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Third Time’s the Charm on Opening Day Weekend

Two years ago, Opening Day became a virtual event because of COVID. Last year the weather was misty and gray. But the third time’s the charm. Opening Day 2022 was about as good as it gets. A sunny, pleasant weekend welcomed all who hoisted their sails anywhere on the Bay, and all who passed through Belvedere Cove in Tiburon to have their boats blessed for the season by the minister, priest and rabbi aboard the anchored, classic Trumpy Aurora V. The first PICYA-sponsored Opening Day event happened in 1917, and it is a tradition still observed by the Bay Area’s 100+ member yacht clubs.

San Francisco Yacht Club
San Francisco Yacht Club came out in force with flags flying to get blessings from the clergy aboard Aurora V,  anchored in front of the neighboring Corinthian Yacht Club.
Translated 9
The crew of the Swan 65 Translated 9, being trained by Paul Cayard for the Ocean Globe Race 2023, was out and looking stunning on Opening Day.
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Therese Vreeland
Therese Vreeland helmed Finistere in the nice midday breezes.
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Pearson Commander
A comfortable family affair on this nice-looking vintage Pearson Commander.
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Nice sail
It was just a sunny, sweet-sailing Opening Day.
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Latitude 38 race editor Christine Weaver hoisted all twelve Delta Doo Dah burgees up the ‘mast’ for the Delta parade on Georgiana Slough.
© 2022 'Lana'
Good Faith was in good trim as she headed up Raccoon Strait.
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The Beneteau Oceanis Danmark was another boat looking good on a busy day on the Bay.
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Angel Island
The lee side of Angel Island offered ‘circumnavigators’ the usual calm, warmth and wildly variable winds.
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If you didn’t get out this past weekend you missed a great one. As these photos show, sailing San Francisco Bay is an adventure, a thing of beauty, a close-to-home escape, and a great way to spend time with family and friends. It’s one of the reasons we’re always suggesting you sign up for something — the Delta Doo Dah, the Vallejo Race, the Baja Ha-Ha (entries open May 11), the Delta Ditch Run, Summer Sailstice, and Opening Day on the Bay!

Check our Calendar for your next motivational sailing opportunity. If you’ve got your own photos from Opening Day send them to Sailagram at [email protected].

1 Comment

  1. Memo Gidley 2 years ago

    We all do live in a fantastic place to enjoy sailing!!

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