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Sailors Celebrate Veterans Day in Petaluma

Earlier this month we wrote a story about the reopening of downtown Petaluma’s river access after dredging operations were completed. Silting in the channel and around the docks in the main turning basin had rendered the Petaluma River inaccessible to anything but paddle craft. Now that the river is open, Bay Area sailors are taking advantage and returning to one of the region’s favorite North Bay boating escapes.

Boats at Petaluma docks
Clyde Thomas, uncle of Dale’s friend and fellow sailor, took this stunning shot of the trio’s weekend fleet at the Petaluma docks.
© 2020 Clyde Thomas

Richmond-based sailor Dale Land sent us these photos of a recent trip up the river to celebrate Veterans Day with friends. “It’s become an annual trip,” he said.

3rd Encore at Petaluma docks
Dale’s Beneteau 361 3rd Encore looks a treat nestled up against the town docks.
© 2020 Dale Land

“Several of us from Brickyard Cove Marina and other locations make a trip every year up the river and spend a few days to celebrate and usually see the Veterans Day Parade there.”

Three friends docked at Petaluma
This photo makes it obvious why Petaluma is so appealing to sailors. What a pretty sight!
© 2020 Dale Land

“The Parade was canceled this year due to COVID; however, a few ‘Army’ Jeeps made a pass through downtown Petaluma on Veterans Day!”

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    Brian Forster 3 days ago

    Here’s a twist; a barge with a crane on it sank last week, just West of the Hwy 101 bridge. It was still there yesterday (Nov 21) and it looked like that between the barge and the containment boom, there was not enough room to get by with anything larger than a kayak. Anyone have info on this?

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