2014 Dutch Shoe Marathon Features Leukemia Cup


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As many of you know, one of our most talented young So-Cal sailors, Jack Egan, was diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma earlier this year. Jack is the current Sabot II Champion, SDYC's A Fleet Captain, and a dear friend. For him, 2014 is a battle to fight this disease. Many of us are wondering what we can do. There is a way we can help!

This year we are adding a Leukemia Cup component to the Dutch Shoe Marathon. The LLS is dedicated to raising money to cure blood cancers. Because of the efforts of many before us, our friend has a very good prognosis. There is still a lot of work to be done. In addition to competing in the race, competitors can ask friends and family to sponsor them in the Leukemia Cup at the Dutch Shoe Marathon. All proceeds go to LLS and are tax deductible. Trophies will be awarded to the Top Fund Raisers, and top Yacht Club Team Fund Raisers.

Here is what you can do:

  1. Click here to go to the Leukemia Cup Regatta website and set up your personal Dutch Shoe Marathon Leukemia Cup fundraising page. You'll see a "Register Today" button at the top right corner. Enter your email address and search by state to find your yacht club team's page. Be sure to join your Yacht Club's team as you set up your page, if desired. The process takes only about 15 minutes.
  2. Email the link to your page to friends and family and ask them to sponsor you for the Dutch Shoe Marathon with a pledge. The website does all of the work for you! Send an email to your parent's address book!
  3. Follow up, monitor the page, and see how much support you raise!
  4. Then come have fun at the Dutch Shoe!
    The prognosis for kids fighting blood cancers has never been better. Sailing is an expensive sport and we often spend a lot of time raising money for our boats, sails, clubs and equipment. Let's take a few minutes to join together to fight for an even greater cause. Imagine if 170 Dutch Shoe sailors each gather 20 people to sponsor their race! If we join together, we can make a difference!


Clayton Schluter
Junior Commodore
San Diego Yacht Club

Cole Harris
C420 Fleet Captain
San Diego Yacht Club

Point Loma Pointers Prevail!


Besides honoring the most important women in the world, SDYC observed another Mother's Day tradition in May by hosting the High School Doublehanded National Championship. The top twenty teams from around the country assembled to vie for ISSA's coveted Mallory Trophy, setting the stage for a dramatic weekend. Utilizing SDYC's regionally unrivaled fleet of 24 CFJ dinghies and the ultra-spectator-friendly Cityfront venue; sailors, coaches, and fans were treated to breezy conditions and a nail-biter finish. Congratulation to the Point Loma High School Pointers, who rallied on Sunday to win by one point, capturing their sixth National title!

Competitors arrived on Friday, and were greeted to typically excellent conditions for practice at the downtown venue, and an evening Competitor's Meeting to get ahead of the game. For those not familiar with scholastic sailing, teams field two divisions called A and B. Divisions alternate sailing two races at a time, while the division on shore confers with coaches, etc. At each rotation, teams change boats, in an attempt to level that aspect of the competition. Teams also often field heavy and light crews, as conditions dictate. With no throw-outs, every race counts and a team's score is the sum of their divisional scores. Consistency is key.

Saturday began as planned with a tow downtown, but Mother Nature still had her surprises in store. A normal-enough seeming southwesterly began toggling wildly from south to west, calling for many course changes and a couple abandoned races and starts; especially frustrating since pressure was great at about 10 kts the whole time. PRO Jeff Johnson and his team put up a valiant effort, and were able to put six very high quality races on the books for both A and B Divisions. As the sun set on day one, The Branson School from San Francisco held the lead, with Corona del Mar in second, and Point Loma and Shorecrest (FL) tied for third, illustrating the depth of talent from the Pacific Coast Conference.

Sunday provided much better racing with breeze veering smoothly from west to northwest and building from 12-17 kts! Getting starts off was easy, but the new challenge was keeping up with various breakdowns as sailors pushed boats and themselves to the edge in the escalating conditions. As the 4pm time limit approached, just one more race would be held for each division. PLHS A Division sailors Scott Sinks and Johannes McElvain posted a 6, drawing their team into a tie for the lead with St. George's, with Shorecrest just one point back! PLHS B Division, Will La Dow and Jennifer Johnson hit the water. A finish of 5th place may not seem as exciting as the five bullets Will racked up to win his division, but with St. George's crossing 6th, it was just what the doctor ordered to seal the Mallory Championship for Point Loma High School!

Hosting the Mallory was no simple feat. Literally a year of preparation went into making this event a success and a wide variety of members were involved. Not insignificantly, SDYC also hosted the Pacific Coast Championship just two weeks before the Mallory, which proved to be a great warm-up. Big thanks to Regatta Chair Danielle Richards for all of her many efforts. John and Lisa Reiter also took on many critical tasks, with John spearheading the complex logistics of staging from the B Street Pier, and Lisa leading registration. Carrie Schluter handled trophies, and Bob Vincent led the daunting effort of getting the floating rotation dock installed after its trip from Shelter Island. S/C Bill Campbell and his team did an amazing job with on the water judging and protests, which is not to be taken lightly in this highly-pressurized championship. A long list of additional volunteers were present daily to turn this vision into reality.

Big thanks to everyone at SDYC who made this impressive regatta a success and congratulations to Coach Steve Hunt and the entire PLHS Sailing Team on a hard-fought victory.

Team SDYC at the Orange Bowl Regatta

It was a quick turnaround for SDYC Juniors following Christmas day as our top competitors headed to Miami, FL for the annual Orange Bowl Regatta! This event is a traditional pilgrimage for junior sailors across the country and features over 700 sailors racing a variety of classes! SDYC had sailors competing in the C420, Laser Full, Laser Radial, 29er and Optimist fleets. The regatta saw a variety of conditions with the constant passing of storm fronts throughout the four days of completion. The final day (Dec. 30th) was canceled due to a lack of breeze, so results were intact after Dec. 29th. San Diego Juniors finished up with some fantastic results including Scott Sinks/Rebecca McElvain (2nd of 102 C420) narrowly missing the overall C420 victory in what was a battle with the eventual winner. Richard Didham battled hard and remained consistent to take (2nd of 20 Laser Full Rigs). Other stand out results include: Andy Reiter/Charlie Miller (7th of 102 C420), Will La Dow/Holley Toppa (12th of 102, C420), Max Brill/Zach Malcolm (6th of 21, 29er)! Awesome job to all who went and competed, you guys rock!

SDYC Junior Invitational Tune-Up Sabot Clinic - Thursday/Friday, January 2-3

  • In addition to/in allude of Afterschool Practice we will be hosting a Tune-Up Clinic in preparation for the Jr. Invite!
  • The clinic will run from noon-4:00ish each day
  • Returning guest alumni coaches
  • Come on down either both or one day!
  • The schedule should look something like this:
    • Clinic Schedule:
    • Noon-12:45: Arrive and rig
    • 12:45-1:00: Briefing
    • 1:00-3:30: on the water
    • 3:30-4:00: Derig
    • 4:00-4:30: Debrief

2014 Junior Board Election Results

Congratulations to the newly elected 2014 Junior Board of Directors! This is a wonderful group of young leaders, so I think we can all expect big things next year!

Clayton Schluter
  Matt Dorgan
Laser Captain
Jesse McKnight
Vice Commodore
  Jack Egan
A Fleet Captain
Amanda Majernik
  Millie Dorgan
B Fleet Captain
Cole Harris
C420 Captain
  Piper Holthus
C Fleet Captain


Dutch Shoe Marathon

Results are posted! Congratulations to the 160+ finishers.

A Fleet Winner: Max Brill, MBYC
B Fleet Winners: David Wood, BYC
C Fleet Winner: Joshua Means, BCYC
Senior Fleet Winner: Hans Henken, CYC

Point Loma High School Sailing Team Does It Again!

SDYC-based Point Loma High School Sailing Team defended its title as ISSA Team Race National Champions this past weekend in Davis Island, Florida. Twelve high schools from around the country competed over Memorial Day weekend for the coveted Baker trophy. Point Loma finished Saturday's qualifying round-robin undefeated with a record of 11-0. Sunday's final round robin left the door open for competition as the top 4 teams sailed each other twice with scores carrying over. The final race pitted Point Loma against the Antilles school from the US Virgin Islands in a race which if Antilles won would force a tie-breaker round to determine the overall victor. Point Loma persisted to win this race with a 1,2,4 combination taking home the crown of 2013 Team Race National Champions! A huge congratulations to the PLHS Sailing Team and Coach Steve Hunt on their win!


SDYC Junior Sailing
1011 Anchorage Lane
San Diego, CA 92106
Junior Director: John Fretwell