Watching 11 Vanguard 15s and 6 Lasers enjoying gusty winds on Clipper Cove brought back memories from our 470 days on Pontoosuc Lake in Western Mass. Both have tall, unique postcard settings. Bay Bridge towers and Alameda loading cranes backstop the cove; Mt. Greylock provides a postcard setting for Pontoosuc.
The loading cranes inspired George Lucas to design the Star Wars Battle Bots. The Pontoosuc story can be as simple as the Indian name “falls on the brook” or can lead you to an old Indian Legend.
We ran a regatta for forty seven 470s on that tiny lake half the size of Angel Island – complete with a gear-buster lightning storm one day and fluky mountain winds the next. Nothing like our predictable San Francisco Bay breezes!
I signed on as Thursday’s “grillmeister” to connect with the Vanguard 15 and Laser sailors to get their views and suggestions about sailing at TISC. Nick Adamson also stopped by – a bonus to those who know him and those newer sailors who met him for the first time. He was one of the TISC and Vanguard 15 Fleet 53 founders.
Hearing about the origins of the center firsthand was a good reminder that we’re fortunate to have such great racing just 5 minutes off the Treasure Island Sailing Center dock in a safe harbor ideal for introducing kids to sailing and life lessons. What a great place for launching new horizons!
From the cove, Dave G.
In the wake:
Clipper Cove offers close-up race viewing right from the shore. Before cranking up the grill I took photos of all the racers. They’re here: Dave G photos from Svendsen’s Thursday Night Vanguard 15 and Laser series