Tuesday, September 11, 2012

PEARL Sails Home

I've missed her...she had been languishing in the harbor, paint peeling, tugging at her spring lines.  We'd been so busy this last couple of years, preparing our property for sale, then moving to a new ranch and building a house in Northern California.  Our beautiful 1974 Fuji ketch had been sorely neglected and left behind in Ventura, waiting for us to decide what to do with her.  We couldn't berth her close by.  The sailing on the Mendocino coastline is more fit for shallow keeled fishing boats, than a blue water sailboat. The boat market has been practically nonexistant and besides our family loves her and didn't really want to let her go.  We finally decided to make the long, upwind haul to San Francsico Bay and settle her into a new berth on the island of Alameda.  From there, we can sail the bay, venture up the coast a little, sleep over in the city and get the work done on her the she needs. 

My DH and Harry, an old, salty, seadog friend of ours, made the trip.  I didn't go...I was chicken.  I'd heard the stories about the pounding and sloshing around Point Arguello and had no desire to be scared out of my wits.  Luckily, the fair weather prevailed and their voyage was pretty calm, other than a couple of dark, foggy, hair raising hours just past Governments.

Here ae some pix that my DH took along the way.  I love you California...I love you hunny bunny...I love you PEARL. ~ C.

Swinging off the hook, waiting to sail around the point

Cliffs of Big Sur
California Big Sur Coastline

California Land's End
Headed for the SF Bay

Passing through the Golden Gate Bridge
PEARL's New Local Waters

Waterfront view of San Francisco

Home Stretch Passing Under the Oakland Bay Bridge


  1. Pictures are looking beautiful..:-)
    Specially the last one..
    it was nice visiting here..thanks for sharing this post..i am looking information related to boat charter sydney..can you share some information related to this here in one of your future posts..??

  2. There's nothing I'd like better than to be sailing out of Sydney Harbor on a 60' Swan, but I just don't know of any charter companies down under, sorry. ~ C. on