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powered by electric motors provided by Newport Vessels, BBQ lunch, free fishing for kids at the marina docks, a solo photo exhibit by local bridgetender Demi Stewart, and a Delta Lore presentation by Bill Wells, executive director of the Delta Chambers of Commerce and scribe for Bay & Delta Yachtsman.
ow lucky are we? We're lucky to have the vast California Delta right out our back door. Lucky to have such a lightly populated playground so close to the crowded and hectic San Francisco Bay Area. Lucky to trade chilly summer fog for sun-drenched blue skies. Lucky to still be offering the Delta Doo Dah cruising rally after 13 years in which so much has changed, and yet so much (in the Delta, anyway) has stayed the same. For the second year in a row, we kicked off the Delta Doo Dah cruising rally via Zoom — keeping everyone safe from COVID-19 and complying with state and county health orders at the time — on May 4. Fleet members Craig and Ann Perez of the Richmond Yacht Club-based Express 34 Marrakesh presented their excellent Delta Cruising Seminar. With plenty of opportunity for questions and discussions, it was an informative and entertaining evening. Thanks to donations from Owl Harbor, the California Delta Chambers, fleet member Catherine Miskow of Cardinal Rule and Summer Sailstice, we were able to award a few coveted door prizes. On June 12, we again joined forces with the Delta Ditch Run, which sailed its 30th edition this year. The idea was to join a big fleet to race or cruise from Richmond YC to Stockton Sailing Club, with a party on the lawn along the San Joaquin River that night. It was slow and hot in the early going, but the wind filled in — and boy howdy, it got rowdy! Summer Sailstice, the global celebration of sailing on the solstice, was next up on our official itinerary, a do-ityourself 'event' on June 19. Then RYC invited Delta Doo Dah sailors to join their cruise-out for a dinghy parade on the Fourth of July in Potato Slough. Last year, Owl Harbor Marina on Sevenmile Slough had to forgo their big annual tenant BBQ; they made up for it this year on July 31. With COVID restrictions loosened and the delta variant (no relation!) yet to take hold, Owl Harbor was able to pull out the stops for a day and night of celebrating. The Color Rhapsody event started in the morning with a Dinghy Poker Run. Afternoon arts and crafts included a tie-dye station. The evening brought a superb supper followed by an outdoor movie (The Sandlot). As in past years, Owl Harbor invited Delta Doo Dah guests to join slip holders for the big to-do. The official itinerary wrapped up on August 14 with another big event, this time at Delta Bay Marina just off the San Joaquin. Actitivies included demo rides on solar electric boats and inflatables
Mai Pen Rai — Islander 36 Noble & Barbara Brown, Vallejo YC July 16-25 Here are a few photos from our Delta cruise with members of Lucky 13. As it turns out, it wasn't as lucky as we would have liked, with a number of fuel and cooling issues, a number of groundings, and a bumper boat issue. But with all of