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Schooner Santana Leaves the Bay

Whether gliding along on a light breeze or pushing the limits of her 2,000-square-foot spinnaker, the schooner Santana was always a splendid sight on the Bay.

© 2014 Peter Lyons /

Although the Kaplan family is thrilled to have found a great new owner for their beloved S&S schooner Santana, her recent departure from the Bay was undoubtedly bittersweet. She is now headed for the East Coast, where new owner Wendy Schmidt (a philanthropist and wife of Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt) plans to race her actively.

Paul and his daughter Erica struck a pose Wednesday, as the vintage schooner was loaded onto a truck bound for Newport, RI.

© 2014 Francoise Ramsey

After an exhaustive refit 15 years ago, Paul and Chrissy Kaplan raced this 1935 thoroughbred warhorse — which was once owned by actor Humphrey Bogart — extensively on San Francisco Bay, lending a touch of classic elegance to every competition she entered. We will certainly miss the sight of her gracefully slicing through Bay waters with her full complement of sails all perfectly trimmed.

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