What a day! What a day! What a beautiful day on the Bay!
Each year the Treasure Island Sailing Center (TISC) holds an event called Opening Day to celebrate the commencement of its season while supporting National Safe Boating week. With support from the California Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW), we invite the general public for free educational rides in our sailboats and the opportunity to paddle on kayaks or stand-up paddle boards in Clipper Cove. Add raffle prizes and food then watch hundreds of smiles coming off the water.
This year TISC served over 250 people, supported by 40 gracious, talented and much-appreciated (did I mention psyched up and enthusiastic) volunteers and staff.
DBW donated 100 lifejackets and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary sends a group each year to hand them all out, while educating the public on boating safety.
Always a festive environment, this year’s event with music playing, photo booths, face painting and food was no different; a perfect day for boating on Clipper Cove. Opening Day marks the beginning of our sailing season here at TISC, and like past years was followed by Opening Day on the Bay.
The morning was calm to set up all the equipment and boats, and by the 11 o’clock opening the wind was up to 10-12 and filled in to 12-15 by day’s end. Not a cloud in the sky. I enjoyed MC’ing the event and chose loud 70’s music playing on the PA.
A steady stream of people, registered and guided by our many volunteers, made for efficient boarding and departing of our J/24 fleet. Our volunteers and power boats provided safe access to everyone who wanted to paddle on the Cove.
The Sail GP regatta was planned for City Front the following weekend. The teams and its organizers were making their way around the Bay visiting yacht clubs and sailing centers to promote this unique regatta.
One of their RIB’s pulled up to our dock around noon. They provided 100 “goodie bags” plus free event tickets. More fun raffle prizes to pass out.
What happened next was amazing. I turned down the music and asked everyone to look under the Bay Bridge. While barely visible one moment, the towering wing sail of the USA Sail GP 50 shot into view as they screamed under bridge. As they crossed the head of Clipper Cove the boat popped up onto its foils and “flew” out of sight to the north.
What a sight to behold for all who witnessed the 100-foot wing on a 50-foot catamaran racing by at nearly 50 mph.
The day continued under perfect conditions. Smiles, family fun, sailing and more paddling in the safe, protected waters of Cove repeated over and over.
I mentioned weather, Clipper Cove, music, paddling, sailing and SMILES. Can’t forget the FOOD !. We had the best food in all of San Francisco thanks to BEYOND THE BORDER. Check out their menu or feed your next event.
The day ended as smoothly as it began. Everyone who sailed for the first time was thrilled and vowed to be back.
Thanks again to our volunteers and staff for giving their time and talents to make this day possible for so many Bay Area youth, adults and families! And a special a tip-of-the-hat to Brian Hill for once again providing the excellent photos of our April 27th event. You can enjoy more of his opening day photos.
What a day! What a day!
Regards from On the Cove, Travis
In the wake:
In case you missed the Foiling 50’s at SailGP May 4-5, you can watch 4 minutes of “extreme footage” selected from the best of the best moments from the San Francisco event. To see more or watch future events check out the SailGP home page.