Wednesday, November 29, 2017

St. Francis Yacht Club Members Win George R. Hinman Trophy

A veteran of the US Army's 11th Airborne Division, Bernard P. Hagan served over 40 years as president of a California-based real estate development and property management firm. In addition to his professional pursuits, Bernard P. Hagan was a member of the St. Francis Yacht Club.

At the US Team Racing National Championship this past October, six members of the St. Francis Race Team worked together to win the coveted George R. Hinman Masters Trophy. The team, which comprised Stanford Sailing alumni Mateo Vargas, Oliver Toole, Sammy Steele, Kevin Laube, Yuri Namikawa, and Kelly Ortel, carried a win-loss record of 8-2 going into the final day of racing and clinched the championship by winning both of the day’s races. The event was hosted by Long Island, New York's Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club and included 14 teams comprising Olympians, college All-Americans, and World Champions. 

The win was a landmark victory for the St. Francis team, not only because of the years of hard work put in by the competitors, but also because of how close it had come to winning the Hinman Trophy in years prior. The club has finished within the top three multiple times and finished as runner-up in 2015, even after losing in the final few feet of the final race.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

St. Francis Yacht Club Holds 53rd Annual Rolex Big Boat Series

A graduate of the University of San Francisco, Bernard P. Hagan served as president for four decades with Hagan Development Co. based out of San Francisco, California. Active within his community, Bernard P. Hagan belonged to the St. Francis Yacht Club.

As a private nonprofit club, the St. Francis Yacht Club began in 1927 to celebrate sailing and maritime activities. Today, the Club provides its 2,400 members with numerous sailing and boating activities. Situated on the shores of the San Francisco Bay, the club hosts regattas, musical events, and lectures.

One of the group's regattas was held on September 13 through 17, 2017. The 53rd edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series took place in the San Francisco Bay. With seven races taking place over four days, there were 89 entries with winners in 11 classes. These victors included six perpetual and five class winners. Each trophy had the names of the winning team engraved, while the skipper received an engraved Rolex chronometer. The 2018 event is scheduled from September 12 through 16.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Catholic Charities' CYO Camp Has Welcomed Young People since 1946

San Francisco Bay Area real estate developer Bernard P. Hagan supported a number of causes over the course of his lifetime, including Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, for which he served as a board member. In recognition of his work with Catholic Charities, the social services agency honored Bernard P. Hagan by naming the dining hall at its CYO Camp after him.

Each summer, CYO Camp invites children aged 8-17 for a six-week program designed to help campers build confidence, learn about nature, and enjoy the experience of being young. Over the course of the summer, campers from all religious backgrounds participate in a range of activities that include hiking, gardening, overnight campouts, canoeing, and talent shows, to name just a few. 

CYO Camp also offers several Outdoor Environmental Education programs, wherein students gain scientific knowledge that they can draw on when resuming their formal studies. CYO Camp sits in a 216-acre redwood forest near the historic Northern California town of Occidental. Founded in 1946, it has welcomed tens of thousands of young people over its more than 70 years of operation. To learn more about the camp, as well as to take a virtual tour, please visit

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums’ Restoration Projects

As the president of Hagan Development Co. for over 40 years, Bernard P. Hagan oversaw construction projects throughout the Bay Area. Outside of his business endeavors, Bernard P. Hagan dedicated his time and resources to several nonprofit groups, including the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, an interfaith group that supports the preservation and conservation of the Vatican Museums.

Currently, the Patrons are seeking support for a variety of restoration activities, including a project focused on the archeological frescoes from the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Dating back to the second century, the frescoes are part of the remains of an ancient building that was constructed long before the Basilica, which was commissioned by Emperor Constantine in AD 324.

The wall paintings, mosaics, and marbles feature scenes of domestic life as well as figures of satyrs, animals, and natural forces. Considering its age, the artwork is still in relatively good condition, but protective measures are needed to ensure that the frescoes are preserved for future generations. The Patrons hope to clean the frescoes’ surfaces, repair missing plaster, touch up paint, and add a protective layer of varnish.

The fresco project is just one of many from the Patrons’ list of restoration needs. To find out more about the organization’s work, visit