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2016 Labor Day Regatta at Tomales Bay photo by Gail Cafferata

Santa Rosa Sailing Club
October 2016

Fall is here but there are still plenty of SRSC sailing opportunities.

Upcoming Events

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, October 20
6:00 pm Dinner and/or social time
6:30 pm Club Business

Location: Pizza Gourmet
1415 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa, CA

All are welcome to attend to share ideas and stories

More Details Here at Meetup
September minutes


Tomales Bay Fall Race Series
Sundays:  September 25, October 9, October 23.  Three sailboat races per day starting at 11:00 A.M.  off Marconi Cove.

Notice of Race
Details and Signup at meetup

Spring Lake Winter Series

Sundays, 2 pm
Oct 16, Nov 6, Dec 11 at the launch ramp.
@017 Dates to be announced

Notice of Race

Petaluma River Cruise

Saturday, October 29, 10 am

Semi-Annual SRSC Petaluma River Cruise:  Skippers' meeting on dock at Petaluma Marina launching ramp at 10:00.

Details and Signup at meetup

Past Events

Labor Day Regatta at Tomales Bay
Labor Day weekend, Friday through Monday

On a sunlit Friday morning, our 14’ Vagabond nearly overran the beach where the Santa Rosa Sailing Club would soon gather for the Annual Labor Day Regatta. Having left early to evade higher winds, we were surprised by a long, smooth run across Tomales Bay to Marshall Beach. By evening, four keelboats, a Laser, a Lido 14, a Force 5, a Pelican, and the Vagabond with their eager sailors, families, and friends spanned the sandy shore. Regatta Chair Bill Daniel and Mark Madigan inflated the marks, defined Race Committee space, and laid out details for Saturday morning Registration as the first beach fire warmed the wide circle of friends.

Race Committee Chair Steve Sarsfield arrived Saturday morning as the marks were set. Two more keelboats, including a ketch with a bright spinnaker, arrived before Bob Cafferata sounded the horn and the boats were off, first keelboats, then centerboards. Winds were surprisingly gusty and fluky for the bay, so race courses were shorter than usual but full of excitement.

On Saturday evening, we gathered for hearty appetizers and a bonfire under a starry sky that brought quite a chill to the air. The winds on Sunday were again more powerful than usual, and while a Pelican raced well Sunday morning, the afternoon races were daunting for many, with several capsizes to which the Race Committee and others responded. Thankfully, there were no injuries or boat damages. We enjoyed a long afternoon on the beach before dinner and gathering around the campfire, where Mike Kesler (Race Committee statistician) thanked everyone for coming and announced the winners:

1 Mark Madigan and crew
2 Mark Peters and crew
3 Ed Kane and crew.

1 Kevin McGregor in the Laser

2 Tom Dost and Mike Kesler in the Lido 14 (2)
3 Chuck Herzog in his West Wight Potter

Thanks to everyone who helped make this another memorable Club Regatta!

-story by Gail Cafferata, results by Mike Kesler

Final Race Results

Here are some interesting historical regatta race results form Mike Kesler.
1981 Regatta
1987 Regatta


San Rafael Cruise

Saturday, September 19

Attendees: Pat Broderick and two of his grandsons (Vagabond 14), Gail and Bob Cafferata (Vagabond 14), Bob Chivvis and Shannon Wooster (Mutineer 15), Joe Duri (Mayflower), Wallace Whiting (Vagabond 14), Virginia (Laser), and John and Chris from SEA (power boat).
We began our adventure at the docks at the launching ramp at Loch Lomond Marina. With all 7 boats in the water, we departed at about 11:00 A.M., the sailboats tacking out the marina entrance channel and then turning to starboard to take the Green “5” daymark off our port sides, while the SEA powerboat escorted us—telling us when it was safe to turn off the marina entrance channel into the San Rafael Creek entrance channel. Bob and Shannon in their Mutineer 15 lead the procession out the marina entrance channel, with Wallace in his Vagabond 14 not too far behind. The wind at the dock died after these two boats departed, making it a long, slow beat out of the marina entrance channel for
the rest. Then, using the three daymarks (Green “5”, Red “6”, and Green “7”) and the two range marks, we ran to the creek entrance and then on beam and broad reaches up the creek. Abeam the kayak/SUP dock, some of us turned to port down the side channel to the Pier 15 Restaurant, while others of us continued down the creek to the Grand Avenue fixed bridge (1 foot vertical clearance!) and then back out to the Pier 15 Restaurant side channel. The latter group enjoyed the music of the private party at Terrapin Crossroads Restaurant and the dozen or so Laser sailors being instructed in the last slightly wider spot of the Creek. We all arrived at the Pier 15 Restaurant about 1:00 P.M. Total distance (without detour) from Loch Lomond Marina to Pier 15 Restaurant: approximately 1.5 miles. We all enjoyed a good lunch.

After a group photo was taken of our group standing in front of their boats, we all shoved off. Wallace and Bob and Shannon were first to the San Rafael Creek entrance range daymark and sailed around there to wait for everyone to head out into the Bay together. We all beat out to the Green “5” daymark and then beam reached down the marina entrance channel for home.

No capsizes, but one sailboat did have its daggerboard touch the bottom in the Creek (Wallace), one did use oars when the wind died (Joe), and one did have their beaching rudder kick up at an inopportune time (Gail and Bob). What a great day! See the pictures of the event at
Thanks to our SEA escorts, John and Chris.
Let's do it again!

Spring Lake Summer Series

Final Order of Finishers
1 Wallace Whiting
2 Bill Folk
3 Bill Daniel

4 Gail Cafferata
5 Robert Chivvis
6 Steve Sarsfield
7 David Gray
8 Mark Alarie
9 Steve Kay
10 Joe Duri
11 Isaac Shirley
12 Bob Pierce
13 Chris Watt

FINAL Race Detailed Results

Other News

Request for Candidates for Club Officers

If anyone is interested in volunteering to be a club officer next year (and beyond), let us know! We have elections at the January banquet. The officer positions take some time but are a great way to help the club continue and grow. We could use your help!

Scheduling for Next Year

We ask that you let us any conflicts that we should consider when we set the 2017 schedule.  We will finalize the Spring Lake days at the November meeting, and we need to know of any conflicts of these or other events to coordinate the rest of the schedule.  For example, the Tomales Series dates need to be non-Spring-Lake days, so Tomales conflicts affect the Spring Lake schedule.
Request ideas for other events.  I think we'll want to do the San Rafael Creek again, and Pat has suggested a Vallejo Estuary sail.  What about another try at a Tomales Bay weekend sail?
Attend a meeting or send an email to Wallace at with your ideas or suggestions.

Our Club Fleet is Expanding!

New boats in the Club:  Bob Chivvis and Shannon have a Mutineer 15, now, and they were definitely the fastest boat on San Rafael Creek.  With a D-PN of 96.0, they'll be the boat to beat at our races.  Bill Daniel added a Vagabond 14 to his collection, and now we have 7 of this design in the Club.  Can't wait to get a half dozen Vagabonds together at a cruise or race.
Pat Broderick with the Sausalito Yacht Club
Pat and crew racing “Nancy” in the Summer Sunset Series at Sausalito Yacht Club. 
Club Hats
We have club hats for sale.
Three colors: red, green, blue, $20 each.
See Gail Cafferata at club events to purchase one or two.


Telltale Content

We are always looking for items, news, photos to include in the Telltale. If you have anything to share, please send it to

Mark Alarie

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