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The Race Goes On

The days are getting shorter, but that isn’t stopping Richmond Yacht Club from running their Wednesday night beer can series for an extra month. The early start time (with the sequence beginning at 5 p.m.) did equal fewer boats at the line, but many still got out to have a good time in this casual race.

Wednesday Night Starting Line
Boats line up for the early start of the Wednesday night beer can series at RYC.
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The masks read, “Usually our FUN is viral,” and you get that vibe from everyone in the club, even during a pandemic.

Masked up at RYC
The crew of Joy Ride wearing RYC masks that read “Usually our FUN is viral.”
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Though the pandemic has changed the regulations of racing, and post-race celebrations, it has also encouraged more people to buy boats and get out on the water. Cindy Evans, who is new to the club, bought her Express 34 Joy Ride in February, just before the lockdowns were put into place.

Deirdre holds the jib
Deirdre Collins acts as a human whisker pole on Joy Ride.
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She has sailed a lot in the last seven months and credits the purchase of Joy Ride for making 2020 a pretty good year. Cindy bought Joy Ride from longtime RYC members Bruce and Diana Powell, after crewing on the boat a number of times.

Second Wind Spinnaker
Cindy Evans gives the thumbs-up to the crew of Second Wind as they get their spinnaker up.
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This past Wednesday night, Joy Ride raced alongside Second Wind, the Sabre 426 that Velina and Peter Barnes brought down from Seattle this summer. You may have read about the homecoming of Second Wind in the September Issue of Latitude 38. Cindy sailed a lot with the Barneses prior to buying her own boat. Just another reminder of how small, connected, and supportive the sailing community is.

The last boats
The last boats in the homestretch at dusk.
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Richmond YC’s Wednesday night beer can series will run through the end of October. Other upcoming races hosted by RYC include the Fall Mercury Regatta on October 17, Great Pumpkin Regatta on October 24, and the female-skippered Amazing Grace Cheney on November 1.


  1. Duck Loomis 3 years ago

    Cindy brings a lot to the table. She is also the Teacher of the Year in Marin County.

    • Phyllis Evans 3 years ago

      I’m very proud of Cindy and both her accomplishments this year. !! Her commitment has always been +100%.

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