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Columbia 5.5 Meter Sloops Race on the Estuary

Columbia 5.5 start
A Columbia 5.5 start on the Estuary on light-air November 20.
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Encinal Yacht Club hosted the 2022 Columbia 5.5 Fall Regatta on Sunday, November 20. Light winds graced the Alameda Estuary; sailing was slow to drifting. Nine boats sailed in four races scored.

Spinnakers in light air
Spinnakers droop as competitors drift down the Estuary. This is (left to right) Roja, Barry Jive and the Uptown Five, Attestup and Alert.
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The photographer known as Slackwater SF took these photos from the pier on Oakland’s Brooklyn Basin. To see the complete album (in chronological order), go to

Spinnakers with Sales Force Tower
Roja (#1), Maverick (#14) and Rogue (#27) looking a little less droopy, while Ripple (#17) works her way upwind.
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Columbia 5.5s with USCG ships
Left to right: Barry Jive, Carina and Maverick work back upwind with the Coast Guard cutters in the background.
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Two Columbia 5.5 Meters
Once You Go Black… (#35) and Ripple on the run in front of Alameda’s Marina Village, following a slim finger of breeze.
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Alert and Rogue
The first- and last-place boats: Alert (left, ninth place) and Rogue (first place) cross in front of Coast Guard Island.
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