Hi Salmon and Tsenecal!
First of all, Matt, Tom A. must have looked askance at his calendar: it's not on Sunday and Monday, but Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27. Let there be no mistake about this: show up Monday and no one will be there!
Background: the event has occasionally occurred in September, but usually takes place in October. Specific weekends change year-to-year because we are at the scheduling mercy of the anglers who run the fly casting ponds through their connections with the city Parks people. I'm not complaining, just explaining. This year we've been granted the weekend at the end of the month to run our boats; most years it's a middle-of-the-month weekend, sometimes near the start. Just depends on how the die is cast.
There is no "official" hotel for the event—or at least there hasn't been for years—since most participants are local and don't need one. In some cases out-of-towners traditionally stay the weekend with in-town sub buddies. So come, make a friend, and perhaps have a place to stay next year! There are some hotels not far from the site, but as for myself, I've traditionally stayed at the La Quinta (that's Spanish for "Next to Denny's"—thank you, Julie Crozier) near the airport because their rates are reasonable (SanFran can be expensive in the fall, typically their tourist season), I earn points through their reward program, and my trusty Saturn steed knows the way by herself since we've made the annual trip so many times now.
I'm surprised and concerned to learn that some have had trouble getting info. on this terrific annual event. There's always a full-page ad about it, with dates, in the summer and/or fall issue of the SCR; usually a banner ad with dates on the SC site as well; and an event listing also with dates in the forum (at least most years) too. Not to mention lengthy post-event coverage by yours truly—with my name and others clearly listed—in the December SCR, which could clue potential next-year attendees who to contact for information.
Be that as it may, this truly a wonderful boat running venue—semi-secluded, beautiful and quiet, with clear water about 4.5 feet deep max., permitting rescue of wayward boats via waders or a swim. And the legendary "launching well" can't be beat for patrol starts and recoveries.
Hope to see anyone reading this out there this year!
P.S. No offense intended to SanFran in general, but it's probably best to avoid "the Mission District" as a potential lodging area. I learned this the hard way during my first attendance many years back...
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