The best laid plans . . .
I had spent much time over this past week making Lazy Ka ready for an
over-night aboard on Lake Berryessa, about an hour north of my home.
But Friday evening, while watching the evening news, a second option
became available when I learned of the “KFOG Ka-Boom” fireworks
presentation at San Francisco's South Beach. Sponsored by a San
Francisco FM radio station, this was one of those “how did I ever miss
this?” moments . . . it was to be the 14th annual, and I had totally
missed the previous thirteen.
So it was that when I laid my head on the pillow for the night, I had
not made a final decision as to which way I would go. I would check
the forecast for winds in the morning, and let that be the controlling
factor. Saturday morning as I checked on winds, I also checked in on
the Trailer Sailor bulletin board to find postings from Mike Swartz
and Don Person; they would be sailing out of Grand Street, Alameda for
South Beach, San Francisco. That was all the persuasion I needed, so
Berryessa was put off to another outing a bit later in the season. I’d
sail across the bay instead.
Plan for the day
I made Grand Street early, about 8:30 AM, which gave plenty of time to
attend a couple of rigging issues that would add a bit to my expected
set-up time. Don Person showed up with Marthe a little after 10:00,
and Mike Swartz with his son, Russell, a few minutes later. As both
worked at getting rigged, we planed the day. Mike had been listening
to KFOG-FM on his drive up from Hollister, and had heard an
announcement for Ka-Boom; he was thinking of staying for the fireworks
as well. OK . . . we have a plan!
Launched and on the
water just after 11:00 to take advantage of an outgoing tide, we headed down the Estuary into some pretty
gusty winds. Between the whitecaps and the wind-driven chop it was
difficult for any of us to make headway. 12:30ish we had managed to
get just past Jack London Square; a distance of a little over a mile. I think it was Don who first
suggested that we put in for lunch. Considering the winds, that
were estimated at 30-35 knots by consensus, there was no
opposition to Don's suggestion.
A wonderful and
leisurely lunch was enjoyed at the Pasta Pelican on the Alameda side
of the Estuary.
Excellent food, excellent service, and wonderful company. My only
snapshot of the day, taken as we returned to our boats, is intended to
document the winds by the flag across the Estuary and the telltale
on the starboard shroud of Don's Sarah Anne (CLICK the thumbnail for an enlargement.)
Mike, christened the Dean of understatement for the day, kept referring to the winds as
"sporty" . . . Sporty-plus, it was! At this point we decided to give up any
hope of making it across to the San Francisco waterfront and the
Back on the water for a
little over an hour, we were hauling out and rigging for the road in
no time. Our
early quitting hour gave us more time to share common interests, but
by 5:00 we were pulling out of the lot, and on the road for home.
I needed to make a stop
at West Marine to pick up a stern light replacement for Lazy Ka. She had come
equipped with a somewhat jury rigged stern light assembly that was
broken off when I stepped aboard following lunch--the protruding
assembly raised over the dock, and was left attached only by the 12
volt lead. Good fortune was on
my side when I managed to find a replacement for under $20.00.