San Diego Yacht Club Sailcast

San Diego Yacht Club's podcast series, featuring stories from over a century of sailing tradition at SDYC, along with guests passing through San Diego on their own sailing adventures.


Episode 018 - Danielle Richards

Published on March 07, 2019

PC Fleet Captain Danielle Richards joins us on the San Diego Yacht Club Sailcast to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the PC Fleet, cover their colorful history, recap some previous and upcoming events, and discuss some of the current PC boats at SDYC.

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Episode 017 - Max Brennan

Published on February 22, 2019

Max Brennan, 17, recently sailed on Heartbeat during the SDYC Islands Race. He sails out of Newport Sea Base and Balboa Yacht Club, starting in Sabots in Newport Beach, California. After making the transition into FJs, to 420s to 29ers, he jumped into bigger keelboats and began match racing with Balboa Yacht Club.

Max begins by talking about some of his recent successes including his time at Rose Cup and Gov Cup, along with some events that he sailed in Australia. He explains some of the opportunities he was given as a youth sailor in prestigious, international youth sailing events.

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Episode 016 - John Miller

Published on February 07, 2019

John Miller is welcomed to the San Diego Sailcast. John and Host Alli Bell jump right into the details discussing new sailing safety requirements, especially offshore, along with the Safety at Sea programs that are available to complete those requirements.

The two-day program consists of weather briefings, a search and rescue for the US Coast Guard, and other topics including communication, medical, equipment, technology, and hands-on work.

“Good seamanship will always trump technology,” he says. John explains how they review many scenarios that they sailors may encounter, how they learn from other sailors challenges, and how getting on the water is crucial to learning.

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Episode 015 - Robbie Haines

Published on January 25, 2019

Robbie Haines, Olympic Gold Medalist and seven time World Champion, joins host Alli Bell on the San Diego Yacht Club Sailcast to talk about the Olympics and his experiences racing with with Roy Disney’s Pyewacket.

Robbie started sailing on a sabot his father built while at sea working for Scripps. At eight years old, he sailed solo from San Diego to Coronado. After racing Sabots, Robbie talks about his transition through Penguins and Catamarans to Solings. He reminisces about winning one regatta in South Bay that changed his confidence and let him to sailing Stars. He then moves on to stories about Star Worlds in 1973 where they unexpectedly took 7th out of 60.

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Episode 014 - Eric Doyle

Published on January 11, 2019

SDYC Sailcast welcomes Eric Doyle, a World Champion Star and Etchells sailor who was just named the SDAYC Yachtsman of the Year. Eric started sailing as a child in Annapolis, Maryland before his parents took him down the Intracostal Waterway in their Schooner to Mississippi. Eric tells us a little about the sailing activity growing up on the water, getting into the Star Fleet and how he caught the “Star Bug” in college. He talks about his relationships in college with 2018 SDYC Commodore Michael Dorgan. He then speaks of the challenges of the Star boats, explaining how you have to balance everything just right. He continues explaining how Star boats used to sail triangles and how and why that has changed now.

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Episode 013 - Matt Cassidy

Published on December 27, 2018

Matt Cassidy is a professional sailor crewing on the America's Cup Team "American Magic." Host Alli Bell and Cassidy talk about his start to sailing, the College of Charleston team, and a lot of great America's Cup topics including the boats, the preparation, and the progression in technology.

Matt begins by telling us a little bit about his start into sailing including growing up in Michigan with the Junior Program on Boston Whaler Harpoons and his transition into 420s and FJs. Eventually, Matt made his way to the College of Charleston, joined their sailing team, and began the journey of becoming a professional sailor. He talks about meeting life-long friends, the steps to pro sailing and the great four years of success that college sailing gave him.

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Episode 012 - Craig Leweck

Published on December 13, 2018

Craig Leweck, editor and publisher of top sailing news outlet Scuttlebutt Sailing News, joins us to talk about a variety of topics in the sport of sailing including his experience sailing Snipes, a day in the life of Scuttlebutt Sailing News, and his outlook on some controversial topics in the industry.

Host Alli Bell kicks off the conversation asking Craig how he got into sailing. Craig begins be telling us how he grew up at California Yacht Club and the reasons that he stuck with sailing including an active keelboat program and successful sailors in his presence. He reflects on some of his memories racing Hobie 16’s, windsurfers, Pendragon and the variety of opportunities he had to explore the different aspects of the sport.

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Episode 011 - Dan Brown

Published on November 29, 2018

Alli Bell welcomes SDYC Member Dan Brown on the SDYC Sailcast. Dan Brown has a significant timeline of accomplishments including the introduction to a Handicap Fleet in San Diego, involvement with the America’s Cup and a long history of studying meteorology.

Dan Brown came to the area first to Silver Gate Yacht Club. He started the San Diego Handicap Fleet, at the time called the Silver Gate Handicap Fleet. Dan tells us a little about how he got that started, the technicalities and difficulties that go into it, and the expansion of the fleet to different clubs in the area. He explains how this strategy is now used in the Hot Rum Series.

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Episode 010 - John & Chris Busch

Published on November 15, 2018

Alli Bell sits down with sailors and brothers, Chris and John Busch. Chris and John grew up in the SDYC Junior Program, attended Gonzaga University and are both still active sailors.

The brothers started out in sabots right in La Playa. Their father was in the Navy, sailed in San Diego and helped start the sailing program for regular officers and enlisted around the country. They start off the episode by telling some of their stories of childhood sailing, how they started crewing and some of the family sailing rivalries including on the Transpac Race.

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Episode 009 - Tyler Sinks

Published on November 15, 2018

SDYC Commodore Michael Dorgan took the reins hosting this special episode with Tyler Sinks, the most recent skipper to win the Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup. Tyler also recently skippered SDYC's winning team for New York Yacht Club’s Resolute Cup.

Tyler started sailing at a mere six years old and tells us about some of his first experiences with some bumps in the road as a junior sailor. He goes on to talk about the potential he saw in himself as he got older with sailing and notes the importance of friendship in the sport through his whole life. Tyler also thanked his parents for their support growing up sailing.

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Episode 008 - John and Deb Rogers

Published on November 02, 2018

Host Alli Bell welcomes SDYC Members and World Sailors John and Debbie Rogers. The Rogers have spent the last seven years cruising their Deerfoot 62’ Moonshadow around the world including Mexico, the Caribbean, South Pacific and Pacific. In 2016, Moonshadow and the Rogers were the finish boat at the 2016 Puerto Vallarta.

John started sailing when he was ten. His father was in the Airforce, they lived in Hawaii and he got hooked quickly before moving back to San Diego. He tells us about his first opportunities to adventure on a boat, meeting Debbie and going through some of life’s steps before getting to sail around the world. John talks about the quick process of buying Moonshadow and taking their first ride a week later. He continues talking about why Moonshadow is a great world sailing boat.

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Episode 007 - Nevin Snow

Published on October 24, 2018

Host Alli Bell speaks with Nevin Snow about his extensive, successful sailing resume including two-time College Sailor of the Year winner, four-time All American Skipper, 2016 Match Racing Champion and 2017 49er North American Championships. Nevin is currently campaigning his 49er to the 2020 Olympics in Toyko.

This week in news, Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor High School dominated the PCISA Girls Invitational. Dave Perry and his home-town San Diego crew won the 2018 International Masters Regatta.

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Episode 006 - Commodore Mike Dorgan

Published on October 18, 2018

Commodore Mike Dorgan sat down with Alli Bell to discuss life as the 2018 SDYC Commodore, how he came to San Diego as a Star sailor back in the '80s, the growth of the local Finn fleet and more!

Mike Dorgan starts by summarizing the busy weekend at the Club including the cruising fleet cruise to Ensenada, the Taste of Point Loma and the International Masters Regatta. He talks about the history of the Masters regatta and tells us a little more about the races and friendly competition.

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Episode 005 - John Laun

Published on October 11, 2018

John Laun has been a member of SDYC since 1987, was Commodore in 2015 and is an active racer on his J/120, caper. He talks about his title as the “Most Interesting Sailor in the World” at his Commodore’s Roast. “I’m probably the least most interesting sailor in the world,” John jokes.

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Episode 004 - Joe Chinburg

Published on September 17, 2018

Joe Chinburg is the President of the US Finn Association, Owner of Dinghy Racing USA and a Firefighter for Arvada, Colorado Fire Protection District. In today’s news, a big congratulations goes out to Team SDYC “Board Shorts and Beards” in Newport, Rhode Island this weekend for winning the New York Yacht Club Resolute Cup. Skipper Tyler Sinks and his crew Max Hutcheson, Nick Kaschak and Nick Martin earned their spot at the NYYC Invitational Cup next year! Also this weekend at SDYC was the 2018 Finn Pacific Coast Championship. Robert Kinney in AK47 came in first place. A special shout out to SDYC Commodore Mike Dorgan in Finnster coming in 5th overall. Watch out next weekend for the Finn Masters North Americans.

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Episode 003 - Dave Perry

Published on September 14, 2018

Dave Perry is known all around the country as an expert on the racing rules of sailing and as a Match Racing guru, having won the US Match Racing Championship 5 times. He has written books on both Match Racing and racing rules. Dave is a member of the Sailing World Hall of Fame and has dedicated much of his career volunteering with US Sailing, currently serving on its Board of Directors. He is a true ambassador for our sport and we are honored to have him with us at San Diego Yacht Club this weekend.

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Episode 002 - Steve Hunt

Published on September 13, 2018

Professional Sailor and Point Loma High School Coach Steve Hunt joins us for the second episode of the San Diego Sailcast from the Cupola. Steve talks about his life growing up on the east coast, how he ended up in San Diego, coaching the best high school team in the country, and winning Etchells World Championships from the start of his Etchells sailing careet. His coaching philosophy translates from high school sailors to adults and Steve describes how his teams teach each other from within to raise their collective bar.

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Episode 001 - Alli Bell

Published on August 23, 2018

Recording with a view at sunset from the SDYC Cupola, Tiffany Billings introduces herself as the host of the inaugural episode of San Diego Sailcast. The three top news items this week are Peter Busch winning Junior Sabot Nationals sailed at Long Beach Yacht Club, the upcoming Juniors Nine-0 Fundraiser Luau on September 14th, and Eric Doyle's victory at the Star North American Championships sailed at California Yacht Club.

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Upcoming Guests

Episode 019 - CF Koehler
Coming up March 21, 2019