Saildown 2017 Update

DATE: Saturday August 26, 2017

We will rendezvous at McCovey Cove at High Noon on Saturday. Remember, this is not a race. It is a Cruise. There are no rules, skippers must find their own way down via charts and avoid all manner of pitfalls and restricted areas without the guidance of a race committee. Boats will monitor Channel 72.
Find here charts of the South Bay and a map of The Port of Redwood City Yacht Harbor. See the location of Sequoia Yacht Club on the map.
When you arrive, please sign in at the Club’s Guest Book inside. The street address of Sequoia Yacht Club is 441 Seaport Court, Redwood City. There is room to stern-raft up for approximately 8 or 9 boats at the Sequoia Clubhouse deck. The Yacht Club has showers for use, but they will be closed at 8pm.
If you have a slow fat boat and you don’t think you’ll get one of those raft up spaces you might call ahead to reserve a slip from Spinnaker Sailing, which manages the harbor. Slip rental = $0.95/foot. No credit cards. Cash or check only. A deposit will be required for the gate and bathroom key fob. If you want a shower key it is a separate $20 deposit. For slips call 650.363.1390. The harbormaster office hours on Saturday and Sunday = 9am – 5pm. They monitor channel 16.
The SSS will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and a vegetarian option (probably boca burgers), also some kind of yummy dessert. Please bring side dishes of your choice to share. They don’t have to be elaborate, just edible. We are welcome to use the club’s gas grills.

  1. The oldest SSS shirt
  2. The most friends and family members aboard upon arrival;
  3. Youngest crew member aboard
  4. Longest trip (set your gps odometer as you leave your slip)

There have been questions:
Q:      how good are the prizes? I heard Tom Patterson tried to return his prize.
A:      The prizes are way cool. Not expensive. Very SSS. Tom was just joking. haha.

Q:      How many points for children?
A:      Despite stereotypes to the contrary, many members of the singlehanded sailing society like children. Some even have children of their own. To encourage this proclivity children aboard garner double points. Anticipating PHYF questions (“performance handicap youth fleet”), a measurement method (a measuring tape) will be utilized at the Sequoia Yacht Club if necessary. There will be no appeal process.

If you can’t persuade anyone to sail with you, if you can’t bribe friends and no one will let you borrow their children, remember: This is the Singlehanded Sailing Society. It’s okay to come solo.