Oct. 1-8 — Fleet Week. Military ships, Air Show featuring the Blue Angels, much more. Info, www.fleetweeksf.org.
Oct. 3-31 — Wednesday Yachting Luncheon Series, StFYC, 11:45-1:30 p.m. Lunch and a dynamic speaker each week for about $25. All YCs’ members welcome. Info, www.stfyc.com.
Oct. 5, 6, 7, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10 — Sailing on 1891 scow schooner Alma, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, 12:30-4 p.m. $20-$40. Info, (415) 447-5000 or www.nps.gov/safr.
Oct. 6, Nov. 3 — Chantey Sing aboard Eureka, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, 8-10 p.m. Dress warmly and bring a mug for hot cider. Free, but RSVP to Peter, (415) 561-7171.
Oct. 6-27 — Small Boat Sailing, 9:30 a.m., and sailing for veterans and their families, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. every Saturday with BAADS at South Beach Harbor in San Francisco. Free. Info, (415) 281-0212 or www.baads.org.
Oct. 7-28 — Keelboat Sail, noon-4 p.m., every Sunday with BAADS at South Beach Harbor in San Francisco. Free. Info, (415) 281-0212 or www.baads.org.
Oct. 8-26 — Fab Lab, Spaulding Marine Center, Sausalito. Every Friday night, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Instructor: Brooke Marino. $50. Info, (415) 332-3721 or www.spauldingcenter.org.
Oct. 11, 18, 25 — Women and Woodworking, Spaulding Marine Center, Sausalito. Info, (415) 332-3721 or www.spauldingcenter.org.
Oct. 11, Nov. 8 — Single Sailors Association meeting and dinner, Ballena Bay YC, Alameda, 6:30 p.m. Guests welcome. Info, www.singlesailors.org.
Oct. 11-14 — Westsail Why Knot Cruise Out, Two Harbors, Catalina Island. Info, www.westsail.org.
Oct. 12 — US Sailing Stakeholder Summit, StFYC, San Francisco, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Round table between sailing leaders and US Sailing board members. $40-$65 includes lunch. Info, www.eventbrite.com/o/us-sailing-3859465459.
Oct. 12-14 — Yacht Fest Boat Show, Marina Village, Alameda, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. New & used boats, boat rides, seminars, food, music, vendors. Free. Info, www.yachtfest.net.
Oct. 13 — USCGA About Boating Safely course, South Beach Harbor Community Room, San Francisco, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Qualifies students for CA Boating Card. $35. Register by 10/10. Dave, (415) 205-0687 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 13 — US Powerboating Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling, Treasure Island Sailing Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Charter or BYO boat. Info, www.nauticalsolutions.org/certification.
Oct. 13 — Float the Boat(Shop), Gig Harbor Marina, WA, 5 p.m. Celebration of Gig Harbor BoatShop’s 10th anniversary. Dinner, drinks, dancing, storytelling. $40. RSVP by 10/5, www.gigharborboatshop.org.
Oct. 13-14 — 24-Hour Moby-Dick Reading Marathon, Maritime Museum, San Francisco, noon-noon. Free. Info, www.maritime.org or www.sfmobydickmarathon.org.
Oct. 13-Jan. 15 — Tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain return to California. 10/13-14: Jack London Square, Oakland. 10/16-11/1: Antioch. 10/24-11/6: LW, Half Moon Bay. 11/7-11/26: LW, Monterey. 11/1-11/24: HC, Sacramento. Dockside tours, $5; ticketed sails. Info, (800) 200-5239 or www.historicalseaport.org.
Oct. 14 — Leukemia Cup Poker Run between five S.F. Bay yacht clubs. $250 includes one poker hand, swag, BBQ & drink ticket for post-run awards party at CYC. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info, www.sflcr.org/pokerrun.
Oct. 14, Nov. 11 — Open House/Intro Sailboat Rides, Cal Sailing Club, Berkeley, 1-4 p.m. Free. CSC, www.cal-sailing.org.
Oct. 16, 1928 — The National 14, one of the most competitive British racing dinghy classes, was granted international status by the International Yacht Racing Union, the forerunner of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), now known as World Sailing.
Oct. 20 — Welcome Cruisers Potluck BBQ, Downwind Marine, San Diego. Vendor fair, all-day storewide sale. Info, www.downwindmarine.com/links/events.html.
Oct. 20 — State Boaters Card class, Elkhorn YC, Moss Landing, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Followed by an Advanced Coastal Cruising class, 1-2:30 p.m. Wayne, (831) 724-3875 or email@example.com.
Oct. 20, 27 — Haunted Tales, aboard Star of India, San Diego Maritime Museum. Storytelling tours start every 15 minutes, 6-9:15 p.m. $8-$18. Info, www.sdmaritime.org.
Oct. 22 — SailMail Communications workshop, Point Loma Assembly Hall, San Diego, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Presented by Jim & Sue Corenman. $50/person or $75/couple cash or check at the door. Info/RVSP, www.saildocs.com/seminars.
Oct. 22 — On Cruising Mexico seminar with Dick Markie of Paradise Village. At Downwind Marine, San Diego, 6-8 p.m. Mexican prizes. Info, www.downwindmarine.com.
Oct. 23 — Damage Control/How to Deal with Boat Issues at Sea seminar with Bruce Brown, Downwind Marine, San Diego, 6-8 p.m. Info, www.downwindmarine.com.
Oct. 24 — Insurance Needs for Boat and Health seminar with Deanne Amancio and Arno Chrispeels, Downwind Marine, San Diego, 6-8 p.m. Info, www.downwindmarine.com.
Oct. 24 — Full moon on a Wednesday.
Oct. 25 — Current Offshore Communications for Cruising seminar with Ret. Cmdr. Terry Sparks, Downwind Marine, San Diego, 6-8 p.m. Info, www.downwindmarine.com.
Oct. 26 — Icom M802 Operation seminar presented by Ret. Cmdr. Terry Sparks, Point Loma Assembly Hall, San Diego, 9 a.m.-noon. $38/first member of vessel; $25/additional crew. Info, www.made-simplefor-cruisers.com/training-help.
Oct. 26 — What’s New for Cruising Mexico seminar with Capt. Pat Rains, Downwind Marine, San Diego, 6-8 p.m. Info, www.downwindmarine.com.
Oct. 27 — Pacific Puddle Jump Seminar, West Marine, San Diego, 5-7 p.m. Info, www.pacificpuddlejump.com.
Oct. 28 — Baja Ha-Ha Kick-Off Halloween Costume Party and BBQ, West Marine parking lot, San Diego. Co-hosted by West Marine and Mexico Tourism. Skipper and first mate get T-shirts, hats, tote bags, souvenirs and a free Mexican ‘tune-up’ dinner. Dinner/drinks for additional crew: $10 each. Info, www.baja-haha.com.
Oct. 29 — Parade to the start of the Baja Ha-Ha Cruising Rally, Harbor Island/Shelter Island, San Diego, 9-11 a.m. Info, www.baja-haha.com/parade.html.
Oct. 29 — Suddenly in Command! Contingency Plans for the Crew, with Dianna Jones Simons, Downwind Marine, San Diego, 6-8 p.m. Info, www.downwindmarine.com.
Oct. 29-Nov. 10 — Silver Anniversary Baja Ha-Ha Cruising Rally, San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, with stops in Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria. $345-$395 per boat. Info, www.baja-haha.com.
Oct. 30 — Update of Current Charts & Passage Making seminar with Capt. Ann Kinner, Downwind Marine, San Diego, 6-8 p.m. Info, www.downwindmarine.com.
Oct. 31 — Halloween.
Nov. 1 — Maintaining Your Outboard while Cruising Mexico seminar with Tom Teevin, Downwind Marine, San Diego, 6-8 p.m. Info, www.downwindmarine.com.
Nov. 1, 1978 — Tom Tenny wrote this letter, published in the November 1978 issue of Latitude 38:
I have a suggestion. When writing about a boat in your letters from sailors and your regular articles, why not ALWAYS mention the (make) name and size of boat. Example: Vol. 7, October,—What make and size of boat is the Kachina?
Tom — Fine idea. Kachina is a Alberg 35 by Pearson.
Nov. 2 — Provisioning and Food Preservation for Cruising seminar with chef Melanie Cady, Downwind Marine, San Diego, 6-8 p.m. Info, www.downwindmarine.com.
Nov. 4 — Fall back one hour for Standard Time.
Nov. 10 — Blue Room Lecture Series presents Mariners and the Eastern Pacific: the Cycle of Seafaring from Sail to Steam, San Francisco Maritime Museum, 1 p.m. Free. Info, (415) 447-5000 or www.nps.gov/safr.
Nov. 11 — Take a veteran sailing.
Nov. 11 — Hausmann Quartet classical music concert, aboard Berkeley, San Diego Maritime Museum, 4 p.m. $10-$50. Info/tickets, (619) 432-2314 or www.sdmaritime.org.