Is it just us or this year already flying by? It’s hard to believe, but the 11th annual Delta Doo Dah cruising rally will kick off this Saturday with a Delta cruising seminar at Richmond Yacht Club from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Breakout sessions will cover anchoring, destinations and the return trip to the Bay. There’ll be hors d’oeuvres compliments of RYC and a no-host bar (bring cash). Presenters will include veteran Delta cruiser Craig Perez of RYC, Doodette Christine Weaver and Tom Lueck from Stockton Sailing Club. Delta Rat Bill Wells from the Delta Chambers will join us. All experience levels are welcome, and we invite Delta vets to share tips collected from past Delta cruises. We’ll have time for Q&As and plenty of interaction. Admission is free, there’s plenty of free parking, and no RSVP is required.
Of course, we’ll be giving away a lot of door prizes, but you must be officially registered in this year’s Doo Dah to be eligible to win. Our generous prize sponsors have really stepped it up this year.
We’ll be drawing names to win the following:
- The California Delta Chambers & Visitor’s Bureau: two pairs of tickets to the Taste of the Delta on August 3.
- Pat and Carole McIntosh: four of their Cruising Notes guides.
- Delta Bay Marina: 10 gift certificates good for two nights of guest berthing.
- Giusti’s: Two vouchers for lunch at the family-style restaurant in Walnut Grove.
- Latitude 38: a theme-related surprise door prize.
- Martinez Marina: a gift certificate for one free weekend guest stay.
- OPB-YC: four pairs of sailing gloves.
- Owl Harbor: one of their fabulous gift bags for the door-prize drawing.
- Spindrift Marina: a one-night stay at their guest dock and four $25 gift certificates to the Spindrift Restaurant.
- Summer Sailstice: logowear.
- Vessel Assist: two Gold Level memberships.
Handouts at the seminar will include:
- The California Delta Chambers & Visitor’s Bureau has sent us a supply of the latest edition of their booklet, Come Enjoy the California Delta, plus boating maps of the region.
- Craig and Ann Perez have prepared a list of suggested itineraries, and we’ll have printouts available.
- Weather Routing Inc. has supplied us with coupons good toward complimentary forecasts, consultation and SeaWeather access to hand out at our Kickoff Party.
We’ll have official Delta Doo Dah 11 burgees and long-sleeve cotton shirts available to purchase, plus clearance sale items from previous years. (Cash is quickest.)
If you haven’t already registered, you can sign up here — it’s quick, easy and free. We hope to see you at the Kickoff, and we’ll post updates about other official events and invitations from Delta hosts soon.