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The Great Vallejo Race aboard Roller Coaster

This is a one of a kind racing opportunity for The Great Vallejo Race coming up, which is the largest and most fun race of the year.  Not to mention the largest and most fun party, too!  Don't miss this race and party. This will also be quite instructional and a good introduction to yacht racing.

The race starts near the Berkeley Circle on Saturday morning, rounds a single weather mark near Alcatraz, and then heads to Vallejo, usually under spinnaker for the remainder of the race.  Upon completion, the party starts!

Roller Coaster has 6 openings on this IOR 44' Peterson design. The Roller Coaster campaign consists of a half day of training and 2 days of racing.  Day one is usually a down wind race. Day two is a shorter upwind race.  Boats race in a PHRF fleets. They will go over boat preparation, role allocation, and boat handling. This is a fun race that covers approximately 40 miles.


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  • Event Management
  • Event and Crew Photographs

The half day of race coaching and practice includes:

  • Preparation and set up of yacht
  • Crew preparation and role allocation
  • Overview of racing rules, starting
  • techniques and race navigation
  • Effective use of race navigation instrument
  • Upwind boat handling - effective tacking, hiking for speed and sail trim. Downwind boat handling - Spinnaker sets, drops, gybes and trim.






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  • Vix

    If you are looking still looking for crew, I'd love to join. Dutch guy, years of sailing and racing experience (North Sea, Cross Atlantic, Greek Islands). Would like experience sailing in the Bay Area. E-mail please, if interested.

    April 24, 2013

  • Kevin K.

    Scott... sounds really great. I'm working on a Laser out of the Berkeley Yacht Club and my family has owned and sailed an Erickson 35 for 30+ years... last summer I did the friday night races out of south beach yacht club on a Catalina 34 - this sounds like a fun time :)

    April 24, 2013

  • Alex K.

    You might also want to check out the crew lists on et all... Boats are indeed very expensive to purchase and to maintain, but we can all race without paying a penny except bringing a 6 pack for the crew. This is the tradition of Bay and Ocean Racing in SF. See you at the afterparty, it will be fun!

    April 23, 2013

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