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National Safe Boating Festival and Public Sail! Print E-mail
Written by Barbara McVeigh   

Loch Lomond Marina
110 Loch Lomond Drive San Rafael

Sunday, May 18


Sailing Education Adventures teams up with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary to Celebrate National Safe Boating Week with family fun activities, vessel inspections and life jacket giveaways. We’ll share important information about safe boating in the San Francisco Bay and more!

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Life Jacket (PFD) Giveaways – limited supply!
Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Safety Checks 
San Rafael Police Boat 
San Rafael Fire Department Truck
Life Jacket Awareness Demonstration
Maritime Children’s Games 
Important Information for Mariners

The public is invited to sail with us! 


contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 415.775.8779.

 National Safety Boating Council and National Weather Service say Wear IT! (picture of Life Jacket)





2014 Sail Camp Open House - May 11! Print E-mail
Written by Office   

More than 30 years of Sail Camp!


DSC 0081Date: Sunday, May 11th
Time: 12-3pm
Cost: Sailing Free; BBQ $5-10
SEA @ Marin Yacht Club
24 Summit Avenue,  San Rafael  Google Map

Please join Sailing Education Adventures at the Marin Yacht Club for our annual Sail Camp Open House

Come try out our boats and learn about our summer sailing programs for kids ages 8 to 16! You will get a chance to meet our Founder,  Director, members of our parent committe and our reliable and dedicated couselors, most of whom have been sailing with us for many years!

There will be a BBQ, too!

Please share this flyer with your friends!

For returning sailors and parents:

SEA is a non profit, volunteer based organization - please help us! If you or your child is able to help us us set up boats, food and welcome new parents, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and let us know!





Thursday Night Beer Can Races at Loch Lomond! Print E-mail
Written by Office   

Update: We have more races scheduled.

We are instituting Thursday Night Beer Can races at Loch Lomond! 

Races will be on Thursday nights, run by Paul, the LLM assistant harbor master. 

We will take the Trawler out for committee boat, so those not actually racing can come along (good for those friends you want to introduce to SEA/sailing!)

First (Pilot program) Race: Thursday, May 15
Time: arrive promptly at 6 (or earlier), get boats rigged.  Races start at 6:30!  You'd better know how to rig your boat, or sail with someone who does!
Racing: 6:30 to 7:30
Races will be for fun, and may be different kinds (I'm told Paul wants to do a hare and hounds race, which I'm not sure how that goes!!!  but should be fun!) Pot luck back at the docks after.  Bring something (anything!) to share.  Andy's has good things!
Boats: 4 Catalinas, 2 (yes, we have the second one!) Capris. 
All will race together.  Yes, the Capri is lighter and has an advantage in light wind, but Catalinas stand up a bit better in heavy wind....

2-3 people per boat, your choice.
So, get hold of each other, put together a pair (or 3) and see you out there!

You will need to be a member of SEA, and have a Sail Card.  

Cost of racing: One Sail Card slot signed off.

Please give me a holler ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to let me know you are coming.  If this is popular, we will continue with 2 per month (water issues!)  May even get kids out there in Picos with a separate start.

Don't worry if you don't know anything about racing.  Like I said, this is for fun only!  And a GREAT learning experience (want to know why we stress sailing to windward?  You are about to find out!)





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Written by Office   




Dine and Donate Event - Thursday, April 10! Print E-mail
Written by martin thisner   

Dine and Donate! Help support Sailing Education Adventures!



When: Thursday, April 10 - 11am-9pm
Pasta Pomodoro, 800 Redwood Hwy, Frontage Rd #205, Mill Valley

Join members, board members, camper families and others from the sailing community at Pasta Pomodoro in Mill Valley.  The new youth director will be there too along with other leaders around 6:30pm. Come say hi! 

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The event is valid the entire day, from 11am – 9pm on all dine-in, to-go and catering orders, though many SEA folks will be enjoying dinner together to raise a glass to the oncoming sailing season! 

20 % goes to support our organization ensuring we can offer sailing programs and membership at affordable rates.

Come join us and meet others who love community programs! Affordable classes are now scheduled and events are getting lined up! 





Small Boat Beginnings! Print E-mail
Written by Pat Broderick   

I've been interested in boats and sailing since I was a young kid. I built model boats, read every book I could get my hands on about them, and dreamed on. Life on a farm outside Eugene, Oregon didn't offer sailing opportunities. After moving to the Bay Area in the early 1960s Nancy and I would take our two children to the Marina Green to watch the sailboats on weekends; with a homemade picnic lunch it was free! When I accepted a position in the English Department at Santa Rosa Junior College I discovered that the Santa Rosa Rec Dept. offered "sailing lessons" for $5 a week at Lake Ralphine in Howarth Park. I could afford that!

So, I spent a week of afternoons learning from Carlo Bottini along with a bunch of 8-year old kids. I was hooked, so I signed up for a second week of "Racing Class."  All of this in very old plywood El Toros that leaked badly and were not self-rescuing, as I found out frequently. I also found out that an 80-pound kid trumped a 160-pound adult when it came to light air "racing."  I soon joined the Santa Rosa Sailing Club and began haunting their Tuesday night Lake Ralphine races, looking for a crew position, something very rare in 10 - 15 foot dinghies. Mostly I learned how to sit in the rowboat, help run the races, and help capsized Toro sailers get back in their boats.

Melody - 1972That same summer I bought a 10-foot Melody - sort of a grown up Toro - that actually had bench seats in the hull to sit on. It was also not self-rescuing!  The Melody, named Unchained, was soon replaced by a bright yellow Laser, never named.  And then came a partnership in a Coronado 25 in Sausalito. And so my SF Bay sailing/racing career began. Who would have thunk?

It can all be traced back to a beat up Bull Ship with a baggy sail and wobbly tiller with mismatched pintles and gudgeons. Oh, and a wet butt.



nancy.previewPacific Cup Arrival Photo - Michael Andrews, Pat Broderick, Gordie Nash. It's 3am in Kaneohe. We knew we had won!

Photo above: Pat's daughter sails Unchained!





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! 






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.






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…


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

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