• There May Never Be A 77th

    Over Memorial Day yacht, fishing launch and rowing races are planned, together with a dinner dance for members and friends. In July we will hold our annual moonlight cruise, and over Labor Day our club sponsors it’s biggest event of the years, the San Francisco-Santa Cruz Regatta, now recognized as one of the most important events on the Northern California yachting calendar.

    SCYC Letter of Events 1933

    It was a good run, 76 years of races from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, held over the Labor Day Weekend.
    A good time to run down the coast, enjoy Monterey Bay for a couple days before the kids had to return to school
    and summer waned into fall. Many memories and adventures. But all things come to an end. It appears that
    The SCYC' Windjammers has come to an end.

    A victim of the times. Numbers are down and insurance costs are up. Much of it arising from the after effects of the
    Low Speed Chase incident in the 2012 Full Crewed Farallones Race which claimed the lives of 5 sailors. The incident
    forced yacht clubs and sailing organizations in the Norcal area to adopt new, more restrictive rules and equipment regulations
    to appease the authorities which issue permits as well as the folks that insure such events.

    The reality is, without a permit and an insurance policy that cover the events sponsors, they, may be held financially responsible for
    any and all damage done or bodily harm to participants or others somehow involved. Many sailors with bundles of offshore experience
    took objection to the new rules and restrictions, while many complied. It is what it is.

    We asked a well salted SCYC member who has been sailing since he was knee high to a totem pole what the lowdown was and he explained:

    "Many of the boats just decided that it was not worth the time or expense" He added "Even our local ocean races that used to go above above Natural Bridges
    are subject to the regulations and many sailors just stop showing up. The last few years, the Windjammers numbers have really declined and the YC just cannot
    justify the expense of the effort. It's a big bummer, but that is the reality."

    No point in blaming or finger pointing, it is simply the world we live in.

    Perhaps an unorganized, unsponsored, unauthorized sail down the coast this Labor Day Weekend will sooth the soul......


    This article was originally published in forum thread: Save the Windjammers started by solosailor View original post