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Sunday sail out of Emeryville on Olenka

OLENKA is a 1985 Catalina 30 ft. sloop rigged, sailboat

Always be prepared for cold and wet conditions, regardless of weather and season. Summer months are usually very windy. Dress in layers with outer shell being wind and water proof. Synthetics are better than cotton. Warm and tight hat is recommended. It’s always a good idea to have a set of warm and dry clothes to change to. Trust me on this one.  Please wear white-sole or non marking shoes. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

Please use a bathroom on land before we go, even when you feel you don’t have to.  The boat has a head (bathroom) but using it underway is difficult and I try to limit the trips to the pump out station to minimum.

The boat has all the safety equipment required by USCG, including life jackets (PFD’s) for everyone on board, First Aid Kit, fire extinguishers, flares, VHF marine radio and GPS. I require wearing a life jacket unless you are in a cabin.

Sea sickness is rare when sailing on the Bay but if you are prone to getting sick you may want to take one of the available medications ahead of time; like Dramamine, Bonine or Ginger Gum. I will also try to keep you busy, what is the best remedy for the sickness.

Sailboats heel, considerably at some points of sail. To help to balance the boat, I will ask you to sit on the windward, the high side of the boat as much as practical.

Watch the boom; it can really hurt you when it hits your head.

Watch for small items like car keys or cell phones, especially when boarding the boat, they like to find their way to the water.

Drinks and snacks to share are always a good idea. So is a camera; there is never a shortage of opportunities for great shots.

And probably the most important thing to bring with you on a sailing trip:  good attitude.

Where we will sail largely depends on the conditions that day, mostly wind and tides.  But regardless of our course or destination, the Bay offers so much beauty and challenge that you will not be disappointed.

 

 

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  • Sarah M

    Thank you all for a wonderful sail , particularly our even-tempered and gracious host Richard. I had a great time and have been listening to the foghorns ever since thinking about my next outing on the bay! or beyond!

    1 · April 9, 2014

  • Stephenie

    I just uploaded a You Tube video I shot with my Iphone of our sail w/ Richard today. It was blissful. Richard is a generous and kind host as well as an excellent sailing teacher. He let everyone take the wheel. Watch the video by pasting this URL into your browser. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZGAHo9X54E

    1 · April 6, 2014

    • Sailor D.

      Nice video! Thanks for posting it. Looks like you had some good boat speed and food at the end.

      April 7, 2014

    • Richard

      Great video Stephenie, thank you

      April 7, 2014

  • Barbara D.

    Richard is a fantastic skipper; very patient with newbies and his boat is very clean, safe and orderly. By the end of the sail on a very beautiful sunny day on the bay we had all made new friends and shared a meal at the end. We were so blessed!

    3 · April 6, 2014

  • Sarah M

    Richard,
    not sure if there is a glitch in our communications.
    I have e-mailed through MEETup twice with no reply.
    I am planning on attending your sail today, but only have the boat's name and 3390 Powell.
    I keep checking back for further instructions, but am new to all this so might be making a mistake....
    Sarah

    April 6, 2014

    • Sailor D.

      Richard is having some email problems through Meetup. I've emailed him directly and told him about your post. I don't know his phone number or I'd give you that.

      April 6, 2014

    • Sarah M

      thanks Dave-- I will head over a little early and try to find the group by osmosis ;-)

      April 6, 2014

  • Richard

    Jim was next in line and just got in

    1 · April 3, 2014

  • Ana L.

    Hello all. I just saw that I got confirmed for the Sunday's sail - but considering I am fighting the flu today, I will sadly not be able to make it, so please give the opportunity to another person. Thank you very much for the opportunity and I hope I will be able to take advantage of it in the future.

    1 · April 3, 2014

  • Barbara D.

    looking forward to this adventure! I will be prepared and bring something yummy to share.

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • Richard

    Rushil, Stephenie, Sarah, Barbara and Patricia, you are all in, see you Sunday. Since we have number of people on the wait list let me know ASAP if your plans change

    1 · April 1, 2014

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