Apologies that it’s been so long since my 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, 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 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. The Bay Area was having a real heat wave while we were there, nothing at all like the kind of cool, October weather I remembered from my childhood.
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 good 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.
Unfortunately, during our time in San Francisco, the wildfires started that have been so devastating for Northern California. 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. I was very worried for the people I 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 poor 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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