road early to sail out of Emeryville Marina by 10:00 AM. The plan,
conditions permitting, to introduce Jen to San Francisco Bay.
motor beyond the protection of the marina jetty we find the forecast brisk morning blow
of 8-12 knots. we set sails as soon as we clear the Emeryville channel
and sail first
Northwest, toward the ruins of the old Berkeley Ferry pier, then back
Southwest under the Bay Bridge, East of Yerba Buena Island, and on to
the entrance of the Oakland Estuary. Past experience on this part of
the bay has taught me to expect virtually any conditions. Emeryville
winds are often light in the morning, only to blow you off the water
in the afternoon. But today the morning winds are great.
finding that as become more experienced, and with a little planning, I
am able to make a destination on the bay with a minimum number of
changes in tack.
sooner have I shut down the outboard motor, than I discover water
entering the cockpit through the scupper. Somehow, during set-up,
either Jen or I had knocked the externally mounted plug out of place.
It is likely sitting on the ground back at the parking lot where it is
of little use for its intended purpose. A little quick thinking on my
part forces a 1-gallon zip-lock bag into the cockpit side of the
scupper as a makeshift plug that serves me well the rest of the day.
sail further South into the shelter of Treasure Island, under the Bay
Bridge, and East of Yerba Buena Island, we find ourselves receiving
ever diminishing winds. Trying to sail into the estuary proved futile,
so the outboard was deployed on to Jack London square.
Following a relaxing lunch at the Pasta Pelican on the Alameda Island
side, we were back on the water to light winds. Away from the guest
dock we spotted an unfamiliar P-15 coming our way from a short
distance up the estuary. As we sailed by I recognized long-time Potter
Yachter Dory Taylor whom I'd met a couple of times over the past
couple of years, but never seen with his Potter.
tried sailing down the estuary, for a short time, into a light
headwinds, but returned to the outboard once more, motoring out to the
mouth of the estuary on the hope of finding more favorable winds. Near
buoy #6 we doused the outboard once more, only to bob around for the
next 30 minutes watching traffic come and go around us.
outboard power again, we finally found good winds in the gulf between
Oakland's Outer Harbor and Yerba Buena Island. The outboard was stowed
once more, and we retraced our earlier course back under the Bay
Bridge and into the Emeryville Channel. Just inside the channel the
winds died again. So it was back to the motor for the remaining mile
or so back to the ramp.
approaching the finger-dock at the Emeryville ramp, the winds picked
up one last time. Just in time to impede my landing at the dock. As I
would reduce power to slow my approach to the dock, the wind across
the dock would blow Lazy Ka away from the dock requiring me to circle
to port for another approach. I had to repeat the maneuver four times
before making a safe landing--the most difficult I've made to date.
All-in-all it was a wonderful day with Jen. We listened to her choices
of music all day, had an exquisite father's day lunch, and lots of
quality daddy-daughter time. Jen was as disappointed as I with the
sporadic winds of the day, and the lack of quality sailing that