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2012

Catherine Boucher - Guest Racer on Energy Team AC 45! Print E-mail
Written by Catherine Boucher   

Catherine originalA Natural Roller Coaster Ride!***

I am writing this full report for my SEA friends who were standing along with their kids on the Organ Wave last Thursday, almost crying of joy for me, rooting for The Energy Team, in spite of their Italian, English, Peruvian or American nationalities!

In 2000 I heard about Sailing Education Adventures, an amazing non-profit sailing organization based in Sausalito. I immediately started sailing with them when I was barely speaking English. Everything I know on a boat I learned from exceptional SEA volunteers, but also San Francisco Bay local experts and SEA Members John Paul Watts, Frank Lawler, Cathy Steirhoff and so many others. Over the years all of them became friends for life. Thank you SEA!

When my domestic partner Eric, who is not a sailor at all, arranged and offered me the unique opportunity to sail as a guest racer with the America's Cup World Series on Energy Team with Loick Peyron and his “boys” on October 4th on one of the 7 official regattas of this ACWS, I was speechless and could not believe it.

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04

Oct

2012

Cathy Stierhoff - Spirit of Marin Award Print E-mail
Written by Office   

839SEA member and star racer Cathy Stierhoff received the Bank of Marin Spirit of Marin award at the Bank of Marin Spirit of Marin lunch, Friday September 28th.

Cathy won the award for her many years of volunteer support to the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce in the areas of finance, events such as Amgen and Sakaide sister city program, membership recruitment, organizing food booths and many other events and programs.

She continues to make invaluable contribution to the Sausalito community through her volunteer efforts and time. Her many years with SEA both on and off the water have made this organization much stronger!

Congratulations Cathy on your well deserved award from your friends at SEA.

 

09

Oct

2012

Strange Craft Sighting. SEA Involved in Cover Up? Print E-mail
Written by Office   

Helicopter 1Photos by Carlos Grana

People are talking about a strange craft hovering over Shockwave on Monday. Was it a wayward AC helicopter discovering the real sailing action in The SF Bay? Finally?

Or, are SEA Members Carlos Grana and JP Watts up to some tricks? We suspect the boatload of Shockwave sailors, including Sandor Schoichet, Christian Gunderson and Bill Crowley might be in on the secret, too.

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05

Oct

2012

America's Cup Racing is On Print E-mail
Written by Office   

DSC 5573Copyright 2012 Dustin Dovala

America's Cup World Series racing is on, and it is an amazing sight to behold live.

SEA members have been gathering to watch the races up close since August, and it is truly an exciting spectacle for all to enjoy. The best place to watch racing is from land -- Yes, from land, sailors! You can get views of the boats charging to the finish from 50' away at the Wave Organ. That is at the end of the sand spit east of the St. Francis and Golden Gate Yacht clubs.

Thursday was a special day (Youtube) with SEA member Catherine Boucher riding as guest on the back of French team Energy's AC45 -- They almost went over at one point!
Member Katka Letzing was also able to score a ride as guest on China Team's practice runs.
We await their description of that incredible experience!

Watch all the action on Youtube and NBC
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07

Oct

2012

Families & Friends Sailing Fun! Print E-mail
Written by Office   

P1080708What a packed weekend for everyone - Fleet Week, Adventure Sails, AC Racing, Youth Sailing and Family Sailing!

One new family joined our Saturday sail because the mom, Sarah, used to sail with her father in Italy, and now she wants her daughters to share in the rich memories, too!

It was a blast with the Blue Angels flying above. Rich Hodges, Reann Dukes, along with John Dick and eight year old son Alex led the group on the water. Sarah and eight year old Chloe learned some new skills while Barbara McVeigh, Chloe's sister Maia and her dad followed along in the skiff. All headed to the edge of Richardson Bay and hove-to in order to catch Fleet Week action in sailboat style.

And, the secret is out - Alex's mom makes the BEST chocolate cupcakes!

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07

Oct

2012

Petaluma River Heritage Festival Print E-mail
Written by Office   

sf sailing almaThe historic scow schooner, Alma and the chinese junk replica Grace Quan, will be sailing to downtown Petaluma with their crew and will be available for touring in the Turning Basin on October 13th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Her appearance is through a partnership between the park, the cooperating San Francisco
Maritime National Park Association, and the Friends of the Petaluma River.

Activities for the weekend include a BBQ at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center, on the McNear Peninsula, with a Blue Grass Happy Hour(free) from 4:30-7:30PM BBQ Dinner $10/person.  Post BBQ, at 8 PM there will be a movie in the barn !Oh Brother Where Art Though? $5 Suggested donation including refreshments

Sunday, October 14, 11am-2pm, Public Sail on Alma, leaving from/returning to Petaluma Marin. Tickets; $20 adults, children under 12, free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Saturday's open House. Information: 415-561-6662, ext. 16, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

More information on Petaluma events here

 

07

Oct

2012

Fair Winds for Youth at Loch Lomond Print E-mail
Written by Barbara McVeigh   

P1080740SEA youth were off without a hitch (that is, cleat hitch - docks are being worked on!) this past weekend, as youth in Picos hit the waters with Coach Billy Zlotocha. Winds were favorable and lots of folks came to check out the action, including the Vice Commodore of the Loch Lomond Yacht Club. SEA is feeling a warm welcome from everyone, as it feels like we've returned to our roots - SEA youth programs were at Loch Lomond years ago! Thank you to Harbor Master Pat Lopez and his staff at Loch Lomond!

Billy plans to take these youth sailors to their next level of skill, confidence and performance. He's got high expectations and we look forward to seeing these kids rise to their full sailing potential. 

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Loch Lomond Marina Welcomes SEA Youth Sailing! Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 October 2012 00:00

Kids are hitting the water this weekend at the launch of SEA's new youth sailing fall program at Loch Lomond Marina in San Rafael! Register Online Here.

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Thanks to the very big efforts of our stalwart volunteers, SEA moved its youth fleet to the Loch Lomond Marina in late September. A huge thank you goes out to members, families and youths who made it happen: Sandor Schoichet, Sharon and Jack Lange, Jack Berkenfield, Bill and Kathy Crowley, Nick Duro, Barbara McVeigh and Maia + Kai, Rich Hodges, Cherie English, Pierce Reisinger.

We would also like to thank Loch Lomond Marina Harbormaster Pat Lopez and his staff for the incredible support we have received during this move. We are now truly ready to hit the water and start sailing today!

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03

Oct

2012

Land ho! It's the Farallones! Print E-mail
Written by Barbara McVeigh   

Check out Catherine's video below.

DSCN2183SEA tries to celebrate events in style. And, the Autumnal Equinox tribute this year -  a sail to The Farallones by Tackful (22 Santana) and Summer Solstice (34 Tartan) - surely will be harbored in memory banks for years to come.

Summer Solstice (Skipper John Paul Watts; crew Carlos Grana, Matthias Lux, Adam James & Joe Wong) and Tackful (Skipper Frank Lawler; crew Catherine Boucher & Barbara McVeigh) rendezvous'd under The Gate at 0900, as planned, along with a few surprise harbor porpoises. A sail to The Farallones can be a full day voyage, and then some, as Tackful later, arduously, proved.

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