Why is this page here and not on the WOA website?Recently the Westsail Owners' Association website was moved to a new server that would allow the site to be more easily updated and maintained. While the basic content was successfuly transferred into the new site, a new Forum was started from scratch and the old Forum was converted to a collection of 41 PDF documents.
Most of the Westsails are somewhere around 35 years old. They were well-built boats and most of the boats that were built are still sailing today... many half way 'round the world. But like all classic sailboats, they will all have problems over time, and most of the problems are relatively similar from boat to boat. There's a fair degree of likelihood that any problem that might come up has already been tackled by another owner. It's also fairly likely that the solution is buried somewhere in the archives of the Forum.
Long ago, I started downloading and archiving the entire Westsail.org website, with periodic refreshes. I did this mainly because I wanted a localized version of the site that I could access while cruising remote corners of the world, with limited access to the Internet. Perhaps the biggest benefit, however, has been the major improvement in my ability to search more than 11,000 posts efficiently.
It's likely that the old forum data could have been integrated with the new application, creating one contiguous and searchable source of information. But this would have required substantial programming and data manipulation and the decision was made by the WOA to take the current course. I therefore created this application as a means to preserve the seven years worth of resources that I consider to be incredibly valuable information for current and future Westsail owners. I hope you find it as useful as I have.
1975 Westsail 32, Hull #438
Thread: "Westsail Rendezvous 2009 "
12,268 posts on 2,444 threads • From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012
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Westsail Rendezvous 2009
(paste from Greg Johnson document)
The 2009 Northern California
October 3 and 4, 2009
California - San Francisco Bay Area
San Leandro Marina
Contact: Greg Johnson for information
Cell phone: 530-957-5531
Welcome! All Westsails, Westsailors and those who wannabe. Bring your boat or just yourself. We have dock space for all boats (but please LET US KNOW if you are bringing a boat). Early Birds can come Friday and stay through Sunday.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3
Morning: Westsails and wannabe-Westsailors arrive. Look for the Westsail flags fluttering from masts! Join us on the dock for coffee and donuts/danishes/bagels. Registration on the dock.
9 am? Noon: Boat visiting.
Noon? 5 pm: Bud Taplin gives his infamous two-beer surveys and prowls the docks and boats with ideas and insults galore?Lots of visiting and ogling?and maybe a WESTSAIL MINI SWAP MEET !!!!! That is if you bring your junk, collectables, used or unused stuff or more to trade or sell to other Westsailors. We?ll array them on the docks. We will also have some tee shirts, decals, hats, and other stuff from the WOA for sale.
Happy hour from 6-7. Dinner at 7pm at the San Leandro Yacht Club. Cost per person: $20 for either chicken, steak or for the Vegetarians, Grilled Portobello Mushroom. Dinner includes veggies, baked potatoes w/all the fixings, salad and an incredible fattening desert. Drinks are not included. Kids under 12 are ½ price. There will be a drawing with prizes and who knows what else. Open to suggestions for a talk by someone interesting.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4
Morning? Breakfast at the yacht club. Cold Buffet - $5.00 per person.
Hot Buffet - $10.00 per person
Please let me know the number of vegetarians, steak and chicken orders and if you want the cold or hot breakfast buffet.
Bon Voyage all day!
Coming and Going?
If by sea:
San Leandro Channel: The approach is pretty straightforward but remember: YOU MUST STAY INSIDE THE CHANNEL MARKERS. Unless you want to hang out in the mud until the next tidal change. The marina entrance is at 37 40.30 Lat, 122 13.29 Long. After entering the marina area, turn left into the marina itself. We will monitor channels 9 and 16.
At low mean tide (0.0 ft.) the marina has about 2.5 to 3 feet in the shallowest area by the fuel dock
Consult local Tide information for the exact time and depth.
If by land:
Exit the 880 Freeway at Marina Blvd. Exit west. Continue on Marina Blvd. and bear left at the Y going into the marina. Turn right on Mulford Point Drive for the San Leandro Yacht Club, which is the first building on the left. Look for the Westsail flags flying on the boats. There are gates at the docks, so call the host owner or wave us down and someone will let you in. For out-of-towners, the Oakland Airport is very close. The San Leandro Marina Inn is directly on the water next to everything. They can be reached at 800-786-7783.
The more boats, owners/crews and wanabees the better.
For Tide information for the SL channel - try
I have no idea if this site is accurate!!
For the SF Bay area sailors - I'd like to include in a slide show, photos of your sailing activities and/or boat projects since the last rendevzous... I have a few photos of WS on the bay to get started but would like more images - if you are willing to share your images email them to jay_bietz at sbcglobal dot net.
NORTHERN CALIF RENDEZVOUS CONTACT.
GREG JOHNSON: NEW e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTENTION: Those Westsailors who intend to sail to the San Leandro Yacht Club for the October Rendezous let me know if you will require a 30 or 50 amp connector for shore power. The Marina will supply the necessary adapters.
ALSO: This subject is the most important--I need a count of all the folks, sail, walk or crawl in, who will be staying for dinner and breakfast.