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December 10, 2018

Weekend Sightings

Saturday Sightings

El Toro in front of Terminal 1
The two old objects in this photo are not like each other. Richmond’s decaying 1915-vintage Terminal 1 wharf has long been abandoned. By contrast, wooden El Toro #2163 sports beautiful brightwork, and a new young sailor is finding joy at her helm.
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

The weekend of December 8-9 was a chilly one on San Francisco Bay, but a northeasterly provided some fine sailing in the East Bay for racers, daysailors and junior students alike. Saturday was the sunny day, and the forecast for 8-10 knots out of the NNE was spot-on.

Mr. Magoo with Santa hats
The crew of Mr. Magoo, racing in the RegattaPRO Winter One Design series on Saturday, kitted themselves and their J/120 in holiday style.
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris
cat-rig boat
This pretty catboat, seen exiting Richmond on Saturday morning, was sporting a Fourth-of-July-in-December look.
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris
Davy Jones with lighted Opti
Half Moon Bay Yacht Club’s Davy Jones (aka Kelly Pike) wished visitors happy holidays at the Pillar Point Harbor Lighted Boat Festival on Saturday night.
© 2018 Kara Hugglestone / Sail Couture

Sunday Summary

Sunday clouded up and the temps felt colder, but the forecasters who predicted no breeze were incorrect. Instead, the wind speed and direction repeated the previous day’s. Berkeley Yacht Club hosted Midwinter races on both days. Though breeze took a bit longer to fill on Sunday, the race committee made do with a mere 15-minute postponement to set the marks and get the divisions started.

Crew of Dianne
“Happiness is being in front of Motorcycle Irene,” writes Steve Katzman, skipper of the Express 27 Dianne. Elton Cassels and Will Anderson are the crew pictured.
© 2018 Ben Han

Caption Contest(!)

Here’s your December Caption Contest(!).

Your caption here.
© 2018 Unknown

This is another image that has floated around the Internet, making it difficult to credit. If you know the source, please let us know!

You can enter your entry below, or email us here. Good luck!

Lost in the Fog

A while back, the KQED podcast Bay Curious did a fun investigation of the Bay Area’s foghorns. They asked several questions, including: Why use fog horns in our modern GPS-and-radar era, who or what activates the horns, etc?

There are some 11 foghorns in the Bay operated by the Coast Guard, and about 20 more operated by other non-federal entities, according to the podcast.

In the summer, the clouds and fog often roll through the Bay and sock things in. If you’re above it all — as we were here in the East Bay a while back — it can be quite a sight. If you’re on the water, it can be a different story.
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Tim

Well, the podcast (which we highly recommend) got us a little curious, too.

Have foghorns ever gotten you out of a jam? Have you been radar-less — either by design or the loss of your electronics — and used a horn to ‘feel’ your way across the water? Do you have less high-tech indicators near where you sail, such as a bell on a buoy?

And as long as we’re asking, do you know the proper sound-signals protocol in restricted visibility?

And, best of all, do you have a good (or even harrowing) story about being unexpectedly socked in? We’d like to know — you can comment on the story below, or email us here. Please be sure to include your boat name, make and port of call, or just tell us where you’re from.

SFYC’s Jim Cunningham Second in Etchells

If you’re looking to challenge yourself in the Etchells class there’s no better place to be this winter than the four-race Biscayne Bay Series in Florida. San Francisco Yacht Club’s Jim Cunningham traveled east for the first regatta of the series this weekend, and, with crew Steve Hunt, Mark Ivey and Serena Vilage, his Lifted took second place behind 2017 world champion Steve Benjamin.

Etchells start
A big, competitive Etchells fleet starts off a long line on beautiful teal-colored water.
© 2018 John Payne

Forty-eight teams sailed in the Louis Piana Cup Regatta in pleasant Biscayne Bay sailing conditions. The series will continue with three more events: the Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta January 5-6, the Florida State Championship February 9-10, and the Midwinters East Regatta March 1-3. Check the complete results here.

Holiday Events
Many festive boats are lighting up the night this month, some in their slips and others in parades. The Lighted Yacht Parade on the Oakland-Alameda Estuary was held on December 1.
Solo Sailor
British solo sailor Susie Goodall has been rescued from her boat, dismasted in a Southern Ocean storm.
Professional Racing
The professional racing on these classic — and formerly Olympic-class — boats in Nassau has been exciting to watch, and the coverage, including the graphics and play-by-play announcing is of a caliber equivalent to the sailing itself.