All Meeting Minutes

1997.02.06 - General

Thursday February 06, 1997

Minutes of the Cal Sailing Club

The General Membership Meeting of the Cal Sailing Club was held at the Berkeley Yacht Club on Thursday, February 6, 1997. Commodore Rebecca Haussmann presided.

The meeting was called to order at 8:15 PM. Executive Committee members in attendance were Rebecca Haussmann, Narcisse, Martin Scanlan, Bill Moseley, Abizar Lakdawalla, Peter Baczek, Liam Carey, Bill Gavelis and Bill Csajko. Approximately 35 members were in attendance, out of a current total club membership of 126.


Commodore (Rebecca Haussmann)

Thanks to the Chef:

Rebecca started the meeting by thanking Jennifer Kirkland, who prepared the evening=s feast of Indian corn stew, salad, garlic bread and dessert.

Status of the Club:

Rebecca stated that the club was running real well, with no crises going on. A couple of the ongoing projects to improve the club include obtaining some spare Astroturf to replace the old, rotted outdoor carpets (with many thanks to our dayleader Lucy), and the rearrangement of the containers in the yard. Dan Acland, who headed the planning and execution of the move, discussed the yard project. He said that although the project=s main goal was to allow construction of the roofed-over area between the two containers and thus create a safe, dry haven for our budding kayak fleet, the project will have the secondary advantage of allowing us to move the rudders, tillers, foul weather gear and other wet things out of the clubhouse and into the 20-foot container, which now houses the Novice Windsurfer sails. These sails will be squeezed in next to the kayak fleet under the new roofed-in area. He hopes to move the sails, rudders, tillers and foul weather gear by the end of February. The kayaks are already resting in their new location. There was also some discussion about possibly sealing the asphalt in the yard to extend its life.


The current membership is 126, which is pretty good considering we have gotten down to near 80 in the past. Rebecca plans on working with Alex Case on a membership drive later this year. It was emphasized that we need to be sure to have enough teachers, particularly on the Lidos, to adequately handle any jump in membership.

Windsurfing Lessons:

Rebecca noted that Bill Prinzmetal has been working on improving the windsurfing teaching program, including planning for having teachers go out on the water with students to directly teach windsurfing techniques.

Social Calendar:

A social calendar for the year was handed out. A couple of week-long intensive teaching programs for the Lidos will be scheduled this summer, similar to the old fast-track programs but without the intention of having practical Junior sailing tests at the end of the week.

Waterfront Commission:

Rebecca attended the Berkeley Waterfront Commission meeting this week. She cautioned that at the Commission meeting it was stated that theft of valuables from cars is the biggest crime in the Marina.

Vice Commodore (Narcisse)

Berkeley Bay Festival:

The Berkeley Bay Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 12.

Floating Bottle:

The Floating Bottle will be published within the next couple of weeks.

Open House:

The Open House last weekend attracted about 30 people.

Jack London Boat Show:

It has still not been confirmed whether we will participate in this event.

Barnes and Noble Discount:

Narcisse is in the process of obtaining a 20 percent discount for members, since we are a non-profit organization. She asked that no one request this discount at the stores until she finishes all the paperwork and gets it approved.

Chowder Race:

Narcisse noted that Louis Benainous came in third in the BYC Chowder Race last week.


Bill Prinzmetal asked who was taking care of barbecues, since Brian Battuello has moved. Zaaf Hasnain volunteered to perform this duty.

First Vice Commodore (Martin Scanlan)

Lido Work Party:

The Lidos are in good shape. However, Martin plans on having a Lido work party on Saturday, March 1, to perform the first centerboard case strengthening on one of the Lidos. The Lido trailers will also be painted. He hopes to get most of the Lido centerboard cases strengthened by the end of April.

Boat Adoptions:

Martin noted that adoptions of boats are going fast, with one of the Rhodes 19's already spoken for. He stated that people adopting boats would inspect the boats a couple of times a month, using an inspection form he will provide. Advice will be given on what to look for, and the actual repair work would be done by others needing work credit.

Second Vice Commodore (Bill Moseley)

Yard Rearrangement:

Bill thanked Dan Acland, Peter Baczek and Dan Twelker for their help in doing the yard rearrangement.

Windsurfing Steering Committee:

Bill met with other windsurfers to discuss the windsurfing program for the next year. He noted that there are currently about 30 windsurfers in the club.

Additional Yard Improvements:

Bill noted that we will be installing racks on the side of the 40-foot container for storing Junior boards, and he wants to look into installing vents on the containers to reduce the humidity in them. Other yard projects that could be done include scraping and painting the containers, and picking up and laying out the Astroturf mentioned earlier in the meeting.

Replacement Novice Boards:

We will be purchasing four almost-new Novice Windsurfer boards to replace those that are delaminating.

Windsurfing Fast Track:

Bill Prinzmetal will be setting up a week-long fast-track windsurfing program, and he will also be setting up windsurfing races.

Windsurfing Manual:

The windsurfing manual is being revised and updated.

Third Vice Commodore (Abizar Lakdawalla)

Work Projects:

Several work projects that need to be done include treating the wood on the keelboats, and sealing the hull to deck joint on ADaisy.@ Otherwise, there has only been a need for routine maintenance. 

Rear Commodore (Peter Baczek)

Teacher Evaluations:

Peter stated that although he has not gotten a significant response so far to his teacher evaluation forms, he will continue making them available.


Peter encouraged Junior Skippers to practice a lot as a means to develop confidence, which helps in teaching. He asked that people try to teach during the week, on Mondays and Thursdays, since we are typically short of teachers on those days. He will be setting up teaching seminars later this year.

Rhodes 19's:

Although we have keelboat lessons on Wednesday nights for Junior Skippers working toward their Senior Skipper ratings, he encourages Junior Skippers to make use of the Rhodes 19's, since they can get much more time at the helm. Bill Moseley noted that people who use the boats should remember to open the Elvstrom bailers after the boats are put back in the yard, to prevent rainwater from accumulating in the hull.

Lesson Credits:

Peter noted that lesson credits are only obtained when you teach during regularly scheduled lesson times.

Weekend Keelboat Lessons:

Peter thanked Todd Price for his efforts in organizing the weekend Senior Skipper sailing lessons.

Treasurer (Bill Gavelis)


Bill stated that the club now has about $22,000 in the bank. He has $3,000 to deposit, but has a $10,000 insurance bill to pay and an upcoming bill for $1,400 for the new windsurfing boards. 

Port Captain (Liam Carey)


Liam noted that although he has been unable to attend the Executive Committee meetings lately due to his job, he has been able to make time to keep up with the duties of his office. He stated that he will be looking for a dayleader to fill Wednesdays starting in a few weeks.

Secretary (Bill Csajko)


Bill stated that he has been trying to get out the minutes on the club=s listserver the same day as the meetings.

Web Site:

Bill stated that he has been working with Patrick Twohy on updating the club=s web site. 

The meeting ended at 9:30 PM. The next regular Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 1997.