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Boardsailers race in Foster City - close to the Bayshore.

Boardsailors race in Foster City--close to the Bayshore

Dipping with the wind and cutting swiftly through the water, boardsailors race across the Foster City Lagoon each Tuesday evening, pirouetting around a configuration of buoys as in some gigantic water ballet. Some call their sport the essence of sailing. In any case, their races are fun to watch, and they take place every week at 6 P.M. from April 8 through October 28. This is an especially good place to watch boardsailors because you can get fairly close to the action.

Gathering near the starting line, rainbow-colored Mylar sails glisten in the late sun, as the captains jockey for position. At the starting flag, some 50 sailboards swing into place and head toward the first buoy. In each of three races, they'll have to complete a four- or five-buoy course.

Winners of enough races here may go on to district championships and from there to the nationals.

To get to Foster City Lagoon from the Bayshore Freeway (U.S. 101) north of Redwood City, take the Hillsdale Boulevard exit east; go right on Shell Boulevard to the greensward at Central Park. You can picnic here and even jog along an exercise course, if you like.

Photo: Gliding over unruffled waters, boardsailors wait for race start at Foster City lagoon; you can watch them Tuesday evenings
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Date:Apr 1, 1986
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