Experience the spectacular California Delta in this special seminar hosted by Kira Maixner (Modern Sailing School), Island Yacht Club and featuring special guests Peninsula Yacht Club's Delta Outpost.
During this 1-hour, free webinar, find out how you can discover and enjoy the Delta's 1,000+ miles of waterway while under sail or power--including places to eat, stay and play.
IYC Members: Receive a $5 discount on each class by using our "members only" coupon code at checkout. Learn more.
About Michelle Diaz
Michelle is a multi-lingual San Francisco Bay Area based nurse and mariner. When on land, she works in a local Intensive Care Unit as Critical Care Registered Nurse licensed through the California Board of Nursing and additionally credentialed as CCRN through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. At sea, she holds a US Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential as Master 50 Gross Registered Tons Near Coastal with Auxiliary Sail and Towing Endorsements. She has close to 15,000NM of experience including ocean deliveries and racing. She is also an American Sailing Association certified sailing instructor through the first 5 levels of sailing instruction (101 103 104 105 118) providing ASA instruction at an award-winning school in Sausalito and is also available for private lessons, charter captaining and marine consultation worldwide.
Michelle currently owns two boats in the San Francisco Bay Area, a 1981 Sparkman & Stephens Catalina 38 which she personally restored over a three-year period. She now owns her second Ranger 23, in which she is also undertaking a complete restoration. She is an active participant in the SF Bay yacht racing circuit and is currently one of the bowmen on a highly competitive and award-winning Santa Cruz 50.
We have some beautiful photos and video from Saturday's Sadie Hawkins race. You can check out albums from: Eric Korbas & Maribel Torres, Julie Blaustein and Slackwater SF. William Pryor did a fantastic job with the drone footage above. Commodore Melissa has a great write-up in her IYC Spring letter.
Thank you to our volunteers for your great coverage--and well done to all our Sadies and supporters!
Our Sadie Hawkins Awards Ceremony & IYC Zoom Meetup is this Monday, May 3 at 7pm PT - all welcome!
And the winners are...
01 - Spinnaker
02 - Non-Spinnaker
03 - Size Matters
Fleet results are here. Also, if you missed our Alameda Estuary "Race to Win" tactics class, you can watch it here.
Greetings! We were busy on the water this past weekend celebrating three awesome occasions.
First, our Sadie Hawkins race on 4/24 had 22 boats registered! A personal best for IYC! The weather was great! The racers were enthused! Women only at the helm. Gift bags were sent out earlier and many of us were wearing the Sadie Hawkins IYC 2021 buff proudly! Thank you Ros for creating, purchasing, and mailing those out. Our award ceremony is Monday, May 3 @ 7pm PT - register now to attend.
Finally, we headed out, on a misty Sunday morning for Opening Day on the Bay. Eric’s Catalina 36, Amanda, was decorated as a Polynesian Goddess, grass skirt and flowers around her hull, coconuts flying on the mast and a lai flying from her bow. The visibility during our motoring to St. Francis Yacht Club was pristine. Even before we hit the end of the estuary, we could see both towers of the Golden Gate Bridge. As we neared the GGB, the weather changed. The fog came in along with the rain, the temperature chilled and the waters became choppy. We lost one coconut to the winds, Boats were a bit disorganized, but we followed Matthew Turner and showed our bright colors! The classic boats were out, the boats displaying their flags were out but we were the only decorated boat on display! We will hear the results shortly! You can see photo and video from the event here.
In conclusion, we’re having an amazing time holding and attending events. Island Nights Race Series are under way. We’ve got two marine first aid sessions scheduled for May 17 and May 24 ($15 IYC members, $20 non-members - on sale soon). The 2nd Annual Estuary Extravaganza is scheduled for 8/1. Women’s Sailing Seminar is scheduled for Oct. 8-10.
We appreciate the faith you have in Island Yacht Club. This past year has not been easy on any of us, but we’ve kept our goal alive, rebuilding the club with your help!
Keep showing up! Keep volunteering!
We’re excited to keep the momentum going!
See you Monday night at our meetup!
Commodore, Island Yacht Club
Next meetup: June 4.
Bring your favorite cocktail, your first mate and your pets - it's our monthly Zoom Meetup!
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