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Taking a Sailing Break on San Francisco Bay

Before the rain arrived we had about as beautiful a weekend as one could hope for in the middle of November for sailing on San Francisco Bay. Both Saturday and Sunday were stunningly clear, and Saturday provided good breezes, allowing racers in all corners of the Bay to overcome the strong ebb.

The Matthew Turner was again out strutting her stuff, and the recently restored and launched schooner Viveka was out flashing her sailing wardrobe. Racers were sailing in Jeff Zarwell’s RegattaPRO midwinters, the Berkeley Yacht Club Midwinters and the Corinthian Yacht Club Fall Series. We also crossed tacks with a fleet of Lasers sailing out toward the Golden Gate and back. The world is facing challenges, but if you were sailing the Bay on Saturday, it was easy to forget them for awhile.

Matthew Turner
The Matthew Turner looking for an inside overlap at the reaching mark.
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Lasers headed up
Lasers were sailing upwind while the big boats were sailing down.
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The recently restored and relaunched Viveka was out in all her glory.
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Sailing San Francisco Bay
Blue skies, nice breezes, sparkling water — what else could you want?
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CYC Fall Series
Close competition on comfortable days.
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Solo sailing Katester
Byron Reeves doing the gentlemen’s Vendée Globe with a solo, nonstop afternoon buoy race aboard his Sabre Spirit Katester.
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John Sweeney Glory
After doing the 2019 Baja Ha-Ha, John Sweeney is back cruising the Bay aboard his Chance 55 Glory.
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Police Car
To tell the truth, the day didn’t start out all that well. It got better once we were on the Bay.
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Parting shot: Mike Holmes captured this beautiful image of Viveka getting in one of her last sails in the Pacific before she’s put aboard a ship bound for Europe.
© 2020 Mike Holmes

We’re thankful we’re finally getting some rain. We’re also thankful it’s falling midweek. The view from ‘hump day’ is for a nice weekend ahead.


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