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It was apparent we'd have more wind than Island YC's Doublehanded Lightship, as we hit 8 knots reaching over and saw many competitors reefed down.… Read on…
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Summer in April?
'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. Besides being the second day of the Vallejo Race, Sunday is also Opening Day on San Francisco Bay.
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!)
More races this Saturday include WBRA's first race of the season for wooden one designs, the Konocti Cup and Half Cup on Clear Lake, and Monterey Peninsula YC's Doublehanded Race. Sunday races include SCYC's SCORE Keelboat Regatta and MPYC's Spring 3 & 4 One Design.
The skippers meeting (and entry deadline) for May 3's SSS Round the Rocks Race will be on Wednesday evening, April 30, at Oakland YC in Alameda. See www.sfbaysss.org.
Registration closes on May 1 for the Singlehanded TransPac, which starts June 28 at Corinthian YC in Tiburon.
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!