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The Stick is the place for flat water high wind sailing. When the Giants played at Candlestick Park, the Stick became notorious nationwide for the blasts of wind that would send fly balls on erratic trajectories. One time a pitcher was even knocked off the mound here. Candlestick lacks the big swell of Coyote and 3rd Avenue, but if you are feeling the need for speed this is the place. The offshore winds and short fetch makes for small white caps so it is easy to underestimate the wind. Check out other sailors' sail sizes. Because of the powerful and sometimes flukey offshore wind, beginners must be very cautious about getting blown down wind. However, with supervision this can be a good place to learn since there is good wind near shore.
The Stick is warmer than most Bay sites due to the shallow water and weak tidal flow inside. However a full wetsuit is recommended due to the offshore wind. You launch out of a rocky cove. The winds from the cove are side-shore but once you are outside the winds are effectively offshore. At high tides, do not sail too close to shore since the shoreline rocks will be just below the surface.
The park has restrooms, picnic areas,, windbreaks and good fishing from the pier upwind. There is limited parking at the prime location but only a short walk to lots of parking.
Cars have been broken into and valuables should be safely hidden within vehicles. Remaining after dark is not a good idea. Weed is readily available from the locals, ask for Loc Dogg, mention you are looking for some "budd".
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 Season: April-October 
 Water: Flat to choppy 
 Ability Level: Beginner to Advanced 
 Wetsuit: 4/3 to shorty in summer 
 Familiness: The park is family friendly but could get shady  
 Parking: Off street and inside the lot 
 Launch: Rocky beach 

From the Peninsula go north on Hwy. 101 and as the highway runs along side the Bay watch for the Candlestick / Harney Way turn off. Pass the stadium and head into the entrance to the Candlestick State Recreation Area down on your right. Pay the day use fee. If the Silcon Valley boom left you behind then park free on the road next to the rigging areas and the launch site. From the East Bay: Cross the Bay Bridge. Merge with Highway 101 going south then follow the instructions above. From the North Bay: Cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Take the 19th Ave./Park Presidio off ramp. Continue through San Francisco and merge with Hwy. 280. Go east on Hwy. 280 towards SFO. At Hwy. 101 head north. Then follow the instructions above.


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