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San Francisco community sailing would be "severely impacted" by proposed marina

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    Lat38 highlights the key moment during Wednesday's TIDA hearing on Darius Anderson's proposal to take 1/3rd of Clipper Cove at Treasure Island for a private luxury marina:

    "But a pointed question by Tsen to TISC Executive Director Travis Lund got to the heart of the matter concerning development: Would TISC be able to safely run their programs on the water if the new marina development was built? With TISC Foundation board chair Carisa Harris-Adamson unable to attend the meeting, it was up to Lund to carefully articulate the answer: yes and no."

    "Lund reiterated Harris-Adamson's previous published statement that the compromise was reached in good faith, to prevent the larger marina plan that would have annihilated safe sailable space at Clipper Cove, killing TISC's programs. Under the current marina plan, TISC's programs could continue — but they would be severely impacted, as would both youth and adult racing and adult cruising at the protected Cove."

    Here is an aerial shot of Clipper Cove as it is now: the largest, most well protected open water cove in San Francisco. The current marina is tucked into the upper left hand corner of the Cove. The small docks of the Treasure Island Sailing Center are at the upper right. The Cove is also one of the most popular Bay Area destinations for cruising, and anchor-outs can been seen in the sheltered waters of the Cove.


    Below is the developer's blueprint is overlaid on top of the existing conditions at the Cove. Under the developers’ vision, the marina is moved out of the corner of the Cove and expanded several times over, taking one-third of the Cove. The expansion would demolish the existing marina dedicated almost entirely to boats running 16-36 feet and would dedicate the new marina exclusively to boats running 40-80 feet.


    This plan is opposed by the the U.S. Sailing Association, Friends of the Sailing Center, and San Francisco Bay Keeper.

    The plan is also opposed over two-dozen public schools teachers who take part in the annual science/sailing STEM classes taught on the Cove that put over 2,000 4th graders onto the San Francisco Bay each year. For most of these kids, it is their first time on the Bay and for many, it is their first time ever being on water.

    The Sailing Center has published a detailed assessment of Anderson's proposal. His plan would reduce the range and depth of the Cove STEM program and would entirely block some beginning youth sailors from entering the heart of the Cove and reaching the beach at the west end (the upwind end of the Cove), which is currently the major milestone for the kids in the Cove learning to sail. As mentioned above, youth adult racing in the Cove would also be severely impacted.