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Ham Jam Wednesdays

Jane Doe at Bay Bridge
Bob Izmarian’s Olson 911S Jane Doe sails out of the South Bay on a Wednesday Ham Jam in December.
© 2018 Patti Mangan / SBYC

In November, South Beach Yacht Club revived something they call the ‘Ham Jam’. These are just-for-the-heck of it daysails, typically on Wednesdays at noon. The Ham Jam is a two-hour sail with the destination determined by Mother Nature — and a few ideas thrown out by the skippers and crew who show up.

Three sailors on the bow
Left to right: Tom Giammona, Bill Hackel and Steve Corwin prepare for a sunny Wednesday sail out of Pier 40 on December 12.
© 2018 Patti Mangan / SBYC

The Ham Jam was named after Pete Hamm, a longtime racer and beloved member of SBYC. The event was worthy of its own trophies back in the day. Now Bill Hackel, Dan Courter, Patti Mangan and Tom Giammona are leading the charge to take to the wind each Wednesday and spend time cruising, jamming and racing a bit. “Namesake Pete Hamm is in to win it as well!” says Patti.

Catalina 270 with spinnaker
Mark Heckt’s Catalina 270 Azure returns to the South Bay.
© 2018 Patti Mangan / SBYC

“Interested?” inquires Patti. “Meet at noon on the deck at SBYC overlooking the South Beach Harbor — crew and skippers alike — split up onto available boats and cruise back in happy. BYOB.”

Three aboard an SC53
Bill Hackel, Mike Parodi and Peter Moletiere sailed aboard Peter’s Santa Cruz 53 Salacia on December 19. Patti said it was ” a gorgeous day with northeast winds — incredibly relaxing.”
© 2018 Patti Mangan / SBYC

The Ham Jams take a holiday break this week but will resume next Wednesday, January 2. For details, contact Patti at [email protected].

Polish tall ship at the Embarcadero
Ham Jammers on the 19th got a sighting of the visiting Polish tall ship, Dar Mlodziezy.
© 2018 Patti Mangan / SBYC
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