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Celebrating our 41st year in 2015!

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Nationals Race 2

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Fall Meeting
Fall Meeting & Winners' Dinner at Oakland Yacht Club. Nov 7, 2015
It was a beautiful evening to celebrate the Islander 36 Association's 41st year of sailing, racing, and cruising all around San Francisco Bay, and beyond. We had 49 folks representing 23 Islanders attending the Fall Meeting & Winner's Dinner at Oakland Yacht Club. Follow the link to enjoy it all: Fall Meeting Story & Pictures.

Race 2 start.
Nationals Regatta Saturday, October 3rd
We got lucky! With a forecast for Gale Warnings outside the Golden Gate, and the Offshore race cancelled for the day, we got off a terrific I-36 Ntionals Regatta just before Mother Nature blew the doors off the hinges. Seven Islanders sailed two good races for an outstanding 2015 Nationals Regatta held off Golden Gate Yacht Club on Saturday, October 3rd. Counting up the crews and Race Management, we had 51 people and 15 Islanders represented, that's including Bella Luna crew David Chiodo's Freeport 36. Cassiopeia won both races, but we had a very unique scoring situation for the remaining six boats. Each pair of two boats swapped positions in the two races, so Zingara and Some Day each had a 2nd and a 3rd for 5 ponts total; Serenity and Califia traded 4th and 5th for 9 points each; and Orion and Bella Luna swapped 6th and 7th for 13 points each. In a two boat regatta, the tie goes to the leader in the final race. All of the boats and crews came ashore and joined the celebration at GGYC. Once again GGYC laid out a simple but satisfying salad, chili and hot dog spread with all the trimmings. Thanks to Pat Salvo and Judy Bush, there was even a small ice cream cake to celebrate Rick's 74th birthday (actually on 10/3.) It was one terrific afternoon of good sailing fun and friendship. A great way to end the 2015 racing season, with good promise for 2016! Nationals Regatta Story and Pictures.

Arriving at TI
Treasure Island Flea Market & TI YC Cruise
Five boats had a great time at the Treasure Island Flea Market. The weather was great, lots of fun stuff to see, wonderful hospitality form Treasure Island Yacht club, a sneak peak at some fabulous old burning Man stuff, and a flock of 50 geese. Story and pictures.

November Picture of the Month: Nationals Regatta, Race 2 start.
It was a great Nationals Regatta with 7 Islanders on the line. Check out the full story: Nationals Regatta 10/3/15

We always need more pictures, so limber up your digital camera for some great Islander pictures, here's how.

The fleet at Benicia
July 4th Benicia Cruise, July 3-5, 2015
San Francisco Bay at it's summer best wrapped up this year's July 4th cruise to Benicia for a great dinner with Rob & Ruby Blenderman, topped off with Benicia's fireworks. In all we had nine Islanders participating. It was foggy in the mornings with plenty of breeze and temperatures in the low 60's, giving way to blazing sun and 80's in Benicia in the afternoon with winds in the 20 knot range. Even the tide was mostly cooperative, with a nice 2.4 knot flood going up on Friday, and a 3.4 knot ebb blasting us home on Sunday. That, however comes with a steep price as a westerly wind against an ebb current sets up standing waves on San Pablo Bay that can send green water over the bow and bring an Islander to a dead stop if you hit it wrong. Benicia story and pictures.

Charisma's New Paint
Here's a great article that documents the events of a four month long effort to sand, repair, and paint the keel and hull of the I-36 Charisma.
It includes topside paint and accent selection, blister repair, iron keel repair, adding a rubrail, and addressing mast issues of step, top and spreaders.
The boat yard that did the hull restoration work is part of Ferry Point Marina, which is located off the Chesapeake Bay’s Choptank River, in Trappe, Maryland.
It's a great read and includes a breakout of costs for various components.

Thanks John for a most valuable article!

John Hamlet
Captain S/V Charisma

Here's your link to the story and lots of pictures: Charisma Refit. (It's also added to the Owners Projects section of the Maintenance menu.)

Charisma 1 (181K) Before                Charisma 2 (160K) After

Evanescence at YBI
Summer Sailstice Family Cruise! Saturday June 20, 2015
Here's a nation-wide expression of a love for sailing. Across the country everyone is invited to get out and sail on the longest daylight day of the year. So, here's the idea. All participating Islanders will rendezvous on the south side of Yerba Buena Island, off the old lighthouse, at 1300. Keep watch on channel 72, and we'll sail under the Bay Bridge on the San Francisco side, and reach north on the north side of Treasure Island. We'll ease off and round the northern tip of Treasure Island, then reach back to raft up in Clipper Cove. (Did you know it was named after the Pan American pontoon airplanes known as the Clipper ships?) Summer Sailstice Pictures.

Great Islander Sailing
Encinal Cruise and Svendsen's Night, April 25, 2015
Nanci Melton exclaimed, "Are we really going?" when they arrived at Freedom Won Friday afternoon 4/24 with strong winds and approaching rain. "Yes," said John, and they motored the 1/4 mile up the protected Estuary from Marina Village to the Encinal docks. Others considered the forecasted cold front and predicted Saturday morning rain and wind, and chose to rig their land yachts. Except intrepid Dennis & Judy Bush, who waited until the rain stopped and the wind backed off Saturday morning and powered the same 1/4 to the Encinal docks with Natural High. But it turned out to be a beautiful day and 22 folks representing 12 Islanders enjoyed the day. Here's the Encinal Cruise / Svendsen's Night story.

Opening Day
StFYC Opening Day on the Bay 4/26/15
Here's a view of Opening Day On The Bay as presented by St. Francis Yacht Club in conjunction with the Pacific Inter-Club Yachting Association. This annual event is the traditional start of the summer sailing season on San Francisco Bay. The day begins with a blessing of the fleet in Raccoon Straits near Corinthian Yacht Club in the morning, then a waterfront parade from St. Francis Yacht Club to Pier 39 starting at noon. Here are some pictures from Opening Day On The Bay.

Great Trim
Sail Trim Clinic, Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Island Yacht Club
Thirty-one people representing seventeen Islanders enjoyed a fun and informative Sail Trim Clinic at Island Yacht Club on March 28th with Kame Richards of Pineapple Sails as our guest speaker. Besides pictures of the day, you'll find links to the handouts and a summary of Kame's comments for your enjoyment at Race Clinic 2015.

Great Islanders
Spring Meeting at Golden Gate YC 3/21/15
It was a great start to another year. 55 folks representing 25 Islanders convened at the Golden Gate Yacht Club for the Spring Meeting on March 21st. In addition to reminding everyone of the Racing and Cruising programs, we were treated to a fine presentation on the Vessel Traffic System on San Francisco Bay. To hear the rest and see the pictures, follow the link to the Spring Meeting.

Great Cruising Logs from Bert & Carey Vermeer
Bert & Carey Vermeer, hailing from Sidney, Vancouver Island, British Columbia pretty much sets the bar when it comes to having great cruises and sharing them with friends and the Islander Association. Add in his contributions to maintenance, and Bert can probably answer just about any question on how to set up your boat, go cruising, and bring it back all in one piece. His latest contributions are two more wonderful cruise logs. In addition to spectacular pictures and fun-to-follow narration, he's go tide and current information and often links to charts so you can follow along. He's made videos too, and one of these days, we'll get him to a meeting so you can enjoy the whole show and ask Bert every question you want. For now, here's the link to their 2013 cruise to the western side (ocean) side of Vancouver Island, including the delights of Barclay and Nootka Sounds: 2013 Cruise . Then, for 2014, the cruise is to Desolation Sound on the mainland side of Strait of Georgia: 2014 Cruise. Be a bit patient, they're big files, but do sit back with a beverage of choice on a long winter night and get lost in the best cruising you'll see in a long time!

'Round Alameda Parade
'Round Alameda Parade, Thursday, January 1, 2015
Neither bright sun, blue skies, perfect wind nor a freezing start kept your intrepid Islander 36 sailors from appropriately kicking off a New Year of sailing on San Francisco Bay. Storm force cold winds downed trees and closed roads going into New Year's Eve, and that apparently greatly reduced the number of boats participating this year, including Islanders, but the story still has a happy ending.

Thanks to Smokey & Laurie Stover calling for all hands aboard Evanescence at 0900 you've got a story. Commodore Van Mell called Smokey on 12/30 to report a Weather Mutiny as Sandy was not up to moving Vanishing Animal in the wind and staying aboard in freezing weather. Could we volunteer as crew on (Sandy's favorite Freeport 36) Evanescence? "Yep." So we showed up at Fortman Marina and cast off at 0930.

So, to find out how we spied 9 folks representing 5 Islanders starting off 2015 in style, follow 'Round Alameda Parade.

Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors
Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors 2015
The Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors is an incredible group that promotes and teaches sailing to disabled individuals. They are based out of Pier 40/South Beach Marina and their keelboat fleet includes five keelboats, including the Islander 36 Orion, and all are specially rigged and equipped with adaptive features to make sailing San Francisco Bay possible for people with disabilities. Additionally, they have 23 Access Dinghies, ranging in size from 8 to 14 feet, all of which are specifically designed for people with disabilities. Some of these are equipped with servo motors so that people with severe physical disabilities can sail solo. BAADS is an Honorary member of your I-36 Association and you can follow and support them at: BAADS Home Page; or BAADS Blog Pictures or BAADS on Facebook.

Remember Our Maintenance Section:
Though it's right there in the middle of our Menu, don't overlook our Maintenance section with over 70 links to ideas and fixes. Maintenance Section.

Changing email address? Moving? Other member information changing? Use the Member Info Update form to speed the changes directly to our Treasurer, Membership Chairman, Newsletter Editor and List Administrator. Thanks! When you see another Islander around your marina or cruising waters, point them to our home page, and the convenient New Member Application form.

In addition to the wealth of information on our Maintenance and Clothing menus above, visit our Archived pages for lots of memories, cruise stories and other great Islander moments.

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Here's How to send your boat's picture:

We would like pictures under full sail, that are clear and crisp, and most often show the whole boat, but, hey, if you like the picture, the rest of our members probably will too. They don't have to be any special size or type.

They can be attached to an e-mail. Just highlight and copy the block of text below, click "Send Email to I-36 Webmaster", paste the text into the message area, fill in your data, then attach your picture file and send it!

Boat Name:
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You can also snail mail them to:

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