Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Berkeley Ca
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A perfect evening, other than the generator
Last night I had a excellent boat trip.
In the San Francisco Bay Area our summers are mostly cold and foggy but we often get some nice warm weather in the fall. I was thinking we would miss out this year when we got some early rain storms but just this past week we got some really excellent weather.
My 13 year old son is taking a boat building class in Sausalito on Saturdays, so I thought this week we would take Puffin, our Alden 44, over to Angel Island and spend Friday night in Ayala Cove and then scoot over to Sausalito for a early breakfast at the Lighthouse Cafe, drop my son off at Spaulding Boat Works then my wife and I could have a leisurely sail back to Richmond.
It all went off with out a hitch. There wasn't a lot of wind friday night so we motored over and found a mooring ball to a nice Herreshoff Ketch on its way from British Columbia to points south. My wife made this excellent marinated steak dish for the grill. Warm breezes. Big moon.
The one hitch was the jerk behind us in a powerboat running his generator for hours. I hate generators with a passion. They seem explicitly designed to foul quiet anchorages.
This morning we had zipped over the the guest dock at Schoonmaker and walked over to breakfast. I ran into a great old friend that was doing a kayak race today. The wind was perfect so I could sail off the dock on the way out. I love doing that when I can. Out in the channel we were moving along next to Yucca, a 8 meter owned by a local rigger and one of the nicest looking boats on the bay. Nice easy broad reach home.
All in all a great day.