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Delta Doo Dah Lucky 13 to Open Registration Next Week

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.

Three boats rafted up
These three Delta Doo Dah buddy boats rafted up in Mildred Slough last summer.
© 2021 Jim Adams / Flibbertigibbet

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.

Latitude 38's Delta Doo Dah Lucky 13
Our preliminary design for this year’s burgee.
© 2021 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

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!

Associated Events

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.

Express 27s sailing up the river with spinnakers
The Delta Ditch Run is a great way to get the boat up to the warm-weather cruising grounds. This photo is from 2019. Like so many other events, the DDR was canceled last year.
© 2021 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

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!

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