If you’re reading this, you’re either a sailor or you want to become a sailor, and this weekend will offer some great opportunites no matter which you are. With a high pressure ridge building over the Bay Area, temperatures for the weekend are expected to be quite warm — mid-80s to low-90s — and we all know that there’s no better way to beat the heat than to get out on a boat. So what if there isn’t a lot of wind? Pack a picnic lunch, sail over to Angel Island, and pretend you’re in the Med.
"That’s easy for you boatowners — what about the rest of us?" you may ask. Easy! Just head on over to SailFest at Modern Sailing in Sausalito. The event runs from 12-6 p.m., but free sailboat rides start at 10:30 a.m. There’s a small boat show, vendors, food, and live music. Be sure to drop by the Latitude booth for a bumper sticker and a chance to win a t-shirt.
If you find yourself in East Bay, you can also drop in on Cal Sailing Club‘s Open House and Introductory Sail at Berkeley Marina from 1-4 p.m. The sailing is free and the fun is priceless!
There are, of course, a number of other marine activities going on this weekend (details can be found in our online Calendar), such as:
- Free tours of the SF Maritime Park’s historic ships for National Public Lands Day on Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
- A sea music concert aboard the Park’s Balclutha at Hyde St. Pier on Saturday, 8-10 p.m. ($14)
- A boating safety class taught but the USCGA at the San Jose West Marine on Saturday. ($15)
- A lecture by Phillippe Cousteau, Jr. at marines’ Memorial Theater in the City on Monday, 6:30 p.m. ($40)
- Any number of races, from Melges 32 Worlds to the Catalina 34 SF Cup.
But the event that will most help the marine environment we all enjoy so much is Saturday’s California Coastal Cleanup Day. In just a few hours’ time last year, more than 80,000 volunteers swarmed California’s beaches and waterways to pick up nearly 1.3 million lbs of garbage. Simply find the county in which you’d like to participate, and show up at the check-in location by 9 a.m. Then make every day a ‘cleanup day’ by picking up any stray trash you see. It’ll make a world of difference.