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Fleet 9 Enjoys a Day Chasing Rabbits and Ducks?
by Terry Johnson, L2720

“Let’s Go Sailing!” That’s all the invite said, and that’s just what members of the young Fleet 9 in Cabrillo Beach did this last Sunday, August 24. Five boats went out around 11 AM, early, in order to have time to sail and return before the infamous winds (usually 18+ knots) of Hurricane Gulch came up around 2PM.  Though most of us had already seen it, we thought about sailing around to see “The World’s Largest Rubber Duck” visiting Ports of Call in San Pedro for Tall Ships’ Week, but we decided to stay closer to home and try and tune up our racing skills.


Without a race committee, we had three races, each with a “Rabbit Start,” and then sailing up and around one of the many speed buoys near the Boy Scout Base and launch ramp, up in the corner of “The Gulch.” When the wind picked up, we retired to the more tranquil waters of the harbor, sailing up and down the channels and cause ways, exploring the wide variety of boats that have started to fill the new docks.

We ended the day with crackers and cheese and refreshments, and a chalk talk on Rabbit Starts by our own Steve McJones, before heading up to the Open House at Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club.

We plan on doing this again next month, so come join us in Fleet 9, and “Let’s Go Sailing!”







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