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    Published on 04-12-2021 09:37 AM
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    Story and photos : Len Bose

    The warmth I felt on my bald head indicates that spring has arrived along with the swarming beehive under my neighbor’s eve, which reminds me of the activity on the harbor when it appears things are returning back to normal.

    The word “epic” best describes ...
    Published on 04-09-2021 12:57 PM
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    Article by Lauren Hernández for SF Chronicle

    A 30-year old underwater power cable that keeps the lights on at the historic East Brother Light Station in San Pablo Bay has failed, and Richmond Mayor Tom Butt is pleading for help to get power back to the island.
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    Published on 04-08-2021 12:41 PM
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    The Notice of Race has been posted and registration is open for the 2021 Rolex Big Boat Series at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California.

    Scheduled for September 15-19, 2021, the regatta includes four days of high-test competition for boats in the ...
    Published on 04-06-2021 05:42 PM
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    April 5, 2021 - Los Angeles, CA - The 63-foot Reichel/Pugh-designed GoodEnergy co-skippered by George Hershman and Mark Comings is now the 60th entry in this year’s 51st edition of the Transpac, the Transpacific ...
    Published on 04-01-2021 08:46 AM
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    A Pressure Drop reader sent in these photo from a local marina in the area.
    Not wanting to create panic, the contributor did not specify fro, which marina this ...
    Published on 03-31-2021 10:30 AM
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    167 short handed boats signed up for the 19~20 nm, SSS' Tour d' Bay better known as Round The Rocks.
    Split up into 14 divisions with the 1st start scheduled for 11:00 A.M. with the Multis getting the 1st starts.
    With slack tide at the Gate scheduled for 12:12 PM and a stronger than expected westerly, the fleet made
    great progress in the westerly migration in the early going, with the leading divisions getting favorable currents
    as well, before the full moon ebb of 4.0 knots began to strengthen.


    COURSE 1
    From the Start,
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    Published on 03-24-2021 09:53 AM
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    Saturday's RYC Big Daddy Pursuit race was different from other years for various reasons, being run on a Saturday for one.
    Buoy races and a party at RYC are the norm, but with the pandemic still looming, and the Pursuit Race always the most popular,
    it was good for many, to just be out and sailing again. It was also unique in the fact that it was a down hill start and a downhill finish,
    with a wide variety of wind conditions that ranged from light and shifty to downright blowy, depending where you were and when you were there...
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    Published on 03-22-2021 05:56 PM
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    Image ©Bronny Daniels


    Roy Disney’s modified Volvo 70 Pyewacket 70' finished today at 10:22:56 covered the 800nm course in 01:21:22:53, obliterating the previous monhull record set in 2005 by Doug Baker’s Magnitude 80 of 02:13:25:58. Pyewacket 70' could run the Cabo Race trifecta with a combined elapsed, class, and overall victories.




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    2021 NHYC Cabo Race
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    Published on 03-21-2021 01:32 PM
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    At 2145 3/20, RIO 100 has reported they are 4 hours motoring time from Mission Bay, SD; RIO 100’s Tracker reports their position 57NM South on a bearing to MB of approx. 15 degrees NNE. Lat Lon YB position is 31° 50.40 N, 117° 31.73 W. RIO 100 reports visual contact with the racing fleet to weather.

    0730 3/21, At daybreak ...
    Published on 03-21-2021 11:52 AM
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    Family Circus with Melinda Erkelens on the helm take Mono Hull 1st to finish as well as Division 3 in Saturday's RYC Big Daddy Pursuit Race



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    Published on 03-07-2021 11:09 AM
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    'io Wins Overall 2021 Islands Race

    A full year ago in Spring 2020, Newport Harbor Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Club hosted the Islands Race with a just a hint of the Covid-19 influence over our lives, one of the last “normal” regattas before the pandemic took over. A few weeks later as the 2020 Puerto Vallarta Race sailed down to Mexico, the US fully embraced the initial Covid-19 lockdown and sailing hasn’t been the same since. But with patience and planning, this year’s Islands Race brought 32 teams to compete in the 142 mile coastal race from Long Beach, around Catalina ...
    Published on 03-05-2021 10:50 AM
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    BLOWING UP BLOSSOM ROCK -

    Underwater rocks in Central San Francisco Bay have been a problem since the British Navy sloop "Blossom"encountered Blossom Rock in 1826.
    There are four significant underwater rock formations in the San Francisco ...
    Published on 03-02-2021 12:35 PM
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    A cloudless sky and predicted winds out of the north were on tap for the last Saturday of the 2nd month
    of 2021. There were a few changes in store for the short handed sailors due to COVID 19, mostly the venue and routing.

    The Corinthian YC, which usually has hosted the annual Central Bay Tour was off limits at time that permit applications were due,
    so the decision to utilize the space in front of the GGYC was opted in as start and finish, and the course would ...
    Published on 02-24-2021 10:50 AM
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    TowBoatUS San Francisco Bay & Delta is at Alameda Point, Alameda, California.

    "We recovered a badly damaged 33' sailboat off the rocks of the Alameda Rock Wall."
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    Published on 02-23-2021 04:38 PM
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    After postponing the January Mid Winters due to the pandemic shutdown, the CYC February regatta became the default race 1&2
    with plans for a follow up the on the weekend of March 6th & 7th to become races 3 & 4...

    The weather gods smiled favorably on the event, with the last of a series of weak systems rolling in and out of the area late Friday and early Saturday.
    Behind the system, a significant northerly ...
    Published on 02-18-2021 11:31 AM
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    The Valentines Day Eve events for the Berkeley Yacht Club and Regatta Pro Mid Winters was sailed on Saturday Feb 13th
    in very fine conditions, and had very fine people in all the boats. A low pressure event had passed through early in the morning, giving
    way the clearing NW winds and brilliant sun dashed with a passing cloud or two. The BYC utilized a closer to shore event with the leeward mark
    on the circle proper and the windward mark just south of the Richmond break water. With this being the final event for the ...
    Published on 02-16-2021 02:30 PM
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    The Foule Douce sinks in Richardson Bay off Sausalito, Feb. 14, 2021. (RBRA)


    SAUSALITO (CBS SF) — A boater was rescued after an explosion aboard a sailboat anchored in San Francisco Bay sank the vessel in waters off the ...
    Published on 02-03-2021 04:04 PM
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    The annual SSS 3 Bridge Fiasco, Pandemic Edition, returned to it's roots over the weekend, most due to the recent
    SIP regulations, was opened only to single handed competitors. The reason being, the SSS board members decided a smaller regatta would
    be better than no regatta. If you have been paying attention, the races usually draws well north of 300 entries, and the vast majority double handed.
    Originally conceived for single handed sailors, the numbers of those, percentage ...
    Published on 01-16-2021 11:30 AM
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    The Waves at Mavericks This Year Are Mindbogglingly Huge

    Article by Kevin Stark KQED


    image © Frank Quiarte


    Every fall, Brian Garcia briefs officials across the Bay Area counties on the winter weather outlook, what he calls “my traveling road show.”

    In San Mateo County, people always ask Garcia, a National Weather Service meteorologist, if the thundering, big-wave surf spot near Half Moon Bay known as Mavericks will break. (The famous Mavericks surf competition has been cancelled indefinitely).

    Most ...
    Published on 01-11-2021 11:50 AM
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    Three Bridge Fiasco Race Update: After discussing and considering the current Covid-19 situation & compliance with the Regional Stay-At-Home ...