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2017 Labor Day Regatta - photo by Gail Gafferata

Santa Rosa Sailing Club
October 2017

Current Events

Wildland Fires

As we begin to recover from the devastating wildfires of a few weeks ago, each of us was affected, witnessing the devastation from the fires. One of our club members shared some images and his thoughts of the fire experience. I hope that we can all rediscover new happiness while living in this beautiful place and with the great people around us.




We finally got up to see what was left of my in-laws house on Saturday.  We dug through the ashes for stuff, but we didn’t find much worth keeping.

The first photo is their house (Grandpa’s Honda Prelude is in the “garage”).
The second photo is their neighbor’s ’69 Firebird that had been beautifully restored. 
The third photo is a section of their neighborhood of 40+ homes.
Lessons learned...
We also drove around Fountaingrove a bit and noticed several “miracle” houses and structures that had somehow survived among the hundreds that hadn’t.  All of those “miracles” had exterior walls made from either stucco or some type of masonry.  There were none of the more-common wood-sided homes that survived that we could see. 

-Brian Roe

Thank you Brian.

Tomales Bay Fall Series

Sunday, October 29, 11 am 

Marconi Cove
18100 State Route 1, Marshall, CA

Three sailboat races per day starting at 11:00 A.M.  off Marconi Cove. Course is upwind 0.5 to 1 .5 nm and back, sometimes twice around. Portsmouth handicapping (no wind correction). See Santa Rosa Sailing Club web site ( for details.

See the results to date at

Meetup Details

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, November 16
6:00 pm Dinner and/or social time
6:30 pm Club Business

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

Let's plan our activities for the 2018 calendar! Bring any new ideas you have!
All are welcome to attend to share ideas and stories

More Details Here at Meetup

July 2017 meeting minutes

August 2017 meeting minutes
September 2017 meeting minutes

We won't have any minutes for the October get together, since it wasn't an official meeting.  We did have six people, though.  

Recent Events

Summer Twilight Series at Lake Ralphine (COMPLETED)
Tuesdays, June 13 thru August 8

Thanks for a great Twilight Series!
Open Class:  David Gray (1), Steve Sarsfield (2), Mark Alarie (3)
Laser Class:  Paul Bussard (1), Paul Zeni (2), Kevin McGregor (3)

Final Detailed Results:

Spring Lake SUMMER Series (COMPLETED)
Sundays, ended August 20

Final Results
David Gray (1)
Joe Duri (2)
Gail Cafferata (3)

Final Detailed Results:

Annual Tomales Bay Labor Day Regatta
September 1 thru 4

Sounds like another successful regatta (with new adventures all weekend). The notes below are from various sources, compiled by Wallace Whiting, enjoy reading about the weekend!

Gail and Bob Cafferata had a great time sailing their Vagabond to the beach. It took over 2 hours because no wind. They tried to sail back (an hour on the water) but the tide and wind were both against them and they got only across from the beach. Bill Daniels towed them all the way back.

David Gray raced the Cafferatas’ Vagabond. He was doing so well until the hiking strap broke and he pitched over backwards out of the boat. The tiller was damaged. The extension is on the bottom of the bay.

Because one race went over 90 minutes, the Race Committee (Gail and Bob) decided not to omit the worst race so there would be results from four races. Those were the results they gave out at the bonfire. When posting the results, they also calculated the results with the worst race dropped. One reason it makes sense to do it that way is that Bill Daniel did not finish Race #4 because he went to help Bob Chivvis and then went to check on Mike Bolger rather than finish the race. When they did that, the results changed. Mark Madigan moved to 3rd place and Bill Daniel moved to 2nd place. They then reported, “Whether this should change the places we awarded is above my pay grade.” Bill Daniel then told the Race Committee that the results reported on the beach were fine with him, so the original results stand.
Top Finishers
Centerboard class

  1. John Mahaffey (Pelican)
  2. Kevin McGregor (Laser)
  3. Chuck Herzog (Potter 15)
Keelboat class
  1. Mark Peters (Ericson 25)
  2. Bill Daniel (Hunter 22)
  3. Mark Madigan (Catalina 25)

See detailed regatta results here

Mike Bolger’s Catalina 250 was dismasted at the spreaders during the race when a lower shroud parted. No injuries to crew reported.

The outboard on the Club launch failed as David Gray was motoring back to Miller, so David got quite an exercise in rowing.

Fires were not allowed on the beach by the National Park rangers.
17 boats registered for the Regatta, and 13 participated in at least one race.
Mark Madigan reported that the Club broke even on the event.
Numerous photos have been posted to the Club Facebook page.
See the Facebook photos here

A drone video of the race start, from a sailor who was not a participant, has been posted to the Club Facebook page. Here is the Facebook link to the video. It's  cool.

Mark Tolbert told me that he had a great time in his Vagabond. Whether he capsized and then recovered to continue that race, I can’t remember.

Overall, quite a success! Special thanks to Bill Daniel (Regatta General Chair), Mark Madigan (Treasurer), Gail and Bob Cafferata (Race Committee), and David Gray (Club launch driver and rower).

San Rafael Cruise

Looks like a happy group having lunch.

Mare Island Cruise

This is a cruise report from Bob Chivvis.

Bill Daniel, Pat Broderick, Wallace Whiting, Bob Chivvis, and Shannon Wooster participated in the Mare Island Strait Sail on October 7, 2017. There were sunny skies and calm winds when they rigged up Bill’s Hunter 21 and Bob’s Mutineer 15 at the Vallejo free public launch ramps. It was low tide and the launch and parking lot were nearly vacant. Two of the ramps were silted in with a scuttled cabin cruiser strapped to the dock in one ramp.

We launched about 10:30 am and gingerly made it through the shallow water to the channel. We headed south to the mouth of the Mare Island Strait where it meets the Carquinez Strait. The flood tide was strong and the breeze light so the Hunter was towing the Mutt since it didn’t have a motor. Along the way we enjoyed the sights of Mare Island on one side and Vallejo on the other.  Pat was an excellent guide having sailed in the strait many times and sharing the history of the area. At the mouth we turned around and sailed back up the Mare Island Strait giving wide berth to passing barges, ferry boats, and pleasure craft. We sharpened our skills of sailing with a strong current along the way, narrowly missing a navigation buoy.  After sailing past the launch ramp and the ferry terminal we were intercepted by a Sheriff on a jet ski. He advised us to stay clear of the whale 🐳 boat races along the Vallejo waterfront ahead.  Sailing past the races we turned just before the causeway and entered the Vallejo marina.

We tied up at the free guest berth about 1:00 pm and had a nice lunch at the Sardine Can with its mermaid motif. We came out the marina after lunch with a 3 knot flood tide pushing us toward the nearby causeway and a very light wind. Minor panic as we quickly hooked the Mutt to the Hunter and motored away from the jaws of the causeway and down the Strait. We unhooked and tried sailing toward the launch but during the lulls we were going backwards. We hooked back up and the Hunter towed the Mutt back to the launch. No problems with shallow water at the launch now, the scuttled boat in the ramp was barely above water.  All in all, a pleasant day on the water but not without some exciting moments. 

Thanks, Bob.

Other Sailing News...

Check out an article by Steve Sarsfield!
Check out our the Latitude 38 September issue for an article by Steve Sarsfield on sailing in Tomales and Bodega Bays - a great spot to consider if you're looking for weekend trips in October! 
You can find the article on page 78 either in our digital issue:
or of course in the real thing!
Mark and Linda's Van Road trip to Washington
My excuse for late/missing Telltales is that we took a month long road trip up to Washington via the Oregon coast, camping and stopping (a lot) along the way to visit whatever we found interesting.
We saw a lot of beautiful old lighthouses along the Oregon coast.

The Center for Wooden Boats on Lake Union in Seattle has wooden boats in the water that you can rent and sail. Lots to just see.

The Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend in also a cool place to visit. It's the home the the Wooden Boat Festival in early September (which we just missed and I plan to go back next year).

L to R: Center for Wooden Boats, Cape Blanco Lighthouse, NW Maritime Center

We welcome news of your own adventures and photos, too!
Send via email them to me here

Thanks, Mark Alarie


Membership Renewal

You can renew:

Online with the link below, either pay dues using paypal or mail in a check.

Here is the link to renew the membership online.

Download a copy of the membership form, fill out and mail it to our address:

Santa Rosa Sailing Club
P.O. Box 3184
Santa Rosa, CA 95402-3184

Link to membership form to fill out and mail in (with check enclosed).

Thanks so much!
See you on the water,
SRSC Board

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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