Sailing in the Times of Pandemic

While the current health drama unfolds we’ll do our best to keep this page up to date with news that we feel impacts our readers. Disclaimer: There is no way for it to be comprehensive or completely up to date but we’ll do our best to keep it helpful and as current as possible. If you have news you think we should post email it to We’ll do our best to include given time and resource constraints.

Please heed official guidance and we also feel the advice of the president of French Polynesia is good for all of us: “I invite you all to the utmost rigor in your behavior. Avoid contact, limit travel to what is strictly necessary. Be responsible citizens to prevent the virus from spreading.” Edouard FRITCH, President of French Polynesia.

Latest News and Information

YRA Racing Returns to San Francisco Bay

By Christine Weaver | August 7, 2020 | 1 Comment
flag pole with spinnaker bags

The Yacht Racing Association has been hard at work on behalf of clubs and organizations around the area, helping to launch dozens of races. However, they had yet to launch their own YRA races — until now.

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Mexico Cruisers Continue to SIP: Shelter in Paradise

By Monica Grant | August 7, 2020 | 1 Comment
SV True Love in Mexico

We recently received an email from Mike Carran, a California sailor who has spent most of this year sheltering-in-place, in Mexico, or as some of us might say, sheltering-in-paradise

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Doo Dah Sailors Invited to Delta Bay this Sunday

By Christine Weaver | August 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

This Sunday, August 9, Delta Bay Marina in Isleton invites Delta Doo Dah fleet members to their Sunday Market and BBQ.

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Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: One of the Good Guys

By John Riise | August 3, 2020 | 1 Comment

You may have seen Laurent Duvernay-Tardif on the news in the last few weeks. He is a 29-year-old offensive lineman on the Kansas City Chiefs football team. Back in February, he helped that franchise earn their first Superbowl rings in 50 years.

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Sailing Leadership Forum Takes on Diversity

By Christine Weaver | August 3, 2020 | 1 Comment

A panel discussion tomorrow evening, August 4, at 5 p.m. PDT, will tackle the topic of Increasing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Sport of Sailing.

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Kiting and Cruising the California Delta

By John Arndt | August 3, 2020 | 5 Comments

Among the sailors rediscovering the Bay Area’s local cruising scene are Jos Cocquyt and his wife Anne, who headed up the Delta for some summer cruising and kiting.

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Sailboat Racing in August? Yes, Please

By Christine Weaver | July 31, 2020 | 3 Comments
Summertime with red spinnaker

For the first time, the SSS will use two Bay Tour courses of 19 to 21 miles. The two courses will help separate the doublehanders from the singlehanders and avoid smushed fiberglass at the rounding marks.

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Favorite Bay and Delta Destinations

By Christine Weaver | July 31, 2020 | 0 Comments
paddlers at sunset in the Delta

San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta offer a plethora of fantastic cruising destinations, and more and more folks are taking advantage of these waterways.

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Updated: Rolex Big Boat Series Canceled, and the Schedule ‘Adjustments’ Just Keep Coming

By Christine Weaver | July 27, 2020 | 0 Comments
Lasers start

St. Francis Yacht Club had planned to host the 2020 Laser North American Championships on September 2–6. However, they’ve “rescheduled” it for July 14–18, 2021.

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Important Update on 2020 Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers’ Rally

By Monica Grant | July 27, 2020 | 2 Comments
Rafting up for 2018 Baja Ha-Ha

We’ve just received an update about this year’s Baja Ha-Ha — the 750-mile cruisers’ rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas with R&R stops at Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria.

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3/23/20 Denison Yachts will be holding a live, virtual boat show on Friday, March 27th. Learn more here.

3/20/20 Call of the Sea announces suspension of school programs and upcoming charter programs. More here.

3/20/20 West Marine will remain open on a limited schedule. Read details here.

3/19/20 Treasure Island Sailing Center is closed until April 7th. Full details here.

3/19/20 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show is canceled. Sail America developing some supplemental, virtual alternatives. More to follow.

3/18/20 KKMI reports they are operating under restricted conditions. To learn more read here:

3/18/20 OCSC Sailing and Modern Sailing are closed until April 7th.