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

Speaker Series

Wed, November 4

"The Railroad that Started Tiburon"
with Phil Cassou
of the Tiburon Railroad & Ferry Museum

Spanish explorers named Punta de Tiburón in 1775. One hundred years later, due to its proximity to San Francisco, Point Tiburon became a major railroad and ferry terminus. In 1884, Peter Donahue, Irish immigrant and industrial tycoon, extended the San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad to Tiburon, with a ferry fleet to provide faster passenger and freight service between San Francisco and northern California. Eventually the Donahue Line merged with competitors to become the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, a subsidiary of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The last train left Point Tiburon September 25, l967.
 Phil Cassou will tell stories and show photos documenting the fascinating past of how sleepy, rural Tiburon became a hub for railroad and maritime activities.

Free & Open to Public

Talk begins at 7 pm, Sail Loft Bar opens at 6:30 pm

Corinthian Yacht Club Ballroom, 43 Main Street Tiburon

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December 2015