The only thing better than sailing on the Bay is sailing on the Bay for a good cause. Skippers of the feminine persuasion will get two chances this month to do just that. On October 13, Golden Gate YC will be hosting the inaugural Ruth Gordon Schnapp Regatta, benefitting the San Francisco affiliate of Susan G. Koman for the Cure. The day after raising money for breast cancer research, you can then raise more of the green stuff for the Tall Ship Education Academy’s Semester for Girls (read more about this worthy program in the October 1 issue of Latitude, due out today, or go to www.tallshipacademy.org) in Sausalito YC’s 27th Annual Women Skippers Regatta.
A woman must be constantly at the helm for both regattas but the rest of the crew can be co-ed, though all-women teams are encouraged. As an added incentive, there’ll even be separate prizes for them. If you’re interested in crewing, our new Racing Editor Lindsay Cohen, who will be skippering Michael Campbell’s Lancer 30 Geronimo that weekend, is looking for a few good hands. Email her if you’re interested. If you’d like to sign up your own boat, go to Golden Gate YC’s site at www.ggyc.org and Sausalito YC’s site at www.syconline.org.