Encinal’s Summer Sailstice a Big Hit; ‘Washington’ Beats ‘Cleopatra’ in Boat Contest


Encinal Yacht Club hosted its first Summer Sailstice weekend — with most events taking place yesterday, June 18.

Judging from the large crowd — more than 1,000 visitors came to the event — it was quite a success. Organizers were pleased with both the turnout and the enthusiasm of those attending.

Two teams competed for the best-built wooden boat, which entailed day-long building activities and a short boat race in the late afternoon: Berkeley Marine Center vs. The Leaky Tiki-West Marine.

The two teams were close after they passed the one and only race-course mark out in the Alameda-Oakland Estuary.


However, after rounding the mark, the Berkeley group rowed briskly to build up a sizable lead over the West Marine team’s catamaran. And the rowboat team soon won the race.

A 12-year-old sailor watching the race referred to as a case of “Washington defeating Cleopatra;” the rowboat proudly flew the Stars and Stripes, and the catamaran resembled the Egyptian craft used by its ancient female ruler to meet Marc Antony in Turkey.


Janet Levaux