Big Team Regatta – Sponsors and Smiles

Planning for TISC’s Big Team Regatta 2014 is under way.  Sponsors and donors are signing up.  Check out these three kids’ stories from last summer’s program.  And the life lessons that accompany them – even better!

There are many ways you can support BTR – mark your calendar for Friday, Sept. 26th – later this year.  Sign up to sponsor a team of four racers. Make a financial donation.  Provide a gift-in-kind.  Every dollar we raise through sponsorships or save through gifts and donations to help defer regatta costs is another dollar that goes to our scholarship fund.

In addition to sponsorships and donations, our team counts on massive volunteer support throughout the entire day.  Jobs that must be filled include morning set-up and registration, breakfast, lunch and dinner help and final clean up.  If you can help for even a couple hours let our team know the time best for you.

You can start helping us NOW by thanking our awesome 2013 donors when you stop by their stores or make purchases from them.  Let them know you appreciate their support for Treasure Island Sailing Center:

  • Peet’s Coffee in the Laurel Village Shopping Center in San Francisco for their supply of great java
  • House of Bagels on Geary Blvd in San Francisco for their breakfast boost
  • Lagunitas Brewery for cold brews after the races
  • Fine Foods at Home for dinner – special thanks to Kara Forman
  • Gorgeous and Green for their sustainably sourced floral arrangements that graced our tables during the event
  • UC Berkeley Sailing Team for their day-long support in so many ways, and TISC tenants, friends, parents and community members for their many hours of support
  • OCSC for their support, guidance, boats, coaches, and facility that was race headquarters for BTR 2013.

Of course the BIG WINNERS from Big Team Regatta, in addition to the teams who participated last year, are the kids who learn life lessons sailing at TISC as a result of your support for our scholarship fund.  Here are a few examples of the smiles from those kids.

Isabella and Sisi’s Story: Teamwork

isabella and sisiAfter meeting at our Family BBQ, Isabella (age 9, San Francisco) and Siyani (Sisi, age 8, Oakland) were excited to learn how to sail together during summer camp.  On the first day of camp they stayed close together as instructors reviewed sizing a wetsuit and lifejacket, safely capsizing and righting a boat, and knot tying. They tackled each activity with enthusiasm! Once on the water, one steered the boat while the other trimmed the sails, and then they would switch. Sisi’s sense of adventure and Isabella’s calm demeanor made them perfect teammates. Through sailing, they learned the value of teamwork and how to effectively communicate to get through challenging moments like getting out of irons or gybing in windy conditions, all while having fun and creating lasting memories and friendships.

Ziggy’s Story:  Goal Setting

ziggyZiggy (age 9, Oakland), came to TISC with great enthusiasm for sailing. In the first week, although he achieved his sailing goals, he struggled to listen to the instructor and not be disruptive to others. With support from instructors he set his second week goals around making an effort to improve and focus his energy on positive behavior in order to gain his Level 1 certification. He began to help others with rigging and de-rigging the boats and at lunchtime, he helped another student clean up the lunch deck after eating. When he saw another student struggling in class, he was the first to ask what he could do to help. By the end of the week, his focus and positivity allowed him to achieve his  goals and  he received a Level 1 certification!

Josh’s Story: Leadership

joshJosh (age 12, Oakland) had never sailed before attending TISC’s summer camp. Josh learned to sail quickly and moved into our intermediate class after only two weeks. While he was a talented sailor, Josh stood out for his willingness to help and encourage his younger and less confident classmates.

Meeting new challenges with vigor and enthusiasm were Josh’s greatest strengths. Due to these characteristics, he was offered greater responsibility as the student helper in our adaptive co-able class. Josh happily accepted and was honored to be able to help Mattias, an autistic student his own age, learn how to sail and have fun on the water. Josh expressed a sense of personal achievement by helping, stating, “That was cool! It was fun to be able to help the instructor teach.”

TISC provides the opportunity for youth like Isabella, Sisi, Ziggy and Josh  to learn vital life skills to help them succeed not only in sailing, but more importantly in real-world situations.  Every $300 we raise sponsors a young sailor for a whole week of instruction; $500 enables a youth group of 25 individuals to enjoy a half day of sailing with us learning about the wind, water and respect for SF Bay.

If you have special skills, would like to help out with a donation in kind for the September 26th Big Team Regatta or simply want to get involved at TISC, let us know.  You may call our office at (415) 421-2225, let us know via email at,  or connect with us on line with your special skills or interest.

From On The Cove, Dave G




Connecting the Donor Dots

Thanks to supportive donors and generous grants our J/24 fleet has grown to seven.  Because of volunteers like Michael, Nigel and Sam, Delos and Barney headed for Pt. Richmond in yesterday’s fog. They’ll look new after Bay Marine Boatworks finishes.fog and bay bridge frame Clipper Cove

As we drove over the new Bay Bridge back to TISC after delivering two  J/24’s and a trailer to Bay Marine I was struck by the number of people and organizations who made this first step in our fleet renovation possible.  As always the beneficiaries of their generosity are kids in our summer youth classes, year-around outreach program, and just-started SS Learn program.

delos arriving at TISC DockDelos arrived on New Year’s Eve 2009.  I remember the ultra high tide as we motored from Marina Green to TI, arriving to a Bay Bridge still very much under construction.  The motor donated by Adam Slote and the trailer from RIch Jepson at OCSC are still key ingredients to our fleet.  While the bottom growth on Delos was not as populated with marine Delos Keelgrowth as we found on Barney, it did take some serious scraping to remove it.

When I asked Michael Weinman to help with our transit to Richmond, I made sure he knew this was a fun “messing about in boats” job, not the grungy job he signed up for when Barney arrived.  You may recall that clean up job from a previous blog.

Nigel and Mike unstepping the mastNigel Tunecliff showed up early Wednesday to help get boats launched and masts out..  We decided to use the 1-ton crane rather than ginn-poles, and with the tide rather low all proceeded smoothly after coaxing a few turnbuckles clockwise. Michael arrived right on time just as we removed the second mast..

With Delos and Skipper’s Gift motors mounted, Michael and Sam Warner got under way slightly behind schedule after a rudder switch on Delos. While starting to lift, the fog was still very much with us as they headed into a rather gray bay to “Red 6” just outside the Richmond Break wall.Departing for Pt. Richmond

Left at the end of Pier 1Michael took these two pictures after they turned north at Pier 1 and as they ghosted  past Angel Island. Sam ghosts past Angel Island

Bay Marine Boatworks will sand and fix the hulls, apply two coats of epoxy, then polish the hulls above the waterline.  To accomplish this they will use our only road-worthy trailer, retired  earlier this year from Moore 24 duty after Karl Robrock’s gracious donation in support of Matt Harper’s gift of Barney.

My plan to get a nice picture with the sun out and two J/24’s teaming into Richmond Breakwater was foiled by Michael and Sam’s rapid transit. They made it just over 90 minutes !Mike and Sam at Bay Marine

Many connections, donations and volunteer hours lead up to our J/24 Fleet upgrade. The final and most critical was this summer’s donation from Team Luna Rossa via the Americas Cup Event Authority.  Funds from their donation provided the opportunity for the work now being started at Bay Marine, and for the furniture in the new Activity Center now on line to support SS Learn.  Both support our goal of providing launching points for new horizons for kids of all ages.

Regards from On the Cove,

Dave G





Thank You BTR Supporters !

Over 80% of the funds raised by TISC’s 2012 Big Team Regatta went directly to scholarships and programs because of the many gifts in kind provided by our land-based supporters.  Please frequent them, and thank them again for us.

The day started early with registration and briefing.  Everyone enjoyed the fresh-brewed coffee from Peet’s Coffee at 1776 4th street in Berkeley. I particularly enjoyed the double latte on my ride home Friday night after returning the large coffee thermoses that provided a kick start to everyone earlier in the day. 

Of course the Noah’s Bagels were a perfect match for the coffee.  Thanks to the Noah’s team near Fillmore& Sacramento in San Francisco for the morning bagels and muffins.

Liz Felando is an instructor at TISC and on the Cal Sailing team.  She prepared the scrumptious chocolate and pumpkin cupcakes we all enjoyed at dinner.

Lagunta’s Brewery in Petaluma goes out of their way to support many community activities. The keg we enjoyed after sailing was courtesy of their team. Stop by for a tour the next time you’re in the area – makes for a fun afternoon.

After the racing we all enjoyed great food from Fine Foods at Home. Kara Forman and her team donated a portion of our dinner, which was excellent.  You too can enjoy their food by ordering on line then picking up dinner at one of their three locations at the 24th St Cheese Company, the NOPA Home Service , or the Noe Hill Market.  You can use their interactive map to see their locations.

TISC supporters have a wide range of unique talents that not only made the day possible but also added to the enjoyment during and after the event.

Thanks again to Rich Jepson and the entire OCSC Sailing School.  They were the enablers for this day of sailing, fellowship and fund raising.  Special thanks to OCSC instructors Ashley Tobin and Jim Watters.  They donated their time and special skills to support BTR.

Scott Keck provided his time as our DJ during the presentations and for music after.  And Roy Miller once again provided hundreds of quality photos for participants and sponsors to enjoy.  His photos are on the TISC Facebook page HERE.

Many volunteers from Cal Sailing and OCSC helped with set-up, registration, on-the-water logistics, meals, and clean up.  THANK YOU ALL

From On The Cove, Dave G

In the wake:

If you have special skills, would like to help out with a donation in kind or simply want to get involved at TISC, let us know.  You can call our office at (415) 421-2225 or connect with us on line with your special skills or interest