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Annual PICYA Awards and Trophies

Photo by Mia Bernt


Individual Meritorious Service Award, presenters Del. Lloyd Ritchie and Staff Commodore Mia Bernt; was awarded to Joe Dopart, Rich Irwin, Randy Miller and Kandy Sweeney of Pittsburg Yacht Club.

Club Meritorious Service Award, presented by Del. Lloyd Ritchie and Staff Commodore Mia Bernt was awarded to Pittsburg Yacht Club.

Bay & Delta Yachtsman Public Service Award Trophy, Presenter Dir. Roger Beebe of Stockton and Village West Yacht Clubs,  was awarded to Ebony Boat Club.

Edwin H. Wilder Yacht Club Newsletter Trophy, Presenter Jack Michael, RBOC Past President – 1st  Place, San Jose Sailing Club, Gottfried Mauersberger2nd  Place; Pittsburg Yacht Club, ; 3rd Place, Alameda Yacht Club, Cindy Daily.  Honorable mention was noted for all those that entered.

Lloyd B. Ryland Historian of the Year Trophy, Presenter Paul Anderson of San Jose YC, was awarded to Toni Borges of Vallejo Yacht Club.

Glen Harter "RBOC Gale Force Wind" Award, Presenter RBOC North Vice President-Peter Robertson, was awarded to Ox Bow Yacht Club.

Jo Bates Memorial Delegate of the Year Award, Presenter Del. Maxine Maas of Napa Valley Yacht Club.  Awarded to Maggie Sabovich of Oakland and Vallejo Yacht Clubs.

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN Perpetual Trophy, Presenter Del. Lloyd Ritchie of Bay View Boat Club was awarded to Sausalito Yacht Club.

Condon Award, Presenter Staff Commodore Fred Rutledge of Encinal Yacht Club was awarded to Larry Mayne of Sequoia Yacht Club.

Robert S. Olson Memorial Poseidon Award, Presenter Del Cheryl Davi of Bridge Marina Yacht Club was awarded to Captain Bill Thomas of Vallejo Yacht Club.

Douglas Boswell Yachtsman of the Year Award, Presenter Del. Bob Cain of Stockton Yacht Club was awarded to Staff Commodore Linda Bendsen of Delta Marina Yacht Club.

Yacht Club Club-of-the-Year [COTY] Trophy, The Club of the Year (COTY) awards and perfect attendance awards were presented by the COTY chair from Sequoia Yacht Club, PICYA Vice Commodore Elect, Winston Bumpus, COTY Committee Chair. Two clubs were awarded Club of The Year Award and will share the Trophy.  Ebony Boat Club and San Jose Sailing Club.

To see all the photos from the Awards Dinner CLICK HERE

Election of PICYA Officers for 2017

At the November Delgates and Awards Meeting held at Encinal Yacht Club, the following slate of officers was approved by unanimous consent.  

Commodore, Linda Blue - Petaluma Yacht Club

Vice Commodore, Winston Bumpus - Sequoia Yacht Club

Rear Commodore, Bill Gargan - Sausalito Yacht Club

Jr. Staff Commodore, Erich Schoenwisner - Alameda Yacht Club

Directors: 2016/2017

  • Peter VanDerWerff - Coyote Point Yacht Club
  • Robert Willis - Ebony Boat Club

Directors 2017/2018

  • Norm Pennington  - Delta Yacht Club & San Leandro Yacht Club
  • Maggie Sabovich - Oakland Yacht Club & Vallejo Yacht Club
  • Patti Brennan - Berkeley Yacht Club & Stockton Yacht Club
  • Wendell Snyder - Glen Cove Yacht Club

Director 2017

  • Matt Byers - Loch Lomond Yacht Club

PICYA Commodore's Ball and Installation Dinner - Petaluma Sheraton - January 28, 2017

Petaluma Sheraton

Commodore Eric Schoenwisner and the Officers and Directors
Cordially invite you and your guests to the
24st Annual Commodore’s Ball and Installation of Officers

January 28, 2017

Linda Blue and the Officers and Directors for 2017

Sheraton Hotel Petaluma
745 Baywood Dr.
Petaluma, California  94954

No Host Cocktails 5:30pm                           Dinner 7:00pm
Installation and Program 8:00pm  Music and Dancing to follow
Black Tie Suggested

  $75.00 per person ($85 after January 1)
RSVP by January 12, 2017

For Registration Information and Online Registration CLICK HERE

To contact the Petaluma Sheraton CLICK HERE
(There is no special rate or room block for this event)


Wednesday Yachting Luncheons - St. Francis Yacht Club

The Wednesday Yachting Luncheons continue a 49-year tradition of relevant topics, friendly fun and good food in a relaxed, informal setting. The buffet lunch service begins at 11:45am. The program begins at 12:30pm sharp. Presentations and Q&A usually wrap up by 1:30pm and guest speakers often linger for personal conversation with our knowledgable audience.

All members of recognized yacht clubs are welcome at the Wednesday Yachting Luncheon. First-time guests are asked to please visit our Front Desk for a guest card and a smile. We hope you enjoy our luncheon fare, fabulous view and sailor’s hospitality. 

Please introduce yourself to the Watch Captain. We look forward to meeting you.

For more information on up coming speakers - Click Here

2016/2017 Chili Midwinters - Sausalito Yacht Club

Racing doesn't stop just because the summer is over.  Your club invites all boats out for the

2016/2017 SYC Chili Midwinters

If you are new to racing or getting back into it, the Midwinters are an ideal series to work out the kinks;  winds are lighter, the temperature can be warmer than August!  If you are an experienced racer, the currents and the light conditions provide some extra challenge.
2016: November 6th, December 4th
2017: January 8th, February 5th, March 5th

After racing, come back to the SYC club-house for stories, race video, complementary chili and racer beverages.
Sign-up at http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/11685 (SYC members can charge to their member account). We're keeping the fee for the Series the same as last year at $125, if you register before October 31st, $150 thereafter.  (We're doing this to encourage early sign-ups, so we can figure out the best division splits).

For more information, contact Chuck Cihak at race@sausalitoyachtclub.org
We look forward to seeing you on the water.

Best Regards,
Andrew Mould - Sausalito Yacht Club
Chili Midwinters Regatta Chair

Pittsburg Yacht Club - Winter Commodore's Ball - December 3, 2016

Boating topics that matter to you! Join us on December 8th - Martinez Yacht Club

Dear Boating Partners:
Join us on Thursday, December 8th for a FREE California Clean Boating Network meeting from 9:15 a.m. to approx. 1 p.m. at Martinez Yacht Club.

You must RSVP by emailing Vivian Matuk at vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov
Location: Martinez Yacht Club111 Tarantino Rd, Martinez, CA 94553 (Thanks to the club, its Board, Frank Kastl, and Olivia Ortega (Marina Manager). Parking: Free!  Map

We hope for your enthusiastic participation and offer plenty of time to ask questions of the experts. Topics will include:

An update on the Statewide Clean Boating Program (Vivian Matuk (CA State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways and CA Coastal Commission). Learn about some of the program accomplishments and opportunities to partner with this program in 2017.

The New California Boater Card. Bria Miller (CA State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways) will be providing an overview and update on the new California Vessel Operator Card (CVOC) program that goes into effect on January 1, 2018. You will be learning about when boaters will need to have a California Boater Card (CBC), who will be required to have a card, how the program will be phased in, who will be exempt from the needing a CBC, among other important information.

• Do you have that sinking feeling? Learn about the Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange (SAVE) Grant Program. Receive an update about how this program creates a strong solution to the dilemma of abandoned vessels and marine debris in California. Susan Sykes (CA State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways Derelict Vessel Programs Administrator) will explain how everyone can benefit from SAVE, and how this helpful grant program can work in your community.

Delta Aquatic Weeds: Persistent, But Under Control. Leandro Ramos (CA State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways-DBW, Senior Environmental Scientist). Find out what progress DBW has made in assessing and controlling invasive aquatic weeds in the Delta and its tributaries and how collaboration is improving the Delta. Also, an update on herbicidal treatments for floating and submerged aquatic vegetation; mechanical harvesting; and other delta specific challenges.

New Pumpout App for Boaters. James Muller and Adrien Baudrimont (San Francisco Estuary Partnership) will present on a new mobile application they are developing for release in March, 2017. This app, funded by DBW's Clean Vessel Act Outreach and Education Grant, will allow boaters to find sewage pumpout stations, get information about sewage in the environment, report any non-working pumpout stations, and send in information about the pumpouts they visit. This new app will be available, for free, for both Android and Apple phones.

You must RSVP by emailing Vivian Matuk at vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov

Pittsburg Yacht Club - New Years Eve Party

Get The Free PICYA APP

You can download the Free App in Google Play for Android or at the Apple Store for IOS. You are now able to modify this for your own club for a small annual fee. 

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