Down the Rode - April 2014

BAY & BEYOND

APRIL

TBD · Opening Day on the Petaluma River, For more info on event and turning basin contact the Petaluma Marina at 707.778.4489.

6 · Berkeley Yacht Club Swap Meet, for details on attending or exhibiting your own nautical wares contact the club, www.berkeleyyc.org.

10 - 13 · Strictly Sail Pacific, Jack London Sq. Oakland, CA. In its 19th year as the Original All Sail Show this show will be filled with many dealers showing the latest and greatest of sailboats offered. With over 250 exhibitors from all over the world, many seminars and live entertainment it is sure to be one of the best sailboat shows to take place on the West Coast. For more info on this year's show call 800.817.SAIL or www.strictlysail.com.

15 - 16 · Learn The Ebb and Floods of Your Bay, Tides on the San Francisco Bay by Kame Richards at the Bay Model in Sausalito, $15 with reservations required. Starts at 7 p.m. and for more info you can call 408.263.7877.

12 · 7th Annual Emeryville Marina Boaters Swap Meet, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. north of the Harbor Master's office at 3310 Powel St. Emeryville, CA. For more info on attending the swap meet or for info on your own space to sell your items, call Don at 510.654.3716 or visit www.emeryvillemarina.com.

26 - 27 · 115th Annual Vallejo Race, Vallejo Yacht Club hosts the 115th running of the Vallejo Race, kicking off another Yacht Racing Association (YRA) season of racing on the Bay for 2014. For more info contact the Vallejo Yacht Club at 707.643.1254 or the YRA at 451.771.9500 or visit www.vallejoyachtclub.com.

27 · 97th Annual Opening Day on the Bay, This year's popular PICYA event theme is "Visions." Commodore Clark is promoting the concept of Visions as honoring our past, nurturing our present and embracing the future and participants are highly encouraged to enter decorated in theme. The day starts with the blessing of the fleet in the Raccoon Straits. If your club is attending and you need info on times or if you have any questions call Vice Commodore Liz Allison at 650.593.4649 or visit the PICYA web site  www.picya.org

MAY

16 - 17 & 23 - 24 & 30 - 31 · Sunset Cruises, Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry. View the Bay & the SF skyline. Wine, soda & a variety of snacks for purchase onboard. Fri - Sat evening cruises continue through mid-Oct. Adults and seniors: $20, Children 6-12: $10. For information regarding times of departure or to make reservations call 415.435.2131.

3 · Opening Day on the Strait, Benicia Yacht Club's longstanding celebration of opening day will carry the theme, "Honoring Tradition." Events start at 10 a.m. and include the blessing of the fleet, the opening day parade, arts & crafts booths, games for the children, music, food and dancing. The Benicia Yacht Club will be open to the public for the celebration. For more info visit www.beniciayachtclub.com.

11 · USS Potomac Mother's Day Champagne Brunch/Cruise, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. from Oakland's Jack London Square. $100 per person. Join the crew of the Presidential Yacht USS Potomac for a 3-hour cruise on San Francisco Bay. Enjoy a catered brunch and mimosas to celebrate Mom's special day. Tickets may be purchased by contacting TicketWeb at www.Ticketweb.com or by calling 866.468.3399. Reservations are highly recommended.

11 & 17 · San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Navigation Old and New, aboard Balclutha at 3 p.m. Compare and contrast the navigation methods used by ancient Pacific Islanders and 19th century western cultures. Ship's admission fees apply, $5 adults and under 15 free. For info on this event or any that the SFMNHP offers call 415.447.5000 or visit www.nps.gov/safr/.

17 · Nautical Swap Meet, Marina Bay Yacht Harbor, Richmond. Spend some time at one of the Bay's most popular swap meets. Whether you want an item or want to sell your nautical items, make your plans now to attend. Call 510.236.1013 for more info.

17 - 23 · National Safe Boating Week, The National Safe Boating Council continues to educate the boating community about wearing life jackets and the options that are available when it comes to comfortable and lightweight life jackets. For more info on this important week visit www.safeboatingcouncil.org.

24 · Master Mariners Regatta, Post regatta awards party to be held at the Encinal Yacht Club. For more info visit www.mastermariners.org.

DELTA

APRIL

TBD · Seasonal Grand Re-Opening of Sunset Sweets at Tower Park, Dennis and Tuyen will be back for the season and open until fall 2014. Come out and enjoy all the treats and ice cream at their Tower Park Resort location. For more info call 209.368.1946.

Mondays · Rosa's Netta's Monday Nights, Tower Park Resort and Marina. Monday nights are special at Rosa's. 4 - 9 p.m. Chef Netta serves up some great bar food and along with Happy Hour 4 - 7 p.m. $2 well drinks you won't find a better way to spend your Monday evenings. Bar food is $6 per person. Call 209.365.4693 for more info.

4 · Seasonal Grand Re-Opening at Rosa's, Located at Tower Park Resort & Marina. Come celebrate the 5th anniversary in style and the start of being open 7-days a week again for spring/summer and fall. Happy hour drink and food specials. For info call 209.365.4693.

5 · Delta Marina Craft & Swap Meet, Rio Vista, starts at 9 a.m. with plenty of planned booths and exhibits to entice the mariner as well as those into arts and crafts. Come out enjoy the day and find your treasures. The smiling faces of Monica and Audrey await your arrival. For info on event or how to exhibit contact the marina office at 707.374.2315, www.deltamarina.com or on facebook.

5 · Tracy Bass Tournament Series, Tracy Oasis Marina, Tracy. 100% PAYBACK, entry fee is $80 with many other options such as $10 Big Fish. Tournament of Champions set for May 31-June 1, 2014, and must fish in required number of regular events to qualify. Contact Terry for all the information at 209.835.3182 or visit www.tracyoasismarina.com.

6 · 1st Sunday Musically Diverse Dinner Show, Pittsburg Yacht Club, Call for info on performers that will be performing from 5 - 9 p.m. Imagine a romantic and relaxing early Sunday evening with great music and fine food while overlooking the beautiful Delta. $45 for dinner and show or $25 for show only. Must make reservations by calling 925.267.3517.

9 · Delta Chambers Mixer, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Rosa's at Tower Park Marina. This April Mixer hosted by John, Cheryl and staff will be a great way to meet your fellow Delta Chambers members and enjoy a great evening with friends at an excellent on the water location. Come by car or boat and make sure to bring your friends and introduce them to the benefits of your Delta Chambers. If you have questions on this event, how your business can host a mixer or to become a member of the Delta Chambers, visit www.californiadelta.org or call 916.777.4041.

12 · Stockton YC Opening Day, View from the banks of the Deep Water Channel or bring your boat out and participate in this well-attended opening day parade. The awards and festivities will be held at the Stockton YC Clubhouse following the parade. Contact Rich Kinzey or Leslie Oliver at 209.462.3808 for more info.

18 · Karaoke Night at Rosa's Tower Park, Tower Park Resort and Marina. Come out and be a star while enjoying the many drink and eat specials being offered. 8 p.m. - midnight. Come by car or boat. Call 209.365.4693 for more info.

19 · San Joaquin YC Opening Day, Come out and view or participate with your own boat in this ever-popular event that cruises the Bethel Island waterways. For more call 925.684.9985.

19 · Discovery Bay YC Opening Day, Everyone is welcome to participate in this year's theme "Spring Fling" with food and drink at the club after. Call 925.890.3202 for info.

25 - 27 · Stockton Asparagus Festival, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Downtown Stockton. San Joaquin County's most prestigious agricultural product that inspired the creation of the Stockton Asparagus Festival 28 years ago. The Stockton Asparagus Festival is a three-day, multi-event, food and entertainment festival, which celebrates asparagus. For more info on event and ticket prices you can call 209.644.3740.

26 · 2014 M*A*S*H 4077th Party at Rosa's, Located at Tower Park Resort & Marina. Come dressed as your favorite character from the popular 1970's sitcom and enjoy Rosie's Bar and the Swamp! The Nick Carasis Band will be performing to help welcome the largest military vehicle collection in Northern California. Music starts at 9 p.m. with drink specials and prizes! $5 cover, for more info call 209.365.4693.

27 · Tracy Bass Tournament Series, Tracy Oasis Marina, Tracy. 100% PAYBACK, entry fee is $80 with many other options such as $10 Big Fish. Tournament of Champions set for May 31-June 1, 2014, and must fish in required number of regular events to qualify. Contact Terry for all the information at 209.835.3182 or visit www.tracyoasismarina.com.

27 · 26th Annual San Joaquin YC Meals on Wheels Benefit, SJYC along with the Bethel Island Chamber of Commerce host a champagne dinner cruise to benefit this needy cause. To date they have provided 239,552 nutritious meals to those in need. Tickets are normally $75 per person and sold in advance only. 11 a.m. start at the yacht club. For more info call Kathy Stein at 925.209.9939 or visit www.sjyc.org/mow.

MAY

Mondays · Rosa's Netta's Monday Nights, Tower Park Resort and Marina. Monday nights are special at Rosa's. 4 - 9 p.m. Chef Netta serves up some great bar food and along with Happy Hour 4 - 7 p.m. $2 well drinks you won't find a better way to spend your Monday evenings. Bar food is $6 per person. Call 209.365.4693 for more info.

2 · Delta Rat Poker Run, Come participate and kick off the boating season right with scheduled stops on the Delta Loop, Tower Park and Bethel Island. Bring your friends and fill your boat for this California Delta Chambers fundraiser. Event t-shirt and $300 first prize for the best hand. Registration 9 - 10 a.m. with a 10 a.m. start. Start and Stop at the Spindrift Restaurant on the Delta Loop with a BBQ dinner after. $60 per hand in advance and $70 on the day of the event. Visit www.californiadelta.org to pre-order your space.

2 & 16 & 30 · Karaoke Night at Rosa's Tower Park, Tower Park Resort and Marina. Come out and be a star while enjoying the many drink and eat specials being offered. 8 p.m. - midnight. Come by car or boat. Call 209.365.4693 for more info.

3 · 17th Annual Delta Loop Fest, Held the first Saturday of May, this popular Delta event has been a fun-filled experience for all those that attend. This is the open house for the Delta Loop's 10-mile scenic drive. All businesses will have special events, swap meets, music, food, and just plain fun for the whole family. Contact the Delta Loop Association at 916.777.4945 or 916.777.6055 for all the info on each event held during the day.

3 · Owl Harbor Marina Nautical Swap Meet, This is not only a swap meet but an open house to one of the Delta Loop's most unique marinas during the Delta Loop Fest. 9 a.m. - noon. Swap meet space for people wishing to sell their treasures is free as well as entry into the event. For more info on event or how to get space call 916.777.6055 or e-mail Info@owlharbor.com

3 · Tracy Bass Tournament Series, Tracy Oasis Marina, Tracy. 100% PAYBACK, entry fee is $80 with many other options such as $10 Big Fish. Tournament of Champions set for May 31-June 1, 2014, and must fish in required number of regular events to qualify. Contact Terry for all the information at 209.835.3182 or visit www.tracyoasismarina.com.

3 · PYC Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Pittsburg Yacht Club, dinner, dancing and music to help celebrate the 5th. $20 per person and reservations are a must by calling 925.200.5307.

4 · Sacramento YC Opening Day Parade, Starts at noon and cruises from the club to the Virgin Sturgeon and back. Call 916.698.6209 for more info.

5 · Spindrift Restaurant Cinco de Mayo Celebration, On the Delta Loop. Contact Chris at 916.777.4944 for all the details and specials.

5 · Cinco de Mayo Party at Rosa's at Tower Park, 4 - 9 p.m. Margarita and Tequila specials with Chef Netta cooking up some of the best Mexican food on the Delta. Come by car or boat. Call 209.365.4693 for more info.

10 · NCPCA "Over-the-Bottom" Racing Fun Day, Bridge Marina Yacht Club in Antioch at 2 p.m. Seminar, games and dinner. For info on this or how to be a part of the NCPCA you can call Commodore Jerry Smith at 925.642.5962 for more information.

14 · Delta Chambers Mixer, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Delta Heartbeat Tours, Walnut Grove at Deckhands. This May Mixer will be a great way to meet your fellow Delta Chambers members and enjoy a great evening with friends as Sue and Barbara look forward to hosting. Bring friends and introduce them to the benefits of your Delta Chambers. If you have questions on this event, how your business can host a mixer or to become a member of the Delta Chambers, visit www.californiadelta.org or call 916.777.4041.

24 - 26 · Memorial Day Weekend Kick-Off, Rosa's at Tower Park. Patio Bar to open for the season, drink specials, and several bands playing during the day and evenings. James Beggs playing the patio with Terry Sheets Band and Nick Carasis playing the evening hours. On Saturday the 24th around 5 p.m. the Rosa's Skydivers will be making their first appearance of the evening. John and Cheryl always host a rockin party so make plans to attend. Call 209.365.4693 for more info.

25 · Tracy Bass Tournament Series, Tracy Oasis Marina, Tracy. 100% PAYBACK, entry fee is $80 with many other options such as $10 Big Fish. Tournament of Champions set for May 31-June 1, 2014, and must fish in required number of regular events to qualify. Contact Terry for all the information at 209.835.3182 or visit www.tracyoasismarina.com.

31 - June 1 · Tracy Bass Tournament of Champions, Tracy Oasis Marina, Tracy. Must have met the terms of qualifying from prior tournaments. Contact Terry for all the information at 209.835.3182 or visit www.tracyoasismarina.com.

Bay Model Tours, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA. 415.332.3871. Hours Tues. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; closed Sun. - Mon. & holidays.

Adventures at Sea, Imagine Life Aboard a 19th-Century Sailing Ship, Program presented at 2:15 p.m. daily. Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco. For information on this or any other program offered, call 415.561.7006.

Red & White Fleet San Francisco Cruises, for info call 415.673.2900 or visit www.redandwhite.com.

USS Pampanito, Open daily at Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf. Fee: Adults, $9; 6-12, $4; under 6 free with adults; family ticket $20. More info at 415.561.6662. Admission includes a self-guided tour.

USS Potomac Year-Round Tours, Jack London Square, The museum dedicated to "Remembering Roosevelt and his Era" features FDR's famed "Floating White House," now a National Historic Landmark. Guided dockside tours are available year-round on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Special programs for students. Call 510.627.1215.

USS Potomac History Cruise, Enjoy a 2-hour narrated history cruise on S.F. Bay with knowledgeable docents. Complimentary coffee, tea and water will be available. Call 510.627.1215 for actual dates and reservations.

SS Jeremiah O'Brien WW II Liberty Ship, National Historic Landmark and Museum. Open daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf. Fee is $8 adults, under 6 free with adult. Visit www.ssjeremiahobrien.org for cruise schedule, volunteer opportunities and overnight programs or call 415.544.0100.

Vessel Safety Checks, for a courtesy examination of your vessel to verify the presence and condition of your safety equipment required by State and Federal regulations, please visit the site www.safetyseal.net or e-mail sumfun@juno.com.

Delta Fishing Reports, Weekly every Wed. at www.californiadelta.org.

Safe Boating Courses, for information and closest place to attend a boating course please call the United States Power Squadron at 925.377.2628.



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