Anyone who has sailed to Owl Harbor Marina knows it is a magical place. This last weekend the marina transformed into a whole other world — the land of Oz. Those who berth at Owl Harbor, or have been lucky enough to visit during one of their parties, know that marina owner Devery pulls out all the stops. And this Halloween was no exception. After a one-year hiatus, their annual Halloween Party was back, and better than ever.
The Owl Harbor crew typically dress in theme, and this year it was down the yellow brick road with the Wizard of Oz, complete with a skit to kick off the party, which you can watch on their Facebook page. The party was complete with great food, plenty of treats, games, contests, and lots of great costumes, including nearly every dog that was in attendance.
Did your marina or sailing community do something fun for Halloween? Send us your photos to be included in the next edition of Sailagram to [email protected].
This week’s Good Jibes host, Ryan Foland, is joined by Willie McBride to chat about parallels between kite foiling and traditional sailing. Willie is an Olympic coach and the CEO of the Kite Foil League. He started sailing competitively at age 10 and still enjoys racing and kite foiling to this day. Hear how to get started kite foiling, what to focus on in the moment, lessons you can apply to sailing, what the kite foiling community is like, and the time Willie narrowly avoided a giant container ship.
This episode covers everything from the Olympics to kite foiling basics. Here’s a sample of what went on in this episode:
- What is a 29er?
- Is Willie someone who goes for the more intense situations?
- What is the right nomenclature for kite foiling?
- Is kite foiling considered sailing?
- What inspired Willie’s switch to kite foiling?
- Do yacht clubs play nicely with kite foiling?
- How is kite foiling family-oriented?
- Tack or Jibe: Europe or West Coast kite foiling?
Check out the episode and show notes for more detail.
Good Jibes is brought to you by the Safe Boating Campaign, in partnership with the National Safe Boating Council and US Coast Guard. Learn more at SafeBoatingCampaign.com.
This year’s Halloween was a fun opportunity for sailors around the Bay to get onto the water for some spooky sailing. Goose Gossman sent us a few photos and a rundown of the Potter Yachters‘ gathering in the Delta for some ghostly sailing.
We had eight sailboats and three motorboats attend our last sail of the year, sailing out of Rio Vista and overnighting at Delta Marina’s guest dock.
This sail was hosted by Bud Kerner aboard 1967 P14 Splash. He just turned 85, and lives in the big senior development in Rio, as do several other Potter Yachters. I was aboard Gale, my modified 14-ft Potter, for the first time in about five years … and had to bend myself in ways I’ve forgotten I could do after moving up to the larger Potter 18, then a huge Nimble 25. Dressing took a bit of forethought, but making coffee was still a breeze.
Jeff from Seattle showed up with a hand-powered coffee grinder aboard his San Juan 21, which he’s sailed for 37 years, so he’s got her pretty well sorted out. We micro-cruisers still like the good life, and the Potter Yachters know how to get the most out of our small spaces.
We had absolutely stellar sailing conditions on Saturday, which turned into the “Halloween Ghost Sail” on Sunday. Other than a few fishing boats, we had the whole waterway to ourselves. The glassy water was surreal, with lots of flotsam to look out for, and invasive weeds in the shallows. We usually like to go under a few bridges, but this year conditions made staying close to port the right call, so we circumnavigated Decker Island.
Rio Vista has a brand-new launch ramp, which is a short walk to some good breakfast joints. We ate at the Point Restaurant for dinners, and were very happy. Unfortunately, on Sunday morning there was a sunken cruiser tied to the public dock, abandoned and leaking gas into the water. The fire department showed up en masse, though we weren’t around to see how the situation resolved.
It was a fine ending for another strange COVID-infused sailing season. Regards, Goose.
If you’ve been out sailing and enjoying the fine, or other, weather, send us your photos and a rundown of your day or weekend on the water: [email protected].
Boat owners in East Contra Costa County and Alameda County will have an opportunity to dispose of expired marine flares on Sunday, November 14.
East Contra Costa County boat owners can drop off old marine flares from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 2550 Pittsburg-Antioch Highway, Pittsburg. Alameda County boat owners can drop off their flares from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. by making an appointment online at www.stopwaste.org/marineflares. The drop-off location will be shared in the confirmation email. Proof of residency or marina berth is required.
As an added incentive to support boating safety and the environment, qualified residents and owners of recreational vessels who moor in East Contra Costa County (Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, Oakley, and Pittsburg) and Alameda County will receive a free US Coast Guard-approved eVDSD by Sirius Signal. The eVDSDs will be available while supplies last. Also offered is a free CA Boater Kit with green boating products, boating discount coupons and more.
Only recreational boat marine-signaling devices such as handheld flares, aerial signals and smoke signals will be accepted. This excludes flares from commercial vessels, military, businesses or organizations. Those dropping off flares must wear a mask and remain in their vehicles while expired flares will be unloaded from an unlocked trunk or back cargo space. For more information call (800) 606-6606.
Marine flares are required to be carried aboard recreational boats for emergency signaling. However, because they expire 42 months after manufacture, they need to be replaced about every three seasons of boating. A 2012 study found that every year California boaters generate 174,000 pyrotechnic marine flares, an explosive hazardous waste that contains toxic chemicals such as perchlorate. There are currently only two collection sites in California that will accept and dispose of outdated flares, presenting a safety hazard and disposal challenge.
The events are offered by Alameda County, Delta Diablo, and the California Product Stewardship Council in partnership with CalRecycle, California State Parks and the California Coastal Commission California Boating Clean and Green Program and the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water.