All Meeting Minutes

1997.09.04 - Excom

Thursday September 04, 1997

Minutes of the Cal Sailing Club

for September 4, 1997

The regular meeting of the Executive Committee of the Cal Sailing Club was held at the Clubhouse on Thursday, September 4, 1997. Vice Commodore Brandon Gates presided.

The meeting was called to order at 7:15 PM. In attendance were Brandon Gates, Matthius Reinsch, Peter Baczek, Dan Twelker, Marceline Therrien and Bill Csajko. Also in attendance were members Bill Moseley and Greg Davids.


Senior Ratings (Bill Moseley)

Bill provided the Executive Committee a proposal for changing the Operating Rules to require members to appear before the Executive Committee as the first step in the Senior rating process. Modifications to the procedure for obtaining the Senior Skipper or Senior Windsurfer ratings have been a significant and controversial topic of discussion on the CSC listserver recently. The purpose of the appearance before the committee would be to deal with any administrative and disciplinary actions, introduce the member to the Executive Committee, support the club's ideals, and serve to notify the entire club of the member's intention to become a Senior. Once approved by the Executive Committee, the remaining requirements for obtaining a Senior rating would remain unchanged.

The following actions would occur at the appearance:

1) Check the member's rating card and hours.
2) Check that the member has been a member for two consecutive quarters.
3) Review the candidate's disciplinary history.
4) Hear recommendations from two current Seniors, by letter or in person.
5) Approve the candidate's work project.
6) Assign Rating Committee members to the Senior candidate.

The assignment of specific Rating Committee members to the candidate was controversial, with several viewpoints on how to fairly implement such an idea. Bill Csajko will prepare proposed changes to the Operating Rules for implementing the proposal, and the proposal will be discussed with the Commodore, who was unable to be present, and with the chairperson of the Rating Committee, Elizabeth Simon. Bill Csajko noted that consideration must be given to how such an action will affect members currently in the process of obtaining their Senior ratings.



Commodore (Rebecca Haussmann, via e-mail dated September 4, 1997)

Senior Ratings:

Rebecca asked to be present before any final decision was made concerning the modification of the Senior rating process. Several other items in her e-mail message were discussed under other reports.


Brandon noted that there has been a lot of flaming on the CSC listserver. Bill Moseley, who runs the listserver, said that he unsubscribes anyone who abuses the listserver.


Vice Commodore (Brandon Gates)

Open House:

There is an Open House coming up this weekend, and Junior and Senior Skippers are encouraged to come down to the club to give rides.

Clubhouse Trim:

Tim Bochert will fix the trim on the clubhouse as his Senior project.

Web Site Link:

Brandon spoke to someone he knows who works for Pacific Bell, who said they could add a link to the club's web page on their Cool Site page. We would not be obligated to provide a link back to the Pacific Bell site. Brandon moved to approve having the link. Marceline seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.


First Vice Commodore (Martin Scanlan)

No report was provided.


Second Vice Commodore (Matthias Reinsch)

Disciplinary Actions:

Matthias was unable to contact the two members with pending disciplinary actions, therefore they were unable to attend tonight's meeting. He will contact them prior to the next meeting.

New Masts:

The new Novice masts have arrived.


The booms are having new grips applied to them instead of buying new ones.

Windsurfing Booklets:

Although Bill Moseley put a note on the last bundle of windsurfing manuals to contact him about reordering them, to prevent running out, the dayleaders did not do so. Matthias ordered new ones when they ran out, and the club now has them in stock.

Equipment Sign-Out:

A member has been in the habit of signing out popular windsurfing equipment early in the day, and setting it aside while waiting for the wind to pick up, which sometimes could be several hours. The dayleaders will in the future have the member relinquish the equipment if it is not used for sailing right away.


Third Vice Commodore (Brandon Gates)

Ensign Winches:

The new pair of Harkin winches, which were to replace the Harkin winches that consistently failed to work, stopped working after one week of use. The Harkin winches will all be returned for refund, and we will instead purchase Lewmar winches.


Keelboat haul-outs will be planned in the near future.


Treasurer (Marceline Therrien)


We have over $12,548.74 in the checking account, and $20,028.32 in our money market account. Our net income this fiscal year is $19,762.72.

Floating Bottle:

The next issue of the "Floating Bottle" will be published in October. Articles for the publication are needed.

Orchard Supply:

Tim Brandon asked Marceline if a debit account for the club could be set up at Orchard Supply Hardware. Marceline will see if she can set up a corporate account instead.


Port Captain (Dan Twelker)

Membership Log:

Rebecca noted that membership numbers have not been consistently logged, and that Dan Twelker should discuss this matter with the dayleaders. The membership log should be corrected, with the information provided to the Treasurer. Dan already advised the dayleaders of this problem at a dayleader meeting earlier in the evening.

VHF Radio:

Dan asked that the Executive Committee consider purchasing a VHF radio for the skiff. He noted that there have been several recent events where having a VHF radio, to call the clubhouse, Harbormaster or Coast Guard, could have been very useful.

Windsurfer Injury:

On Tuesday, August 26, the dayleader (Marc Steigleder) was advised that there was an injured windsurfer (not a CSC member) near Emeryville. Marc took a couple of volunteers with him on the skiff to rescue the person. Apparently the windsurfer jibed into another windsurfer, tearing through the other windsurfer's sail and cutting his throat severely. Marc returned to the club with the injured person and called 911. The person was in intensive care for a day, but is better now. Dan moved to officially commend Marc for a job well done. Brandon seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.

Incident Between Member and Dayleader:

There was an incident last Sunday between a member and a dayleader/member wherein the two got involved in a heated argument, and resulted in the suspension of the member. The member requested that the Executive Committee strike the suspension because he felt it was not fairly applied. The member and the dayleader each provided their side of the incident to the Executive Committee, along with two witnesses' accounts (Brandon Gates and Peter Baczek). The incident involved a breakdown in communication following a discussion about the availability of a Lido to sail, and was related to an incident between the two the previous day. After reviewing the sometimes disparate accounts of the incident, it was decided that there was fault for the argument on both sides, and the member's request to strike the suspension was rejected. The dayleader was told that despite his excellent record, he has a higher standard to hold to and should not argue with a member even if angered.


Rear Commodore (Peter Baczek)

Peter had nothing to report.


Secretary (Bill Csajko)


Bill noted that Operating Rules and Dinghy Manual booklets have been ordered.

Web Site:

Bill noted that we had received an offer to have our site linked to a new site called San Francisco Sidewalk. There was general agreement that the club should not have links on commercial sites if it involved reciprocal links to the site. Bill provided statistics on usage of our web site for August. The new "Floating Bottle" on the web site was popular, and portable document format copies of our documents are also becoming more popular.


Other Topics

Skiff Purchases:

Bill noted that Peter Kuhn had sent an e-mail message to the Executive Committee asking for money for Lido and skiff parts and repairs, totaling $900. It was decided that all Lido parts and repairs should first be coordinated with the Martin Scanlan. Bill moved to spend up to $250 to purchase flotation for and perform fiberglass repairs on the 18 HP skiff, and purchase steering and gear cables for the 30 HP skiff. Brandon seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.


Greg Davids stated that we now own the Islander 29, and that he has already received four inquiries about the boat resulting from an ad in "Latitude," where it is offered at $8,250. He said that one of the wooden spreaders is cracked, and it may cost up to $600 to replace them. It was decided that more research should be done to find a cheaper way to replace the spreaders, but that in the interest of selling the boat quickly, Marceline moved to spend up to $300 to replace the spreaders. Brandon seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously. Greg will contact the Executive Committee if he finds he needs more money.


The meeting ended at 9:50 PM. The next regular Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 18, 1997.