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Doo Dah Kickoff Party Tonight

The Delta Doo Dah kicks off tomorrow morning, with the fleet heading into some pretty warm weather. No doubt lots of swimming will occur.

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For the past three years, Latitude has led a horde of soggy sailors from San Francisco Bay to the sunny, warm Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in the Delta Doo Dah. This year’s ‘Fab 4’ is shaping up to be just as fun-filled — if not more so — than ever!

The Doo Dah Hoopla, the event’s finale, will be hosted by Owl Harbor Marina this year, and will feature live music, great food, and a costume contest.

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It’s a proven fact that humans fear change, but sometimes a little fear is a good thing. So each year we change up the itinerary just a little, which not only ‘shares the love’ with a variety of Delta (and Delta-bound) locations and businesses, but keeps the event fresh. This year’s change up includes two nights at Bethel Island’s Sugar Barge — including a Beatles/’60s costume contest and Peter Yates’ epic beach party — and a night at King Island Resort, where Harbormaster Jah Mackey and his staff will host a luau for the fleet. Then, to keep Doo Dah’ers on their toes, we’ll hold the final Hoopla Party on August 3 at Owl Harbor Marina, where Devery Stockon and her crew will blow everyone’s minds with a killer Mardi Gras-themed "N’Owleans" extravaganza (costumes not required, but they are encouraged, and the best will receive prizes)!

Sugar Barge will pack ’em in! Peter Yates and the good folks at Sugar Barge on Bethel Island will host us for two nights before we head off for King Island Resort.

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But first the we have to kick off the week-long rally tonight at Berkeley YCBerkeley Marina is hosting a number of entrants — where Doo Dah’ers will get to check in, get to know each other a little, and even go racing in the club’s Friday night beer can. Tomorrow morning, the 46-boat fleet will boogie on up to Vallejo YC, where they will be welcomed with a grand party, as well as a breakfast in the morning to energize them for the trip up to Bethel.

We’ll be posting regular reports on the event here on ‘Lectronic, with occasional posts to our Facebook page. In the meantime, we’ll leave you with the weather forecast for each of our stops:

♦ July 28 — Vallejo YC: Partly cloudy, 78°, WSW 14 mph
♦ July 29-30 — Sugar Barge, Bethel Island: Sunny, 90°, WSW 13 mph
♦ July 31 — King Island Resort, near Stockton: Sunny, 93°, W 12 mph
♦ August 1-2 — Free days, much of the fleet will likely be at Potato Slough: Sunny, 90°, WSW 13 mph
♦ August 3 — Owl Harbor, Isleton: Sunny, 91°, WSW 12 mph

Isn’t it about time you heated things up a bit by heading to the Delta?

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