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Free Rigging Seminar

You don’t have to be an entrant in next summer’s Singlehanded TransPac to attend the seminars offered by the Singlehanded Sailing Society in the months preceeding the 2,120-mile race from San Francisco Bay to Kauai. Topics are geared toward long-distance racers, but are applicable to any sailor, and since the talks are free, attending is a real no-brainer.

A dipped spinnaker pole resulted in a busted mast on Ruben Gabriel’s Pearson Electra Sparky in the ’08 Singlehanded TransPac — 680 miles from the finish line! In true singlehander fashion, Gabriel came up with a jury rig that took him safely to Hanalei Bay.

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This month’s seminar on Wednesday will focus on rigging and is presented by race vet (and 2012 contender) Ronnie Simpson and Ryan Nelson of the West Marine Rigging Shop in Alameda. Oakland YC doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the talk starting at 7. For more on the race or the Singlehanded Sailing Society, go to

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