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First boat out of Sausilito

This past Friday, the day after Christmas 2008, I took my first charter out of Sausalito, CA. I chose Zara, a Beneteau 311, for a few reasons -- I had sailed other Beneteaus before and I assumed this would be similar and it was a boat that Cheryl, on of my crew for the day, had never been on. Cheryl has sailed out of Sausalito many times and this allowed her to make comparisons to other boats for me as well as for herself.

Anyhow, after some trouble getting out of the dock (I need a little more practice, but no harm was done to anything), we spent a good deal of the day motoring -- winds were very light. And the currents were quite strong. When we were in the slot, it was clear that without the motor we'd be heading toward the gate no matter what direction we pointed.

We therefore decided to stay well within the gate and, in fact, mostly ended up doing a large clockwise circle around Angel Island. But, all in all, it was a good day and, as you can see here I enjoyed yet another day on the San Francisco Bay.