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Jim Gibson



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:58 pm    Post subject: 16th Annual Delta/Bay Extravaganza Reply with quote

16th Annual Delta/Bay Extravaganza
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 to Sunday, April 8, 2018

Can you believe that this is the 16th year for our event? The event is again at nearly the same time as last year.

If you are interested in being part of the 2018 Extravaganza, please reserve your spot now by indicating on this thread that you will be going, and that you are signing up for the full five-day journey. Please do not sign up unless you can commit to showing up to this Extravaganza, and you can attend the entire event.

You might look at the last 15 years of threads if you want some idea of what this gathering is like. There is also extensive video documentation of this event on the site to help you visualize this journey.

There is a strict ten (10) boat maximum for the Extravaganza. This maximum is because of Duck Club and San Francisco marina space limitations.

Three (3) vessels are already signed up, namely:

1. Pounder – Jim & Kath
2. Dinner Belle II – John & Robbin
3. Dora Jean – Steve, Carmen, & Alex.

Right now there are seven (7) spaces left! The next seven boats signed up on this thread will be able to go. Pease be aware that this event fills up quickly with the maximum 10 boats. Those indicating that they want to attend after the ten-boat limit is reached will be put on a waiting list, and will be added if someone drops out before the event.

This is arguably one of the oldest and most diverse geographical location events of all formal C-Dory gatherings. If you make the commitment to go on this trip you will likely enjoy the journey. There are many repeat folks at this event year-after-year.

This Extravaganza is less than three months away! Start getting your boat ready now.

All C-Brats are welcome, both new timers and old timers. More will be posted later, but please reserve your place now if you intend to go.

Sincerely,
Jim & Kath

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jim,

Excited to see your post! Please sign the Marcia Jane up for this great event.
I’ll start getting the boat ready tomorrow!

Kent and Marcia
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love to go again. But...already have several irons in the fire of things I have not done, and have done. My wife and I had a great time last year, enjoying the cruise and making new friends. Sure wish we lived closer! Enjoy this years voyage, and may your weather be a little dryer and tamer than that last year! Colby
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jim,

I've been checking for this post every six hours for the last several weeks.

Please add Blue Eagle to the list.

As of now I am intending on soloing, but would welcome along another C-Brat, if anyone is interested.

David
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sure want to go...Sign me up !


Joel


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please sign up Fish Hawk ...I just got off the phone with Roger ....he is at work and won't be home for several hours... We were afraid he would miss the list..

Joel...AKA Rogers Only Friend
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:52 pm    Post subject: Delta or Bust Reply with quote

Sign us up! We look forward to seeing some good friends and meeting new ones. Jim let me know if Laurie and I can help with anything. Wow! gotta be quick on signing up on this epic and world famous extravaganza. I think this may be the very first time we we're not on the waiting list. We will be sure to share some cold craft beer from the North Bay Area. Beer
John and Laurie
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, I also can't believe it's the 16th extravaganza. It's a pretty heavy-duty trip from/to SoCal, seems 'something' happens on the highway nearly every trip, but it's so worth it. Who said they hope the weather isn't so wet and tamer, was that you Colby(?), ha, last year might have been our most favorite trip just because of the rain and crazy weather. Something for everyone.

Thanks Jim/Kathy and John/Robin for continuing the tradition. Someone said that after you've been friends for 10 years, you're no longer friends, you're family. So true.

Boat's ready, looking forward.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jim,

Please sign us up for this years trip.

Steve & Karen
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SEA3PO wrote:
Please sign up Fish Hawk ...I just got off the phone with Roger ....he is at work and won't be home for several hours... We were afraid he would miss the list..

Joel...AKA Rogers Only Friend


As a Building Inspector I'm glad to have at least one friend Laughing
Yes- sign us up

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jim
Please sign-up C-Casa.
Let me know if we want to hand out at the yacht club in San Francisco, I think we can get Peter to host us again
Looking forward to the trip.
Pedro
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic. We have 10 boats signed up in the first 24 hours as follows:

1. Pounder – Jim & Kath
2. Dinner Belle II – John & Robbin
3. Dora Jean – Steve, Carmen & Alex
4. Marcia Jane – Kent & Marcia
5. Blue Eagle – David et. al.
6. SEA3PO – Joel & Susan
7. C-Hawk – Roger & PJ
8. Slack Time – John & Laurie
9. Sea Spray – Steve & Karen
10. C-Casa - Pedro et.al.

The event is now full. The next signups will be put on a waiting list to see if someone drops out.

Thanks everyone for the enthusiastic participation!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please put Far C'r and Vega on the waiting list. Wow that went fast!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just an update to drop Vega off the waiting list. But for sure keep Far C'r waiting in the wings for a spot
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Herein is the itinerary for our 16th Annual, Delta/Bay Extravaganza, 2018 C-Dory event. Our schedule will be the same as it has been for the last several years, and like last year, there is a request for attendees to send a $45 check for marina reservations. This is described below.

1. Wednesday, April 4th, Delta Marina, Rio Vista
Harbormaster Bill (707) 374-2315

• Launch fee of $10.00 to be paid individually, on check-in
• Vehicle and trailer parked in the gated lot at the end of the marina
• Parking, $5 per day, Wednesday to Sunday ($25) paid on check-in
• Pay total $35 ($10+$25) in cash to this Marina on check-in.

If you want to come a day early on Tuesday, April 3rd, the overnight on-the-dock charge is 85 cents per foot per night for a vessel.

Wednesday, April 4th, leave Rio Vista (Delta Marina) at 12:00 Noon, and arrive at Wheeler Island Duck Club, midafternoon. On Wednesday, Kath and I plan to launch our own vessel about 10:00 AM, at Rio Vista. We then will all leave Rio Vista, as a C-Dory Group, at Noon, and head down river to Wheeler Island.

2. Wednesday, April 5th, Wheeler Island Private Duck Club
Jim’s cell phone (916) 799-0286

• Boats rafted double, boat-to-boat, at Club dock, 25 foot boats in first
• Bring boat fenders to raft up
• No shore power or water hookups
• Restrooms and showers in the clubhouse
• No mooring fees.

John and Robbin are hosting a BBQ dinner for everyone on Wednesday night. Kath and I are hosting a bacon and egg breakfast for everyone on Thursday morning.

3. Thursday, April 5th, City-owned Petaluma River Turning Basin
Petaluma Visitors Center (707) 769-0429

• Cost of $24 per night, per vessel, (paid in cash at dock)
• No rest rooms or showers at dock
• Rest rooms at Visitor’s Center and Starbuck’s, one block away
• Shore power and water hookups
• Everyone docked on 500-foot visitor dock, on South side of Basin.

Thursday, April 5th leave Wheeler Island (private Duck Club) approximately 9:30 AM (on an early incoming tide if possible), and arrive at the City of Petaluma (Petaluma Turning Basin). On Thursday, we will try to leave the Duck Club in the morning after breakfast, in time to safely cross San Pablo Bay, and to make a 2:00 PM scheduled “D” Street bridge opening at Petaluma. On Thursday night, we might go down to Volpi’s Italian Bar (been there since 1918) or some other popular local restaurant for dinner.

4. Friday, April 6th, Sausalito Schoonmaker Point Marina
Harbor Master Bill Hughes (415) 331-5550

• Cost (without power) of $1.25 per foot per night for a vessel
• Cash only, paid individually, at check-in
• Key deposit at check-in, on credit card
• Rest rooms and showers
• Shore power and water hookups available
• Everyone together, lined up on “F” dock.

Friday, April 6th, leave Petaluma at 9:00 AM to transverse San Pablo Bay safely, and arrive at the City of Sausalito (Schoonmaker Point Marina). We need to clear the Petaluma “D” Street Bridge by 9:00 AM, Friday morning. Channel 9 is used by the Commodore to communicate with the Petaluma Bridge.

At Schoonmaker Point Marina in Sausalito, we will be staying on “F” dock. Remember to line up on Day Marker #6, on the way into, and out of, the Sausalito channel.

“F” dock is not well protected from certain wind directions. We are again making the trip this year in early April. Because of this start date there is uncertainty on weather. If there are strong Southerly winds when we are at Sausalito we may not be able to get into Schoonmaker because they could close this dock down for unsafe conditions. Like most of this entire trip, we will just play it out real time and improvise as need be.

Sausalito is a good place to refill, or top-off, your fuel tanks for the rest of the trip. On Friday night, we might go to the Sausalito Fish restaurant for dinner or some other popular restaurant.

5. Saturday, April 7th, San Francisco South Beach Harbor
Harbor Master Alvin Sonza (415) 495-4911

• Cost of $35 per night regardless of boat size (Prepaid)
• Non-refundable deposit, paid in advance, $10 per vessel (Prepaid)
• Rest rooms and showers
• Shore power and water hookups available (power adapter with a deposit)
• Everyone on “A” dock with assigned slip numbers given later in trip.

Saturday, April 7th, leave Sausalito in morning and tour Bay and/or Angel Island, and arrive at the City of San Francisco (South Beach Harbor). On Saturday morning, some will go over to Angel Island for a hike and picnic, before we cross the Bay to San Francisco while others will go directly to San Francisco to tour the city sights. On Saturday night, we usually have dinner at one of the casual nearby San Francisco neighborhood restaurants.

6. Sunday, April 8th

Leave San Francisco at dawn’s early light, and return to Rio Vista to arrive before Noon. On Sunday, we will leave at Sunrise, and head non-stop back to Rio Vista. We should pull into the docks at Rio Vista, approximately 11:00 AM, Sunday morning. Per tradition, anyone still standing, able, and willing, is invited to have breakfast at the Strippers Restaurant in Rio Vista, curtesy of Jim and Kath, after we get our boats retrieved and put on their trailers. This is usually by about 1:00 PM.

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The above itinerary seems like a rigid schedule. In fact, anything can happen along the way to throw it off. Several times we are not able to meet our plan as scheduled, due to weather conditions.

In the Central/West Delta main channels one wants to avoid together the incoming wind, and the outgoing tides, as they can be nasty enough, in combination, to even put a mighty C-Dory out-of- commission. Once you are West of Pittsburgh, the water channels become wider and bigger, and the wind is usually going to be coming at you from the West, and if the tide is going out, hang on for a rough passage! On a few trips, we have had blue water going over the tops of our C-Dory’s crossing San Pablo Bay. One boat even had its radar antenna knocked off.

For some years, we have lucked out with relatively calm weather, and we have been able to safely finish off the entire trip itinerary, as we originally planned it. However, in a few past years we have had to modify our schedule substantially, and stop at interim locations, or even stay over at a given location an extra day or so, to “ride out” the passing weather.

For full disclosure, for the new attendees, this Extravaganza covers approximately 200 NM in five (5) days, and there is always unpredictability in weather and water conditions. The more experienced, competent, and generally relaxed Skippers have generally enjoyed this trip the most.

As always, each boat Captain is solely responsible for his/her own boat’s, and passenger’s, ultimate safety and well-being. Each Skipper is not to rely on the judgment (or lack thereof) of the Pack Commodore. It greatly helps the Group to show up with your vessel and engine(s) in good operating condition and with full tanks of fuel when you leave Rio Vista.

The C-Dory Group will communicate during this trip on VHF Channel 69. We will also monitor Channel 16.

There is no need for anyone to bring food for either Wednesday night, or Thursday morning. Please feel free though to host your own dock happy hour at any of our destinations. Everyone is on their own for breakfasts and lunches throughout the trip. Some folks bring their own food with them, and others just go out to eat, as there are plenty of good restaurants to eat breakfast and lunch nearby. Also, some have dinners on their own boats, and others go out to dinner as a group.

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This is our 16th time for this C-Dory cruise, and we have always enjoyed ourselves, and the other attendees, or we would not keep doing it. We again look forward to the trip this year. We never know when this will be the last year we can do this due to health reasons.

This year, like year’s past, we need to collect some marina reservation fees in advance. The advance marina reservation fees, per vessel, this year are $45.00 for San Francisco ($35 + $10).

You will pay your own launch fees and parking costs at Rio Vista when you check-in there; you will pay your own marina fees at Petaluma when you arrive there; and finally, you will pay your own marina fees at Sausalito when you arrive there. The San Francisco marina had to be paid in advance. There are no fees for our stay at Wheeler Island!

Please send a check for $45.00 to confirm your reservation. This fee will be non-refundable, even if you do not show up, for whatever reason, as San Francisco will not refund it. Along with your check, please provide (1) the full first and last names for yourself and crew; (2) your vessel name; and (3) your vessel CF number. This information is used for marina reservations.

Please send your check, payable to Jim Gibson, along with the above requested information, to Jim Gibson, at 15 Noah Court, Sacramento, California, 95831. Please send your check by March 20, 2018 (two weeks from now). If we do not receive your check by then we will assume that you are not going.

Thank you for attending this event. As always, we look forward to seeing everyone in early April.

If there are any questions, please call me. Kath and I are looking forward to another fun C-Dory gathering.

Sincerely,
Jim & Kath
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