Date: Sunday November 20, 2005
Event: I skipper "Lazy Ka" (solo) Richmond Marina to Loch Lomond (Marin County); 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (6 hrs on the water)
w/ Don Person, Pat Malone, Dave Kautz & Rich McDevitt (O'Day 19,) Mike Trueman (Montgomery 15)
Winds: 8-10 knots in the open bay; calm in the shelter of the marinas on both ends.
Weather: Sunshine, Sunshine, Sunshine! Shirt-sleeve sailing!
   (PHOTO: Don Person)I arrived at Richmond early to get Lazy Ka's "cutter rig" set up, for the first time, and ready to go before others arrive. I'm still learning my way through the rigging procedure. I need to develop a more efficient routine; I suspect it will come in time.

Departure from the marina required motoring out past the jetty (2 miles +/-.) Our sail across the 6 miles of the north bay got us to the marina at Loch Lomond around 12:30. Lunch was bought at a local deli and shared in good company squeezed into the cockpit of Dave Kautz's O'Day 19.

First picture of Lazy Ka under sail (PHOTO: Don Person)My personal excitement for the day came on the return leg. Lack of tidal experience found me caught up in the out-going tide. By the time I realized that I was being carried outside the jetty, it was too late. Wind was too light to recover against the 5-6 knot current; I turned to my motor which would not run for more that a few seconds at a time. However, I was able to nurse Lazy Ka out of the current and inside the protection of the jetty; I continued under sail until I ran out of wind a mile or so short of the ramp. Richmond Marina lies in an sheltered area on the southern side of the peninsula; today's light air from the North made sailing close to the marina imposable. My motor troubles continued to plague me, but as luck would have it, I was offered a tow by a kind soul who got me safely back the the boat ramp and waiting friends. Dave kautz & Rich McDevitt aboard Dave's O'Day 19 (PHOTO: Don Person)

Analysis of the motor the following day found shards of plastic from a broken filler cap had fallen into the tank and were impeding the flow of fuel to the carburetor.