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Summertime Sailing Adventure aboard the cutter Cetacea on warm Sunday, June 24!
The SV cutter Cetacea (latin, marine mammal), a beautiful, strong, and well-appointed 42' blue-water "fast-cruiser" with extensive operational and safety systems, invites a few fun and interesting crew aboard with a highly experienced Captain and platonic-only water-sports enthusiast and science/technology entrepreneur. There are up to 5 no-cost female crew positions available, depending upon m/f friends joining us, and the 10 day forecast indicates nearly 80 degrees and sunny! Join us as we sailabrate the first weekend of the summer sailing season-- yayyyyy! Although I sometimes invite male friends to join us, there have been too many negative past experiences with male invitees to take chances inviting unknown males for crew; and so, with the encouragement of my GF, I generally sail with only female crew and friends. Sorry guys. Strong preference for happy, agile, outgoing, communicative and adventurous crew, as can be seen in the various meetup photo albums of crew on 70 previous sailing adventures the past 4+ years on NBS meetup. Cetacea is a very safe, comfortable, and easy sailing vessel designed for world-class sailing, so she can handle the roaring gale-force Slot and other bay sailing challenges with aplomb! Newbies to the wonders of SF Bay sailing or sailing in general, including those that have sailed with us, are especially encouraged! Sailing experience not necessary, but enthusiasm for adventure is! We'll picnic on Angel Island for an hour, tour Sausalito harbor, and then race out of the Sausalito wind shadow and into the Slot, tacking a few times as we loose Cetacea's demons, racing us to maximum hull speed! We'll then practice our sailing skills with 2 helms and 6 winches as we sail past the North Bay waterfronts, returning the marina by 5:00 pm. The winds are expected to be much lower than gale-force (probably 21 mph), so more relaxed sailing. We won't exit the Gate if choppy/rough, but do expect to see creatures at play! We saw surfing dolphins and 2 whales on the last trip. Serendipity will surely be visited upon us, no doubt, and you're part of the alchemy! Please join the wait-list and note that it does not have an ordered prioritization. Please note your page may indicate the event is full- this is a meetup platform quirk, but you'll be automatically moved to the waitlist. This waitlist is open until Wed, June 20. Please be sure to respond asap to my confirmation email to your meetup registered email address or you'll be cast adrift in the "Not Going" landlubber zone of washed-up sailing regrets, har har!

Southbeach harbor

Pier 40 · San Francisco, CA

Respond by: 6/21/2018

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It's easy to make sailing friends here! We are the original sailing Meetup group in the Bay Area, and the largest and most active. We try to offer inexpensive sailing opportunities for everyone. All of our events are free, unlike other groups, which exist to charge people to sail. The only time we charge people is when the event is a charter-share and everyone "chips in" on the cost to charter the boat. We don't believe in using the Meetup platform to run a business.

You don't have to know how to sail to be part of the group. People with boats usually always welcome guests aboard to help pull ropes and turn cranks and pass out beer. That is called "crewing".

The purpose of this meetup group is to promote and share the passions of sailing. Anyone interested in sailing may join. The variety of scheduled events can help build up your sailing social circle, which is one of the keys to more sailing. Educational, social, and actual sailing events will be fun and allow members to meet each other.

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Hopefully we can introduce some passion-sailors to racing. It's a good way to sail more and really learn how to sail well. And it's a great excuse to go sailing on the race days, of which there are quite a lot in SF Bay. And, don't forget practice sessions, too. Crewing for race boats is the best way to get a lot of fun, inexpensive, thrilling sailing with a dedicated crew.

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