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A Banshee start on windy Saturday at Richmond YC's Big Dinghy Regatta. ©2014

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Breaking News
Very sad news out of Sequoia Yacht Club in Redwood City, where their first Wednesday night beer can race of the season ended in tragedy when Ted Eberle's Catalina 42 Bella dismasted at a mark. One crew member was killed and another was injured. KCBS has reported that the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as 39-year-old Yong Son of Burlingame. A U.S. Geological Survey vessel brought the victims to shore. Also see ABC News and the San Jose Mercury-News. The weekly races have been cancelled for the next two weeks.

Summer in April?
It seemed as if summer had arrived a tad early. Fog in the morning, strong breezes, steady wind direction, lumpy seas, sunshine  – all the usual summer ingredients were on hand for… Read on…

Big Dinghy Photo Gallery and Slideshow

Big Dinghy Regatta
It was one of those bipolar weekends weather-wise for this year's Big Dinghy Regatta hosted by Richmond Yacht Club: too windy on Saturday and barely windy enough… Read on…

SSS Meeting Notes and Quotes
We all had fun at the Corinthian – we were wetter than the people on the water. Read on…

Tuna Tune-Up
The Santana 22 fleet had their annual spring tune-up in Clipper Cove on Treasure Island last weekend to do some practice starts and get ready for the racing season. Seven Tunas sailed on… Read on…

Doublehanded Lightship
Seas were confused, and steering through the mixed swells and wind waves was difficult, especially as the wind increased further out. Eventually we were seeing mid-twenty-knot wind, with gusts into… Read on…

Summer Begins at Sequoia YC
A new 8.2-mile course with a variety of upwinds and leewards challenged the fleet and tired the crews, but not so much to prevent a happy gang from staying late atRead on…

ZYC Challenge
The rule for the new ZYC Challenge: one person per mast. The course is either the Lightship or a Bay tour. On the last Sunday in March, heavy currents ruled in favor of… Read on…

Exciting Redwood Cup Series Finale
The fifth and final race of Sequoia YC's 2013-2014 Redwood Cup series on Saturday had it all: stiff competition, rain, a huge ebb, decent wind, big gusts, and even a little bit of mud. Read on…

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Coming Up

The Clipper Race San Francisco Bay stopover is based at South Beach YC in the City, where they'll be open for tours on April 15-17 from 15:00 to 19:00 each day. The race will sail back under the Golden Gate Bridge to start Leg 11 to Panama on Saturday, April 19, docking out at approximately 10:00 and starting off Golden Gate YC around 13:00.

Unlike last weekend, next weekend has a light racing calendar possibly due to Easter. One race of significance, the OYRA Full Crew Lightship, is on Saturday. You might go to but be forewarned that the OYRA Quick Links in the box in the righthand column don't work. Instead, find the line of text that reads, "Ready to sign up to race? Click HERE," and click on that link. Which will lead you to the main Jibeset menu, where you will find the OYRA's 2014 series. Convoluted? Yep. Sailing Instructions have been posted.

'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 to sign up. YRA's Spring #1 shifts from April 26 to May 3, as does the SSS Round the Rocks Race. Sausalito YC's first Twin Island Race moves to April 19.

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 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!

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