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Half Moon Bay Yacht Club Labor Day Weekend Activities.

The Labor Day Cruise is on!! It’s Friday August 31st through Monday September 3rd, a long Labor Day weekend. Anyone can go for all four days, or just 1, 2 or 3 days. All very flexible. There is always a lot going on all weekend at Half Moon Bay Yacht Club, which is very casual and very fun. This is their biggest weekend of the year, and by the time the weekend is over, you’ll feel like you know half of the members!

Here’s the tentative itinerary:

Friday, August 31st

  • Rendezvous at the Golden Gate Bridge at around 9:00AM. Max ebb is at 8:45AM (2.6 knots), so we’ll get a nice boost. The Pillar Point Harbor where we’ll moor is about 25 miles south of the Gate. The trip usually takes a sail boat about 4-5 hours, so most will be in around midafternoon. Dinner is on your own. Cocktails and a taco dinner is available harborside at HMBYC, or explore some of the other great dining destinations at Princeton by the Sea, right at the Harbor and easy walking distance from the Yacht Club or the main pier.

  • Half Moon Bay Yacht Club Activities
  • 2:00pm Bar Opens
  • 5:30-7:00pm "Her Majesty's Secret Bar" - featured by the Taco Service including Chicken in Chili Verde Sauce, Slow Cooked Fall-Off-Your-Fork Beef, Beans, Rice & all the Trimmings & Dessert, $15/PP
  • 6:00 James Bond Movie Trivia
  • 7:00-10:00pm Live Karaoke by KJ John Simons

Saturday, September 1st

  • Cocktails at 5:00 dinner at a place/boat to be named. Dinner at Meza Luna at 6:30. Reservations are required if you’d like to dine with the group (make with me), as we only have 20 seats. The food is fabulous! HMBYC has a great band playing after dinner.

  • Half Moon Bay Yacht Club Activities
  • 10:00am Bar Opens
  • 10:30am Continental Breakfast
  • 6:00-8:00pm "Operative Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson" alias "Miss Swift" Hot-Smoked Salmon w/Tzatkiki Sauc & Asian glaze OR, Spinach & Chevre-Stuffed Portobello Mushroom (vegetarian. Plated w/Coconut-infused Rice & Roast Broccoli, Mixed Spring Green Salad, Dinner Rolls & Chocolate Ganache Tartlets for Dessert. $25/PP if & only if register online. $30 if available otherwise.
    *Note- All dinner selections made in-house by Commodore Scott & Galley Manager Suzanne, Gluten free except Rolls & Dessert
  • 7:30-10:00pm Kolohe featuring Live Island Six Piece Band

Sunday, September 2nd

  • Live music in the afternoon on the deck at Sam’s Chowder House overlooking the harbor. Some boats may head back to the Bay.

  • Half Moon Bay Yacht Club Activities
  • 10:00am Bar Opens
  • 11:00am-1:00pm Waffles & Berries by the Famous Chef Suz
  • 4:30-7:00PM "Pork Never Dies" Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork w/3 BBQ Sauces, Creamed Corn, John's Black Beans w/Secret Spices, Mixed Spring Green Salad & Cornbread. Erin's Banana Cake for Dessert. Vegetarian Option. $25/PP Online Registration is strongly advised, as there will only be limited number of walk-in meals available. $30 (if available)
    *Note- All dinner selections made in-house by the Commodore, Staff Commodore Howard Weiss & Galley Manager, Gluten free except Cornbread & Dessert
  • 6:30-10:00pm Off The Record Dance Band

Monday, September 3rd

  • The rest of the boats head back to SF. Max ebb at the Gate is about 11:00AM. It’s only 1.7 knots, but this opposing current means it will take a bit longer getting back than it did coming down. Some boats will continue South from HMB to Santa Cruz and points beyond.

All of these activities are optional, except that if you’d like to attend the dinner on Saturday, you must make a reservation. Folks are also welcome to drive down and join in the fun! Some priority for the dinner reservations will be given to those who come by water though.

At Half Moon Bay commercial harbor, they may have some slips available, but there are no reservations – you can radio or call when you’re within an hour of the harbor, and if available, they will give you a slip. This is a busy (noisy 24/7) commercial harbor.There is very good anchoring on the West end of the Harbor near the yacht club or you can pick up a numbered buoy in front of the Yacht club. The yacht club runs a water taxi all weekend if you don’t have a dinghy, but we will have lots of boats with dinghies to help those without.

There are lots of restaurants, shops and fun stuff to do both water and non-water oriented. This weekend is a perfect time for folks to drive down and spend a night or two with you on the boat, or stay in one of the many hotels nearby. It’s only an hour away from most parts of the Bay Area. The harbor and the YC are technically at Princeton-by-the-Sea. The town of Half Moon Bay with additional shops and restaurants is a mile or two away down Highway 1.

One thing different about this year than in recent past: THE SALMON ARE RUNNING!! My son and I caught a nice one on the way down to HMB two weeks ago, a couple of miles offshore from Pacifica. We had two other strikes which each took the whole rig -- hook, line and sinker! I’ll have more info on fishing later, but you will need a license. The good news is that licenses are now available on-line from the State. (The bad news is that the cost is $48! What did you expect in California??)

If you haven’t been out the Gate on the open Pacific but would like to try a short trip, this is the perfect time to do it. The weather is usually pretty good this time of year, and there will be quite a few boats both with our group and with others that will be making the trip, so there’s plenty of company.

If you have questions or would like to register for this cruise out, please call or email Bill Nork at (925)788-7910 or bnorkusa@gmail.com.

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