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Inverness Yacht Club Approves 2020 Sailing Schedule

As organized sailing schedules slowly resume, Inverness Yacht Club has been among the first to approve a 2020 racing season. Last weekend club members enjoyed their first race day since the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions almost five months ago, albeit with some restrictions still in place.

Great weather and easing restrictions conspired to create a perfect sailing day for a Flying Scot, O’Day Mariner, Laser, RS Aero 9, Johnson 18 and eight 110s.
© 2020 Michael Sporer

“On Tomales Bay we don’t have the same Coast Guard restrictions as on San Francisco Bay, but we do have to comply with Marin County requirements,”  InvYC Race Chair Michael Sporer said. “This was our first club-sponsored event for the year under COVID-19 restrictions.”

InvYC’s 110 fleet lit up Tomales Bay with their gleaming sails. In this shot, Robert Cardwell and daughter Emily on #735 lead the start of the 110 class.
© 2020 Cynthia Gerlinger

One of the requirements is that boats need to be crewed solo unless the crew is from the same household. “Fortunately my children crew for me so sailing solo wasn’t a barrier, although several skippers have indicated they will wait for the solo restriction to be lifted in order to take their boat out.”

Naomi Sporer all smiles on the trapeze.
Naomi Levine Sporer loving her first time on the trapeze aboard Oremus.
© 2020 Michael Sporer

Saturday’s 13-boat fleet was a mixed class and included eight 110 sailboats — six of which sailed singlehanded, while the remaining two were crewed by families.

Open Class and solo sailing
Tim Duncan sailing solo in the Open Class aboard his Johnson 18, #124 with Bren Meyer, #300 also sailing solo.
© 2020 Cynthia Gerlinger

Michael says it took “a lot of effort” to resume the club’s race schedule. Approval for Saturday’s first regatta came just in the nick of time, on June 17. And the “effort,” while clearly worthwhile for racers, also resulted in approval for the InvYC’s 2020 Youth Sailing Camp.

Safety boat driven by Anna-Pia Slothower and Peter Lassetter.
As the safety boat is essential to the event, the “same household” restriction does not apply to RC Bruce Ahlbom, Anna-Pia Slothower and Cynthia Gerlinger under the guidance of PRO Peter Lassetter.
© 2020 Cynthia Gerlinger

Most years, the club’s organized events include 13 races known as the Bender Series, the annual Hog Island ‘Long Distance’ Invitational Race, district championships for a variety of classes, and the occasional national regatta.

Milly Biller flies her chicken mainsail
Milly Biller cut a new ‘chicken main’ out of an old mainsail so that she could singlehand easily.
© 2020 Cynthia Gerlinger

“We sail both Open Class with Portsmouth, and an International 110 One Design,” Michael added.

No doubt Michael’s thoughts about his first day back into racing are being echoed by sailors all across the region.

“It was great for me to get out on the water.”

Emily Cardwell and her dad Robert pretty well sum up the weekend aboard their boat — Fun.
© 2020 Cynthia Gerlinger

As it stands right now, due to the COVID regulations, only club members can participate in organized events. Anyone interested in joining Inverness Yacht Club or learning about the club’s racing program can find information on the website at

Has your club’s racing season resumed ? What did you have to go through to make this happen?

1 Comment

  1. milly Biller 4 years ago

    Thanks so very much for this dear Latitude !

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