Updated Aug 15, 2015
The IYFR San Francisco Fleet has members from over 31 Rotary Clubs and from Rotary Districts 5150, 5160, 5170 and others. The following Yacht Clubs and Sailing Clubs have active IYFR-SF members, who either participate in sailing, cruising, racing, social events or leadership in these yacht clubs. For more about IYFR, read this IYFR introduction.
The alphabetical list of yacht clubs that our members are affiliated with as of Aug 15, 2015 is:
IYFR-SF has 3 delegates to the Pacific Inter-Club Yachting Association who meet monthly with delegates from the 105 Yacht Clubs who participate in P.I.C.Y.A. In the world of yachting, once you are actively involved as a racer, cruiser, boater, in a leadership position or as a member of a Yacht Club, it is common to meet members of PICYA Member Clubs who share your interests sailing, boating and the world of yachting. PICYA member delegates from IYFR-SF have contributed to PICYA and recreational boating leadership over the past years. Long time IYFR-SF Delegate to PICYA, David Breninger, is also the current board member and past President of Recreational Boaters of California and the current board member and secretary of PICYA Foundation and Current Board member and Secretary of International Order of Blue Gavel Delta District 19.
IYFR-SF is an Association member of PICYA. PICYA member delegates from IYFR-SF have contributed to PICYA over the past years. Our current IYFR-SF Commodore Karen Lile arranged for a USPS Special Postal Cancellation Commemorating the 97th PICYA Opening Day On The Bay with Special USPS Global Ocean Stamp Plaque Presentations. And our past Commodore Jeff Kasper applied for and received IYFR International grants for the 2014 and 2015 to be donated to the Annual PICYA Margo Brown Wheel Chair Regatta for two years. The Wheel Chair Regatta, a worthy annual service project, benefits our disabled veterans and is hosted by PICYA in cooperation with the United States Airforce, United States Army, United States Marines, United States Navy and United States Coast Guard. See photos 2014 Annual PICYA Margo Brown Wheel Chair Regatta.
IYFR-SF members (AKA Rotary Mariners) are dedicated business executives, owners, board members, government officials and community leaders who associate in friendship to serve their local and international communities through their local Rotary Club; and who also enjoy the recreational activities of the yachting world in their leisure time.
Our San Francisco Fleet's members include past IYFR International Bridge Members (listed alphabetically) Mary Azavedo, Remsen Barnard, Vera Barnard, Bev Collier, Beri Kasper, Jeff Kasper and Karen Lile. All of these International Bridge Members served under the leadership of International IYFR Commodore Clint Collier from 2011 to 2013, guiding the 3 Area, and over 100+ Fleet Commodores worldwide in the International affairs of IYFR. These past International Bridge Commodore and International Bridge Members are entitled to wear their silver stars for life, in commemoration of their service to the International Bridge and its 100+ fleets. We are honored to have them as members of our San Francisco fleet and appreciate their attendance at many of our SF Fleet events.
In March 2016, four Tall Ships joined the San Francisco Fleet. Interim Executive Director, Brandi Bednarik of Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority brought two tall ships to the IYFR-SF Fleet: the Lady Washington, a 112’ Sparred length Brig that is reminiscent of Privateer Vessels that were part of the American Revolution and the Hawaiian Chieftain; a 103’ Square-Rigged Ketch. Both tall ships visit about 50 ports annually and have extensive youth training and education programs. Alan Olson, Founder of Call of the Sea, brought two tall ships to the IYFR-SF Fleet: Seaward; an 82’ Staysail Schooner and the Matthew Turner a 132’ Sparred Length Modern Brigantine under construction in Sausalito to the Fleet. Call of the Sea has extensive youth training and education programs. The IYFR-SF fleet is now beginning discussions of how to align the Tall Ships more closely to IYFR and the recreational boating community represented by associations along the Western Coast.
STAR (Sail Training and Rotary), a partnership between Sail Train International (an organization representing more than 200 Tall Ship Sail Training programs in countries all over the world) and Rotary International (which has over 1.2 Million members in 3300 Rotary Clubs around the world) have a collaboration going back to 1972. Hal Barstow, another Rotarian and current Commodore of IYFR-Newport Fleet is a board member of LAM top sail organization (which owns the Tall Ships Exy Johnson and Irving Johnson in San Pedro Bay), originated the STAR partnership and sits on the National Advisory Board for Tall Ships America. IYFR-SF Fleet Commodore Karen Lile collaborates with IYFR-Newport Fleet Commodore Hal Barstow to benefit our West Coast Tall Ships that are affiliated with our respective fleets.
IYFR-SF Members are called "Rotary Mariners".
IYFR promotes the formation of fleets throughout the world to bring together Rotarians that share a common interest in boats. Fleet leadership is similar to a regular Rotary club or Yacht Club. Each fleet has it's own commodore, vice commodore and rear commodores as well as other officers. This allows the fleet to organize and sponsor boat/water oriented social and public service activities.
The San Francisco fleet supports and encompasses Rotarians from three Rotary Districts: 5150, 5160 and 5170. Members come from clubs close to the San Francisco Bay and the Suisun delta area as well as the inland areas of those districts. But the San Francisco Fleet is open to any Rotarian and we have members from Lake Tahoe to Lake Shasta and down to Monterey.
IYFR fellowship is not limited to boat owners and ship captains. Some members will have large sail boats or manage mega yachts with full professional crews. Other members have both sail and power boats of varying sizes ranging down to small vessels designed primarily for lake fishing. Some members are "between boats" or new to boating. There is often a position on a sailboat for an experienced crew person. And if you are interested in learning sailing or boating skills, IYFR-SF members have affiliations with large and small ship crew training programs, ranging from volunteer instructors to fully certified professional instructors. The common bond in this fellowship is the interest its members have in sailing, boating and being part of the Yacthing Community.
How do I join? Click on this link to download an application form (a fillable form) fill it in, attach your check and mail it off to the address on the form! You'll be enjoying the camaraderie of the Rotarian Yachting community before you know it.