Thursday, December 05, 2013
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Slocum was the first solo sailor to circle the planet in the late 1890's. He rebuilt a 100 year old boat and set sail on an incredible journey that has been recreated many times in replicas of his boat. One of his most famous incidents was near the Straits of Magellan. In order to ward off the local pirates he was given a box of sharp tacks. At night, he would sprinkle them around his deck so if a local came aboard, he would step on the tacks and then jump off the boat. It worked! Here is a nice look back at his life from penniless mariner to toasting with presidents.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Had a very windy solo sail on Thursday. Made it out about 4pm and the wind was in the low twenties from the north. This allowed me to sail straight towards Sausalito. Got around Angel and it got lighter but gusty. Tacked near Stown and then headed back towards Alcatraz. Could not make it due to tide and wind so I gyped around and headed around the other side. As I was nearing the channel to the harbor it picked up to 35 or so. It seemed I was racing down the channel. Got the sail down once in the harbor and motor on. As I entered the slip the motor died and the wind pulled me into the fairway. I am now in a pickle. Drifting in the dark, I look for an open slip. One only and the wind pushes me right in and I tie off. I contacted the harbor master and she said no one is using the slip so I am OK. What a night to remember.
Yesterday saw very little wind so Kona and I headed to Clipper Cove for a swim to the beach. Lots of dogs and people. Also a bit of a raft up. Headed home for a hammock sail and then the wind did pick up a little and had a nice end of the day sail. Good times on the Addiction!
Monday, November 18, 2013
Had a great sail out towards the Gate on Sunday. Forecast was for 10 knots and low 60's. We headed out about 11:30 on a beautiful day. No wind for the first couple miles of motoring. As we got to the end of the pier, there was some wind ahead. By 1:15 we had 15 knots. A bit later as we approached Blunt Point, it was almost 20. We got a little too close to the Gate and the ebb of 4.7 knots started pulling us. We set up the spinnaker and hoped it would get us out of there. Sure enough, we had enough pressure to slowly pull us towards home. At Angel, we did a gybe and reset the chute for a run towards Treasure Island. Once there, the wind died and we motored home to an amazing sunset that was brilliant. To top it all off, we had a very nice full moon rise as we approached the harbor. What a day! Dave and Alajandro had a blast! And so did I!