Summer Twilight Series at Lake Ralphine (COMPLETED)
Tuesdays, June 13 thru August 8
Thanks for a great Twilight Series!
Open Class: David Gray (1), Steve Sarsfield (2), Mark Alarie (3)
Laser Class: Paul Bussard (1), Paul Zeni (2), Kevin McGregor (3)
Final Detailed Results: http://santarosasailingclub.org/2017TwilightDetails.pdf
Spring Lake SUMMER Series (COMPLETED)
Sundays, ended August 20
David Gray (1)
Joe Duri (2)
Gail Cafferata (3)
Final Detailed Results: http://santarosasailingclub.org/2017-summer-series-details.pdf
Annual Tomales Bay Labor Day Regatta
September 1 thru 4
Sounds like another successful regatta (with new adventures all weekend). The notes below are from various sources, compiled by Wallace Whiting, enjoy reading about the weekend!
Gail and Bob Cafferata had a great time sailing their Vagabond to the beach. It took over 2 hours because no wind. They tried to sail back (an hour on the water) but the tide and wind were both against them and they got only across from the beach. Bill Daniels towed them all the way back.
David Gray raced the Cafferatas’ Vagabond. He was doing so well until the hiking strap broke and he pitched over backwards out of the boat. The tiller was damaged. The extension is on the bottom of the bay.
Because one race went over 90 minutes, the Race Committee (Gail and Bob) decided not to omit the worst race so there would be results from four races. Those were the results they gave out at the bonfire. When posting the results, they also calculated the results with the worst race dropped. One reason it makes sense to do it that way is that Bill Daniel did not finish Race #4 because he went to help Bob Chivvis and then went to check on Mike Bolger rather than finish the race. When they did that, the results changed. Mark Madigan moved to 3rd place and Bill Daniel moved to 2nd place. They then reported, “Whether this should change the places we awarded is above my pay grade.” Bill Daniel then told the Race Committee that the results reported on the beach were fine with him, so the original results stand.
- John Mahaffey (Pelican)
- Kevin McGregor (Laser)
- Chuck Herzog (Potter 15)
- Mark Peters (Ericson 25)
- Bill Daniel (Hunter 22)
- Mark Madigan (Catalina 25)
See detailed regatta results here
Mike Bolger’s Catalina 250 was dismasted at the spreaders during the race when a lower shroud parted. No injuries to crew reported.
The outboard on the Club launch failed as David Gray was motoring back to Miller, so David got quite an exercise in rowing.
Fires were not allowed on the beach by the National Park rangers.
17 boats registered for the Regatta, and 13 participated in at least one race.
Mark Madigan reported that the Club broke even on the event.
Numerous photos have been posted to the Club Facebook page.
See the Facebook photos here
A drone video of the race start, from a sailor who was not a participant, has been posted to the Club Facebook page. Here is the Facebook link to the video. It's cool.
Mark Tolbert told me that he had a great time in his Vagabond. Whether he capsized and then recovered to continue that race, I can’t remember.
Overall, quite a success! Special thanks to Bill Daniel (Regatta General Chair), Mark Madigan (Treasurer), Gail and Bob Cafferata (Race Committee), and David Gray (Club launch driver and rower).
San Rafael Cruise
Looks like a happy group having lunch.
Mare Island Cruise
This is a cruise report from Bob Chivvis.
Bill Daniel, Pat Broderick, Wallace Whiting, Bob Chivvis, and Shannon Wooster participated in the Mare Island Strait Sail on October 7, 2017. There were sunny skies and calm winds when they rigged up Bill’s Hunter 21 and Bob’s Mutineer 15 at the Vallejo free public launch ramps. It was low tide and the launch and parking lot were nearly vacant. Two of the ramps were silted in with a scuttled cabin cruiser strapped to the dock in one ramp.
We launched about 10:30 am and gingerly made it through the shallow water to the channel. We headed south to the mouth of the Mare Island Strait where it meets the Carquinez Strait. The flood tide was strong and the breeze light so the Hunter was towing the Mutt since it didn’t have a motor. Along the way we enjoyed the sights of Mare Island on one side and Vallejo on the other. Pat was an excellent guide having sailed in the strait many times and sharing the history of the area. At the mouth we turned around and sailed back up the Mare Island Strait giving wide berth to passing barges, ferry boats, and pleasure craft. We sharpened our skills of sailing with a strong current along the way, narrowly missing a navigation buoy. After sailing past the launch ramp and the ferry terminal we were intercepted by a Sheriff on a jet ski. He advised us to stay clear of the whale 🐳 boat races along the Vallejo waterfront ahead. Sailing past the races we turned just before the causeway and entered the Vallejo marina.
We tied up at the free guest berth about 1:00 pm and had a nice lunch at the Sardine Can with its mermaid motif. We came out the marina after lunch with a 3 knot flood tide pushing us toward the nearby causeway and a very light wind. Minor panic as we quickly hooked the Mutt to the Hunter and motored away from the jaws of the causeway and down the Strait. We unhooked and tried sailing toward the launch but during the lulls we were going backwards. We hooked back up and the Hunter towed the Mutt back to the launch. No problems with shallow water at the launch now, the scuttled boat in the ramp was barely above water. All in all, a pleasant day on the water but not without some exciting moments.