Photo by Martha Blanchfield / Renegade Sailing
Sailing Science Center News
July 2021
Vol. 4, No. 11
Welcome to the July issue of the Sailing Science Center News! June was a landmark month for the SSC, holding our first public exhibition, now that government restrictions are being lifted. We are moving forward with clarity, intention, and measured action toward our desired goal. With those words to live by, we have made intention the theme of this month's newsletter.
100% of the shots you don't take, don't go in.
― Wayne Gretzky
July Spotlight - Philip "Pip" Ziman
His father sailed, his mother sailed, his sister sailed, his brothers sail, his children sail, his nephew sails, his wife sails... It is safe to say, Pip Ziman and his family LIVE SAILING! It began with his father, a New Zealander, for whom sailing was a birthright. Pip’s parents met and married in England, where Pip was born. They moved to Palo Alto for his father’s work when Pip was just two.
His family joined the Palo Alto Yacht Club and bought a Catalina 22 with a swing keel that was perfect for the muddy shallows of the South Bay, where Pip, his two brothers, and his sister learned to sail. Pip was terrified during his first solo sail on an El Toro, at age 5, but by 8 he was racing in the Junior Division and LOVING IT! At age 9 they were racing on the Catalina, with a lunch of sardine sandwiches and Olympia beer. Pip was on foredeck and recalls his dad’s command to “Finish your sandwich and drink your beer ’cuz we’re gonna gybe soon.”
The standard family lunch during Pip Ziman's childhood sailing years
Finish your sandwich and drink your beer ‘cuz we’re gonna gybe soon.
Regrettably, they shut down the yacht club and closed the marina, but not before 11-year-old Pip confronted the City Council to apprise them of their error. With that loss, Pip turned to windsurfing on Stanford’s Lake Lagunita. Pip and his brothers were also Eagle Scouts, and it was through Scouting connections that Pip got his first job out of college, and that he met, and sailed with, Olympic sailor, Bob Comstock.
Young Pip at the helm of his family's Catalina 22
Young Pip at the helm of Lena, his family's Catalina 22 swing keel sloop
Pip Ziman at the Palo Alto Yacht Club
Pip at the Palo Alto Yacht Club
When it was time for college, Pip chose UC Santa Cruz for its sailing and windsurfing. He studied Economics and Psychology, a double major that served him well through a career as a Human Resources professional, from which he only recently retired. It was also at UC Santa Cruz where Pip met his wife Jill, with whom he still sails today. Their previous boat, a Hunter 31 named Yes Dear, may offer a clue to their marital longevity!
Pip Ziman at the helm of his Jeanneau 42, Touché
In his retirement Pip has earned his captain’s license and instructor certifications, and is now teaching sailing at Club Nautique, the Treasure Island Sailing Center, and through private lessons. He frames his classes with the introduction “I’m here to share my passion, not to instruct on a set of rules.” Between sailing lessons, he helps on the SSC’s fundraising team, teaches at UC Santa Cruz, and is outfitting Jill and his Jeanneau 42, Touché, with the intention of taking an extended cruise to Mexico.
I’m here to share my passion, not to instruct on a set of rules.
A heart-to-heart discussion with Pip two years ago brought the SSC back from the brink of canceling our 2019 gala at Salesforce Tower, for which the SSC owes Pip a debt of gratitude. We all appreciate your friendship and loyalty, Pip. The SSC would not be the same without you.
Most people don't even have a calendar. If you don't have a calendar you can't possibly say that you are living with purpose and intention.
― Tom Bilyeu
June Volunteer Event - Summer Sailstice
Summer Salstice Collage
SSC volunteers sailing on Pip Ziman's Jeanneau 42 DS, Touché, for Summer Sailstice.
Pictured are Pip Ziman, Victoria Marcus, Dan Truong, and Jim Hancock.
Summer Sailstice
On June 19th four SSC volunteers took to the water on Pip Ziman's Jeanneau 42 DS sloop, Touché, to celebrate Summer Sailstice, an annual sailing holiday created twenty-one years ago by John Arndt, publisher of sailing magazine, Latitude 38. It was a blustery day on the Bay, so many participating boats turned it into "Summer Anchorstice," but not our hearty crew, who laughed at the gale as they gave SSC volunteer, Dan Truong, his first sailing experience. We're pretty sure we didn't scare Dan away, and that he will be back for more.
If you aim at nothing, don't worry, you'll hit it every time.
― Zig Ziglar
Sailing Science Corner
People Power
We often talk about People Power, referring to the collective capacity of a group. But what is the physical power of an individual? We can gain a glimpse with the Sailing Science Center's newly inherited Coffee Grinder exhibit.

The Grinder, as we call it, is a simulation of a two-person pedestal winch, like what would be used to hoist and trim sails on a large racing yacht. It fits in the Sailing Science Center's gallery for Mechanical Advantage and Human Factors, both of which show up in this fun and challenging exhibit. (see all the galleries)
In physics, power is the rate at which work is performed, while work is defined as a force applied over a distance. On The Grinder there is a resistance of about 5 pounds (the force) on each handle at the bottom of the hoist. This increases to about 10 pounds at the top of the hoist through a mechanism that simulates the increasing weight of a sail as it is hoisted. The distance is the circumference of the circle through which the handles turn, times the number of revolutions they make. Let's try the math...
As you can see from above, each arm barely generated enough energy to power a 100 Watt lightbulb for 12 seconds, let alone to power my Subaru. Leg muscles are far more powerful than arms. Elite athletes can generate up to 2.5 horsepower for short periods of time with their legs. Could you generate that much power? We hope you will come to one of our future events and try it out on the Sailing Science Center Grinder Exhibit!
In the News
First Public Exhibition!
2021-06-12 COTS Pop-Up Collage
SSC volunteers and event participants at the SSC's first public exhibition.
On June 12th the SSC held its first public exhibition, rolling out seven exhibits for participants in the Girls Aloft program at Call of the Sea, and members of the public who happened by. The event was held on the dock in front of the Bay Model, with good support from Sylvia Stompe, of Call of the Sea, and Chris Gallagher, of the Bay Model.

It was a terrific proof of concept for the SSC, with people in attendance being both interested and engaged in what we are doing. We even signed up a new volunteer! Our next live event will be in July, with roughly twice the number of people scheduled to attend.
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Their intention is clear! Two female sailors work to right their boat during the 2014 NACRA 17 Championships in Oakcliff, NY. Before their boat capsized, their intention was probably to stay upright, but things don't always work out according to our intentions. Still, without intention our lives become random and meaningless wanderings.
Photo by Martha Blanchfield / Renegade Sailing
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Small Stuff
Man scanning the horizon with binoculars
On the Horizon
In July we will hold the second of four monthly, in-person exhibitions, with each scheduled to have a few more people than the month before, and with the quality and quantity of our exhibits steadily advancing.

We have placed a deposit on a new trailer, which we already expect to outgrow! But everything has its time and place...
Move the Needle!
These are things YOU can do to move the SSC vision forward:

Make a difference. Move the needle!
Leadership Corner - The Road to Hell!
“I feel like a billiard ball” I said to my cousin, as we rambled down the 101 in his Volkswagen bug to start our second quarter at UCSB. Even though I knew what I wanted, it was like I was bouncing off the cushions and balls of a cosmic pool table, with somebody else holding the cue. Read more...
New Volunteers

We want to give a big shout out to Katelyn DeSchutter, who raised her hand at our event on June 12. Katie is passionate about sailing and looks like she will be able to help with many key roles in the SSC. We are very excited to welcome Katie aboard!
That's all for this month.


Jim Hancock
President and Founder
The San Francisco Sailing Science Center is a Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation recognized under IRS Section 501(c)(3), Tax ID 82-3631165. Your donation to the Sailing Science Center is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.



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