ClubBuzz: Member Feature, Building Update, and what’s happening at The Club in November and December

ClubBuzz: Member Feature, Building Update, and what's happening at The Club in November and December

November at The Club
Thanksgiving Cruise-Out to Angel Island
Save the date – Annual Holiday Festivities

Building Update

A short update this week. We’ve been finishing up lots of small tasks around the site ready for the inspectors. Those inspections of the underground work, road, and parking are now successfully completed. This is a very important step that will enable the next set of permits and the next round of inspections to proceed.

All the streets lights are installed. They are not being turned on yet so as to not attract attention to the very clean and pristine new asphalt! And talking of the asphalt, the striping is all done and looks very chic.


Holiday ART on The Square
with Member Barbara Bussler

Saturday, November 20th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

A message from Member Barbara Bussler

My only Bay Area Holiday Show this year. I’m much looking forward to this event in this wonderful building and to seeing all my Bay Area folks.

Masks required. Free admission! You’ll find unique and original gifts for everyone on your list. Here is the list of artists that are participating.

I will bring mosaic DYI kits, garden birds, jewelry, and of course pumpkins in various materials and sizes.

See you there. 2200 Broadway, Downtown Redwood City. I’m at the spot no. 1!

Angel Island

November 22nd to 28th

Hello Cruisers, 

Following our hugely successful Sausalito Cruise Out, a trip to Angel Island is next on my list of favorite places to cruise, particularly at Thanksgiving. Now, this cruise out is a little different than others which visit a Club or Marina. This Cruise Out is to a State Park, and your stay is on a mooring ball, actually two mooring balls, one aft, and one stern. Getting to shore or visiting other boats, requires a dinghy. If you do not have a dinghy, it’s still possible, but you will be fully dependent on others to move you. There are docks at Ayala Cove, which are available for day use only! The docks do not have water or power. This cruise out, hanging on a mooring ball, is truly living independently on your boat (without having to anchor) – and it is fantastic. If you are not comfortable living on your boat or being independent on your boat, this cruise out is probably not for you – but we can help if you decide to join.
The plan… Grunion will head to Ayala Cove on Monday, November 22. Grab a mooring ball and hang out until Friday, November 26th. It’s important to note that ferries run all week, except on Thursday. There are no ferries on Thursday. For those joining us, we’ll plan a group dinner for Thursday, TBD. All other meals are up to you.
For this cruise out there will be no signup sheet. If you plan to go, please email me and I will coordinate with all of those going. We leave on Friday as other clubs arrive (Sequoia YC will arrive Friday) plus it’s a holiday weekend and the island can get very crowded.

Being on the island Thursday, with no ferry service, is truly a special experience – the island is all ours! The week will include many hikes, and surprises along the week (like sitting on a beach sipping champagne watching the sunset under the Golden Gate Bridge). We’ve done this trip for Thanksgiving for over 10 years. It is one of my favorites. I should mention, we’ve seen every sort of weather during this week, from sun and shorts, to non-stop rain, to absolutely freezing, winds that are strong enough to flip your dinghy overnight, to wildfire smoke and N95 masks. 

Bonus, this cruise out is good practice for the delta (which we will plan to visit come summer). Because, you must live off your boat and should plan for all meals on your boat, and live on your boat for the week without docking. The mooring costs $30 per night. You will fill out a form, write a check and pay the ranger at the dock. I do believe there is a boat length limit, I think it’s around 60’, for the mooring balls. If you are a larger boat, say over 55’ and thinking of going, let me know and I will call the ranger to get the official length that is allowed. And, while the moorings are designed to have two boats raft up per ball, I highly recommend not doing that, unless absolutely necessary. The week can be filled with lots of very calm water, interrupted periodically with crazy ferry wakes – or a storm can bring wind and rough water. When two boats are rafted, it can be loud and rough. We’ve rafted many times in Ayala Cove – so it’s totally doable. If you plan to raft, do so with a boat of similar type and size so they have the same wave frequency, two boats rafted up moving out of sequence is awful, IMO. On the flip side, rafting up is fun as it makes it easy to share the week with another boat.
Any questions? 
Please let me know if you plan to join us and I’ll add you to an email distribution with more information about the trip (for example, you will need a happy hooker, and I will explain what that means and your options and how to use one). 

Shannon and Tod

Book Club Speaker Series
Friday, December 10th, at 6:00 pm

Zoom or in-person in The Clubhouse

John Vandemoer will be speaking about his book, “Rigged Justice” to members and guests.

The former Stanford University sailing coach sentenced in the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal tells the riveting true story of how he was drawn unwittingly into a web of deceit in this eye-opening memoir that offers a damning portrait of modern college administration and the ways in which justice and fairness do not always intersect. – Google Books review.

Link to sign up for Zoom
Link to sign up for In-Person in the Clubhouse – or use Slipstream.

Save the Date
Annual Holiday Party
Saturday, December 18th

Once again Westpoint Harbor has invited The Club’s members to join in the annual holiday party and boat lighting competition.

It will be an open house on Saturday, December 18th, from early afternoon to evening. Food and beverages will be available.

More details coming so save the date.

November through December at a glance

   November 2021
   22nd to 27th, Monday to Friday Cruise-Out to Angel Island
   December 2021
   3rd, Friday, 6:00 Holiday Pub Quiz
   5th, Sunday, 2:00 New Member Open House – look for an email this week – volunteers needed – contact Dana or Kevin
   10th, Friday, 6:00 Book Club Speaker Series – John Vandemoer – “Rigged Justice”
   18th, Saturday Save the Date: Harbor Holiday Party and Boat Lighting Competition

If you have any questions please let me know.

Kevin Parker

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