Summer Sailstice, San Francisco Bay

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Summer Sailstice, San Francisco Bay

Time: June 23, 2012 from 10am to 11pm
Location: Pickup at Nelson's Marine Dock (across the road from Nelson's Marine Gate)
Street: 1500 Ferry Point/junction of W. Oriskany Ave next to the big gray ships..
City/Town: Alameda Point, CA
Website or Map:…
Phone: 408-256-1290
Event Type: awareness, volunteer, and, contributor, awards
Organized By: Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG
Latest Activity: Jun 26, 2012

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IRG Boat Moonshadow, a 51' William Garden Ketch, is representing IRG at the Summer Sailstice! Boarding at Nelson's Marine, 1500 Ferry Point, Alameda at 10am Saturday 23rd, come and join us... BYOB, DON'T BE LATE. We'll be "dressing ship" with flags and joining the boat procession in Alameda Estuary, this day is one of the funnest days on the Bay!

Summer Sailstice, a FREE annual America-wide celebration of sailing, will be a perfect opportunity for IRG to get involved, meet new people, reward our volunteers for their hard work, gain awareness, sign up other IRG Rescue Boats and do fundraising activities for our Operational Budget. We'll join the boat procession, anchor out and party aboard, dinghy back and forth to Encinal Yacht Club and join in the festivities!

We will be sailing from 10am to 2pm, then we will join the procession in the Estuary and after that will anchor out with the fleet and constant dinghy rides to the Encinal Yacht Club from then where there is live music all day long and events. Guests who are nervous about being on a boat for 4 hours can actually go straight to Encinal YC and enjoy the day there, joining the boat after the procession by dinghy if they wish. Life vests are included but guests should bring their own if they have one.

We have two other boats joining us for the anchor-out raft-up! Party, seminar and various bands will be playing at Encinal Yacht Club all day and evening.

PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO YOUR GUESTS - EVERYONE MUST RSVP INDIVIDUALLY or we will not be able to get a good headcount. It's vital we know EXACTLY how many people are registered because we have the serious responsibility to make sure we have enough life vests, don't exceed capacity etc. If you're not on the list, you may not be able to get on the boat...

We will be partying till late, but once we are at anchor at Encinal Yacht Club, Alameda (about 3pm), people may depart through the yacht club.

NEW JUST IN from Martha Blanchfield: Enter the Summer Sailstice Sunset Photo Contest (click here). BRING YOUR CAMERA.

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Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on June 26, 2012 at 10:16pm

For those of you who were taking photographs on IRG's Summer Sailstice boat Moonshadow, now's your opportunity to enter your pictures (click here) for the competition for these prizes:

First Prize: GoPro HD Hero2 (value $300!), plus your winning photo featured in upcoming Sailstice newsletter
Second Prize: 2 Summer Sailstice t-shirts, plus a BlooSee water bottle
Third Prize: 1 Summer Sailstice cap, plus a BlooSee water bottle

Good luck, and why not post your best pictures in your Profile in this community too?!


Captain Ray

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on June 24, 2012 at 5:08pm

What a great day it was! A pity we didn't get as much sailing done before the procession as we'd hoped, but we had to rescue a power boat that had fueling problems! The tow slowed us down somewhat... But great photographs were taken and we'd be very grateful if you would post them here or email them to 

We finally made it to Encinal Yacht Club after the procession, and we think IRG Boat Moonshadow was the "best dressed" boat in the estuary and we were flying the International Rescue Group banners and lifebuoys, but the America's Cup boat looked brilliant too. We hope that the promised aerial photographs turn up and if they do we'll post a link here - though none of us spied any obvious planes or helicopters. After some major anchor dragging in the silt, we finally settled down (with help from Jerome Phillips' big Fortress anchor) at the Encinal YC anchorage and dinghied to shore to mingle and listen to the multiple bands that were playing.

We had some excellent company, some volunteers who have helped build our new rescue boat Thunderbird 2 that will be commissioned soon, and some local business and community leaders. Anyone have any ideas who could host our commissioning ceremony which should be August 1st barring any major set-backs? Also, we're having a slow-down in volunteers, so please pass the word that we are working on the new boat every day, and there are fun work days on weekends where we finish with pizza and beverages!

Carl Kelley, Clara Epple and Nadia Lockyer spent most of the cruise chin-wagging below deck in the lounge, while Captain Ray ended up on the rescued boat after transferring to help with the tow. We hope there are pictures of him standing on the taut tow rope, but he obviously chickened out of walking the rope from one boat to the other... Eric and Pam Wogsberg spent the entire time up on deck in the sunshine with Bill Lockyer and his son Diego who managed to steer an excellent line downwind, while Steve Kahlich and a few others flashed out both staysails for a wonderful silent run at 5 knots into the procession. Jenni Hecker, Summer and Claire sent our bunting and flags up the main mast, while Ames took hundreds of crew photos. Kelly Powers and Chris Shuford have already posted pictures on Facebook, so they are trickling in.

Please post your stories of the day as replies here and let's get a record of what happened! We lost some of you half way through the day, sorry to Derinda and some others. More stories will probably appear here covering the exploits of the rest of our crew. The Lamplighters in the crowd somehow escaped singing Gilbert and Sullivan's "I am the Captain of the Pinafore". That will be rectified in the future. We didn't see the Pirates of Penzance.

Thank you to Co-captains Dale Bagnell and Wendy Chen and their affiliated IRG Boat Moonshadow.

We'll have more cruises in the near future, watch this space...

Comment by Kelly Powers on June 23, 2012 at 11:04pm

Thanks Dale and Ray for a fun day on the bay!

Comment by Kelly Powers on June 23, 2012 at 11:03pm

Pictures from the Summer Sailstice!

Comment by Claire B. on June 22, 2012 at 8:50pm

Looking forward to it!

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on June 22, 2012 at 11:47am

Hi Veronica, thanks for bringing up the question of food, I didn't do a good job thinking that through! We're assuming that by 10am pick-up time, everyone has had their breakfast, so they should have a simple packed lunch. As there is a good number, I recommend against bringing a large cooler with things that need to be prepared, and coolers need to be stowed somewhere. A bag of sandwiches usually suffices... We'll be anchored out off Encinal Yacht Club from about 3pm with regular dinghy rides to the dock, and the yacht club has a dining room, if you stay in the area that would be a great place to buy dinner!

Comment by Veronica Esqueda on June 22, 2012 at 11:40am

Ron Vargas and I are ready to sail tomorrow!  I have my own PDF, but Ron doesn't have one.  Do we bring food to share or just for ourselves?

Comment by Veronica Esqueda on June 19, 2012 at 10:55am

I would love to join the crew on Saturday!

Comment by Dale A. Bagnell on June 17, 2012 at 9:40pm

Hi Everyone,

I'm looking forward a fun event at the Summer Sailstice. Let's raise some awareness for the good work that IRG is doing. I should be at Ray's dock around 10:00am on Saturday morning to meet everyone. We will have soft drinks and snacks aboard for everyone. BYOB if you have a favorite drink. Please wear soft soled shoes and bring an extra jacket if it turns cold.

Let's have a fun day



Comment by Carl Kelley on June 14, 2012 at 5:44pm

Clara and I will be joining you.  Thank you for the invitation!

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