Below is a link to the story behind Emilio’s video from the July issue of Latitude 38.
This series continues for three more evenings. Come on out. Bring your boat and enjoy sailing on Lake Ralphine!
Sailboat racing on Lake Ralphine (Howarth Park, Santa Rosa, CA) every Monday evening June 3 through August 19. Bring your own boat.Three races each evening; first race begins mid-lake at 6:00 P.M.
Two Classes: D-PN greater than 100 (e.g., El Toro, Sabot, Vagabond 14, Spindrift 10), and D-PN less than or equal to 100 (e.g., Laser, Force 5, FJ, Sunfish). Bring your own boat. Also, bring a reliable timer to capture your elapsed time. Life jackets must be worn at all times, and participants must sign a liability waiver. See the Club web site for membership information: https://santarosasailingclub.org
See the following for Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions:
2019 Twilight NOR-SI
Twilight Series at Lake Ralphine results after July 29
|D-PN <100 CLASS|
|D-PN >100 CLASS|
|Gail Cafferata||El Toro||38||1|
|Wallace Whiting||Vagabond 14||22||2|
|Mark Alarie||Spindrift 10||19||3|
|Walt Schulte||Spindrift 12||6||4|
The Labor Day Invitational Regatta on Tomales Bay is our premier event of the year. This family affair involves camping on Marshall Beach (west shore of Tomales Bay) for three days, where there is no road access, meaning that everything is taken in by boat! During the three days, there are beach activities and sail racing. The regatta consists of five races. Launch ramp for keel fleet is located at Miller Park. Additional beach launching site for dinghys is at Marconi Cove. Camping is on the beach in Point Reyes National Seashore.
Participation is open to both members and non-members.
General Chairman: Bill Daniel
The documents for the 2019 regatta are uploaded and available to download here.
Three Sundays: June 23, July 14, Aug 18
We had a successful start to the race series, 5 boats participated. The weather was great, warm, not too hot. Winds were steady (for Spring Lake) and to top it off, we had a post race picnic (banquet) to cap it all off. Food was grilled, shared and enjoyed, awards were awarded and it was fun!
Racing starts about 2 pm (or when everyone is rigged and ready to go). Hope you can join us
For more details download the Notice of Race – Sailing Instructions 2019-Summer-Series-NOR-SI
Results after June 23
|Mark Alarie||Omega 14||110.6||10||3|
|Wallace Whiting||Vagabond 14||111.0||10||4|
The 2019 Sausalito Yacht Club’s Rear Commodore’s Race started near Point Knox at the southwest corner of Angel Island, took a very short upwind leg to the “Little Harding Rock” buoy, and finished at the Vallejo Yacht Club, about 21 nm up through the North San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. Santa Rosa Sailing Club Commodore David Gray and his son Noel joined Pat Broderick aboard “NANCY” for the race. The competition was three larger racer-cruisers in the spinnaker division. Although “NANCY” only has one sail and no spinnaker, Northern California PHRF rules mandate that we sail in the spinnaker division when we race.
The Start was scheduled for 11:05 near Near Point Knox. Wind was predicted to be SW in the high single digits around start time, about an hour after maximum ebb building into the mid-teens later in the day. That made the short first leg quick and easy, but presented a major problem the first part of the upwind leg through Raccoon Strait and into the North Bay. With the additional runoff from this Winter’s snow, Ebbs are earlier and stronger than predicted in the 2019 Current Booklet. The decision was to sail directly back toward Angel Island on the shoal that exists on its western side, enter Raccoon Strait at Point Stuart, the NW corner of the island, hug the island where there was some relief from the adverse current, then jump across to the North side of the strait about halfway through. The strategy worked and “NANCY” emerged from the east of of Raccoon Strait ahead of the other boats.
The ebb continued to be a problem, however, with the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge the next objective, directly upstream. The decision was to sail to across Upper San Francisco Bay to the east side, take Red Rock Island to port, hug the Richmond shoreline, passing under the east end of the Richmond Bridge near Chevron’s Long Wharf, and continue along the two Navy piers beyond the bridge, then sail between the East Brother Island and Pt. San Pablo before turning into San Pablo Bay. The other boats chose to stay toward the middle and continued to lose ground.
Once into San Pablo Bay, past Point San Pablo, the course was to stay south on the shallows to avoid the ebb in the middle. Point Pinole was the next objective. Since current speeds are different at different times at the Golden Gate and Carquinez Strait the ebb abated and was gradually replaced by the afternoon flood. Watching the scud lines which marked the changing current past Point Pinole, the decision was to cross to the north, toward the entrance to the Mare Island Strait, the mouth of the Napa River. The further up San Pablo Bay, the more the flood began to be felt. Once inside the Mare Island Strait the flood increased, but now aided in pushing the boat upstream toward the Finish Line at the Vallejo Yacht Club. The growing Flood added over a knot to the boat speed. Current can be your friend!
The Finish whistle tweeted at 15:13:23. It took 04:08:23 to sail the 21 nm course. “NANCY” corrected out at 03:58:50, beating the 2nd Place boat by 00:27:59 – almost half an hour. It was an enjoyable race, with very nice reaching conditions across San Pablo Bay, a definite plus for a Wyliecat, and flat water, a definite plus for a light boat. The weather was warm; no foulies needed. Sunscreen was the order of the day. In all it was a near perfect day of sailing with wonderful conditions. Commodore David, Noel, and Pat enjoyed themselves very much. David and Noel chose to return to Santa Rosa after the boats were tied up stern first to the VYC guest dock.
Pat’s Cousin Rick from Napa joined him for the double handed return sail Sunday in nearly identical conditions. The sail home took about the same time in mild, warm wind and cooperating currents. It was one of the best two-day Vallejo weekends for Pat, whose first Vallejo race was in 1971!
Check this out. It’s good.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, July 10, 6 pm.
You are invited to attend our Monthly meeting.
There is a chance to also order some food during the meeting and meet new or re-connect with old (or young) sailing friends.
It’s also an opportunity to introduce and discuss ideas for club events, new or old.
Hope to see you there.
1415 Fulton Rd
Link to the club calendar .here.
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.
|Gail Cafferata||El Toro||126.6||14||1|
|Mark Alarie||Omega 14||110.6||13||2|
|Bob & Shannon||CL14||101.2||10||3|
|Wallace Whiting||Vagabond 14||111.0||7||5|
|Steve Kay||Laser Radial||91.1||0||7|
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