Cruise Leader, Ross Bowling, gave us this report of the weekend events:
The 2017 cruise to San Francisco Yacht Club is in the books and it appeared that a good time was had by all. Seven boats tied up at this beautiful spot for a weekend of sun, relaxation and camaraderie. San Francisco Yacht Club is one happening place on Friday nights.
As the sun hit the yardarm, boat after boat was prepared for their Friday Night Races. Both of the Club’s dry storage hoists were dropping boats into the harbor as fast as they could.
Club members were driving into the parking lot dressed in office attire, quickly changing into sailing shorts and polo shirts & getting their “sleds” into the water and rigged. It was quite a sight, and two hours later, the reverse was happening as 30+ boats were lifted back up by the cranes and placed on their trailers for storage. It was quite a ballet of fiberglass.
Many of us had dinner at the Club on Friday night, either in the dining room or at the Members Friday Night BBQ on the deck. The Bar was quite crowded as it appeared that most of the sailors were there swapping truth and lies about the evenings races. I think the Bar was still hopping at midnight.
Many in our group went for a Sunset Cruise aboard the Angel Island Ferry, coordinated by Mark Bettis. The highlight were the tales of their up close and personal viewing of a large pod of whales playing near the Ferry while it was near Mile Rock, outside the Golden Gate.
A short walk into Tiburon was on the agenda for many on Saturday morning. Some folks took the opportunity to jump on the Angel Island Ferry for the quick trip to the State Park. It is reported that the deck at Sam’s was well patronized as well as the deck at SFYC for late breakfasts or early lunches.
Later in the afternoon Membership Chair Cathy Miskow hosted a get together to welcome her boat, Cardinal Rule to the cruising fleet. It was also fun to have Michelle & Keith Parker along on their first Club Cruise-Out aboard Nightingale. Michelle nailed her landing and was a pro at getting out of her sidetie on Sunday morning. Panda Angler, Stoli’n Time, Haven, Tenacious and Vita Bella rounded out our armada. Many members drove to the Club, some staying at local hotels.
Saturday evening we had 30 members and guests attend dinner in the dining room. Commodore Smith thanked SFYC for having us. Both the Salmon and Steak entrees were cooked to perfection.
It was a lazy Sunday morning, with lots of coffee smells coming from our boats. It seemed to me that almost everyone was under way back home by 10:30.
Some of us had the good fortune of spotting a whale just west of Alcatraz as we crossed the slot, finishing an outstanding weekend with a flair.
See you on the water!