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Santa  Margarita Yacht Club
Memories of 2013
by Jane Palmiotti


In December 2012, the SMYC 2013 Bridge and Board assumed their new duties.

The gala event took place at Camp Pendleton Pacific View Event Center in Oceanside. A wonderful meal was served and everyone enjoyed cheerful conversation and visits with good friends. Toys for the Military children were displayed around the Christmas tree and then delivered by Daniel Walker.


Our Kick-Off board meeting on January 26 was a barbecue dinner at Scott and Sally Krefft's house. Hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages were grilled and plenty of salads were served and provided by the bridge. The club members contributed the dessert. The food was excellent and enjoyed by all.

Club Night Out at Dini's By The Sea, a beach front restaurant in Carlsbad, was a huge success. We had 48 members and guests who enjoyed the sunset, food, drink and good friendships. We were pleased to welcome some newer members to the event.


Our first Bingo at our little clubhouse was a great success. Twelve ladies attended and competed for beautiful "nautical" prizes while enjoying food, fun and fellowship. Carol Nielsen was pleased to take home the "coveted" anchor that changed hands numerous times during the "stealing phase."


On March 15, O'Sullivan's Irish Pub provided the club members with a night full of good beer, good cheer, good friends and a good time. We saw a lot of the green and heard a fair amount of blarney stories.

Great Raft Up on March 17 and 18 at Mission Bay Yacht Club. Everyone enjoyed it. The Yacht Club provided us with dinner, Irish music and a fireplace to warm our toes. Eight small boat races took place from March 30 through October 12. Our members came out and show their skills. The skippers and crews had more than their share of exhilaration in our harbor. The racers and spectators enjoyed the camaraderie of socializing after the races.


Opening Day, April 7, was a joyous occasion and everyone was excited to open the new boating season. Most attendees were dressed in their blue blazers, white pants and complemented by variety of hats. Flags were flying and our new cannon was firing. Lots of choices for different drinks were given out to members and there was vigorous conversation. There was a short ceremony with a Marine Corps Band and Color Guard. Awards were given out for 2012 to Floyce Harvey receiving the "Yachtsman of the Year" award, Joe Palmiotti the "Race Participant of the Year." and Jesse and Sandy Magness for the "Commodores Cruising

The Santa Margarita Club established a Silver 25 Year Staff Commodore's Burgee to be awarded to the Staff Commodore with 25 years of continuous service and involvement in the club. This year we had two awardees, Staff Commodore Harvey Royer, 1983 and Staff Commodore Doug Erway, 1988.

Youth Awards 2013's program, due to successful fundraising, enabled the SMYC to provide two awards this year. It was a great pleasure to see the Sea Scouts active within our club, therefore, we present two awards to Cameron Juybarr and Joshua Davis. Their $100. Certificates were designed for use at the Del Mar Marina.


The CNO at King's Fish House was quite an event with many of our members enjoying a night out under the covered patio with excellent food and outstanding service.

Ladies Bingo with a "gardening" theme participating were 10 ladies created a raucous time playing Bingo. Jane Palmiotti, walked away with the Mystery prize a gift card to the "Corner Bakery" in Carlsbad. 9


Ice Cream Social at the Clubhouse with the movie "Life of Pi". Everyone enjoyed the ice cream sundaes, which they made with all the great toppings and the movie was exceptional. It was a warm evening as we sat outside. The members enjoy get-together at our site.

Bill Thayer traveled to Portland Conference to be a representative for IOBG.


Santa Margarita Yacht Club and The Del Mar Marina hosted another wonderful Independence Day event. It started at 3 p.m. awnings up, tables and chairs in place and the cook in position. Bill Thayer started cooking at 5 p.m. The club provided hamburgers, hot dogs, and sausages along with the tables laden with all kinds of goodies that everyone brought. So much food so that no one was hungry. At the day's end celebrated with the fireworks! We all enjoyed ice cream sundaes, and we were in a great spot to watch the fireworks. SMYC supplied the ice cream and 100 of the proceeds from the ice cream sale went to North Coast Hospice.

Santa Margarita Yacht club Staff Commodores gathered at the Jolly Roger Restaurant at the Oceanside Harbor for some great conversations, lots of stories, both old and new, and some great food. The entire event went off like clockwork due to IOBG Chapter President Audrey Hall's good work. They presented Doug Erway with the Staff Commodores 25
Year Silver Burgee.

A Sunset Cruise started by leaving Del Mar and Oceanside Harbors at 5:30 p.m. and six boats met at the Oceanside buoy and sailed to the Power plant and back. It was a beautiful warm evening and everyone enjoyed cruising together. Later the Commodore Luis Arce hosted the cruisers at clubhouse with wine and cheese.


Ladies Day Race the participants took to the water and headed around the marks in a very smart fashion. Four boats, eight women, a very large group of spectators and race support staff enjoyed what I consider to be the best race of the year. The rescue boats scattered 24 floating plastic ducks on the racecourse and racers were to pick them up. The racers had to pick as many ducks within 10 minutes. What a fun day!

The club held its Annual Membership Meeting and Club Potluck and nomination of officers. The weather was beautiful and everyone delighted in food and fellowship, some of us finding it hard to pack up and go home.


Another CNO this time at Fresco Grill and Wine Bar in Bonsall where 40+ members attended to devour spectacular Italian dinner and enjoyed a tasty glass of wine. There was lots of great chattering.

The Santa Margarita Yacht Club Dana Point Cruise had a fleet of 10 boats. Leaving the homeport was tricky with dense fog on September 14th the skippers had to refresh their low visibility navigation skills. Surrounded by numerous whales and dolphins, the fleet moved cautiously north towards Dana Harbor and moored safely. Dinner was at the Dana Point Yacht Club and everyone enjoyed the camaraderie, resulting in heartfelt compliments to the DPYC Bridge and staff who made it possible. Sunday morning, the fleet was again bedeviled by dense fog. All boats returned safely with cries, "let's do that again!"

This year's Silver Gate Raft-Up was a successful event, in spite of the unusual heat. Ten boats made the trip from San Diego to Del Mar Marina. We started afternoon with ice cream social, but quickly shifted to sampling the famous rum punch. There were plenty of hamburgers and hot dogs and a great variety of tasty side dishes, one of our great traditions. A highlight of afternoon was the nautical hat contest. Top finishers were reward with a bottle of wine.


This time, eNO was at the Belching Beaver Brewery in Vista. More than 50 members enjoyed the tasting of unique beers and eating sushi. Many compliments to the tasting Room Manager Stevo and Hostess Diane for their courteous attention and hospitality to our members.
Kudos to Michael Williams who is so creative with his selection of places to go for Club's Night Out.

Commodore Luis Arce welcomed more than 50 members and guests for the first annual Oktoberfest and Movie Night at our clubhouse. The event was hosted by Director Edelgard Rieder and her husband Richard. Members enjoyed an outstanding meal, sausage (wurst), German potato salad and sauerkraut and an absolutely wonderful home-brewed cold

The home brewery, The Broken Rudder owned and operated by Nancy and Jim Bordier, added greatly to overall ambiance of the event.

Two special after-dinner-events followed the meal. No cost raffle provided numerous prizes and high-spirited pumpkin carving contest. Vivian Corr-Mason's group captured 1st prize. Featured movie followed "Forever My Love" a lighthearted Austrian/Bavarian love story. Everyone agreed, a "Job Well Done."

The 2013 race season was over but the last race had clear sky and very race friendly winds. Tasty Burgers were served after the race. We enjoyed friendships and interesting conversation. The results of the year's racing was Tom and Glenda Gardner came in first place, Gary Hall and Linda Loftis came in second place, and third place went to Susan Rodriguez and her crew.

Our 2013 elections came off without any problems in October. Nearly 40 members came ready to vote. Congratulations to elected Commodore Gary Hall and his Bridge and Board of Directors on their election.


Last Ladies Bingo's theme was "Holiday Fun" about 10 women played. Everyone enjoyed the special holiday gifts that were exchanged many times to certain individuals. There were many candy snacks and great brownies that Nancy Bordier brought. Good time for everyone.

On November 15th, 39 members and friends met for a CNO at Chin's San Marcos for a wonderful meal. Everyone enjoyed sampling the various Asian dishes. There was plenty of food, and several "doggie bags" were taken home. The family-style service was a lot of fun. As in years past, everyone went home happy and full tummies.
The IOBG Annual meeting was held in Concord, Ca. was another successful event. Marybeth was appointed Recording Secretary, Audrey Hall was elected Auxiliary treasurer and Bill Thayer, us Sailing Representative, was awarded the Past Presidents Award. What a great club SMYC has!

Gator Regatta 2013 race is open to Navy and other military clubs. It takes place at Fiddler's Cove. SMYC sent a team to participate Tom and Glenda, and Daniel Walker to race for our club. The results that our team won first place. Kudos to the Skipper and crew.

The Oorah Regatta was hosted Bill and Marybeth Thayer at Del Mar Marina. Long Beach, NYCSD and SMYC participated. It was fair day for sailing day. The winds were unusual light airs and getting lighter as the day went on. The support crew had an our early dinner ready, hot off the Barbecue, BBQ Beef Sliders, Clam Crowder, salads, and cookies. The trophy was present to Gary Hall and Linda Loftis.


Our Christmas Party was at the Jolly Roger in Oceanside was memorable event. Conversation was lively and lots of exuberant smiles lit up the room. Commodore Luis Arce thanked the Bridge and Board of Directors for their service and presented them with certificates.

Director Joe Palmiotti gave sailing awards to the Skippers and crews. IBOG Chapter treasurer Bill Thayer swore in Luis Arce as their newest member. Parade of Lights was held in December and WILAKUK V, with Skippers Marybeth and Bill Thayer participated in the event at Oceanside harbor.

In closing it is the ending of an exciting year and the beginning of a very promising new year 2014.