Apologies that it’s been so long since our post about the passage down to San Francisco. After the excitement (both good and bad – see earlier post) of coming under the Golden Gate Bridge, we enjoyed a week of being anchored off Sausalito among local live-aboard characters and fellow transient voyagers. The anchorage itself was a little rolly, exposed as it is to the whole bay across to San Francisco itself, but you can’t argue with a free place to keep a boat in California!
Neither can you argue with a superb spot from which to view the Blue Angels airshow! We had arrived just in time for Fleet Week and the famous acrobatics of the Navy fighter jets:
For the rest of our time in Richardson Bay, we worked (we quickly discovered Sausalito’s lovely public library), did various chores, and caught up with lots of friends.
Then it was time to cross the Bay to the city itself, where we were going to attend the Cruising Club of America’s (CCA) Fall Meeting and dinner.
We both had a great time at the dinner and in the days around it, seeing more old friends – including a childhood friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen in nearly 20 years! -, exploring the city, and taking walks along Crissy Field.
The only sad note to our time in San Francisco was that the wildfires started while we were in Sausalito. We woke up the morning after they’d begun, disoriented by the sun glowing deep red behind all the smoke and with CELESTE covered in ash. We were obviously worried for the people we know who live in the area affected by the fires, and fortunately they were all okay, although one of them lost his home. It was certainly a tough autumn for California.
We had originally arranged to sail CELESTE up the Napa River and haul her out for bottom painting there, but we decided to change our plans when the fires started. So instead, after the CCA event, we turned the bow west to sail back through the Golden Gate. This time the whole waterway was clear of traffic and we could enjoy the moment thoroughly, in full daylight with a light westerly breeze.
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