Bring your family to the club while you race, and don’t forget your swim suits for the post race pool party!
The 2nd Half Opener is one of the marquee events of the YRA Racing Season! The race includes divisions for everyone: PHRF Boats, Sport Boats, One-Design Fleets, Multihulls, Non-Spinnaker Boats, and even a division for those that sail short-handed! The 2nd Half Opener is a fun weekend of racing, plus a fantastic family party, hosted by the Encinal Yacht Club on Saturday afternoon and evening. But that’s not all. Skipper’s and crew’s families are invited to the Encinal for the day to enjoy the Encinal pool, with refreshments and games for everyone, especially kids. Take a look at the list of events below.
Pool Open to 2nd Half Opener Families
The Encinal pool is open to all 2nd Half Opener families. Bring your family and friends for a relaxing day around the pool. Pool games and toys will be availalbe for the youngsters, and refreshments and food are available for all at the yacht club.
The Encinal pool is an olympic size pool with a shallow end for kids and a deep end for swimmers of all ages. The pool is surrounded by a spacious patio with tables and umbrellas. The water is heated by a solar heater and is warm even on cooler summer days. The pool fronts the Oakland Estuary with a view of boats heading up and down the Estuary. It’s really a wonderful environment to relax and enjoy with family and friends. Swim in the pool, read a book, or just watch the world go by on the Estuary. The pool is adjacent to the yacht club where you can purchase food and beverages. A lifeguard will be on duty on Saturday to make sure everyone is safe in the water.
Post Race Cocktails
Wine, beer, and cocktails will be served on the Encinal lawn all afternoon for 2nd Half Opener crew and families.
Pool Games for Skippers & Crew
Get your crew in shape so they’re ready to compete in pool competitions in the Encinal pool Saturday afternoon. Prizes, from our sponsors, will be awarded for the competition winners including:
- The Boatyard at Grand Marina – Free Haulout
- Marchal Sailmakers – Coupon for sail repair
- Pineapple Sails – Duffel Bag and Sailing Apparel
- Rock Wall Winery – Case of wine
- North Sails – Backpacks and boating wear
Best Barbeque in the West
Barbecue dinner will be served by Boneyard BBQ. The Boneyard folks are renowned for serving some of the best barbeque in the Bay Area. Barbeque dinner will be served from 5pm -7pm. Food will also be available at the Encinal bar, including burgers, sandwiches, salads, etc.
Race Division Winner Awards
A back pack from North Sails will be awared to first place finishers in every division. Skippers must be present to accept the award.
Margarita and a Movie
After dinner, spread your beach blanket on the Encinal lawn and enjoy an evening watching Captain Ron while sipping on Margarita’s served on the lawn by the Encinal staff.
Stay Saturday Night at Marina Village Inn
The Encinal YC has negotiated a special rate at the Marina Village Inn for racers and crew who are looking for housing Saturday night. The rate is $129 per night. The Marina Village Inn is next door to the Encinal, not more than a 2 minute walk from the yacht club. Book your room soon if you’re interested.
A breakfast buffet will be served at the Encinal Sunday morning from 8am – 11am.
We finish the weekend with a low-key race in the Estuary. Enjoy racing in the calm conditions of the Estuary, perfect t-shirt racing weather. We’re encouraging skippers to take Encinal Juniors along for the race.