dock on the south side of the basin (adjacent to the Petaluma Yacht Club). You are now “downtown” and merely walk up the gangway to street level and access to all the shops and restaurants.
Plan your Petaluma (“Delta”) cruise for weekdays to avoid the weekend “crowd” and the possibility of tying stern-to the dock.  Unfortunately, the Petaluma YC is only active on the weekends.

Submitted by:  Neal Doten  s/v No Moss

PYSF Fall Sailing Program
Exclusive Registration for Members opens August 7th

Check out the Fall Sailing Program from our Junior Sailing team at PYSF. Exclusive Member registration opens on August 7th.

More details about the fall programs are here. The registration link will open today.

This pre-registration is an exclusive member benefit allowing you to get your junior sailors into the program two weeks before registration is open to the public.

And do join the rest of The Club in supporting the PYSF Family Fun Regatta (see below) on August 12th.

PYSF Family FUNdraising Regatta
Saturday, August 12th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Chesapeake
then 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Westpoint

Family FUNdraising Regatta for the Lori Wilkinson Trophy

  • When: Saturday, August 12th from 10am-2pm
  • Where: Chesapeake Venue
  • Who: Current PYSF sailors, alumni and their families
  • What: Racing FJs in the turning basin adjacent to Chesapeake.  And spectating/heckling of the racers from the grass!
  • Cost: $250 entry fee (includes after party)
  • More information

End-of-Summer Party

  • When: Immediately following racing, Saturday 3-5pm
  • Where: Westpoint Venue
  • Who: EVERYONE!!!
  • What: End of Summer celebration.  We will have a band, taco truck, libations for all!  We will also have FJs, Cubes and Ideals waiting at the dock for everyone to sail (like a family night!)
  • Cost: $50 pp or $100 family
  • More information

Register here.

Upcoming PYSF events
July 29-30: BAYS Summer Series #3 @ San Francisco YC
August 12: Family FUNdraising Regatta and Party @ PYSF (10am-4pm)

Volunteers Needed to Serve Drinks
at the PYSF Family Fun Regatta on August 12th
Email Kevin at

Red Bra Regatta
Saturday, September 23th, South Beach Yacht Club

This is the 11th annual Red Bra Regatta. This is a regatta skippered and crewed by women only in the south portion of San Francisco Bay. This is a fun event that allows women to race against each other and enjoy a beautiful venue. No host bar and food for a nominal fee will be held after the race at South Beach Yacht Club.

More details here

Thank you
Jocelyn Swanson
South Beach YC

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