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Long Overdue Long Weekend

Scooting across the Slot to the Cityfront is a memorable ride for new sailors. Just make sure they’re good memories!

©2009 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

While the year seems to be flying by, it also seems like it’s been ages since the last long weekend. And what a weekend it will be. With temps forecast in the low 70s, breeze in the 15- to 25-knot range and mostly clear skies, Bay Area sailors would be nuts not to take advantage of their extra day off work by taking a nice daysail.

Don’t have a boat? No problem! Derek Minihane and a friend chartered an Olson 25 from OCSC and took their four kids out for a sail. “It was an amazing day and everyone had a blast!”

© 2009 Derek Minihane

While you’re at it, why not introduce someone new to the sport? Give everyone  a quick lecture on safety, strap in the kids — humanoid or four-legged — and give ’em a ride they won’t soon forget. That doesn’t mean scare the living crap out of them — make it mellow, make it fun, and you might just gain some permanent crew.

Brian Saulsbury’s Portuguese Water Dog, Barley, may be a novice sailor, but he learned quickly to hike out on the windward rail.

©2009 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

As for ‘Lectronic Latitude, it’ll be taking Monday off as well. But you might just catch us posting a note on Facebook, so be sure to become a ‘Fan’.

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There were more boats out sailing the Bay last weekend than we’ve seen in a long time.