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Friday Night on the Estuary

The start of a Friday night race in front of Encinal YC. In the background, the construction of Oakland’s new Brooklyn Basin development can be seen.

© 2017 Fred Fago

Based in Alameda, Encinal Yacht Club holds their Friday night Twilight Races on the Estuary. On August 18, "The fog was starting to come into the East Bay hills and created moments of sunshine as the warm glow of a sunset started," said Fred Fago, who took these photos.

Val Lulevich’s J/24 Shut Up and Drive chases Dave Vickland’s Harbor 20 Obsession on the beat up toward Jack London Square.

© Fred Fago

EYC’s Friday night races alternate with Island YC’s Island Nights, and Oakland YC hosts a Sweet Sixteen Series every Wednesday; the last one will be this Wednesday, August 30. The EYC series wraps up on September 8; Island Nights conclude on September 15. Both clubs take this Friday off.

Five Columbia 5.5s have their own division in the EYC races. Here two of them bracket the Capri 25 My Tahoe Too, sailed by the club’s juniors.

© Fred Fago

Although some beer can series elsewhere have wrapped up for the season, there’s still time to catch three more races on the usually pleasant Estuary. For a more comprehensive schedule, see our online Calendar

We’re pretty sure this 5.5 is Scott McCoy’s Carina.

© Fred Fago
This one is Roy Haslup’s Jaguar, distinctive in British Racing Green.

© 2017 Fred Fago

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