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All Westsails and Westsailors past, present and future are invited to a Westsail Rendezvous on October 2-4 at Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in Richmond. Bring your boat, crew, or just yourself. Dock space is available for all boats.
Berkeley YC hosts the Express 37 Nationals this Friday-Sunday.
Redwood City's PortFest is this Saturday, with sailboat rides for kids and teens, harbor tours, vendors, info booths, live music and free admission.
Races this Saturday include OYRA #9; Oktoberfest at Oakland YC, the Red Bra Regatta for women at South Beach YC; OPB-YC's Crew You Regatta for boats 25-ft and smaller (the crew drives); and Shorthanded races (a doublehanded race followed by singlehanded race) at Tiburon YC. Berkeley YC's Chowder Series will commence this Sunday.
San Francisco Fleet Week runs October 5-12, complete with Blue Angels, air shows, and parade of ships. Fleet Fest at Pier 80 on the weekend will include live music, Off the Grid (food trucks) and ship tours.
Zachery Anderson of Motorcycle Irene writes in to alert us to the Express 27 Nationals coming up on October 9-11, hosted by Corinthian YC.
The Laser fleet championships will be hosted this year by the Alameda Community Sailing Center on October 10. This event is open to all fleets and junior programs in District 24.
There will be a memorial for Tom Baffico on Sunday, November 15, 1300-1600 hours in the Chart Room at StFYC. All friends and acquaintances of Tom are welcome, especially those from the Snipe, Express 27 and Open 5.70 fleets. If you have some Tom sea stories please bring them along too. Tom started racing as a teenager on Lake Merced in San Francisco, participated in the St. Francis junior program, crewed on big boats including for Tom Blackaller, and then was on the UC Berkeley college sailing team. He also raced a Snipe during those years. After a long break from sailing, he started racing an Express 27 in the mid-1990s and joined the Open 5.70 fleet in the late 2000s. During this time he crewed on a variety of SF Bay race boats as well. One sailor had this to say: "He was one of the best fellow competitors in the sport because you always knew it would be a good race and back on the dock good camaraderie no matter whether he beat you or you beat him." RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.