For Monday's breakfast it was Della Fattoria, Petaluma's downtown bakery and cafe. Excellent breakfast and it's busy so come early. Later Alex's old college roommate Willie Benedetti came by for lunch, again at Sugo Trattoria. Willie, of www.WillieBird.com fame, grew up on the family ranch just outside Petaluma and, as always, he brought along a cooler of WillieBird products for the Wild Blue's stores. During lunch Alex realized the boat would miss the 1:15PM "D" Street bridge opening. A call to the Petaluma Public Works Department allowed us to begin our downriver cruise at at a 3:15PM opening.
Once past "D" Street and after 3 miles further, we needed the Haystack Bascule-Bridge opened as a train had passed. The bridge tender didn't respond on VHF Channel 9, but immediately raised it after a cell phone call to his station. Then we started moving, as our 8 knots of boat speed, 1+ knots of river flow, and the ebb tidal current combined to get our ground speed above 10 knots! The Wild Blue was making a fast exit back to mostly salt water. A semi-boring but short video,with a corny name, and excellent music, displays the downriver highlights.
|Mare Island Naval Shipyard was the first Navy yard on the west coast. |
It was opened in 1854 and shuttered in the 1996.
|Vallejo to San Francisco passenger ferry takes about an hour|
in these 30-knot catamarans.
|This doesn't look good for any size prop.|
|Northern end of the Mare Island Naval Yard|
It was still quite breezy after we tied up. We dined near the marina and hit the hay early.