Silent Auction Kicks off Virtual Gala

The Mirene will be featured in a video tour during the Gala | photo by Michael Lewis | post by Larry Clinton

The silent auction portion of the Floating Homes Virtual Gala and Tour is now open for bidding. You don’t have to be a ticket holder to bid, but you will need a ticket to watch the Virtual Gala at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9. The auction closes at the end of the Gala: 8:00 p.m. Here’s a small sample of the dozens of appealing prizes to tempt you:

Guided walking tour of the Floating Homes community and  stay at The Inn Above Tide

One night in a Queen Deluxe Room with gas fireplace and private deck over San Francisco Bay. Includes complimentary continental breakfast and sunset wine & cheese service. Valid only November 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Sunday through Thursday only. Excludes all holidays and special events periods.

Sail for 2 on the Matthew Turner

Two gift certificates for any community sail from the Bay Model. Matthew Turner is a traditional wooden tall ship built entirely by volunteers and designed after the ship Galilee, which was built in the late 1800s by ship designer and builder Matthew Turner. The Galilee held the San Francisco to Tahiti passage record of 19 days for many years.

Walking tour of the docks followed by wine & chocolate tasting aboard the Fairy Tale

A guided walking tour of the Floating Homes community for four people, followed by wine tasting with wine from Catena Zapata, and chocolate pairing aboard The Fairy Tale. Sommelier and storyteller Juan Antonio Perez, of Catena Zapata Winery (founded in 1902), and Julie and Ed, owners of the Fairy Tale, will take you on a walking tour of the colorful houseboat community. Afterwards, they will entertain you on the deck of Julie and Ed’s Fairy Tale, one of six floating homes that you will see on the virtual tour. Juan Antonio will offer his selection of High Altitude Grand Cru Chardonnay, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, to taste and pair with chocolate from the Chocolate Shop in downtown Sausalito. Up to four people May attend. Must be booked by December 2022.

30 minute Sightseeing Seaplane Tour

Two air vouchers for a 30–minute tour over the Marin and San Francisco skylines by seaplane from Commodore Marina.

3 Chardonnay wines from Navarro Vineyards, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, CA

2019 Mendocino Chardonnay, 2018 Premiere Reserve Chardonnay, and 2019 Premiere Reserve Chardonnay.

Hardbound Book, “Mirene: Some Boats Have All The Luck”

A centennial retrospective documenting the journey of the tugboat Mirene from her launch in 1912 in Coos Bay, Oregon, to her ultimate restoration and centennial renovation in 2012 on San Francisco Bay. 400+ spectacular images and accompanying text. Written by the boat’s owners, long–time Sausalito waterfront residents Ryan Phelan & Stewart Brand.

Salmon Fishing—Two Spots on the Salty Lady

Sausalito’s premier sport–fishing boat is offering two spots for a single day of salmon fishing on the ocean. The 54–foot charter boat berthed at Clipper Yacht Harbor is owned and piloted by Captain Jerad Davis, a 30-year sport–fishing veteran. Rods, tackle, weights and bait are all included. In addition to the two spots, you both receive personalized on–boat fishing instruction from Court Mast, the Salty Lady’s second captain (and West Pier resident). Salty Lady departs Sausalito at 6:00 a.m. and returns at 3:00 p.m. For your day on the water, all each angler needs to bring is lunch, warm clothing and the unbridled desire to catch two wild King Salmon… FISH ON!!

Other prizes include wellness services such as massage, acupuncture, pilates, a fitness club membership and tutoring and counseling sessions; gift certificates to local restaurants; original fine art paintings and photographs… and lots more.

For more information on the Virtual Gala and Tour, check out Facebook and Instagram. Tickets may be purchased via the FHA website.