chance of precipitation for the Oakland Estuary sail of Saturday April
21st, was projected to be a window of partly cloudy weather
sandwiched between two 70% days on Friday and Sunday. Or as Don
“Pollyanna” Person kept reminding us in the lot, ‘30% chance of rain
spins into a 70% chance of no rain.’ So it was that this day was
chosen for the Potter Yachters’ sail-by for the Strictly Sail Boat
Show at Oakland’s Jack London Square.
I arrived at the Grand Street lot to find Ron Bell well along at
rigging his P-15, Least Tern, for the day. Ron and I chatted as we
rigged, to be joined by Don Person and Dave Kautz in short order.
As our fleet of four started to launch, Ashley Trewman arrived with
his Montgomery 15, swelling our total armada to five. I hung back to
keep Ashley company while he rigged; we then put out just after 10:00 AM
out to catch up with the others who had headed down the Estuary toward
at Jack London Square and beyond.
I first met Ashley, and his daughter Savanah, following our March 3rd
sail. I was introducing friend Mark Erickson to small boat cruising.
In talking to Mark about Potters and other options, the
Monty-15 was mentioned as another Potter-like small boat. When we returned to Grand Street, there
was Ashley and his Monty. Ashley was bemoaning the lack of other folks
to sail with . . . I told him I knew of this great club that was open
to all trailer sailors . . . he’s been with us ever since.
Through most of the day we were treated to most pleasant conditions
with variable winds in the 6-10 knot range interrupted only
occasionally by short periods of calm. The partly cloudy skies of the
early morning gave way to solid overcast; the skies continued to
darken into the mid afternoon.
In the vicinity of the boat show, I held back while on the hope of
getting a good photo op, while Ashley sailed on to join up with the
others. On their return run, past the show-front, my position paid off
with good pictures using the show and tall ship Lynx as a backdrop.
And speaking of Lynx, it looks like we will have several opportunities
to see this beauty in action on the bay and Delta (Rio Vista) between
now and July 3 when she sets out for Hawaii. Check out the Lynx
http://www.privateerlynx.org/ for her schedule.
While Don headed back to the ramp to connect with Dick Herman, the
rest sailed for Quinn’s lighthouse for lunch. Ashley and I had brought
just in case picnic lunches, and decided to sit aboard his Monty,
share a beer, and get to know one another better. And pleasant it was
as we were joined by a brood of ducklings that were testing their
freedom in what seemed a rather noisy search for mama. All returned to
normal when mom flew back in.
Following lunch, we all sailed out the channel for the Estuary, Ashley
and I turning right toward the show-front once more, while the rest
turned back to Grand Street to haul out.
Back at Show-front, our little craft seemed to be getting lots of
attention in the form of envious looks from those on the docks. I
don’t who was getting the greater pleasure--them or us—as we danced in
and out, back and forth, along the waterfront for a closer look. We
certainly were greeted by many waves of acknowledgement and plenty of
smiles. These greetings included hailings from Robert Sampson on one
pass, and Jerry Barrilleaux. on another.
Upon arriving back at the ramp, Ashley and I decided to take one more,
short excursion to the South, to the Park Street Bridge and back. This
was new territory for me, as I had never sailed past the south end of
Government (Coast Guard) Island. We had second thoughts about this
decision as we were greeted by raindrops as we landed back at the
Grand Street Docks.
The occasional drop turned to a mist as we hauled out; the mist turned
to a drizzle as we de-rigged in the lot. By the time we slid behind
the wheel for the drive home, we were rather wet. In spite of this
final punctuation by Mother Nature, a good time was had by all.