Clint and I spent this Saturday with our friends Jay and Judy out on a Hunter 33 sailing in the San Francico Bay, along treasure island. It was my first time out on a sailboat. Clint on the other hand, had taught Laser racing-class sailing many years ago so had some experience.
We left San Jose around 8:15 am in the morning and were able to get to the Club Nautique’s Alameda location at Ballena Bay a little after 9 am. Jay and Judy have been members of the club for over 13 years and have become good sailors. The club offers an extensive selection of membership levels, powerboat and sailboat classes as well as member events in a relaxed, casual environment.
The day was windy and cool as we left the marina and headed out to Treasure Island. Jay was captain of the ship although we all got a chance to helm the boat even if, like in my case, it was only a couple of minutes in order to get a photo opp. Amazing how one can look competent in a still photo.
If you are planning such an adventure for the first time, definitely make sure to dress in layers and bring a windbreaker as on a windy day, your clothes can feel porous. Sunglasses are a must and if I had to do it again, I would definitely bring a warm hat to cover my ears which were frozen and my own sailing gloves. Judy was kind enough to lend me one of her sailing gloves.
Lunch after an exciting time anchoring the boat. The boys were trying to drop anchor for lunch. Because of the wind and current, our line entangled with another boat. Jay and Judy had a great spread of fruit and vegetables. I had baked muffins and cookies.
Clint and I are already looking forward to our next sailing adventure. Maybe one day we will be experienced enough to sail to Loreto. These days with the cuts in flights from the airlines, it may become a good option!