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What’s Up for the Weekend

No other race on the West Coast, maybe even the world, gives you looks like this. The Delta Ditch Run turns 20 this year, we can’t wait to help it celebrate.

© Erik Simonson

The Delta Ditch Run turns 20 years old tomorrow; if you’re aboard one of the 153 monohulls or 31 multihulls entered to race the 67.5-mile course bookended by the Stockton Sailing Club and Richmond YC, you’ll be doing your part to help it celebrate this milestone. What started as a feeder for the South Tower Race has become one of the few regular Northern California events that draws significant participation from all over West Coast. Make sure you take your cameras and send a few of your favorites here. You’ll find all the pertinent info here.

If you’re not racing this weekend, consider attending Call of the Sea’s annual Benefit for Youth Sailing tomorrow at the Bay Model in Sausalito, 3:30-6 p.m. Proceeds fund Call of the Sea’s hands-on, experiential sailing programs for underserved youth in the Bay Area. Festivities will include live music, entertainment, food and wine, dockside boat tours and mini programs for children as well as live and silent auctions. Sponsor-level guests can also enjoy a special sunset sail following the celebration at 6:00 p.m. aboard Call of the Sea’s 82-ft schooner Seaward. Tickets are $40 for individuals or $60 for couples/families. For details visit

If you’re closer to Brisbane Marina tomorrow, stop in to join in the festivities of National Marina Day. Live music, food and drink, free goodies, and prizes galore will make it a worthwhile trip. See for details on this nationwide celebration of boating.

And if you were planning to attend the Weather & Tactics seminar sponsored by the Singlehanded TransPac, please note that the date in the print version of June’s Calendar is incorrect — the seminar was moved from Monday, June 14 to Wednesday, June 16 to allow for a better forecast for next Saturday’s start. Anyone is welcome to attend the talk, which will be at Oakland YC from 7:30-10 p.m. More at

Whatever you do this weekend, do yourself and your family a favor by getting out on the water over what is forecast to be a gorgeous weekend. Mid-80s and moderate winds — doesn’t get much better than that!

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