Let #optsailing Turn Black Friday into Blue Friday

After our long-overdue first seasonal rain, our boats have finally had a Mother Nature-provided rinse to get them ready for a Thanksgiving sail. Over the past decades, Thanksgiving weekend has transformed from a family celebration of gratitude into a celebration of rampant consumerism.

Fortunately, you can #optsailing.

The beauty of having access to sailing is leaving all that mayhem ashore and spending a quiet day on the Bay with the seals, migrating whales, harbor porpoises and, most of all, friends.

Last weekend we found dozens of boats taking it easy with a friendly, relaxed sail on the Bay. Furling jib only? Why not? It’s easy on you and your friends.

We went sailing both days last weekend with light air and cool temps, but it was an overall pleasant time on the water. Both days were the basic, classic ‘cruise to nowhere’; it was nice to just be out with friends, catching up, seeing the sights, and enjoying the Bay Area’s magnificent Bay.

Hakuna Matata
Hakuna Matata had the same idea. Beautiful day, let’s go sailing.
We cruised by Carter Cassel just as he and his crew were furling sails on the Alma.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Sailing San Francisco Bay
The 12-month California sailing season and a favorable forecast for Friday gives everyone the opportunity to #optsailing before the rain returns on the weekend.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
San Francisco Yacht Club Youth Sailing
Winter sailing is for everyone. The San Francisco Yacht Club youth program comes home after a day on the water last Sunday.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Brisk sailing Scarlet Fire
The Beneteau Ocean 41 Scarlet Fire found a nice breeze in Raccoon Strait.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
SFYC Opti Sailor
Friday #optsailing is for all ages, too.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Sailing Smiles
The sun is lower, the air cooler, the breeze lighter, but being on the Bay always brings a smile.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

For the long weekend of gratitude after our first blustery rain, make sure you find some time to hoist those sails. The 2019 Northern California Sailing Calendar shows that Tiburon Yacht Club will host Friday’s only scheduled event with their Wild Turkey race in the North Bay. Saturday doesn’t have any events scheduled at all, and on Sunday there is the Berkeley Yacht Club Chowder Series, the Sausalito Yacht Club Midwinter #2 and the first Small-Boat Midwinter at the Richmond Yacht Club. With so little racing, it means the Bay will be one of the least crowded places in the Bay Area and one of the greatest escapes you can have close to home.

Have a great Thanksgiving, and, if you #optsailing this weekend, send us some shots of your time on the water. It’s time you won’t regret.

Leave a Comment

An Adventure Story
Here’s a dispatch from sailor-turned-ocean-rower Lia Ditton‘s human-powered trek from Washington state. She rowed more than 700 nautical miles in 24 days, down the Oregon and California coasts to the Bay Area.
Meritorious Service Award
On the evening of July 19, around 2145 hours, a resident of Coast Guard Station Rio Vista housing, along the Sacramento River, was lying in bed and heard cries for help.
Waterfront Celebrations
On the slopes, Santa arrives on skis. So it's fitting that at the shore, Santa arrives by water. Lighted boat parades proliferate in December. We keep collecting more events to add to the list.