Going out to watch the AC 45's practice off the city front on Ay Caliente!

  • June 21, 2011 · 11:30 AM
  • Richmond Yacht Club

I'm playing hookie from the office on Tue. to go see the America's Cup 45 cats play off the city front. The boat will leave RYC at noon and return around 4:00. Please join the wait list...I'm not sure how many spots I'll have available until my crew RSVP's...I should know by this evening so you can plan your day tomorrow.

 

Things to bring:

A camera

Your own lunch and beverages

Warm clothes

Non marking deck shoes

PFD (if you have one)

Email me back with any questions...

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  • Veronica

    This was a great day out on the bay! Aaron is always a fun host. My cousin went sailing for the first time and wants to go out again soon. It was wonderful reconnecting with people I've previously sailed with and meeting more people. Thank you Aaron for this experience.

    June 24, 2011

  • Aaron K.

    Totally awesome day, crew and watching the top sailing tech and racing crews on the planet! Thrilling having those AC 45's split Ay Caliente and tack 200' away from the boat. Thanks for everyone coming out to share in the AC experience!

    June 22, 2011

  • Sky

    Good photos, Tracy. It was so amazing to see the AC 45's up so close. Thanks, Aaron for making this possible

    June 22, 2011

  • Diana

    Awesome! But the important question is, did you guys win?! ;-) And does AC 45 stand for Ay Caliente 45? Ha ha.

    June 22, 2011

  • Laurie N.

    It was even better than I could have dreamed. Thanks so much Aaron, for organizing, Tracy for the fantastic pics, and to John for the vision and persistence to make it all happen. Note the tack sequence with centerboard being pushed down in pics 25-27. Hairy even in moderate winds.

    June 22, 2011

  • Sabrina

    Had a fantastic time! Aaron is such a gracious host. He was so laid back yet cautious about our safety. He had tremendous enthusiasm about the America’s Cup 45 boats and the energy in the boat was just great! Everyone in the crew was welcoming and they are certainly a friendly bunch. It was great to finally meet John too. The day was beautiful and warm. The bay was picturesque. Can't believe how close were were to the A.C 45 boats. That was something really! Oh forgot to mention about the marinated cucumbers. They were tasty! I want to learn sailing and hope to join another GWAW meet-up event soon. Thanks again Aaron for inviting us to your boat. Thanks to Tracy for taking beautiful pictures and Thanks to John for organizing this meet-up group.

    June 22, 2011

  • John

    Thanks to Tracy for uploading the photos overnight, and yes, we WERE that close. LOL! As Spithill executed the tack, one of the crew members was checking us out :)

    June 22, 2011

  • Tracy O.

    What an amazing day!! On top of the AC 45's we saw 2 F18"s....does it get any better? To answer who tacked around us..it was Spithill. Thanks to Aaron and crew for making this such a great event for us all!

    June 21, 2011

  • John

    It was unfortunate that not everyone who wanted to go could go. One of the things that made this event work was that everyone who was aboard had sailed together in one event or another on Ay Caliente!

    June 21, 2011

  • John

    Yes, there will be pictures. Oh yes. At the end, one of the AC45s (the photos will reveal which one) decided to tack AROUND US as they headed up the Alcatraz Tide Cone. Let's see, Ferries to the left, Ferries to the right, Ay Caliente! in the middle, AC45s working their way to windward. Everyone sharing the bay in a very professional way.

    1 · June 21, 2011

  • John

    What a day! Aaron (as always) was a fantastic host. We filled the boat up, but it was a perfect blend of people and host. The weather couldn't have been better. Everyone moved about the boat so it never felt crowded. The object was to watch the AC boats, with actually sailing as a secondary goal. So Aaron had us put a reef in the main and leave the jib furled, which was perfect for the large crew. Wind on the city front was flirting with 20 knots, and the AC45s were enjoying it. We got upwind of them as they arrived on the city front, then managed to be positioned about 10 boat lengths to the south of them as the reached from the Golden Gate Bridge to Fort Mason. We waited for them to return, then headed east of Alcatraz to meet them head on as they tacked up the cone. They were about 6 boat lengths apart, and we were about 3 boat lengths to windward . . . ah . . . make that to leeward . . . ah . . . which put us exactly in the middle . . .

    June 21, 2011

  • Cheryl B.

    Hope you all had a great day sailing. Looking forward to pics if the AC 45's were out.

    June 21, 2011

  • Eric L.

    Sad to say I missed the confirming email last night and had made other plans. Have a wonderful day all who sail aboard Ay Caliente

    June 21, 2011

  • Aaron K.

    The boat is now totally full to the gills! 12 confirmed...so it will be a crowd. For those of you who didn't make it....I'm so sorry but my boat can only hold so many people...safely! Hopefully another skipper will post this as event this week...as it will be the last time the AC 45 boats will be here for a while.

    June 20, 2011

  • Aaron K.

    It should be noted...there is no guarentee we'll see the AC boats tomorrow as there is no posted practice schedule...I'm going off info from a reliable 3rd party regarding them being out. Worst case...we get to go sailing!!!

    June 20, 2011

  • Aaron K.

    As always I open these events to my core crew first...then to the GWAW group. I'm still waiting to hear back from all my crew for RSVP's. I'll let you guys know this evening how many more I will be able to take...as with any boat space is limited.

    June 20, 2011

  • Marigene

    I would LOVE to do this, especially if you are accepting the elderly novice sailor. John Cabrall has really gotten me into this adventure called sailing! MgN

    June 20, 2011

12 went

  • Aaron K.
    Owner, 36.7 Fleet Captain, 36.7 'Ay Caliente'
    Event Host
  • Veronica +1
    Sailor, Contributor
  • Sabrina
    Sailor
  • John
    Group Captain, Organizer
  • Tracy O.
    Official GOTWAW Photographer, Race Crew (J120, Farallon Clipper)
  • Laurie N.
    Skipper

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