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 CYCSS@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.


Speakers Series - "Life on the Water"

Thursday, March 5. Life on the Water returns to the Corinthian bringing its newest film, Wander Bird’s Cape Horn Passage, a singular, dramatic re-visioning of 78 year-old film footage, originally taken by Captain Warwick Tompkins Sr. In 1936 Tompkins set sail on the Wander Bird, an 85’ schooner, with his wife, daughter Ann 6 years, and son Warwick Jr, 4 years (and crew) to voyage from Gloucester MA, around Cape Horn to San Francisco. Tompkins Sr filmed the voyage and wrote about it in his book, 50 South to 50 South. Filmmaker Oleg Harencar has edited the footage into a new film with narration by Commodore Tomkins, the boy in the movie who is now 82 and sailing his boat Flash Girl in New Zealand. There is nothing like this film, you will not want to miss it. Oleg may show clips of other projects complete or in progress (film portraits of Ron McAnnan and Hank Easom) and will be available for Q&A. Program starts at 7, bar opens at 6:30. Sign up online or call Ellen at 415-435-4771


2015-03-05 (All day)



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