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Come Sail Away (or What is a “Sail Out”)

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

“I’m sailing away,
Set an open course for the virgin sea,
‘Cause I’ve got to be free,
Free to face the life that’s ahead of me,
On board, I’m the captain, so climb aboard,
We’ll search for tomorrow on every shore, …”

Styx 1977

And at HMBYC, you have many opportunities to explore new horizons.  We caught up with Leann Nassar, our volunteer Cruise Out Coordinator, who tells us more about exploring the Bay…

What exactly is a “sail out” that I hear so many people talking about?

A “sail-out” (also known as a “cruise out”) is when club members take their boats and visit other yacht clubs (generally arriving by sea, but land yachts are also welcome!) over a weekend.


Usually the other yacht clubs are a day trip away (maybe two days if going up the Sacramento Delta).  We talk about “moving the party from HMBYC to somewhere else.”  Once the boats and others arrive (Saturday), then a cocktail party and open boat visitation starts around 4pm – cocktails/wine/snacks.  Folks move from boat to boat visiting with each other and seeing the different kinds of setups (galley, sleeping quarters, navigation stations, etc).  Some of the clubs we visit have restaurants and the party might move on to dinner.  Other clubs just have a bar – and that creates a different kind of fun!

Wow, that does sound like fun, but I don’t know much about sailing and I don’t have a boat…

There are many ways to participate in a “sail out” or “cruise out.”  For novice sailors, it’s always possible to catch a ride on someone’s boat and be a crew member.  All of the captains are experienced teachers and enjoy introducing Bay sailing to newbies!  If timing doesn’t work, then arriving via carpools in land yachts works well too – especially if staying over night in the area near the club.

So, any good inside stories about these sail outs?


“What happens on the cruise out, stays on the cruise out!”  Often, the coordinator for that event will arrange some kind of special activity.  Petaluma is a great destination with lots to do (cheese factory tour, historical museum docent walking tour).  Benecia is great for antiquing.  Encinal had a great outdoor wedding last time we were there (no one we knew).   And Encinal has an outdoor pool that we coastsiders really enjoy.  Some people even reported tan lines last year!

OK, I’m hooked.  How can I get involved?

The best way to get involved is to send an email to and ask to be added to the mailing list!  And then, SHOW UP!  Last year, I traded my spot on our boat for wheels – two people sailed back from Petaluma to Pier 39 and I drove their car to our house in HMB.  It was a GREAT weekend for many reasons.  You really get to know your fellow members in a new environment and get to experience the best of boating on the Bay.

Any ideas where we’ll be heading this year?

The best destinations are Petaluma and Encinal (on Alameda) in my opinion.  This year, we will talk about Vallejo, Tiburon, Benicia, and others as possibilities.  Petaluma is tide-dependent, so we look ahead at the tide charts to decide on a date.  If you want to help decide, please come to the planning meeting on Tuesday, January 21 from 8-9pm at the club (and an after dinner glass of wine!).

Thanks Leann for sharing your experiences.  And members at any experience level, please take advantage of these opportunities to craft your own journey.  Feel free to share your sail out experiences or comments below.





New Year’s Day Mussel & Chili Feed

Monday, December 30th, 2013


The Tradition Lives On!

On New Year’s Day, HMBYC observes one of its oldest traditions, the Annual Mussel and Chili Feed.  You can’t discuss this event without also mentioning the name of Dr. Charlie Quest, who started the yearly party in 1975.  “After a few consecutive years, attendance swelled to over 100 and saw a group of party goers climb down the cliff at the end of 12th St. in Montara to harvest mussels at low tide and gather around the bathtub to clean them while enjoying home-made chili and a vast assortment of potluck salads, bread and desserts,” says Charlie.


On January 1, 2001, Charlie moved the party to the Club.  There, it soon became a fund raiser and has been a source of revenue for the purchase of Cal 20s, new sails, and materials to build our fleet of Optimists.


Is it a mussel or a clam?

The two mollusks look alike, but you can tell the difference from the outer appearance of each.


The mussel has a dark shell of blue, black or brown.  The clam has a lighter brown, almost “blonde,” look.  The mussel has a “beard” by which it attaches itself to rocks or dock pilings.

Clams have no such feature because they usually live in the mud at the bottom of tide pools and brackish rivers.  Also, clams have a rounder shape than mussels, which are more oval.


Join the Fun and Support Club Sailing

This year, plan to be part of the merry group that gathers at HMBYC for Charlie’s Annual Mussel and Chili Feed.  The party starts at 1:00 PM and continues until 7:00.

The cost is $10 per adult and $5 for kids 12 and under.  Your donation goes directly to support the Club’s sailing programs.  Bring a side dish to share, if you wish.  Reservations are not required.