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This Weekend and Beyond

Like last year, light air is again forecast for this weekend’s Great Pumpkin Regatta.

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If you happen to spot a pumpkin bobbing on the Bay this Sunday, it might belong to Richmond YC’s Great Pumpkin. The popular regatta takes to San Francisco Bay, pumpkins and all, this weekend. Shoreside activities begin today, including a sailors’ yard sale, and don’t forget your costume for the Dead Man’s Party on Saturday night. See our post on October 8 and www.richmondyc.org for details. There’s still time to sign up!

Jack Griffin, the guy behind the Cup Experience Apps and www.cupexperience.com, will give a presentation, "The America’s Cup: Moving to the AC72s and Racing in 2013," at the Sausalito West Marine store tonight at 6:00 p.m.

Alamitos Bay YC invites you to enjoy fall sailing this weekend and at other regattas through the end of the year. Sunday’s Halloween Regatta will be a chance for you SoCal sailors to "get your ‘boo on’ — or just a scary wig — and race."

Southwestern YC in San Diego hosts the U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships for three days of racing, starting today. Single, double, and triplehanded championship fleets are competing on North San Diego Bay in 2.4mRs, Martin 16s and Capri 22s. A development division is racing in Martin 16, Access Liberty, Access 303 boats. Visit the event website here.

US Sailing’s Annual Meeting is right around the corner — literally. The San Francisco Marriott Marquis will host on October 31-November 3. Featured attractions include US Sailing’s Safety Report presentations, including the Full Crew Farallones Race; a panel discussion with US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider members Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer, Erik Storck, and 2012 Paralympic Silver Medalists Jen French and J.P. Creignou; awards dinners; and an America’s Cup discussion. Find the agenda and registration here.

On Sunday, November 4, OCSC in Berkeley will host a US Sailing Club Judge Seminar. For more info, click here. To register, see US Sailing.

As we head into November, meetings and celebrations might take the focus away from actual sailing in many parts of the country, but here in the Bay Area we’re just gearing up for our Midwinter Season. Check our Calendar for a full run-down on the many choices available for the months ahead.

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