From member racing accomplishments around the country, club member recognition, to club building improvements, 2017 was a phenomenal year for SDYC in the yachting community. See what made the list of 10 stand out moments of the year.
- SDYC WINS 2017 LIPTON CUP
Skipper Tyler Sinks led Team SDYC (Jake La Dow, Jake Reynolds, Erik Shampain, Melissa Denman, Max Hutcheson, and Chris Busch) to SDYC’s fifth win of the Lipton Cup in the past 10 years. This was the third Lipton Cup trophy that Sinks has won as skipper.
- TEAM SDYC WINS INTER-YACHT CLUB TEAM RACE EVENTS
This year Team SDYC won both the Soiland Cup for the first time ever and also won NYYC’s Morgan Cup for the second consecutive year. The Morgan Cup is the toughest trophy in keelboat team racing, and this win was a great honor for SDYC.
- DOUG PETERSON INDUCTED INTO THE AMERICA'S CUP HALL OF FAME
In March 2017, Naval Architect Doug Peterson became the fourth SDYC member to be inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame. The designer responsible for two America’s Cup winning boats and endless other victorious designs, Peterson joins SDYC legends Dennis Conner, Malin Burnham, and Jack Sutphen in this accomplishment. Peterson passed away in June, leaving a remarkable impact on the yacht designing community.
- BILL CAMPBELL WINS 2017 INTERNATIONAL MASTERS REGATTA
SDYC’s Bill Campbell skippered SDYC’s team of Al Pleskus, Vince Brun, Andy La Dow, Dwight Allgood, and Chuck Sinks to win the 2017 International Masters Regatta. The San Diego Hall of Champions named Campbell an October Star of the Month for this accomplishment.
- SDYC HOSTS TWO NEW NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR THE FIRST TIME
This fall SDYC hosted both the Moth North American Championship and the A-Cat North American Championship in a new racing venue: Crown Cove in South San Diego Bay. SDYC also hosted Etchells North Americans in August for the first time since 2010.
- PROGRESS MADE AT BUFFLO BEACH
The new construction at Buffalo Beach, planned to occur over the next two years, includes three smaller cabins and a Member Lounge. To date, one of the three cabins is fully constructed and functioning and the Members Lodge Construction is underway.
- BADPAK WINS INAUGURAL PAC52 CLASS SEASON
The Pac 52 Season series title was claimed by Tom Holthus’s BadPak this fall. Holthus’ team is the only team with an entire crew from the USA, and includes SDYC crewmembers Kelly Holthus, Bruce Nelson, Matt Reynolds, Artie Means, Jon Gardner, Matt Smith, Brad Rodi, Tom Parry, and Ty Reed. The first regatta of the 2018 Pac 52 Season will be SDYC’s Yachting Cup next May.
- SDYC JUNIOR PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Point Loma High School won this year’s high school nationals (#15 in school history) with both A&B skippers (Jack Reiter & Jack Egan) and coaches SDYC members (Steve Hunt & Jake Reynolds). Other junior accomplishments include Jack Egan winning FJ Nationals and Jack Reiter winning the C420 Perry Series.
- EXPANDED SPINNAKER DECK
The construction on the Spinnaker Deck not only brings the whole deck together in a beautiful way, but it also allows for more dining room reservations and more outdoor event space at the club.
- MARLIN CLUB FISH RECORD
This September, Mike and Eric Loper, and their friend Mike Hall, caught a 312 pound Bluefin Tuna. Caught using the kite and a flyer, it took 3 hours and 18 minutes for the three of them to pull it through the transom door. It is believed to be the largest Bluefin ever recorded at the Marlin Club.