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Bay Trip Continued and Finished...

Day 3

We left Angel Island on an ebb tide and headed out with a mild breeze. We sailed very slowly around the NE shore and headed towards Alcatraz. As we approached Alcatraz a ferry was just leaving, so I kept an eye on them as we made a very close pass by the docks and the lee of the island. After passing Alcatraz we made a straight shot for Pier 39 and then continued along the waterfront all the way to South beach/China Basin. God, the city is really beautiful from the water. South Beach Marina is right next to Pac Bell park. We picked up a guest slip (lucky, because there was a game that day) and changed out of our warm gear into…our warm gear. :-D Yes, it was a typical cold summer day in the city. Funny, because it was sunny and warm out on the water. We walked up into the city for a few blocks and had lunch at a brewery, the name of which escapes me at this moment. From there we hiked it to Powell st and took the cable car over to Fisherman’s Wharf. I showed the kids around Pier 39 and other stuff, got donuts and cotton candy, rode the carousel, etc… We took the cable car back downtown and walked back in the direction of China Basin. The kids wanted McDonalds, so we walked all over hell and back looking for one until finally we got into a dirty part of town and I wasn’t comfortable taking the kids there. We headed back and finally found a nice little Italian Bistro right near the waterfront and had dinner, then headed back to the boat. As usual, we sat around watching movies and just relaxing.

Day 4

Today we sailed under the Bay Bridge and into the Oakland estuary. We tied up at Jack London Square guest dock and got breakfast at a little bistro. We walked the square and I showed the kids Jack London’s old shack from the Klondike. We got fuel and headed back out, clipping along and surfing down 5’ waves at 10 knots, again with a following sea, past Oakland, Berkeley and back into the sucky San Pablo Bay, where we raised the rudders and powered full throttle until we hit Benicia. Went through the Carquinez Straits and back up Mare Island Strait to the Vallejo Marina. Shannon showed up later that day. Logbook entry: “Shannon joined crew (ballast) hahahaha!” ;-) We ate again at The Sardine Can and Shan verified they had the best chicken tenders. That night the wind howled through the rigging. Glad we were tied up.

Day 5

We topped off the fuel tanks again and headed out bright and early. Here I want to note that the bridge tender at the Mare Island Causeway is the fastest I’ve ever seen. He raised the bridge for us within minutes of us hailing him. Wow! We powered easily up through the sloughs and I let the kids have a go at steering. When we hit the Napa river, we raised sail and just drifted slowly up the river. The further we went, the warmer it got and it was a wonderful break after the cold of the bay. We passed neat little houses and leisurely boaters. Everything is slow on the Napa river. It’s just so laid back and peaceful. We finally tied up at the Napa Marina but, as there was nothing else there than a [well stocked] chandlery, we continued up the river. We finally got to a low bridge that needed advance warning to raise, so we turned around and headed back.

We found a restaurant that had a guest dock and stopped to eat lunch then looked for a place to anchor. As we could find no good anchorage and since the Napa Marina was full, we continued back down into the sloughs and anchored a few hundred yards from the Mare Island Causeway. It was a gorgeous night and we relaxed and ate dinner on the boat. This is one of the most underrated anchorages in the bay area. It was just perfect.

Day 6

Today we headed back under the causeway, dropped Shan off at the Vallejo Marina and then pulled the boat out and headed home. An hour later we were back at home, rinsing off Arete and putting her away at the yard until next time.


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Feb. 11th, 2003 06:23 pm (UTC)
you are one big meanie!
Feb. 12th, 2003 06:19 am (UTC)
Damn you, Demo, for posting a sailing story on a cold February day when I've been off the water for too long.

Sounds like a great trip. Fun pictures and cute kids. The story made me think of the various cruises that I took with my family when I was younger.

What kind of boat is Arete? Is she trailered, or is she kept in some sort of dry storage?
Feb. 12th, 2003 08:42 am (UTC)
That's exactly why I *did* post it. To forget about winter and think about summer. ;-)

Arete is a MacGregor 26X, trailerable power-sailer. Otherwise known as the bleach bottle. :p
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