Oct. 27-Nov. 8 — 21st Annual Baja Ha-Ha Cruising Rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas with stops in Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria. Info, www.baja-haha.com.
Oct. 31-Nov. 5 — The 112-ft tall ship Lady Washington visits San Francisco on her California tour, followed by stops at Half Moon Bay on 11/7-11/11, and Moss Landing on 11/13-12/8. Walk-on tours, $3 donation; adventure sails, $43. Schedule and info, www.historicalseaport.org.
Oct. 31-Dec. 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.
Nov. 1 — Cruisers Kickoff BBQ, Downwind Marine, San Diego, 12-4 p.m. Meet other cruisers and bring a dish to share. Downwind Marine supplies hamburgers and sodas. Info, (619) 225-9411 or www.downwindmarine.com.
Nov. 1 — 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.
Nov. 1-2 — Pop-up gallery exhibiting artwork by Jim DeWitt, 1160 Brickyard Cove Rd., #202, Pt. Richmond. 12-7 p.m. on 11/1; 12-4 p.m. on 11/2. Reception on 11/1, 4-7 p.m. Pam, (510) 236-1401.
Nov. 2 — Daylight Saving Time ends.
Nov. 2-30 — 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.
Nov. 3-7 — Cruising Downwind Evening Seminars, Downwind Marine, San Diego, 6 p.m. Admission, $3. No reservations needed. 11/3: Health Coverage Abroad; 11/4: Passagemaking with Today's Nautical Chart Info; 11/5: Onboard Power, Tips on 12-Volt Cruising; 11/6: Downwind Sailing Techniques & Equipment; 11/7: National Weather Service Meteorologists present the U.S. marine weather program and warning coordination for mariners. Info, (619) 225-9411 or www.downwindmarine.com.
Nov. 3-24 — San Diego's South Bay Sea Scouts meet at Chula Vista Marina aboard the schooner Bill of Rights on Mondays at 6 p.m. Sea Scouts is a program of the Boy Scouts of America for guys and gals ages 13-20. Nate, (717) 654-3797.
Nov. 5-26— 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.
Nov. 6 — Sail under the full moon on a Thursday night.
Nov. 9 — Open House with free sailboat rides at Cal Sailing Club in Berkeley, 1-4 p.m. Info, www.cal-sailing.org.
Nov. 11 — Take a veteran sailing today!
Nov. 13 — Are you a single boatowner needing crew? The Single Sailors Association has crew to help sail your boat. Monthly meeting at Ballena Bay YC in Alameda, 6:30 p.m. Info, www.singlesailors.org or (510) 239-7245.
Nov. 15 — Music at the BoatShop Series, Gig Harbor BoatShop, WA, 5:00 p.m. Featuring Americana and folk with Eli West. $15-$20. Info/tickets, (253) 857-9344.
Nov. 18 — YRA Trophy Party at BYC. Info, www.yra.org.
Nov. 20 — Welcome to La Paz Baja Ha-Ha Beach Party, La Costa Restaurant, 4-7 p.m. Mexican folk dancing, live music, food & drinks. Free for the first 50 Ha-Ha participants Info, www.golapaz.com.
Nov. 22 — Sail the Bay aboard SF Maritime Park's historic scow schooner Alma, 12:30-4 p.m. $20-$40. Info, (415) 447-5000 or www.nps.gov/safr.
Nov. 27 — Thanksgiving Day.
Nov. 1984 — From a Sightings piece titled, "Third Reef": Santa Cruz’s notorious Third Reef off Point Santa Cruz, also known as Lighthouse Point, ensnared an Olson 30 on October 10, severely damaging the boat. The incident illustrates a point brought out in Peter Costello’s September article "Santa Cruz Cruise" (Volume 87), which said that 'sneaker' waves can sometimes surprise boaters who venture too close to the Third Reef area. This appears to have been the case with Deliverance.
Aboard the boat were Paul Gallus, the owner, Christina Goyhenetche and her son Blake Woessner, and Grant Worchester. According to Gallus, they obviously felt safe being 300 to 400 yards offshore. They were out on a daysail, having cruised up to Natural Bridges from the Small Yacht Harbor and were returning on a heading for Mile Buoy. The wind had virtually died and they were trying to reach offshore a bit to catch some more breeze. "All of a sudden," says Gallus, "a swell came by. We saw it was big; and then it broke right where we were. If we had been ten yards to either side we would have risen up over it."
The mast broke off on the first roll, and everyone was thrown overboard except Gallus, who was sitting in the companionway and was thrown into the cabin. He climbed back into the cockpit and tried to lower the jib before realizing what had happened. His next thought was to get flotation for everyone in the water and he went below again. The next wave caught the boat and "spun it like a log. I'm awful glad it was an Olson 30," he says, "because any other boat would probably have broken up." While he was tossing inside the boat, Gallus suffered injuries to his ribs.
Fortunately, surfers in the water were able to assist in pulling the four sailors from the ocean. Only Gallus suffered serious injuries. The moral of the story, though, is when you're out there sailing off Santa Cruz in the light fall winds and you can’t get out of the way of a sneaker, don’t get closer to take a look at the surfers. They’re a telltale sign that you’ve gone from the safe zone to the potentially sorry zone.
Dec. 6 — Lighted Yacht Parade on the Oakland/Alameda Estuary, 5:30 p.m. The theme is 'Light Up the Night'. Sponsored by EYC & OYC. Info, www.lightedyachtparade.com.
Dec. 6 — Lighted Boat Parade in Santa Cruz. SCYC, www.scyc.org.
Dec. 6 — Lighted Boat Parade in Stockton. SSC, www.stocktonsc.org.
Dec. 7 — Lighted Boat Parade on Monterey Bay. MPYC, www.mpyc.org.
Dec. 12 — Decorated Boat Parade on the Cityfront. StFYC, (415) 563-6363 or www.stfyc.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 — Lighted Boat Parade, South Beach, San Francisco. SBYC, www.southbeachyc.org.
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Nov. 1 — Red Rock Regatta. TYC, www.tyc.org.
Nov. 1 — Commodore's Cup. CPYC, www.cpyc.com.
Nov. 1 — Last Gasp of Summer Regatta. HMBYC, www.hmbyc.org.
Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 13 — Fall Series Races #3-5. SSC, www.stocktonsc.org.
Nov. 1-2 — Match Racing. StFYC, (415) 563-6363 or www.stfyc.com.
Nov. 1-2 — Perry Cup/Kelp Cup. MPYC, www.mpyc.org.
Nov. 1-2 — Rum Runner Regatta from Balboa YC in Newport Beach to San Diego. A 75-mile feeder race for SDYC's Hot Rum Series, which begins on 11/8. SDYC, www.sdyc.org.
Nov. 2 — Jack & Jill + 1 for women skippers. IYC, (510) 521-2980 or www.iyc.org.
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 — J/22 Fall Series. StFYC, (415) 563-6363 or www.stfyc.com.
Nov. 8 — Santana 22 Team Racing in Santa Cruz. SCYC, www.scyc.org.
Nov. 8 — Turkey Shoot Regatta (turkeys are the prizes). LWSC, www.lwsailing.org.
Nov. 8-9 — Opti Winter Series. SFYC, www.sfyc.org.
Nov. 9 — Crew's Revenge. MPYC, www.mpyc.org.
Nov. 15 — Turkey Race. KBSC, www.kbsail.com.
Nov. 15, 29, Dec. 13 — Chowder Cup Races. ElkYC, www.elkhornyc.com.
Nov. 18 — The Big Sail. StFYC, (415) 563-6363 or www.stfyc.com.
Nov. 22-23 — Turkey Day Regatta. Alamitos Bay YC, www.abyc.com.
Nov. 28 — Wild Turkey Race. TYC, www.tyc.org.
Dec. 6-7 — Opti Winter Series. StFYC, (415) 563-6363 or www.stfyc.com.
BERKELEY YC — Midwinters: 11/8-9, 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: 11/15, 1/10, 2/21, 3/14. Info, (510) 522-3272 or www.encinal.org.
GOLDEN GATE YC — Manuel Fagundes Seaweed Soup Series: 11/1, 12/6, 1/3, 2/7, 3/7. Info, (415) 346-2628 or www.ggyc.com.
ISLAND YC — Island Days on the Estuary: 11/9, 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: 11/1-2, 12/6, 1/3, 2/7. Info, www.mpyc.org.
REGATTAPRO — Winter One Design: 11/8, 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. Laser Sundays: 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 12/14, 12/21, 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: 11/15, 12/22, 1/17, 2/21, 3/21. Info, (831) 425-0690 or www.scyc.org.
SANTA ROSA SC — Spring Lake Winter Series: 11/15, 12/20, January & February 2015 dates TBA. Info, www.santarosasailingclub.org.
SAUSALITO YC — Sunday Midwinters: 11/2, 12/7, 1/4, 2/1, 3/1. Info, www.sausalitoyachtclub.org.
SEQUOIA YC — Winter Series: 11/1, 12/13, 1/3, 2/7, 3/14. Redwood Cup pursuit race series: 11/15, 12/20, 1/10, 2/21, 3/7. Info, www.sequoiayc.org.
SOUTH BEACH YC — Island Fever Midwinters: 11/15, 12/20, 1/17, 2/21, 3/21. Janelle, (650) 303-8236 or www.southbeachyc.org.
VALLEJO YC — Tiny Robbins Midwinters: 11/1, 12/6, 1/3, 2/7, 3/7. Info, (707) 643-1254 or www.vyc.org.
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