This year’s Maritime Day at Galilee Harbor was the best ever, I believe. It’s a free event that my maritime co-op community puts on every year to showcase what we love about the waterfront. Boatbuilding and oar-making demos alongside great live music on our home-built stage, a dinghy dash, homemade pies, fish and chips and libations, a nautical flea market, open houseboats to tour and free boat rides (that’s my department). I managed to get over 60 people out on the water for free on Saturday! The best part for me was hosting two amazing vessels at our dock for the day, the venerable “Alma” was decked out in all her glory of flags and came with her crew of salty park service folk from the National maritime park in San Francisco (thanks Captain Carter for letting me side-tie next to Alma all day and lending your crew to catch lines!). We also had the magnificently restored and oldest boat on the Bay, “Freda” visiting and open for tours, thanks to the folks at Spaulding Marine Center. So honored to have both these historic vessels in our celebration of Maritime Day! If you are anywhere near Sausalito next year on the first Saturday in August please come on over!
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Heather Richard is a US Coast Guard licensed (100 ton) captain for hire on San Francisco Bay. Interested in classic schooners or racing catamarans? Teak or carbon fiber? A gentle cruise or a rip-roaring ride? Learn to sail lessons or private coaching? America's Cup spectating, sightseeing, whalewatching, crabbing or sipping wine on the Bay... Captain Heather can find you the right boat and the right experience. Almost every day is a fine day for sailing on San Francisco Bay, so call or email to discuss the possibilities! Heather grew up on the East Coast and has been sailing since the age of 4. She raced competetively on the Boston University team while earning a BFA in sculpture, and worked on charter boats and in community boating programs in Boston. She also worked for the US Navy in Japan, Sail Carribean Voyages and the Saint Francis Yacht Club coaching young sailors. She currently lives aboard with her three children in a maritime co-op. In the off season she can be found in her art studio and is active in her community volunteeering with youth programs and bringing waterfront access to underserved populations. She is working with a group of volunteers to start Sausalito's first community boating program at Cass Gidley Marina. Www.cassgidley.org For the 2013 sailing season Heather was captain of the Schooner "Gas Light", in 2014 she added her own vessel "Carodon" to the charter fleet as well as sailing with the America's Cup Yacht USA 76 and Prosail 40 catamaran "Tomcat". She is able to book your ideal sailing experience on a variety of sailing vessels up to 50 passengers and also offers private coaching. View all posts by captainheather