Commodores' Words of Wisdom

Commodore Robert's March Article


I would like to address the past two Work Parties and the excellent turnout we have had. I can’t thank the volunteers enough who have come out to take pride in our Club and do the necessary repairs and general maintenance the Sausalito needs. Our men’s bathroom on the lower deck is amazing, from what it was two months ago; now we, as a Club, need to give a huge THANK YOU to Roy Gardner, Roger Lund, Melissa Underwood and Carl Hamilton. This foursome has now moved upstairs and are working on the east galley. I’m hoping they will have enough gas left in their tank to take on the men’s room upstairs. I would also like to add that they are doing this not just at Work Parties, but when they have extra time. Audrey Kuppenbender and  Arleigh Nave worked on the windows in the east galley a few weeks ago, sanding and prepping for new paint. So, when you see these people around the Club, reach out, shake their hand, and say “Thank You.”

Cynthia, Denice and I have been busy with Installation, Crab Feed, and next will be St. Patrick’s Day.  Once that is done, we will dive into 4S. We have talked about the menus, theme, and dinner but have not made any decisions yet. We will be looking for volunteers to help with bartending registration, meals, clean-up, etc.  This is truly a Club event and we will need “All Hands on Deck.”

Let’s not forget we have a cruise-in for our St. Patrick’s weekend.  We will be welcoming Tower Park YC. Make your reservations online or call Ann as soon as possible.  Bobby Brown will need to start brining his corned beef and will need a good head count! 


Vice Commodore Bobby's March Article

Our first cruise-in of the year were our friends from the Delta Bayliner Club.  They were able to somehow manage to slip into our harbor without chaos due to some howling winds and choppy water. They were able to sneak in minutes before it would have been impossible. I was not able to attend our Valentine’s Dinner this year as I was heading up to hit the slopes on my snowboard, but was able to drop in before I left and enjoy a couple cocktails with our friends and get a tour of their awesome boats. In talking with some of our guests, I was hearing (and some told me personally) that our Club was the coolest stops for them. They admired our dedication, the friendliness of our members, and just in general, a really cool place to hang out. I couldn’t agree more. Way to represent Sportsmen! Our next cruise-in will be March 16-18, hosting Tower Park YC.

The east galley is moving in the right direction once again, thanks to Roger Lund, Roy Garner, Melissa Kettler, and Harry Parker. Floors have been torn up, floor underlayment laid, and cabinets painted. Looking great! The thought of the east galley up and running again gets me excited.

March is one of my favorite months. I never really celebrated St. Patty’s Day the way I do now. For me, it’s quite a big deal. Cooking for almost 200 people is a huge challenge. It’s become a process that I am proud of and each time I get excited thinking of how I could make it better. This process involves so much more than boiling brisket. It involves methodical thinking and help from many Club members. To me, that’s the best part besides hearing the meal was a hit. So as another St. Patty’s Day approaches, I encourage you to get your reservations in early. This dinner will sell out! There will also be a beer drinking contest just before dinner is served.

Lastly, March 31st is our Easter Egg Hunt and Potluck. Bring your little ones down to help find some hidden treasures. Put your best dish forward to share with fellow members and enjoy a day at the Club!



Rear Commodore Neal's March Article

Once again, Sportsmen YC members experienced a jam-packed fun February!  The first weekend saw not only the usual Club meeting dinner and Work Party, but also a great Super Bowl Potluck!  Kudos to Roger Lund, Roger’s girlfriend Melissa Underwood, and Roy Garner for a great Meeting Night Dinner of Chicken Cordon Bleu.  Sportsmen know how to eat well and, most importantly, cook well!

Once again the Delta Bayliner Club cruised-in for Valentine’s weekend.  They are always a fun group to have visit. Thanks to our Valentine’s Dinner chef, Winky Scannell, and her crew.  They prepared the best meat loaf and mashed potatoes dinner I have ever had!  Sunday morning, the members and guests feasted on Past Commodore Tate’s Breakfast.

Since Valentine’s Day actually fell on Wednesday, Ann Marie Alcorn (with Elena Draper’s and Donna Field’s help) prepared a delicious dinner of Beef Tips and Noodles.  Donna and Elena pulled together the Valentines decorations from the Saturday event to make the Club look just as nice on Wednesday as it did for Saturday’s event.

By the time you read this newsletter, the Sportsmen Annual Dungeness Crab Feed will be history.  If you did not attend this annual event you missed an awesome dinner.  Thanks to Lonnie Gibson and his crew for putting this together for us once again, and also to Robert and Denice Babo for the fantastic raffle prizes.

March is shaping up to be just as busy with Tower Park YC cruising-in the weekend of the 16th, the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on the 17th and the Commodore’s Breakfast on the 18th.  As far as I know, this will be the first time Tower Park will cruise in, so let’s all show them the amazing Sportsmen hospitality!  We will also have the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and BBQ Pot Luck on the 31st.

Remember, this year Sportsmen Yacht Club will be hosting the 4S games.  Our monthly work parties have been extremely well attended.  However, there is still a lot of work to be completed before the event in July.  In other words, July 19th will be here before you know it.  If you cannot make a regular first Saturday work party, don’t worry!  You are welcome to check with a Flag Officer, the Port Captain or the Harbor Captain for a project that needs to be done, and work on that project when you can.