Golden Gate Bridge to Half Moon Bay,CA

Our first ocean voyage!  I took a lot of photos of us going under the Golden Gate Bridge and heading out to blue water.  It was very exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time.  I didn’t get too far into official ocean sailing before a lost my breakfast.  Luckily, Dave is highly capable of handling Camanoe on his own, so once I was able to remove myself from the side of the boat I spent the rest of the trip sleeping in the cockpit.  Something about being sick and the rolling of the boat makes me want to fall fat asleep and hope I wake up when it’s all over.

GoldenGate 001   GoldenGate 003

From the Capt’s perspective…

It started out as a good trip. We motored out past the Golden Gate; took a left at the Cliff House Restaurant in San Francisco over-looking Ocean Beach and raised the sails.  We had a single reef in the mainsail, and a full 100% jib so that we could practice balancing the boat using Windy (our new Monitor Wind Vane).  The winds were about 10-15kts out of the Southwest (although the weather report said they were supposed to be out of the Northwest, so we beat up into the wind more than we thought we would). 

About 5 miles out from Half Moon Bay the wind died and we used the iron Genny (the engine) to complete the trip.  I had us anchored before SME even woke up from her seasickness nap. 

If only all legs of this trip were this simple…

3 thoughts on “Golden Gate Bridge to Half Moon Bay,CA

    • Sorry for the technical terms…
      A) a reef in a sail refers to lowering or lessening the amount of sail you have out. We have three reef points in our mainsail. If it’s a gusty day, we’ll probably have the mainsail pulled down to the second reef. I’d say that leaves us with about 1/2 the sail up. If it’s windy but not TOO bad, we’d have the first reef in, giving us about a 70% mainsail. If we have the third reef in….holy shnikies, that’s a lot of wind. Hope that makes sense.
      B) Jib is the sail on the forward part of the boat. You can change directions by switching the jib from one side of the boat to the other (also called tacking).
      C) Iron Genny is Dave’s humor at saying we were motoring with the engine. The Jib sail we use is also called a Genoa (or Genny) and so to say you’re using the iron Genny is to say that we put the engine on.

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