You guys have patiently followed this thing through so many years of building. Today the focus changes.
The skipper was tearful after a loving sendoff from the co-owner. Zoom in on her waving us away. It was a peaceful morning sailing past The City. Then, par for my long course, we had to stop in Sausalito because my-built half of Keith’s new water tight escape hatch bolting device wasn’t good enough. Jeanne drove to the boat with stainless steel parts to mate with the Skateaway handle, and we departed the bay three hours later than planned.
Tonight we’re safely anchored in Half Moon Bay under a beautiful moon.
I wanted a mellow September sail out the Gate and make the easy southbound left turn. Instead the Gulf of the Farallones roared the way it can. Big steep waves, spray soaking the driver despite a big dodger (came right over the top) and bottom-cleaning slam downs. The boat did great. So did the crew in very challenging conditions. Phew, day 1 done.
This one’s for PaulM – he wanted action video :)
Bon Voyage, be Safe and Enjoy.
Congratulations, you have now transitioned from being a day sailor/racer to Cruiser. Different mindset completely, that took me a long time to understand. What now matters is careful navigation, comfort, staying dry, and peace of mind, as you are under no external time constraints. Many of our passages were either deeply reefed or under jib alone, and I always slept well when underway. Fair winds!