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07-29-2012 04:25 PM
Re: SF Bay at it's best/worst yesterday

There's a saying: "If you can sail The Bay, you can sail anywhere".
I learned to sail there before LORAN, GPS or small boat Radar.
Left 07/07/1970 on a circumnavigation. Still sailing.
By the way, the Enterprise, our biggest carrier at the time, missed the opening through the Golden Gate and went hard aground on the Marin side; so even the professionals can get into trouble in the bay.
The Bay is a great place to sail; learn to reef and go where you please. You are the captain, not the weather.
07-15-2012 03:54 AM
Re: SF Bay at it's best/worst yesterday

it was a blast on friday afternoon from Angel island to the Bay Bridge.
07-10-2012 08:01 PM
Re: SF Bay at it's best/worst yesterday

Mark, we were out the last couple of weekends and our experience was the same – The Bay was in all its glory. Last weekend, all the winds south of the Bay Bridge seemed to be concentrated at the entrance to the Estuary which I attributed to that big high moving slightly westward. This was a more typical wind pattern for mid winter, with the exception that the wind machine in the slot was opened full throttle. There had also been some exceptional large tidal fluctuations and their resulting currents made the usual tidal rips that more strong and exciting.

A couple of weekends ago during the HDA-2 race we came close to broaching a couple of times in the big rip zone just to the east of the Golden Gate. I think we were the only boat in our division not to wipe out there and we hung on to sail at 10+ kts all the way to Red #2 (not bad for a 47 year old Cal 40!) Years, years ago I had the distinct displeasure of sailing my little 22 for twenty minutes to get from the west to the east end of the South Tower’s bridge pier. It didn’t matter that I had near twenty kts of wind behind me when my boat was battling against a 4-5 kt ebb current. Good times.
07-10-2012 06:29 PM
Re: SF Bay at it's best/worst yesterday

Sounds like a typical summer day on the bay to me! For years I taught sea kayaking out of Sausalito and made daily runs to Angel Island and longer runs around Alcatraz. On my own time out under the Gate and such. Now I've lived around the Salish Sea for a long time but other than the Straits of Juan de Fuca itself, I've never seen rough water here like in the throat of the Bay. So much of our water here is protected, which is one of the magical things about it, and our wind is benign much of the year.

Charlie is right about the 8 foot standing waves near tidal rips like Deception Pass, but that is small compared to what I've seen under the Golden Gate Bridge!!!

Scariest time I've had in a boat was in a Coronado 22 on a beautiful summer day on the Bay, while it was blowing snot against an ebb and all hell was breaking loose around Alcatraz. Absolutely white knuckle terrifying, but lived to tell the tale.
07-09-2012 01:59 AM
Re: SF Bay at it's best/worst yesterday

Ahh yes, that is something to be grateful for! Well I know how lucky I am to live next to SF Bay, even if she isn't always in the best of moods
07-08-2012 10:04 PM
Re: SF Bay at it's best/worst yesterday

At least ya don't have to deal with eight foot standing waves like we do here...
07-08-2012 09:03 PM
Re: SF Bay at it's best/worst yesterday

Ahhhh, I feel vindicated!
07-08-2012 09:21 AM
Re: SF Bay at it's best/worst yesterday

I was in Emery Cove plugging away on my varnish. I heard several reports of harrowing experiences on the bay that day. The guy next to me in a Catalina 38 came back with his hair standing on end and he's done quite a bit of cruising. "I've never seen it so bad" he said. We all know it gets worse but i hear the chute was ripping!
07-07-2012 04:03 PM
Re: SF Bay at it's best/worst yesterday

Been a long time since I was on the Bay. IIRC, your desceiption was "business as usual" for summer time conditions, all or more wind than you want, and nasty steep high chop. We sailed out of Sausalito and just about anywhere we went presented an "uphill" trip home. In the summer we reefed before we left the slip.

Paul T
07-07-2012 02:34 PM
br3nt South of there was a bit fluky on the 4th. Up until high tide it was quiet then heading back to Coyote Pt from Hunters Pt all the sudden it kicked right up. According to the charts it went from about 5-7 and flat at the airport to 18-20 with a lot of chop. After a few minutes of 18-20 the wind died down so much near SFO that we motored in. It was a no wind - little wind - good wind - lotta wind - little wind day. Rarely a dull moment.
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