Upcoming Events 2012

Past Events (2011)
October 9

Monthly Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Los Gatos Yacht Club will be held on Tuesday, August, at Aldo's Restaurant, 14109 Winchester Blvd. (Vasona Station), Los Gatos, CA 95030; 408 374 1808. Aldo's is located at the corner of Knowles & Winchester, one block North of Highway 85. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the meeting there will be a no-host dinner, starting at 5:45 PM. If you plan to join us for dinner, please let me know before May 3.

Speaker: Patrick Bryant
Patrick Bryan works at NASA Ames Research center and recently purchased a sailboat that needed a little TLC.
Topic: Purchasing and outfitting a boat for single-handed cruising
Patrick Bryant and Stan Phillips both purchased boats last year, Stan's for racing and Patrick's for cruising. We gave a talk at an Ames Sailing Club meeting contrasting these two purchases. We described key specifications we wanted in a boat, results of marine survey evaluations, and post purchase modifications. I found Patrick's research into boat design elements that contribute to safe operation by solo cruisers in heavy weather to be quite interesting and informative. This past weekend, he was near the location of a mishap involving four fishermen in a swamped boat, and was invited by the Coast Guard to help in Search and Rescue. He has some valuable insights for all who venture on the sea. Don't miss this opportunity to hear about communication equipment and boat design features that may save a life.

September 29 &
September 30

Cruise out for LGYC Members

Destination: Schoonmaker Pt. Marina
At this time, we have 4 boats signed up for the cruise and there is room at the guest docks for about 6 boats. If we have more than 6 boats sign up, arrangements can be made for a few more boats. If you are driving to the Cruise Out, let us know so that parking arrangements can be made. Parking spaces without a permit are limited. There is a small beach in the marina and a rental place for kayaks and paddle boards.
Marina website
You may want to come over on Friday and Stay until Sunday. At this time, three boats have indicated that they will come over on Friday. There is a charge for the dock of $1.25 per foot per night. Please sign up as soon as you can (before mid-August).

The Plan is to visit the Bay Model (within walking dist.) during Saturday afternoon and then all get together for dinner at 'Le Garage Bistro Francais'. This restaurant is located at the Marina a couple of hundred feet from the guest docks. The food is good and the prices are reasonable. I've made reservations for our group for Saturday at 7:00 PM - open menu. For those interested, Le Garage Bistro serves breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch - reservations required. The Bay Model is open to the public and there is no charge. Also, it includes a museum of the Bay.

There is another restaurant outside of the marina, within a short walk. This restaurant is 'Salties Crab House and Prime Rib - open for lunch and dinner. It is on 1200 Bridgeway, and is about a half mile from the guest docks. Further on toward the town of Sausalito, about one mile from the guest docks, is the Sausalito Yacht Club and more restaurants and shops.

E-mail your info. to: and


  • Boat: Name, length, beam, & draft. Let us know if you are driving in!
  • Dinner: Number of people in your party for Saturday dinner at Le Garage Bistro.
  • Day of arrival: Friday for 2 nights or Saturday for 1 night.

Recent Events

Challenge Trophy Race Regatta - Saturday, September 15

Our annual Challenge Trophy Race & Picnic was a success!

Check out a note from our Commodore and some pictures here.

Tuesday, August 14 - Monthly Meeting

Speaker Mark Strobin, Senior Forecaster of the National Weather Service in Monterey, spoke about his position at the NWS.

Here's a few pictures from the occasion.

July Club Meeting - Tuesday, July 10

Speaker: West Marine Riggers
Topic: Lines and Splices
Rigger from the West marine rig shop demonstrated techniques for doing a double-brade eye splice. Extremely educational and fun!

June Club Meeting - Tuesday, June 12

Speaker: Bob Brainard and Kristen Manies.
Topic: Cruising in New Zealand''s Bay of Islands.
While New Zealand is known for its sheep, it also has wonderful cruising. Come hear Bob Brainard and Kristen Manies tell us about their experience cruising in this country's top cruising location, the Bay of Islands. Bob and Kristen have previously cruised in the Leeward Islands, Grenada, and the San Juans. They also enjoy sailing their family's J-35C, Brainwaves, and their two Lasers, or, as their children call them, "the tippy boats." Bob also enjoys racing on Brainwaves and on Crews Nest, a Catalina 34. Please join us at this meeting to learn about this interesting cruising destination.

South Bay Opening Day - May 19 & 20, 2012

We were a sponsor of this annual event, which features a boat parade, exhibits, and a breakfast and lunch at Sequoia YC. There are also activities on Friday evening, and Sunday. For details see: South Bay Opening Day

Here's a few pictures from the occasion.

May Club Meeting - Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Speaker: Captain Greg Sherwood.
Topic: San Francisco Bay Destinations.
San Francisco Bay is truly one of the best sailing venues on our planet with over 400 square miles of exhilarating sailing and many picturesque destinations. Our speaker for the May meeting has been sailing on San Francisco Bay since 1996, and offered many good suggestions for cruising destinations on the bay. In his talk, he took us on a virtual tour of the bay from a boater's perspective. Captain Sherwood is a United States Coast Guard licensed 100-ton Master and an American Sailing Association certified sailing instructor. All of those who attended this meeting learned about anchorages you may want to visit on your next day sail or overnight cruise. Thanks again to Captain Greg Sherwood.

Annual Gromeeko Regatta - Sunday, April 22, 2012

March Club Meeting - March 13, 2012

Our speaker was Sue Swackhamer and her husband Barry rented their house out for 4 years and sailed to Australia. They bought a 43-foot sailboat named Wind Spirit so they could explore South Pacific islands that were off the beaten track. The two of them meandered through French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Western Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, and New Caledonia. People often ask them "What in the world do you do all day?" Sue will tell us what they did and saw on their 25-day ocean crossing from Puerto Vallarta to their first landfall in the Marquesas. She will tell us about sailing and about the islands at which they stopped. They took two years to get to Australia. After all, it wasn't a race! What's the point if you don't stop and explore the islands along the way? This was not your usual presentation of pictures of a destination, it was about unique explorations in foreign lands.

February Club Meeting - February 21

Our speaker, Kurt Long, presented an excellent talk about a recent bareboat charter trip that he skippered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Six people participated in the 9-day sailing trip, which was conducted aboard a 44 foot catamaran in December 2011, and was followed by a 1 week villa stay on St John, USVI. The sailing portion of trip occurred at the onset of Christmas winds (35 kts, gusting to 45 kt) and 6-8 ft North swells, which created some memorable sailing experiences, including bumping into a sandbar whose marker buoy was missing, watching the current sweep the mooring buoy directly beneath the boat, and having a partially furled genoa rip in 20 kt winds. Kurt's talk addressed these and other far more pleasant sailing experiences from this trip. A small portion of the talk will address mooring buoy strength (just how strong is that mooring buoy over there? Wouldn't it be better to just go anchor?...).

Kurt Long is a Senior Research Engineer and Operations Manager for NASA's Experimental AeroPhysics Branch at Moffett Field. His research involves wind tunnel tests of ship, helicopter, and rotor aerodynamics, low speed vehicle aerodynamics, blunt body aerodynamics, and experimental fluid mechanics. He also participates in NASA's educational outreach as a student intern coordinator. Before joining NASA he was a US Navy Shipboard Helicopter flight test engineer.

Thanks, Kurt!

Change of Watch Dinner- January 21, 2012

Our annual Change of Watch dinner took place on January 21, 2012 at La Mere Michelle. We had a great dinner party with 28 members and guests. Matt and Kathy Chroust and their daughter Melissa were welcomed as new members. LGYC special members Bunni and Andrew Gromeeko attended.

Andrew was back from Florida were he captains private yachts. The new board was introduced, John Harold is Vice Commodore, Stan Phillips is Rear Commodore, Klaus Model is treasurer,

Ralph Manies is Secretary, Tim Johnson is both a Director and Web Master, Rolland Goff is a Director and Ray Kaleda is Past Commodore. Beverley Bryant, our elected Commodore, is not currently able to chair the office as she is recovering from surgery. The board has decided to rotate the leadership of LGYC among the board members.

Again the food was great, the company even better. Guests from West Marine gave away great door prizes and gave each couple a nautical ornament.

A new board has been officially selected for 2012. Board members can be seen here.

Annual Events

Several events are held annually:

  • The Round the Island Race for the George Gromeeko Perpetual Trophy
  • Club picnic at Vasona Park
  • Commodore’s change of watch celebration
  • Participation in the Los Gatos Christmas Parade
  • Cruises to popular Bay Area spots

The club also participates in the South Bay Opening Day activities, and in match racing with local clubs. A periodic newsletter, (THE CAT’S PAW), keeps members informed on club activities and bay area events.

Related Links

San Francisco Bay Sailing Directory – A source of updates on activities planned around the 2013 Americas Cup and other items of possible interest to our members.

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