Women’s skipper regatta 2016 brave young skippers

The Start line can be a scary place when you get several boats over 40 feet in length vying for position on rough and windy waters in San Francisco Bay for even the most experienced sailors, so I wasn’t a bit surprised when my 12 year daughter Ava tried to bail out of skippering with 10 minutes to go at the start.  We just hung back and let everyone else go ahead so it wasn’t so stressful, then the girls took turns driving a great race, passing two boats before the finish!  They laughed a giggled a lot while driving and looking for the next mark, while crew Jill and I trimmed the sails and coached them around the course.  I have to admit it’s hard not to get too competitive after a lifetime of hardcore racing but it’s all fun at this age (the girls are ages 9-13) and the team did a fantastic job even if we didn’t win a trophy this year I’m soooo proud of them!  

Cadence on the helm wore a smile he whole time…

Abby mostly had her game face on except when the photo boat came around to take her picture…

Teamwork was great with each girl switching up jobs throughout the race…

My daughter Ava didn’t want the spotlight but she is a natural at the helm nonetheless…

Not shown (because she took all the pictures) is our fantastic crew Jill- thanks team!

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Maritime Day 2016

This year’s Maritime Day at Galilee Harbor was the best ever, I believe.  It’s a free event that my maritime co-op community puts on every year to showcase what we love about the waterfront.  Boatbuilding and oar-making demos alongside great live music on our home-built stage, a dinghy dash, homemade pies, fish and chips and libations, a nautical flea market, open houseboats to tour and free boat rides (that’s my department).  I managed to get over 60 people out on the water for free on Saturday!  The best part for me was hosting two amazing vessels at our dock for the day, the venerable “Alma” was decked out in all her glory of flags and came with her crew of salty park service folk from the National maritime park in San Francisco (thanks Captain Carter for letting me side-tie next to Alma all day and lending your crew to catch lines!). We also had the magnificently restored and oldest boat on the Bay, “Freda” visiting and open for tours, thanks to the folks at Spaulding Marine Center.  So honored to have both these historic vessels in our celebration of Maritime Day!  If you are anywhere near Sausalito next year on the first Saturday in August please come on over!

She said “yes!”

See that beautiful ring in the foreground?  It now belongs to that beautiful smile in the background by way of a few generations on his side of the family.  I had the pleasure and privilege of helping the groom-to-be plan his marriage proposal this weekend aboard s/v Carodon.  He was certain he wanted to take her somewhere they had never been so out the gate into open ocean we went and it was a perfectly beautiful day until… she got quite seasick and Uh-oh!  I had to head for calmer waters and break out some ginger ale, but then behind yellow bluff we found a gloriously calm and placid spot and she came back to life so he popped the question and she burst into tears of joy.  Out came the champagne on ice stashed down below that we managed to hide from her and the rest of the day was intensely beautiful.  Such a privilege to be part of this unforgettable and emotional moment!