Have you always wanted to do "beer can racing" with a local yacht club, but did not know the ropes - this is your chance.
Come out for a "not too serious" race with the South Beach Yacht Club and learn about "Notice of Race", Sailing Instruction", "Division Splits", "Courses", "Marks", PHRF Handicaps, etc.
Or, if you already know the basics, come and learn more about racing strategy.
If you are a complete novice, you can come anyway. You may be designated to be "rail meat" or "galley wench", but you can watch the action and then give being active crew a try the next time we go out.
Come dressed for wind and spray and you must wear non-marking soled shoes.
After you know the basics you will be welcome crew on other boats and there are always boats looking for able crew.
We will meet at the South Beach Harbor at Pier 40 at 1700 hours (5:00 p.m.) under the South Beach Yacht Club yard arm (flagpole). Please be on time and do not bother the marina managers (please bring my cell phone number with you in case you get lost, or are running late). You can park at the Pier 40 visitor parking, or out on the Embarcadero. On nights when there is a ball game it is important that you tell the guard that you are going down visit on a boat in the marina. What ever you do, do not wear orange, or a SF Giants shirt, or he will not believe you (besides I am a Tiger fan). For more information on parking go here:
We will go up to the yacht club after the race for refreshments and to collect our trophy.
We will experience many different wind and sea conditions and try all the points of sail.
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.
You may participate in the sailing of the boat as much, or as little, as you desire.
I have ginger ale and bottled water on board. You can bring a snack that is easy to eat and not messy and whatever beverage you prefer - No RED wine, blueberries, or other things that stain.
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 half-hour orientation to get you familiar with the boat and safety procedures prior to leaving.
There is a forty dollar cost for this meetup. This will help to defray my cost, not the least of which is the seventy-five dollar entry fee.
OK. Let's go sailing and have some fun.