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Canal Challenge Wrap and Fundraiser! Print E-mail
Written by Barbara McVeigh   

{ For 2014 Canal Challenge information, click here }

IMG 9230Families and youth sailors took the SEA Canal Challenge aboard Picos, Catalinas and our rowboat last Saturday - a FUNdraiser for SEA. Thank you, Terrapin Crossroads for your generous contribution!

A few keels got briefly stuck in the mud (no skipper names mentioned!). Though injuries were not reported, evidently there were a few bruised egos!

Boats set out from Loch Lomond and Marin Yacht Club mid morning for down wind sailing to Terrapin Crossroads for lunch. But, first sailors were asked to find the "yoga lady" on the docks . . . as a surprise was waiting. Sailors spotted the "yoga lady" in Warrior position on a dock not far from Terrapin and docked boats to discover the best kept secret on The Canal. SEA Member Julie Lucchesi runs Bow Yoga and Dan Fontes, who works with the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda, have a fantastic collection of pinball machines and arcade games and support many community efforts. Thank you, Dan and Julie! 

Then, it was onward ho to Terrapin Crossroads where lunch was waiting. Friends and family came to join us for the gathering and hear wonderful music by Stu Allen.

Tacking back in the narrow Canal was no easy feat for most sailors, and we got to see who really knows how to sail!

Thanks for all coming and helping us raise funds for the youth scholaships! You can see more pix on FB! A big thank you to Gordon Drake, Martin Thisner, Katka Letzing and Ramon Nieto for SEA towing services and making it happen for others!

IMAG1304FYI - August 30, 2013  Pacific Pinball Museum hosts "Sailing through Pinballs" celebrating America's Cup. 


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Camp Canal Wrap Print E-mail
Written by Barbara McVeigh   

DSCN9273SEA launched the first all-community sponsored Camp Canal for a delightful group of youth of Bahia Vista Elementary School - it's a story of local community uniting sailing, culture, great food and fantastic music!

Whipper Snapper Restaurant and Brazilian Guitarist Jose Neto helped kick off fundraising efforts back in April at the Youth Benefit Dinner. More families and organizations contributed to the funds and Sana Marin Restaurant, Saylors Restaurant and Suppenkuche Restaurant fed the children like royal sea captains! We are lucky to have such great restaurants in Marin and San Francisco, and we look forward to a restaurant "crawl" this winter to show our gratitude!

The week had perfect wind and weather. Wayne McIntosh worked his magic with the kids. Takeshi, Brian and Ryder did a great job ensuring safety while teaching the kids  to take the helm, trim sails and hike out. And, Que divertido! - the youth sailors taught the counselors  Spanish and Guatemalan culture!

TIMG 2495he Camp ended with a festive BBQ with help by Anthony, one of the liveaboards. We shared delicious sausages from Suppenkuche that disappeared faster than a copepod can swim. The families also contributed great food (carne asada to die for!) and joined in the celebration.

A big thank you to Harbor Master Pat Lopez and staff at Loch Lomond Marina, with special thanks to Paul Verriere, Assistant Harbor Master, for providing support, firing up the BBQ, taking photos and giving Loch Lomond Marina t-shirts to the very proud youth sailors.

Thank you to Mandee Lopez for her kindness and generosity, and to Bow Yoga for believing in the program. Cathy Stierhoff, thank you for food delivery!

Special recognition to Angie Sanchez of Bahia Vista for taking that extra time to help make things happen for children of her school.

We look forward to raising sails with Bahia Vista youth next year!







AHOY! Junior Skippers Raise Sails Print E-mail
Written by Office   

DSCN9477Four youth sailors got to raise sails with Jefferson Award Winning Captain Richard Gillette of Spirit of the Sea this week aboard Shockwave, SEA's 525 Santana.

The youth had a great opportunity to learn from this favorite captain of the SF Bay who has sailed with thousands of Bay Area youth. Javan, Ryder, Jack and Noah braved conditions with overcast, cold weather with 15 plus knot winds, conditions fair-weathered sailors try to avoid, Captain Richard said! But, still it didn't stop them from learning MOB and docking skills, tacking, jibing, heaving to, radio and engine use, as well as proper protocol on a sailboat, along with so much more.

Javan, one of the youth wrote:

Rich was amazing! He is a great teacher, mentor, and all-around great guy on and off the boat. Sure he needs to may shout so nobody gets hurt, but I feel that he was the best match for our group of sailors. I will never forget this experience. It has been invaluable and I thank Barbara and Rich and the entire SEA Organization for making this possible and available. Keep doing what you’re doing!

Congrats, sailors, and thank you Captain Rich for mentoring our youth!





Flotilla! August 10 Print E-mail
Written by Barbara McVeigh   

Canal Challenge to the Crossroads!

Join the SEA flotilla down the Canal for a sail-in to Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, a fantastic restaurant owned by Phil Lesh that offers great dockside views with "homegrown food and music" along The Canal. Terrapin Crossroads will donate proceeds to the SEA Youth Program.

Families and friends are invited to join us at the restaurant and watch the sailors come in, enjoy lunch, music and help support this great cause.

After lunch, sailors can tack up The Canal for afternoon sailing until 4pm. 

CanalHow to participate: Boat reservations are open to SEA Member Adults and SEA youth who have completed Basic Sail Camp. Picos can accommodate either one adult or up to two youth. Catalina Capris/Lido can accommodate up to four people. If you are not a member and can sail, become a member now so your skills can be checked out to reserve a boat.

To book a boat: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it us with your request!  Logistics and info will follow.

Picos (up to 2 people) - $20/boat

Capri/Lido (up to 4 people) - $40/Boat

Rowboats (up to 4 people) - $20/Boat

Thank you, Terrapin Crossroads! We look forward to the fun!





Festive Thank You! FISH Benefit Wrap Print E-mail
Written by Barbara McVeigh   

FISH groupThe FISH Benefit Tuesday was a night to remember.

Dawn Riley and her group America True joined SEA and Felicia Gaston of Performing Stars Phoenix Project Initative to celebrate the 10 years FISH Restaurant has contributed to the Camp FISH (formerly Camp Clipper) to ensure youth of Marin City experience summertime sailing fun.

In addition, long time member John Paul Watts, who has been a profound friend, mentor and inspiration to many, was honored with a John Paul Watts Scholarship Fund which will provide opportunity for a youth from Camp FISH to join SEA's longer sailing programs.


Film Director Carlos Grana showed two films, first time ever presented. One was an inspirational film about SEA and the other was a special tribute for JP. We're pretty sure we saw some tears!

Music was fantastic! Bay Area Musician Wesley Morgan performed, and he is good! Wesley was once a SEA Board Member but now he's putting all his passion into playing music and we get to enjoy his shows! Short Schwartz, a youth band, also played and when Wesley and the youth band started playing impromptu together,  the audience definitely got jazzed!

Thank you to everyone who made it happen! It's great to see so many folks come together to ensure opportunity happens for the great kids of Marin City!







Angel Island Adventure Print E-mail
Written by Indira Guerrieri   

Angel IslandFor the 2013 Annual Member Sail, on July 21st, SEA's Descalza and Shockwave, skippered by Richard Hodges/Jane Piereth and Sandor Schoichet, joined members Peter Buettner and Kristalli Papadopoulos's lovely boat Kranich.

The boats set out from Loch Lomond in the morning, on a rising tide, heading towards Angel Island. The day started out foggy but as the morning progressed the fog cleared, leaving behind gentle winds and sunshine, with the temperatures at times a bit nippy. After a leisurely sail, older and newer members docked at Ayala Cove where they wandered over to the grass outside the museum to meet and greet, share a well stocked picnic and swap stories. After lunch the happy and well fed crews sailed back towards Marin with 20 knot winds pushing them along. New members young and old got to try their hand at steering too!

Thank you to the organizers, those who generously shared their sailboat, and all who joined for a great day out to celebrate our SEA community and to meet new and old friends on the water.

A big thank you to Jane Piereth for organizating this very fun adventure for all!



















Let's Get Sailing! Print E-mail
Written by Jane Piereth   

SEA announces the 2013 Programs

Members Only!

 How it all works:

SEA Sail Cards: in order to offer open sailing on the SEA fleet of Catalinas, Capri 14.2, and Santana 525 Shockwave, SEA is now selling Sail Cards. A Sail Card costs $50. There are 5 sign-off slots on the card, worth $10 each. You can use your Sail Card for an Open Sails (one slot signed off), Family Sails (one slot signed off) or a Co-Op Santana Charter with Sandor (2 slots signed off).

Youth Sail Cards for those under 18 will cost $25 for 5 sign-off slots. They will be good for Catalina/Capri sailing only. If someone under 18 wants to do a Co-Op Santana charter, they will need to be with a parent also doing the charter, and have 2 adult Sail Card slots available for sign-off. (or 4 Youth slots)
To purchase an Adult or Youth Sail Card, go to the SEA website at www.sfsailing.org. The sail organizer for your first sail will issue your card upon presentation of your Pay Pal receipt. Our Sail Organizers are volunteers, and we prefer that they don’t have to handle money!


Open Sails!  We will a number of Open Sails August thru October. Come join other SEA members for an exciting an afternoon of sailing the Catalinas and the Capri 14.2 followed by a get together on the SEA trawler, Descalza. You can help make that happen! Check our calendar for dates!

Co Op Charters on Shockwave
Long time member Sandor will also be hosting Co-Op charters on Shockwave. This is an excellent opportunity for SEA members who would like more experience on the keel boat to do a cooperative charter with Sandor to help get experience prior to going for check out. Co-op charters will cost two lines on your Sail Card. ($20) Sandor will be one of the charteree’s for the sail.  A total of 4 (with Sandor) will fill.
To participate, you will need to be a member of SEA, and go to our website and purchase a Sail Card. (See below)  Send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be put in touch with Sandor to arrange a mutually agreeable date for the sail. Bring your PayPal receipt for a new Sail Card, or bring your Sail Card if you already have one, to be signed off the day of the sail.

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Our boatkeeper for the Santana 525’s, Sandor Schiochet, has the Shockwave all cleaned up, loaded with appropriate safety gear, equipment and sails, and she is ready to charter!
All SEA members who wish to Charter Shockwave will need to do a checkout sail with Sandor.  Matthias Lux and John Vick have already checked out and are chartered last weekend.  A checkout is important for us to know that you are capable of handling this boat, and b) for you to learn about the unique tidal and channel situation at Loch Lomond Marina.  Check out fee is $20. Charter fee is $80 for the day. To arrange for a checkout, send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will put you in touch with Sandor. Once you have arranged a mutually agreeable date for your check out, you can go to Pay Pal to make your payment for the sail.




Work Party Fun! Print E-mail
Written by Office   

Work partyWork party success!

A big thank you to Gordon Drake, Katka Letzing, Ramone Nieto, Christian and Cyndy Gunderson, John Dick and son Alex, along with Jane Piereth leading the troupe! The LLM docks are spiffy and the Capri has new shrouds and dock box is actually organized - can it stay that way? 

Thank you volunteers, for keeping us ship shape and safe. It takes a team of generous folks to make things happen!





Eight Bells for Member Dolf Hofmeyer Print E-mail
Written by Barbara McVeigh   

DolfOur dear sailor friend and SEA Member, Dolf Hofmeyer, passed peacefully late June after battling cancer for several years. He was 79 years old.

Dolf had been a good friend to many SEA Members and he contributed greatly to the organization offering mentorship, advice, board participation and more. 

Dolf lived in Pacifica and volunteered for many coastal conservation efforts near his own community, as was written recently in the Half Moon Bay Review.

He will be remembered as one who kept a watchful eye for skippers and crew when SEA members voyaged to Half Moon Bay, and he'd provide a friendly, warm welcome at the docks.

Dolf always gave a helping hand at work parties and ensured quality workmanship was top priority, as he had high standards. Two years ago he helped SEA's former Director Mark Miglio and Board greatly by helping to secure the acquisition of our treasured trawler Descalza by giving a thorough examination of the vessel and valuable, sound advice.

John Paul Watts says his fondest memory of Dolf was  his turning up with salmon for a Wednesday Catherine Sail which they BBQ'd in gorgeous sunny breathless weather off Pt Bonita. Small sausages and a bottle of wine were always Dolf's gift to back-at-the-dock refreshments.

Dolf was tough. Members remember when Dolf voyaged Never Too Late (Ranger Tug 21EC) solo to Angel Island during a mild storm one mid spring, as he didn't want to miss out on the sail-in birthday bash for Member John Paul Watts. Dolf was on time and waited patiently for the revelry, but everyone else, due to hestitation about sailing in the cold rain, was terribly late!

Thank you Dolf Hofmeyer for the memories and inspiration. You were a good man, good mate and good friend. We will miss you.

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