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Keep These on Your Racing Calendar

• The Bay Area Multihull Association‘s (BAMA) 30th running of the Doublehanded Farallones Race is Saturday. If you haven’t signed up and can’t make the skippers’ meeting at Oakland YC tonight at 7:30 p.m., entries will still be open for online payment and faxed signatures (510) 337-2705 until 8 p.m. Friday night. If you’re really dragging your heels, you can turn in everything at the race deck before 7:45 a.m. Saturday morning. Go here for all the pertinent details. You’d be crazy not to with a weather forecast like this: NW wind 9 to 14 knots increasing to 17 to 22 knots in the afternoon; Mostly sunny; NW swell 9 feet; Wind waves 2 to 3 ft!

• If you’re like us, and are pretty much interested in all things sailboats, then you won’t want to miss naval architect Jim Antrim’s talk on boat design at Richmond YC this coming Monday. The Bar will open at 6 p.m and the dinner — which only sets you back $25 for either fish or prime rib — starts an hour later. There are still spots available, but make sure to reserve yours by calling the club at (510) 237-2821. The best part is that all proceeds go to the Richmond YC Junior program! For more info check this out.

• If you’re a J/boat owner — and there’s more than a handful on the Bay — then make sure J/Fest is on your schedule. Hosted by St. Francis YC April 4-5, the event will have one-design classes for J/120s, J/105s, and J/24s, plus handicap classes for any J/boat ever built and a party at the club Saturday night.

• Are you planning on sailing the TransPac this year or Pac Cup next year? Each race requires that a certain percentage of sailors on board complete an officially sanctioned Safety at Sea Seminar. With that in mind, Encinal and Pacific Cup YCs have teamed up with Cal Maritime to hold a seminar at the Academy’s campus in Vallejo on April 11. The seminar will run you $80, with a $5 discount for U.S. Sailing members, with lunch and a certificate of completion included. For more information, including to signup, visit here.

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