Sorry folks but due to an unexpected requirement for my upcoming trip to the Dominican Republic to take delivery of my new boat, El Gato, I have to postpone the sails on 1/12 and 1/13 until the following weekend. I know this is going to be a PITA for you all but I've wiped out all of the RSVPs and everyone will have to review and re-signup all over again but it'll be the same place and times.
Then, let's go find some whales!
PICKUP LOCATION : SHELTER ISLAND PUBLIC GUEST DOCKS
The boat will be there at 9:30 AM for boarding and will promptly leave at 10:00 AM. If you are late, you will literally miss the boat. Therefore, I strongly suggest that you show up no later than 9:30 AM and be ready to board on the docks.
There will be a Safety/orientation briefing for the entire group once everyone arrives and we'll cast off as soon as the briefing is over.
Most guests don't get seasick as my boat is a very stable catamaran but since we will be going outside of San Diego Bay and since wind/wave conditions are usually more noticeable in the ocean, if you are prone to seasickness, I urge you to take necessary precautions. If not, please feel free to barf over the side, not in or on the boat.
WHAT TO WEAR: (This is VERY IMPORTANT)
CARRY CLEAN/WASHED UNWORN, WHITE OR LIGHT SOLED SHOES THAT YOU WILL WEAR ON THE BOAT.
Wear street shoes to the boat and plan to put your street shoes in a box on the boat. Dark soled or street shoes leave track marks as well as bring dirt onto the boat so will not be allowed. However, if you prefer to go barefoot like I do (or just wear your socks), just take off your shoes, put them into the box and step aboard!
It can get cool especially if there is a strong breeze and the boat is zipping along, so it is best to dress in layers and bring a warm and preferably wind proof coat or jacket to wear. Also, if the wind slows, the Sun can be warm, so you can always peel off laye
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring something to eat/drink and share as it provides a festive atmoaphere to the sailI. I will also have two coolers filled with ice to keep any drinks that you want to keep cold. There is no restriction on what type and amount of alcohol you can bring and the boat is red wine friendly in the cockpit but NOT IN THE SALON. There is a head on the boat so you won't have to "hold" it the whole time and since it's an electric head, you won't have to pump a handle to flush either.
From time to time, I get asked what food/drink items guests should bring so I've compiled a list of food/drink items that folks have brought in previous sails which all attendees enjoyed. I've posted this list in the files section of the meetup site at the following link:
http://files.meetup.com/19862853/Foods%20to%20Impress%20110116.pdf ( http://files.meetup.com/19862853/Foods%20to%20Impress%20110116.pdf )
See attached photos for map of where to go for the pickup location.
Please provide your cell phone number when you RSVP so that I can reach you if there is a change of plans or something unexpected happens. I will message you privately and provide my cell number to you once I get yours.
Everybody will also be required to sign a liability waiver release form before the sail, which will also stipulate that this event is not a charter as well.
As always, my sails are free but you are welcome to leave a donation if you wish.