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What a Difference a Bay Makes

Most local residents hoping for a weekend escape end up driving in the wrong direction. They drive to the mountains or the beaches, or up and down the coast trying to ‘get away from it all’. They don’t seem to realize the easiest and closest escape is the Bay that sits right in the middle of us Bay Area residents. In fact, it’s called the ‘Bay Area’ because that’s its primary feature and greatest asset.

While we are praying for more rain, we also see many who are getting it right by taking advantage of the winter sun on San Francisco Bay. We joined hundreds of boats out on the water this past Sunday when we sailed out of Sausalito’s Clipper Yacht Harbor with our friends Randy and Jennifer Gridley aboard their Sabre 38 MkII Agea. It was a spectacular day, with a pass through the Corinthian Yacht Club Midwinters, a long reach to Treasure Island, and then a long reach toward the Richmond Bridge before heading home through Raccoon Strait.

We crossed tacks with a good number of boats on the Bay and have photos of some of them here.

This Banshee was plying the warm, flat water of Richardson Bay.
© 2021 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Schock Harbor 25
This Schock Harbor 25 was tacking out along the Sausalito Harbor breakwater in Richardson Bay.
© 2021 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Zhenya Kirueshkin-Stepanoff and the crew of the Flying Tiger 10 CentoMiglia, headed off the CYC starting line.
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Carl King, who was out sailing from Sausalito aboard his Beneteau 362 King Tide, caught class winner Romeo Uriarte of Richmond YC aboard his Landmark 43 Destin, racing back in under the Gate.
© 2021 Carl King
Carl King Beneteau 361
Carl King also sent in this shot saying, “I was not racing, more of an obstacle, and just happened to be cruising through the area on a fine sailing day.”
© 2021 Carl King
Two helms available for singlehanded sailing on Sunday. Osprey is looking fine.
© 2021 John
It was a beautiful day, so what’s the rush? This Montgomery 15 was reefed down and taking her own sweet time to sail down Raccoon Strait.
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The West Wight Potter Riptide also toured the Bay.
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The Alerion 28 is ideally suited for shorthanded sailing. It’s hard to go out sailing without seeing one these days.
© 2021 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Not everyone was leisure sailing on Sunday. Mark Kennedy from South Beach YC and his crew aboard his Melges 32 Nuckelavee were working hard at the start of the Corinthian Midwinters.
© 2021 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Hank Easom makes racing look easy aboard his Sabre Spirit 36 Serenade.
© 2021 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

If you were wondering why that blue Sabre 38 was winding its way through the racecourse or sailing just a bit too close with some stranger taking your photo on Sunday, don’t blame Randy and Jennifer. We were aboard and couldn’t help but capture these shots of so many people out for the Bay Area’s greatest escape. Pray for rain, but enjoy the sun.

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