The 2019 Master Mariners Regatta experienced a reassuring surge in participation, following years of concerning decline. “Racers saw quintessential San Francisco Bay breezes and early summer afternoon sun,” says Cory Lancaster, vice commodore and 2019 regatta chair. Notable entrants included Mayan, the storied Alden schooner; Macora, a gaff cutter recently relocated from Los Angeles; two Kettenburgs; and a number of smaller boats. “Also in attendance was nearly every large sailing charter vessel on the Bay, plus the locally designed Birds and Bears. A new non-competitive parade class was also introduced this year.” Hosted on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 25, the event commenced with a flag-fluttering boat parade along the western end of the San Francisco Cityfront. The start line between Golden Gate and St. Francis Yacht Clubs sent off the Bear boat division at 12 noon. Russell Katz and family are caretakers of #35, Renegade. Under his leadership, this 1946 beauty has run the regatta course since 2011. “Bears are the smallest boat in the regatta at 23 feet LOA, but comprise the largest single class to participate. The past several years we have had between five and nine bo...