We will meet at the Oakland Yacht Club in Alameda at 1000 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 #8 and race #9 of the Final Series between the challenger Emerates Team New Zealand and my buddies on Team Oracle USA. Mathematically these could be the last two races - if New Zealand keeps up their hot streak.
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-five 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.