It is getting warmer!


 

San Joaquin Yacht Club and Bethel Island

San Joaquin Yacht Club and Bethel Island

I had the opportunity to take a couple of airplane rides with Joel Carey over the Delta in his Cessna.  I got a lot of great photos thanks to him and I will share them in coming weeks.  Here is one of the Bethel Island / Oakley area, looking westerly, Sandmound Slough in the foreground and the San Joaquin Yacht Club is almost in the center near the bridge.  Note the Antioch Bridge and the windmills in the background.  The other photo is the MV Aurora at Herman and Helen’s, we have received many questions about her,  We met the owners, Chris Wilson and Jin Li, they moved her from San Francisco to the Delta and are working to restore her.  She is the first ship built in Germany after World War II.

MV Aurora at Herman & Helen's

MV Aurora at Herman & Helen’s

The weather is getting consistently better, time to wrap up those winter projects and get cruising!  I found and fixed the oil leak in my port motor, been refinishing my transom but still have a ways to go.

Opening Days in the Delta

Okay if you own a boat you must participate in at least one opening day:  Discovery Bay Yacht Club April 13 the theme is “For Those That Serve” including military, fire, police, etc.  Everyone is welcome to participate in the parade regardless of yacht club affiliation.  Please contact my friend Erlyn Lucas Payne, DBYC Fleet Captain at 925/922-6119 or erlynlucas@yahoo.com to register.

San Joaquin Yacht Club April 20th, contact them at 925/684-9985 for information.  Jack Hanna with the Classic Yacht Association is looking for wooden boat owners to participate in the opening day  parade.  They will congregate at Emerald Point Marina on Friday April 19 and participate in the San Joaquin Yacht Club parade on the 20th.  The weekend will be accompanied with a barbecue and plenty of fun.  You can contact Jack at hannasup@aol.com.  Jack also builds custom stand up paddleboards, maybe you can talk him into giving you a lesson.

Stockton Yacht Club opening day April 20.  “The Delta is Paradise: Stop The Tunnels” is the theme.  The parade starts at 1300 hours at light 39 on the San Joaquin River.  Prizes are awarded for the best decorated boats.  The entry fee $10.  Contact: Rich or Leslie at 209/462-3808 for information.

Pacific Interclub Yacht Association (PICYA) Opening Day on the Bay

Opening Day

Opening Day

 

 

 

 

Opening Day on the Bay

Opening Day on the Bay

Lenora Clark is going full blast planning for the 96th annual PICYA Opening Day on the Bay event scheduled for April 28th.  This will be a big one with the 150th anniversary of the Port of San Francisco, the 100th anniversary of the Oakland Yacht Club, the 75th anniversary of the San Rafael Yacht Club.  Oh yes, we also have the  Louis Vuitton and America’s Cup races this summer in San Francisco Bay.

This year’s theme is “The Great Race,” Founder and CEO of Boat U.S., Richard Schwartz, will be the grand marshal.  The opening day parade along the San Francisco cityfront will feature over 100 historic workboats, fireboats, towboats, classic and contemporary yachts decorated to the theme (the theme is interpreted in anyway a participant wants which adds to the charm of the event).  There will be both power and sailboats competing for recognition and prizes.  There are six trophies that will be awarded along with prize bags containing great items such as dining certificates, event tickets, wine, clothing, art work, boat gear, books, travel, and sailing excursions all donated by area businesses and yacht clubs.

The parade can be viewed by landlubbers along the San Francisco waterfront from Crissy Field, west of Marina Green to Pier 39, from 1200 hours until 1500 hours.  I hope you can make it, this will be a lot of fun.  Sue and I plan to be on the committee boat Hornblower California, you can reserve your space at www.picya.org or call 925-634-9614.

 

Opening Day on the Bay

Opening Day on the Bay

Opening Day 2012

Opening Day 2012

 


About Bill Wells - A retired yacht broker, Bill is currently the Executive Director of the California Delta Chambers & Visitor's Bureau. He is an active member of the Northern California Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association. In their spare time he and his beloved wife Sue cruise their 1937 Stephens cruiser Ranger to boating events throughout the Delta. Bill is active in matters helping to preserve and protect the California Delta. He chronicles his adventures in the monthly Delta Rat Scrapbook column for Bay & Delta Yachtsman magazine.



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