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    Happiness reporting for Cal 2-27 birthday balloon retrieval duty, ma'am! [gives military hand salute].

    All kinds of fun was in the tideline today. This birthday balloon was kept company by several semi-submerged tree trunks.

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    'Twas a grand day out. We passed these two, having a good sail:

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    I took Joan, her brother and my nephew out for a sail on Saturday. We left Berkeley around 11:00 and headed for Raccoon Strait. After puttering around the lee of Angel Island we tried to pick up a slip in Ayala Cove but half of them were out of commission. That meant heading for sausalito. The significant increase in wind velocity, combined with the usual cursing as I put in a reef, plus an inopportune wave, dunked the leeward deck and scared Joan to the point of tears. Opting to be the "good husband" instead of carrying out the "perfect tour" we had a late lunch in Raccoon Strait and sailed back to Berkeley.

    My BIL and I took the boat back to the South Bay. It was brisk, but typical all way across to TI.

    After coming out of the lee of Yerba Buena island, the wind started to build. I was flogging the main a lot, and still overpowered quite a bit, beam reaching most of the way to Hunters Point. I could see that a few ships anchored sound of Hunters Point were aligned WITH THE WIND, NOT THE CURRENT and I know what that means. So I put in the second reef and rolled up the jib in the lee of the Hunters Point Buildings.

    Oh.
    My.
    God.

    I have NEVER seen the South Bay like that. It was easily 30 knots, maybe 32-33 screaming around San Bruno Mountain. When it became clear that we wouldn't make it to Coyote Point by dark, I opted to try to sail into Serra Point. It's a couple hundred yards to windward up the channel to get there and we couldn't do it. With no headsail up, and two reefs in the main, we **crawled** to windward. After about 20 minutes in which time we make about 100 feet to windward, I opted to try Oyster Point.

    We sailed over to that incredibly narrow entrance and **Barely** got in on the third try.

    That was by far and away the windiest I have EVER seen the South Bay.
    S-2 7.9: "Wildcat of Loch Awe"
    1968 Selmer Series 9 B-flat and A clarinets
    Piper One Design 24, Hull #35; "Alpha"

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    I took a day off and brought the Wildcat down to Coyote Point, from Oyster Point on Tuesday. It's always kind of surreal to see a body of water absolutely shredded by the wind, with waves ripping downwind and the air shrieking around you...

    ...and then come back a day or two later and find it calmer than a swimming pool.
    S-2 7.9: "Wildcat of Loch Awe"
    1968 Selmer Series 9 B-flat and A clarinets
    Piper One Design 24, Hull #35; "Alpha"

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