Glenn Isaacson, who races the Carl Schumacher-designed 40-ft daysailer Q on San Francisco Bay, and his wife Gaby were honored as Belvedere’s 2017 Citizens of the Year last week. Glenn, with Gaby’s support, has taken on management of the expansion project for the Belvedere-Tiburon Library. The couple donates sails on Q to help raise funds for charity, and they host out-of-towners who come to race at San Francisco Yacht Club. Gaby volunteers with the nonprofit 10,000 Degrees, which helps low-income youth with college.
The Isaacsons discovered boats when they moved to Belvedere in the 1960s and bought a powerboat that they used to explore the Delta. Prior to Q, the Isaacsons owned the Express 37 Re-Quest and the 25-ft Pacific Clipper Seaquest, which Glenn described as being "like a teak Folkboat." They also own a New York 14-ft rowboat, Questli, and Glenn races Lido 14s on Belvedere Lagoon, a hidden sailing venue in the heart of the little city in Marin County. Although Gaby doesn’t race on Q, she’s an important part of the shore team — Liz Baylis says that Gaby’s sandwiches keep the crew happy.
The award came to our attention when we spotted the couple and their boat on the front page of the January 17 Ark, the Tiburon peninsula’s weekly newspaper.