PCISA Rose Bowl at Long Beach, which has become a favorite venue. Simon skippering for Alameda High School. Henry stayed home to sail 29'ers.
EYC takes BAYS to the South Bay
This winter's BAYS was different.... we had multiple classes (c420's, 29'ers, Lasers, Opti's) and we towed them out of the estuary to the South Bay. These pictures are from Saturday and it was perfectly nice sailing weather. Sunday was gnarly so we don't have pictures (only rescues.)
High School Sailing at Treasure Island
First a warm-up Norcal regatta with Simon crewing for Henry and then PCISA Golden Bear Regatta (thank you Cal Sailing Team!) with the Socal teams.
Mobile shot collection
All shot with Samsung Note 8, no filters applies.
Elvstrom/Zellerbach at the St. Francis
Simon racing club 420's on the San Francisco Cityfront with Jonothan Andrews. They got 2nd.
High School Pacific Coast Championships
Another trip to Long Beach for the high school final with Simon and Henry as Alameda skippers. I think they wound up 12th.
While they were racing FJ's I walked over to the Belmont Pier to check out The Congressional Cup, a famous match racing regatta based out of Long Beach Yacht Club.
In September there were wildfires all over California... this one was more like a prelude to the real devastation. It was put out quickly by the local air team. These pics are taken from the Alameda Bike Bridge about 5 minutes from our house.
Collection of regattas in the SF Bay Area and down to Southern California. Henry won the Summer BAYS trophy for the second year in a row and the first with SFYC rather than EYC. Simon raced opti's and 420's. He qualified for the Bemis finals in San Diego and got 15th down there. He was also "honorably discharged" from optimist sailing following WCC's down at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.
America's Cup 34 has already started. Remember those two zippy Oracle catamarans cruising the bay this summer? Teams Spithill and Coutts (my kids love to say koootz) have already raced at World Series events in Cascais, Portugal and Plymouth, England - which just concluded. Next up is San Diego in early November.
We've been watching Live From Europe with our morning oatmeal via youtube.com/americascup. Once you start to "get" it... it really gets entertaining. It's all about teamwork and technology! They are working very hard to appeal to a wider tv audience that knows little about sailing with the assistance of precision GPS, onboard cameras, helicopters, and computer graphics by Stan Honey, the same guy who brought us the 10 yard line in football, the hockey halo, NASCAR's RACEf/x, and baseball's PITCHf/x, among other triumphs.
We watched fleet races, where all 9 teams compete at the same time, and match races where they face off in duals to win the bracket. So far in the total standings, Emirates Team New Zealand is in 1st place followed by Oracle-Spithill (Spithill is the captain), Oracle-Coutts (koootz!) in 3rd, Sweden's Artemis Racing, and Team Korea in 5th. Watching Team Korea blossom in the final days of Plymouth was the biggest thrill at our house. Maybe we are just real keen on the white tiger graphics, but it was huge fun watching them emerge.
Finally.... a song about Alameda Zombies that I didn't make up myself!
Super Adventure Club is a San Francisco-based duo with a brand new album out on what I assume is their own record label. The music is actually pretty good but probably wouldn't have gotten my attention is it wasn't for this song about Zombies in Alameda.
I can tell that you're not from san francisco
Cause you're riding on a bike that's not a fixie
So tell me once again where it is your from
Cause you're smellin kinda a funky and your face is lookin glum
Alameda is a perfect place for fixies because our island is completely flat. The only hill is the bike bridge going over the estuary. If you ask me, hilly San Francisco is a retarded place for fixies. But... they are mostly right. Zombies do prefer geared bikes.
Speaking of civilized, we recently visited Vancouver, British Columbia for a combo business/pleasure trip. We navigated the city for 5 full days mostly by foot, bicycle, and public transit (and the occasional taxi.) Compared to San Francisco, the weather sorta sucks (which says a lot if you know SF) but Vancouver makes San Francisco look ***archaic*** when it comes to transit. They really have it figured out.