A brightly colored dinghy tacks in McCovey Cove

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Sail in the Herb Meyer Regatta! (starting this Friday)

The Herb Meyer Regatta is less than a week away (September 19-21) and we need you to make it a success! We are looking for racers of all experience levels who want to sail 2.3s, 303s, Liberties, or Lasers. We still have lots of room in the Laser, 2.3, and 303 divisions. We also need volunteers to help with: hospitality, rigging, loading and unloading sailors, safety boat support, and more! Volunteers and sailors can register now online! You can get other event information on the Regatta web page.


Thank you to all who made the haul out possible: Allen Darnell, Stephen Pendas, Rob Geidl, Harold Goldman, Caroline Blanckenburg, Dave Corbin, Chris Naughton, Jeff Breen, Kristi Grotting Hruzewicz, Ray Duran, Nina Riehs and Tom Allegretti. The boats are back at South Beach Harbor and ready to use this Sunday!

Keelboat maintenance day was a great success!!

A very big THANK YOU to our wonderful keelboat maintenance team: Tom Allegretti, Jared Brockway, Lee Burnette, Ananth Ugrasenan, Nina Riehs and Alex & Julia Okrut !! The team was small but the accomplishments were huge!!! We scrubbed and cleaned out both Orion and Tashi and got rid of at least 6 dock carts full of trash and unnecessary stuff. These boats are now tons lighter and probably way more competitive in future races There are lost and found items in the shed in pier 40. If you are missing something, have a look there soon, as they will be discarded by end of August. In addition, we repaired the outhaul on Tashi. We had to take off the boom (!!) to reach to a block system that was inside of it to re-attach the outhaul. We also properly attached the bilge pump on Orion, adjusted the idle speed of her engine and greased the throttle both on Tashi and Orion. Last but not least, both Heidi and Tashi are now flying BAADS burgees and Orion has now a BAADS banner attached !!

Alma Sail! (August Member Meeting cancelled)

BAADS sets sail on the historic scow schooner, the Alma, on August 17th! This event fills up fast, so sign up now by calling Sail Mail at 415 281 0212. The time of the trip is approximately 10:30 am (boarding) to 3:00 pm. When you call, leave your name, your phone number and the number of people in your party. More information about the Alma can be found at the National Park Service site. The August member meeting will be canceled so that we can sail instead!

Dock Clean Up – July 26th – Thank you!

To all of the BAADS members who participated in Dock/Pier 40 Cleanup: Julia and I wish to thank you for helping the Saturday dinghy program (and the Sunday Vets program) by organizing, cleaning, and polishing. We accomplished a lot. I am sure that all BAADS members appreciate your efforts. Lunch was provided by Natalia Bushyager. If you enjoyed it look for the opening of her new restaurant, Picnic on Third, 493 Third Street at Bryant. Hope to see you sailing on a Saturday in the near future so that you can enjoy the fruit of your labor. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! 

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