Summer Sailstice Comes to Encinal Yacht Club


Encinal Yacht Club, 1251 Pacific Ave., invites the community to its yearly Summer Sailstice event this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The free gathering includes a popular boat-building contest, sailing demonstrations and displays, educational events and live music.

The music includes a DJ from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. , Gerry Pagano from 1 to 1:30 p.m., Johnny Nash from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., Debra Crooks and Kwame Copeland from 3 to 4 p.m., Jeremy von Epp and Wicked Lobsta’ from 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. and Downwind Run from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

At noon on Saturday, a discussion about Latitude 38-organized sailing events will be led by Andy Turpin. The magazine’s managing editor will share details on the Baja Ha-ha, Pacific Puddle Jump and Delta Doo Dah rallies.

One hour later, at 1 p.m., Dan Leininger of the Maritime Institute will explain how sailors can get their captain’s license.

The boat-building work will take place all day, with the launching of the two vessels set to take place in the late afternoon.


Sailing Team to Make Presentation at Encinal

The All American Offshore Sailing Team will make a presentation at Alameda’s Encinal Yacht Club at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday, June 10. The talk and slideshow will follow the Spring Friday Night Twilight Races.

The All American Offshore Team is composed of 15 sailors with an average age of 23, and was organized to give youth sailors offshore racing opportunities in the United States. This summer they will race Vanquish, a 65-foot performance carbon mini maxi, in the Annapolis–Newport Race, the Trans-Atlantic, the Fastnet, as well as several other races both in the United States and internationally.

The team is composed of sailors from all over the country that were selected from a pool of over 300 applicants. Three Bay Area sailors were selected, Matt Noble, David Rasmussen, and Molly Robinson.

Matt Noble and David Rasmussen are representatives of the Richmond Yacht Club, and Molly Robinson is from the San Francisco Yacht Club.

Next weekend, Encinal is hosting the Summer Sailstice event, after the annual event was moved to Alameda from Treasure Island.


Encinal Yacht Club Hosts Kids’ Day – Rain or Shine


Alameda’s Encinal Yacht Club is inviting members of the community to experience the fun and thrill of sailing today, Sunday, March 6 — despite the rain — from 1 to 4 p.m. at the club, 1251 Pacific Marina.

The club is offering free EYC Jr Sailing T-shirts to many of the visitors, along with refreshments, sailing rides and club tours.

Junior sailors, instructors and parents will be on hand to discuss the program and answer questions. According to the club, instructors are certified, experienced and friendly instructors.

Encinal offers programs year-round for children ages 8-18, and it hosts special beginning-to-advanced sailing camps during the summer.

Small-boat sailing has captured the hearts of many Bay Area residents, including author Jack London, who wrote an essay and many books about his nautical experiences.

For more info, call 510-769-0221 or visit the group’s website.

(Thanks to local youth-sailing supporter James Fryer for the photo of some of last summer’s junior-sailing activities.)


Out and About: Encinal’s Jack Frost Series

If you’re like me, you may have wondered what sailboat racing on the San Francisco Bay is like.

Well, after getting a spot on a boat, I participated in the first of this season’s Jack Frost Series of sailboat races– hosted by Alameda’s Encinal Yacht Club this Saturday. It turned out to be quite an action-packed experience.

The races start about half a mile west of the end of the Berkeley Pier. They are short-course races that last about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the conditions of the waves, water, wind, weather and crew. During the races, groups of about 10-12 boats take several laps around a series of markers.

Members of the Encinal Yacht Club staff the race committee boat, and they have to signal the start of each race, track the boats around the marks and monitor the finish.  The boats are grouped in fleets by boat model, which generally means that boats of similar lengths and types race against each other.   

I was in the D group, or the fourth group, of boats to sail.

You learn a lot about sailing tactics, maneuvers and sportsmanship through racing. You also get a understanding of yourself, why you like to be out on the water and what you are able — and less able to do — when working as a team member focused on moving a boat as quickly as possible around a course.

And you gain a lot of respect for the efforts of groups like Encincal Yacht Club and what it takes to put on a race, namely lots of planning and other logistical work. In addition, you better appreciate the bay for the crazy mix of micro-climates and conditions that it has to offer sailors.

Finally, you wonder if you’ve pushed yourself enough during such an experience, and when — with your freshly bruised limbs (and/or ego) — you might be up for another nautical competition.

For those who are interested, future races in Encinal’ s Jack Frost Series are scheduled for next year on January 23, February 27 and March 27.

Note: Photo courtesy of http://www.norcalsailing.com 2009.