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Summer in April?
Summer Begins at Sequoia YC
Exciting Redwood Cup Series Finale
The Clipper Race San Francisco Bay stopover is based at South Beach YC in the City, where they'll be open for tours on April 15-17 from 15:00 to 19:00 each day. The race will sail back under the Golden Gate Bridge to start Leg 11 to Panama on Saturday, April 19, docking out at approximately 10:00 and starting off Golden Gate YC around 13:00.
Unlike last weekend, next weekend has a light racing calendar possibly due to Easter. One race of significance, the OYRA Full Crew Lightship, is on Saturday. You might go to www.yra.org/OYRA/index.html but be forewarned that the OYRA Quick Links in the box in the righthand column don't work. Instead, find the line of text that reads, "Ready to sign up to race? Click HERE," and click on that link. Which will lead you to the main Jibeset menu, where you will find the OYRA's 2014 series. Convoluted? Yep. Sailing Instructions have been posted.
'Always' held on the first weekend in May, the Great Vallejo Race will instead fall on the last weekend in April this year. It seems that May 3-4 coincides with a minus tide, and the City of Vallejo isn't handing out any dredging permits this year. See www.yra.org to sign up. YRA's Spring #1 shifts from April 26 to May 3, as does the SSS Round the Rocks Race. Sausalito YC's first Twin Island Race moves to April 19.
Among the races that did not move is the Bullship on April 26, wherein El Toros sail across the Gate from Sausalito to San Francisco. With the Bullship starting at 0900 and the Vallejo Race starts beginning early at 1000 it seems like it would be impossible for anyone to accomplish a biathlon of sorts – but one or two crazy sailors might just try it. (Right now you're probably thinking that anyone who'd sail from Sausalito to San Francisco in an El Toro is crazy anyway!)
Lucie Mewes, co-chair of the Singlehanded TransPac race to Hawaii, writes, "The General, Ken Roper, slid under the January 31 regular entry price and registered for the Singlehanded TransPac this week. This will be his 13th Belt Buckle when he arrives in Hanalei Bay, Kauai. The 2014 Singlehanded TransPac starts June 28 at Corinthian YC, Tiburon, and celebrates arrivals at The Tree each day beginning around July 11. It isn't too late for interested sailors to enter. Go to www.sfbaysss.org and select the TransPac page." Registration closes on May 1.
It's official. The water level in Huntington Lake is so low (33%) that July's High Sierra Regatta has been canceled, and the Lido 14 Nationals, also in mid-July, will move to Long Beach. See Fresno YC's website, and check out the photo of the lake!