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MEDIA ADVISORY: Learning and Fun for the Whole Family at the 2019 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show®

Learning and Fun for the Whole Family
at the 2019 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show®

 

  • WHEN: Saturday & Sunday April 6 & 7, 2019
  • WHERE: Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way So. & Marina Bay Yacht Harbor, 1340 Marina Way So, in Richmond, CA
  • WHAT:
  • Boat tours offered by a showcase of beautiful boats both in and out of the water
  • Model Yacht Sailing from the docks with radio controlled monitors daily.
  • Free mini-intros to Stand Up Paddle Boarding by 510 Waterline with short rides on Saturday, 9am-1pm, weather permitting.
  • Hands-on boating run by Club Nautique and West Coast Sailing
  • Free kayak lessons by Groundwork Richmond ‘s young environmental stewards Saturday 10am– 3pm.
  • Saturday & Sunday Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Helicopter Search & Rescue Demo. The team will perform a fly-by and landing at Lucretia Edwards Shoreline Park at 11am, be on site for visits until 3pm, and will then lift off and demonstrate an SAR mission off the marina (weather and priorities permitting).
  • Tickets are $18 – children 12 and under are free with a paid adult.
  • Details at http://www.PacificBoatShow.com.

 

  • WHY?

When Sail America moved the Pacifica Sail & Power Boat Show from Jack London Square to Richmond in 2016, Richmond embraced the challenge. It was time for Richmond to show off its hidden gems – The Craneway Pavilion, Marina Bay Yacht Harbor, the new Richmond Trail Guide and let visitors know where to eat, drink, stay and play in RIchmond. Sail America brought in community youth nonprofit organizations and Visit Richmond CA to the show

501 Waterline’s SUP ‘Just Paddle’ group

Learning and Fun for the Whole Family
at the 2019 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show®

 

  • WHEN: Saturday & Sunday April 6 & 7, 2019
  • WHERE: Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way So. & Marina Bay Yacht Harbor, 1340 Marina Way So, in Richmond, CA
  • WHAT:
  • Boat tours offered by a showcase of beautiful boats both in and out of the water
  • Model Yacht Sailing from the docks with radio controlled monitors daily.
  • Free mini-intros to Stand Up Paddle Boarding by 510 Waterline with short rides on Saturday, 9am-1pm, weather permitting.
  • Hands-on boating run by Club Nautique and West Coast Sailing
  • Free kayak lessons by Groundwork Richmond ‘s young environmental stewards Saturday 10am– 3pm.
  • Saturday & Sunday Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Helicopter Search & Rescue Demo. The team will perform a fly-by and landing at Lucretia Edwards Shoreline Park at 11am, be on site for visits until 3pm, and will then lift off and demonstrate an SAR mission off the marina (weather and priorities permitting).
  • Tickets are $18 – children 12 and under are free with a paid adult.
  • Details at http://www.PacificBoatShow.com.

 

  • WHY?

When Sail America moved the Pacifica Sail & Power Boat Show from Jack London Square to Richmond in 2016, Richmond embraced the challenge. It was time for Richmond to show off its hidden gems – The Craneway Pavilion, Marina Bay Yacht Harbor, the new Richmond Trail Guide and let visitors know where to eat, drink, stay and play in RIchmond. Sail America brought in community youth nonprofit organizations and Visit Richmond CA to the show

By |2019-04-06T14:46:27-07:00April 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Interview with Sea Scout James Kirchgassner

James Kirchgassner and his Sea Scouts group, SSS Northland, will be maintaining an exhibit at the the 2019 Pacific Sail and Power Boat Show this Thursday though Sunday down by the in-water displays. He shared his story with SF on the Bay.

SFOTB: Hi James, thank you for talking to us about your experiences in the Sea Scouts. Let’s start with the easy question. How old are you?

James: I’m 18.

SFOTB: And when did you start in sea scouts?

James: In the Summer of 2016. I turned 16 during that year’s summer cruise.

SFOTB: Nice! Do you remember why you joined?

James: I think the main reason was my Mom had found it because she had a friend of a friend who was part of the Coyote Point Yacht Club in San Mateo so we got to go out on a sailboat a couple of times and that reminded her that my cousin had liked the Sea Scouts so she looked for a group in Richmond. So what we were looking for was a sailing camp or something like that and that’s what she expected Sea Scouts to be, but when we got there, instead of a sailboat there was this giant 102 foot diesel ship. So there was this big cool ship and right away there was a cruise down the coast to Santa Cruz, Long Beach and Catalina island and it sounded good to me!

SFOTB: Wow! How exciting! And how was it?

James: It was a lot of fun. And we learned a lot. We towed another ship so it turned out to be a 42 hour trip. And in Catalina our macerator pump broke – that’s the thing that takes everything that goes into the head and chews it up so it can go through the pipes. So we got some real ship-life experience.

SFOTB: So you learned how to fix the pump?

James: Yes, we learned a lot about the ship and how it works.

SFOTB: But it was enjoyable? It was an adventure?

James: Definitely. It was an adventure. And I have bragging rights to be able to say we were underway on the ocean for 42 hours straight due to towing the other ship.

SFOTB: Sweet! What have you learned about safety out on the water or sailing on the SF Bay?

James: Well coming into it I didn’t really know anything. We’ve done safety training like man overboard drills, and there’s an event that all the ships in the area go to every year that’s called Safety at Sea which is hosted by the Coast Guard on Yerba Buena Island. So, as it should be, safety is the number one concern. That’s what they taught us first of all before anything else.

SFOTB: Did they teach you about the San Francisco Bay? I heard it’s one of the most challenging places for boating in the world.

James: I guess so – I guess all of it is in the context of the Bay because we’ve only gone out the Golden Gate once in the cruise – that first summer cruise – since I joined. So yeah, we’ve been around the open bay and learned about all the shipping channels and navigational aids, and we’ve gone up the Napa River and into the Delta and experienced those smaller waterways that make navigation challenging.

SFOTB: Sounds like important things to know. James, what do you like most about sea scouts?

James: Probably the sense of ownership that I mentioned before, the closeness of the crew and the variety of skills that we learn.

SFOTB: What are you up to now?

James: I’m going to California Maritime Academy.

SFOTB: Fantastic! Do you think the Scouts had anything to do with your career choice?

James: Well, Sea Scouts is the way I found out about Cal Maritime in the first place. I went with Mechanical Engineering but in Scouts I’m the navigation crew leader. I’m already mechanically minded, but I think what encouraged me to get into engineering was learning from my skipper, who has an extensive engineering background.

SFOTB: Do you think you’ll keep boating or sailing when you get older?

James: If I have the money, yeah! At the very least I’ll stick around with Northland as an adult leader.

SFOTB: What would you like to say to youth 13-18 – who might be thinking about joining the Sea Scouts?

James: I think it helps you do a lot of maturing that you might not otherwise do. I was a Boy Scout first and went on a lot of camping trips. We learned a lot – how to live out in nature, and how to identify different kinds of trees and stuff. With Sea Scouts there’s an additional aspect in that you have an entire boat to run and take care of and if you don’t do that right and the boat doesn’t work your trip can come to a grinding halt. It feels like there’s more at stake.

SFOTB: So, it teaches you consequences?

James: Yeah, you kind of get this sense of “this is my ship, I put work into this.”

SFOTB: It’s ownership of the ship?

James: Yes. owner ship. Haha!

SFOTB: So what you’re saying to youth is?

James: That you learn a lot of practical skills and there’s a big sense of pride over what you’ve learned.

SFOTB: Anything else you want to share? How does your scout group tie into the community?

James: I think Richmond in particular because of the Kaiser ship yards has a big maritime history, which Northland is fairly involved with given our base is in one of those shipyards, and we do small events on the Red Oak Victory museum ship which is right next door, for example the pizza dinner and ship tour we have aboard the Red Oak to finish off the practice regatta we host every year.

SFOTB: The Red Oak is right next to the boat show too.

James: Yes, we’re looking forward to that! And we also do volunteering for fundraising at the Richmond Yacht Club.

SFOTB: That’s the big spaghetti dinner right?

James: That’s our event. We do that annually, but most of the time we’re there helping with their events.

SFOTB: What about school when you were growing up? how did the Sea Scouts affect that – did it get you interested in certain subjects?

James:  Mmm, I don’t know…. [silence]

SFOTB: Did it make school more boring compared to sea scouts?

James: Yeah… it did!

SFOTB: Haha! Is there anything else you’d like to add?

James: So if I recall this correctly, in a small speech that was given to us by Coast Guard Sector San Francisco’s commander at the time, who is an Eagle Scout, he said that the resume he sent in to apply for his starting position came back with “Eagle Scout” circled. So, you know, the cool kids in school might point fingers and laugh and say it’s lame, but if you put it on a resume it’s not so lame anymore. I’m pretty sure that’s the main reason I got into Cal Maritime. If you put Sea Scout Quartermaster on that’s even better, but I just put Sea Scouts and even that got me somewhere.

James at Cal Maritime Academy

SFOTB: So you’re still in Sea Scouts but you’re 18. How does that work?

James: Right now I’m considered to be a Junior Officer. I’m not quite an Officer and I’m not quite a Scout.

SFOTB: So people go from being a scout and become officers of the Sea Scouts if they want to stay with it?

James: Yes, and nothing has really changed at all – it has more to do with competing in regattas and stuff like that.

SFOTB: James, it’s been great talking you, thank you for sharing your insightful experience with us. And we’ll see you at the boat show this weekend!

You can find more info about the Sea Scouts, including ways to volunteer and donate, at http://www.northlandnautical.org. 

Cover photo credit: Annie Mecchi

James’ photos from the summer Catalina cruise:

By |2019-04-04T14:00:34-07:00April 4th, 2019|0 Comments

The 2019 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show® Kicks Off one of the West Coast’s Largest Celebrations of Marine Sports

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary Lou Thiercof
SF on the Bay
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (510) 336-1047

The 2019 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show® Kicks Off one of the West Coast’s Largest Celebrations of Marine Sports

Seminars, Boat Tours, New Tech and Fun Interactive Events

Richmond, CA, April 4, 2019– The Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show kicks off its celebration of sailing, boating, and the marine sport lifestyle with events and exhibits for all generations of maritime enthusiasts over four days in Richmond, CA from Thursday, April 4 through Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Over 150 boat show exhibitors pack the Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor. A lineup of over 50 seminars provide something for everyone form learning how to maintain diesel engines by expert Nigel Calder, to how to read the weather, to planning a trip around the world – one destination at a time. There are free seminars every day – details: https://pacificboatshow.com/seminar-type/free/. This year the boats play an exciting part in the show and visitors don’t want to miss them – they can get on them, take a tour and even be able to take the wheel with two of them!

“We are thrilled to have so many exhibitors, new boats, products and interactive events to involve the community this year,” says Katie Kelly, Sail America’s Association Manager. “Attendees will find the latest boat communications technology, boats, solar panels, and some younger community participants this year, including Groundwork Richmond’s young environmentalists and West Contra Costa County Sea Scouts, who will teach kayaking and rope knotting. Sail America is proud to host the boating industry in the Bay area.”

Boating enthusiasts are anticipating the debut of two new boats, the J/99 and the RS21, as the show continues to attract new exhibitors and attendees from across the nation and around the world. New sail and power boats displayed include Beneteau Yachts, Catalina, Corsair Catamaran, Cruisers Yachts, Hanse Yachts, Jeanneau, Princess Yachts, Riviera Yachts, RS, TF10 Class Association, Tiara Yachts, and more. New and exciting marine products include the CX0300 Diesel Outboard, EFOY Comfort Mobile Fuel Cell, Flexible Solar Panel, Inflatable Yacht Docks, Seadek Colors, and the SiOnyx Night Vision Camera.

Activities for the whole family at Shoreline Park and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor:

  • Boat tours
  • Free Stand Up Paddle lessons by 510-Waterline Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm
  • Radio-controlled model yacht racing, every day – favorite free activity for everybody
  • Free Kayak lessons Saturday 10 am – 3 pm Groundwork Richmond, the next generation of environmental stewards, will teach visitors to kayak around the harbor
  • U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Water Rescue: Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 3 pm – (dependent upon Coast Guard priorities).

Celebrations:

  • TGIF Party: On Friday, April 5th at 6 pm, boat show attendees join Latitude 38 and Twin Rivers Marine Insurance for their annual TGIF party at Assemble Restaurant. Music, small bites from Assemble and local East Brother craft beer provided by Latitude 38; Northern California wines provided by Twin Rivers; celebrity sailors, fellow boat enthusiasts and more.
  • Cruisers Party: On Saturday, April 6th at 6 pm, Cruising Outpost’sCruisers Party and raffle will raise money for Call of the Sea, which works with Educational Tall Ships Foundation Project in Sausalito, CA. A one-week sailboat charter in the British Virgin Islands is one of the grand prizes of the raffle. Guests will enjoy the Eric Stone Band, along with complimentary food and beverages.

The Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show celebrates sailing, boating, and the marine sport lifestyle over four days in Richmond, CA from Thursday, April 4 through Sunday, April 7. The show is in its fourth year at Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in Richmond, CA and will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Details online at http://www.PacificBoatShow.com, on Twitter @PacificBoatShow and on Facebook PacificSailandPowerBoatShow

About Sail America
Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show is produced by Sail America. Sail America is the trade association for the U.S. sailing industry and plays a leadership role for all companies that are involved in providing sailing-related products and services. Established in 1990, Sail America works hard to support the success of its member businesses and the sailing industry.  www.sailamerica.com

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Richmond’s Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show Boat Tours
Coast Guard Helicopter Search And Rescue (SAR) Demos
Richmond based 510 Waterline Stand Up Paddle Boarding
By |2019-04-04T12:35:59-07:00April 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Richmond LIFE The Blog comes to town – and so does a Big Boat Show!

Visit Richmond CA has a new blog – and a great run down of this year’s Pacific Sail and Power Boat Show!

Check it out at VisitRichmondCA.com/richmond-life/

Show Links & Resources

Location: 
Craneway Pavilion/Marina Bay Yacht Harbor
1414 Harbour Way South
Richmond, CA 94804
Map
Download Interactive Events Schedule
Download Latitude38 Show Guide
Download Richmond Trail Guide
Purchase Tickets

(Or purchase at the door)

By |2019-04-03T20:36:27-07:00April 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Ticket Giveaway! Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show April 4-7 in Richmond

Enter to win Complimentary Boat Show Tickets!

Win 4 one-day complimentary show passes ($64 value). Go all four days or attend one day and bring three guests! You decide!

How to enter:

1. Like us on Facebook or subscribe

AND

2. Email us with subject “Ticket Giveaway” Provide your name, phone number, and email address.


Winners

4 Winners (4 tickets each) will be chosen at random.

Winners will be notified by email by 5pm Tuesday 4/2/2109

Check out all the fun events happening at the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show!

By |2019-03-22T22:51:00-07:00March 22nd, 2019|0 Comments
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