The Sister Cruise, June 10, 2012

Sharon, Linda and Cindy sailing, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the backgroun

They had been asking to come for a while, so we finally got Cindy’s sister Sharon, and Rick’s sister Linda, out sailing on the Bay on Cool Change.  We couldn’t have asked for a better day.  It was so warm in the slip and while moored for lunch in Ayala Cove, we thought we were in the Bahamas.  But out in the slot in the late afternoon, we had 29 knot winds!  What a glorious day.  We started by sailing across the Bay to San Francisco, with great opportunities for Golden Gate Bridge shots in the background, then down the San Francisco waterfront, back across the Bay to

Sister Sail. Started at 10:30 a.m., back to dock about 5:20 p.m.; 20.9 nm, max speed 7.5 knots!

behind Angel Island, and then into Ayala Cove for lunch.  After lunch, we through caution to the wind, as they say, and came back around the back side of Angel Island to face big winds.  We managed to get ourselves over to the “alleged” wind shadow of Alcatraz, hove to, reefed the jib and double-reefed the main, and then sailed back to Richardson Bay.  We got kicked pretty close to Angel Island due to a big flood and big winds, so we  had to tack a few times to get away from it, but still, it was a ball.  So glad our sisters could join us!  They are both natural-born sailors, and ready to do it again!

Linda and Rick at Ayala Cove







Relaxing in Ayala Cove

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