TOSCA News & Articles

Director: Don McLennan
Treasurer: Patty Conner

Facebook - Friends of TOSCA

posted Dec 5, 2018, 12:04 PM by Tartan-Owners Southern California   [ updated Dec 5, 2018, 12:14 PM ]

We are finding the Facebook Friends of TOSCA to be more accommodating to communicating activities and events among  our members.

Be sure to bookmark this page and check for TOSCA updates!

2017 Annual Meeeting and Potluck

posted Jan 2, 2017, 8:15 PM by Tartan-Owners Southern California

Dear Fellow TOSCAns,

Traditionally we have had an annual meeting in San Diego, coinciding with the boat show.  The boat show has declined in quality over the past many years, such that there is no reason to have the annual TOSCA business meeting after the boat show.  In place, we have decided to hold the annual meeting at the Conner house in Irvine, followed by a potluck dinner.
Annual Meeting Date:   January 29, 2017 (Sunday)
Annual Meeting Location: 16 Sunriver, Irvine, CA 92614
Annual Meeting Time: 6:00 p.m.
Conference call:   We will let you know a conference call number and login so you can participate if you cannot physically come to the dinner
Further, the ongoing “management” of TOSCA is changing.  As you were advised last year at the annual meeting, at the end of this year, Don McLennan is resigning as Director, Laura McLennan is resigning as Social Director, and Keith Fullenwider is resigning as Cruise Director.  These individuals have fulfilled these roles for the past several years and it is time for new faces to become more involved.  Please reply with the position you are interested in ASAP and we will send out a follow-up e-mail to all of TOSCA with a proposed roster of candidates.  If nobody wishes to assume these roles, then our suggestion is that TOSCA continue to exist but on a less formal basis.
The formal Board of Directors of TOSCA presently remains the same – the President is Don McLennan; the Chief Financial Officer is Patty Conner and the Secretary is Frank Conner.  Those positions may also be changing but for now remain the same.  As with the officer positions, if any of you would like to become a member of the Board, please speak up.  Your participation would be warmly welcomed and appreciated!
Many of you are familiar with the “Friends of TOSCA Facebook" page.  There, members are free to share plans for informal sailing gatherings or any other plans they may have for which other members of TOSCA are invited to join.  We encourage you to visit the Facebook page from time to time, so that you can stay informed about current “goings-on” of the TOSCA membership.  If you do not know how to access the Facebook page, please contact Pascale Hayem and she will assist you.  If you are not a user of Facebook, be sure to let some of the members know so that they can advise you if there are postings about upcoming events.
Although the TOSCA website will remain viable, new posts will only appear as they are received from the general membership for inclusion.  Please feel free to send those to Don McLennan.  Alternately, volunteers are welcome to maintain the website, as it is supported by Google G Suite apps and is pretty easy to update.  
Thanks for your ongoing participation!  And, as always, please feel free to contact me or anyone on the board at if you have any questions about any of this.  Wishing each of you a very Happy and Health New Year!!

Laura McLennan, your TOSCA Social Director

2016 Catalina Rendevzous and Ashbridge Race

posted Apr 13, 2016, 8:11 AM by Tartan-Owners Southern California

This year will be something completely new and different!

WHEN:  JUNE 16 – 19, 2016 (Thursday through Sunday).  Mark your calendars now!!!

WHERE:  EMERALD COVE, just west of the Isthmus by about 4 coves.  It is an incredibly beautiful location, with clear water that you can snorkel/dive/swim in, a beach for walking your doggies, and fun hiking destinations.  It is also home to the Corsair Yacht Club on the east end and the Boy Scouts on the west.

RSVP BY JUNE 6 IS ESSENTIAL:  If you want a mooring in Emerald Bay, you MUST let us know that you are coming no later than JUNE 6.  We will be submitting your boat name, boat length and Coast Guard /DMV registration to the Fleet Captain of the Corsair Yacht Club, who will be providing that list to the Harbor Master well ahead of time to make sure we all get moorings.  If you do not RSVP by this deadline, we cannot guarantee that you will get a mooring.  Generally speaking, there is plenty of available space at Emerald but not always, so try to RSVP by the deadline please!!

SPECIAL FEATURE – THE ASHBRIDGE RACE:  The Corsair Yacht Club has graciously extended an invitation for TOSCA to participate in its annual Ashbridge Race around the west end of Catalina and back.  The race takes place on Saturday afternoon (June 18), usually starting at 1:00 pm, and is a non-spinnaker race.  There will be a skippers’ meeting in the morning to review the details.  It’s a light-hearted and good-natured race but taken sort of seriously by those participating in it, while enjoying one another’s company and often sipping on adult beverages.  Depending on how light the winds are, the race can take several hours and has sometimes been canceled mid-race so that all boats can return before sunset.  There is a special trophy to be won by non-Corsairs, so the race is on!!!  Please note that if you don’t wish to race your own Tartan, you are more than welcome to hop aboard another one that is racing.  You ‘re also welcome to remain in the Cove and enjoy the peace and quiet after the racing boats depart, and to cheer us on when we finally return!  If you would like to crew on somebody else’s boat, please let me know so I can try to coordinate people with boats.

IF YOU THINK YOU WANT TO RACE YOUR OWN BOAT – we need to know this well in advance, since one of the Corsair members will be calculating the ratings for each participating boat.  The ratings are pretty informal and take into consideration items such as dodger, fixed prop, etc.  We do not want to show up at the last minute and be rude guests.  We will be obtaining the requisite information from you so that the ratings can all be done ahead of time.

Thursday, June 16:  
Arrive at Emerald Cove and pick up mooring.  Dinner will be informal, with fellow TOSCAns finding one another and barbequing on the back of our boats.  Bring food/drink to share with your friends!

Friday, June 17:  
10:00 - Group hike to Parson’s Landing.  It’s about 3 miles round trip.  Farther destinations are readily accessible for the more hardy members.  
12:30 – lunch as a giant group on some of our boats or on the beach – Intuition may bring Mai Tai’s to keep the tradition going!!
5:30 – join the Corsair’s on shore at their facilities for a BBQ – bring your own food/dishes/drink.  They provide the BBQ and have dishwashing facilities ashore.

Saturday, June 18:
10:00 – Skipper’s Meeting on shore at the Cove
1:00 – Ashbridge Race begins
6:00 – the famous Corsair  “Punchbowl” – anybody coming ashore is asked to pay a $10 donation, even if you choose not to partake in the punchbowl.  The fee helps pay for the long-term lease and use of Emerald Cove.  We have agreed with the Corsairs that all participating TOSCA members will make the donation.  In exchange, we get the use of the cove, the BBQ, the flush toilets, etc…..

Sunday, June 19:
Depart for home

And that’s it!  It should be an awesome weekend!!  Please try to come and join in all the fun!  

Laura McLennan, your ever-faithful “TOSCA Social Director”

TOSCA 2016 San Diego Dinner and Bay Cruise

posted Jan 21, 2016, 6:37 PM by Tartan-Owners Southern California   [ updated Jan 30, 2016, 2:56 PM ]

The Annual Dinner in San Diego on Saturday, January 23, 2016 was a smash success! We thank our most gracious hosts, Pascale and Fred Hayem, for having the event in their beautiful home and preparing an incredible pig roast! 

There were 24 people in attendance, including Pascale & Fred, our newest members - Gary & Diane Schaffel, some out-of-town members all the way from Florida – Dave & Denise Chu, Riley Mixson & Carol, Paul & Marcela Ryan, Marko Princevac & Sang-Mi Lee, Caroline & David Stege, as well as their daughter Christina, Mary & Keith Fullenwider, Nico & Jena Jonville, Don & Laura McLennan, and our faithful supporting representative of Tartan Yachts – Dave Inglis & his wife Ann, and his little boy Philip. The weather even cooperated (for the most part)


 During the dinner, we held our annual meeting. Marko Princevac of the Nominating Committee presented the proposed Board members and Don McLennan, Frank Conner and Keith Fullenwider were re-elected by a unanimous vote. The calendar of events was proposed and the group voted to have the following events: 

APRIL 2: Meet Odyssey, the newest Tartan 4000 on the West Coast, proudly owned by our newest members, Gary & Diane Schaffel. They will be hosting the event at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey. Guest slips will be made available for any members wishing to sail to Marina del Rey for the weekend. Details to follow….. 

JUNE 16 – 19: This year, the Annual Catalina Rendezvous will be held in Emerald Bay, where we will join the members of the Corsair Yacht Club for their annual Ashbridge Race on June 18. We will race around the west end of Catalina, round Eagle Rock and sail back to Emerald. There is a trophy for the fastest non-Corsair boat, so each of you will be contenders! Let’s show the Corsairs just how fast and fabulous our beautiful Tartans really are! For those of you new to Emerald Bay, it is just a few miles west of the Isthmus. There is great snorkeling, diving and hiking there, so it should be a great weekend! We will need a firm commitment of boats no later than the week before, so that we can be assured of getting moorings. 

Date TBD: our Annual Fall BBQ. In case you’re wondering, because of the timing of the Odyssey and Rendezvous events, the members voted to not have the usual Spring BBQ this year. 

On Sunday, we had a fabulous day of sailing in the San Diego Bay. Peter Rabbit (Paul & Marcela Ryan) and Taina (Fred Hayem) hosted 9 sailors (Caroline & David Stege, Nico Jonville, Marko Princevac, Sang-Mi Lee, Keith & Mary Fullenwider, and Don & Laura McLennan). We even found the opportunity to fly the gennaker on Peter Rabbit for awhile! We rafted up lunch by Glorietta Bay and really enjoyed the beautiful views of San Diego from the water. Thanks to all for coming, thanks again to our gracious hosts on Saturday and Sunday, and thanks to the members for all of your ongoing support! We are a great group of sailors. 


Tartan 4000 #21 - 01/19/2016 - Progress Update

posted Jan 20, 2016, 4:07 PM by Tartan-Owners Southern California   [ updated Jan 20, 2016, 4:10 PM ]

More photos,

2016 San Diego Boat Show, Dinner and Bay Cruise Weekend

posted Jan 8, 2016, 7:12 AM by Tartan-Owners Southern California   [ updated Jan 12, 2016, 7:24 PM ]


The best possible way to celebrate is by joining TOSCA for its Annual Dinner in San Diego!! This year, we are doing something a bit different and we’re having a BBQ at the home of Fred & Pascale Hayem, in lieu of a restaurant. It’s less expensive (no paying for a private room at a restaurant and no mark-up on the drinks) and will be a whole lot more fun. They will be grilling up something spectacular to eat and we each need to bring a side dish (salad, appetizers, dessert, etc…. ) to share. Also please bring your favorite beverage to share.

NOTE: Because the Hayem’s will be cooking us dinner via their amazing grill, WE NEED A HEAD COUNT. That will dictate what exactly is being grilled (i.e., a whole pig roast versus something smaller and a little less ambitious). We are hoping for the whole pig! They need sufficient advance notice so that they can order the food before the party.

Here’s the vital info:

TIME: 4:00 p.m.

PLEASE RSVP by January 20, 2016 to Laura McLennan ( so that we can get Fred & Pascale a head count.


If you are interested in attending the San Diego Boat Show prior to the BBQ, here’s the link with all the information:


If El Niño and the weather permits, we hope to go out sailing on Sunday with our San Diego hosts – Taina (Fred & Pascale Hayem) and Sans Frontiere (Nico & Jena Jonville). Please RSVP for that, as well, so that we can make sure we’ve got everything we need. In the past, everybody has brought something to share, so we’ll probably continue with that tradition.


It’s time for the annual elections. If anybody is interested in becoming a director or officer of TOSCA, the door is wide open! Just let us know and we’ll get the word out. It would be lovely to have some new people helping out with all the organization. As you will be hearing more about at the meeting, Keith Fullenwider (Sanguine) and Don McLennan will be double-handing the Pacific Cup from San Francisco to Hawaii this summer. Mary Fullenwider and Laura McLennan will be joining them in Hawaii for a few weeks of sailing. This means that they will not be here to plan the Annual Rendezvous (unless scheduled in Hawaii), so we will need somebody to step up and get that planned.

The formal election will take place during the dinner. Our current roster is:

Board of Directors
Donald McLennan
Frank Conner 
Keith Fullenwider

President – Donald McLennan
CFO - Patty Conner
Secretary – Frank Conner
Social Director – Laura McLennan
Cruise Director – Keith Fullenwider


We will be planning the events for the year at the Annual Dinner, so please bring your calendars to the BBQ. Hope to see everybody there!!


Gary and Diane Schaffel should be taking delivery of their brand-new Tartan 4000, Odyssey, hull #21 in early February. They offered to host a welcoming gathering and would like to invite everyone. We will schedule a weekend date towards the end of February. Stay tuned for specifics. We look forward to Gary and Diane's participation and seeing their new Tartan 4000.

Thanks everyone for a fabulous 2015 and we look forward to an equally exciting 2016!

Tartan 4000 #21 - 12/28/2015 - Progress Update

posted Jan 1, 2016, 10:10 AM by Tartan-Owners Southern California   [ updated Jan 1, 2016, 10:16 AM ]

Another update from Gary regarding his  new Tartan 4000,

As Gary offered, let's plan on getting together in February to see his new Tartan!

Hello fellow Tartan Owners,

Attached are pix from my last and final trip to beautiful downtown Mentor, Ohio and the Tartan Factory. We are almost there. They had a minor setback when they found out that their keel maker shipped a beaver tail keel instead of the fin keel I had ordered. That’s what happens when you don’t sell many boats on the West Coast where we actually have deep water. That set things back two weeks, but they are now scheduled to ship the boat this week, with delivery the first week of January. Hope to have the boat ready to sail January 14 or 15. 

I would like to get some feedback on dinghies and motors. From what I have read, it seems like a inflatable 9 or 10 footer that can be rolled up and stored in the lazerette is the best way to go. I will mainly be using it for short runs from the boat to shore at Catalina Harbor. I like the convenience, and weight, and no gas smell of an electric Torqueedo motor around 2 to 4 hp. What have you found the best? 

For members of TOSCA, lets start thinking about an event in Marina del Rey mid-February. I can arrange guest dock tie ups at Del Rey Yacht if you want to sail there. 

For members or TONE, you now have one more reason to come to Los Angeles.

Happy Holidays to all.
Gary Schaffel

Tartan 4000 #21 - 11/13/2015 - Progress Update

posted Nov 23, 2015, 9:31 AM by Tartan-Owners Southern California   [ updated Nov 23, 2015, 9:32 AM ]

Progress continues on Gary's new Tartan 4000. 

Things are moving along. Hull will be painted next weekend and boat is scheduled to be shipped December 14. Hoping to be sailing around mid-January.

Gary Schaffel

Tartan 4000 #21 - 10/20/2015 - Progress Update

posted Oct 21, 2015, 6:01 AM by Tartan-Owners Southern California   [ updated Oct 21, 2015, 6:13 AM ]

The attached pictures were taken today at the Tartan factory. The deck and hull were mated and fastened to each other. The fit was almost perfect. You can see a lot of the interior and exterior finishes now in place. Unfortunately, the engine and sail drive were delayed but should be in and installed by the end of this week. Starting to look like a real boat. 

The hull will be a metallic blue with clear coat. Color is PPG Aristo Blue. Completion date is still around the beginning of December, so hope to be sailing around the first of the year. Hope to be able to have combination TOSCA round-up and boat christening party in late January. 

 I was back at the factory on October 12 for the day and had the opportunity to walk through the boat with the deck dangling from a hoist about 5 feet above the hull, so got an good idea of how it would look when mated. Tim Jackett spent the better part of the day going through everything with me and showing me through various departments where pieces of the boat were being assembled. He also drove me to the airport so had a chance to discuss what went into his design concepts. Really great guy, and most helpful in answering every question I threw at him. 

The last decision to be made concerns the bottom paint. Petit or Interlux or ??? any suggestions or thoughts/comments are greatly appreciated. I understand you can spend a fortune on bottom paint and am interested to know what the tradeoffs are for someone who intends to both race and cruise the boat. 

Good sailing
Gary Schaffe
Tartan 400-21 Odyssey


Tartan 4000 #21 - 10/1/2015 - Progress Update

posted Oct 6, 2015, 7:07 AM by Tartan-Owners Southern California

A few more photos.  Will be mating the deck and hull in the  next week or so.

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