There is More to Come on Land!

Although the BCYC organized cruising season has successfully concluded, there are still plenty of land-based club activities to complete the final quarter of the calendar year! Of course, most every Sunday, members and their guests can enjoy the Omelet Express from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. On the first Thursday of every month, you can love the amazing Prime Rib Night. There are many choices of meat, seafood, salads, desserts and, of course, Prime Rib!

This month opens with the popular Las Commodoras Oktoberfest Oct. 8. Be sure to make reservations for Showboat, Oct. 19-22. This dinner theater event provides the perfect stage for members to showboat their talents! Then, BCYC members will celebrate Halloween Oct. 29, with Motown music by Ron St Clair. Each of these events require a reservation.

Looking forward, we will recognize and celebrate club members who have contributed the most to make BCYC the outstanding club that we all enjoy at the BCYC Awards Banquet Nov. 12. Make plans to be part of this evening, applauding the award recipients who were selected by a group of their peers.

Contact the club office and make reservations for one or all these great events!

Cleve Sproule, Rear Commodore

The Junior Board – A Group to be Proud of

As vice commodore, I have had the distinct pleasure of attending the Junior Board of Directors meetings. I can honestly say that this experience has been educational, to say the least.

Before I attended these meetings, I assumed that the juniors (if they were like me in my younger years) would be daydreaming and staring off into space, deciding which video game to play next. Well, nothing could be further from the truth with our BCYC juniors. As I spend time at their meetings, it is clearly evident that these juniors are truly a cut above. Their recent success with Ducks for Bucks is solid proof of that. The 2022-2023 junior board had their first meeting in September. It is constituted in the same manner as the BCYC senior board with flag officers and directors. See Junior Commodore Jake Johansson’s article in this edition of The Masthead to find the names of the board members.

As I watched and listened at their September meeting, I was duly impressed with these young people and the caliber of conversation and insight that they bring to the table. Their meeting entailed a discussion of events for the upcoming year, new projects and the continued renovation of the Junior Room. These are bright, dedicated and motivated young people that will, one day, lead BCYC. The next time you see one of our juniors around the club, see the future of our club and introduce yourself. You may well be speaking with a future BCYC commodore.

Rolf Rolnicki, Vice Commodore



As is my custom, I use the October issue of The Masthead, to provide everyone with a “sneak peek” at what’s being planned for the 2023 racing year. Hopefully, we are past the disruptions to the schedule caused by COVID-19. I rearranged the race schedule to be able to group our series closer together. Here’s the plan:

JANUARY: We are going to take the month off to perform maintenance on the Race Committee boats and equipment. They get a lot of use during the year, so it’s time to get them back in top working order.
FEBRUARY: We’ll kick the 2023 racing year off with the first Angelman Series race and the SCYA Midwinter Regatta.
MARCH: A busy month with the second Angelman race, the first Weiss Series race and the long-running favorite…the Bogart Race to Avalon and back.
APRIL: The third Angelman and the second Weiss Series races are planned, plus we are scheduled to help NOSA with the start of the Newport to Ensenada race.
MAY: The third Weiss Series race and the Harbor 20 Charity Race are on the calendar, AND we will kick off the 13th consecutive year of our Taco Tuesday summer evening series.
JUNE: We will continue into the second month of Taco Tuesdays.
JULY: The PHRF Charity Race is on the calendar, and we will be running the third month of Taco Tuesday races.
AUGUST: Another local favorite, the Around the Islands Series, kicks off in this month, plus this is also the fourth and last month of the 2023 Taco Tuesday races – the final night of racing/parties will end with series prizes and recognition.
SEPTEMBER: Another busy month to include the Harbor 20 Tune Up, the second Around the Islands race and the first Wild Sailing race.
OCTOBER: The second Wild Sailing race and the third Around the Islands race complete these series, with only two more race days left for the year.
NOVEMBER: The first day of the two-race day Hot Rum Series is scheduled and, as usual, we will award some grog to the person or boat with the best pirate costume.
DECEMBER: We will complete the Hot Rum Series this month.

Finally…a few words of advice and a few requests to BCYC racers:
  • Review the 2023 Race Calendar once it is officially posted and plan out your racing year so that your crew can mark the dates on their calendar.
  • I post “Save The Date” info on the BCYCRacing Facebook and send emails out to racers who have entered one of our races before. If you want to be added to my mailing list, send me your contact info.
  • Register as early as you can. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes activities that need to occur to put on a race and knowing that we will have a good turnout is a real help in planning for the trophies and post-race parties.
  • Each year in January or February, I host an “Introduction to Sailboat Racing” seminar. If you or an acquaintance wants to learn how this all works, watch for the announcement and sign up…it’s free and open to the public!

Paul deCapua, Sail Fleet Captain


So it Begins

This ship is sailing smoothly! As the new junior commodore, it is my pleasure to present the 2022-2023 Junior Board Officers and Directors.

Vice Commodore: Elizabeth Struve
Rear Commodore: Jack Struve
Secretary: Sophia Groenhuyzen
Treasurer: Zarrin Harvey
Directors: Olivia Corbin, Chloe Curtin, Jewel Garcia, Peyton Homer, Reid White

We had our first board meeting in September. Junior board advisors Kelly Brennan, Mark Groenhuyzen and Derek Johansson provide leadership and help with necessary discussions. Our team helped sell raffle tickets at The Gala, an event that provides support to the amazing BCYC Junior Sailing Program. The program is something we junior board members grew up in – we want to help make it the best we can for future generations.

At our meeting, we discussed what we wanted to accomplish this year and brainstormed ideas. One of our goals is to renovate and update the Junior Sailing Room. We have been fundraising with this goal in mind. We also went over the rules and expectations of the board members, and what is expected of everyone. We are excited for a great year!

Jake Johansson, Junior Commodore