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    Point Reyes Aboard Alsager


    Evan Stolz

    Our friend Erin Loscocco made a recent trip to Point Reyes aboard his friends the 42' steel hull SV Alsager captained by Evan Stolze and captured some wonderful imagery.

    With the Thanksgiving Holiday providing a window of opportunity to get away from it all, without dealing with long lines at airports, ski resorts or on the highway, why not invest some time on a pleasant cruise to one of the most pristine, off the beaten track anchorages on the West Coast? The current long range forecast looks favorable, and the Dungeness Crab season is in it's infancy, why not take advantage of what Mother Nature provides and make a trip up North?






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    This excursion aboard the 42' steel hull SV Alsager captained by Evan Stolze out the Golden Gate in Oct of 2011 was an exceptionally beautiful weekend in the Bay Brea. The winds were blowing offshore making it extremely calm conditions out at sea and very warm. Anchored out in Drakes Bay almost felt tropical which is rare considering Pt Reyes is known for some of the foggiest and worst weather on the west coast.




    As we sailed out the Golden Gate I climbed up to the top of the mast and shot a few photos. Along the way up we passed several crab boats setting crab pots and once we were at anchor we could see crabs running around on the sandy bottom looking very tasty. Fortunately for them we had neither crab traps nor butter and garlic.



    The next morning when we got up the water was AMAZINGLY glassy.. Felt like being on a pond rather than the usual gnarly Pacific Ocean. We took the dingy ashore and hiked around for a bit. The visibility also was good enough that you could see the skyscrapers of downtown SF from the top of the point.




    The sail back was pretty smooth but we did get a decent breeze over 15-20 knots on the way back with a very small swell of maybe 4-6' running.



    Left tp Right: Erin Loscocco, Evan Stolze, Eric Due, Shirene Misf

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    Beetle also had a fine Thanksgiving weekend up at Drakes Bay, Kristen and I (and black cat) headed up Friday morning in a light easterly of all things, reaching along past Bolinas on starboard, then sailed into the transition to a very light westerly - we motored through the transition then sailed for a couple of hours at 2.5 knots, eventually taking down the sails in order to get to our secret crab pot location off Drakes Estero. It's not much of a secret location as there are hundreds of commercial crab pots dotting the area!

    Friday night was clear and reasonably warm, Saturday morning we toured the bay in the dinghy and picked up 2 crabs from the pot. The elephant seals are having fun on the beach in the northwest corner of the bay by the anchorage. The sky stayed clear and low wind, Saturday evening the wind picked up to 18 knots and it gets chilly the moment the sun goes down behind the hills. Fortunately Beetle's Webasto heater works a charm and kept the interior toasty warm. Unfortunately I managed to drop one of the two dinghy life jackets overboard in the dark, and we had already pulled the dinghy out and set it on the foredeck for the evening (little risk of the dinghy floating away when it's strapped down on deck).

    Sunday morning the wind backed off and we still had a nice warm dry breeze and no fog; scanning the shoreline we spotted the errant life jacket on the last bit of rocky beach in the south end of the anchorage, launched the dinghy and Kristen was able to scramble up the beach to fetch the life jacket. Around 11AM we headed over to the pot and found 3 more male Dungeness waiting for us, and started a slow sail back to the Gate, running close to DDW in 10 knots of breeze, which quickly died to zero knots as we headed into the fog, so off sails and on motor. Lots of motoring this trip.

    The fog was fairly severe, visibility dropped to less than 100 yards, on went the radar and using the AIS information to avoid a couple of tug & tows and an incoming container ship. The first landfall we spotted was the Golden Gate South Tower at less than 100 feet, followed by the bright working lights of the dredge working in the basin behind St. Francis YC. It's pretty easy to plot a course the splits between the Gate center fog horn (two dissonant blasts) and the south tower (one low blast).

    A fine weekend, weather was nicer at Pt. Reyes than in San Francisco - who would have thought?

    - rob/beetle

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    Nice write up, thanks for sharing!

    Not to hijack, but I noticed this at the NWS site this morning after hearing of impending copious amounts of water coming later this week.


    THE EXTENDED FORECAST WILL BECOME NOTEWORTHY AS WE MARCH FORWARD
    IN TIME. HIGH CONFIDENCE FOR VERY SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL FROM
    THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY BUT NOT ABLE TO PINPOINT
    THE TIMING OF HEAVY RAIN WINDOWS AT THIS TIME DUE TO MODEL
    DIFFERENCES AND EVOLUTION ON HOW FRONTAL BOUNDARIES WILL PASS OVER
    THE REGION. THE GFS HAS SPIT OUT SOME PHENOMENAL RAINFALL TOTALS
    OVER THE NORTH BAY BY SUNDAY...IN EXCESS OF 15 INCHES. HOWEVER THAT
    REPRESENTS THE EXTREME FOR OUR DISTRICT. THE ECMWF AND GFS ON
    AVERAGE HAVE CONSISTENTLY BEEN SHOWING THE POTENTIAL FOR
    WIDESPREAD 4-8 INCH RAINFALL TOTALS OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE
    NORTH BAY AND THE RUSSIAN RIVER BASIN. POTENTIAL IS THERE FOR BIG
    IMPACTS OVER OUR DISTRICT BUT GIVEN HOW MANY DAYS OUT WE ARE DON`T
    WANT TO GET TOO EXCITED. NEED TO SAY THAT AREAS TO OUR NORTH IN
    MENDOCINO COUNTY AS WELL AS THE NORTHERN SIERRA FOOTHILLS APPEAR
    THE MORE LIKELY LOCATION WHERE ATMOSPHERIC RIVER AND ASSOCIATED
    HEAVY RAINS WILL LINE UP IN THE EXTENDED RANGE.

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    drove up with a friend to Ft Bragg (CA not NC) and there was warmth all around! the nights were chilly but that's the norm these days. first two days Thursday and friday fab sunsets but saturday the fog rolled in though on CBS 5 SF showed us NO fog in the bay!! how strange we had fog in Mendocino and Ft Bragg and the City was fog-free!! those sailing pixs really makes a great memory!!!

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