Andreas Cove Yacht Club Race their way through Summer Sailstice

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July 22, 2015 by Monica Grant


This group of sailors from Andreas Cove Yacht Club observed Summer Sailstice by racing around Sherman Island between the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers. 

Front row, left to right: Steve Kinnick of the Ranger 33 Terrapin, Doug McDougall of the Newport 28 Elli, and Howard Hendrich of the Catalina 30 Alice; in back: Steve's brother J.D. and son Joel, Howard's wife Donna, and Scott Mack and Dave Cowell of the Islander 30 Mas Tiempo. Photo: Latitude / Chris

Some Delta sailors enjoyed a different sort of race on Saturday, in observance of Summer Sailstice. They sailed a long, two-stage race around Sherman Island.

"The day looked to be one of those hot slugfests (as in the slow crawling critter)," said Dave Cowell, race chair of Andreas Cove YC.

"Fortunately, the 5 knots of wind at the start built to more than 15 by the afternoon and everyone had a great time on the river."

The course took the small fleet down the San Joaquin River to Three Mile Slough. A bridge opening on the course was followed by a left turn on the Sacramento River and a "tidal R&R" stop in Antioch. Cowell's own Mas Tiempo finished the second stage at 4:53:35 p.m. for the win. The Islander 30 sailed the first 18-mile leg in 3:43 hours, averaging 5.28 knots, and the second 13-mile leg in 1:53 hours, averaging 6.9 knots.

These guys even made it into Latitude 38! Check them out here


"Andreas Cove Yacht Club (Est.1975) is located on "J" dock at Owl Harbor Marina on Twitchell Island south of Hwy 12 three miles east of Rio Vista. We consider our club to be one of the California Delta's best-kept secrets. Membership is affordable. We believe sailing is all about enjoying where you are. We race, we cruise, and we enjoy fellowship at our clubhouse (GPS: 38-6-55N 121-37-12.50W)."

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