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In conjunction with their end-of-the-month move from the Industrial Center Building in Sausalito to the Gateway Shopping Center in Marin City, West Marine is hosting a Cruising for a Cause Sausalito Charity Night on July 31, 1800-2000 hours (at the new location). The $10 ticket benefits local non-profits. For more info, call (415) 332-0202. Also in Sausalito, Galilee Harbor's annual Maritime Day will be on August 2.
The YRA Party Circuit Second Half Opener is coming up on August 2-3. "Spend Saturday racing out to the Bonita Buoy then back to Encinal Yacht Club for a great party on the Encinal lawn," says the YRA. "Sunday offers up a short race to get you home in time for dinner!" Details on Jibeset.
On the same day that the YRA racers head to Point Bonita, another long-distance race takes off in the opposite direction. SFYC has revived the Midnight Moonlight Maritime Marathon, with a reverse order start beginning at 1300 hours. The start will be off Point Stuart, the western tip of Angel Island, the course goes to the Carquinez Bridge, and the finish will be off Bluff Point, which marks the eastern entrance to Raccoon Strait on the Tiburon side. See www.sfyc.org.
This September 11-14 marks the golden anniversary of St. Francis Yacht Club's Big Boat Series, which has been known as the Rolex Big Boat Series since the title sponsor signed on in 2005. Founded in 1964, the inaugural regatta attracted nine yachts, with Jim Wilhite’s Sparkman & Stephens 63-ft yawl Athene claiming the St. Francis Perpetual Trophy after a narrow victory over Jim Kilroy’s Kialoa II. "To mark the 50th anniversary, a couple of smaller sportboat fleets popular here on the West Coast – Express 27s and Melges 24s – have been invited," said event chair Pat Nolan. "We also expect half a dozen catamarans, and the J/120s will be back, while the J/111s should have about 10 boats on the starting line." The J/70s, which first raced in the series last year, will return, and the Farr 40 class expected to make a comeback. Registration is open at www.rolexbigboatseries.com.
Linda Weinstock of Island YC in Alameda writes about the Northern California Women's Sailing Seminar on September 20-21: "Please join us for an exciting, one of a kind weekend event. It is all about women teaching women how to sail. It is fun, relaxing, educational and inspiring. Top women sailors volunteer as instructors during classroom and on-the-water workshops. Sponsors donate valuable items for lunchtime and cocktail hour raffles. Courses range from Beginner through Offshore Cruising with subjects such as Advanced Sail Trim, Racing, Spinnaker, Navigation and Boat Ownership in between. Many women return year after year to hone their skills. Registration is online at www.womenssailingseminar.com. The discounted 'Early Bird' registration fee is $225 for the weekend until August 31, when it increases to $250. The price includes continental breakfasts, lunches, no-host cocktail party, one raffle ticket, class handouts, visor, and a bag filled with goodies from our sponsors."