Opening Day on the Bay

Sunday started brisk, gray and breezy — but like much of the summer season, the clouds parted, the sun shone through, and a cool breeze moved in. Except where it didn’t. Opening Day on the Bay showed off the spectacular nature of local sailing and a broad spectrum of conditions, depending on where you chose to sail.

Q Passes the God squad
Even successful racers on successful boats know it can’t hurt to have God on your side. Glenn Isaacson and crew get Q blessed on Opening Day.
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J/105 Jose Cuervo
The J/105 Jose Cuervo also passed by Gerry and Karen Kamilos’ 1969 classic Trumpy Aurora V under the watchful eye of both the clergy and the Coast Guard. Surely a good season ahead for them as well.
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This past weekend’s Opening Day was themed ‘Holiday on the Bay’. It was the 102nd annual Opening Day on the Bay organized by the 100 member clubs of the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association, or PICYA. In 1963, the Corinthian Yacht Club added the blessing of the pleasure craft to Opening Day festivities, modeled on age-old traditional benediction of working-fishermen’s vessels. The Corinthian positions a blessing vessel, with clergy of multiple faiths, in Raccoon Strait in front of the club to bless all boats and boaters for the coming season. The PICYA parade route starts at Crissy Field and passes down the Cityfront, past the San Francisco fireboat with hoses blasting, and finishes just to the east of Pier 39.

Burgees on the Bay
If you’ve got a duffel full of flags and burgees, Opening Day is the day to haul them up and air them out.
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There’s no racing scheduled on the Bay for Opening Day so racers, many of whom have been racing all winter long, can join the parades and join the ranks of ‘pleasure craft’ that are out doing their recreational best. Even the foiling SailGP boats, which are anxious to be out practicing for next weekend’s Cityfront event, stayed off the Bay to make room for the hundreds of boats getting their spring blessing.

Optis on Raccoon Strait
While the cool breeze blew down the Central Bay, these San Francisco YC Optis were warm and hunting for wind on Raccoon Strait.
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