Dec. 1-5 — The 103-ft swift topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain is berthed at Old Sacramento's floating dock and open for public tours on Tues.-Fri., 4-5 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving. $3 donation. Info, www.historicalseaport.org.
Dec 3-8 — The 112-ft tall ship Lady Washington visits Morro Bay. Walk-on tours, $3 donation; adventure sails, $43. Schedule and info, www.historicalseaport.org.
Dec. 3-17 — San Diego's South Bay Sea Scouts meet at Chula Vista Marina aboard the schooner Bill of Rights on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Sea Scouts is a Boy Scouts of America program for guys and gals ages 13-20. John, (619) 852-7811.
Dec. 3-17 — Wednesday Yachting Luncheon Series at St. Francis YC, 12-2 p.m. Enjoy lunch and a dynamic speaker each Wednesday for about $25. All YCs' members welcome. More info under 'Events' tab at www.stfyc.com.
Dec. 6 — Sail under the full moon on a Saturday night.
Dec. 6 — Lighted Yacht Parade on the Oakland/Alameda Estuary, 5:30 p.m. benefitting the Oakland Firefighters' Random Acts of Kindness and the Alameda County Food Bank. 'Light Up the Night' is this year's theme. Sponsored by EYC & OYC. Info, www.lightedyachtparade.com.
Dec. 6 — Lighted Boat Parade in Santa Cruz, 5:30 p.m. SCYC, www.scyc.org.
Dec. 6, Jan. 3 — Chantey Sing aboard Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier in SF, 8 p.m.-midnight. Dress warmly and bring your own mug. Free, but RSVP to Peter, (415) 561-7171.
Dec. 7 — Lighted Boat Parade on Monterey Bay, 5:30 p.m. MPYC, www.mpyc.org.
Dec. 7-28 — Veterans' Sail, 10 a.m., and Sunday Keelboat Sail, 12 noon, every Sunday with BAADS at South Beach Harbor, SF. Free. Info, (415) 281-0212 or www.baads.org.
Dec. 10 — Shop our online chandlery to find the perfect gifts for the sailors on your list. Place your order today to ensure delivery in time for Christmas. See www.latitude38.com/chandlery/chandlerycover.html.
Dec. 12 — Decorated Boat Parade on the Cityfront, 6 p.m. StFYC, (415) 563-6363 or www.stfyc.com.
Dec. 13 — Lighted Boat Parade in Petaluma, from the marina to the Petaluma River turning basin. 6 p.m. Info, www.visitpetaluma.com.
Dec. 13 — Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade, 5 p.m. SYC, (415) 332-7400 or www.sausalitoyachtclub.org.
Dec. 13 — San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade, with more than 100 decorated yachts, starting at 6 p.m. Info, (415) 526-7577 or www.lightedboatparade.org.
Dec. 13 — Old Time Maritime Christmas, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, 6-9 p.m. A Costumed Living History event. Admission to the Pier is free; vessel admission is $5, free for kids 15 & under. Info, (415) 447-5000 or www.nps.gov/safr.
Dec. 14 — West Coast Multihulls Bay Regatta & Parade of Lights Party, Sunroad Marina, San Diego, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Pursuit race & raft-up for multihulls, poolside BBQ & model boat racing, followed by parade viewing. Mike, (619) 517-5630 or www.westcoastmultihulls.com.
Dec. 14, 20-21, 27-28, Jan. 3-4, 10-11 — Three-hour Battle Sails aboard Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain in Long Beach or San Pedro, featuring booming cannons, close-quarters maneuvers, and a taste of 18th century maritime life aboard tall ships. $43-$63. Schedule and tickets, www.historicalseaport.org.
Dec. 20 — Laser Clinic, King Harbor Youth Foundation, Redondo Beach, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $40. Info, www.khyf.org/laser-clinics.html.
Dec. 1984 — From the Letter titled 'No Luck Yet' back in the pre-Internet dark ages, with some advice that still holds true:
I’d appreciate it if you could be more explicit on how to make a new connection in Baja this winter. There’s got to be a better way than flying down to Loreto or La Paz and standing on the dock with my harness and canvas hat in hand, and a silly look on my face.
l’m on your Crew List, attended the Party, but no luck yet.
S.H. — This is as explicit as we can get: If it were us, and we were a reasonably good sailor who got along with most people, we indeed would fly down to either La Paz or Cabo (not Loreto), get an inexpensive hotel room, and try to make a connection. lt’s a nothing risked, nothing gained proposition. There are popular VHF nets in both La Paz and Cabo to get your request for a berth out to the fleet, and there are bulletin boards. Certainly it's a risk, but the available berths — and there usually are quite a few — go to the pretty young women and those who are Johnny-on-the-spot. Since you can't be a pretty young woman, be the next best thing. And what's the worst that can happen to you? You'll spend a couple of days in Cabo or La Paz, both fine towns.
If you want to be a little more conservative in your approach, you can try further through the Classy Classifieds.
Jan. 7-11 — Portland Boat Show at the Portland Expo Center. Info, www.otshows.com.
Jan. 14 — Racing Rules of Sailing Seminar Series, Long Beach YC, 7 p.m. This one covers the startline, upwind leg, and windward mark rounding. Info, www.lbyc.org.
Jan. 22-25 — Progressive San Francisco Boat Show, Pier 48 & McCovey Cove. Info, www.sfboatshow.com.
Jan. 22-25 — San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show. Info, www.bigbayboatshow.com.
Jan. 23-Feb. 1 — Seattle Boat Show Indoors + Afloat, at CenturyLink Field and on South Lake Union. Info, www.seattleboatshow.com.
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Dec. 6 — Fall Series Race. SSC, www.stocktonsc.org.
Dec. 6-7 — Opti Winter Series. StFYC, (415) 563-6363 or www.stfyc.com.
Dec. 13 — Santana 22 Team Racing in Santa Cruz. SCYC, www.scyc.org.
Dec. 13 — Chowder Cup Race. ElkYC, www.elkhornyc.com.
Dec. 14 — West Coast Multihulls Bay Regatta, San Diego. Pursuit race for multihulls. See Non-Race for more info.
Dec. 16-18 — Banderas Bay Blast & Pirates for Pupils. Three days of fun racing for cruisers intended to welcome new cruisers to Banderas Bay. The Pirates for Pupils downwind run helps local schools. Dressing like a pirate is highly recommended! Info, www.vallartayachtclub.org.
Dec. 28 — Christmas Race. MPYC, www.mpyc.org.
Jan. 1 — Brrrr Rabbit. CPYC, (650) 347-6730 or www.cpyc.com.
Jan. 18-23 — Quantum Key West Race Week, an international midwinter classic. Info, www.premiere-racing.com.
Jan. 31 — Three Bridge Fiasco. This aptly-named pursuit race, the most popular on the Bay, is the first SSS event of the season. Info, www.sfbaysss.org.
BAY VIEW BC — Midwinter Madness: 12/13, 1/10, 2/14, 3/14. Terry, (408) 210-0517 or www.bayviewboatclub.org.
BERKELEY YC — Midwinters: 12/13-14, 1/10-11, 2/14-15. Bobbi, (925) 939-9885 or www.berkeleyyc.org.
BERKELEY YC — Chowder Races: Sundays through March except when it conflicts with above. Paul, (510) 540-7968 or www.berkeleyyc.org.
CAL SAILING CLUB — Year-round Sunday morning dinghy races, conditions permitting, intraclub only, typically in Laser Bahias and JY15s. Info, www.cal-sailing.org.
CORINTHIAN YC — Midwinters: 1/17-18, 2/21-22. Info, (415) 435-4771 or www.cyc.org.
ENCINAL YC — Jack Frost Series: 1/10, 2/21, 3/14. Info, (510) 522-3272 or www.encinal.org.
GOLDEN GATE YC — Manuel Fagundes Seaweed Soup Series: 12/6, 1/3, 2/7, 3/7. Info, (415) 346-2628 or www.ggyc.com.
ISLAND YC — Island Days on the Estuary: 12/14, 1/11, 2/8, 3/8. John, (510) 521-2980 or www.iyc.org.
LAKE MERRITT SAILING CLUB — Midwinters: 12/13, 1/11, 2/14, 3/8; this year at Oakland's Jack London Aquatic Center on the Estuary instead of on the lake, due to construction. Mark, (925) 245-0287.
MONTEREY PENINSULA YC — Perry Cup/Midwinters: 12/6, 1/3, 2/7. Info, www.mpyc.org.
REGATTAPRO — Winter One Design: 12/13, 1/10, 2/7. Jeff, (415) 595-8364 or www.regattapro.com.
RICHMOND YC — Small Boat Midwinters: 12/7, 1/4, 2/1, 3/1. Optis & El Toro Green Fleet: 12/6, 1/31, 2/28. Info, www.richmondyc.org.
RICHMOND YC — Laser Sundays: 12/14,
12/21 (this date has been cancelled), 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29. Info, http://rycsunday.myfleet.org.
SANTA CRUZ YC — Midwinters: 12/20, 1/17, 2/21, 3/21. Info, (831) 425-0690 or www.scyc.org.
SANTA ROSA SC — Spring Lake Winter Series: 12/20, 1/24, 2/21, 3/21. Info, www.santarosasailingclub.org.
SAUSALITO YC — Sunday Midwinters: 12/7, 1/4, 2/1, 3/1. Info, www.sausalitoyachtclub.org.
SEQUOIA YC — Winter Series: 12/13, 1/3, 2/7, 3/14. Redwood Cup pursuit race series: 12/20, 1/10, 2/21, 3/7. Info, www.sequoiayc.org.
SOUTH BEACH YC — Island Fever Midwinters: 12/20, 1/17, 2/21, 3/21. Janelle, (650) 303-8236 or www.southbeachyc.org.
TIBURON YC — Midwinters: 1/10, 2/7, 3/7. Info, www.tyc.org.
VALLEJO YC — Tiny Robbins Midwinters: 12/6, 1/3, 2/7, 3/7. Info, (707) 643-1254 or www.vyc.org.
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