Showing posts from October, 2013

Arrival in San Francisco

Saturday morning the weather was more cooperative and we hoisted anchor. Luna had hoped to sail in with us, but due to the oil line coming unattached, they could not go over 1000 rpms with their engine. In the still ebbing current, they turned back and re-anchored in Drake's Bay next to Tappen Zee. The guys could see the Golden Gate bridge in the fog well before I could. Then the tall red towers came into view. The sun came out, the cameras came out and we motor-sailed into the bay, going over 8 knots with the flood current. We were texting with Malcolm along the way as he was watching us via and various webcams located around the bridge. He was able to download a few pictures from the webcams and uploaded them here. The crew was awesome! We agreed on two-person shifts and did two 6 hour watches between 6 AM and 6 PM and 3 hour watches during the night. The guys were all very energetic, knowledgeable, and maintained a great attitude the

Drake's Bay

We anchored in Drake's Bay at about 5 AM and had to make a choice...we could continue on for 4-5 hours to San Francisco, in high winds and seas, or we could sleep and sail in the morning. I didn't want to disappoint the guys, but I was exhausted! Fortunately, when I said I preferred sleeping, so did everyone else. Phew! We all slept for several hours then had a relaxing afternoon and evening. At 5 AM the next morning, I came out of my cabin, asked Gary what the wind was, he said, 35 knots, I went back to bed, and we all kept sleeping. In the afternoon, the guys were making fun of a sailboat next to us that was putting up all sorts of flags - US, Canadian, BC, etc. Gary had a look with the binoculars and said, It is called...Tappen Zee? It was Tom & Annie!! We got on the radio and they said they had been trying to get our attention with flags. They were having some engine trouble, but were in no hurry to leave the bay. Their plan is to spend 6 months in the San Francisco