This morning we departed Bodega Bay in the near early morning darkness. We're bound for the Golden Gate at around 2PM near slack tide. Then it's down the Bay to Redwood City and Westpoint Harbor arriving around 4PM where we expect to keep the Wild Blue for several months. Once again we're in front of a new set of storms which will thrash the ocean starting tonight. Hopefully we'll finally be able to compete our journey after expecting an early to mid-October finish.
This mornings leg is usually ugly as the swell and seas come from the NW and our course is initially southwest to clear Point Reyes. This puts the seas on our beam beyond what the roll stabilizers can handle. So any loose furniture, unsecured table items, and unlatched drawers can become mobile as they did on this leg in September 2013. We hope to get a little current push at point Reyes. Later.
The fog arrived about an hour into our motor to Point Reyes. It then cleared just after the Point. Surprisingly the ocean is mild today, way less than the forecast 6 foot swell. All furniture is staying put this time! Winds are below 5 knots so far. Expecting the Gate around 1:45PM. Later.
|Fog bank reduces our visibility to about 200 yards.|
|Point Reyes Light. Known for its great Blue Cheese!|
We safely navigated over the San Francisco Bay Bar, under the Golden Gate and across the busy Bay. Just 90 minutes and we'll be ready to tie the boat at Westpoint Harbor for a few months and enjoy the No Cal winter. It been a fun but lengthy cruise southward, and sometimes seemed a bit like a chore rather than a boat cruise. Thanks to Dick Squire and Denny Haythorn for there excellent (as always) crew work aboard the Wild Blue in sometimes exciting conditions.
Have a great winter...... Alex
|Point Bonita just northwest of SF Bay entrance|
|The gate with tower tops missing.|
Dick is cleaning up bow area, and taking a bow for good crew work. Now in his mid-eighties,
Dick has owned some 30+ sail and power boats. His most recent Seagate, a GB East Bay 44
that does 30+ knots, was delivered this past June. He's every boaters idol!
Dick Squire Interview from 2013