Bay Marine and Signarama San Jose Deliver New J/24 Looks

The TISC J/24 fleet is sporting newly-painted hulls and crisp graphics thanks to Bay Marine Boatworks and Signarama San Jose.  This project was funded by the 34th America’s Cup and ONESF. Summer smiles now available for all San Francisco youth.Delos and Barney off to Pt. Richmond

Delos and Barney headed for Bay Marine Boatworks last October.  Five more Js followed.  The project managers, painters and yard team delivered a class job on every boat.  Even though a couple appeared as if “they had been used as rounding marks during a hard-fought regatta”, all were returned with smooth, attractive white hulls.

The team at Signarama San Jose provided design support for the bow and stern graphics as well as the registration numbers for the J/24 fleet.  They guided us through the installation of the 35 unique graphics fabricated for our project, and helped us adapt the design and layout to our RS Venture and FJ fleets.

Ol yeller - beforeThe most dramatic change was in “Ol Yeller”.  Quite a difference between the before-and-after appearance. The picture on the left was taken during a Life Learning Academy field trip last year.  The two below show the progress through the painting process and departing Bay Marine.

Ol Yeller DisapearingOl Yeller Departing Bay MarineWe’re using the same names for our new boats for now.  We’re looking for sponsors who might want to see their names or logos on our J/24 fleet.

The new look on our J/24s didn’t go unnoticed during opening day last month.  We had a number of compliments, along and a few questions about where our “new fleet” came from.paddle and sails framed by bridge J24 Cruisin

Our J/24 fleet is used for adult sailing and keelboat lessons, and for many outreach programs during the week.  Here are a few smiles from a recent San Francisco Expeditionary School day at TISC, along with our new hulls with Bay Marine Boatworks and graphics from Signarama San Jose.

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water boy

stern horizontal

bow boys with bridge

Registration for our Summer Classes starting June 2nd is open. We still have availability in most classes, and are always looking for kids interested in developing life skills while learning to sail and enjoy the water.  The registration page for our youth summer programs is HERE.  Registration page for all programs is HERE.

At TISC we never turn a child away.  Our doors are always open to anyone or any group who has the desire to learn and grow through sailing.  Scholarship forms are here: Individual Scholarships   /    Group Scholarships

Regards, from On The Cove, D-

In the wake:

Many volunteers who helped with the J/24 transits fromTISC to Bay Marine and then. THANK YOU !



Dock-In Sunday, Smiles on Monday

float transportVanguard 15s are in TISC’s DNA !  V15ers have provided major support for kids’ smiles since TISC’s founding in 1997.   The docks are in; racing starts April 3rd on Clipper Cove – arguably one the best dinghy racing venues anywhere.

Last Sunday sailors from Vanguard 15 West Coast Fleet 53 and the TI Laser Fleet worked with the TISC team  to install the docks and launching ramp float stored across the cove to protect against winter storms since last fall.  This volunteer day is often viewed as the beginning of summer at TISC.  It certainly marks the start of V15 and Laser racing on Clipper Cove.

hoist awayMany of the “bakers dozen” or so who showed up for the Dock-in are experienced hands at this task.  There are a few traditions that have built up over time.  For example, first one to sign up gets to run the hoist.  Most charged up about dock-in and season opener gets to use the power tools. And best dressed gets to ride the ramp float back to the docks.tool guy

positioning the float









The fact is, all these volunteers “get it”.  They understand a great way to support their sport and help kids learn life lessons – communication skills, team building, decision making, leadership – is by volunteering at the same place they love to sail, here at TISC on Clipper Cove.

Here are a few more pictures of Sunday’s Dock-in process.

from the ramp dropping the dock dock in







ready to lift










And a few more smiles as the docks were assembled and cleaned up.

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Dock-in was just in time. Students from the Life Learning Academy used the ramp and float on Monday for the first in a series of classes covering boat handling, self-confidence and SF Bay ecology.

LLA SmilesRegards from On the Cove, and a “tip of the hat” to Madeline Eustis, Claire Hulse and Al Sargent for the great pictures from Dock-In Sunday,

Dave G.

In the wake:

Below are a few pictures from a post about Thursday Night Racing on Clipper Cove. If you own a Vanguard15 or Laser and haven’t joined in on the fun, you’re really missing out.  Thursday night racing is a blast on Clipper Cove!

approaching the mark bridge background downwind mark lasers frame by the bride off the wind port starboard