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06

Mar

2014

Ship Shape for the Season! Print E-mail
Written by Barbara McVeigh   

SEA Sailors - Just Remember Who Cleaned Your Bottom! 

When you sail our Catalinas, just remember who cleaned that bottom so you can have sailing fun! 

Helen Work Party

SEA members like 8 year old Helen to 67 year old Jane Piereth rolled up their sleeves late February getting boats ship shape for the season.

 

Matt Butler of San Rafael Yacht Harbor helped make it happen by donating his yard and helping the team prepare the boats. Thank you, Matt!

More HUGE thanks to Gordon Drake and Chris Zacchrison for towing and more. John Dick, 9 year old  Alex, Mike Milne and Chris Zacchrison (we won't reveal their ages) gave bountiful elbow grease! 

SEA is getting ready for a great season with lots of Member Sails, adult classes, youth classes, Camp Fish, Camp Canal and many events for the community, including the National Safe Boating Week Celebration (May 18), Summer Sailstice, Canal Challenge, Lawler Cup Regatta/China Camp Heritage Day and more! 

 

 

13

Feb

2014

US Sailing National Leadership Conference Wrap Print E-mail
Written by Office   

US Sailing National Leadership Conference Wrap USSAILING

Jane Piereth and Barbara McVeigh, along with 600 other sailors from around the country, attended the US Sailing National Leadership Conference in San Diego last week, bringing home lots of great ideas after sharing, brainstorming and networking with industry leaders, sailing programs, yacht clubs and more. Speakers such as Keynote Speaker Billionaire Jim Clark to leaders of small clubs all advocated the values that this sport fosters: teamwork, self reliance and self esteem. Sailors For The Sea and other environmental programs also attended and received great support, as sailors love the sea and care about its health.

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Barbara McVeigh and Jane Piereth with John Arndt of SailSFBay and Summer Sailstice.

Jane Piereth says:  I'm so happy to see how far USSA has taken training. Everyone thinks they are just about racing. Nothing could be further from the truth. They now offer all kinds of sailing organizations, whether commercial, yacht club or community programs, training for their instructors in sailing, power boat handling, cruising, etc. AND, they are now involved in teacher training for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program. I'm so happy that SEA is part of this community!"

Barbara McVeigh says:  "Ken Read's presentation was inspiring. He's one of the world's most well regarded yachtsman, yet he has humble origins. He grew up sailing on the family's small boat! His brother Brad runs the Newport Sailing Center, one that even the governor of Rhode Island supports. They understand the power of community sailing just like we do. I feel honored to be part of this community."

 
Ken Read (left) along with a leader from an adaptive sailing program. That's Ken racing Jim Clark's yacht at one of the
St. Barths Bucket Regattas.


Read more about the event and what the sailing community is buzzing about! Blue Planet Times and Skuttlebutt Sailing News.

 

 

12

Feb

2014

Cathy’s Top Five Ways to Become an Awesome Crew Member Print E-mail
Written by Cathy Stierhoff   

Cathy’s Top Five Ways to Become an Awesome Crew Member…

OR…

How to get ME to invite YOU to be on my racing crew!

(Adapted from a panel discussion hosted by Modern Sailing School* in May, 2013)

Cathy Tackful 1Interested in doing some racing on the Bay? Maybe you have a little experience, but can’t seem to find a regular “ride”?  

Just showing up is not enough. If you are serious about joining a racing crew, consider these pointers: 

  1. If you are just starting out, try to connect with a skipper of a smaller boat, such as a Santana 22. In a small boat, you are more likely to have a position of responsibility, not just “rail meat”…which can be fun, but not all that challenging. You’ll have more of a chance to learn boat handling, and your actions will have more of a chance to affect the outcome of the race.
  2. Whatever boat you race on, get to know it as thoroughly as possible. Pay attention to how, and remember how it is rigged (halyards, sheets, whisker pole, spinnaker). Pay attention and participate in rigging and de-rigging the boat.
  3. Attend Kame Richards’ Tides and Currents talk. It’s a fun, fascinating talk for anyone; it’s essential for racing the Bay. Show your skipper that you are knowledgeable about the currents; know what the tides/currents are at the start and throughout the race, or be able to look them up and talk about what the current is doing on your way to the race course, especially at the start.
  4. Learn the start sequence. Help your skipper by marking the countdown with your repeating 5 minute countdown watch. Know the difference between a rolling and a non-rolling starting sequence. Know the numbered pennants….there are only 10 of them! Watch for other starting boats and alert the skipper to traffic all around your boat. Asking lots of questions and trying to learn at the actual start is not the ideal time. Look it up online, talk to your friends or the skipper over a beer, but definitely get a handle on how the starts work.
  5. Be present throughout the race. The skipper may be nervous or just focused on getting the boat ready, getting over to the race course,  making sure the rigging is right….know that she will need to focus, even as you motor your way to the race course. Stay focused throughout the race by calling out right of way traffic and/or keeping an eye out under the jib. Let your skipper know where her competition is, or when they change course. Notice how the currents are setting the boat (maybe LEARN to determine how the boat is being set?) Asking questions is good and shows you are interested, but try not to distract the skipper. It is best to ask detailed questions on the way home or back at the dock. Don’t let the skipper feel alone! If she knows you’ve got her back, you are GOLDEN and will definitely be invited back for more fun!

*Other speakers included Dana Riley, Ashley Perin, Sue Fox

 

22

Dec

2013

Sports Basement Supports SEA! Print E-mail
Written by Barbara McVeigh   

 

Anytime you shop at Sports Basement in San Francisco, you are supporting SEA!

Not only do YOU get a 10% discount when you mention Sailing Education Adventures at the check out counter, but they will contribute those funds to our nonprofit sailing organization. 

Thank you Sports Basement for your ongoing support!

 

22

Dec

2013

San Francisco Bay Racing with Mentor Pat Broderick Print E-mail
Written by Barbara McVeigh   

010196nancyPat Broderick, a long time SEA Member and supporter, has been an inspirational mentor for many who like to bay and ocean race. In 2010 Pat participated in the Pacific Cup Race to Hawaii and was first in his division - a huge accomplishment. 

Pat continues to race Nancy, his Wileycat 30. This year he offered a few interested SEA sailors opportunity to crew for the GGYC and SYC Mid-Winters through March.

Christian Gunderson took the helm! And, we hear his skills are getting honed. We hope to get an official report soon. Thank you, Pat, for such a great opportunity for our members!

If your interested, contact Jane Piereth. You'll need to learn the commitment to prep as crew, if this is your first time.


IMG 4874This is an exceptional opportunity to learn from one of the Bay Area masters. Racing is great fun, hones your sailing skills and gets you connected to the greater Bay Area maritime community. 

 

29

Aug

2013

The John Paul Watts Scholarship Fund - Who is JP? Print E-mail
Written by Office   

This summer SEA established the John Paul Watts Scholarship Fund.

John Paul has been an amazing inspiration to many SEA Members over the last 20 years. He sets a high bar of what generosity means and how it can spin magic. John Paul's passion for sailing has not only inspired many to get on the water to sail the SF Bay and beyond, but also how one can live a rich life and enrich other lives by sharing time, spirit and knowledge.

Here is just a sampling of JP's sails you can read about: Half Moon BayFarallones IslandsHot Toddy Solstice, RunsRace for the DawgFull Worm Sail, Pink Full MoonStinson Beach SailsPoint Bonita SailsVernal EquinoxPetaluma SailsMorro BaySturgeon Moon SailWhale WatchingAngel IslandBering StraitsDockside funRichmond Inner HarborNovember Full MoonDecember Full MoonMaintenanceTrans Bay Racing, Baja!, Catherine Monday Sails, And, so many more.

SEA Member and Film Director Carlos Grana of Bazooka Mama Productions worked hard with other SEA Members this past year to create a film allowing us to thank him properly. John Paul, at age 73, has officially retired from sailing, but we're still sharing happy landlubber times with him. 

Siddhartha Jain - "Sad to see John Paul retire. My wife and I learned to sail with him around so we are going to miss sailing with him. I think sailing is the perfect sport for kids to learn as it teaches so many hard and soft skills - teamwork, diligence, safety, patience, communication and above all, respecting nature and her forces. So I am glad to help".

A Film for John Paul Watts

Contributions to the John Paul Watts Scholarship Fund build opportunities for youth of Camp Fish and Camp Canal. We want to get some of these kids sailing in our longer two week programs. John Paul Watts has committed to matching contributions up to $1000 until December 31. That means, if you donate $100, he'll match your $100.  If you can help contribute to that fund, please donate. We want all youth to have the opportunities that so many kids in Marin get to enjoy..
$50 | $100 | $200 | $500

By Mail
Sailing Education Adventures | 3001 Bridgeway Blvd. #199 | Sausalito CA 94965 |  Donation Form | 501c3 ID: 94-3126634

Thank you to the following for their generous donations!  Kenichi Uyeda, Scott Askew, Siddhartha Jain, Mark Young, Sue Frohreich, Dana Swanson, Catherine Boucher, Mary Buckman, Tom Voltz and Russell Huebschle for your contributions!

 

 

 

 

06

Dec

2013

Deck the Hulls - Holiday Dinner, December 12 Print E-mail
Written by martin thisner   

   Deck The Hulls! 

       It's a tradition! 

Whipper Snapper Restaurant
1613 4th Street, San Rafael

Thursday, December 12, 7pm

We'll be spinning yarns and raising a holiday toast to a great sailing year!
Come join us for dinner and drinks at a wonderful restaurant!  


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15

Oct

2013

Fall Harvest Dinner - November 16 Print E-mail
Written by Barbara McVeigh   

Fall Fundraising Dinner

November 16, 2013

Marin Yacht Club, 6-9pm.


SEA's First Annual Harvest Dinner! Come get a start on the holiday season with SEA. This will be a nice buffet dinner with no host bar (one glass of wine free!) with a Silent Auction and Raffle.

You might even win a night at Cavallo Pt Inn, with breakfast at Murray Circle Restaurant!

An invitation will go out mid October to everyone on our member, friend and student lists. Raffle tickets will be included in the mailing.

You can help by securing silent auction items.  We need: art, gift certificates from your favorite restaurant (excellent way to get people in the door, and good advertising), computer games, professional services: computer consulting, legal consulting, etc etc. Classes. Nautical items. If your company has something that can be donated for a silent auction item or raffle prize, we are happy to acknowledge the gift for tax purposes, and give lots of good advertising in the mailing and the night of the dinner. Please donate!

We expect that this will be a nice event, with NO fancy SPEECHES! Come help us wrap up a very successful year, meet other SEA supporters, and help us make it through the winter until classes start again in the Spring!

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12

Sep

2013

Wayne Sails! Print E-mail
Written by Helena Ghez   

IMG 2776After a fun Summer teaching sailing, Instructor Wayne McIntosh had his chance at sailing a Pico on Sunday. 

Walking down to the docks, the wind didn’t seem to be in our favor, but that didn’t stop us. We towed a Pico to the middle of the Bay and found what we came for – incredible wind conditions that only improved with the afternoon hours. 

As I floated in the rib, Wayne sailed that Pico just like his campers did – fully hiked out with a great big grin on his face.   

 
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