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    At the start of the SHTP 2021: ALOHA, Hobie 33 skippered by Kyle Vanderspek. What do I like about this one? Before we boarded Bob Johnston's boat Surprise! to accompany the fleet out the gate, I walked over to watch Kyle leave the dock. His father, Hugh, was there helping to untie the docklines. Kyle untied the bow line, tossed it onto the boat, then gave his dad a big hug. "I love you, dad," he said. "Love you," replied his dad. Then Kyle leaned over, untied the stern line and, in one smooth motion, stepped aboard the boat and was off.

    Very cool kid. https://vimeo.com/565896485
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    What I saw today? About as nice a day to be sailing on the bay as you can have. "Shorts and t-shirt weather" in a 20kt+ slot, and less wind elsewhere if you wanted that too.

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    I saw two pretty cool things out there today:

    First, I saw this guy. Sailing an Open 5.70. I was able to catch up and was faster for a bit, but when we hit the 20kt wind line on the north side of the slot, he turned downwind and took off like a shot. It looked like fun.

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    Later, heading back home toward Sausalito, I saw another small sailboat heading north toward Raccoon Strait. I thought it might be a Cal. As I got closer, I thought it might even be a Cal 27 belonging to someone in the SSS. Sure enough! I circled around to sail along with Dura Mater and we waved hello to each other. But now what was Jackie doing up on the foredeck? That's right -- not missing out on a downwind spinnaker run back to Richmond through Raccoon Strait.

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    I kept my distance and watched the whole process --it looked great! (but what do I know? I only race non-spin). I wanted to yell "Great Job!" but Dura Mater was too far away by then -- one more boat outrunning me downwind today.

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    Hey, hey, Todd! I didn't know that was you, but you sure have a pretty boat! Thanks for the great photos of DM and me! We were just coming back in after escorting Green Buffalo in from the SHTP. Sea Star and Another Girl were out there, too, but they all motored home ahead of us. As you write, it was a really nice day on the water. No hurry to end it.

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    Here are Sea Star and Another Girl escorting Green Buffalo into the bay

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    And safely under that beautiful bridge

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    This photo should really be in a "What I Saw on Facebook" thread 'cause I didn't see it with my own peepers. Anyway...

    For those of us who've been wearing jackets all Summer at RYC this could be motivational. Where is it and why does it look like this?

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    Oh, now. That Devery. She really knows how to put on a party.

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    I knew you'd know. Decorating for a party for tenants at Owl Harbor. This is my "hint" photo:

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    And one more:

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    After Drakes Bay 1, instead of sailing back to the bay with you all, Dura Mater and I turned north and motorsailed to Bodega Bay. Passed the Point Reyes lighthouse.

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    There was a bit of blue sky, but it never really cleared up. Got up to Bodega Bay just as some wind picked up, enough for me to unfurl my new 125% jib and sail over to check out the entrance to Tomales. Then we turned around and it was a beam reach over to Bodegaís channel entrance. Itís a long channel: almost two miles to Channel Marker 33, where we turned to port into Spud Harbor Marina. $21/ night for boats under 30í . We got an end tie right in front of s/v Pelican, owned by Doug Lamb.

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    Pelican is a Westsail 32. Doug knows Randy Leasure and we were both relieved when Doug received a text from Randy telling us that his house in South Lake Tahoe had been spared by the Caldor fire up there.

    Pelican has recently returned from three years in Alaska. Here is a photo Doug sent me of Pelican anchored in Alaska:

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    While DM and I were his neighbors Doug had begun to revarnish Pelicanís woodwork. He says that two coats West System epoxy, then any varnish thatís on sale worked well in Alaska, so it should work just as well here, right?

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    Doug has a small farm near Bodega and gave me a box of golden delicious and braeburn apples and Bartlett and Asian pears. I gave him my last chocolate bar and got the better deal for sure.
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    and then we sailed up and down and all around Tomales Bay until we ran out of water: https://vimeo.com/600452731

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    Heart’s Desire Beach - the last time I was there (over 4 decades ago) was for a wedding, one of mine.

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