MARITIME REPORT: Looks Like it Worked!

MARITIME REPORT: Looks Like it Worked!

Dave Bloch

Our first Bay Area America’s Cup event is now history, and it really does look like it WORKED. Thousands of people came out to Marina Green, and I would guess the vast majority had never watched a sailboat regatta before. They filled the bleachers, stood down the entire length of the Green, and packed the spit and rocks out by Golden Gate Yacht Club. Hundreds of boats came out to watch from outside the Coast Guard-specified restricted area; the folks I talked to as they returned all really had a great time out there!

Your reporter blogged about his experiences last week, in this space and at AlamedaWaterfront.com. Watching from the shore, from out on a boat and on TV were all different experiences and all worthwhile.

Did you miss it? No problem, because the boats are back in just FIVE WEEKS, from October 2-7. In the meantime, we'll be watching for what our "hometown team," Sweden's Artemis Racing, does out on the Bay to prepare. Neither of Artemis' two teams made it into the top three in the fleet racing this time or into the finals in the match racing; we in Alameda would like to see their beautiful "Goddess of the Hunt" logo out in front in October!

SPECIAL SEMINAR FOR WOMEN - A GREAT WAY TO START

NEXT MONTH, on September 22 and 23, Alameda's Island Yacht Club holds its 20th Annual Northern California Women's Sailing Seminar. WSS is a unique opportunity for any woman, whether she has years of experience or has never set foot on a boat, to learn in a no-pressure environment with all female instructors and students. Classes are held Saturday indoors, at dockside and out on the water. On Sunday each student can choose from a long cruise out into the Bay or a day of fun flat-water racing on the Oakland-Alameda Estuary. The whole thing is just $175 (if you register by September 8) with lunches included.

If the America's Cup has kindled an interest in you, WSS is really a great way to try it out in about the best way there is. (My own wife attended WSS years ago, just after we got our first boat; it put her skills ahead of mine for quite a while.) Visit the Website at http://womenssailingseminar.com and download the information packet. The timing is great, between the two AC events we have this year, so head on over to IYC. (The IYC clubhouse is in Alameda Marina in the middle of Svendsen's Boat Yard. If you've never come through the gates into one of Alameda's working boatyards, that may be worth the trip all by itself.)