Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, followed soon after by early-bird beer can series. The vernal equinox occurs on March 20. Naturally, thoughts turn to spring, and the cruising sailor’s thoughts turn to the summer season. With that in mind, we’re working on opening registration for the Delta Doo Dah.
This will be our 13th year for the cruising rally, so we’re going for a ‘Lucky 13’ theme. We plan to open registration next Wednesday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. For extra luck, we’re turning the traditional three-leaf shamrock into a four-leaf clover.
A couple of us at Latitude 38 will alpha-test the sign-up form. Then we’ll offer a beta test to last year’s fleet members before opening up to all entries. There’s no maximum — last year 92 boats signed up!
The rally is still mostly do-it-yourself, but as usual we do plan some ‘official’ events. In May we’ll host a kickoff with Delta Cruising Seminar (time and date TBA) via Zoom. We invite potential sponsors in the Delta to donate gift certificates for door prizes. Please contact Doodette Chris.
On June 12, many of us will sail up the San Joaquin River with Richmond Yacht Club and Stockton Sailing Club’s Delta Ditch Run. The Ditch Run offers a Cruising Division with motoring allowance, as well as the usual racing divisions.
We’re partnering with Summer Sailstice this year to encourage everyone to celebrate the solstice under sail on June 19. Later, when pandemic restrictions allow, we hope for opportunities to gather with our friends at Owl Harbor and Delta Bay Marina in Isleton.
Look for an announcement here that we’ve opened registration — with luck on March 17!