Sunday, May 17, 2009
Sailing on the Bay
A good way to go sailing is with friends on their boat. The "pride of ownership" isn't worth the costs and headaches from where I sit.
Perhaps an even better way is to go with a friend who has a membership in a Sailing Club that owns a bunch of boats and lets its members take them out.
Last month a group from my sailing club including my sailing and teaching pal, Mike Witkowski, went down to Sausalito to sail a 38 foot catamaran (an Australian-built Seawind 1160) as the guest of our Commodore, Steve Sarsfield. Steve's a member of the Modern Sailing Club. Steve is certified to take out any boat in their fleet.
Steve planned the whole event, including lunch and dinner on the boat.
Did I mention that he prepared a plate of snacks to tempt us as we got ready to cast off?
We sailed outside the Golden Gate where we saw dolphins, seals, and quite a few pleasure boats. It's often quite wild outside the Gate, but on this cruise we enjoyed light winds and warm temperatures.
Steve encouraged everyone to take a turn at the wheel. I skippered the boat from Alcatraz Island to Angel Island. I enjoyed taking the helm in the best winds all day, which seldom reached 10 knots.
Had a turn on the winches, too.
We got back to the dock as darkness fell after a full day of sailing on the San Francisco Bay.