Sat, Sep 02|
Half Moon Bay
Labor Day Weekend Cruise to HMB
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Time & Location
Sep 02, 2023, 12:00 PM – Sep 04, 2023, 12:00 PM
Half Moon Bay, 214 Princeton Ave, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
About the event
Get your dinghy ready, update your Navionics, and join us for the biggest cruising adventure of the year!
If you have minimal offshore experience this is a great opportunity to join a fleet of boats heading offshore to the Bay Area's closest venue, Half Moon Bay. We'll hold plenty of advance planning and safety sessions and you'll be joined by others with lots of experience. It's a full day of sailing each way, so definitely worth spending two nights there so you'll have a full day to enjoy the marina.
Things to do while we're there:
- Half Moon Bay Yacht Club typically hosts multiple clubs for their biggest event of the year. Historically they've had daily meals (for a fee) and nightly bands. Details TBD.
- Walk around HMB for a variety of quaint restaurants and bars such as Barbara's Fish Trap!
- Walk along the marina docks and buy fish directly from commercial fishing boats.
- Kayaking (bring yours or rent locally) and check out amazing indigenous wildlife.
- Hike the nearby hills.
This year Brad Kekst will be organizing the trip, it will be his fifth voyage to this destination. Pillar Point Marina does not take reservations, so it is first come first serve if you want a slip. Considering this is the biggest weekend of the year for the marina you may want to depart extra early if you really need power.
Anchoring is extremely easy as there are two breakwalls. The inner breakwall is for the marina only, but there is a ton of room between the breakwalls for anchoring. We generally find a spot super close to the HMB YC. Raft-up optional, we have done this in the past. And if you anchor or raft-up you will definitely benefit from having your own dinghy.
The voyage down can take 5 to 8 hours depending on your vessel and the weather. If you stay within a few miles of the coast you’ll have cell reception the whole way. We’ve using Navionics new “connections” feature to track each other on the way down, this adds a bit safety and fun to the adventure.
RSVP right here on our new website - or ping us on the Slack Cruising channel (#cruising).
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