All Meeting Minutes

1997.08.07 - General

Thursday August 07, 1997

The general membership meeting of the Executive Committee of the Cal Sailing Club was held at the Berkeley Yacht Club on Thursday, August 7, 1997. Commodore Rebecca Haussmann presided.

The meeting was called to order at 8:20 PM. Executive Committee members in attendance were Rebecca Haussmann, Brandon Gates, Matthius Reinsch, Peter Baczek, Marceline Therrien and Bill Csajko.


Commodore (Rebecca Haussmann)

Boat Donations:

The club is considering accepting as donations three boats: a Santana 22, an Islander 29, and a 470.


Small and medium t-shirts and sweatshirts were for sale at the meeting.

BYC Adjunct Membership:

The Berkeley Yacht Club offered Cal Sailing Club members the opportunity to acquire adjunct memberships at BYC. This membership will allow you to attend lectures and other social gatherings at the club, but does not provide you a key to enter the place on your own. The cost for the adjunct membership is $50 per year.

Social Commentary:

Rebecca noted that Dan Acland, who was not present at the meeting, had planned to do a skit about male members making unsolicited advances toward female members at the club. Rebecca noted that female members have a right to come down to the club at any time without having to worry about male members trying to pick them up, and that such behavior by male members will not be tolerated.


Rebecca noted that safety at the club is very important, and that the operating rules are designed to minimize safety problems, so everyone is encouraged to become familiar with and comply with the operating rules.


Vice Commodore (Brandon Gates)

Thanks to the Chef:

Brandon thanked Jennifer Kirkland for preparing the evening's dinner.


The club currently has about 680 members, which is very high. Everyone who is able to teach needs to show up on Saturdays to give lessons.

Open Houses:

The club gave about 150 rides to the public at last weekend's Open House. The barbecue made money after Rebecca put up a sign advising people to donate $4 when you take the food. The next Open House is in September and will probably be the last big one of the year.


Brandon would like to get pictures of club members using club equipment. He will use these pictures to place on the club's web site, and possibly to place on newly designed t-shirts.


Treasurer (Marceline Therrien)


The club has $8,781 in the checking account, and $20,000 in our new money market account. Income is about the same as last year, but expenses are much less since last year included bills from the purchase of the Lidos.


Marceline emphasized that club members may not spend money without specific direction from members of the Executive Committee. Even Executive Committee members may not spend money without approval of the overall committee unless in an emergency, and then only up to $100. Members who spend money without authorization do so at their own risk and are not guaranteed that they will be reimbursed.

Annual Memberships:

Marceline noted that there is a lot of paperwork involved in processing all the quarterly memberships, and she encouraged members to purchase annual memberships. Not only would that reduce the Treasurer's burden, but also saves you money.

Floating Bottle:

Marceline is now in charge of the "Floating Bottle," and is trying to publish it on a quarterly basis. If anyone has any articles that they would like to see included in the publication, they should put them in her folder at the club.

New Member:

Rebecca noted that the club might have a new member this evening; Bill Moseley may be a father!

Income: Bill Prinzmetal asked whether the club was saving enough money to replace the Lido fleet in the future if we are only bringing in the same income as last year. Marceline stated that although the budget only provides for a minor amount of income over expenses through the end of the fiscal year, she would make every effort to put aside a substantial amount of money each year.


Port Captain (Dan Twelker, by e-mail dated August 7, 1997)


Since becoming Port Captain, Dan instituted several changes. First, all dayleaders are required to have valid First Aid and CPR cards. All dayleaders now comply with this. Second, after two recent cases of mild to moderate hypothermia, all dayleaders were trained in how to prevent its onset and to detect and treat hypothermia victims. He also wrote an article for the "Floating Bottle" about hypothermia and posted a sheet about hypothermia at the club. Third, he has scheduled overlapping dayleader shifts during weekends.

Dayleaders: The current dayleaders are Chi, David, Francis and Marc. Unfortunately, David will be leaving us to concentrate on his Ph.D. He will be replaced by Avery. He reminded everyone help out the dayleaders by following the rules.


First Vice Commodore (Laura Boytz for Martin Scanlan, via e-mail dated August 8, 1997) Lidos:

7 Lidos are sailing. Lido #5 is waiting for a centerboard that has been promised by Schock . While it's been down, #5 has been canibalized for other parts, so when the centerboard arrives we'll need to see what else we need to buy to get Lido#5 on the water. We also have one or two cracked rudders that need to be repaired/replaced.

Lido #3 (which is not adopted) seems to be taking on quite a bit of water when sailed. If someone who's familiar with this problem wants to take a look at #3 and see if you can figure out if the centerboard case or something else needs to be sealed, be my guest!


The White Rhodes has a cracked mast -- Tim Brandon says it can be welded, even sailed. I'll check with both Tims (Brandon and Boschert, the boat's daddy) to see about getting this repaired. By the way, Rhodes jibs are in short supply -- sails are Peter's domain, but I would support any attempt to get some jibs for the Rhodes. Another possible investigative work project: It's been suggested that we look into getting a newer Rhodes 19 donated -- 3 are sitting in drydock near Cal Adventures -- anyone want to look into who owns those boats and whether they're open to donating?


We currently have a collection of Laser parts. One boat was fully functional until last week when the tiller extension on the best rudder we have broke. I've given Gavin (last name?) the go ahead to get a new tiller extension to get one Laser sailing. To get more Lasers in the water will take repairing or replacing another centerboard and some other rudder fittings, maybe another tiller extension. Laser sailors, a nice project for you would be to inventory exactly what we need to get those boats working and let me know.


As far as I know, they're sailable.


Hows it going, Brian and Ohad?


Seems to be in great shape (thanks Virginia and Reese!)


To all the adoptive parents -- Dick Kelby, Todd Price, Tim Boschert, Scherazade Sohrabj, Paul Herzamark, Bernd Paatsch, Ohad Denan, Brandon Gates, Mike Arntz, Brian Clark, Virginia Nido, Reese Jones -- and for everyone else who's helped keep the boats afloat (I noticed David Rabinowitz made a lot of repairs in July -- thanks, David!)

Lidos 3 and 6 still need parents -- think about adopting a boat!


Second Vice Commodore (Matthias Reinsch)


A lot of good equipment has been donated to the club from various places, particularly Berkeley Boardsports on Gilman.


We need Junior Plus and Senior Windsurfers to give more lessons.

Novice Boards:

Matthius will try to get more boards for the Novice Windsurfers.


Third Vice Commodore (Abizar Lakdawalla)

No report was provided. It was noted that the club's Ensigns have won about five of the Friday night races.


Rear Commodore (Peter Baczek)


Peter noted that having a large membership places a lot of stress on the equipment and the teaching program.


Peter's survey of students resulted in data that indicated that no one had any major complaints about the club's teaching program. The box to put comments on the teaching program is still on the front of the clubhouse.

Special Lessons: Two accelerated dinghy training programs were held this summer. There are no more scheduled. Edmund and Dick have been giving lessons on rigging and other topics on Saturday mornings before the regular 9:00 AM lesson period. A capsize class will be given later this summer, because a member approached Peter wanting to organize it.

Keelboat Lessons:

The Wednesday night keelboat lessons are going well. The number of students is variable, and it is hard to schedule a third instructor when you do not know if the extra instructor is needed. He is looking for someone who is interested in becoming a somewhat permanent teacher on Wednesday evenings. Peter also noted that Junior Skippers interested in obtaining their Senior Skipper ratings need to do more sailing than just on Wednesday evenings. He suggested using the Rhodes 19's to obtain more experience sailing keelboats.

Sail Maintenance:

Peter, who is also the Sail Maintenance Chairperson, noted that members should keep an eye out for broken battens on the Lido mainsails. Peter can easily repair them when broken, but if they are not immediately repaired, they can tear through the sailcloth, which requires them to be repaired by Pineapple Sails.

Special Presentation:

Peter presented Bob Collins a lifetime membership to the Cal Sailing Club, in recognition of the many years of service he has provided the club, particularly teaching on Wednesday evenings, and fabricating the rudders and other parts for the old Lido fleet.


Secretary (Bill Csajko)

Web Site:

Bill handed out statistics on accesses to the club's web page. Over the last year, traffic on the site has tripled, with people looking at more of the site. There are a lot of foreign countries looking at the site, with Australia being our biggest fan. It is encouraging that the .edu domain has one of the biggest increases, since U.C. Berkeley is a large source of CSC members. Bigfoot's page is one of the most popular pages on the site. Bill noted that people should check out the racing page, since he adds well-written material from Dan Acland each week.



Santana 22:

Rebecca opened the topic of whether we should sail the Santana 22 for a short time if we accept it as a donation. Bill Prinzmetal asked if any person or committee was in charge of these donations, since we had so many problems with the Cal 20 donation. Rebecca stated that she had several people interested in handling the donation. David Rabinowitz questioned whether insurance and berthing costs might be too expensive. Marceline questioned whether the boat was in sailable shape as is, or whether it would require expensive repairs before we could sail it. It was noted that is appears to be in good shape. Rebecca noted that we will discuss this issue further in future Executive Committee meetings.


The meeting ended at 9:20 PM. The next Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 21, 1997.