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Happy Monday!

We hope everyone had a great Easter weekend!

We have an open house for boat sales on May 4th from 10am to 2pm. Stop by and check out our Dufour 460, some new Beneteaus, and our used boats for sale!

Our next social is May 4th at 6pm. It will be a taco-bar, of course! Bring your own drinks! Please watch for the Evite and answer it or reply and let us know how many you are bringing!

Boat Show specials on BKB and 3-class packages are still active until the end of the month - get them while you can!

-Brandy K

Member Submitted Photos
Great day on the bay with member Gary O.

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Basic Coastal Cruising Class in Raccoon Straight
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Bareboat Chartering Class Photos
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Last Minute Deals!

Take Basic Keelboat (ASA-101), April 28, May 4, 5 and take $350 off full price - just $495

April Boat Specials (Good until April 30):

3 - Class Package (ASA 101, 103, 104) - $2195

Basic Keelboat (ASA 101) - $549

Regular prices and class schedules are: HERE!

Tradewinds Brokerage Featured Boat:

Megalina, Beneteau 31

Happy Monday!

Call Brandy (510) 415-1747 or Butch (415) 690-9923 for more info!

Tradewinds Blog

From Tradewinds to Boat Ownership - By TW member Art E.

What is it like to go from being a novice sailor, to navigating Tradewinds classes, and then ending up a boat owner? Well, exhilarating, fun, serious, not without some expense, and a few unanticipated outcomes....Click for complete article.

Our next charter trip? How about Croatia?! It's a way out, no dates to announce yet, but here's a great article to get you excited about it!

Members Note from Nick, our Winch Whisperer!

As part of the effort to provide our members a high quality sailing experience, Tradewinds employs both a preventative and reactive maintenance plan. The reactive plan is initiated by your comments on the fleet checkout sheets. If you write it down, we check it out and repair the issue. Our preventative maintenance plan focuses upon engine service and winch maintenance, both of which happen in the background to our members; and we perform it on an annual schedule. The engine servicing begins with the Copper Fleet in August, and progresses through the Bronze, Silver, and Gold fleet through the fall and winter. If you want to know when it’s happening, look for Nick with the cart full of tools and consumables.

Our winch servicing program follows the engine servicing and is currently well underway. Our winch whisperer has noted a somewhat disturbing trend:  he's finding significant clumps of long human hair wrapped in the gears of the winches. His first reaction to this discovery was: “that really had to hurt.”

So, he'd like to pass this message along to our members: Winches are designed to carry tremendous loads, and are particularly unforgiving to body parts, including your scalp. If you or members of your crew are blessed with long locks, PLEASE tie it back so that it CANNOT engage with the winches. This isn't about winch hygiene; we’d really like our members to leave the docks with ten fingers AND all their hair.

Finally, in that regard, the winch whisperer has seen members and students boarding our boats and going sailing while wearing scarves. Scarves have NO PLACE on the working deck of any sailboat. The absolute last thing you want entangled in a sheet or winch is your head and neck. There are lots of garments that will keep your neck warm. Please leave your scarf in your car.

Cheers, and be safe out there.

Upcoming Checkouts

Be sure to get checked out on every boat you are eligible for. Scheduled checkouts are free and the more boats you are checked out on, the easier it is to get a boat for last-minute sailing all year! Remember, this email is accurate when I write it, but the live schedule is on our website and is subject to change!

Date & Time Boat Details Fleet Prerequisites
Tue, Apr 23, 4pm Whale Song Jeanneau 43 Gold BBC (104) + ADM (118)
Tue, Apr 23, 6pm Off Course Beneteau 37 Gold BBC (104) + ADM (118)
Thu, Apr 25, 4pm Epiphany Hunter 31 Bronze BCC (103)
Thu, Apr 25, 6pm Megalina Beneteau 31 Bronze BCC (103)
Sat, Apr 27, 9am White Wing Catalina 35 Silver BBC (104)
Sun, Apr 28, 9am Lucy! Beneteau 34 Silver BCC (103)

Plan farther ahead - click here for the complete checkout schedule.

Remember to sign up for Checkouts at least 2 days in advance, as we may cancel them at that time if we have no students!

We hope you have a wonderful week!

Last modified on: Friday, 16-Dec-2016 22:58:56 UTC