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Classic Sailboats, and Neighbors, Converge for Woodies Regatta

Last weekend, three classic-yacht classes converged on the St Francis Yacht Club for the 2021 Woodies Invitational regatta. The event took place over three consecutive days during which Knarrs, International One Designs (IOD) and Folkboats battled it out on the Cityfront. We received a few action shots from Sausalito sailor Jay Grant, who witnessed the race first-hand aboard his neighbor Dave Wilson’s Folkboat, Windansea.

Just the name Folkboat evokes a feeling of togetherness and community, and in keeping with this theme, Windansea‘s other crew members throughout the weekend included Dave’s wife Marnie, his brother, Dan Wilson, another neighbor, Louis Henning, and Isabelle Dumoulin, whose father races one of the other Folkboats.

Saturday and Sunday produced conditions of 12-15-knot winds in the morning, increasing to 20 knots after lunch.
© 2021 Jay Grant

Dave has been racing Windansea for close to 30 years. “It’s my dad’s boat,” he said, adding, “He’s a member at Richmond Yacht Club, so we race as RYC.”

Even though she’s a fun boat with a family and neighborhood crew, Dave Wilson still sailed to win. Despite two OCS starts, Windansea took second place in her fleet.
© 2021 Jay Grant
Isabelle Dumoulin is a nursing student and sailing instructor. She joined the crew aboard Windansea for Sunday’s race.
© 2021 Jay Grant
Competing against your own class is one of the best ways to race.
© 2021 Jay Grant

Photographer Chris Ray was also on hand with his camera and captured this great action shot.

Windansea (blue deck and hull) can be seen on the outside.
© 2021 Chris Ray

You can read more about the race here.

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