About our Byte Fleet
Sailing World article on our fleet -- September 2000
We are sailors who enjoy sun, water, wind, the thrill of surviving a high wind jibe, the
elation of humming through the spray on a fast reach, quiet light-air communing with
nature, and the damp satisfaction of hosing down boat parts at the end of a day. And we
like driving our own boats!
The 2005 Byte Clinic at Clearlake.
While most Byte fleets worldwide are junior fleets, our members range in age from
pre-teen to 60+. At one time we were an all-woman fleet, but several males have
now joined in the fun.
Everyone is welcome. We race to win, but support each other: We share sailing tips and
lunches, keep a watchful eye on less experienced sailors, work hard to improve
everyones skills, and try to make Byte sailing a sociable as well as an athletic
Richmond Yacht Club is home base to the majority of fleet members, but
members' residences are scattered
around and beyond the Bay Area. RYC is a favored location because it has good launch
facilities and a choice of sailing venues, but we race at a variety of Bay Area locations.
San Francisco Bays high wind summers put Byte sailors to the test,
although we're learning to like windier days and waves. Consequently, we try
to schedule lake sailing when we can -- this year we're going to the Gold
Country regatta in the Sierras.
- MEMBERSHIP All local Byte owners and skippers are asked to submit an
annual fleet membership form and fee. The fee is
only $15 for Byte owners, $5 for non-owners (talk about cheap fun!), and this helps defray fleet expenses such as Charter Byte costs, web site
expenses (none to date), the occasional "Latitude 38"
ad, mailing expenses, etc.
- MEETINGS AND ELECTIONS Theres an annual fleet meeting
(usually held in January) and ad hoc meetings
as needed, usually held as part of a well-attended sailing event. Gail
Yando and Karin Knowles currently serve as fleet co-chairs, Michele Logan is
Treasurer. Elections are infrequent and not hotly contended. If you'd like to take charge of
anything, just let us know.
- COMMUNICATIONS Everyone has email, so all notices go out via
email. We're on an email list server that you
can and should join, if interested. This list server enables a member to email everyone
on the list by sending a single email. And if youre looking for sailing companions or are
interested in attending a fleet activity, youre
encouraged to email the group. And dont forget to check this Web site
we try to keep it up to date.
- RACING Every January (or thereabout) we meet to plan our
"official" racing season calendar, which usually runs from March through September. Many of us sail in the RYC Small-Boat
Midwinters regatta, and there are several other "non-official"
racing events at other yacht clubs that individuals or groups can
attend. Occasionally RYC hosts a major Byte event (North
Americans, PCCs, etc.) -- and International Byte Association regattas always
- SAILING CLINICS — For many years the local
fleet has held one or more Byte clinics. The 2007 clinic at Clearlake was so much fun, we're heading
back there in 2008. Dan
Ouellet has a good Byte program at the Jack London Aquatic Center in Oakland
and tries to provide a clinic when he can. He also has a special
program for those who can already sail but want to learn the Byte (tryout
- INFORMAL ACTIVITIES We often schedule an informal practice or fun sail day.
Weve held more than one fiberglass repair party and even had informal camping
trips But things don't need to be "official" or
organized well in advance. All ideas are welcome. If you have an idea or just want to get out
on the water, run with it. All it takes is a group email stating what, when, and
- CHARTER BYTE The fleet owns an extra boat, the Charter Byte, which
lives on a rack at RYC. We loan this to
people who want to take a test sail, and interested parties can charter the
Charter Byte for regattas and other events.
Check the Calendar page for more information. If
theres something you want to do, let us know.
last edit: 02/07/08