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November Racing Preview

November has California in its sights like a low-pressure system barreling down from the Aleutian Islands. A sample of major midwinter series (in alphabetical order) that start in November in the San Francisco Bay Area includes:

For the ongoing schedules for these and more, see our Calendar in the November issue of Latitude 38, coming out on November 1.

Levitation II at the Berkeley Midwinters, which have had Express 27 divisions on both Saturday and Sunday.


A final trio of women’s races this weekend will wrap up Latitude 38’s Unofficial Women’s Circuit:

On Saturday, Richmond YC the Amazing Grace Cheney Regatta (all women) and Tiburon YC’s Joan Storer Memorial Women’s Regatta (coed) are scheduled. On Sunday it’s IYC’s Jill & Jack + 1, a triplehanded coed race on the Estuary.

The Moore 24 Snafu and competitors run down the Estuary in the Jack & Jill + 1. The name of the race has been changed, since ‘Jill’ is the skipper.


With the flip of the calendar, the holiday focus will shift from Halloween to Thanksgiving, and several turkey-themed races will whet our appetite for the coming feast.

Nov. 4 —  Lake Washington Sailing Club’s Turkey Shoot. Sailors don’t have to shoot turkeys, but turkeys are the prizes.

Nov. 18 — Konocti Bay Sailing Club’s Turkey Cup on Clear Lake.

Nov. 18-19 — Alamitos Bay YC’s Turkey Day Regatta in Long Beach.

Nov. 24 — Tiburon YC’s Wild Turkey Race the day after Thanksgiving. The name of the regatta provides a hint to the prizes.

The forecast for this weekend is forbidding, with the aforementioned Polar Express targeting the Bay Area on Saturday, providing sailors the chance to find out just how waterproof their foulies are!

The crews of Alpha Puppy and Quiver endure a rainy-day race at the Golden Gate YC Seaweed Soup Midwinters. They are no doubt looking forward to the hot, free food back at the clubhouse.

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