All Meeting Minutes

1995.08.17 - Excom

Thursday August 17, 1995

August 18, 1995


Cal Sailing Club

The regular meeting of the Executive Committee of the Cal Sailing Club was held at the Clubhouse on Thursday, August 17, 1995. Commodore Scott Hotes presided.

The meeting was called to order at 7:25 PM. In attendance were Scott Hotes, Veronique Anxolabehere, Olivier Colliou, Dan Acland, Louis Benainous, Stephen Gehlbach and Bill Csajko. Also in attendance was Motor Chairperson Peter Kuhn, and members Sylvaine Guille, Todd Price, Ken Shepherd, Brian Howell, and Hayes Raffle.

The meeting was preceded by a lecture on "Buying a Sailboat" by John Danielson.

A report on the status of the Club's finances was not available. 


Commodore's Report (Scott Hotes)

Leaseholders Meeting. Scott has been attending meetings of the recently formed organization of marina leaseholders. The next meeting is on September 14 at 8:00 AM on the Hornblower. 

Vice Commodore's Report (Veronique Anxolabehere)

Floating Bottle. The Floating Bottle will be out next Friday. She is adding to the mailing list non-members in the community who may be interested in our activities. Sylvaine Guille will now be the new Floating Bottle Chairperson. She will be responsible for planning four Floating Bottles per year. Each issue will have three main articles -- an educational article, one on windsurfing, and a feature article.

Banquet Chairperson. Jennifer Kirkland is now the Banquet Chairperson.

First Vice Commodore's Report (Narcisse)

No report was provided.

Second Vice Commodore's Report (Olivier Colliou)

Magazine Rack. Olivier set up a magazine rack over the Dayleader locker for the windsurfing magazines. Scott suggested he contact the publishers and tell them about our Club and see if we can get free subscriptions.

Sail Repairs. Windwing finished repairing seven sails.

Broken Universals. A large number of the new Chinook universals have broken at the joint. They were shipped back to the manufacturer, who said they would replace them for free. They claim there have been no other instances of this problem.

Third Vice Commodore's Report (Dan Acland)

Dewey Status. Dan received an estimate of $412 to modify a new Cal 24 mast to replace the broken mast on "Dewey". An additional length of the mast extrusion must be spliced on the bottom of the mast. With the running rigging, the total cost will be less than $800.

Rear Commodore's Report (Louis Benainous)

Wednesday Night Lessons. Bob Collins will be gone 4-8 weeks. Peter Baczyk usually teaches Wednesday nights also, but will probably need additional help.

Treasurer's Report (Patrick Twohy)

No report was provided.

Port Captain's Report (Stephen Gehlbach)

Dayleader Status. There are four Dayleaders now. He is hiring a new Dayleader, Jeannette. Stephen will hold a Dayleader training session next Friday, August 25, at noon, and will also hold a Dayleader meeting that same evening. There are still open days with no Dayleaders signed up, so we need volunteers. A discussion was held on who qualifies to be a volunteer Dayleader. It was agreed that all Senior/Cruising Skippers and trained Junior Skippers qualify as volunteer Dayleaders. Stephen will put a note in the Floating Bottle seeking members to qualify for volunteer dayleading. 

Secretary's Report (Bill Csajko)

Operating Rules. The proposed revisions to the Operating Rules are now available in the Club, and a note will be placed in the Floating Bottle informing the membership of the opportunity to review the revisions.

Listserver. A member, Bill Moseley, offered to set up a listserver that would allow members with e-mail to send messages to the everyone in the Club with an e-mail address by sending it to just one address. There would be no cost involved.

Donations. Bill noted that Patrick Twohy sent him a message expressing concern over the number of items that has been donated to the Club lately without Executive Committee approval. After some discussion, it was agreed the Operating Rule pertaining to this only applies to major donations such as boats, and that the windsurfing sails and boards that have been donated do not need Executive Committee approval.


Motor Committee (Peter Kuhn)

Motor and Skiff Status. All engines work right now. Louis noted that the 5 HP outboard has a loose throttle handle, but Peter did not think this posed any safety or operational hazard. Bob Detrick is working on finishing the repair of the 30 HP skiff hull.

Lido Centerboards. A centerboard was damaged when Peter capsized. He is in the process of repairing the damage. There are a total of three damaged centerboards right now.


Dewey Repair. Dan moved to spend up to $800 to replace the mast on "Dewey". Peter seconded the motion, and it passed with five votes for and one abstention.

Capri 16.5. Scott discussed his proposal to purchase one Catalina Capri 16.5 to test out in anticipation of replacing our Lido's next spring. He noted that the factory can make a more heavy-duty version.

Scott was asked why the White 14 was not purchased, being that there had been much discussion on that model but none on the Capri 16.5 at previous Executive Committee meetings. He said that he talked to the White manufacturer, and that they had only one boat sailing at this time, it would have to be shipped from the east coast, and there was no west coast representative. He noted that Catalina, which is based in San Diego and has two dealers in the Bay area, is the only major dinghy manufacturer on the west coast.

Louis said he thought not enough people were involved in the decision-making process that determined we should purchase a Capri 16.5, and that we need to lay out a procedure to make such a decision. Scott responded that Bill Prinzmetal had prepared a list of potential replacement dinghies, and that there had been a committee several years ago that only concluded we should possibly buy more Lidos.

Veronique questioned the logic of buying one boat at this time.

Louis recommended getting three or four potential replacement dinghies here to the Club in the next month to compare, and use that to help decide.

Scott appointed Louis Benainous head of a committee to study the issue and report back in four weeks. Scott noted that the existing Lido fleet is a potential safety hazard, being that they are so hard to right after a capsize, and that we must replace them before next spring. He said that the previous committee came up with several candidate replacement dinghies about a year ago, and that he eliminated all but the Capri 16.5 for various reasons.

Dan stated that he felt it was unrealistic to assume that we will be able to get four boats here in such short notice, plus have the appropriate wind conditions and people there at the same time.

Todd Price recommended sending a couple of members to the manufacturers to help in making the decision.

Stephen moved that Scott or his designee should prepare a couple of pages outlining the decision process that led him to recommend the Capri 16.5. Dan seconded the motion, and it passed with four votes for and one abstention.

It was decided to try to have some of the key people involved in the earlier committees (Ed Shirk, Paul Kamen, or others) make a presentation at the next Executive Committee meeting. In the meantime Scott will prepare the paper, Louis will try to get some trial boats, and we will then attempt to vote on purchasing a single trial boat at the Executive Committee meeting four weeks from now.

Senior Dinghy Use. Hayes Raffle, a Junior Skipper, expressed interest in sailing the Contender and 505 in the next week prior to going back to school. He said he has had experience sailing these type boats, and that he has spent about 15 hours working on the 470 and 10 hours working on the Contender. Scott noted there was precedent for this in the past. Hayes moved to allow himself to sail the Contender and 505 in the Junior Sailing Area for the next week. Veronique seconded the motion, and it passed with three votes for and two abstentions.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 PM.

The next Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 31, 1995. A lecture on "Planning A Bay Cruise" will be presented by Bill Csajko prior to the meeting at 6:00 PM.