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Applications Now Open for 2018 SF Bay Women’s Match Race Clinegatta

San Francisco, CA, USA  – March 2, 2018

Following on the success of last summer’s Women’s Match Race Clinegatta, the sailors at the St. Francis Yacht Club have decided to do it again, this time with a 2.5-day clinic and Grade 5 Match Race Regatta for female skippers with match racing experience.  This event will take place April 27 to 29 at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. All-female teams are encouraged to apply, especially those aiming to compete in the US Women’s Match Racing Championship at StFYC later in the summer. However, this event is an open event and mixed gender teams are also welcome to apply for an invitation so long as the skipper and one other crew are women.

Former world champion Liz Baylis will lead the coaching team; she will be assisted by defending national champion Nicole Breault.

Tentative schedule and format:

Fri April 27 1300-1700 — boat handling practice

1800-2000 —dinner with talk Sat April 28 1000-1200 — morning drills

1200-1300 — lunch break

1300-1400 — debrief/brief

1400-1600 — afternoon scrimmaging

1700-1800 — debrief Sun April 29 full race day

Cost = $400/team

Applications opened at noon on March 1st.

For more information, please contact:

Event Chairperson, Nicole Breault: nbsailor@gmail.com, (203) 671-7908

StFYC Race Director, Jennifer Lancaster: stfycracedirector@gmail.com, 415-820-3710

StFYC Race Coordinator, Graham Biehl: racing@stfyc.com, (415) 655-7756

NHYC Announces Baldwin Cup Teams for 2017

Baldwin Cup Team Race at Newport Harbor Yacht Club is proud to announce that for the fourth year running JPMorgan Chase will act as the presenting sponsor for our premier team racing regatta. JPMorgan Chase continues their grand yachting tradition by supporting BCTR which welcomes sailors from around the country and across the world to compete in BCTR’s exceptional 4v4 team racing format—with live announcing and close quarters spectating. This year newly joining the Baldwin Cup mix is Gosling’s Rum, the libation of choice for mariners the world over. Together with the hundreds of volunteers that make the event happen the 2017 Baldwin Cup Team Race at Newport Harbor Yacht Club presented by JPMorgan Chase is set to be the best yet!



Without further ado, the 2017 Baldwin Cup Team Race at Newport Harbor Yacht Club accepted teams are:

Balboa Yacht Club  ·  Newport Beach, CA

College of Charleston Yacht Club  ·  Charleston, SC

Larchmont Yacht Club  ·  Larchmont, NY

New York Yacht Club  ·  New York, NY

Royal Thames Yacht Club  ·  London, UK

St. Francis Yacht Club  ·  San Francisco, CA

San Diego Yacht Club  ·  San Diego, CA

Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club  ·  Oyster Bay, NY

Southern Yacht Club  ·  New Orleans, LA

Yale Corinthian Yacht Club  ·  Branford, CA



From the Lipton Cup Website:

The 102nd Challenge for the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup, San Diego Yacht Club’s signature fall regatta, will be sailed on October 28-30, 2016. Named for the historic yachtsman and tea baron, Sir Thomas Lipton, the Lipton Cup allows yacht clubs’ teams to face off to determine who is the best of the best. It has been the most prestigious trophy contested in Southern California and one of the most coveted on the West Coast since 1903.

Racers will compete in San Diego Bay, allowing plenty of viewing opportunities for friends and family along the waterfront. To ensure fairness, the regatta will be held in a round robin format using equalized J/105s provided by owners of local Southern California boats. There will be a practice day on Thursday, October 27.

Twelve teams from around the country will compete in this year’s regatta: Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, California Yacht Club, Coronado Yacht Club, Eastern Yacht Club, Larchmont Yacht Club, Long Beach Yacht Club, New York Yacht Club, Newport Harbor Yacht Club, San Diego Yacht Club, San Francisco Yacht Club, Southwestern Yacht Club, and St. Francis Yacht Club.

Host San Diego Yacht Club won last year’s Lipton Cup while St. Francis Yacht Club and California Yacht Club have also won within the past 5 years. Eastern Yacht Club, Larchmont Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club will be vying for their first win of the trophy, while San Francisco Yacht Club’s last win was back in 1916.


Returning SDYC skipper Tyler Sinks is confident that the skills of the 2016 team will help them win the trophy again. Going into the Lipton Cup weekend, Team SDYC will concentrate on sailing well and keeping their heads in their own boat.

“Sailing well is only thing we can control and if we can do that, we’ll put ourselves in a position to win,” explains Sinks.

This year’s Lipton Cup will feature three days of competitive sailing with a dockside social on Friday, and a Saturday night banquet for competitors and guests after racing. The awards party will take place on Sunday after racing.

Event co-chair, Joanne O’Dea, explains the spirit of the weekend. “Lipton Cup is a fun event because its three days of intense competition on the water — matched with equal enthusiasm for the camaraderie off the water. San Diego Yacht Club is proud to host this event every year and is excited to welcome the visiting teams to our bay.”

Sinks is also looking forward to a weekend of fun. “The Club does such a great job with the regatta and so many club members come out to watch the sailing, hopefully the weather will cooperate and we’ll be able to give them some exciting racing.”

The Lipton Cup Regatta and San Diego Yacht Club would like to thank its sponsors: Ballast Point, Helly Hansen, North Sails, Pacific Gate San Diego & Zeal Optics.

J70 Worlds Report and Wrap Up From a Corinthian Competitor’s View

From SailCouture



Alcatel J/70 Worlds Delivers More Than Results

The husband and wife team of Tracy and Christy Usher bought their J/70 sailboat Christine Robin one year ago setting their sights on sailing in the 2016 Alcatel World Championships in San Francisco, just six months from their first major regatta. Here, Christy tells their story and explains why buying the J/70 was the best decision they ever made.


My first year sailing in the J/70 Class has been one of the most exhilarating and by far one of the best years of my life—culminating just recently with the Alcatel J/70 World Championship hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club (StFYC). Almost exactly one year ago to the start of the Worlds, my husband Tracy and I bought our J/70 sailboat. Buying the J70 has proven to be the best decision we’ve made together.

My husband and I had been looking for the right sailboat for us as a family for over a decade. Tracy had been content competing on the Laser Master circuit, so for many years we sailed Lasers “together separately.” He sailed the Laser Standard Masters while I sailed in the Laser Radial Masters. As much as I enjoyed sailing in the Laser Class, I aspired for a sailboat we could race and sail together.


Our first introduction to the J/70 was in Newport, RI, in Fall 2012. StFYC sent a team that included my husband and Peter Vessella to the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) for a regatta, which was to be sailed in J/Boats’ latest speedster, the J/70. Peter Vessella was rightfully and quickly smitten with the boat and purchased one soon after.

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Phenomenal Sailing and World-Class Talent Expected at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds

September 26, 2016



Racing starts tomorrow on San Francisco Bay for the J70 World Championships.  Plenty of SoCal sailors are competing in this event,

Current Entry List

From the StFYC Website:

Summer’s days may be numbered, but this comes as welcome news to all sailors participating in the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, as fall’s arrival neatly dovetails with the start of what promises to be a world-championship regatta for the ages. Starting and finishing guns will echo across the Berkley Circle racecourse, an area of San Francisco Bay to the northeast (and leeward) of Alcatraz Island, from September 27 to October 1, and competing sailors can expect some of the finest annual conditions that this world-class venue reliably delivers.

San Francisco Bay enjoys a storied reputation for breeze-on summer sailing, while its winter months can be “a little” damp. Late-September, however, usually offers Indian summer conditions featuring warm days with slightly moderated airs, making it ideal for a high-performance, planing rocket ship like the J/70—a boat that gets her bow up and out of the water on the first good puff.

Along with breeze, San Francisco Bay is notorious for its currents and tides, which have challenged world-class professional sailors racing everything from powerful keelboats to foiling catamarans. Fortunately for participants of the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds, the Berkeley Circle racecourse is located on shallow, tide-protected waters, out of the slippery influence of the swiftest-flowing current that rake the Bay’s deeper waters. Not only will this deliver conditions that play into the J/70’s design brief, but it also ensures that world-class tactics, teamwork and tenacity—not local knowledge—determine the winner’s podium.


“Expectations are high for this event,” said Lynn Lynch, St. Francis Yacht Club’s Race Director. “Model sailing conditions, world-class talent, top-level race management and unbelievable socials will all come together to result in a World Championship worthy of the fastest-growing fleet around. The anticipation is palpable, and we are expecting people to come ready for some serious competition.”

A glance at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds entry list reveals 80 star-studded boats from 15 nations, including former J/70 World Champions Tim Healy (Helly Hansen) and Julian Fernandez Neckelmann (Flojito Y Cooperando); former J/70 North American Champions Jud Smith (Africa) and Joe Bardenheier (Muse); as well as former J/70 European Champions Carlo Alberini (Calvi Network) and Claudia Rossi (Petite Terrible). Additionally, this impressive list also includes world-class tacticians such as John Kostecki, the only sailor to have ever won an Olympic medal, the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race, as well as former US Sailing Rolex Yachtsmen of the Year winners Bill Hardesty (2011) and Paul Cayard (1998).


By holding their Worlds on San Francisco Bay, the J/70 class joins the ranks of other prestigious One Design classes that have contested their highest-level regatta on these historic waters and enjoyed the St. Francis Yacht Club’s world-class hospitality. Impressive company to keep for a class that just started sailing in 2012, and has only held two previous world championships, first in Newport, Rhode Island (2014) and then in La Rochelle, France (2015).

“We couldn’t be happier with how widespread J/70 sailing has become in just four years,” said Jeff Johnstone, President of J/Boats. “Hull numbers 1103 through 1111 are the latest to be built and will be competing at the San Francisco Worlds right alongside hull #2.”

Along with a big spike in hull numbers comes a corollary spike in boatspeed from all corners of the planet. “The class’ [competition] level is going up very fast, with more talented sailors joining every year,” said 2015 J/70 World Champion and 2016 J/70 North American Champion, Julian Fernandez Neckelmann. While this surge in numbers and skill levels could overwhelm some classes and hosting clubs, there’s a reason this hugely popular class chose its hosting partner. “The St. Francis Yacht Club and the [J/70] class will certainly provide excellent race management,” continued Neckelmann. “San Francisco is one of my favorite racing scenarios in the world… It would have been hard to [choose] a better place.”

Registration for this exciting event has now closed, however friends, family and interested spectators can follow the racing online courtesy of title sponsor Alcatel, who is supplying smartphones to each boat that will be used as onboard trackers to report real-time positions, facilitating a state-of-the-art virtual spectator experience for those ashore. For more information about this world-class regatta, please visit stfyc.com/j70worlds2016.

2016 USMRC Prince of Wales Qualifier – SoCal’s Steve Natvig Overall Winner

May 21-22. 2016 – San Francisco, CA – St. Francis Yacht Club


Three SoCal teams traveled to San Francisco to compete in the US Match Racing Championship (USMRC) Prince of Wales Qualifier held in J 22s at StFYC.   Steve Natvig’s team of Roger O’Conner, Wes Byrne and Brian McMartin took the top spot going 10-4.  Dustin Durant’s team of Ben Wheatley, Shane Young and Mike Radziejowski placed fourth with a 8-6 record.  Dave Hood’s team of Randy Smith, Erik Berzins and Kyle Blair had a tough go due to an injury Dave suffered and had to withdraw from Sunday’s races.

The win qualifies Steve and his team to compete in the finals to be held at San Diego Yacht Club San Diego, CA, October 7 -9, 2016 for the Prince of Wales Bowl.

Steve Natvig
Steve Natvig

Steve hails from Redondo Beach and is representing Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club.   He is a Prince of Wales veteran, this being the third time he will be competing in the finals as skipper.  Last year he was on the winning team crewing for Dave Perry.  Good luck Steve in the finals, we will be following you and your team’s efforts!


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