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Sailing Like It’s 2019

It’s unfortunate that the 2020 Rolex Big Boat Series couldn’t be held this past weekend, as originally scheduled. The weekend was a beauty, and despite the constraints, many sailors took advantage of the sail-ready weather. The Bay looked so 2019 with boats cruising, racing and daysailing as far as a sailor could see. It was warm, with pleasant breezes in almost smoke-free air. Youth sailing was underway, some short-handed COVID-compliant racing (without the post-race socials) took place, boats were anchored off Angel Island, and dozens of boats were out sailing singlehanded or masked-up for safety.

SF Bay Sailing
You had to keep your eyes open for traffic on this busy Saturday afternoon.
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San Francisco Yacht Club Youth Sailing
San Francisco Yacht Club’s youth sailing program got kids ‘together’ while keeping them apart on the Bay.
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Saturday at Angel Island
Many sailors spent Saturday afternoon enjoying Angel Island’s quiet, comfortable anchorage.
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Nacra cat
There was plenty of breeze to give this Nacra cat a thrill.
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Matching fenders
Easy Wind chilled out and showed off her matching fenders.
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The starting line
While the Bay was almost wide-open, starting lines were crowded.
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Like many, Mimosa enjoyed a day of solo sailing.
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Sparkling Day
A little haze remained, but overall it was a sparkling weekend on the Bay.
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There are many reasons 2020 is a year we’d rather forget, but despite those reasons, sailing has remained a bright spot. Boat sales continue to be brisk as people stay home and rediscover what’s great about the Bay Area and the whole California coastline. Events have had to be canceled, but alternatives like the Nada Ha-Ha, with over 50 boats signed up to cruise-in-company to Mexico, and the Panama Posse with over 90 boats signed up to take them all farther south, are doing their best to fill in the blanks. BAMA (Bay Area Multihull Association) managed to sail their rescheduled Double Handed Farallones Race on Saturday, while the Corinthian Yacht Club started a fall racing series.

Did you get a great shot of your weekend sailing? Send it to [email protected] along with your name, your boat name, boat type and homeport. We look forward to seeing you out there again soon.

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