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.