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Day 3 was a hot one on the docks! By far the busiest of the show so far. Today is the final day, great seminars at 1PM and 3PM. If you're not at church or sailing on the bay, you should be at the Alameda Boat Festival!

On to Day 2! Another windy one, but not a cloud in the sky. It even looks nice in San Francisco!

Come to 1070 Marina Village Pkwy from 12PM-5PM today. The weekend's schedule of activities is fantastic, but saavy shoppers know Thursday and Friday are best!



A great day - the breeze was on today at the boat show! Big gusts blowing through, but also a good number of people. The show is ramping up to Saturday and Sunday's seminars, which will not disappoint. The boat and land displays are on fire!

Reposting the seminar schedule for Saturday and Sunday. These are great seminars - don't miss out! Check previous posts for the full description:

11:00am - 12:00pm Andrew Turpin of Lat 38 -"How to Baja Ha-Ha"
1:00pm - 2:00pm Alan McDonnell of The Boat Guys - "Hot Boats, Hot Docks"...
3:00pm - 4:00pm Ryan Nelson of West Marine Rigging - "Splicing Seminar"

11:00am - 12:00pm Sylvia Seabring of the Pacific Cup - "The Fun Race to Hawaii"
1:00pm - 2:00pm Glenn Hansen of Hansen Rigging - "What You Need to Know About Your Rigging"
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Dawn Chesney, Janet Frankel and Angela Brantley – “Why Race When All I Want to Do is
Go Cruising?”

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Megan McLaughlin will be playing for us on Sunday, October 6. Another great local musician, visit her website for more info!

Come on by!

FREE Boat Festival at the Bay Area's best location to shop for your new yacht, sailboat, or tugboat! The Alameda Boat Festival is free to the public on Oct. 3-6 from 11am-6pm.

Boat Fest Time and Dates:
Thursday October 3, open 12PM - 5PM (FREE ADMISSION)
Friday, October 4, open 12PM - 5PM (FREE ADMISSION)
Saturday, October 5, open 11AM - 5PM (FREE ADMISSION)
Sunday, October 6, open 11AM - 5PM (FREE ADMISSION)

With only a few days away, if you could please "Share" this post and event with your friends, we surely appreciate it. An incredible event and fun for the whole family!

Boat Festival Music!!
Bay Area singer songwriter Steve Meckfessel writes and sings songs that move audiences—whether tender, funny or rocking. Steve has toured nationally. His first CD, ‘Twice’ was used on the television show ‘JAG’. His second CD, ‘Under Beautiful Skies received enthusiastic reviews from fans and in the press and his been played on radio stations around the world. Steve will be on site performing at the 2013 Alameda Boat Festival

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Three seminars on Sunday as well - all free of charge - Alameda Boat Festival is free entry all weekend!

11:00 AM - Noon Sylvia Seabring of The Pacific Cup – The Fun Race to Hawaii -
Details to come


1:00 – 2:00 PM Glenn Hansen of Hansen Rigging– What you need to know about your rigging. Glenn’s presentation will cover what to look for and consider in evaluating the rigging on your boat, proper
applications of rigging components and systems as well as recent developments in rigging technology that have significantly enhanced the sport of sailing. Bio: Glenn Hansen is the man - enough said!

3:00 – 4:00 PM Dawn Chesney, Janet Frankel and Angela Brantley – “Why Race When All I Want to Do is Go Cruising?”
This seminar will be inspirational to women especially however will also be an into to racing class that men will learn from too. It will include tactics for a good start, plotting a course, what sails to use,
when to tack and jibe, and how to use the rules of the road to your advantage.

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California Girl, a frequent participant in Pac Cup a few years back, is back under command of the new generation. With Victoria Lessley at the helm, this Cal 40 should serve the family's honor well.

Another great one on Saturday! JK3 Jack will definitely be at this one!

3:00 -4:00 PM Ryan Nelson of West Marine Rigging Department - Splicing Seminar

Ryan Nelson from West Marine Rigging will be doing on site splicing demos. Demos to include three strand eye splice and double braid splicing techniques. As well Ryan will be on hand to answer your ...
rigging questions and or needs. Demos start at 3:00!

Bio: Professional Experience/Specialty: Dinghy racing 505, Laser, Skiff, Keel boat racing J24, ID35, sailing instructor 10 years, 6 pack captains license, Masters of Arts in Sculpture and Painting.

Personal Activities and Interests: Racing Sailboats, Surfing, Indoor Soccer and Skiing. Likes long watches on the beach, sunsets, and rom coms (just kidding - courtesy of JK3 Jack)

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Saturday October 5th

1:00 – 2:00 PM Alan McDonnell of The Boat Guys - Hot Boats, Hot Docks

Electrical stray current: destructive and deadly. Learn how uninvited stray electrical current from your own boat, your neighbor’s boat or even the dock shore power receptacle can pose a destructive and even deadly threat. Learn what equipment and methods you can use to detect possible stray current. We will discuss how a professional will verify boat and dock electrical problems. We wi...ll discuss common electrical and electrolytic
problems that can damage your boat. We will discuss solutions to and preventative maintenance for stray current, electrolysis and common electrical problems. Bio: Alan McDonnell Has had a career in electrical trouble-shooting and systems design as a technician and engineer for 39 years, since 1974. Alan has worked in the marine industry since 1993 and is the owner of Boatguys since 1998. Alan is a past chairman of the Minolta- De Anza Planetarium and the American National Standards Institute committee for friction standards.

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Seminars are looking amazing this October- Do not miss them!

Saturday October 5th

11:00 AM – Noon Andrew Turpin of Latitude 38 - How To BaJa Ha-Ha


Since its inception in 1994, the Baja Ha-Ha cruisers’ rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas has grown to be the
second largest cruising rally in the world. It attracts roughly 160 boats and 550 sailors per year from all walks
of life. For many of them, the rally serves as the first step into a life of world voyaging. Unlike nonstop pointto-point races, the Ha-Ha features two rest stops along its 750-mile route, where parties and other shore side
activities take place. Latitude 38 magazine’s Managing Editor Andy Turpin has done the event 17 times. His
upbeat seminar will educate you, make you laugh, and may even inspire you to cast off your dock lines and head
south with this year’s fleet. See
Bio: Having done the Baja Ha-Ha rally 17 years in a row, Latitude 38 magazine's Managing Editor Andy Turpin
likes to joke that for him, doing the rally each fall resembles Bill Murray's classic comedy Ground Hog Day. But
he never tires of the events idyllic downwind sailing or getting to know hundreds of new participants. A lifelong
sailor, Turpin has been reporting on sailing events in San Francisco Bay and beyond for Latitude 38 for more than
20 years.

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Most exciting America's Cup in history. Period.

Alameda Boat Festival updated their cover photo.
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