I wrote this in Bermuda, where Lynn and I joined friends who live there, and enjoyed the America’s Cup qualifying races. These races determined which challenger will face Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup, starting June 17. It will be Emirates Team New Zealand in a rematch of the 2013 race for the Auld Mug. While the winner of the America’s Cup will be known when you read this, I wanted to comment on this unbelievable venue.
The racing boats are amazing – 50-foot catamarans capable of speeds as much as four times the wind speed, up to 50 miles per hour. While I am sure you have seen these boats from television coverage, this beautiful setting with an amazing number of super yachts is spectacular. The spectator fleet ranges from tall ships, to the original J Boats, to yachts upwards of 350 feet, to the Maltese Falcon. This remarkable sailing vessel has 15 sails for a total sail area of 25,791 square feet! There were hundreds of boats in the area, all enjoying the racing and the myriad activities surrounding the America’s Cup races. Lynn and I enjoyed our time in Bermuda immensely.
As we begin the summer months, we switch to another gear; turning our time to the great outdoors and the sea. Our membership has the pleasure of enjoying an event at the club or the next cruise — each one great fun. For example, Taco Tuesday races and the spectacular Mexican Buffet continues through the end of August. Under the watchful eye of Director Rhonda Tolar and her fun-loving team looking after the inside festivities, and Sail Fleet Captain Bill McNamara and his Race Committee keeping the racing going, there is something for everyone on these Tuesdays. Camp Corinthian, the BCYC Junior Sailing Program is in full swing with a record number of junior sailors refining their sailing skills or learning the basics of seamanship. Thanks to Junior Sailing Director, Cameron MacClaren, and Head Coach, Matt Peter, along with the many coaches, for all their hard work and results.
Cruise Committee Chairs, Lauri and Rear Commodore Steve Moffett, are making final preparations for our Santa Barbara Yacht Club cruise this month. Included will be an adventure cruise element — an extended cruise to the Channel Islands. Special thanks to Director Larry Fortmuller, our adventure expedition leader, for his efforts and research – it will be fun to get our anchors dirty and explore this beautiful area. Hopefully this will become an annual event where different cruising venues will be selected, which Larry has aptly named “Adventure Cruising.”
Finally, I would like to recognize one of our members for her extraordinary efforts over the Memorial Day Weekend. Castaways Park hosted an event to honor our veterans and service men. If you had a chance to visit the park you saw the multitude of American flags flying, acknowledging the sacrifices of our service men and women. This amazing tribute was created by Marjorie Davis, longtime BCYC member, and the Exchange Club. Her late husband, Ted, was a WWII vet who received the Navy Cross and Medal of Honor. Marjorie, thank you so much for arranging this special tribute, which truly gives new meaning to why we celebrate Memorial Day.