Corinthian Yacht Club
Corinthian Yacht Club

Speaker Series

The CYC Speaker series, free and open to the public, hosts speakers from a wide spectrum, having boats or water in common. Past speakers include Paul Cayard, Gary Jobson, Neil Calder, Stan Honey and our own beloved Hank Easom.  A monthly event, the speakers are always interesting and often inspiring.

Free & Open to the Public at the Corinthian Yacht Club
Speaker Series starts at 7:00 PM | Sail Loft Bar opens at 6:15 PM
Please RSVP via our 
calendar or call 415-435-4771 

2017 Speakers

| 7:00 PM

Lia Ditton, Captain and Rower

Alone: One Woman’s Attempt to be the 1st to
Row from Japan to San Francisco
A licensed captain with ~150,000 NM of experience, Lia Ditton has raced the Atlantic alone three times, finishing 2nd in the Route du Rhum, France’s most-prestigious single-handed transAtlantic race. Lia captained the trimaran from the film Waterworld starring Kevin Costner, worked as the engineer on a 100' jet boat, and project-managed the largest solar-powered catamaran in the world. In 2010, Lia swapped sails for oars to become the 53rd woman to row the Atlantic. In early 2018 Lia plans to row solo, unsupported, from Japan to San Francisco. Find out why, and how Lia will be training in the Bay Area and track Lia through 2017 as she chases storms off the coast of San Francisco.



Dirk Rosen, Founder & Executive Director,
Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE)

California's Deepwater Ocean Wilderness

Join us for a premiere of new footage of California’s ocean wilderness, taken from a robotic submarine deep below diver depths.  An ocean engineer, Dirk Rosen founded Marine Applied Research and Exploration to fill the knowledge gap in the deep water of California’s newly established marine reserves.  Fishermen initially opposed them, environmentalists endorsed them, but no one had the deepwater data where the huge majority of our commercial and recreational fish biomass lives.  Dirk’s talk will highlight the remarkable success of the State’s eldest set of marine reserves in the Santa Barbara Channel Islands, how it fits into the Statewide network of reserves, and premiere footage of California’s central coast biodiversity.


Jim Staley, Author of Come In, Swanee Leader

Jim Staley will show photos with a narrative of his time aboard a USS LST 561 during the Korean War. Jim's new book contains many color photos from the hundreds he took while onboard.


Taylor Allen, Owner, Rockport Marine, Rockport ME

Details forthcoming.



RC Keefe, Staff Commodore, StFYC

60 Yachts and 60 Years (1915 - 1975) on the San Francisco Bay

RC Keefe will show photos of 60 beautiful racing yachts sailing on the San Francisco Bay from 1915 to 1975, and regale us with a multitude of memories and stories.

Corinthian Yacht Club
Corinthian Yacht Club