SHTP #3 – Rigging and Sails

The Singlehanded Sailing Society invites you to its Rigging and Sails seminar at  Island Yacht Club at  7:30 pm, Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  Guest speakers are Ryan Nelson of Rogue Rigging and  Dominic Marchal of Marchal Sailmakers. It is Free! Bring your friends, too, but if you’d rather attend remotely, please register for the webinar at:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/144003426004643586

REMINDER: SHTP Power and Communications Seminar on Dec 13

SHTP SEMINARS

All meetings/seminars start at 7:30 PM. Membership in SSS is not needed, no fee. Come and learn about gear, techniques, and meet race veterans.

Seminars

  • November 15, 2017 Introduction and Emergency Rudders
  • December 13, 2017 Power and Communications
  • January 17, 2018 Rigging and sails
  • February 21, 2018 Return Trip & Shipping Logistics
  • March TBD Cruise-In
  • April 18, 2018 Provisioning & Medical Considerations
  • May 16, 2018 Weather Routing and Race Strategy
WEBCAST INFO FOR THE NOVEMBER SEMINAR

SHTP 2018 Seminar Schedule Up, Webcast Tonight

SHTP SEMINARS

All meet at 7:30PM, membership not needed, no fee.   Come and learn about gear, techniques, and meet race vetrans.

Seminars

  • November 15, 2017 Introduction and Emergency Rudders
  • December 13, 2017 Power and Communications
  • January 17, 2018 Rigging and sails
  • February 21, 2018 Return Trip & Shipping Logistics
  • March TBD Cruise-In
  • April 18, 2018 Provisioning & Medical Considerations
  • May 16, 2018 Weather Routing and Race Strategy
WEBCAST INFO FOR THE NOVEMBER SEMINAR

SHTP 2018 Seminar Schedule Announced

Come learn how to prepare for the adventure of a lifetime!   Open to all, from those planning to do the 2018 race to dreamers with just a gleam in the eye.

Seminars

  • November 15, 2017 Introduction and Emergency Rudders
  • December 13, 2017 Power and Communications
  • January 17, 2018 Rigging and sails
  • February 21, 2018 Return Trip & Shipping Logistics
  • March TBD Cruise-In
  • April 18, 2018 Provisioning & Medical Considerations
  • May 16, 2018 Weather Routing and Race Strategy
All seminars are at the Island Yacht Club, Alameda, at 7:30 PM


Saildown 2017 Update

DATE: Saturday August 26, 2017

We will rendezvous at McCovey Cove at High Noon on Saturday. Remember, this is not a race. It is a Cruise. There are no rules, skippers must find their own way down via charts and avoid all manner of pitfalls and restricted areas without the guidance of a race committee. Boats will monitor Channel 72.
Find here charts of the South Bay and a map of The Port of Redwood City Yacht Harbor. See the location of Sequoia Yacht Club on the map.
http://www.spinnakersailing.com/redwoodcitymarina/marinalayout.html
When you arrive, please sign in at the Club’s Guest Book inside. The street address of Sequoia Yacht Club is 441 Seaport Court, Redwood City. There is room to stern-raft up for approximately 8 or 9 boats at the Sequoia Clubhouse deck. The Yacht Club has showers for use, but they will be closed at 8pm.
If you have a slow fat boat and you don’t think you’ll get one of those raft up spaces you might call ahead to reserve a slip from Spinnaker Sailing, which manages the harbor. Slip rental = $0.95/foot. No credit cards. Cash or check only. A deposit will be required for the gate and bathroom key fob. If you want a shower key it is a separate $20 deposit. For slips call 650.363.1390. The harbormaster office hours on Saturday and Sunday = 9am – 5pm. They monitor channel 16.
The SSS will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and a vegetarian option (probably boca burgers), also some kind of yummy dessert. Please bring side dishes of your choice to share. They don’t have to be elaborate, just edible. We are welcome to use the club’s gas grills.

THERE WILL BE PRIZES FOR:
  1. The oldest SSS shirt
  2. The most friends and family members aboard upon arrival;
  3. Youngest crew member aboard
  4. Longest trip (set your gps odometer as you leave your slip)


There have been questions:
Q:      how good are the prizes? I heard Tom Patterson tried to return his prize.
A:      The prizes are way cool. Not expensive. Very SSS. Tom was just joking. haha.

Q:      How many points for children?
A:      Despite stereotypes to the contrary, many members of the singlehanded sailing society like children. Some even have children of their own. To encourage this proclivity children aboard garner double points. Anticipating PHYF questions (“performance handicap youth fleet”), a measurement method (a measuring tape) will be utilized at the Sequoia Yacht Club if necessary. There will be no appeal process.

If you can’t persuade anyone to sail with you, if you can’t bribe friends and no one will let you borrow their children, remember: This is the Singlehanded Sailing Society. It’s okay to come solo.    

Safety at Sea February 12, 2017

From the YRA — this course will satisfy the SSS requirements for SAS training for doing the Half Moon Bay and Drake’s Bay races.

The OYRA is pleased to announce they are hosting an 8 hour, US Sailing Sanctioned Offshore Safety at Sea Course on February 12th at Berkeley Yacht Club!

This US Sailing Sanctioned Offshore Safety at Sea Course will be Moderated and taught by Chuck Hawley. The registration fee is $150 and includes lunch. You can register electronically HERE.

US Sailing Sanctioned Offshore Safety at Sea Courses are designed for sailors of all types and levels — cruisers and racers, novices and experts. The course is appropriate for a wide range of boats — small, big, monohulls, multihulls (and powerboats, too) — that are sailed anywhere — near shore and offshore. The curriculum is certified by US Sailing, with special attention to the conditions and challenges of our sailing area. The certification from this course is good for five years.

Unsure of whether or not you need to get an offshore certification for a Bay Area ocean race? You can get more info on the different course options, what courses are being offered locally, and which certifications the different ocean races require by checking out our Safety At Sea Courses page.

Ready to register for our February 12th Course? CLICK HERE!

Have questions about the February 12th course? Contact the YRA Office at info@yra.org.

Registration:   0800 – 0830
Class Start:  0830 sharp
Class Finish:  1730 (approx)

Ferry Traffic Protocol (January 2017)

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New for January 2017, the US Coast Guard Sector San Francisco has provided a protocol with chartlets on the conduct of ferries in the Bay.   Just in time for the Three Bridge Fiasco!

All SSS sailors are urged to read and comply.

Permalink:  http://sfbaysss.org/main/ferrytraffic


Now if we could only get those tour boat operators to realize that they are neither ferries or vessels constrained by deep draft…

What’s Happening at the Gulf of The Farallones and What Every Member of The SSS Needs to Know

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SSS member Carliane Johnson collects samples. Not seen, but there: sharks!

Please join us for a presentation on the “At-Sea Research of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS).” Hear about ocean surveys that are being conducted and what this information is telling us about the importance of the sanctuary for birds, whales, white sharks and other wildlife.. Environmental consultant and occasional contract staff to GFNMS, Carliane Johnson, will provide this special presentation on the upwelling nutrient soup that supports an incredible foodweb from the tiniest of krill to the largest animals on earth, and how these surveys are helping us understand oceanic changes. 
 
The presentation will follow the Vallejo 1-2 skippers’ meeting, Wednesday October 19 at 1930 hrs at the Island Yacht Club.  Feel free to pass this announcement to others and invite family and friends, too.