The Maritime Report for April 11, 2013

The Maritime Report for April 11, 2013

Dave Bloch

The Discover Sailing dock at last year’s Strictly Sail event. Photo by Dave Bloch.

It's Strictly Sail Week!

The biggest sailing show on the West Coast happens today (Thursday, April 11) through Sunday across the water in Jack London Square, and there is no better time to explore sailing. You can look at boats (or just dream about them - you won't be the only one!), attend presentations by experts in every aspect of sailing, and see all the stuff that gets boat owners all excited. You can also just talk to lots of people who sail in all kinds of different ways and for different reasons. Several of Alameda's yacht clubs have booths at this year's show, so you can get all your questions answered about the unique qualities of each one.

In other words, you do NOT have to own a boat, or be thinking about buying one, to make the $15 entry fee more than worth it. (Admission is free for kids under 15; $2 off coupons are available at any of the marine stores on the Island.)

One of the best features of Strictly Sail is DISCOVER SAILING, where you can sign up for a free sailboat ride up the Estuary. Find out what it's really like out there, with a trained instructor and just a few other first-timers so you can ask lots of questions. Your kids can get a half-hour dockside class on the beautiful Schooner "Seaward," and up to 40 kids will take a two-hour sail on her Saturday and Sunday. SIGN UP EARLY because these slots fill up. These are all free to Strictly Sail attendees.

Take a look at to get all the details, including the seminar schedule. (A few of the seminars are extra cost, but there are LOTS of them included in your admission fee.) It should be sunny all weekend, so reserve a few hours (or a whole day) to feel the excitement of thousands of sailors who visit this show every year!

Sailing legend to speak in Alameda

Come to Oakland Yacht Club at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18 to hear Gary Jobson speak about the America's Cup in a presentation titled, “Who Looks Strong and Why!”

Jobson is a world-renowned sailor. He was on the winning America’s Cup team in 1976 as tactician for Ted Turner, he is a commentator for ESPN and is the NBC-TV commentator for the 34th America’s Cup. Jobson is also an author and editor-at-large for Sailing World and Cruising World magazines. He will preview his views on the 34th America’s Cup, and also offer some compelling stories about the sport of sailboat racing.

The price for Jobson's presentation is $20, or $35 for the presentation plus a BBQ dinner, which will be served from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Jobson presentation will start at 7:30p.m.

OYC expects this event to sell out, so reservations are required. Call them at (510) 522-6868, or make your reservation at