Down the Rode - May 2014

BAY & BEYOND

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, and 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.

JUNE

6 - 7 & 13 - 14 & 20 - 21 & 27 - 28 . 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.

14 . 13th Annual National Marina Day, Last year's participation was over a dozen marinas in California. National Marina Day was launched to promote the marina industry and its role in boating. This popular event has now merged with the efforts of Discover Boating to promote the entire marine industry and the boating lifestyle in one event. Check with your marina to find out how you can join in the day's activities or visit www.nationalmarinaday.org.

14 - 15 . 3rd Annual Channel Islands Harbor Marina Fest, Channel Islands Marina, 3850 South Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, CA, Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 805.984.3366 or visit www.channelislandsharbor.org for more info.

19 - 22 . 11th Annual Progressive Insurance San Diego International Boat Show, Sheraton Harbor Island, this year's show projected to be 30% larger with more boats in the water and booth exhibits. The NMMA has new features at the show including hands-on center, and stand up paddle board demos. Also featured will be the famous Fred's Shed along with the learn-to-dive pool. Live entertainment and plenty to do with the whole family. Who knows, you just might buy a boat! For more visit www.boatshows.com

21 . Summer Sailstice, Sailors are invited to join this popular Bay Area sailing event. This year's party will be held at the Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda. For more info on times and events visit www.summersailstice.com

29 . Master Mariners Wooden Boat Show, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Corinthian Yacht Club. Info at www.mastermariners.org.

DELTA

MAY

NOW Open . Windmill Cove Restaurant & Bar, Windmill Cove Resort.

Fridays . Pittsburg Yacht Club Friday Night Dinners, Pittsburg Yacht Club, cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m. Open to all yacht clubs. Enjoy a wonderfully prepared dinner with a salad and dessert for $15. Reservations are a must and can be made by calling 925.822.2497.

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 . Village West Marina Opening Season Party, Village West Marina, 6649 Embarcadero Drive in Stockton, will hold its annual "Opening of the Season Boating Party" on the Village West Yacht Club grounds Saturday, May 10, from 4-8pm. The event will feature Garlic Brothers catering. The meal is free to tenants. Boaters from other Marinas are welcome. The cost is $15 per person at the door. Beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages will be on sale in the Village West Yacht Club. Live music, valuable prizes, and games for the kids. R.S.V.P. to the Marina Office by Wednesday, May 7, by calling 209/951-1551.

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.

JUNE

Fridays . Pittsburg Yacht Club Friday Night Dinners, Pittsburg Yacht Club, cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m. Open to all yacht clubs. Enjoy a wonderfully prepared dinner with a salad and dessert for $15. Reservations are a must and can be made by calling 925.822.2497.

Fridays . Friday Night Ice Cream Social at Sunset Sweets, Tower Park Marina. Come by car or boat to this popular get together on the patio overlooking the river at Sunset Sweets. In addition to all the regular menu items the Friday night social offers an ice cream bar set up for making your own sundaes for $2.50. Call 209.368.1946 for more info.

1, 8 & 15 . Live Music at Rosa's, Tower Park Resort & Marina. Wingnut Adams performs 2 - 6 p.m. with no cover. Drink specials and plenty of fun. For info call 209.365.4693.

1 . 1st Sunday Musically Diverse Dinner Show, Pittsburg Yacht Club, Jack Pollard hosts with Austin Scott performing 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.

7 . Live Music at Rosa's, Tower Park Resort & Marina. Blue Moonshine performs at 9 p.m. with $5 cover at the door. Drink specials and plenty of fun. For info call 209.365.4693.

11 . Delta Chambers Mixer, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Marina West Yacht Club at Tower Park. This June Mixer hosted by the MWYC 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.

13 & 27 . 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.

14 . 13th Annual National Marina Day, Last year's participation was over a dozen marinas in California. National Marina Day was launched to promote the marina industry and its role in boating. This popular event has now merged with the efforts of Discover Boating to promote the entire marine industry and the boating lifestyle in one event. Check with your marina to find out how you can join in the day's activities or visit www.nationalmarinaday.org.

14 . Live Music at Rosa's, Tower Park Resort & Marina. James Beggs performs 1 - 5 p.m. on the patio with no cover charge. Drink specials and plenty of fun. For info call 209.365.4693.

14 . NCPCA "Over-the-Bottom" Practice Day, Bridge Marina Yacht Club in Antioch. 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 - 15 . 2014 Cajun & Blues Festival on the Delta Loop, Now being held on the Loop at Delta Boat Storage next to B&W Resort. Fresh California Delta crawdads, Cajun food, vendors and music. Marcia Ball, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys are just a few of the featured artists to perform. $35 early bird 2 day event pass or $20 single day. Come out and enjoy this Father's Day weekend and bring the family. For more info www.isletoncajunfestival.net. or call 916.777.4800. B&W Resort has cabins available, but they will not last long.

21 . 3rd Annual PWC Poker Run, 9 a.m. start with many stops in the Delta. Last stop is Rosa's at Tower Park. Sponsored by Rosa's at Tower Park. Plenty of prizes. For more info on this event call 209.365.4693.

21 . Live Music at Rosa's, Tower Park Resort & Marina. Nick Carasis performs at 9 p.m. with $5 cover at the door. Drink specials and plenty of fun. For info call 209.365.4693.

28 . Live Music at Rosa's, Tower Park Resort & Marina. James Beggs performs 1 - 5 p.m. on the patio with no cover charge and Four Barrell Band starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover charge at the door. Drink specials and plenty of fun. For info call 209.365.4693.

JULY

4 . Hilton's Fireworks Extravaganza, Mandeville. Fireworks to begin approx. 1/2 hour after sunset.

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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