Boat Fest Comes to Alameda’s Marina Village

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The Northern California Boat Fest is taking place this Thursday through Sunday at Marina Village.

On Thursday and Friday, Feb. 24 -25, Boat Fest events will take place from 12 to 5 p.m., while on Saturday and Sunday, activites are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A variety of sailing vessels and power boats will be on display. There will also be food, entertainment and talks on boating.

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, for instance, Rob Grant of Latitude 38 magazine will discuss the America’s Cup and how it will impact the sailing community of San Francisco Bay.

Also, many sailing schools and yacht groups will have exhibits and representatives on hand to talk about their programs.

The event is free and includes a variety of vendors.


Homes Open Near Grand Marina in Alameda

Two new homes were showcased this weekend, when Grand Marina Village opened some of its doors.

The development is being put up by Warmington Residential California next to Grand Marina on the estuary end of Grand Street.

The developer aims for 40 three-story residences to go up in the area, ranging in size from about 2,150 to 2,375 square feet. Two homes were open this weekend in the hopes that potential buyers will “reserve” residences in the area, which are priced in  upper-$600,000s.

“We are very happy to be offering homes at Grand Marina Village,” said Debi Garlick, vice president of sales for Warmington in a press release.

Banners and ballons were up all over the area, and there were some interested home buyers stopping by.

With all the fine weather now following the rains, visitors could enjoy the spring flowers blooming in and around Grand Marina.

Warmington built nearly 500 homes in Bayport Alameda. The latest community, Grand Marina Village, is officially located 1629 Cruiser Lane, at the corner of Grand Street and Fortmann Way.

While this development goes up, the parking lot in Grand Marina is being affected. And parking on the weekends can be hard to find.

How the eventual parking situation plays out in this popular waterfront area will be “interested.”


Alameda’s Boat Fest to Open Feb. 18

The second annual Northern California Boat Fest opens tomorrow, February 18, at the Marina Village Yacht Harbor.

It’s a great opportunity for Alamedans to learn more about the sailing programs and boating organizations in and around the Island — for free!

The event is open from 12 to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
In addition to enjoying music and food, visitors can check out used boats from Bay Area dealers and brokers, and new boats from Beneteau, Sabre, Hunter, Ocean Alexander, Catalina, Grand Banks, Island Packet, Riviera, Jeanneau, J-Boats, Alerion Express, SeaRay, Meridian, Mainship and other boatmakers.

On Saturday, Scott Koehler of Swendson’s Boatyard will discuss prevention and maintenance issues at noon.

These groups will have booths at the show:

American Battery
Ballena Bay Yachts
Boat Guys
Chris Cox Boat Lettering
Club Nautique
Cruising Yachts, Inc.
D’Anna Yacht Center
Dimen Marine
Encinal Yacht Club
Farallone Yachts
Latitude 38
Marina Village Yacht Harbor
Mariner’s Choice
McGinnis Insurance Services, Inc.
Michael Wiest Yacht Sales
Newcoast Financial
NorCal Mastercraft
Oakland Yacht Club
Orange Coast Yachts
Passage Yachts, Inc.
Phelay Agency – Allstate Insurance
Richard Boland Yachts
Sail California
Seacoast Marine Finance
Swedish Marine
Tradewinds Sailing School and Club
Trident Funding Corp. and
West Marine Rigging.


Spill Clean-Up Continues; Small Impact on Marinas

The U.S. Coast Guard says clean-up crews continue to work in several areas of Alameda that have been affected by the October 30 Dubai Star oil spill, while wildlife experts search for and capture any animals impacted by the spill.

Wildlife recovery specialists have recovered 36 live birds affected by the oil and 11 dead oiled birds since Friday. (Two of the 36 live birds died during treatment at the San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Care and Education Center in Cordelia, Calif.)

The state also has set up a mobile treatment, or stabilization, center in Alameda near Crab Cove.

To report affected wildlife, call 1-877-823-6926.

Clean-up work at Robert Crown Memorial State Beach is about 80 percent finished, while the situation at Ballena Bay and Bay Farm Island is still being assessed.

Crown Memorial Beach, part of the East Bay Regional Park District, remains closed as a result of the spill, and fishing is suspended from the San Mateo Bridge to the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

Two-day clean-up efforts at the Ballena Isla Marina in Alameda were completed earlier today, according to marina management. “We didn’t get much of the spill in the marina at all,” said Tim Leathers, Almar Marina’s regional vice president for Northern California. “We’re lucky.”

Ballena Isle, which has more than 300 boats at its slips, said the oil spill affected a dock with about 20 vessels. “There were globs of the bunker fuel, but they were easy to get out of the water,” Leathers said.

A crew hired by O’Brien’s Response Management,  handling the clean-up on behalf of Dubai Star’s owner – South Harmony Shipping, and the contracted cleaners — National Response Corporation – had about 25 individuals in the Ballena Isle Marina on Sunday and Monday, according to Leathers.

“The crews are now working on the west side, or the bay side, of Ballena Bay, and they are using materials to sop up and catch any oil that the wind could push into the area,” Leathers said.

At Marina Village on the Oakland Estuary, none of the oil spill came into the harbor, according to Sheila Maher, assistant harbor master of the Marina Village Yacht Harbor.

The claims number for those affected by the spill is (800) 421-0863.