10/5/16 SAF Meeting and Other Fall 2016 Events

The San Francisco Station had an eventful Fall of 2016. We celebrated the life of our long-time SAF member, Roy Jennings (9/17), had a great cruise to Tomales Bay (9/30-10/2) and we had a informative and enjoyable lunch meeting at St. Francis YC (10/5) with our SAF member, Stan Honey, presenting a slide show about the Super-Maxi COMANCHE that Stan successfully navigated, since its launching in 2014: to a second (2014) and a first (2015) in Sydney-Hobart races; a first-to-finish and a new elapsed time record in the CCA 2016 Newport-Bermuda race; and a new west-to-east Trans-Atlantic record for mono-hulls.

2016
We met in the Golden Gate Room of the St. Francis Yacht Club because it could accommodate more attendees that our normal StFYC meeting venue, the... more...
We had 73 members and guests for lunch, with an additional member and two guests, for a total of 76 to hear Stan Honey speak.
Stan commences his slide show presentation.
Stan describes Comanche before describing his navigation successes aboard her
How can a 100-foot yacht not have standing head room below decks, have only 16 bunks for an 18-person crew and what's like to race with a super... more...
Stan explained that there are, at the most, only two weather systems per year that could generate enough wind, and move slow enough from west to east... more...
All who attended came away impressed with Stan's attention to detail and incredible preparations for the races and yachts he navigates. Although... more...
Fresh off a second-place finish in the Pacific Cup, SAF members pose in their crew shirt--at least two do. Left to right, Liz Baylis, Oaxaca... more...
Just off of Heart's Desire Beach, CCA yachts are viewed from our BBQ/Picnic area at Vista Point.
Bill Edinger's fast cruising trimaran, with its Transoceanic Pennant flying.
Doug Thorne's Tamara Lee Ann anchors ahead of Mike and Sue Proudfoot's Darlene
The crew of Tamara Lee Ann squeeze into the dinghy and comes ashore. La Diana, Fred Huffman's yacht, is anchored to the left of the photograph.
29 members and guests attended the BBQ and the serving table, complete with the rum keg and other assorted beverages, as well as meats, salads and... more...
Three full tables of members and guests. Robby Robinson and Jean Rolien on the left.
Left to right around the table: Jason Deal, Bill Foss, Bruce Munro, Francoise Ramsay (the Can-Can dancer), unseen behind Jerry Knecht, Jerry and... more...
Jerry Knecht recites from memory, the poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," by T.S. Eliot.
We all listened to Jerry while he recited.
SAF Station sent a spray of flowers to the celebration that was displayed prominently at the outdoor podium,
Held outdoors at the Novato Horsemen's Association, Roy's celebration was well attended by sailors and aviators alike (Roy's avocation... more...