What’s a party without great music? Here at OCSC, we don’t have to ponder that question thanks to the artful spinning of our official DJ, Scott Keck. You might have noticed him at our most recent BBQ where Scott provided the tunes yet again despite being in a cast and on crutches!
2013 marks Scott’s 25th anniversary as a member of OCSC, and we are thrilled to have him as a part of our family. Scott has been with OCSC for so long that he has the lowest numerical member number among all current members! I only discovered this when I pulled his student file to look back on his sailing history (more on that later).
Scott didn’t learn how to sail at OCSC. He found us after he had been sailing and racing on Folkboats and J/24s out of the Richmond Yacht Club. Some time after Scott moved to the bay area, a friend took him sailing one blustery September day. As they entered open water, the skipper turned to Scott and said, “Oh by the way, we’re going to be racing today.” It took just that one sail for Scott to get hooked! Scott sailed for a few years as crew but came to realize several things: he couldn’t take out family and friends whenever he wanted to, and even if he did, he really didn’t know what to do aft of the cockpit winches! He looked around for sailing clubs, found OCSC, and history was made.
During those early years at OCSC, Scott sailed a lot as skipper and raced with Rich Jepsen. To Rich’s recollection, Scott was a very strong trimmer, and in fact, he was able to short tack the Genoa on breezy days and never need the winch handle to trim. Back then, the OCSC training he received was always useful and Scott recalls pulling the same person out of the water three different days from three different boats; a MOB hat trick!
What does Scott do when he’s not sailing or dj-ing for OCSC? His “day job” is senior telecom analyst for VISA, where he manages the user support and programming for thousands of employees. His passion lies in acting and improvisational theater. Scott was a part of Flash Family, the longest running improv group in San Francisco. He’s currently with the Un-Scripted Theater Company and is co-directing their next show. The show, based on/in the Barbary Coast period, even has a nautical theme that all sailors might take note of. “Gold Rush! The Un-Scripted Barbary Coast Musical” opens in July.
And what has Scott been up to on the water these days? That student file I mentioned earlier boasts of a recent spring tune-up with great scores from his instructor. When I asked Scott about it, he said that he was proud to have aced 5-out-of-5 man-overboards in 15-20 knots of breeze! That’s awfully good sailing for anybody, much less someone who took Basic Keelboat back in 1988!!