Well I have been so blessed to be able to enjoy this lovely body of water with my best friends. A few times a month, I get to take some old friends and enjoy their company on the San Francisco Bay. To make this happen, every Sunday or Monday, I send an email blast to folks that haven't been out in a while. Some respond, some are too busy or not interested. The ones that do come out, have one of their best days of their month!
Yesterday was a fine example! We are still in the celebration mode of a new boat! It been a little over a month since the purchase (2001 40' Jeanneau) and we are having a ball!! I invited out several of my oldest friends, plus a few new ones. We hit the end of the channel about noon at 5.5 knots and the 56 hp Yanmar is humming softly. We had 7 on board plus a canine named Kona. There was no wind so we motored 2 miles to the end of the Berkeley Pier. It's 7-8 out of the south. We raise the sails and go on a slow reach towards Angel, about 4 miles away. It takes a couple hours of drifting and sailing to get close to the island. Getting lots of compliments on the new to me boat. Sure enough, about 2pm, the wind picks up to 12 and we are moving. We take off on a beautiful 5 knot run towards the city. You just can't beat the dramatic views of Mt. Tam, the Golden Gate Bridge, the city front and the mountains of Napa in the distance. Soon after, we started our downwind run to the barn. It takes a good hour but how sweet it is! We got in shortly after 4pm and savor this amazing moment in time. Does it get any better??