All Meeting Minutes

1997.05.15 - General

Thursday May 15, 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, May 15, 1997. Commodore Rebecca Haussmann presided.

A pre-meeting was held at 7:30 PM. Executive Committee members in attendance were Rebecca Haussmann, Martin Scanlan, Bill Moseley, Abizar Lakdawalla, Bill Gavelis and Bill Csajko. Rebecca presented to the Executive Committee, letters from Ted Wilson, John Green and Robert Ofsevit providing details of her qualifying cruises with them and recommending her being approved as a Cruising Skipper. Bill G. personally provided his recommendation to the Executive Committee based on her qualifying cruise with him. Bill C. moved to approve Rebecca's rating as a Cruising Skipper, and Bill G. seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 PM. Executive Committee members in attendance were Rebecca Haussmann, Narcisse, Martin Scanlan, Bill Moseley, Abizar Lakdawalla, Liam Carey, Bill Gavelis and Bill Csajko. Approximately 45 members were in attendance, out of a current total club membership of 390.


Commodore (Rebecca Haussmann)

Yard Improvements:

There have been significant improvements to the yard at the club. A new Novice Windsurfer sail storage area was created between the two containers with construction of a roof between them, the asphalt has been sealed, and Astroturf has replaced the carpeting.

New Pilings:

The old pilings supporting the dock in front of the club were replaced today with five new pilings.

Clubhouse Interior Renovation:

Rebecca gave thanks to Dan Acland for his work in getting the interior of the clubhouse renovated. Dan noted that the new layout of the clubhouse allows a lot of flexibility, and members should take advantage of this flexibility to make the clubhouse best suit the members' needs.

Senior Skipper Candidates:

There are many Junior Skippers actively seeking their Senior Skipper rating, which shows that there is a lot of enthusiasm in the club.

Thanks to the Chef:

Rebecca thanked Jennifer Kirkland for all her efforts in preparing the meal for the General Membership meeting.

Operating Rules:

There have been a few violations of the operating rules lately, and Rebecca noted that all members have a responsibility to advise other members if they are breaking the rules.

Vice Commodore (Narcisse)

Wooden Boat Contest:

Rebecca and Marceline Therrien participated in a wooden boat building contest at Sail Expo at Jack London Square, and came in second place overall despite having the rudder come off. She asked for people to advise Bill C. if they felt that Sail Expo was a worthwhile show, because the people running the show are considering moving it elsewhere next year, and the club may want to write a letter supporting the show if there is enough support.

Berkeley Bay Festival:

The club had eight to ten boats give more than 350 rides at the festival.

First Vice Commodore (Martin Scanlan)

Boat Adoptions:

The adopt a boat program has taken off really well, with a large number of dinghies and keel boats getting adopted already.

Lido Maintenance:

Upon close inspection, the centerboard trunk repair by W. D. Schock appears to have been done well enough that we will not have to perform further preventative repairs to them. The goosenecks have been beefed up, and the rudder pintles need to be repaired. The centerboard uphaul lines will be marked for position by Edmund.

Jib Care:

Members are reminded to drop the jib as soon as the boat is docked to prevent wear and tear on the sail.

Interim First Vice Commodore:

Martin will be gone this summer for eight weeks, from June 15 through August 15, and he needs someone to volunteer to perform the First Vice Commodore duties during this time.

Second Vice Commodore (Bill Moseley)

Extra Room:

Bill M. thanked Dan Acland for the yard rearrangement, which resulted in extra room for windsurfing equipment.

Berkeley Boardsports:

Bill M. also thanked Berkeley Boardsports on Gilman Avenue for donating between eight and ten thousand dollars in windsurfing equipment to the club this past year. Among other things, they donated a number of wetsuits, which we sold for about $800; and two new boards worth about $1,500 each. Members are encouraged to use Berkeley Boardsports for their windsurfing purchases, also because you receive a ten percent discount as a CSC member.

New Boards:

Two new Novice Windsurfer boards were recently purchased that are very large and stable, enabling Novices to concentrate on sailing rather than balance. Two new Junior boards were also purchased that are much more indestructible than the other boards.

Accelerated Novice Windsurfer Course:

The accelerated Novice Windsurfer course will start on May 31, lasting seven days. Novice Windsurfers taking the course should be able to pass a Junior Windsurfer practical sailing test by the end of the course.

Third Vice Commodore (Abizar Lakdawalla)

Senior Projects:

The hull-deck joint on "Daisy" was sealed and the wiring on the keelboats is being repaired by Junior Skippers fulfilling their Senior Skipper work credit.

Other Keelboat Maintenance:

Although Dan Acland races "Dewey" hard, he keeps the boat in good shape. The wood on the keelboats will be varnished, starting with "Uncle Donald." Two keel boats will be hauled out for bottom painting and repairs in October.

Keelboat Lessons:

Abizar thanked Bob Collins, Peter Baczek and Todd Price for giving or organizing keel boat lessons.

Rear Commodore (Rebecca Haussmann for Peter Baczek)

Lido Sailing:

Members should remember that the new Lidos are lighter and have more sail area than the old Lidos, and therefore you should reef earlier in strong winds. Capsizing Lidos is unacceptable and can be prevented.

Keelboat Lessons:

Wednesday night keel boat lessons are continuing, and Todd Price has organized semi-regular weekend keel boat lessons during the day. Prospective Senior Skippers are encouraged to use the Rhodes 19's for practice.

Windsurfing Lessons:

Bill M. and Bill Prinzmetal have organized regular windsurfing lessons.

Accelerated Dinghy Class:

Roland is organizing an accelerated dinghy class for prospective Junior Skippers in mid-June, similar to the fast track classes Brian Battuello used to run. The class will be held June 16 - 20, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. No practical sailing test will be given at the end of the course. Roland may be contacted at 510-562-6830.

Rigging Tests:

Two Junior Skippers have been designated as being able to give Junior Skipper rigging tests: Dick Kelby and Edmund.

Laser/Byte Clinic:

A Laser/Byte clinic is scheduled for Saturday, May 24. At least three Lasers and Bytes will be used to demonstrate sailing techniques on these boats.

Teaching Seminars:

Dates for teaching seminars will be posted. A 470 rigging and sailing class was scheduled for last weekend by Brian, but no one attended.

Port Captain (Liam Carey)


Liam apologized for the lack of dayleaders, and thanked Barbara, Mia and Zaaf for volunteer dayleading during the days no dayleader was available.

First Aid Training:

All the dayleaders are now trained in First Aid/CPR.

Secretary (Bill Csajko)

Web Site:

The club's web site was improved by updating a lot of the information and adding new content such as having the club's documents on-line.

Treasurer (Bill Gavelis)


A copy of the new fiscal year budget, along with historical budgetary data from the last six years, were provided to the membership. Some items Bill G. pointed out were: the Yellow Pages advertisement was canceled, we paid $1,200 toward repair of the hoist, our insurance coverage was reduced, and we now have the option of having regular garbage pickup. Bill G. was asked if we are saving money for future replacement of the dinghy fleet, and he responded no, that we are only covering expenses with our current budget.

Miscellaneous Topics:

Rebecca Haussmann:

Rebecca thanked Paul Herzmark for constructing the wheelchair ramp for the club. Ashby Shoal Breakfast is on Sunday, May 25. Edmund and Dick Kelby have set up a class for members seeking their Junior Skipper ratings. The classes start this coming Saturday morning, at 8:00 AM, providing instruction on rigging and sailing the Lidos, and will run six weeks. Rebecca proposed allowing windsurfers to sail in the Inner Area during low tides when the rescue skiff is inoperable, since they could walk back to the dock if they were unable to sail.


The people who own "Pegasus" want to donate a 21-foot sailboat to our club. The Waterfront Commission is considering tearing out the boat yard in the Berkeley Marina where we now haul out our boats, and have a hotel constructed there instead.



Bill Csajko nominated Rebecca Haussmann, and Abizar Lakdawalla seconded the nomination. Rebecca was elected with all votes in favor and one abstention.

Vice Commodore:

There were no nominations for Vice Commodore.

First Vice Commodore:

Wilder Lee nominated Martin Scanlan, and Marceline Therrien seconded the nomination. Martin was elected with all votes in favor and one abstention.

Second Vice Commodore:

Bill Moseley nominated Matthias Reinsch, and Abizar Lakdawalla seconded the nomination. Matthias was elected with all votes in favor.

Third Vice Commodore:

Bill Csajko nominated Abizar Lakdawalla, and Rebecca Haussmann seconded the nomination. Abizar was elected with all votes in favor and one abstention.

Rear Commodore:

Rebecca Haussmann nominated Peter Baczek, and Dick Kelby seconded the nomination. Peter was elected with all votes in favor.

Port Captain:

Rebecca Haussmann nominated Dan Twelker, and Wilder Lee seconded the nomination. Liam Carey nominated Jeff Novick, and Zaaf Hasnain seconded the nomination. A secret ballot was held, and Dan Twelker won the election.


Rebecca Haussmann nominated Bill Csajko, and Robert Ofsevit seconded the nomination. Bill was elected with all votes in favor.


Bill Gavelis nominated Marceline Therrien, and Narcisse seconded the nomination. Marceline was elected with all votes in favor.

Club Theme Song:

Edmund proposed that we have a club theme song: the song "Enjoy Yourself," from the Woody Allen film "Everyone Says I Love You." Edmund was joined by a number of members in demonstrating the song. Dan Acland moved that the Executive Committee be guided by the will of the membership and vote at the next regular Executive Committee meeting to approve this club theme song, and Martin Scanlan seconded the motion. The motion passed by a substantial majority of the members present, during which many of these same members sang a rousing chorus of "Enjoy Yourself," and there were two abstentions.

The meeting ended at 10:10 PM. The next regular Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 29, 1997.