Monthly Archive: May 2019

Oakland/Alameda Estuary Adventure Sail

Saturday, June 15, meet 10 am at the Launch ramp. Launch about 11 am.
The sail is planned to be similar to last year, only lunch will be at
Lungamare at Jack London Square along with sailing up and down the estuary exploring interesting sights along the shoreline.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Pat Broderick by Wednesday, June 12

2019 SRSC Estuary Expedition details

2019 Alameda Map and chart

Spring Lake Spring Race Series

The finale of the series happened Sunday, May 19. Winds were light to non-existent. We had three boats racing. It was another fun day on the water!

Final Results are shown below.
NameBoatD-PN HandicapPointsPlace
Gail CafferataEl Toro126.6141
Mark AlarieOmega 14110.6132
Bob & Shannon
Joe DuriLonestar13109.574
Wallace WhitingVagabond 14111.075
Bill DanielLaser91.146
Steve KayLaser Radial91.107
David GrayBanshee08


2019 Spring Series NOR-SI

2019 SYC Spring Sunset #1 Results

“NANCY” Fans,

Tonight’s SYC Twilighter got off to a rough start with the race committee boat’s anchor windlass not working.  We sailed around for an hour while they managed to fix it, get anchored, and start the race – late.  It was breezy and lumpy – a little spray over the bow.  And the wind was fluky.  The course was a 2.8 nm “hot dog” between drop buoys at Yellow Bluff and Pt. Knox.

We got a good start at the committee boat, but had fouled the mainsheet around the tiller head so had to tack quickly the clear it and then back. With the strong ebb, we sailed out toward the middle before tacking for the Yellow Bluff mark. There were the normal fluky winds near Yellow Bluff and had to take several short tacks to clear the mark.

The downwind leg was interesting with Leslie sitting on the sail to hold it out after the beat where it blew in the high teens. Then the wind came back, but out of the NW instead of the SW – but before we completed the leg is had switched back to SW.

The short beat to the finish line was a one-tack affair with the ebb pushing us toward the committee end of the line. We corrected out 02:47 head of Jan’s “Sweet Pea” and more over the rest of Div. C boats.

It was a fun 27 minute romp around the course, but due due to the initial delay it was nearly dark when we finished and it was dark when we got back to the berth. We put the boat to bed, skipped the festivities down at the SYC clubhouse, and drove home.

Thanks to Leslie, Gail, and Dan for coming out for the race. I certainly had fun.

Gail has submitted these great photos

— Pat

2019 SSS Singlehanded Farallones Race: Saturday, May 11


Pictures from this year’s BAMA Doublehanded Farallones Race with Dan O’Neill sharing the cockpit. For the SSS Singlehanded Race I’ll share the cockpit with “OttO” Helm.

The 2019 SSS Singlehanded Farallones Race is this coming Saturday, May 11. If things go right I’ll Start at 0815 on the SF City Front and head out the Golden Gate, around the S. E. Farallon Island 30 nm W of S.F. and then back for a total of 60 nm. There’s an 0918 (an hour after I Start)) 3.4 knot Ebb to flush me under the GG Bridge and out beyond Lands End. That joy ride looks like it will slow down however.  Both NOAA and SailFlow are predicting WSW wind at 10 knots or less for the Gulf of the Farallones.  The race often takes 9 – 10 hours, but if the wind’s on the light side this year it will take longer. You can follow the race on  – or see my track after the race is completed. I’ll have a final update at the end of the week.

(Thanks again to Pat Broderick)