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News at Berkeley Yacht Club

BYC 2018 Awards Presented

The BYC Letter- December 2018

Recently, the retiring commodore of the Berkeley Yacht Club awarded a number of special presentation awards at the Commodore’s Ball Saturday, December 1st.  It was a gala-dinner event at the club in which the Change of Watch occurred, and a number of distinctive awards were presented, all prior to installing the 2019 Board of Directors.

From the Commodore's Desk - Important News

Dear BYC Member, Important news; Our Berkeley Yacht Club Manager Mark Sokolov has resigned from his position effective July 17, 2018. The Personnel committee, led by Vice Commodore Colin Thompson, has accepted Mr. Sokolov's resignation and is preparing to initiate a search for Mark's replacement, which is no small task. I am working with Mark to assure that we have a smooth transition of his duties to existing club staff temporarily while the committee conducts it search. Mark Sokolov has been solid as a rock for our club during these past four years.

Connie Ruben Memorial

Saturday, March 10, 2018 1pm to 5pm

Connie’s memorial service will be at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden from 1pm to 5 pm this coming Saturday, March 10. Parking is at the Lawrence Hall of Science with a bus shuttle to the Botanical Garden building. The pick up will be in the Lawrence Hall of Science parking lot about 1:30pm, and continued service to & from and last return 4:30pm (white bus or van). Light refreshment is planned for the event. Friends are encouraged to have reminiscences to share.

PICYA 2017 Yearbook Available at BYC

For all who would like to have a 2017 Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA) Yearbook, they are available at BYC just inside the front door.  For those who are not familiar with the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association take a look it is a listing of all the member yacht clubs and membership as of January 1, 2017.  This yearbook is updated each year.  Check out page 741  If you have any questions just ask Patti Brennan, BYC delegate and PICYA Director.

Introducing Mark Sokolov, New BYC Manager

Introducing Mark Sokolov the new Berkeley Yacht Club Manager.  Mark is a native of Glasgow, Scotland although he moved to London in his teens.  He has an extensive background in the hospitality industry, including working in his father's bar in London, opening a restaurant in Anitgua where, among other activities, he hosted parties for major regattas, and managing hotels and clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area.  In between some of these stints, Mark did some traveling on his own and on the staff of Sky Sports where he worked as a statistician.  Please welcome Mark to the club and introduce

The Stars and Stripes

Today, Sunday August 10th, we bid a fond farewell to our longest standing member, Bert Emberton, who passed away August 2nd.  The Stars and Stripes which flew from the US Capitol Building and was presented to Bert at our most recent Old Salts dinner to commemorate our the clubs 75th anniversary, was flown today from our flagstaff.  Rest in Peace Bert.

Patrick Hind-Smiht, Rear Commodore

Berkeley Yacht Club Song written for the first dinner June 1, 1939

In the coastal town of Berkeley,
On old San Francisco Bay,
Fellow yachtsmen gather
For a dinner grand today
Celebrating our new yacht club,
With its burgee gold and blue;
Honoring its members
And director tried and true.
 
May it fly for years with honor
O'er the ocean's salty tang,
Hail to our first flagship,
Good old schooner SAMARANG,
As we lauch this "craft of promise"
Gliding proudly down the ways,