Sunday, October 13, 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 whole time, even when we were stuck in Drake's Bay for a couple of days.

We docked at South Beach Harbour and the guys headed for the showers. I should have as well, but Tim Gibbs was in town for a conference and he came down to see us between meetings. The next day, we said goodbye to Bruce and motored north to Vallejo. Good as Gold is now comfortably at dock at Glen Cove Marina.

We are relaxing and waiting for Malcolm's foot to heal in Fallbrook, outside of San Diego. My step-mother, Nancy, and her husband, Jim, are spoiling us! Once Malcolm can bear weight on his foot, we'll be back on Good as Gold and begin a relaxing sail south...

Friday, October 11, 2013

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 area.

Another sailboat contacted us, Luna, asking for weather information. They had a difficult sail from Oregon, tearing their mainsail, a loose oil line, and a very seasick first mate/wife. We gathered some seasickness info, medications, candies, and Gatorade, and Dennis and Gary went to the rescue!

They lowered Tubby and were off in 20 knot winds and choppy seas when Tubby's engine died. Bruce and I watched with the binoculars as they started drifting out to sea. Dennis got the oars in place and Gary refueled the engine and they were back in action. They first visited Luna with the care package then dinghied over to Tappen Zee to commiserate about their engine troubles.