Port of Redwood City Currents Newsletter for September 22, 2015 – Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye Coming for PortFest

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US Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye Coming For Tours at PortFest, Saturday, October 3
The Port is pleased to announce that the US Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye is coming to PortFest Saturday, October 3. The public will be able to view the vessel.
The Coast Guard Cutter SOCKEYE was built in September 2001 in Lockport, LA to replace the aging 82′ Pt. Chico. The newly designed 87′ Coastal Patrol Boat has several enhancements over the aging 82s, including improved mission sea keeping abilities, significantly upgraded habitability, and compliance with all current and projected environmental protection laws.
It also employs an innovative stern launch and recovery system using an aluminum hulled inboard diesel powered waterjet boat.  The vastly larger pilot house is equipped with an integrated bridge system including an electronic chart display system (ECDIS) which interfaces with the CG’s new surface search radar.
Sockeye’s area of responsibility stretches from Mendocino County to the north and Point Sur to the south, out to 200 nautical miles offshore.  This expansive area includes the busy San Francisco Bay, patrolled by an enlisted crew of 12, and consisting of boatswain’s mates, machinery technicians, a food service specialist and a mix of seamen and firemen.
Click below to see a picture.
 PortFest is free, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you missed it earlier this month, here are 30 reasons to see us at PortFest.
  1. Introduction to sailing for kids and teens – get out on a boat!
  2. Boat Rides & Harbor Tours. Sign up here for free boat rides with Marine Science Institute. These tours sold out in 2014. The link is now enabled for 2015. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/port-tours-at-the-redwood-city-port-festival-2015-tickets-17781043580
  3. Back by Popular Demand! Live Wire was a hit at the 4th of July celebration, so we’ve brought them back for PortFest. Check them out at http://www.lwband.com/
  4. NEW THIS YEAR! West Grand Boulevard is a band out of Oakland that plays classic Motown, R&B, and Soul. Check them out at http://www.westgrandblvd.com/
  5. Local celebrity Chef Steve Cortez will be providing chowder & fish tacos for sale and a free fish cooking demonstration. See his picture below.
  6. Working Waterfront Trolley Tour–go behind the scenes for a guided half-hour tour of the Port’s industrial businesses, presented by Seaport Industrial Association.
  7. A bounce house for kids.
  8. Children’s and Teen’s Activities.
  9. Food Booths & Food Trucks.
  10. Getting to PortFest! Take the train and shuttle to the Port of Redwood City for the free public PortFest festival. View FREE PortFest Shuttle schedule here (https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxyd2Nwb3J0ZmVzdHxneDo1NTU2MTMxMmEwMGM3ZGM2) Look for the sandwich sign that says “PortFest Shuttle Stop.” It will be stationed next to the taxi pick-up area on the sidewalk of Winslow Street (southbound train travelers will need to cross over the tracks at the designated crossing to get to the shuttle stop).
  11. West Bay Community Band.
  12. Woodside High Wildcat Marching Band.
  13. Redwood City Public Library – Kids’ activities.
  14. Marine Science Institute – shark tank, boat rides.
  15. Redwood City Parks, Rec. & Community Services Department – Kids’ activities.
  16. Sea Scouts – boat rides.
  17. Sequoia Yacht Club – Tiki Bar and Beer Booth.
  18. Spinnaker Sailing School – boat rides.
  19. Woodside General Store – logging exhibit.
  20. Port of Redwood City booth.
  21. Redwood City Fire Department.
  22. Redwood City Police Department.
  23. A new “Water Ball” activity that allows people to climb into a giant plastic ball and walk across a pool of water.
  24. A new photo contest where people can post their PortFest selfies or other PortFest activity photos online and winners will receive prizes,
  25. Mariner Girl Scouts.
  26. Print out a map of activity locationshttps://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_1OaE3Gq1UocGZXMUVHMlJUczQ/edit  (This will be updated closer to the event).
  27. Be a vendor or have a booth http://www.rwcportfest.com/site/rwcportfest/vendors
  28. Stroll along the Port’s public waterfront paths.
  29. If you’re lucky, see a ship at the port (schedule pending).
Port of Redwood City  |  675 Seaport Blvd  |  Redwood City, CA 94063

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