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Delta Doo Dah Visits Delta Bay

With all other in-person events canceled for this year’s Delta Doo Dah cruising rally, we were pleased that Delta Bay Marina in Isleton was able to welcome about a half dozen boats and 20 fleet members on Sunday afternoon.

Catalina 42 and cruising cat at the dock
Jim and Betty Adams’ Discovery Bay-based Catalina 42 Flibbertigibbet and Jan Passion’s Seawind 1000 cat Hokahey at Delta Bay Marina’s guest dock.
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Delta Bay is located just off the San Joaquin River at Sevenmile Slough. Temps that day hit the mid-90s, with just a light breeze.

Three people wearing masks
Kathy and Bill Crowley and their friend Sharon (left) sail the Vallejo-based Newport 30-2 Erewhon.
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We set up a table, handed out free magazines and bumper stickers, and sold some shirts and burgees from previous years — this year’s swag having long since sold out.

Mark and Anne with shirt
Mark and Anne Thomas zipped over on their runabout from Potato Slough, where their big boat is anchored out.
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Members of Peninsula Yacht Club hosted us on the marina side of the levee, preparing grilled burgers and homemade salad, and scoops of ice cream, all for an optional donation. Like Island YC in Alameda, Peninsula was evicted from the Docktown Marina in Redwood City. Their clubhouse has been torn down to make way for development.

Edward at the BBQ grill
Grillmaster Edward Stancil, his wife Helen Horn, and other volunteers from Peninsula YC fed us.
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Pat and Carole McIntosh
Pat and Carole McIntosh had planned to bring their West Wight Potter 19 Ramblin’ Rose, but the little sailboat had not yet fully recovered from a dismasting on Folsom Lake. So they came by RV and put it in Park Delta Bay on the other side of the levee.
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Across the street below the levee, Park Delta Bay put on their usual Sunday Market, with arts and crafts booths, fresh local produce for sale, and music provided by a singer/guitarist.

Visiting over pink champagne
Kevin and Dorothy Mueller (left) came all the way up from Alameda on Saturday on the Pacific Seacraft 34 Fiona. It took them 11 hours. Here they visit with Charles Fromm and his daughter Lea, who came from Pleasant Hill to check out the arts booths.
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Mary casts off the bow line
Jim Quanci and Mary Lovely brought their Cal 40, Green Buffalo, up from Richmond on Saturday. They left RYC at 9:30 a.m., motored then sailed straight through, and arrived at Delta Bay at 5:30 p.m. Here they cast off for Potato Slough on Sunday afternoon.
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Mary Lovely of Green Buffalo commented that the event felt comfortable and safe. Everyone wore masks except while eating or drinking, and the docks and grounds never felt awkwardly crowded.


  1. Jan Passion 4 years ago

    Thank you Christine and L38 for organizing an amazing event! The Doo Dah inspired me to get up the Delta for 10 days, my longest ever! We had a glorious sail up — leaving Richmond’s Marina Bay Yacht Harbor at 2:15 and arriving at Delta Bay at 9:30 (not the smartest, to arrive in the dark, for my first visit to DBM, but all is well that ends well!). We sailed the entire trip, flew the kite for most of it, averaging over 8 knots, and hitting 12 at one point! Glorious ride up. Sorry I had to miss the potluck! And thanks for Delta Bay Marina for such grand hospitality!

  2. Christine Weaver 4 years ago

    Hi Jan, thanks for coming to our one and only in-person event! Just to clarify, there was no potluck. All food was prepared and dished up by three members of Peninsula Yacht Club. Safer in a pandemic than a potluck.

    • Jan Passion 4 years ago

      Oh right. I knew that. Sorry to miss the fun nonetheless! Thanks to the Peninsula Yacht Club!

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