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A guide to the Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay audiovisual materials and photographs, approximately 1981-1991
P10-002 (SAFR 23378)  
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Shared collection box; Audiovisual storage

Series 1.  Instructional materials and board meetings, approximately 1981-1991

Extent: 92 items (95 physical forms: 80 color slides, 3 audiocassettes, 4 VHS videocassettes, 8 U-matic videocassettes)

Scope and Content Note

Items 001-084, 136-143. Consists of instructional materials for Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay committee members, a board meeting recording, and episodes of a television series. Includes the "Race Management: An Introduction to Committee Boat Duties and Responsibilities" slideshow for race management team members as well as a protest committee training videocassette consisting of two segments: "Caine v. Delilah: A Pre-Hearing Mediation of a Protest" and "Ankletooth v. Reluctant: A Moot Protest Hearing." Also includes a sound recording labeled "board meetings;" however, the content is unknown since the magnetic tape was warped and the Processing Archivist could not listen to the tape or digitize it. There are also eight episodes of the WGBH produced television series "Under Sail" which provides an introduction to sailing as instructed by host Robbie Doyle.

Arrangement

Arranged into four File Units: File Unit 1: Race management slideshow; File Unit 2: Mock pre-hearing mediation and protest hearing; File Unit 3: Board meetings; File Unit 4: Sailing instructions.
Shared collection box; Audiovisual storage

File Unit 1.  Race management slideshow, 1981

Creator/Collector: Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay
Extent: 82 items (84 physical forms).
Physical Description: 80 color slides, 2 x 2 in.; 2 audiocassettes; 2 color 1/2 inch VHS videocassettes

Scope and Content Note

Items 001-082. Presentation titled "Race Management: An Introduction to Committee Boat Duties and Responsibilities." Consists of color slides, an accompanying audiocassette to be played while viewing the slides, and a VHS videocassette version containing both the slideshow images and audio. There are two copies of the videocassette which contain the same content and two copies of the audiocassette which contain the same content. Two copies of each format were retained in the collection for preservation purposes.
The narrator discusses the duties of the Yacht Racing Association race management team. The slides illustrate the team members setting the line, starting the race, and recording the finish. The team members aboard the committee boat include the Principal Race Officer, Signaler, Recorder, Gunner, Spotter, and Timer, as portrayed by Gilbert Oliver, Kitty James, Howard Robinson, Leigh Abell, Martha Abell, and Scott (last name inaudible), respectively. Produced by the Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay with the assistance of the San Francisco Bay Sailing Association. Special thanks to Howard Robinson, Jack Feller, and to the San Francisco Yacht Club for use of the committee boat VICTORY (power yacht). Photography by Diane Beeston. Narration by Bob Marshall. Produced, written and directed by Ray Kuhn and Bob Stovell. Copyright 1981.

Item list:

  • Items 001-080: color slides.
  • Item 081: audiocassette.
  • Item 082: videocassette.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 081.  Race Management: An Introduction to Committee Boat Duties and Responsibilities audiocassette, 1981

Creator/Collector: Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay
Extent: 1 item (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 2 audiocassettes

Scope and Content Note

Audio to accompany the "Race Management: An Introduction to Committee Boat Duties and Responsibilities" slide show (Items 001-080). Running time is approximately 13 minutes.
This Item consists of two audiocassettes containing the same content. Two copies were retained in the collection for preservation purposes.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 082.  Race Management: An Introduction to Committee Boat Duties and Responsibilities videocassette, 1981

Creator/Collector: Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay
Extent: 1 item (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 2 color 1/2 inch VHS videocassettes

Scope and Content Note

Video version of "Race Management: An Introduction to Committee Boat Duties and Responsibilities" slideshow images and audio content. Contains two versions: "new" version with additional narration for the Rule 51 change and "old" version. Running time is 27 minutes.
This Item consists of two videocassettes containing the same content. Two copies were retained in the collection for preservation purposes.
Audiovisual storage

File Unit 2.  Mock pre-hearing mediation and protest hearings, 1983

Creator/Collector: Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay
Extent: 1 item (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 2 color 1/2 inch VHS videocassettes

Scope and Content Note

Item 083. Videocassette used as part of the yacht racing protest management training seminar for Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay (YRA) protest committee members. Contains two segments: "Caine v. Delilah: A Pre-Hearing Mediation of a Protest" and "Ankletooth v. Reluctant: A Moot Protest Hearing." Produced and written by Jack H. Feller, Jr., Chairman of the Appeals Committee of the YRA. Directed by Jerry Friedman. Video by Emberley Productions. Copyright 1983. Cast of the mediation segment consists of Roger Eldridge as the mediator; Jim Taylor as Phil Queeg; and Al Thews as Deke Borden. Cast of the protest hearing segment consists of Tom Allen as a judge; Joan Burleigh as Molly O'Gara; Roger W. Eldridge as a judge; Jack H. Feller, Jr. as chief judge; John Hoffman as Dick Harman; John Simmons as Stu Morton; Jim Taylor as Harry Thomas; Patricia TeRoller as Jan Margo; and Al Thews as Don Rogers.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 083.  Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay mock pre-hearing mediation and protest hearing, 1983

Creator/Collector: Feller, Jack H, Jr.
Extent: 1 item (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 2 color 1/2 inch VHS videocassettes

Scope and Content Note

Consists of two segments. In "Caine v. Delilah: A Pre-Hearing Mediation of a Protest," Roger Eldridge, the mediator, explains the mediation process to Phil Queeg of the protesting yacht CAINE and Deke Borden of protested yacht DELILAH. The two parties present their case, and after reviewing the rules, a conclusion is reached when Deke recognizes that he was at fault. In "Ankletooth v. Reluctant: A Moot Protest Hearing," two parties, Molly O'Gara of the protesting yacht ANKLETOOTH and Stu Morton of the protested yacht RELUCTANT, present their case to the three judges: Jack H. Feller, Jr., Tom Allen, and Roger Eldridge. Witnesses Dick Harman, Harry Thomas, Jan Margo, and Don Rogers are called. No verdict is presented. During the introduction to the case, Jack H Feller, Jr. informs viewers that they will practice writing their own verdict at the conclusion of the video. Running time is 42 minutes.
This Item consists of two videocassettes containing the same content. Two copies were retained in the collection for preservation purposes.
Audiovisual storage

File Unit 3.  Board meetings, approximately 1981-1991

Extent: 1 item.
Physical Description: 1 audiocassette

Scope and Content Note

Item 084. Audiocassette tape labeled "Board Meetings." The content is unknown since the magnetic tape is warped and the processing archivist could not listen to the tape or digitize it.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 084.  Board meetings, approximately 1981-1991

Extent: 1 item.
Physical Description: 1 audiocassette

Scope and Content Note

Audiocassette content is unknown since the magnetic tape is warped and the processing archivist could not listen to the tape or digitize it.
Audiovisual storage

File Unit 4.  Sailing instructions, 1983

Creator/Collector: WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.)
Extent: 8 items.
Physical Description: 8 color 3/4 inch U-matic videocassettes

Scope and Content Note

Items 136-143. Consists of 8 episodes of the television series "Under Sail" produced by the Boston public television station WGBH in association with Sail Magazine and Timberland Company. Episodes 101-108. The program offers an introduction to sailing with instructions on how to set sail, rules of the road, and safety. Hosted by Robbie Doyle, a member of the 1977 America's Cup winning crew and U.S. Olympic sailing team member, and produced by Julie Piens. Reoccurring guests include Brion Toss as Mr. Knot; Warwick Tompkins as The Commodore; Tom O'Brien as Harry the Loser; and sailboard expert Kay Robberson.
Content descriptions at the Item level were retrieved from OCLC's WorldCat catalog records.
No information concerning the Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay's relationship to the television series could be located. A review of File Units containing general records and correspondence from 1983 and 1984 in HDC 644 and HDC 1650 found no reference to these episodes of "Under Sail."
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 136.  Under Sail: Episode 101, 1983

Creator/Collector: Piens, Julie
Extent: 1 item.
Physical Description: 1 color 3/4 inch U-matic videocassette

Scope and Content Note

All hands on deck. Covers the terminology of sailing. Running time is approximately 30 minutes.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 137.  Under Sail: Episode 102, 1983

Creator/Collector: Piens, Julie
Extent: 1 item.
Physical Description: 1 color 3/4 inch U-matic videocassette

Scope and Content Note

Set sail. Robbie Doyle takes a short sail in the harbor, and instructs viewers on what is required to safely take off and return. He reviews the balance of forces involved in sailing and some of the tools used to take advantage of those forces. Running time is approximately 30 minutes.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 138.  Under Sail: Episode 103, 1983

Creator/Collector: Piens, Julie
Extent: 1 item.
Physical Description: 1 color 3/4 inch U-matic videocassette

Scope and Content Note

Common courtesy. Robbie Doyle explains the "rules of the road" or the guidelines by which sailors conduct themselves and their vessels safely. He examines how the shape of sails and tools for sail-shaping affect the balance of forces at work on the water. Running time is approximately 30 minutes.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 139.  Under Sail: Episode 104, 1983

Creator/Collector: Piens, Julie
Extent: 1 item.
Physical Description: 1 color 3/4 inch U-matic videocassette

Scope and Content Note

Right on course. Robbie Doyle takes all of the elements viewers have learned so far to actually "sail a course." He does a few maneuvers; demonstrates reactions to changes in wind direction with proper changes in sail shape; shows how to watch for other traffic; and illustrates how to keep the boat upright. He also gives a lesson in knot know-how. Running time is approximately 30 minutes.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 140.  Under Sail: Episode 105, 1983

Creator/Collector: Piens, Julie
Extent: 1 item.
Physical Description: 1 color 3/4 inch U-matic videocassette

Scope and Content Note

Full speed ahead. Robbie Doyle explains the theory, practice, care, and handling of spinnakers. He makes a careful inspection of the boat and its safety features before taking off. He also shows how to dry the spinnaker and repackage it for later use, and discusses weight distribution. Running time is approximately 30 minutes.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 141.  Under Sail: Episode 106, 1983

Creator/Collector: Piens, Julie
Extent: 1 item.
Physical Description: 1 color 3/4 inch U-matic videocassette

Scope and Content Note

On the open sea. Robbie Doyle motors out of the marina and hoists the sail at sea. He follows some sailboarders and hears them explain how they use their weight and the balance of forces on the rig in tandem to control their direction and speed. He also discusses navigation. Running time is approximately 30 minutes.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 142.  Under Sail: Episode 107, 1983

Creator/Collector: Piens, Julie
Extent: 1 item.
Physical Description: 1 color 3/4 inch U-matic videocassette

Scope and Content Note

Man overboard! Robbie Doyle discusses what to do when someone falls overboard, when a line gets caught in the propeller, and when a boat capsizes. He also gives viewers an introduction to sailboat racing, and examines various natural and human-made navigational aids. Running time is approximately 30 minutes.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 143.  Under Sail: Episode 108, 1983

Creator/Collector: Piens, Julie
Extent: 1 item.
Physical Description: 1 color 3/4 inch U-matic videocassette

Scope and Content Note

Every sailor's dream. Robbie Doyle takes a trip to a boat show and explains what to look for when shopping for a sailboat. He travels to St. Croix for a look at a sailing school, and concludes with following up on every sailor's dream of chartering a sailboat in the Caribbean. Running time is approximately 30 minutes.
Shared collection box; Audiovisual storage

Series 2.  Regattas and people, approximately 1981-1991

Extent: 51 items (89 physical forms: 36 color negatives, 39 color photographic prints, 3 color transparencies, 9 VHS videocassettes, 1 U-matic videocassette, 1 audiocassette)

Scope and Content Note

Items 085-135. Includes documentation of various sailing regattas held in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, including the Volvo San Francisco Regatta, the 88th Annual Vallejo Yacht Club Race, and other unidentified events. Also includes photographs of people.

Arrangement

Arranged into three File Units: File Unit 1: Volvo San Francisco Regatta; File Unit 2: Vallejo Yacht Club Race; File Unit 3: Unidentified races and people.
Shared collection box; Audiovisual storage

File Unit 1.  Volvo San Francisco Regatta, 1988-1991

Extent: 44 items (81 physical forms).
Physical Description: 38 color photographic prints, 4 x 6 in. and 3.5 x 5 in.; 36 color negatives, 35mm; 5 color 1/2 inch VHS videocassettes; 1 color 3/4 inch U-matic videocassette; 1 audiocassette

Scope and Content Note

Items 085-128. Materials related to Volvo San Francisco Regattas held on San Francisco Bay, California. The Items show the yachts underway during the races as well as people gathered at post-race events.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 085.  Volvo San Francisco Regatta, San Francisco, California, 1988-1991

Extent: 1 item.
Physical Description: 1 color 3/4 inch U-matic videocassette

Scope and Content Note

Videocassette is labeled as "Volvo San Francisco Regatta." Content unknown. Presumed to be footage of the yacht race on San Francisco Bay, California.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 086.  Volvo San Francisco Regatta, San Francisco, California, 1988-1991

Extent: 1 item.
Physical Description: 1 audiocassette

Scope and Content Note

Audiocassette is labeled as "Volvo." Content unknown since the magnetic tape is warped and the processing archivist could not listen to the tape or digitize it. Likely related to one of the Volvo San Francisco Regatta races on San Francisco Bay, California.
Shared collection box

Item No. 087.  Knarr class yachts racing during the Volvo San Francisco Regatta on San Francisco Bay, California, 1988 May 28-30

Creator/Collector: Healy, Mariah
Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 color photographic print, 3.5 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

The number on one of the vessel's sails is US-120. A racing buoy with the Volvo logo is in view. The Golden Gate Bridge is partially in view in the background.
Shared collection box

Item No. 088.  Folkboat class yachts underway, likely during the Volvo San Francisco Regatta on San Francisco Bay, California, probably 1988 May 28-30

Creator/Collector: Healy, Mariah
Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 color photographic print, 3.5 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Six Folkboat class yachts in view.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 089.  Volvo San Francisco Regatta race preparations and starts, San Francisco, California, 1988 May 28-30

Extent: 1 item.
Physical Description: 1 color 1/2 inch VHS videocassette

Scope and Content Note

Contains footage of people at the San Francisco Marina Small Craft Harbor preparing for the Volvo San Francisco Regatta. Boats are shown getting underway from the docks. Also includes footage filmed aboard a non-competing vessel on San Francisco Bay showing the race starts for Etchells 22, J-Boats, and Express class yachts. Labeled as Reel 1. Running time is approximately 19 minutes.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 090.  Volvo San Francisco Regatta race footage, San Francisco, California, 1988 May 28-30

Extent: 1 item.
Physical Description: 1 color 1/2 inch VHS videocassette

Scope and Content Note

Contains footage of yachts underway, rounding a marker, and setting their spinnaker sail. Etchells 22, Express, and J-24 class yachts in view. Labeled as Reel 3. Running time is approximately 12 minutes.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 091.  Volvo San Francisco Regatta post-race event, San Francisco, California, 1988 May 28-30

Extent: 1 item.
Physical Description: 1 color 1/2 inch VHS videocassette

Scope and Content Note

Contains footage of people at a post-race event. Includes clips of people talking to each other, trophies on display, and people watching race footage on a television screen. Also shows winners coming on stage to accept their trophies. Labeled as Reel 6. Running time is approximately 19 minutes.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 092.  Volvo San Francisco Regatta, San Francisco, California, 1989 May 27

Extent: 1 item (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 2 color 1/2 inch VHS videocassettes

Scope and Content Note

Yacht race footage as filmed from aboard a non-competing vessel. The regatta includes Etchells 22, Express, Folkboat, J-24, Knarr, and Santana class yachts among others. Consists of two segments. The first segment (first 10 minutes) is an edited version sent to televisions stations. The second segment is the complete footage. Running time is 40 minutes total.
This Item consists of two videocassettes containing the same content. Two copies were retained in the collection for preservation purposes.
Shared collection box

Item No. 093-128.  Volvo San Francisco Regatta, San Francisco, California, 1991 May 25-27

Extent: 36 photographs (72 physical forms).
Physical Description: 36 color negatives, 35mm; 36 color photographic prints, 4 x 6 in.

Scope and Content Note

Items 093-109 consist of views inside a building showing Volvo and Volvo Penta signage. Volvo cars are on display. Several photographs show the buffet area and the band stage. Some portraits of people, including those staffing the Mount Gay Rum sponsor table. Items 110-128 consist of views of yachts underway during the regatta, including classes such as Folkboat, Knarr, Etchells 22, and Express.
Audiovisual storage

File Unit 2.  Vallejo Yacht Club Race, 1988 July 30-31

Creator/Collector: Vallejo Yacht Club
Extent: 1 item (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 2 color 1/2 inch VHS videocassettes

Scope and Content Note

Item 129. Footage of the 88th Annual Vallejo Yacht Club (VYC) Race on San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay, California. Contains race footage as well as interviews with organizers, sponsors, and spectators. The title and end credits of the video are difficult to read. The video was produced by Vallejo Yacht Club, with Pat Lane as executive producer and John Johnstone as director. The camera crew included John Johnstone, Mary Boston, Lynne Chandler, and Jere Barlow. The camera boat was operated by ?Starvin Marvin? Enea. Special thanks to Norman C. Owens, Jr. (VYC Commodore), Pat Lane (VYC Vice Commodore), and Vern Coburn (VYC Rear Commodore). The event was sponsored by Carlsberg Beer, KRON TV Channel 4, and Pier 39. The event was originally planned for the first weekend of May but the race was postponed until July.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 129.  88th Annual Vallejo Yacht Club Race, 1988 July 30-31

Creator/Collector: Johnstone, John
Extent: 1 item (2 physical forms).
Physical Description: 2 color 1/2 inch VHS videocassettes

Scope and Content Note

Contains footage of yachts underway set to a music soundtrack as well as interviews of various people conducted by Mary Boston and Pat Lane. Mary Boston interviews "Starvin Marvin" Enea, camera boat operator; John McKay, sales manager for KRON; Shirley Shotwell and George Jacobs, winners of a drawing to watch the race aboard GOLDEN SUNSET; Suzanne Saunders, KRON reporter; Dick Unsen, marketing director of Carlsberg Beer; John Bosch, director of market development at Pier 39; and Tiny Robbins of the Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay and Vallejo Yacht Club (VYC). Pat Lane interviews Bill Shaw, owner of Eiger Communications; Norm Owens, commodore of the VYC; Don Kay, start chairman; Tiny Robbins; and Dave Lastufka, race chairman. Both Kay and Robbins discuss race management duties. Also includes footage of people dancing, possibly inside the Vallejo Yacht Club. Express, Santana, J-24, and several other yacht classes participate in the race. Running time is 1 hour and 29 minutes.
This Item consists of two videocassettes containing the same content. Two copies were retained in the collection for preservation purposes.
Shared collection box; Audiovisual storage

File Unit 3.  Unidentified races and people, approximately 1981-1991

Extent: 6 items.
Physical Description: 2 color 1/2 inch VHS videocassettes; 3 color transparencies, 2.25 x 2.75 in.; 1 color photographic print, 3.5 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Items 130-135. Materials related to unidentified yacht races. Also includes photographs of unidentified people.

Item list:

  • Item 130: Yacht race on San Francisco Bay as seen from the St. Francis Yacht Club, approximately 1981-1991. 1 VHS videocassette.
  • Item 131: Yacht race on San Francisco Bay as seen from aboard a non-competing vessel, approximately 1981-1991. 1 VHS videocassette.
  • Items 132-133: J-29 class yachts underway during an unidentified race on San Francisco Bay, California, approximately 1981-1991. 2 color transparencies.
  • Item 134: Yachts underway with spinnaker sails set during an unidentified race on San Francisco Bay, California, approximately 1981-1991. 1 color transparency.
  • Item 135: Group of 8 unidentified men and women at an event, approximately 1981-1991. 1 color photographic print.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 130.  Yacht race on San Francisco Bay as seen from the St. Francis Yacht Club, approximately 1981-1991

Extent: 1 item.
Physical Description: 1 color 1/2 inch VHS videocassette

Scope and Content Note

Unidentified race as filmed from next to the St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, California. The footage shows the starts of several races. Vessels are seen from a distance and cannot be identified. Includes sounds of the racing committee counting down to race starts as well as horn blasts and gunshots. Also includes sounds of a man (the camera operator) and young girl talking. Running time is approximately 27 minutes.
Audiovisual storage

Item No. 131.  Yacht race on San Francisco Bay, California, as seen from aboard a non-racing vessel, approximately 1981-1991

Extent: 1 item.
Physical Description: 1 color 1/2 inch VHS videocassette

Scope and Content Note

Race footage as filmed from aboard a non-competing vessel on San Francisco Bay. Brief footage at the docks, pre- or post-race. Includes Etchells 22, Express, Folkboat, J-Boats, and Santana class yachts, among others. Running time is approximately 1 hour and 34 minutes.