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COVID era racing continues….

Many thanks to the various Bay Area groups who are able to put together safe, fun racing events in this COVID era…. SSS Three Bridge Fiasco, Berkeley Yacht Club Midwinters. The AE28 fleet is very appreciative!

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Check out the updated Class Rules!

From Fleet Captain, Chris Kramer:

The votes are in and have been tallied resulting in the final version of our revised class rules for 2021. Thank you for voting.

Please take a look at the revised class rules which incorporated the changes we voted upon.

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Berkeley Yacht Club Midwinters

Sunday Race 3, 1/10/21

Sunday was a light, but fun showing of AE28s for the BYC Midwinters race. Variable winds made it a fun afternoon of working through the shifts. Many thanks, Berkeley Yacht Club, for making this series possible, fun and safe during Covid.

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Happy New Year!

I think it is safe to say that we all in Alerion Fleet 1 are happy to be into a new year. We are all hoping for good things ahead; let’s hope for and work for better, safer, healthier, happier. Onward!

Please stay tuned for good Alerion things as well. We should have an updated version of the bylaws and class rules by the end of February, 2021.

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Web site updates….

As a new fleet year comes around, we are trying to keep the AE28 Fleet One site updated and relevant. Please provide comments, suggestions and content.

In addition to the fantastic Tech Corner data the site contains, we will be adding information as we learn; trying to share and preserve information about these fine boats.

To that end, take a look at the ‘Technical Resources” section of the site and feel free to suggest other topics. Based on our recent fleet Zoom meeting, cockpit swamping and steps to avoid it seemed important and of interest….

Also, keep an eye on the Fleet’s Instagram account (#sfbayalerion) for photos….

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Beer Can Races are back on San Francisco Bay!

It’s fantastic to be racing again, with proper safety precautions. Richmond Yacht Club has been enjoying strong Wednesday night turnouts for the past few weeks, including five Alerion Express 28s racing last night. The fleet is growing!

A fantastic photo, below, by RYC’s own, Ornaith Keane

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Great Latitude 38 coverage of the RYC Beer Can Racing series, and the Alerion Express 28 fleet!

Tom Burden wrote a great story in Latitude 38, (July 1, 2020) covering the Richmond Yacht Club’s Wednesday Night Beer Can Races…. and featured Chris Sullivan’s excellent drone footage…check it out!

https://www.latitude38.com/lectronic/birds-eye-view-beer-can-racing/

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Fleet update in the time of Corona….and another (!) AE28 wanted on the San Francisco Bay….

Dear Fellow Alerion 28 Sailors,

I hope you and your families are all well.  I have nothing new to report nor will I endeavor to guess when racing will return to SF Bay.  I will leave those sorts of announcements to official sources.  The Alerion 28 is a great boat – even better when you consider its prowess for shorthanded sailing.  Denise and I have seen many of you out enjoying your boats on the Bay over the past few weeks.  We hope to see more of you out sailing when the is time right – whenever that is…

Once there is a clear path to some sort of organized racing, I will reach back to our fleet to reestablish an event calendar for the remainder of the season.  I think the theme of keeping it simple and getting more boats out sailing will resonate even more strongly than before.

Stay well!

Best,

Chris

PS – BOAT WANTED:  Bruce Munro (on copy) is looking for an Alerion 28.  Let’s try to help Bruce locate a local boat.  Please contact him directly at blmunro@sbcglobal.net if you are interested in selling your boat. Thank you.

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Mystery AE28 on SF Bay

Patricia, a beautiful AE 28 was recently spotted on San Francisco Bay. The SF Bay fleet would love to know who she belongs to and where she is berthed. Any ideas? Let us know at FleetCaptain@sfbayalerion.com.

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Yanmar single cylinder problems?

Steve Chamberlin was experiencing overheating and related problems with his one cylinder Yanmar. Rather than fight the limited engine access below decks to service the engine, he took a more complete approach to the problem:

From Steve: The long term problem with the single cylinder Yanmar is salt build up between the head and block.  The head cannot be removed in the boat because of clearance problems.  Bill Ingle (Bill’s Marine Service) replaced my engine with a completely rebuilt unit, $4,500, 4 hours.