We will meet at the Oakland Yacht Club in Alameda at 1030 at the flagpole in front of the yacht club (bring my cell phone number with you in case you get lost or are running late - please do not bother the marina managers).
We will most likely do an "Island Tour" type of a sail - around Alcatraz and Angel Island through Raccoon Strait and back again. We will stop for lunch at Ayala Cove.
After our orientation talk, we will decide on our destination based on time and tide, and the experience level and goals of the group as a whole. The tides should be good for a trip to The Gate.
I expect that we will be out for four or five hours.
We will experience many different wind and sea conditions and try all the points of sail. You may participate in the sailing of the boat as much, or as little, as you desire.
Please bring a sweater and a jacket for when it cools off. Bring foul weather gear and a PFD if you have them (I have some extras), and wear non-marking soled shoes.
I have ginger ale and bottled water on board. Please bring a snack to share and whatever beverage you prefer.
Willin' is a big, modern, safe, well-equipped, well-maintained yacht with full electronics and instrumentation. We will not be pushing her to her limits and we will enjoy a safe, comfortable sail. I will control the RSVP and waiting lists to ensure that we have a good mix of newbies and experienced sailors.
There will be a one-hour orientation to get you familiar with the boat and safety procedures prior to our departure.
Your forty-dollar donation will help to defray costs.
We have had some incredible outings in the past, so please check out some of the previous "Newbie" Meet ups:
OK, let's go sailing and have some fun.