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    Default OTA Virus Cup Challenge, Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

    I am planning on sailing my boat single or doubled handed around Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay on April 4th. I am hoping that a few of you will join me in an event of solidarity and relative isolation as we rip around one of the bays most scenic islands.

    Please note I am wagering 1 corona beer which I will place in a cheap Styrofoam icebox on the dock (all wagers must be on the dock by 11:45). Also come up with your own prizes to leave on the dock minding social distancing practices. (Toilet paper anyone?) The rules are you can go either clockwise or counter clockwise departing from Clipper Cove. Boats that rate at or over 150 will start at noon. Boats that rate under 150 could start at 12:15. Please show proper distance, encouraging words and the best in Corinthian spirit. Feel free to give an optional donation to your favorite organization that is fighting to save and serve our health and safety as your entrance fee.

    We can sail and make a difference at the same time. Let's all be winners. Come join me on April 4th.
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    Default Re: OTA Virus Cup Challenge Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

    If I had a boat that could do it, I’d join you.

    Peace,
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    Default Re: OTA Virus Cup Challenge Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    If I had a boat that could do it, I’d join you.

    Peace,
    Robert
    I know you would. We have other times where we can sail, cook, talk, laugh, play music and sleep out on the boat in Clipper cove. They aren't that far away. Don't forget the Uke.

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    Default Re: OTA Virus Cup Challenge, Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

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    Who knows. I may even have money again, one day...

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    Default Re: OTA Virus Cup Challenge, Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
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    Who knows. I may even have money again, one day...

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    Your dreams are contagious.
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    Default Re: OTA Virus Cup Challenge, Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    Your dreams are contagious.
    Wouldn’t those wee boats be so fun on the Bay? Not the rocket ship versions. Ones that would cost diddly to build outfit and maintain. And store.

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    Default Re: OTA Virus Cup Challenge, Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Wouldn’t those wee boats be so fun on the Bay? Not the rocket ship versions. Ones that would cost diddly to build outfit and maintain. And store.

    Peace,
    Robert
    they are nearly perfect for our times, the resources needed and places we can go.
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    Default Re: OTA Virus Cup Challenge, Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    I am planning on sailing my boat single or doubled handed around Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay on April 4th. I am hoping that a few of you will join me in an event of solidarity and relative isolation as we rip around one of the bays most scenic islands.

    Please note I am wagering 1 corona beer which I will place in a cheap Styrofoam icebox on the dock (all wagers must be on the dock by 11:45). Also come up with your own prizes to leave on the dock minding social distancing practices. (Toilet paper anyone?) The rules are you can go either clockwise or counter clockwise departing from Clipper Cove. Boats that rate at or over 150 will start at noon. Boats that rate under 150 could start at 12:15. Please show proper distance, encouraging words and the best in Corinthian spirit. Feel free to give an optional donation to your favorite organization that is fighting to save and serve our health and safety as your entrance fee.

    We can sail and make a difference at the same time. Let's all be winners. Come join me on April 4th.
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    My boat has never been rated, but I not likely to win. Would I still be welcome to join this great idea?

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    Default Re: OTA Virus Cup Challenge, Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Higgins.94301 View Post
    My boat has never been rated, but I not likely to win. Would I still be welcome to join this great idea?

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    Yes please in that beautiful boat! The ratings don't mean a thing as does the winning. It is a statement of getting out, being safe and being seen. The loop around the island is an enough of a challenge without worrying about placing. I encourage any sailing vessel that safely navigate the entire Treasure Island & Yerba Buena island with avoiding the Coast Guard station boundaries.

    I'll be coming up the Oakland estuary starting around 9:30. I am hoping the sun will be out and the wind coming in around noon.
    Last edited by Ted Hoppe; 03-26-2020 at 12:13 PM.
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    Default Re: OTA Virus Cup Challenge, Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

    Sounds perfect. Health permitting, I plan to be there.

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    Default Re: OTA Virus Cup Challenge Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

    Mike, I would rate your boat #1.

    Jeff

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    Default Re: OTA Virus Cup Challenge Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

    We have five now with more coming from my friends at the Master Mariners! Including Morning Star.



    Updated and faster.

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    Default Re: OTA Virus Cup Challenge Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

    Getting the boat ready. Painted the interior and boom. Varnishing starts in morning.
    Nice to get and take the time for our passion when we all are so stressed about life, work and our future.
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    Default Re: OTA Virus Cup Challenge Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

    How do you think the weather is looking for Saturday? The NOAA forecast is rain with nice winds. My plan is to launch at the ramp near the Bay View Boat Club. I will drive by tomorrow and make sure the ramp hasn’t been closed.

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    The ramps are open in Alameda. Grand Ave ramp on the estuary and Encinal Ramp on the bay side.
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    A secret t-shirt will be made for a lucky few.
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    Default Re: OTA Virus Cup Challenge Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

    I know many of you do not know me. I was the vice commodore of the master mariners in charge of the regatta & sponsorship as well as sat on the board for many years. (i still have a hand in producing most of the materials and behind the scene of the organization).
    Some of you might even know my boat which has a proud San Francisco heritage with the best sailor of our era aboard, she is world class winner and was one of designs that changed competitive sailing. I finally am getting around to make her a bit easier to single hand.


    This morning I received an email from my friends notifying us of the cancellation of the Classic Master Mariners Regatta, the oldest race on the West Coast. It is with a heavy heart that we are going to miss this event. Reading this cancellation as well as reading about other rollbacks, the effect is staggering to those who love sailing and want to see our beloved organized events that promote our sailing passions among our friendships and community.

    Until we have a solution to addressing this terrible virus we must do what we can to be wise and safe and yet have fun. The rain on the first event may put a damper on a few. Those who come out with us will be on the water, sailing as well as to signal to others we continue live with passion and community. Tomorrow will be the first one. I will do another in the first week in May and maybe in June. Other larger personalities and our favorite organization like the SSS or the MMBA will begin to host their own events similar to these. Until they do, we as collective individuals can step in and use our hosted social media platforms to promote the sporting side of sailing as well as the friendships we make here and on the water without great liability or responsibility during these times of sincere shelter in place and prudent virus watch.

    It does look like rain. I will be at Clipper cove at around 11. Will be monitoring channel 16 until 11am and will be switching over to channel 69 for the single and double handed circumnavigation of Treasure Island.

    Have fun. Keep a fathom or more away from other vessels and people. Be safe and come back next month.


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    Default Re: OTA Virus Cup Challenge Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

    Ok - there were only 2 boat out in the rain, gusts up to 20 and huge ebb. It was one of the best days of sailing in my life. Me and my teen son in gusty showers, eating delicious cold steak sandwiches, drinking hot coffee talking, listening to music, getting sprayed by a whale under the bridge while fighting the ebb and flying past 9 knots under white sails. Needless to say we won but we left the prize beers on the treasure island club dock but fortunately we took home the winning toilet paper as the trophy.

    in a respect for privacy - I will not show others out there. I was happy to see them and their beautiful boat doing exactly what we live to do.

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    Default Re: OTA Virus Cup Challenge Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

    Ted’s proposed race around Treasure Island was a great idea. However, for me it did not exactly turn out as planned. First of all, for those of you not familiar with San Francisco Bay, the map below shows the location of Treasure Island relative to the cities of San Francisco and Oakland. The Bay Bridge connects the island to these two cities. For those of you who can remember The Graduate, this is the bridge in the scene where everyone yells, “You’re going the wrong way!” But I digress.

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    What most people call “Treasure Island” actually is two islands (1) a natural island, called Yerba Buena, and (2) a man-made island, which is the actual Treasure Island. The body of water between these two islands is Clipper Cove, not named after those beautiful sailing ships. Clipper Cove was the base for the seaplanes that once flew west from San Francisco towards the Orient.

    The usual wind blows in through the Golden Gate, creating the strong westerly that makes San Francisco so much fun to sail. However, on Saturday, the wind was from the south. Most of the day the tide was ebbing, resulting in strong 1.0 to1.5 knot northbound current. I launched my catboat at a ramp, just south of Oracle Park, on the San Francisco side of the Bay. The 10-knot southerly combined with the current to make this a fast sail for me. My speeds were well above my boat’s hull speed during the crossing to Treasure Island.

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    Ted arrived in his graceful sloop not long after me. He had sailed from a slip on the Oakland Estuary. As planned, we each deposited our “bets” in a Styrofoam cooler left on a dock and then sailed circles waiting to see if anyone else was going to brave the steady rain that now was falling. Around noon, it became apparent that we were the only takers. However, it also became apparent that with the building wind, a circumnavigation of the island would make this a long day for me. Therefore, I forfeited my bet, tucked in a reef and headed back across the bay towards the launch ramp.

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    The return trip turned out to be more than my boat could handle. Oakland airport was reporting 17 mph winds. The gusts must have been well over 20 mph. I’ve sailed in these conditions for years on the Bay. When sailing by myself I put in the first reef around 15 mph, and the second reef around 20 mph. Concerned about making time against the opposing current I didn’t put in the second reef, which probably was a mistake. Also, the seas were particularly rough south of Yerba Buena. The long fetch from those southerly winds created a 2 to 3-foot waves which collided with the waves reflecting off the island. This resulted in unusually rough conditions.

    Roughly a mile from Clipper Cove I found green water coming over the coaming into my cockpit. If you think about the geometry of a catboat you can understand why this was alarming. That first “knockdown” was scary, but the cockpit drains did their job and very little water found their way into the bilge. However, this happened a second time, so I decided to give up making it back that afternoon. Falling off I enjoyed a quick sail back to Clipper Cove. Fortunately, the Treasure Island Marina had an empty slip where I left my catboat and waited for my boat’s namesake to drive me back home.

    Meanwhile, Ted had finished his circumnavigation and claimed his well-earned prize. It was a unforgettable day.

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    Default Re: OTA Virus Cup Challenge Treasure Island - 4/4/2020

    Mike - your boat is lovely. It was such a pleasure to see you sailing out there. It was a challenging day to be out with the winds from the south and the steep fetch. I was concerned for you. The winds were fickle with 20 plus knot wind shift gust catching us unprepared as we pointed up against the river ebb in full swing by the delta tower. Our mainsheet block blew and finally we made a repair as we tucked in closer to the shadow of Yerba Buena. The bay in all of its form stamps our seafaring tickets and trials our boats. You were wise to tuck in and get relief from the same day sail home.

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    Small craft advisories are forecasted for today, Sunday with heavy rains. A safe bet would be a late Monday or even Tuesday. If you need any help or would like a escort in the days ahead, let me know. I look forward to sailing along side and with you on your lovely boat many in the more times to come.

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    Well done both ships and their crews

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