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IC Worlds Preview
Sailors from Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, and the USA are gathering at Richmond Yacht Club in preparation for the International 10 Square Meter Sailing Canoe (IC) Worlds Championship, which… Read on…

International 110 District III Championship
The International 110 District III Championship was held at Inverness Yacht Club over the weekend, and ten of the slender boats showed up on the line in unusual southerly, shifty, puffy winds in… Read on…

Sequoia Yacht Club Summer #4
More beautiful South Bay weather on Saturday surprisingly went more north
than first forecast… Read on…

Double Drakes
An old fashioned race to an old fashioned destination celebrated the age-old pleasure of a coastal jaunt up to Drakes Bay and back over the weekend. This yearRead on…

Farewell to Caleb Whitbeck
A renowned maritime artist and sailor based in Novato, Caleb Whitbeck passed away over the weekend. According to… Read on…

Howard Spruit Talks About Rocket 88
On New Year's Eve 2013, we visited designer Howard Spruit at his home/workshop in Santa Cruz. Here we bring you a podcast of our interview with Howard… Read on…

Mid-Afternoon Half Moon Marathon
"Going into Point Pinole was brutal. It was nasty. We didn't crash, but…" Read on…

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The three-day weekend actually begins a day early for the sailors heading south to Santa Cruz YC in the Windjammers Race on Friday, and for Moore 24 and Express 27 crews competing for their Nationals.

Milt Smith, PRO of the Jazz Cup on August 30, writes: "For all of those who have registered for this year's Jazz Cup, thanks! If you have not yet registered please do so soon, it makes it much easier to set up the divisions, order the trophies, etc. This year's race could be a fast one as much of it will be on a flood. Access to the harbor will be easier too. Once at Benica YC you can expect their usual great hospitality with music begining early in the afternoon followed by a barbecue. To cap off the day you will enjoy music and dancing to The Fabulous Liars, same great group as last year." Sign up by noon on August 29 at

This September 11-14 marks the golden anniversary of St. Francis Yacht Club's Big Boat Series, which has been known as the Rolex Big Boat Series since the title sponsor signed on in 2005. Founded in 1964, the inaugural regatta attracted nine yachts, with Jim Wilhite’s Sparkman & Stephens 63-ft yawl Athene claiming the St. Francis Perpetual Trophy after a narrow victory over Jim Kilroy’s Kialoa II. "To mark the 50th anniversary, a couple of smaller sportboat fleets popular here on the West Coast – Express 27s and Melges 24s – have been invited," said event chair Pat Nolan. "We also expect half a dozen catamarans, and the J/120s will be back, while the J/111s should have about 10 boats on the starting line." The J/70s, which first raced in the series last year, will return, and the Farr 40 class expected to make a comeback. Registration is open at Register before August 20 to avoid a late fee.

Linda Weinstock of Island YC in Alameda writes about the Northern California Women's Sailing Seminar on September 20-21: "Please join us for an exciting, one of a kind weekend event. It is all about women teaching women how to sail. It is fun, relaxing, educational and inspiring. Top women sailors volunteer as instructors during classroom and on-the-water workshops. Sponsors donate valuable items for lunchtime and cocktail hour raffles. Courses range from Beginner through Offshore Cruising with subjects such as Advanced Sail Trim, Racing, Spinnaker, Navigation and Boat Ownership in between. Many women return year after year to hone their skills. Registration is online at The discounted 'Early Bird' registration fee is $225 for the weekend until August 31, when it increases to $250. The price includes continental breakfasts, lunches, no-host cocktail party, one raffle ticket, class handouts, visor, and a bag filled with goodies from our sponsors."

Another women's event follows on October 5 at South Beach Yacht Club, the Red Bra Regatta for women sailors. The NOR and registration are already online at

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