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Midwinters and More

Meet the new X, not the same as the old X. GGYC set their new X buoy in time for the start of the midwinters tomorrow.

© 2014 Gary Salvo

Wanna know what’s really scary? It’s time for the Midwinter racing season. Golden Gate Yacht Club’s Seaweed Soup Regatta, Vallejo YC’s Tiny Robbins Midwinters, and Sequoia YC’s Winter Series will begin on Saturday. Sausalito YC’s Midwinter Series and the Laser Series at Richmond YC start this Sunday. Remember to ‘fall back’ an hour on Sunday morning!

Tiburon YC’s Red Rock Regatta will tour the North Bay on Saturday. The Treasure Island Vanguard 15 fleet’s 2v2 Random Pairs will also be held tomorrow. This is a two-boat vs. two-boat team race regatta. Each boat signs up independently, and the teams change with every race.

The last event in Latitude 38’s unofficial women’s circuit will be this Sunday, when Island YC will host the Jack & Jill + 1 women skipper triplehanded race on the Alameda Estuary. It’s not too late to sign up! Ladies who’ve participated in multiple events on the circuit are encouraged to submit their list by November 10 for consideration for the 2014 Queen of the Women’s Circuit.

Twelve teams vie for the 100th anniversary Lipton Cup at San Diego YC today through Sunday. Competing against defending champion SDYC are seven past Lipton Cup champion yacht clubs: California, Coronado, Newport Harbor, Southwestern, Long Beach, St. Francis (Chris Raab with Russ Silvestri), and San Francisco (brothers Chris, Phil and Jon Perkins with Paul Cayard and Craig Healy as trimmers/tacticians). Four clubs are hoping to capture the Cup for the first time: NYYC, Kaneohe YC, Seattle YC, and Cortez Racing Association.

Many more midwinters and additional races can be found in the Calendar section of our magazine and online.

Once you’re off the water on Saturday, you might want to turn on your TV. Jeff Rutherford writes: "This coming Saturday evening, November 1, at 6:00, KQED 9 is showing The Ultimate Restorations episode about Cangarda, the steam-powered yacht that was originally built in 1901 and restored by Rutherford’s Boat Shop. Those of us at Rutherford’s are very proud of the work we did."

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