arrived at the parking lot at 9:15 AM to find Bruce Hood, Don Person,
and Dave Bacon deep in conversation at the stern of Dave's "Ah Tiller
I turned immediately to getting Lazy Ka rigged and ready for the day.
Harry Gordon, arrived just a few minutes after me, and was
followed by Dave Meredith, the last arrival of the day, who motored
over from Emeryville in his Com-Pac 19.
I was launched and away
from the dock promptly at 10:00 AM into some of the smoothest water
I've encountered in my two years of sailing. These conditions
persisted for the first thirty minutes, when the winds picked up to a
blow of 2-3 knots. For a shirt while I
the strange sensation of sailing backwards for a short time. On an
incoming tide, the wind was insufficient to move Lazy Ka forward. I
could see movement on the water, but when I checked the shoreline for
reference, I found my movement in the wrong direction.
chosen to wear long sleeves to protect me from what had started out as
a typical Summer day on the bay; high fog overcast and coolish
temperatures. But surprise! No wind, and the sun was shining as well.
So I broke out my umbrella for a little instant shade. I wish I could
take credit for this, but it was a little addition thrown in by Lazy
Ka.s former owner. It's a pair that conveniently clips onto the
cockpit rail. When heat of the sun is amplified by still air, it's
than an hour out, the wind started to build to a pleasantly constant
breeze of 6-8 knots. Now, able to make headway against the tide, we
tacked out way down the estuary in the direction of Jack London
sailing into considerable small boat activity. Just off the Encinal
Yacht Club, youth sailing classes were running a course around buoys
with their instructor attending close by. It maks me wish that I had
the exposure that would have led me to this sailing thing much
was to be at the Potter Yachter regular haunt of Quinn's Lighthouse
Restaurant & Pub up Brooklyn Basin, East of Coast Guard Island. A
little before noon, with the wind at our back, we turned for Quinn's
and had all five boats neatly tied up by 12:15.
more often than not, I don't need the use of my outboard motor to come
into a dock. Even within the confines of the marina docks at Quinn's I
was able to do just fine. Quinn's guest dock is a straight shot in
from the open basin. Today I entered with the wind at my back under
main only. Once inside the marina, I quickly lowered the main, and
simply coasted in. Once clear of the others, I made a hard 180 degree
turn that laid me up nicely against the dock. I stepped out, grabbed
the lines and walked Lazy Ka forward to be tied off behind Harry
leisurely lunch was enjoyed by all, and by 1:30 PM we were off again
for more sailing. I used my motor to get clear of the marina, set
sails, and started the slow trek against the wind back toward the
Estuary where all turned westerly toward Jack London Square.
2:30, Don, Dave and Harry turned back for the ramp, while I continued
down the Estuary enjoying the afternoon breezes that were now in the
neighborhood of 8-10 knots.
continued to sail back and forth on the Estuary making three visits
down to the Inner Harbor turning basin and back to Coast Guard Island.
All-the-while in the company of more sailing classes and an ever
increasing number of kayaks that were coming out to enjoy the
I put the wind at my back for the run back to Grand Street, making the
finger-dock at the ramp just as the winds died away to nothing. I
again landed without the use of my motor. There was A time, not too
long ago, that I would have never imagined that I would be able to
carry this off. Now it's seems routine.