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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

How NOT to enter San Francisco Bay

Now, I’m not an expert on the area, so any of my loyal readers who are, correct me if I’m wrong …

This link leads to a series of photos documenting a seriously inept sailboat captain’s attempt to enter San Francisco Bay:

The photographer was out to take pictures of surfers making use of the great waves caused by the current south of the southern pier of the Golden Gate Bridge. According to everything I have read, a sailboat should never attempt to go south of the southern pier, and even if I didn’t know that, I would know that water that people are surfing in is probably not water that I would want to take a sailboat through. But apparently the skipper of this sailboat didn’t have that sort of common sense.

One of Pat’s and my ideas for the distant future (a.k.a. “retirement”) is that we have a boat that we keep in southern California, and we sail up to the Bay Area on a regular basis, so we want to make sure we avoid doing bonehead things like this sailor did. Edward, Zen, and anyone else from that part of the world, we welcome tips and advice.


Blogger EVK4 said...

First bit of advice: sail to Southern California, trailer from Southern California. It's one of those things that's easier one direction than the other.

And, you hit upon one of the great pieces of SF Bay advice -- Fear the South Tower Demon!!!! This unfortunate man, who actually still solicits crew for his new J24 on craigslist, wasn't swamped by a wave but the demon that lives under the south tower.

In all seriousness, it's as easy as knowing when slack tide is to come in. And avoid ships.

Thu Aug 17, 02:47:00 PM MDT  
Anonymous AdriftAtSea said...

This was a man clearly without either enough sailing experience or common sense. He was rescued by the surfers in the photos as I recall. This actually happened quite some time ago. He didn't even seem to realize the danger that the breaking waves the surfers were surfing on presented to a 26' sailboat. UGH.

BTW, he was billed for the salvage and recovery of his sailboat, and the bill was substantially more than the boat is actually worth IIRC.

I don't believe I need to tell either Carol Anne or Pat this, but some of her other blog readers may not know this, so I'll say it as clearly as I can—If you're ever out sailing and see breaking waves ahead of you...TURN THE BOAT and go somewhere else.

Sat Aug 19, 02:21:00 PM MDT  

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