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And Now for Something Completely Different

Published on July 29th, 2014

While some people are still in shock that the America’s Cup has moved on from San Francisco, others are seeking to connect with the eclectic culture of this sailing hub.

The Dinghy Delta Ditch on August 9 exudes eclectic culture.

The 10th edition of this 30 mile race takes the fleet inland along the deep water shipping channel of the Sacramento River. A reverse handicap race for dinghies 19 feet and under, the DDD promises a long downwind run on a flood current to push the boats up-river to the Lake Washington Sailing Club finish line.

The race, one of the most unique dinghy events in Northern California, promises warm water to keep the wetsuit at home and cool delta breezes to keep the temperatures in check. That’s not just different… that’s brilliant!

“I have done the event six times over the years,” said Ryan Nelson. “Twice with my Laser and four times with my 505, and this year with my recently acquired Thistle. It is a blast! Definite sailing bucket list worthy. The guys that run the event have it dialed, with shuttles to get you to from the finish and launch facilities, efficient race committee, and tons of on the water support boats. All of which makes for a great low stress to fun ratio event!”

Trophies are awarded to OD classes and handicap fleets, and everyone wins BBQ and beverages after the finish. Details: http://lwsailing.org/events/ddd2014.shtml

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