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It was apparent we'd have more wind than Island YC's Doublehanded Lightship, as we hit 8 knots reaching over and saw many competitors reefed down.… Read on…
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Summer in April?
'Always' held on the first weekend in May, the Great Vallejo Race will instead fall on the last weekend in April this year. It seems that May 3-4 coincides with a minus tide, and the City of Vallejo isn't handing out any dredging permits this year. See www.yra.org to sign up. YRA's Spring #1 shifts from April 26 to May 3, as does the SSS Round the Rocks Race. Besides being the second day of the Vallejo Race, Sunday is also Opening Day on San Francisco Bay.
Among the races that did not move is the Bullship on April 26, wherein El Toros sail across the Gate from Sausalito to San Francisco. With the Bullship starting at 0900 and the Vallejo Race starts beginning early at 1000 it seems like it would be impossible for anyone to accomplish a biathlon of sorts – but one or two crazy sailors might just try it. (Right now you're probably thinking that anyone who'd sail from Sausalito to San Francisco in an El Toro is crazy anyway!)
Lucie Mewes, co-chair of the Singlehanded TransPac race to Hawaii, writes, "The General, Ken Roper, slid under the January 31 regular entry price and registered for the Singlehanded TransPac this week. This will be his 13th Belt Buckle when he arrives in Hanalei Bay, Kauai. The 2014 Singlehanded TransPac starts June 28 at Corinthian YC, Tiburon, and celebrates arrivals at The Tree each day beginning around July 11. It isn't too late for interested sailors to enter. Go to www.sfbaysss.org and select the TransPac page." Registration closes on May 1.
It's official. The water level in Huntington Lake is so low (33%) that July's High Sierra Regatta has been canceled, and the Lido 14 Nationals, also in mid-July, will move to Long Beach. See Fresno YC's website, and check out the photo of the lake!