Sail on Saturday from Alameda to Watch the America Cup Finals

  • September 7, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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We will meet at the Oakland Yacht Club in Alameda at 1030 hours at the flagpole in front of the yacht club.  Please bring my cell phone number with you in case you get lost or are running late - please do not bother the marina managers.


Saturday is race #1 and race # 2 of the Final Series between the challenger Emerates Team New Zealand and my buddies on Team Oracle USA.

I expect that we will be out for three or four 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.



Jimmy will be helming Boat 17 for Team USA.

Russel is the CEO for Oracle Racing and Team Tactician.

And this is what it is all about.

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  • Chris C.

    Nice pictures Liza!

    September 9, 2013

    • Liza

      Thanks, Chris!

      September 10, 2013

  • Liza

    What a beautiful day on the bay. I had a great time with everyone. Thanks Mark for organizing...

    September 9, 2013

  • Ted R.

    Mark, thanks for another great day on the bay!


    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Debbie f.

    So sorry to miss this sail! What a beautiful day for the bay!

    September 7, 2013

  • Debbie f.

    Hey Mark, I signed up for the wait list. Would love to bring my son along, he's 34 and a newbie but would love to learn about sailing. Please let me know if that will work.

    September 6, 2013

  • Liza

    hi mark -- would it be ok to bring a friend. you have 1 spot open but the system will not allow me to sign up with guest.

    September 5, 2013

  • Sergio A.

    hello! I would definitely love to go but will not get to the Bay Area until the 10th (Tuesday) If you will be doing any other trips like these for any of the succeeding race days, I would love to come along =) cheers!

    September 5, 2013

  • Karen

    Will you be going out any other days like the 14th?

    September 4, 2013

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