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Old 02-05-2012, 20:07   #1
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A Lunch on the High Seas

I wish I hadda picture. It was a perfect Kodak moment.

Last week I had a chance to crew on a bay charter. We were out on a beautiful day, about as sweet as sailing gets here. Bright and sunny, winds at 10 to 12, not warm, but not cold either. Perfect. The five Brits who had charterd the boat were not sailors, but were having a gas as we circled Yerba Buena and shot up between Treasure Island and the Embarcadero.

As we were about due east of pier 39 we sighted a frantic flock of seagulls diving and circling and splashing into the water. As we neared the cluster of crazed birds the Captain started laughing and called out "Lunch on the port side".

It was a big sealion, really big, and he had a HUGE salmon. As in over two foot long. The birds were doing their level best to relieve that big guy of his sushi, and he was having none of it. He was diving and eating under the water, but then would come up for air. He would broach up out of the water roaring and snapping at the air around the scattering gulls, who would then cluster and dive bomb again, trying to get the fish. He was rolling and flapping his huge flippers and smacking his tail, twisting and turning like a chubby snake in his attempts to elude the birds long enough to get a decent bite. The huge shiny round head bobbing in the swells, fish gripped firmly in mouth or flipper, giant whiskers quivering in outrage. It was all too funny. Like watching a Keystone Kops movie, starring marine mammals and birds.

The Brits wondered how we knew it was salmon and we explained that the ONLY fish in the bay that was fluorescent pink was the King Salmon. It was like a neon sign to those birds.

I coulda kicked myself for leaving my pocket camera below and missing that shot. But even without the digital pic it is one vision I will not be forgetting.

I love sailing for many reasons, but sights such as this one are high on the list ; -)
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Old 02-05-2012, 20:16   #2
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Re: A Lunch on the High Seas

Awesome!
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Old 02-05-2012, 20:45   #3
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Re: A Lunch on the High Seas

Reminds me of a blissful moment last summer. On our coast, 2 feet is a tiny salmon!
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Old 02-05-2012, 22:03   #4
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Re: A Lunch on the High Seas

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Last week I had a chance to crew on a bay charter.
I was on a bay charter too last weekend! A buddy chartered a 38' catamaran for the day, and asked me along to give him sailing tips. I claimed not to have any expertise in multihulls, but it turned out I knew just enough to ratchet up his boat speed a couple of clicks.

No salmon lunch for us. Dropped the hook in Clipper Cove. I think my sandwich was pastrami.

Is pastrami salty?

Crazy fun, sailing the cat back to Sausalito. A shame it didn't go to weather as fast as my Hunter.
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Re: A Lunch on the High Seas

Well fer all the belly aching that goes on in the mono/cat wars... they are both boats so no surprise you wrung a few extra knots outta her; -)

But there is a certain thrill missing when you sail along so flat and smooth it feels as if you aren't hardly making way!
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Great story, Sara!
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Cool story.
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Thanks for sharing,Great
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