Berkeley Yacht Club Midwinter series races…. Sign up!

A good fleet of Alerions are signed up for the Berkeley Yacht Club Midwinter race series. There are at least three 28s, a 33 and a 38 planning to participate. The first races are this weekend and then continue the weekends of November 9/10, December 14/15, January 11/12, February 8/9 and the the Champion of Champions race on 2/23/20.

Here is the Jibeset link to register:

Come out and join the fun. Let’s grow the racing presence of the Alerions on SF Bay!


Help define and refine the AE28 ‘One Design’

Peter Johnstone, owner of Alerion Yachts, is working on the AE28 one design configuration. To that end, he drafted the following email which asked for input from AE28 sailors. Please read the email and help if you can. Apologies that some formatting didn’t carry through from the original email.

October 7, 2019

To the core of the Alerion 28 Fleet & Class activity:
First, please update this email list with any new contacts that should be included in an Alerion 28 Class business.
We’ve learned a lot since purchasing the Alerion brand in late 2017. The Alerion 20, 30 and 33 are selling nicely and with clear positioning. The Alerion 28 benefits from recent engineering improvements and engineering, but it feels positioned as too top end. We’d like to reposition the Alerion 28 to be better suited for the one design activity. We believe this can lead to some excitement for the fleets and the class. We’d like your input in our process, and when we are ready, we’d like each fleet’s support and approval for this edition. Many of these ideas have come directly from avid Alerion 28 sailors, so much of these items you may already enjoy on your own Alerion 28’s. Below are the refinements being considered for a new ‘one design’ edition:

5400 lbs Displacement Goal: Based on the SF Fleet’s weights, it appears that a typical Alerion 28 weight range is 5400-5700 lbs. If anyone has further information on actual measured weights, it would be appreciated. 
Deck equipment layout:Helmsman led controls:Low windage 1:1 Traveller with 4:1 below deck led to opposite of helmDual led backstay adjuster led to opposite of helm.Port cabin top rigging:Halyard winchMain halyardJib sheet – Fine tune 4:1 purchaseFurling linesStbd cabin top rigging:Jib sheet – Coarse tune 2:1 purchaseJib sheet – Fine tune 4:1 purchaseJib halyardBoom mounted ratchet/headknocker – no cockpit post.Self-tacking jib sheet track and sheet. Optional jib boom. Improve jib sheet trim upwind.

Updates to Keep the Alerion 28 more currentFacnor low profile continuous structural fuller with rod between units. Allows lower tack and foot. Eliminates extruded luff foil.An updated rudder shape and construction. Construction method will be less likely to gain moisture.Specification Changes:Vinylester resin- better adhesion, Reduces risk of moisture in laminate. Corecell foam core for all molded parts. Reduces risk of moisture in the laminate. Anodized spars as standard. Optional paint or powder coat finish.Make Toilet, plumbing, tank, pump-out, and sea cocks optionalMake Galley sink, plumbing, tank, and fill optionalMake Interior lights optionalMake Corian counter tops optionalDelete wooden box for 12V breakers on port side.Delete Plumbing trim boxes forward of bulkheadMinimize electrical wiringWhite extruded plastic toe rail replaces finished teakSS cabin hand rails replace teakLow profile hatchesOptional Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 FP 9kw propulsion in lieu of Volvo D1-10

Can you and your fleets please provide further input and ideas before October 25 for us to consider? We’d like this to be a collaborative and class-wide process. 
Take Care,


Peter Johnstone, Owner
Charleston, SC
Mobile +1 252 599 0223

Proudly Built in Rhode Island, USA!


Minna has a new home.

Minna is now Sweet De. Minna, AE28 number 254 was recently purchased and moved to the Richmond Yacht Club. Hopefully Chris & Denise Kramer will bring Sweet De into the racing fold on San Francisco Bay….

‘Jewel’ heads towards the finish under a moon rise, September 11, 2019, San Francisco Bay. Richmond Yacht Club ‘Beer Can Series’

Know of a nice AE28 for sale? Chris is interested in being a part of the San Francisco Fleet!

I was approached by Chris K., an experience sailor (and racer) recently. He would be interested in knowing about any nice AE28s for sale or possibly for sale. There are, of course, good online resources such as, but it also seems wise to put the word out in the fleet in case anyone has any helpful information, particularly on west coast boats. If so, please contact Chris at 203-837-7792 or Thanks! -Sam


Passing in the night

“Zenaida” and “Jewel” prior to RYC Beer Can races

Richmond, CA May 22, 2019


Updates welcome! AE28 ‘Minna’ for sale, August 31, 2019 is next RYC race with Lobster at the finish


Bay Area Alerion news continues to trickle in. I was recently put in contact with Patti Walters and Len Ortolano, who purchased ‘Two Block Fox’ two years ago and renamed her ‘Encore,’ now berthed in Redwood City, CA. I am updating the roster and site accordingly.


Also, I learned Barney Barnett has decided to sell ‘Minna,’ AE28 #254, located in Belvedere, CA. Here is information he provided:

Hello fellow Alerion Sailors, last year I got side-swiped by an SUV while riding my hand cycle in San Anselmo. The accident really screwed up my right shoulder so I went from using crutches to a wheelchair. The use of our boat has taken a serious hit so we have decided with much regret to put it up for sale. “Minna” was built in 2004 (#254) and is in excellent condition. It comes with  Tacktick instruments, two suits of sails, full and cockpit covers, blue Awlgrip painted topsides and beautiful bright work. The Volvo engine was just serviced and works well. If you know of anyone interested in purchasing a great boat have them give me a call at 415-459-0589 or 415-450-8507. The boat is located at The San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere. Any help you might give is much appreciated. Regards, Barney Barnett


Hi everyone,
Hope your summer was as fun as mine still is…
Our next race is August 31st, and will continue with the pursuit race format…
Working on our next course and now is your chance to make suggestions…
Please note that RYC is hosting the annual Lobster feed same day and you are
encouraged to attend, we will time the race the get everyone back.  

Fred Paxton

“The August 23 deadline for reservations is fast approaching, so make your reservations today for the Annual Lobster Feed on Saturday, August 31 (SEE FLYER ATTACHED).

PRICING: Maine Lobster $45, and Chicken $20. Both dinner choices include our special RYC Clam Chowder, Herb Garlic Potatoes, mixed salad, greens, bread, and a delicious dessert.

…Bar open at 5PM with dinner from 6PM to 7PM.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Please call the office on Tuesday or Wednesday (510-237-2821) to book your seats, or email your reservation request to:”

…See you at the Club!

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Alerion racing, 2019 season

Hi Folks,
Just wanted to send out a reminder that our summer racing series is just around the corner.  As I had previously mentioned, we will be doing the Richmond Yacht Club intraclub series which consists of 4 race days with I believe only one race per day.  Please note that the original race #1 date of May 4th has been changed to May 18th.  Also, we had discussed doing the Moseley  Regatta which is a 3 race day at Tiburon Yacht club on aug 3rd, but they have decided to cancel the regatta so that’s out.  I looked for something else in the 2019 sailing calendar, but didn’t really see anything around that time that looks like a good fit for us.  If anyone has any ideas, I’m all ears.  
so here’s our 2019 schedule as it stands now:

  • ryc intraclub #1 – May 18th
  • ryc intraclub #2 – June 22nd
  • ryc intraclub #3 – September 7th
  • ryc intraclub #4 – October 12th

By the way, for members of other yacht clubs, do not worry about the intraclub title of the event.  Our division will be open to all Alerion 28’s who want to participate and will be a one design class.  As of today I could not find a way to register for the series, but as soon as it becomes available I will forward it on to the fleet.  
Congrats to Paul Descalso on Sobrante for the win in his division (single handed non spin) in the SSS ‘Round the Rocks’  race last weekend.  Way to go Paul!
And for those of you who haven’t heard the news, we have been having great turn outs of 3 or 4 Alerion 28’s for the Wednesday evening ‘beer can’ races at RYC.  So if your boat is located in or near Richmond you should try an get out there and have some fun with us.  It’s free, there is no registration necessary, it happens every Wednesday evening from April through September, and you don’t need to be an RYC member to participate.  You might even win yourself a bottle of wine if you do something the PRO likes, which is not necessarily winning, Eric has a very unique scoring system.  Congrats to Fred on his new boat Zenaida,  he’s been crushing it! 
all for now, see ya on the water!
Ron Tostenson

Zenaida ghosts past Jewel after the start of the RYC beer can races on April 17, 2019
Another Girl, after rounding the weather mark, RYC beer can races, April 17, 2019