The 2012 Northern California Rendezvous at the San Leandro Marina was well attended by 55+ Westsailors and 11 Westsails. We also experimented with a old life raft - 28 years past certification and it worked great.
The San Leandro Yacht Club once again provided and excellent Saturday Dinner for about 60 attendees and Sunday Brunch as well as a friendly welcome and well stocked bar. SYLC Commodore Norm Pennington introduced us to the use of MMSI numbers, DSC radios with GPS and Rescue 21. With your MMSI and DCS VHF radio the "search" can be removed from Search and Rescue by the Coast Guard.
We also inflated an old life raft - 28 years from last inspection!
The Rendezvous was a great success with 11 boats and 50+ owners and friends dropping by. Most of the boats arrived on Friday night with the reminder arriving on Saturday.
Thank you to :
San Leandro YC Commodore Norman Pennington - host and speaker
San Leandro YC Vice Commodore Helen Smith - event chef
Bud Taplin - Worldcruiser Inc.
Julie Focha – Greeter and raffle sales
Dave King - King Marine
Randy Leasure - Swag and Raffle organizer
Terry Shoup & Kirk Brown - WOA Store
Pam Bietz - Cookie chef
Elizabeth Ann - Gary Burton and crew John Boye and Lee Parry (Patience W32) for their long round trip voyage from Brookings Oregon to San Leandro, CA and return of over 650 NM.
My crew on the way down was John Boye (Havsfidra 25) of Brookings
The very steep swell was causing us to surf for short periods then almost come to a standstill. So we gybed, raised the staysail and reached off toward the coast and behind Punta Gorda. The Aries now steered the boat fine and we ended up getting some rest.
There was not a lot of wind, maybe 20 for the most part and 30 for a few hours, it was the swell action that was very uncomfortable. I learned a lot, next time I will have the drop boards in!
The return trip was much like a delivery in that I had to get back to work, so we motorsailed pretty much the whole way except for about 3 or 4 hours off Pt Arena when we had a nice southerly and sailed. After the wind fell off the last night it was glassy smooth. The entire return trip took 56 hours and some minutes.
Was a great excuse to go somewhere with the boat.
Thanks to all that made the event a good time, and thanks a ton to John and Lee for crewing for me.
Vessels and owners/crew in attendance. Please advise if there are issues with this list.
|Attending vessel||Model||Home port / Home Town||Owner/Crew|
|Amable'||W32||Stockton, CA||Duke & Denise Mac Gill|
|Antara||W42||Oakland, CA||Don Russell|
|Carpe Diem||W32||Emeryville,CA||Mark & Cindy Cogbill|
|Darma Bum||W32||Half Moon Bay, CA||Ben Bobelett|
|Elizabeth Ann||W32||Brookings, OR||Gary Burton & John Boye|
|PELICAN||W32||Bodega Bay, CA||Doug & Lorena Lamb|
|Pygmalion||W32||Alameda, CA||Jay & Pam Bietz|
|Sosiego||W32||Pt. Richmond, CA||Joe & Debbie Graham|
|Sunquest||W32||SF Bay area, CA||Joshua Siegal & Becky Kondo|
|TORTUGA||W32||San Francisco,CA||Randy Leasure & Daniella Machado|
|Worldwind||W32||Stockton, CA||Jim & Julie Focha|
|Vessel in home port||Model||Home port / Home Town||Owner/Crew in attendance|
|Building from bare hull||W42||Vallejo, CA||Alan & Ann Carr|
|Imagine||W32||Napa Marina, CA||Norm & Kate Rhines|
|Inalla||W32||Wilmington, CA||Terry Shoup|
|Mandala||W32||Mantica, CA||Dave & Audrey Brown|
|Oceana||W32||South San Francisco,CA||Thom & Annette King|
|Ostara||W32||San Diego, CA||Kirk Brown|
|Saraband||W32||Portland, OR||Dave King & Ruth Helsley|
|SECURUS||W32||Chula Vista, VA||Dennis Hogan|
|Shaba||W32||Berkely, CA||Jesse Brody|
|Soltero||W32||Dana Point , CA||Bob Knoblock|
|TLSea||W32||Dana Point, CA||John & Tiffany Milner|
|Windlace||W42||Alameda, CA||Terry & Laura Winkler|
|Nasha||W32||Washington, DC||Dice Armstrong|