Speaker Series

CYC Speaker Series ...For a Good Yarn..

Sailors, like fishermen, can tell stories, and when they aren't on the water, they are talking or listening to stories about being on the water. One could say "sailors are a curious bunch."

The CYC Speaker Series baits that curiosity. We have listened to thrilling adventures, nerdy gear-based discussions, lively debates, and together we have dreamed and schemed while hearing about places we can barely find on a map.

Some of the speakers we have enjoyed are:

  • Life on the Water, Film Portraits of local watery souls
  • Julian Guthrie, Norm Bajurin on The Billionaire and the Mechanic
  • Nick Hayes, author of Saving Sailing
  • Richard Spindler, founder of Latitude 38
  • Bruce Schwab & Rich Wilson, twice single-handed non-stop race around the world
  • Dawn Riley, first woman to actively sail in America's Cup (1992), author of Taking the Helm
  • Erden Eruc, 2014 Guinness World Record for rowing circumnavigation
  • Gary Jobson, CEO of US Sailing, AC TV commentator
  • Hank Easom, beloved SF Bay sailor
  • Jimmy Cornell, authority on long distance sailing,
  • Mark Reynolds, Olympic champion sailor
  • Mark Rudiger, legendary navigator in TransPac and round the world races
  • Pat Henry, single-handed woman sailor
  • Paul Cayard, professional sailor in numerous world championship events
  • Philippe Kahn, one-design sailor and entrepreneur
  • Ron Holland, nautical designer
  • James Martin, Islands of the Bay photographer
  • John Connolly, head instructor at Modern Sailing School
  • Nigel Calder, author of well-respected Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual
  • Thom Whidden, America's Cup participant

Our venue is one of the most desirable on the San Francisco Bay. Our 100-year-old ballroom with grand stone fireplace has an excellent screen/sound system.  The adjoining sun porch and bar open to a deck with incomparable views of the San Francisco skyline, Angel Island and the San Francisco Bay.

The CYC Speaker Series is free and open to the public. For any type of inquiry about the Speakers Series, contact speakers@cyc.org.

These events will be held approximately once per month, and are open to reciprical members of other yacht clubs. They last from about 6pm to 9pm.  Please RSVP.


Speaker Series

Solo (Truly Alone) Around the Horn

If you’re in need of inspiration or maybe an awesome story or two, come hear Jeff Hartjoy speak on Wednesday August 5

At age 69 Jeff has logged 75,000 ocean miles, circumnavigated and cruised with his wife Debbie for 15 years on their 1980 Baba 40 ketch Sailor's Run. In 2009 he single-handed around Cape Horn, not without "attendant difficulties.” Let's not forget that he also wrote a book in his spare time: Cape Horn: Ahead or Behind Forever on My Mind, Solo Around the Horn. Never one to rest on his laurels, Jeff is now preparing to leave Ecuador0 this fall for a solo nonstop circumnavigation of the Southern Oceans. 
Introduced to us by Staff Commodore Bruce Powell, Jeff will, no doubt, have many entertaining (!) stories to tell.  Don’t miss Jeff on August 5
To study up on Jeff check out Sailors Run. Free and open to all, Sailor's Loft Bar opens at 6:30 and Jeff will start at 7 pm.
Invite your friends ... and start preparing for
your own southern oceans run?


We’ll have the pleasure of Debbie Hartjoy’s company on August 5. Also, see July Latitude 38 (pg. 60) to read about Jeff’s plans.


2015-08-05 18:00

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