early start from home and record set-up time for Lazy Ka got me on the
water before 9:00 AM. For the lack of decent wind and an incoming tide, I
the first couple of miles, into the central bay, beyond Treasure Island.
Sport fishing boats were out in force, but only a handful of sailboats
were evident west of Angel Island, in the vicinity of Richardson's
Bay. I had hopes of making for Angel Island early and doubling back to
the San Francisco waterfront from the north, but conditions as they
were, I decided to conserve the fuel an head toward the city direct.
Crossing between Treasure Island and the waterfront on the tide, I was
carried a bit south making for an
in the vicinity of pier 23.
Light winds made for a pleasant sail northward as I tacked along the
waterfront. Sights included the very active
Hornblower bay cruise
boats (it's Mother's Day,) a couple of Canadian Maritime Coastal
Defense Vessels (HMCS
and the cruise ship
Seven Seas Mariner which was being docked as I rounded T.I.
t pier 45 I sailed past the WWII museum ships, the
USS Pampanito (SS-383,) and the
Jeremiah O'Brien. As I reached Aquatic Park and the Hyde Street
Pier, I encountered a problem; in the building winds my main sheet
pulled free of the securing cleat and unthreaded from the blocks on
the boom. I managed to handle the boom by had well enough to
back-track a couple of hundred yards to the protection of the USS
Jeremiah O'Brien to rethread the sheet . . . all the while dodging
Blue And Gold ferry traffic going in and out of their terminal at
Fishermen's Wharf. My lesson for the day . . . I got to always keep my
A little after 2:00 PM I put
the wind to my back, and set a course south, under the Bay Bridge and
China Basin (aka McCovey Cove) for a look a the goings on there. A
Boom Vang has been on my Lazy Ka list of needs for some time; with 20
knot winds coming over the stern, I really see the importance of, and
will be moving it up to the head of the list.
I turned southerly toward the Bay Bridge, I found less wind from the
shelter of the city's hills and tall buildings. I swung my bow in a
direction taking me further off-shore to compensate, and pressed on to
I found numerous boats of all sizes gathered in the hope of rescuing Barry Bonds Babe
Ruth tying homerun hit from the waves. The Roar of Mother's Day
sell-out crowd (LA Dodgers (6)-San Francisco (3)) Could easily be
heard over the boat parties in the cove. I sailed into China Basin
until the aquatic congestion became too great to safely maneuver, then
turned into the bay cutting a course to cross south of Yerba Buena
Island and on to Emeryville Marina.