Labor Day Regatta at Tomales Bay
Labor Day weekend, Friday through Monday
On a sunlit Friday morning, our 14’ Vagabond nearly overran the beach where the Santa Rosa Sailing Club would soon gather for the Annual Labor Day Regatta. Having left early to evade higher winds, we were surprised by a long, smooth run across Tomales Bay to Marshall Beach. By evening, four keelboats, a Laser, a Lido 14, a Force 5, a Pelican, and the Vagabond with their eager sailors, families, and friends spanned the sandy shore. Regatta Chair Bill Daniel and Mark Madigan inflated the marks, defined Race Committee space, and laid out details for Saturday morning Registration as the first beach fire warmed the wide circle of friends.
Race Committee Chair Steve Sarsfield arrived Saturday morning as the marks were set. Two more keelboats, including a ketch with a bright spinnaker, arrived before Bob Cafferata sounded the horn and the boats were off, first keelboats, then centerboards. Winds were surprisingly gusty and fluky for the bay, so race courses were shorter than usual but full of excitement.
On Saturday evening, we gathered for hearty appetizers and a bonfire under a starry sky that brought quite a chill to the air. The winds on Sunday were again more powerful than usual, and while a Pelican raced well Sunday morning, the afternoon races were daunting for many, with several capsizes to which the Race Committee and others responded. Thankfully, there were no injuries or boat damages. We enjoyed a long afternoon on the beach before dinner and gathering around the campfire, where Mike Kesler (Race Committee statistician) thanked everyone for coming and announced the winners:
1 Mark Madigan and crew
2 Mark Peters and crew
3 Ed Kane and crew.
1 Kevin McGregor in the Laser
2 Tom Dost and Mike Kesler in the Lido 14 (2)
3 Chuck Herzog in his West Wight Potter
Thanks to everyone who helped make this another memorable Club Regatta!
-story by Gail Cafferata, results by Mike Kesler
Final Race Results
Here are some interesting historical regatta race results form Mike Kesler.
San Rafael Cruise
Saturday, September 19
Attendees: Pat Broderick and two of his grandsons (Vagabond 14), Gail and Bob Cafferata (Vagabond 14), Bob Chivvis and Shannon Wooster (Mutineer 15), Joe Duri (Mayflower), Wallace Whiting (Vagabond 14), Virginia (Laser), and John and Chris from SEA (power boat).
We began our adventure at the docks at the launching ramp at Loch Lomond Marina. With all 7 boats in the water, we departed at about 11:00 A.M., the sailboats tacking out the marina entrance channel and then turning to starboard to take the Green “5” daymark off our port sides, while the SEA powerboat escorted us—telling us when it was safe to turn off the marina entrance channel into the San Rafael Creek entrance channel. Bob and Shannon in their Mutineer 15 lead the procession out the marina entrance channel, with Wallace in his Vagabond 14 not too far behind. The wind at the dock died after these two boats departed, making it a long, slow beat out of the marina entrance channel for
the rest. Then, using the three daymarks (Green “5”, Red “6”, and Green “7”) and the two range marks, we ran to the creek entrance and then on beam and broad reaches up the creek. Abeam the kayak/SUP dock, some of us turned to port down the side channel to the Pier 15 Restaurant, while others of us continued down the creek to the Grand Avenue fixed bridge (1 foot vertical clearance!) and then back out to the Pier 15 Restaurant side channel. The latter group enjoyed the music of the private party at Terrapin Crossroads Restaurant and the dozen or so Laser sailors being instructed in the last slightly wider spot of the Creek. We all arrived at the Pier 15 Restaurant about 1:00 P.M. Total distance (without detour) from Loch Lomond Marina to Pier 15 Restaurant: approximately 1.5 miles. We all enjoyed a good lunch.
After a group photo was taken of our group standing in front of their boats, we all shoved off. Wallace and Bob and Shannon were first to the San Rafael Creek entrance range daymark and sailed around there to wait for everyone to head out into the Bay together. We all beat out to the Green “5” daymark and then beam reached down the marina entrance channel for home.
No capsizes, but one sailboat did have its daggerboard touch the bottom in the Creek (Wallace), one did use oars when the wind died (Joe), and one did have their beaching rudder kick up at an inopportune time (Gail and Bob). What a great day! See the pictures of the event at
Thanks to our SEA escorts, John and Chris.
Let's do it again!
Spring Lake Summer Series
Final Order of Finishers
1 Wallace Whiting
2 Bill Folk
3 Bill Daniel
4 Gail Cafferata
5 Robert Chivvis
6 Steve Sarsfield
7 David Gray
8 Mark Alarie
9 Steve Kay
10 Joe Duri
11 Isaac Shirley
12 Bob Pierce
13 Chris Watt
FINAL Race Detailed Results