Down the Rode - May 2011

MAY

April 30 - 1 • 112th Annual Vallejo Race,
Vallejo Yacht Club hosts the 112th running of the Vallejo Race, kicking off another YRA season of racing on the Bay for 2011. For more info contact the Vallejo Yacht Club at 707.643.1254 or the YRA at 451.771.9500 or visit www.vallejoyachtclub.com.

1 • 94th Annual Opening Day on the Bay,
This year’s theme is “Giants of the Bay.” 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 you can call the PICYA office at 415.331.0702 or visit www.picya.org.

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 thru mid-Oct. Adults and seniors: $20, Children 6-12: $10. Purchase a block of sunset cruises for $225, good for any 15 cruises in the 2011 season. For information regarding times of departure or to make reservations call 415.435.2131.

8 • USS Potomac Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch/Cruise,
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. from Oakland’s Jack London Square. $90 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.

13 - 14 • Nordic Tug Rendezvous,
The San Francisco Bay Area Nordic Tug Association will be hosting the 2011 Nordic Tug Rendezvous at the Martinez Marina. All Nordic Tug owners, guests and future owners are invited to attend this event. For more info, visit www.sfbanta.org or contact info@sfbanta.org.

14 • 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.

15 • Nautical Swap Meet at Elkhorn YC,
Moss Landing. 7 a.m. start. For more info call the yacht club at 831.724.3875 or e-mail eyc@elkhornyc.com.

14 • Marine Swap Meet & Open House,
Berkeley Yacht Club, 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. This event will be held in conjunction with the Safety at Sea Day Program. For info call 510.843.9292 or visit www.berkeleyyc.org.

21 - 27 • 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.

22 • SS Jeremiah O’Brien Seaman’s Memorial Cruise,
Departs 10 a.m., returns 2 p.m. and is $95 per person. Join the annual tradition on the San Francisco Bay since 1980. Call 415.544.0100 or visit www.ssjeremiahobrien.org for more info.

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

 

JUNE

3 - 4 & 10 - 11 & 17 - 18 & 24 - 25 • 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 thru mid-Oct. Adults and seniors: $20, Children 6-12: $10. Purchase a block of sunset cruises for $225, good for any 15 cruises in the 2011 season. For information regarding times of departure or to make reservations call 415.435.2131.

11 • 10th Annual National Marina Day,
Last year’s participation was over a dozen marinas in Northern California. Check with your marina to find out how you can join in the day’s activities!
18 - 19 • 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/sf.

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

 

DELTA

APRIL

24 • Fabulous Sunday Champagne Buffet Brunch,
The Point Waterfront Restaurant, Rio Vista, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more info, 707.374.5400.

 

MAY

Tuesdays • Taco Tuesday at Windmill Cove,
7600 Windmill Cove Road. Come by boat or car to enjoy this very popular Delta evening. 209.948.6995.

Mon - Fri • Spindrift Restaurant Progressive Happy Hour,
On the Delta Loop, 3 – 6 p.m. weekdays. Lowest prices at 3 p.m. and go up 50 cents every hour until 6 p.m. Contact Chris at 916.777.4944 for all the details and specials.

1 • Live Music and Dancing at the Spindrift Restaurant,
On the Delta Loop, enjoy music by Jason Carmel from 4 – 7 p.m. Contact Chris at 916.777.4944 for all the details and specials.

1 • 23rd Annual Meals on Wheels Champagne Cruise Benefit,
Sponsored by the San Joaquin YC in conjunction with the Bethel Island Chamber of Commerce. Come out and support this cause that helps deliver over 175,000 meals to those in need. Champagne cruise includes dinner. For more info call Kathy Stein at 925.209.9939 or visit www.sjyc.org/mow.

1 • Fabulous Sunday Champagne Buffet Brunch,
The Point Waterfront Restaurant, Rio Vista, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more info, 707.374.5400.

5 • Cinco de Mayo Party at Rosa’s at Tower Park,
drink and Mexican pizza specials is the menu for this day of celebration. Call 209.365.4693 for more info.

5 • Cinco de Mayo Celebration at The Point,
The Point Waterfront Restaurant, Rio Vista, Come out and enjoy the lunch and drink specials. For more info, 707.374.5400.

5 • Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Windmill Cove,
Come by car or boat to this May 5th celebration. Call 209.948.6995 for details on drink and eat specials.

5 • Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Happy Harbor,
Let Joe and his staff treat you to a wonderful celebration. Call 209.948.6995 for all the info on this fun-filled day!

7 • Tracy Bass Series OPEN Tournament,
Tracy Oasis Marina, Tracy. This series is open to everyone, $150 entry fee with many other options such as big fish. All events lead up to the final T.O.C. held in May. Contact Terry for all the information at 209.835.3182 or visit www.tracyoasismarina.com.

7 • 14th Annual Delta Loop Fest,
Held the first Saturday of May, this popular Delta event has been a fun-filled event for all those that attend. This is the open house for the Delta Loop, 10-mile scenic drive. All businesses will have special events, swap meets, music, food, and just 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.

7 • Perry’s Boat Harbor Swap Meet,
Being held during this year’s Loop Fest. Stop in for a look at what will be displayed at this event. Contact Joe at the marina office for more info at 916.777.5000. Also make sure to inquire about his new enclosed boathouses at the marina.

8 • Live Music and Dancing at the Spindrift Restaurant,
On the Delta Loop, enjoy music by Jason Carmel from 4 – 7 p.m. Contact Chris at 916.777.4944 for all the details and specials.

8 • Fabulous Sunday Champagne Buffet Brunch,
The Point Waterfront Restaurant, Rio Vista, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more info, 707.374.5400.

11 • Delta Chambers Mixer, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.,
Delta Discovery Cruises, Pittsburg Marina. This May Mixer will be a great way to meet your fellow Delta Chamber members and enjoy a great evening with friends. Steve and Heather Ingram will be showcasing their boat Island Serenade. Make sure to attend this one and bring friends to introduce them to the benefits of your Delta Chambers. Come by water or land. If you have questions on the event or how your business can host a mixer visit www.californiadelta.org or call 916.777.4041 for more info.

13 - 15 • NCPCA “Over-the-Bottom” Racing,
Fun Day Cruise and Contest, Stockton YC. Enjoying their 76th year, they are inviting all boaters who are interested in learning about navigational charts, rules and regulations while enjoying the fun of navigating the Bay and Delta waters. For more info contact Commodore Diane Lasher at 925.625. 3223 or visit http://ncpca.net/.

15 • Fabulous Sunday Champagne Buffet Brunch,
The Point Waterfront Restaurant, Rio Vista, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more info, 707.374.5400.

15 • Live Music and Dancing at the Spindrift Restaurant,
On the Delta Loop, enjoy music by Jason Carmel from 4 – 7 p.m. Contact Chris at 916.777.4944 for all the details and specials.

21 • Golf & Bowling Meals on Wheels Benefit,
Sponsored by the San Joaquin YC in conjunction with the Bethel Island Chamber of Commerce. Come out and support this cause that helps deliver over 175,000 meals to those in need. For info on either event or both visit www.sjyc.org/mow.

22 • Delta Challenge, Fish For A Cure,
Fishing Tournament, This event being held at Windmill Cove is a benefit for a cure for breast cancer. Sponsored by Windmill Cove & Lunker Lather. There will be events including boat and bank fishing plus a special event for kids at Windmill Cove’s private pond where the first 25 kids signed up receive a free rod and reel. Entry fees are: two man team $100, a $25 striper, $25catfish and $15 for the kids. For more info on this event or Windmill Cove, contact Dave Theis at 916.580.7520.

22 • Live Music and Dancing at the Spindrift Restaurant,
On the Delta Loop, enjoy music by Jason Carmel from 4 – 7 p.m. Contact Chris at 916.777.4944 for all the details and specials.

22 • Fabulous Sunday Champagne Buffet Brunch,
The Point Waterfront Restaurant, Rio Vista, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more info, 707.374.5400.

27 • Friday Night Championship Beer Pong Tournament,
7:30 p.m. at Rosa’s at Tower Park Marina and Resort. $30 per team with a first prize payout of $225 and a beer pong table (based on 30 teams). For more info on this event plus food and drink specials during the Memorial Day weekend call John or Cheryl at 209.365.4693.

27 - 30 • Classic Yacht Association Sacramento Jazz Festival Cruise,
Cruise will be to the Sacramento Marina. Great venue to view some of these classics from yesteryear. For more info call Vice Commodore Les Cochren at 916.932.6052.

27 - 30 • 38th Annual Sacramento Jazz Festival & Jubilee,
with more than 450 sets of live music scheduled, make sure to set your plans to attend this year’s event. Come by boat or car. If you are not part of the YC cruise-in, then contact the Sacramento Marina for space reservations. For more info visit www.sacjazz.com or www.sacyc.com.

28 & 29 • Tracy Bass Series OPEN Tournament of Champions,
Tracy Oasis Marina, Tracy. Must have fished in six out of the seven tournaments to qualify for the T.O.C. Contact Terry for all the information at 209.835.3182 or visit www.tracyoasismarina.com.

28 - 29 • Live Music at Rosa’s at Tower Park,
Enjoy music being performed by Saddle Back Ridge. Saturday 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. and on Sunday from 2 - 6 p.m. For more info on music, food and drink specials call John or Cheryl at 209.365.4693.

29 • Fabulous Sunday Champagne Buffet Brunch,
The Point Waterfront Restaurant, Rio Vista, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more info, 707.374.5400.

29 • Live Music and Dancing at the Spindrift Restaurant,
On the Delta Loop, enjoy music by Jason Carmel from 4 – 7 p.m. Contact Chris at 916.777.4944 for all the details and specials.

 

JUNE

Tuesdays • Taco Tuesday at Windmill Cove,
7600 Windmill Cove Road. Come by boat or car to enjoy this very popular Delta evening. 209.948.6995.

5, 12, 19 & 26 • Fabulous Sunday Champagne Buffet Brunch,
The Point Waterfront Restaurant, Rio Vista, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more info, 707.374.5400.

4 • NCPCA “Over-the-Bottom” Racing, Driftwood Yacht Club,
Antioch. Enjoying their 76th year, they are inviting all boaters who are interested in learning about navigational charts, rules and regulations while enjoying the fun of navigating the Bay and Delta waters. For more info contact Commodore Diane Lasher at 925.625. 3223 or visit http://ncpca.net/.

8 • Delta Chambers Mixer, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.,
Windmill Cove. This June Mixer will be a great way to meet your fellow Delta Chamber members and enjoy a great evening with friends. Dave, Marsh and Trisha are sure to meet the expectations as one of the year’s best mixers. Make sure to attend this one and bring friends to introduce them to the benefits of your Delta Chambers. Come by water or land. If you have questions on the event or how your business can host a mixer visit www.californiadelta.org or call 916.777.4041 for more info.

11 • 10th Annual National Marina Day,
Last year’s participation was over a dozen marinas in Northern California. Check with your marina to find out how you can join in the day’s activities!

11 • NCPCA “Over-the-Bottom” Racing,
San Joaquin Yacht Club, Bethel Island. Enjoying their 76th year, they are inviting all boaters who are interested in learning about navigational charts, rules and regulations while enjoying the fun of navigating the Bay and Delta waters. For more info contact Commodore Diane Lasher at 925.625. 3223 or visit http://ncpca.net/.

17 - 19 • Classic Yacht Association Delta Cruise,
Cruise will begin at the Stockton Downtown Marina and end at the Walnut Grove Marina. Both locations will be a great venue to view some of these classics from yesteryear. For more info call Shawn Ball at 209.339.1905.

21 - 27 • 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.

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 info 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,
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 & water will be available. Call 510.627.1215 for actual dates and reservations.

Delta Discovery Cruises,
Educational Cruises, scheduled group and private party cruises including weddings and corporate outings. Call 925.252.9300 or visit www.deltadiscoverycruises.com for more info on schedules, times and costs.

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.

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.

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

Safe Boating Courses,
For nearest C.G. Aux. course, 800.869.SAIL or 800.869.BOAT. For nearest Power Sqd. course, 800.SEA.SKIL.

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