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Oct

2012

Half Moon Bay SEAdventure! Windseeker's Take! Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brownell   

WindseekerSkipper: Mike Brownell (far right) Crew: Dustin Dovala,
Elizabeth Booth, Bill Crowley
The trip started with an exciting foray through the wall of fog under the bridge with one USCG cutter in front and another USCG cutter close behind. . . Everyone was meeting under the bridge at 9 to line up for the parade of ships starting at 10.  This made for a very interesting 20 minutes or so between the gate and Pt Diablo, radar, AIS, ships bell and 4 pairs of eyeballs all very attuned to the traffic (porpoises included) , visibility at first just off the bow, then ~ 100 yards, finally ~500 yards, clear shortly after we rounded #8 buoy.

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Romberg Tiburon Discovery Day 2012 Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 October 2011 00:00

rtcrtcRomberg Tiburon Center Discovery Day Open House

A wonderful hands on marine bio science experience for youths and adults!

Date: Sunday, October 21
Time:
11am - 4pm
Location:
3150 Paradise Drive, Tiburon, CA 94920
RSVP: RSVP at Eventbrite

Discovery Day is the one day of the year when the public can visit and spend the day behind the scenes, meet  scientists and learn about their cutting edge marine biology research in San Francisco Bay and beyond.

There will be displays covering impacts of climate change and other human intervention on life in SF Bay, the SF Bay food web, estuaries, measuring currents in SF Bay, microscopic algae, underwater sounds, wetland habitats, and biodiversity. Listen to engaging talks on topics such as the history of the RTC site, plankton research in the Amazon River outflow, and the mysterious sounds of the SF Bay fish.

SEA partnered with RTC for a successful SEA Explorers in August 2011 and will continue the collaboration into 2013.
Look for other SEA members and SEA Explorers Logbook at this event!
We look forward to more opportunities to accomplish our mission supporting stewardship and conservation.

Flyer Here

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09

Oct

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
Subscribe to our YouTube channel for all the latest videos: http://goo.gl/hqs7x
Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/americascup
Website: http://www.americascup.com

 

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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