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Sail San Francisco 2005 Festival

July 29 - San Francisco


The San Francisco waterfront was abuzz with excitement yesterday, as a stunning fleet of tall ships and other historic craft paraded down the Cityfront in honor of the Sail San Francisco 2005 festival. Local schooners, ketches and sloops were joined by globetrotting sail training vessels, which had come from afar. The most spectacular were the three-masted square-riggers Cuautemoc, the 270-ft Mexican Naval cadet barque, and the Pallada, a 356-ft Russian merchant marine training full-rigged ship. Later in the day, Mayor Gavin Newsome declared July 28 to be Sail San Francisco Day, as he welcomed ships' officers and dignitaries with an evening reception.


Festivities continue through the weekend with ship tours and multicultural programs. Cuautemoc and Pallada are berthed at Piers 30 and 32 south of the Bay Bridge, and are open for tours today (Friday) through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 'Smaller' vessels, including the 122-ft topsail schooner Lynx, the 90-ft square topsail schooner Bill of Rights, and the 165-ft presidential motoryacht Potomac, are at Hyde Street Pier and Pier 40, offering tours primarily from 10 a.m. to noon this weekend. See www.sailsanfrancisco.org for details.

Cuautemoc's bow and rig
Photos Latitude/Andy

First Time with Sail Up in 27 Years?!

July 29 - San Francisco

Photo Latitude/Andy

That's right, Pursuit, the 82-ft doyenne of Sausalito Yacht Harbor, turned out for the Sail San Francisco 2005 Festival, and reportedly put up her sails for the first time since 1977! They must have smelled pretty interesting.

Starting the World's Oldest and Biggest Regatta in Style

July 29 - Cowes, UK

When it comes to old sailing events, they don't come much older than Cowes Sailing Week in England Week, which started way back in 1826. Sponsored by Skandia - "a long-term savings company" - for the 11th year in a row, it's also said to be the largest, with 1,000 boats in 37 classes sailed by 8,000 crew!
To start this year's event off with a bang, the organizers had Dame Ellen MacArthur and Giles Chichester sail Sir Francis Chichester's newly-restored Gipsy Moth IV to Cowes. The famous around-the-world yacht was accompanied by, what else, a Gipsy Moth airplane.

The Gipsy Moths

Giles Chichester and Dame Ellen
Photos Copyright onEdition

Michael Andrews Wins Santana 22 Nationals

July 29 - Santa Cruz

Hitting the line at the gun
Photo Rick Linkmeyer

Scoring two bullets, two seconds, and one third, Michael Andrews and his Bonito bested 17 other skippers to win the Santana 22 Nationals in Santa Cruz last weekend. Two and three points back respectively were Ernie Rideout with Maybe, and R.L. and R. Comstock aboard Rick's Place.

Flashgirl Arrives in Tahiti 22 Days out of San Diego

July 29 - Papeete, Tahiti

Commodore and Nancy Tompkins of the Mill Valley-based Wylie 38+ Flashgirl arrived in Papeete on July 8 after a "fantastic" 22-day passage from San Diego. So why didn't they write their friends for the subsequent three weeks? "I cannot really say where the past 20 days have gone," writes Nancy, "and why we've been too busy to write. But gee, the days just seem to drift by, full of swims, rowing, walks to the market, meeting other cruisers, taking that all important midday nap, and looking after boat maintenance. Our passage from San Diego was fantastic. Really! It seemed to only take a week. When it became apparent that we would be arriving in a day or so, I got a little panicky, as I didn't want the extraordinary experience to end. I was in a different kind of rhythm with the sun, sea and stars, and found it all quite agreeable."

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