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This Weekend’s Big Doin’s

All sorts of good stuff is going on this weekend, starting with Marinship Day tomorrow at the Sausalito West Marine from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Being held in conjunction with the Spaulding Boat Center’s Open House — and with a raffle and BBQ benefitting the Center — the event will feature a boater’s swap meet (to take the place of the former Anderson’s swap meet) and a Port Supply tradeshow. West Marine Associate Karen Mentzer has pulled out the stops for the event, collecting some really great prizes for the raffle (including Latitude gear) and bringing in the Waterfront Roots Band, a collection of local marine industry pickers — featuring our own Managing Editor ‘Banjo Andy’ Turpin — for some entertainment at lunchtime. Call (415) 332-0202 for details or to rent a space for the swap meet.

When you’re done there, pop on over to Club Nautique on Gate 6 Road for their Open House from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Check out the fleet, take a seminar, and even go for a free sail. Call (800) 559-CLUB for details and directions, or go to their website.

Are you a die-hard monohull sailor who has ever wondered what it’s like to sail on a multihull? You can see for yourself at the Bay Area Multihull Association’s Multihull Expo Day tomorrow from 12-6 p.m. at Coyote Point Marina. As if going for a sail on a multi isn’t enough of a draw, BAMA is throwing in a free lunch for anyone interested in coming out to sail everything from the Weta trimaran and beach cats to a Catana 43 and everything in between. Also on hand will be living multihull-design legends Dick Newick, John Marples and Jim Antrim. BAMA’s website has more info, including directions and a way to get out of the parking fee for attendees!

Stockton Sailing Club will be a busy place tomorrow as well, with their annual Boater’s Swap Meet starting at 8 a.m. followed by the Opening Day on the Delta Boat Parade at 11 a.m. Stick around for lunch, free sailboat rides and games, races in front of the club and a typically fantastic Stockton SC BBQ. Check out their website for more info (click on ‘Event Flyers’ to download a PDF).

And, of course, Sunday is also Opening Day on the Bay. The Blessing of the Fleet in Raccoon Strait is 10:30 a.m.-noon, and be sure to enter from the east. After you’ve been properly blessed, head on over to Crissy Field to watch the annual Decorated Boat Parade — this year’s theme is ‘Building Bridges’ — which starts at noon and works its way down to Pier 39. See for more Opening Day happenings.

With all these choices, and a fantastic weather forecast, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have a great weekend!

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