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