Treasure Island Sailing Center drew hundreds of children, youth and families to enjoy sailing and kayaking on the protected waters of Clipper Cove on Saturday, April 15th. Land-based activities included food, games, face painting and more. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary passed out life jackets courtesy of DBW. All this made possible by the many volunteers from our V15 Fleet, the Cal Berkeley Sailing Team, and a host of TISC supporters and staff.
TISC Opening Day has been the “Spring Opener” for San Francisco Bay for over 15 years. Near-perfect weather brought over 330 attendees from all parts of the Bay Area (including San Jose & south, plus Sacramento and even LA) to enjoy a family friendly day on our protected waters of Clipper Cove, situated safely between Yerba Buena Island and Treasure Island (read about Clipper Cove).
Thousands of visitors have joined us over the years, so no surprise there’s a bit of a line in the morning to register. And waiting for sailboat rides. Of course a nice painted face makes the lines disappear!
Water activities included sailing on our fleet of J24 keelboats and RS Venture sport boats, and paddling around the cove on kayaks.
Kayaking on Clipper Cove enables visitors of all skills to get on the water in a protected venue that feels “far, far away from the city”.
Land-based activities during opening day provide a range of activities for all. While face painting is a favorite, just “hanging out” is not a bad way to spend a “day on the bay”. Of course food is always a favorite past time.
Our sponsor and partner booths are another draw for TISC opening day. Recology shared their vision to develop and discover sustainable resource recovery practices that can be implemented globally.
Recology Zero Waste Program exhibitor Maria Trefen recruits future “recyclists” during their visit to TISC Opening Day.
Opening day is a great lead-in to National Safe Boating Week starting May 20-26. A big shout out of thanks to the CA Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) for once again providing free life jackets on Saturday, and a grant to support our staff as they welcomed hundreds from around the Bay Area. Thanks also to the US Coast Guard Auxiliary for helping us give the lifejackets away while educating everyone on how to wear them correctly.
Life jackets are the most important safety factor for all water sports. But not the only one. Safety on the docks and around boats requires constant attention. On the water vigilance is also important, and you can see TISC safety boats in many of the photos taken during Opening Day.
TISC is fortunate to be located on Clipper Cove, arguably one of the best venues on the planet for all we do. It is protected on three sides from the waves of San Francisco Bay. The wind is reliable at all times, with the winter being the most likely time for light airs and spring-summer-fall being “just the best”. And the current that rips past the cove has very little impact on activity inside the cove.
Our annual Opening Day events take months of planning (suggestions from this year to help make best year are welcome -please send along) culminating with pages and pages of checklists for all facets of the day. On “The Day” it is the volunteers (28 this year !) who make it happen for our hundreds of visitors. Signage, tables, registration, food prep, dock safety, sailboat and safety boat drivers, clean up crew – this list goes on and on.
So thank you Luxine Smith and thanks again to everyone on our staff, the Cal Berkeley Sailing Team (special tip-of-the-hat to Jessica Stewart for these great photos) and our V15 sailors who are always on the leading edge of our volunteer fleet.
Regards from On the Cove,
In the wake:
In case you missed what the SF Chronicle had to say about opening day, you can read it here: