Start with J/24’s, kayaks, SUPs and Clipper Cove sunny skies. Add attendees of all ages and dedicated volunteers. Mix with paddles, sails, food and free life jackets. Sprinkle with glitter and a gentle breeze. Wala! TISC 2017 opening day smiles.
Our “shore team” played a critical role in the success of Opening Day / Safe Boating Day at the Treasure Island Sailing Center. Staffing the many exhibits and activities is a non-stop job the minute our gates open. Ditto for managing the check-in, scheduling, and successful “dock-in” and “dock-out” of all the water craft. No way all this could happen without the many TISC parents and the CAL Berkeley Sailing Team.
The guys on the docks making it happen strike a pose. Several years back we combined our Opening Day with Safe Boating Day because TISC promotes safety in all we do. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary District 11 (Northern Region) handed out 100 life jackets provided by the California Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW). Many of the programs provided to children and adults would not be possible without the on-going financial support of DBW.Back again for a second time was Glitter in the City. Lots of sparkles on many cute faces. The face painter and her models steal the show: Water action included rides in kayaks, stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) and J/24s. Our J/24 fleet skippered by TISC supporters and Vanguard 15 racers provided rides to over 200. Another 70 happy kayakers and 40 adventurous SUP “drivers” enjoyed time on Clipper Cove. And more happy J/24 drivers and crew. Bruce Holaday also joined us along with his hand-made Petie Bateau, a Shellback Dinghy designed by Joel White. For a great children’s book (kids from 8-80 will love it!) you can order “A Boy’s Boat” directly from Amazon.Other exhibitors also participated to help provide a fun day. And an educational one, with Recology Golden Gate passing out flyers and information to help educate attendees on what goes in which bin.This year Adams Grub Truck joined us. They promised “explosions of flavor, magnitude of size, served with a smile” and did not disappoint. Their upcoming schedules are HERE.The next generation gets some time on the Bay too.Over 50 volunteers supported this successful day. Here’s a few more photos from the shore-side fun and games. Luxine Smith wears many hats at TISC. As our volunteer coordinator she is responsible for sorting out the many jobs needed for Opening Day and filling them with volunteers. Way to Go ! on another great turnout of volunteers and attendees.PLEASE don’t forget out sponsors. Next time you’re in Berkeley stop by the Peets Coffee at 2916 Domingo Ave and THANK THEM for their support of the Treasure Island Sailing Center. Ditto for the Costco on 2400 Monument Blvd. in Concord.
Regards from On The Cove, Dave G
In the wake:
Thanks and a tip-of-the-hat to Brian Hill for the opening day photographs. Great shots, nice framing and well organized to share the fun times had by all on Clipper Cove !