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San Francisco Bay Sailing on Sunny Saturdays

We’re looking forward to another nice weekend on the Bay. The 315 boats signed up for Saturday’s Three Bridge Fiasco should have a challenging but pleasant time getting around the course. For everyone else, it should just be a nice day of sailing.

In our recent podcast with Dr. Paul Heineken, he mentioned how much fun he, Johnny and Erika had while sailing on 29ers. We wondered how many are still sailing the Bay. We then came across two sailing in Raccoon Strait last Saturday. We caught a few other shots of boats just looking good while enjoying light, warm January breezes.

A 29er in Raccoon Strait
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Two were plying the Strait.
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A classic Folkboat
Wood spars and hull on a classic Folkboat (not! – Bill Melbostad corrects us – it’s a Cheoy Lee-built Frisco Flyer)on Saturday.
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Cal Martime's TP 52 Heather and Andy Schenk's Express 37 Spindrift V.
Cal Maritime’s TP52 Heather and Andy Schenk’s Express 37 Spindrift V.
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Sabre 36 Spirit Katester
Byron Reeves’ Sabre Spirit 36 Katester on the level.
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Look for these photos in next month’s Sailagram, along with any you send to [email protected].


  1. Bill Melbostad 1 year ago

    Dear Editor,

    That is a Frisco Flyer, built of lapstrake plank on frame of teak, by Choey Lee, not a Folkboat.

    • John Arndt 1 year ago

      Bill – thanks for the correction. Didn’t look quite right but looked close and we went with it. Appreciate the enlightenment!

  2. Paul Murray 1 year ago

    That Frisco Flyer is owned by a friend of ours whose father used to live on its back in the early 70’s. Will managed to acquire it years later and has restored it beautifully. Our son, Saben, is at the tiller The wives are sitting forward. Wow! I’m amazed. Especially since we are expected to go to 15 below zero here in Maine this weekend. Break out the iceboat!

    • John Arndt 1 year ago

      Thanks for the insights. Nothing we like better than smiles aboard a pretty boat sliding nicely through the Bay. Their smiles make us smile. Great to hear from someone in Maine as well. Our family in Maine keeps us in close touch with our contrasting weather. Ice boating, pond hockey and summer sailing are among many good things about Maine.

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