Saturday’s Opening Day Featured blue skies, steady winds, eight sails, a bunch of kayaks & paddleboards, and hundreds of smiles. Our supportive volunteer force worked Wednesday through Saturday. Kudos to our TISC team for a job well done!
Opening day was combined with Safe Boating Day this year. The rain on Friday was unusual however the Cal Sailing Team showed up to finish the set up anyway, then returned first thing Saturday to make sure all was ready and greet visitors. No way this event happens without their dedicated support.
Parents and students also turned out in force to help set up and manage beach logistics. It was great to see them having fun while giving back. Thanks also to the Life Learning Academy volunteers.
There are many, many, many moving parts to opening day. Some happen in real time, some must be ready days, weeks or months in advance. Madison Gattis, our Director of Operations, has been on this since the beginning of the year.
Once the day started Chris Childers, our Programs Director, oversaw the boats, dock workers and hundreds of guests on Clipper Cove. New this year was the use of the west beach for the water toys with launches transporting guests to/from the docks to the beach.
Annie Butts, our Head Instructor, had her hands full with driving, coordinating crash boats and answering lots of volunteer questions. Thanks also for her many hours of boat prep prior to the event.
- Staging the paddleboards and kayaks at the beach and using launches to ferry people to and from was a great idea. This plan provided a completely separate venue and afforded a different view and experience for non-sailors. Not everyone came to sail, yet everyone enjoyed being on Clipper Cove. Here again, volunteers were in place to help ensure safety.
The old Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge is being deconstructed. You can see the initial gap which will continue to widen over time.
The highlights of the day were the huge smiles, compliments, high-fives and sincere thanks from the many guests (we stopped counting sometime after 500) who attended Opening Day 2014. Some were repeats from last year; many were new to Clipper Cove and wanted to bring their families out for awesome time on the water courtesy of Treasure Island Sailing Center.
Four sail boats departed the docks every fifteen minutes from 11:30 until 3pm. Do the math; that’s over 300 opening day sailboat rides. Our volunteers registered all these people, gave them a safety briefing, fitted life jackets and escorted them to and from the docks for embarking and disembarking the five J24s and three RS Ventures. Many thanks to the TI Vanguard and Laser fleets, Cal Sailing, TISC tenants, and Bay Area Association of Disable Sailors for keeping managing the constant flow on the ramps and docks. Special thanks to the V15 and Laser sailers for setting up the tent (and taking it down tomorrow).
Mother Nature favored us with a gorgeous day. Rather windy toward the afternoon, which put an even higher premium on the efforts from Cal Sailing team who helped with dock logistics the entire day. Here are three smiling faces who greeted just about all my guests; this was taken after my last trip – they’re still smiling!
Regards, from On The Cove,
In the wake:
Many of the great pictures above, including the first which captured the variety of the day framed by the new Bay Bridge Eastern Section, were courtesy of Valerie Santorini from Golden Gate Yacht Club. She and other GGYC volunteers spent the entire day On Clipper Cove ferrying guests from the dock to the beach while taking great pictures. Thank You Val !!