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Small Boat Midwinters
The Richmond Yacht Club Midwinters concluded over the weekend with a calm, sunny Saturday and boisterous, cloudy Sunday. Read on…
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The San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival runs March 5-9. See www.oceanfilmfest.org.
The Bob "Big Daddy" Klein Invitational Regatta takes over RYC the next weekend. After a bit of controversy, an amended Notice of Race has been posted inviting all monohulls to the Saturday buoy races, and multihulls have been reinstated for Sunday's pursuit race. Named for Bob "Big Daddy" Klein, the regatta began as an IOR invitational for big boats. In the 21st century it was altered to include smaller one design and PHRF fleets. After an unpopular attempt to revert to the old days for this year's race, the club wisely changed its course amid a backlash from eager racers. Saturday night's party theme will be black & white Mardi Gras. The deadline for entries is March 6.
StFYC's Spring Dinghy will be held the same weekend. Other races on Saturday include Mercuries at Encinal YC and the Londerville Cup at Half Moon Bay. Monterey Peninsula YC kicks off their Spring PHRF series on Sunday.
Midwinters next weekend include Bay View Boat Club's Midwinter Madness and Tiburon YC's second of three races on Saturday. Island YC's Island Days wrap up on Sunday, as does Lake Merritt Sailing Club's Robinson Midwinters (call Mark at 925-245-0287).
Latitude 38's Spring Crew List Party will be held at Golden Gate YC on March 13, preceded by an in-the-water liferaft training class by Sal's Inflatable Services. Call Sal for info at (510) 522-1824.
Laserpalooza III is coming Alameda Community Sailing Center on March 15. It's free! Call Ryan at (510) 421-2914 or Nick at (415) 601-7483 for info. The following day, March 16, Richmond YC provides the venue for Pacific Offshore Academy prep seminar #4. See www.pacificcup.org.
Bob Naber of BAMA writes, "OYC, BAMA, SSS and IYC recognized that we have four weekends in a row of doublehanded races (scheduling logistics forced the situation), so we decided collectively to make a series out of them co-sponsored by all four clubs.
Flipping forward in the pages of our calendar, we see that the Great Vallejo Race, 'always' held on the first weekend in May, will instead be moved to the last weekend in April. 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. YRA's Spring #1 will shift from April 26 to May 3, as does the SSS Round the Rocks Race.
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.