Photo by Martha Blanchfield / Renegade Sailing
Sailing Science Center News
January 2022
Vol. 5, No. 5
Welcome to the January issue of the Sailing Science Center News! Our theme this month is Renewal. Renewal is necessary in nearly every part of life, which includes creating a Sailing Science Center. We took the month of December to breathe, enjoy the holidays, finish year-end business, and start planning for 2022. Here comes the New Year! It's gonna be a good one!
Recovery is an important word and a vital concept. It means renewal of life and energy. Knowing how and when to recover may prove to be the most important skill in your life.
― James E. Loehr, Sports Psychologist
January Spotlight - The SSC's Donors
Anchored Sailboat at Sunset
The Sailing Science Center’s donors and supporters are like the water that keeps our boat afloat. Without them we would quickly sink. In this spotlight we diverge from our usual approach to collectively profile and share with you about the SSC’s donors.

During its first fifteen months, the SSC had no money. The organization didn’t even exist legally until we were incorporated in January of 2018, ten months into the vision. Incorporation was prerequisite to opening a bank account, which happened five months later, and which was initially funded through a $20,000 founder’s loan. These funds were to pay for the office we wanted to rent, and other startup costs we were incurring.
Active fundraising didn’t begin until we received our tax-exempt status from the IRS, nearly a year later in May of 2019. As soon as the tax-exempt designation came through, the SSC trimmed her sails and started making way. We have now raised more than a quarter-million in cash, in-kind donations, and pledges. The donations come from 116 individual donors, 11 corporate donors, and 14 donors who made their gifts through foundation-based donor-advised funds.
Pie Chart of Donations by Donation Type
We don’t collect employment data from our donors, but we can see that the larger donations come from retirees. While most of the SSC’s supporters are sailors, a large percentage are not, including some of our biggest funders.
Pie Chart of Donations by Doner Type
The SSC takes its stewardship of your donations very seriously. We have remained an all-volunteer organization, with the exception of our brief summer hire during 2020. In doing so, we have kept our operating expenses under $1,000/month. This gives us the financial stability to focus on developing programs and delivering content to the people we want to reach.

Which brings us back to you, our supporters, to say Thank You for your confidence in backing the SSC. We strive continuously to earn and deserve your trust.
Volunteer Activities
Consistent with this month's theme of renewal, the SSC took a breather from volunteer activities to let team members spend time with their families, enjoy the holidays, and generally recharge their batteries.
World Class
World Class Logo with Gold Wreath
In January the SSC will begin World Class, an exciting new program exclusively for SSC volunteers. World Class will consist of monthly interactive sessions to delve into what it means to be and become world-class.
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree I'd spend six of them sharpening my axe.
– Abraham Lincoln
We will be covering a range of topics, including Health & Fitness, Neuroscience, Mindfulness, Self-mastery, Philosophy, Biohacking & Brain-Hacking, Decision-Making, Effectiveness, Investing & Finances, and Leadership. Our goal will be to reveal what it means to be world-class, and to move, individually and collectively, in that direction. We will be sharpening the axe.
To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
― Wendell Berry, Novelist
In The News
Ferry Service to Treasure Island
48 Passenger Ferry at Dock
Pictured above is a sister ship to the 48-passenger vessel that will begin its route from the Ferry Building to Treasure Island this month. The trip takes only 6 minutes! Photo taken at Oyster Point.
Stern of the TI Ferry
Ferry service to Treasure Island is scheduled to begin this month aboard aluminum 48-passenger vessels being run by PROP. The service is an interim step, with long-term plans for 400-passenger ferries beginning in 2025. The "spy photo" at right hints pretty strongly at the boat they will be using.

Ferry service is a key element for getting tourists to the island in the SSC's long-term plan to be in Hangar 3. In the near-term it solves the problem of moving bicyclists between Treasure Island and San Francisco.
Old News is New News
The first three issues of the Sailing Science Center News were published as text emails in late 2017. These have not been available in our archives... until now! They have recently been converted to pdf files so that past issues of the newsletter can all be seen on the Newsletter page of our website.
We don't even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.
― Isabel Allende, Author
December Podcast
Thanks to SSC volunteer, Charlie Deist, we were privileged on December 3rd, to interview Joop Sloof. Joop (rhymes with soap) is one of the top fluid dynamicists of the past fifty years. Joop was involved in developing the winged keel that helped Australia wrest the America's Cup from the New York Yacht Club in 1983. This ended a 132-year winning streak, that was, and still is, the longest in sports history.

We kept the conversation relatively non-technical, setting a goal that this should be something my mother could understand (she's a musician; not an engineer). We think you will enjoy it.
If you like things on the more technical side, you will be interested in Joop's recently published book, The Science Behind Sailing. At 268 pages, it is both comprehensive and beautifully illustrated.
This Month's Newsletter Banner
Two youth sailors approach as they race around the marks in El Toros. Bringing young people into sailing, and other worthwhile activities, is a necessary part of the renewal that needs to happen to keep those activities alive and well. Part of the SSC's reason for being is to encourage this renewal (see our Mission Statement below).
Photo by Martha Blanchfield / Renegade Sailing
Wanted for the Sailing Science Center
SSC Logo - Light Background
Do you have photos to share? The SSC is looking for great shots to use on our website, our newsletter banner, and elsewhere. Photographer attribution will be given.

The SSC needs all manner of volunteers, but especially volunteers who can staff one-day, pop-up exhibitions as docents. Training, lunch, and SSC logo polo shirts are provided. We are holding events at the approximate rate of one per month, but this is planned to increase as we assemble multiple exhibition teams.

Direct your inquiries to
Small Stuff
Man scanning the horizon with binoculars
On the Horizon
Here is the schedule for the next few months. Stay tuned, we are still filling the calendar.

Mar 26 - SSC exhibition as part of the Treasure Island Museum Lecture Series.

Apr 23 - Pop-up exhibition at Call of the Sea.
Move the Needle!
These are things YOU can do to make a difference and Move the Needle

Leadership Corner - Building Muscle
We all know what you do to build muscle, right? You go to the gym, lift heavy weights, and between sets you power down your protein shake. I recently heard a comment that totally turned this on its head, and when I heard it, I knew it was right. Read more...
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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