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The new San Francisco towers over the old. The sailboats are anchored at Mission Rock Terminal for Bay View Boat Club's Plastic Classic Regatta; the small, rusting white ship hails from Reykjavik. ©2017
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SSS LongPac
While world renowned professional sailors set off from Los Angeles to Honolulu on this year’s Transpac Race seeking glory and unbelievable speed, a much more modest and eclectic fleet of boats sailed by merely mortal sailors departed the Golden Gate Yacht Club on their quest for local glory and a few words in the Northern California sailing press… Read on…

Plastic Classic/Westpoint Regatta Photo Gallery

Delta Ditch Run Photo Gallery

OYRA Race Committee's Choice
The OYRA has two 'Race Committee's Choice' races for which the RC has a smorgasbord of choices. Depending on wind that morning, OYRA boats might visit buoys at… Read on…

Nathalie Criou of San Francisco, a member of St. Francis and Richmond Yacht Clubs and a well-known SSS racer, has departed France bound for Spain in a fleet of 43 sailing in La Solitaire Urgo le Figaro. Follow her here:

Master Mariners Regatta Photo Gallery

Spring Sunset in Sausalito
Sausalito Yacht Club’s second Spring Sunset Race featured one of the oldest racing sailboats on San Francisco Bay, a piece of almost 100-year old history… Read on…

Great Vallejo Race Photo Gallery

Twin Island Race Then and Now
Many San Francisco Bay races have a 'backstory' — often a reason for naming lost in the mist of yacht club history, stored trophies last awarded to one-design fleets long absent from YRA’s active participation, or faint memories among the… Read on…

OYRA Lightship
Some confusion with start timing rattled Division 1. The rest of the divisions figured out the timing, and, as the fleets sailed out into the ebb, racers were pleasantly surprised to find more wind than… Read on…

Bullship Race Photo Gallery

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The Transpac is off and headed for Waikiki. Follow along at

Tahoe YC is calling all Laser sailors for the Laser National Championships on July 19-23 "on the world famous crystal clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe. Imagine racing under snow capped peaks in some of the purest natural water on earth in a typical 10-16 knot breeze in 80 degree air temperature," writes Rick Raduziner. "The wind comes up in the PM. You can even sleep in… Perhaps go for a paddle board in the morning or bike ride. Sign up now and bring the family. Lots of camping and affordable accommodations are near the launch ramp at Lake Forest."

The YRA 2nd Half Opener is coming up on July 29-30. The YRA and host club Encinal in Alameda are really ramping up the shoreside portion of the weekend. Read all about it here.

Stephen Aquilar, Laser District 24 Secretary, writes: "Benicia has it all… big wind, strong currents and great weather. The folks in Benicia have gone all out to make sure that Laser sailors have a fabulous time visiting their city. They're offering us free admission to the waterfront festival. Mount Gay rum is providing after racing beverages." Register for the race on July 29 here.

Richmond YC will host the El Toro Junior and Senior North Americans on August 2-5. Racers are coming from Hawaii for this one. Sign up here:

On August 5 various dinghies will chase each other 30 miles up the Sacramento River Deep Water Ship Channel from Rio Vista to West Sacramento in the Dinghy Delta Ditch pursuit race, hosted by Lake Washington Sailing Club.

More Laser action is coming on August 12-13 at the Laser Masters PCCs, hosted by Richmond YC.

"It is just a little over six weeks until the Jazz Cup on September 2," writes Milt Smith. "South Beach and Benicia Yacht Clubs are putting together yet another great one, including a party at SBYC on Friday night and a party at Benicia YC on Saturday after the race." See the NOR here.

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