Did you happen to visit Crown Beach this weekend? You might have seen a bustle of activity as 33 Hobie catamarans ran their annual Hobie Fleet 281 Round Treasure Island Regatta. These little boats (16 to 20 feet long) fly across the water with their one- and two-person crews hanging far out over the side to keep the sail from blowing the whole thing over sideways. (Sometimes they go over anyway.) Read more >> about The Maritime Report: The Hobies Were Here
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Our Singlehanded TransPac sailors arrived in Hawaii a couple of weeks ago. Now the Pacific Cup sailors (with at least two on each boat) are out there in the Pacific with several approaching the halfway mark as I write this on Tuesday morning. It’s very easy to follow these boats and read their blogs from the ocean; just visit http://pacificcup.org/. (They do their best to make this race accessible for readers, asking/answering questions like “Why is the front-runner not always the leader?” Well worth checking this out!) Read more >> about The Maritime Report: Two Other Sailing Events
Port. Starboard. Head. Tack. Lee. Jibe. All these darn words that keep regular folks from understanding sailors! Why can't we just speak regular English? Read more >> about The Maritime Report: Why Do Sailors Talk Funny?
Last week in this space, you read about the Singlehanded TransPac, a 2,120-mile run from San Francisco to Hanalei Bay on the island of Kauai. Several of those boats are either being skippered by Alamedans, the boats are berthed here, or the owners brought them here to prepare them in our outstanding marinas. Read more >> about The Maritime Report: Racing for Hawaii
The America's Cup on "Real" TV
Your watery reporter had a great time this past Sunday over at the Ballena Bay Yacht Club, watching the final day of the last race in the 2011-2012 America's Cup World Series. The America's Cup World Series races have all been carried live on YouTube, but this is the first time that they were broadcast on NBC network television. Read more >> about MARITIME REPORT: Happenings this week
There's lots going on in the waters around our island this summer!
This past Saturday, Encinal Yacht Club hosted the 2012 Summer Sailstice, a global celebration of sailing. Around 1,200 visitors from around the Bay Area were treated to a full day of music, food and displays from more than 20 vendors. There were opportunities for sailboat rides and seeing the USA76, a 84-foot, very sleek sailboat launched in 2002 for America's Cup events. Read more >> about The Maritime Report: Off to the races
The America's Cup has been generating a lot of excitement around our Island for well over a year now. There's great hope that the energy and attention focused on Bay Area sailing will be a real catalyst to help more people understand and get involved with the sport (and, for many, its lifestyle). There are opportunities for some long-lasting infrastructure improvements as well; we'll report on those as they come along. Read more >> about The Maritime Report: Community sailing center for Alameda?
Welcome to our new Maritime Report! Every week in this space, The Alamedan will bring you news and comment of happenings on the waters that surround our Island city. Your reporter is currently the Staff Commodore of the Island Yacht Club located at Alameda Marina and serves on the City of Alameda America's Cup citizens advisory committee, so he tries to stay connected to everything happening on the water. Whether you have a boat or not, you'll learn more about what all those white boats are doing out there! Read more >> about The Maritime Report: Summer Sailstice is coming!