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Berkeley Yacht Club Midwinters
Forty-two boats (about 77%) of the fleet came out to play on the Saturday of a three-day weekend. (Do we surmise that the remaining 23% were skiing? Hmmmm. We do know that one missing contestant didn’t go skiing, because instead he was stuck… Read on…

With the New Year's holiday past us, it's time to look forward to Valentine's Day on February 14, and our annual Sailing Valentines feature. If you're a sailing couple and would like to participate this year, let us know by the end of January and we'll send you some questions to help you tell your tale, and possibly inspire some of the loney hearts out there. Read past Sailing Valentines stories here: 2016 | 2014 | 2013 part 1 | 2013 part 2 | 2012 | 2011.

Berkeley Midwinters Begin
Midwinter racing on San Francisco Bay has begun. (At least the warm, light wind, flat water, strong currents part of Midwinter racing, that is.) Read on…

A Pair of Midwinters Kick Off the Season
Every boat attire from full foulies to shorts and tees could be seen as the damp mornings evolved into… Read on… and check out the video here.

Express 27 Nationals Preview
“I was basically looking for the ultimate weekend warrior’s boat — a boat for the Bay or ocean with the room and comfort of an Olson 30 and the performance and ease of handling of a Moore 24,” Terry Alsberg once remarked. Read on…

El Toros Sighted in Richmond
They have so much fun that they get back in line and do it over (and over) again. The hard part is getting them out of… Read on…

J/70 Worlds Photo Gallery

San Rafael Creek Cruise
Maybe "yacht" isn't quite the proper term for the tenants? We also survived passing the Giant Swan twice! Read on…

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Coming Up

Entry is open for the Three Bridge Fiasco on January 28. The skippers meeting is scheduled for Wednseday, January 25, at Oakland YC in Alameda. "Start the 2017 race season big! Enter and race in the largest sailboat race is the United States, The Three Bridge Fiasco!" writes the Singlehanded Sailing Society. See www.jibeset.net. The NOR/Standing Sailing Instructions have been posted for a while; the Three Bridge SIs are up now too. Which way will you go?

Some of the races that were canceled on the stormy weekend of January 7-8 will be made up in February. Tiburon Yacht Club canceled January 7's Race 1 of the Mott Midwinters until the February 4 race date. "We'll attempt to run both Races 1 and 2 then. Still only $30 for all three races (single race for $15) and registration is open until just before Race 3 on March 4," writes TYC's Cam Tuttle. Island YC plans to run two races in their Island Days Series on February 12. Latitude 38 keeps a long list of Midwinter Series here: www.latitude38.com/calendar.html#Midwinters.

The next event in the Corinthian Yacht Club Speaker Series will be on Thursday March 2 when Jim Staley, author of Come In, Swanee Leader, will show photos with a narrative of his time aboard a USS LST 561 during the Korean War. These events are free and open to the public, but the club would appreciate an RVSP to (415) 435-4771.

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