Island Yacht Club

It is a balmy summer evening as dozens of sailors prepare for the next race in Oakland Yacht Club’s 2012 Sweet Sixteen Series – which is perhaps better known, along with similar races run by Encinal and Island yacht clubs on Friday nights, as Alameda’s beer can races. Martin Jemo and his crew prepare the Joanna, Jemo’s 30-foot Irwin, for a 90-minute run on the Alameda/Oakland Estuary.

Jemo has been sailing since the 1950s, and he and two other members of the crew have sailed together for so long that one crewmember jokingly refers to them as the Ancient Mariners.

Leaders of Alameda’s marine and merchant communities said Wednesday they are overjoyed with the news that America’s Cup challenger of record Artemis Racing is planting its flag here on the Island.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Alameda,” said Encinal Yacht Club Commodore Victor Early.