From the Commodore

2021: We Are Off to the Races

It is my honor to serve as your 88th Commodore. I've been actively involved with the Club since 1962 when my father, David Jesberg, joined. In 1974, at the age of 19, I officially become a Junior member; the Club has been a big part of my life ever since. My father owned a Bear Boat (#38, Dubhe) and a Cal 33, Vicarious. We spent summers racing up and down the California coast and eventually to Hawaii on three separate occasions.

My father loved sailing and inspired in me a respect for the sea, consistently reminding me that "you have to finish if you are going to win". I've competed on all types of high-performance boats around the world, but I love classic designs and family-oriented sailing. Because of that, and inspired by my early adventures on the Cal 33, later in life I became the owner of a Cal 40, Viva. I also own a Knarr and an Etchells for one-design racing.

As I take my place at the helm of the SFYC, we find ourselves in inarguably one of the most trying times in our history—as a club and as a global community. The COVID-19 pandemic has met society with myriad challenges and still, I am proud that our club has risen to the occasion in multiple ways. As the vaccine becomes more broadly available, there is light on the horizon. It's clear we WILL be back in action, but we don't WHEN.

Meantime, looking to 2021, I am excited that the Club has approved procurement of a fleet of sailboats for members to enjoy. Community and shared ownership of boats is becoming increasingly present among our peer clubs and is a real benefit to membership. Most importantly, it will allow more of our younger members and families to sail in and out of Belvedere Cove. We anticipate hosting learn-to-sail activities, family sailing days, women's events, junior training and Club-oriented racing. The arrival of the fleet of six RS21s scheduled for June, makes spring's arrival one more thing to look forward to.

SFYC is all about its membership, and our focus remains clear: yachting, on-the-water activities and family. As Commodore, I will endeavor to keep this spirit alive. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in 2021. It is truly an honor and privilege.

Good sailing,
Don Jesberg

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Don Jesberg
2021 Commodore
The San Francisco Yacht Club