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October 21, 2010

Golden Gate

We’re here and have been since last Sunday.  Great trip – lots of trials and tribulations but in the end we acheived the goal i.e. getting to San Francisco.

We did stop in Drake’s Bay which is about 25 nautical miles north of San Francisco.  Thinking we would have  a chance to clean the boat and ourselves we anchored in good holding for the afternoon and evening.  Had a great meal and settled in for our first full nights rest.  At 0200hrs the wind was up to 20 knots and quickly rising.  Within 30 minutes the wind was gusting at 35 knots and the few other boats in the anchorage were dragging their anchors past our boat but we held firm.  So much for a peaceful night.  I was up for the remainder of the night keeping watch just like at sea.

Morning came and it was pouring with rain.  Our first rain of the trip but certainly not the first water over the bows.  It was perfect timing as the salt got washed off the boat and by the time we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge we were salt fee – at least deck wise but not clothes wise!

What was the trip like?  Difficult, frustrating and uncomfortable.  We could have made it under the bridge non stop in 7 days which considering the conditions is excellent.  We only motored for a total of 24 hours so there was definitely wind out there.  The wind came from every which direction and it varying strengths from 2 knots to 45 knots.  The heaviest winds having been experienced off Cape Mendicino – all night blowing 35 and gusting to 45.  Hard and wet steering but our speed record for the trip was set that night at 15.3 knots surfing down the front of a wave  with rooster tails off the beam of the boat.  Exciting but nerve racking.

Perfect sailing 2

Edward and David

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Sandra permalink
    October 21, 2010 17:51

    Congratulations Tony! Sounds like it was quite the trip. Be sure to check out the Oakland Yacht Club when we were there boats going off shore where given a weeks free moorage and then it was very reasonable to stay longer.
    Hopefully conditions improve from now on. Sandra

  2. October 21, 2010 17:51

    Well done guys! So glad to hear you’ve made it safely and found out how temperamental a woman Sage is. Hopefully you’ve discovered that she’s basically fairly easy to get along with.

    Thanks for the update. We’re really enjoying your postings and the photos to go along with the narrative. … still drooling a bit over that first breakfast you showed un in one of the early postings 😉

    Cheers.

  3. Admiral Wayno the desk chair pirate...haaarrrr permalink
    October 21, 2010 19:04

    Congratulations me hearties! I see the beards a’spawning…… haarrrrr!

  4. Nuha permalink
    October 26, 2010 17:04

    Congratulations guys ..It’s good to hear that you are safe and had an intersting trip ,I really enjoyed your story and photos..I am sure you had a great crew 🙂
    Good luck on your trip around the world

  5. November 1, 2010 08:57

    YAY!

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