October 27-30 we rented a 31 foot Hunter
in SFO bay. Great recommendations by Bash on places to see and the place we rented from (club nautique) - they were top notch!
Thursday afternoon had a check ride and familiarization around Sausolito. I arrived on the 3 days in the century that SFO did not have wind. Very crazy! Had to motor
sail through the entire ride.
Friday we motor
sailed the bay and stayed at angel Island. The cruising guide said with the current
running the mediteranean style mooring
pickup at Ayala cove could be tricky and it was. If I had a do over I would have snagged the stern first but as it was I snagged the bow and then wiggled like a fish
in 2 knots of cross current trying to back down to the rear buoy. Finally backed upcurrent abeam at about a 45 degree angle and drifted down the stern mooring
Saturday we again motorsailed the central bay counterclockwise and did all the touristy sites, bridge, Alcatraz, waterfront treasure island etc. And then headed up to China
Camp for night 3 (night one was at the marina). Arrived with plenty of light and only two other boats on the anchorage. Picked a spot fairliy far out as we we being uber conservative on the current (anchor drag) and tides which were running minus a foot and a half during the period. All was well and had a great night.
Sunday we headed up towards Benicia before turning back and dashing straight to Sausolito. As we approached the channel (racoon strait) we encuntered the race
fklet out of Berkley or some place running east. Must ahce been a hundred boats. I remember commenting in the morning what a great trip it was and if God was smiling he would give us some wind to end it on.
Well the fleet had all but cleared the channel and when we hit the channel I guess we got 15 knot
winds. We cranked up and both my brother and son got to helm
at over 6.1 knots for about 45 minutes through racoon strait. We rolled one boat and did ourselves proud.
Got back, cleaned up the boat and swore we'd do it again in the spring.