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A Wintery Weekend Report

In the wake of a winter storm, a weekend of mixed weather offered a variety of conditions for sailors on Bay Area waters.

Seaweed Soup on the Cityfront

On Saturday morning, some last rain squalls blew through, leaving rainbows behind. The northwesterly on the Cityfront had already cranked up well before the start time and built through the afternoon, challenging racers in Golden Gate Yacht Club’s Seaweed Soup Series to keep their boats upright. Death-roll oscillations were the norm on the windy dead-downwind run from Harding Rock to Blossom Rock, but all of the boats that made it out to the race course were able to finish.

Rainbow at race start
A rainbow graced the starting sequence of Saturday’s GGYC race.
© 2018

Richmond Small Boat Midwinters

Sunday was another story, with bright-blue skies and sunshine that felt warm depending on your particular patch of the Bay. Over by Potrero Point, Richmond YC’s El Toro fleet enjoyed a perfect westerly.

El Toro fleet
The El Toro Seniors prepare to start their second race. The first was abandoned due to a tugboat exiting the Richmond Harbor.
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

Meanwhile, just around the corner, the racers on Keller Cove endured a chilly northerly.

Keller Cove racing
A four-boat Snipe fleet begins their downwind leg while an open class of dinghies starts the race.
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

The bigger boats on the Southampton course got in a full day of racing too.

RYC harbor
In noontime sunshine, a Wylie Wabbit, a Mercury and a Laser sail out of RYC on their way to the race course.
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

Sausalito Chili Midwinters

But, meanwhile, in Sausalito… “December’s Chili Midwinter ended with three bangs and an abandonment,” reports Pat Broderick. “The optimistic boats arrived at the starting area to find fickle winds, sometimes out of the northeast, backing and clocking from north to east — when there was wind. The Sausalito YC race committee tried several course possibilities, keeping the mark boat running back and forth for two hours before calling it a day.”

To see a comprehensive list of midwinter series available to racers in the greater Bay Area, check out our Calendar. We’ll have more on this weekend’s midwinters in Racing Sheet in the January issue of Latitude 38, to be published on December 28.

Out for a short-day sail

Later in the afternoon, the sun sank behind high clouds, and the breeze in the North Bay shut off. With crisp air and sunset at 4:50 p.m., winter has arrived in the Bay Area.
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Tim

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