March 15, 2010

Announcing the Delta Doo Dah Deux

Registration for Delta Doo Dah Deux is now open. Yipee!

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Last summer, we launched what we’d hoped would be a well-received rally from the Bay to the Delta. The idea was to encourage sailors to explore their own backyard, and to provide a cruise-out that was doable for the average working stiff who could only take a week’s vacation. The response from Bay sailors was tremendous — we ‘sold out’ all 30 spots in just three days! As eager as the participants were to sign up, we expected the inaugural Delta Doo Dah to be a good time, but the event surpassed our wildest expectations.

From the kick-off party at Richmond YC the night before the start to the final Doo Dah Hoopla party hosted by Stockton Sailing Club, the Delta Doo Dah was a rally to remember.

Peter Yates showed everyone what summer in the Delta is all about with Jet Skis, Hobie sailing and a picnic on the beach.

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Boyd’s Harbor on Bethel Island invited the fleet to stay at their docks, where those who didn’t go to the beach engaged in an epic water battle.

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Doo Dah’ers enjoyed three ‘free days’ to explore the myriad waterways or simply veg out at anchor. Two required pieces of equipment for the Doo Dah are at least one Windscoop and a hammock.

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Stockton Sailing Club, known for their hospitality, hosted the Doo Dah Hoopla on the final night of the event. Live music, prizes galore and dancing into the night!

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We’re happy to announce that registration for the Delta Doo Dah Deux is now officially open. Due to conflicts with a couple of high-profile Hawaii races, we moved the dates to July 31-August 6 — the week after the YRA Second Half Opener. Registration is still just $49 and includes a burgee and one t-shirt (you can order your crews’ shirts at the same time as you register). Though it’s too early to confirm all we have planned for this year’s rally, we are thrilled to tell you that Stockton Sailing Club has once again agreed to host the final Hoopla party. Keep track of all the goings-on at www.deltadoodah.com, but in the meantime, don’t dawdle in signing up — even though we’ve expanded the entry list to 50 boats, we suspect every slot will be filled by the end of the week. See you in the Delta!

Don’t get left behind. Due to limited space in the Delta, the entry list is limited to 50 boats. And just think how fantastic a week simmering in the Delta sun will feel after the Bay’s summer fog.

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Tomas and Ului Pose Double Threat

Commercial ships will have to pick their courses carefully this week, with both Ului (left) and Tomas creating havoc.

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The weather gods are extraordinarily active in the South Pacific this week, with major cyclones Tomas (a category 4) and Ului (a category 5) simultaneously battering different island groups. As a point of reference, both storms are stronger than Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans in 2005.

Cyclone Tomas is raising hell in the eastern islands of Fiji.

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With power currently out in most of the Fijian islands, damage reports and death tolls are still sketchy, but as the storm came ashore last night in the northeastern islands, sources in New Zealand reported gusts as high 168 mph (146 knots) and storm-driven waves as high as 25 feet. More than 5,000 residents of the northern islands evacuated their homes, at least one woman drowned while trying to save others, and some boats have reportedly been driven far inland. Although the storm is expected to cause continued damage for the next 12 to 18 hours, storm-watchers are hopeful that most of the largest and most populus islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, will escape catastrophic damage. Nadi Tropical Cyclone Center expected the eye of the storm to pass roughly 125 miles east of the capital, Suva.

Ului’s path is expected to turn sharply. At this point it’s anybody’s guess where it will strike the Queensland coast of Australia.

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Meanwhile Cyclone Ului is currently south of the Solomon Islands traveling SSW towards the Queensland, Australia coast at about four knots. A recent report pegged its sustained winds at 130 knots, with gusts into the 160s.

Rigging Seminar at OYC

The Singlehanded TransPac is hosting a free rigging seminar tonight at Oakland YC, 7-10 p.m. Keith ‘Panda’ Love of Panda Rigging and Jay Butler of Butler Rigging will cover a bullet-proof rig, pre-race inspection and how to do daily inspections at sea. Anyone is welcome to attend, and more info on the race — which starts at Corinthian YC on June 19 and ends in beautiful Hanalei Bay, Kauai — can be found at www.sfbaysss.org.

Full Tilt scoots across The Slot on a sunny Thursday afternoon. latitude/LaDonna
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC While the rest of us were working our fingers to the bones yesterday afternoon, a number of Bay sailors were out playing hooky — and good thing they did it before the rain set in.
After three frustrating months in Cape Town, South Africa, Jeanne Socrates restarted her second solo circumnavigation — this one aboard her new Najad 380 Nereida — on Tuesday.
The two Andrews — Andrew Vik found crewmember Andrew at last year’s Spring Crew List Party.
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