The Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs (ASMBYC) was hosted by Del Rey Yacht Club for the association’s annual Change of Watch and awards ceremony Friday, January 7th. The evening began with opening greetings from junior staff commodore Kim Moore, who introduced the 2004 bridge and thanked them for their accomplishments and energy.

ASMBYC staff commodore David Feinstein proposed a toast to the incoming bridge and chairmen.

Michele Rosenberg, daughter of incoming commodore Wilma Rosenberg, led the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence was observed for departed members of our sailing community.

Following a lovely dinner, the awards presentation began with the Champion of Champions Regatta Class trophies. Jeff Allen, son of late ASMBYC and Del Rey Yacht Club (DRYC) commodore Albert Allen, presented the Class C trophy — the Albert Allen Bowl — to Mark Sands, Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (SMWYC), sailing his Martin 242, Gemini.

The Class B trophy — the King Harbor Yacht Club Commodore’s Picture — was presented by King Harbor Yacht Club (KHYC) rear commodore John Kildebeck to Dan Taron, representing the Santa Monica Bay Yacht Racing Club (SBYRC) team, with Shawn Ivie, sailing Friction Loss , a J-30.

The Class A trophy — the WYC Sailboat — was presented to Phil Friedman, DRYC, sailing Black Knight, a Farr 39 ML, by SMWYC commodore Peter Glick. This team of Black Knight also was awarded the PHRF (Pacific Handicap Racing Fleet) Overall Trophy — The Jack Weber Keg. The “Keg” was presented in memory of the founding commodore of ASMBYC, Jack Weber.

Dana Hutton, ASMBYC trophy chair presented the Darien Murray Perpetual Trophy to the winners of the Home Port Regatta, of which Murray was a tireless supporter.

Richard Norman of Canuk III was there for the presentation. The other winners whose names are on the trophy are Mary O’Halloran, Monika Galius and Allen Paxton.

Marylyn Hoenemeyer, former WOW (Women On Water) chair, presented the Robert S. Wilson Trophy to teammate and skipper this year Lisa Hackenberg. Lisa has sailed this event and been on the winning boat many times, and this was her year to take the honors.

Predicted log coordinator Mel Lurie presented the Melvin D. Lurie Trophy to Team Lurie and Livingston, for the Predicted Log Championship Regatta.

The ASMBYC High Point Championships were awarded to King Harbor-Home Harbor, John Dean of KHYC, sailing Midnight Run, and the Overall Championship was presented to Lee Lewis and JoAnn Meepos, DRYC, sailing a Martin 243, Gimme Shelter, by High Point Series coordinator David Osborn.

ASMBYC staff commodore Kathy Patterson presented the Diane Armstrong Memorial Trophy, in memory of her friend, to the deserving junior sailors representing their various yacht clubs — Case Hathaway-Zepeda, California Yacht Club (CYC); Jake Sorosky, DRYC; Alex Jacobs, KHYC; and Sean Mula, WYC.

The Honor Awards, for both juniors and seniors are nominated by the various yacht clubs and organizations and are selected by two committees charged with reviewing the rÈsumÈs of the nominated, with direct relation to the “deed of gift” for each of the awards.

CYC junior activities chairman Forrest Gay proudly presented the Junior Yachtsman of the Year Trophy to CYC junior Chris Wenner.

Elliott Silver, DRYC, received the Junior Sportsman of the Year from ASMBYC junior coordinator Virginia Howard.

The David Poe Memorial Service Award was presented to Lynne Hammett, SMWYC staff commodore, by ASMBYC commodore and SMWYC staff commodore Dave Phelps.

Sherry Barone, SCCYC staff commodore, was presented the Sportsman of the Year trophy by SCCYC staff commodore Ron Tvenstrup.

CYC commodore Bill Petersen announced and awarded to CYC member Herb Dover the coveted Yachtsman of the Year trophy.

All perpetual trophies will be on display at the yacht clubs of the recipients for the 2005 yachting year.

Following the awards presentation, ASMBYC staff commodore Paul Artof presided over the discharging of the 2004 officers and installation of the 2005 flag officers, including commodore, Wilma Rosenberg, WYC; vice commodore, C. John Staff, III, SBYRC; rear commodore, Edwin Freston, SMWYC; secretary, Bill Webster, KHYC; treasurer, Gary Green, SBYRC; and junior staff commodore, Dave Phelps, SMWYC.

Artof’s remarks detailed the changes of office with a personal touch to each, impressed the audience and left them laughing.

Commodore Rosenberg outlined her goals for the 2005 yachting year. Race participation remains a goal for the organization and member yacht clubs and member associates.

Because the next day, Saturday, January 8th, was the Malibu and Return race, (the first race of 2005) as part of the Berger Series, when the Friday evening festivities were over, the assembled headed for the doors and cars in order to come back the next day and do what we are all about — race, sail and play with boats.

Distribution of the 2005 ASMBYC Yearbook and Race Calendar took place at the event and should be on display at all yacht clubs and advertisers. Pick up your copy to follow the events and series planned for this yachting year.

SCYA INSTALLATION — The upstairs dining room at Del Rey Yacht club seated 165 guests, who arrived from yacht clubs between Santa Barbara and San Diego to share in the Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA) installation and awards festivities Saturday, January 15th.

Opening formalities were handled by 2004 commodore Jerry Montgomery; introduction of guests was by SCYA staff commodores.

Prior to dinner service, the presentation of the Clubs of the Year awards took place and commodore Peter Glick and Lynne, with vice commodore Harlan Holmes and Marlyn Davis, were present, to accept the Regular Member Club Award on behalf of Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club.

Following dinner, the recognition of 2004 officers and committee chairs took place with the appropriate thank-yous and congratulations.

SMWYC, ASMBYC and SCYA staff commodore Barry Labow took the podium to install the officers and directors of Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA) for the 2005 Yachting Season.

The new officers are commodore, Tom Kennedy, staff commodore, SMWYC; vice commodore, Mary Bacon, staff commodore, BCYC; rear commodore, Jerry Lounsbury, staff commodore, South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club; secretary Kathy Smith, KHYC; and junior staff commodore, Jerry Montgomery, staff commodore, Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC).

The Honor and Achievement Awards Ceremony took place recognizing outstanding achievements in many areas.

The Peggy Slater Memorial Trophy, honoring our own local deceased friend, was presented to Pease Glaser, ABYC .

Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club fleet captain David Lumian was presented the U.S. Sailing — Arthur B. Hanson Life Saving Medal.

The evening was adjourned following comments from Commodore Kennedy, who has previously served the yachting community as commodore of Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club in 1988 and the Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs in 1995.

PCYA INSTALLATION — On Friday, January 14th, the Pacific Coast Yachting Association (PCYA) — a 12 member West Coast Yachting Association — held its annual Installation of the Bridge at Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey.

Member associations of PCYA are located in four major areas between Vancouver and San Diego.

Here the 2005 officers: Bridge: commodore, Paul Artof, representing the Los Angeles area; vice commodore, Linda Newland, representing the greater San Francisco Area; rear commodore, Jerry Downer, representing the Pacific Northwest Area (from Seattle to Canada); secretary/treasurer, Jerry Lounsbury, representing the San Diego Area; and junior staff commodore, Jerry Wellnitz, representing the San Diego Area.

Appointed Officers include yacht club advocate, staff commodore Jerry Martin, from Redondo Beach.

PCYA began in 1923 and officers rotate throughout the West Coast each year. The purpose of the Pacific Coast Yachting Association is to promote yachting in all of its phases on the Pacific Coast of North America.

The 82-year-old Association works to advise and assist its 12 member organizations in the promotion of organized yachting; conduct championship events for both predicted log and sailboat racing; sponsors an area-wide conference of yachting-related organizations; recognizes excellence with two major service awards, including one specifically for youth sailing programs; and represents the combined mutual interest(s) of the membership when called upon, including issues related to regional environmental concerns and the US Sailing organization.

Commodore Paul Artof is from Del Rey Yacht Club and was commodore of Westlake Yacht Club in 1995 and the Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs (ASMBYC) in 1990.