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The Bay Area Boats You See on the SF Osprey Cam

As we have mentioned before, we often use the “Osprey Cam,” which can be found at, to check the wind in the East Bay. The advantages of the cam are threefold: It’s the easiest (and freest) way to see if it is ON in the wonderful sailing grounds of Point Isabel; one can be an amateur ornithologist by checking in on the osprey maternity ward in the spring months; one can often catch a glimpse of Bay Area boats gliding by.

You can just make out the rough, circular blob of the osprey’s nest at the apex of the upside-down V shape atop the crane in Richmond, seen here on October 1. The osprey cam sits atop the rail, to the right of the nest.
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Here are some highlights from this past summer:

We’re pretty sure that’s Nico Popp’s Jeanneau SF 3600 Invictus — which was also the March issue’s cover girl — gliding into the frame on May 8.
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A zoomed-in, grainy version to confirm our suspicions.
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This was our prize catch from the summer (and kind of the whole justification for this story):

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the Matthew Turner, heading into Richmond on August 17.
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We caught the MT coming — and going, about an hour after arrival, and clearly with some more bodies onboard.
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And now a few honorable mentions:

We’re pretty sure that’s a Tom Wylie-designed boat that materialized in our pixels on August 29.
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It’s not sailboats, but for nautical nerds, it’s always fun to watch boats — as if they were models on a set — do their thing. The rain and clouds were a sight for sore, drought-ridden eyes on September 18.
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If it’s a windless day and you’re looking for a random shoreside adventure, type Riggers Loft Wine Company into your phone, and be prepared to weave through an industrial slice of the waterfront, past parking lots full of brand-new cars fresh off the boat, to arrive at a little slice of gentrification on the waterfront. Riggers Loft is a great place to put up your feet, enjoy a fancy adult beverage, and watch the abundance of boats go by — from sea level and in real life, rather than from a high perch beamed onto your screen.

This corner of the Richmond waterfront is also home to the Red Oak Victory (top left corner), a World War II-era ship built at Richmond Kaiser Shipyards.
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1 Comment

  1. Steven Ingram 4 months ago

    This is a wonderful find! I have been boating and sailing out of Richmond Marina Bay for 18 years. Being one of the owners and captains of the scow schooner Gas Light, who navigates past this cam almost daily, I now know to look up and wave as we cruise past!

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