Proposed New Jib Window


We have too many racing collisions in our C15 fleet here in Marina Del Rey CA.  I’ll bet other fleets are having the same problem.  The C14 fleet corrected a similar problem years ago by changing the class rules to allow for more window area in the jib and subsequently had less collisions for low cost (the sails were easily retro-fitted by sailmakers). We have separate starts for the C15’s and Lido 14’s and are constantly crossing and hitting or near-hitting too often because the jib blankets the skipper view and crew’s view when not on the wire.  The existing window is too high most of the time, especially in light air.

I proposed at the national C15 business meeting this year and 2 years ago a change in the one design class rules to allow more window area in the jib for safety purposes. In 2010 the issue was tabled. This year it was decided by majority vote to appoint a committee to explore this idea, to invite input from the general membership on the website, then make a binding decision about how the window rule would be altered in the class rules by this Labor Day, expeditiously implementing this safety change.  The committee is:  Barrett Sprout, Charlie Quest and me, Becky Tobin.

So far the discussion has centered on adding a second window above the foot and below the existing window, essentially separating the 2 windows by the sail seam.

This message will also be posted in the C15 Yahoo group where you can engage in the discussion.

But you also email Becky directly at

Please contribute to this important discussion before Monday September 3, 2012 Labor Day so that we may make an informed decision based on all of our members input.  We will then let you know, on this website, how the class rules will be amended by October 3, 2012.

In the meantime come out and race with us Thursday nights in the Sunstroke Series until August 30th hosted by SCCYC, the friendliest yacht club in Marina Del Rey.

Sincerely, Becky Tobin


Becky Tobin
I have been an active C15 racer/owner in Marina Del Rey for the last 3 years. My sail number is 3622.  My husband and I also owned and raced a J24 in the one-design fleet as well as in PHRF from 1995 until recently. We had competed in the C14 fleet from 1992 to 2008, placing in the national championships many times without ever winning.  Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.  We still own the C14 but don’t race it anymore.

Charlie Quest
Learned to sail as a kid in summer camp and it became my recreational passion. I was OK but not at all educated in how to sail a boat fast. Still it was a passion and time was beginning to run out for me when 55 years old a friend said he needed a new toy and I shared my notion that the best toy was a fleet of one design sailboats to race. He concurred and we got a group of ten together and the most experienced presented the pros and cons of all designs 13-16 feet long and at the end of his presentation there was no one in the room that didn’t think the C15 was the hands down best choice. The next step was to find some boats and since it was my passion, I set myself to that task. I quickly found 10 in in January 2000 we started sailing them as a fleet of novices. Great fun and in that arena I did quite well. However when I stepped beyond our cloistered group into the real world, I learned that I had a great deal to learn and at 67 years of age I am still intent on doing that. But I have not even been the brides maid. I can say with reasonable confidence that at 40 I have probably bought and rehabilitated more used C15s than any one alive. I remained convinced that we made the best choice back in 1999.  I am delighted to participate in effecting changes in the by laws that improve the C15 while keeping it a highly affordable fleet in which to join and compete.

Barrett Sprout
(Written by Becky and may be updated later)
Six time North American champ. Barrett has been sailing C15 for 15 years with his dad Randy Sprout and many other boats as well. He races all around SoCal. Generous with his time and suggestions to any in the fleet who ask.

Former Commodores

Former Commodores for the Coronado15 Association

1969 Dick Ohst

1971 Dan Clapp

1973 Jim Holder

1975 Vic Jewhurst

1977 Carl Mullison

1980 Bill Hines(2 yrs.)

1984 Jeff Annis

1986 John Flynn

1988 Tom Thornton(resign)

1989 Jim Holder

1991 Carl Rischcr

1970 Brett Page

1972 Bob Martin

1974 Ted Stoker

1976 Gordon Hunter

1978 Ken Adams

1982 Rey Otto(2 yrs.)

1985 Terry Schertz

1987 Glen Mclntosh

1988 Grcg Gearing

1990 Paul Stouffcr

1992 Kevin Meehan

1993 Doug Neeley

1995 Bob Anderson

1996 John Payne

1997 Bob Gehrman

1998  Tom Forgue

1999 Jim Holder

2000 Steve Cornwell

2009 Annual Meeting minutes

Recap of the Annual meeting held at the Nac’s at Huntington Lake on June 20, 2009

The meeting was called to order by the Vice Commodore, David Rumbaugh at approximately 8:10 pm. Also present was Vincent Paternoster as Rear Commodore and Sue Fishman the Secretary/Treasurer. Ryan Schofield was absent as Commodore.


Fleets present were; Fleet 20-Sacramento; Fleet 15- Half Moon Bay, Fleet 2- Marina del Rey, Fleet 16- West Lake.


The board talked about the change last year to the forestay. High Tech line can be used in place of the current forestay stainless line.


There was much discussion about positive ways to build the fleets, ranging from a newsletter to email notices and content from the mainsheet to the website. The consensus was for Vincent to follow up with John Richardson as to the development of the website. The website should include past content from the Catalina magazine, The Mainsheet. The web could be used to publish all C-15 events and have a place to host a C-15 forum. There should be fleet locations with email address of their fleet captain. A maintenance forum would be cool along with a page for boats for sale. There were many new photos taken this year at Huntington that could be used effectively on the website. The bylaws should be updated to include new changes made over the past several years. The goal for the website is to make it exciting and fun place to go for C-15 information.


The second item for new business was a motion to give the hosting yacht club more flexibility in developing the Sailing Instructions. The motion was passed by a 10-1 vote.


This change reads; The hosting yacht club must submit to the Executive Board of Directors, the NAC sailing instructions at least one month before sailing the regatta. The board can approve or not approve the Si’s provision that deviate from the C-15 NAC Racing Policy. If requested the hosting fleet must then change the Si’s to conform to the boards demands.


There was much discussion as to merits of having a regatta without throw outs and having all the races, including the Sid Corp races to count for the championship.


Most of the discussion centered on what would be best format for the enjoyment of the racers.


There was some discussion to travel to the Beau Arts Club in Seattle to join in their district regatta with the idea of getting them more involved with the NAC’s.


After much discussion, it was decided that Fleet 2 would host the 2010 C-15 NAC’s. David Rumbaugh suggested that each fleet host a different night for that evening entertainment. Vincent will talk to his Yacht Club and report back the possible dates. For 2011, Charlie Quest volunteered the HMB Yacht Club as host. Thank You Charlie!



The following were nominated for the C-15 executive board.


Commodore-David Rumbaugh

Vice Commodore-Vince P

Rear Commodore-Kevin Wasbauer

Secretary/Treasurer-Steve Fishman


A motion to adjourn was made and seconded and carried. The meeting came to an end at 9:20 PM.