Wednesday, February 1, 2006

BYC Encinal YC Cruise


Before I get started on our latest adventure, I'd like to show you a picture of our docking at the Bay View Yacht Club....





This was one difficult one to get out of - see our boat doesn't back up so well, once she gets going, she kinda stays going in that direction, so it better be the right one...
You also can't tell from the picture, but there was a pretty good breeze blowing us away from the teeny-tiny dock and on to the railroad track bridge. But we made it just fine.
So, this club also had a 23 or 27 (depending on who you ask) year old cat - and let me tell you, she was the BOSS. Mom's not sure how she conveyed it to me, and I've been too shaken to explain it to her, but that cat had me hiding on this ramp waiting for my mom to come get me. I wasn't going near Mama Cat without a proper escort.






So, on to the adventure..... Our destination was the Encinal Yacht Club which is in Alameda. So, we set out as soon as dad could get mom going - she can kinda drag when it comes to showering in the morning (especially on Saturdays).




Finally we get going and we are having a FANTASTIC time.... Nice wind, borderline needing to reef - but decided to push it since we were about to turn downwind anyway (it doesn't heel so much when you aren't going so straight into the wind).


I of course take time for a nap...



but that darn wheel again, it keeps turning on me - not a very proper pillow if you ask me, humph! Maybe mom and dad can fix that instead of installing that second forestay.


Dad loves to sail the best that he can, I try to study his technique for when I'm able to take over watches - regardless, it's always good of any crewmember to know what's going on and be sure the skippers are taking good care of you.


And soon, we passed by the Bay Bridge construction...



It'll be fun to see when this is done, but to tell you the truth, I think my parents are enjoying watching it being built now - they always make a big deal about it when we pass by.



I do wonder how they are going to take that old bridge down...I hope we aren't out here when they do that, it'll probably be loud and I don't much like loud...I'm more of a peaceful girl.







The boat below the bridge is Thistle who belongs to Ed and Kathy of the yacht club and they are going to Encinal too...




And we all know who these two are...




We passed this huge barge and crane.... This is how they dredge parts of the Bay for shipping. They literally take loads of dirt and dump them somewhere...


Finally, we enter the estuary,








It's fun to see the 'working life' of the area.


And here we sail near Walden (Gordon and Elizabeth) ...









After getting to the Marina, we took some time to play ball and go for a walk. I found a perfect place for my statue to ME, because, you know, It's all about ME....









Here's my neighbor (Cosmo) and his mom, Lori. They live on their boat too and are about to get a brand new bigger one!!!! I'm feeling a bit jealous.


Dad found an internet connection






There were sailors hoisting their boats



Don't worry, they weren't going to put it on our boat - there was a little bitty sliver of a slip, these boats would fit in behind us.


Soon, it was time for the parents to go to dinner, here are some of their pictures...

















I was on the boat taking a nappy during all this. It doesn't look like too much fun for me, I don't think I could get a good run for my ball game here... Anyway, I need my beauty rest.







We woke to a cloudy day with a forecast of a storm coming in. Although it wasn't forecasted to come until the afternoon, as we all know forecasts can be wrong (just see some of my coastal logs for that). Everyone else decided to head home early, my mom and dad - though - decided to hang out a bit, have breakfast and then head home, hoping to get some wind to sail (the wind junkies that they are...)


So, they went off to breakfast at the Oakland Yacht Club, where they had a whole table to themselves....



The Club was great and the breakfast yummy...




Pacifica looks so peaceful in the morning calm. Eventually after more relaxing and a game of ball...



it was time to head home.




They estuary is a neat place to see interesting houseboats...












Mom and I spent some time checking out the bow - and I even had some alone time up here, the smells are amazing for me. My parents talk about how since my nose is so sensitive, it must be wildly different to see life through my eyes (or nose).







Then, of course, the weekend ends and it's time for all of us to go back to our weekday lives - Mom and dad at work and me to my playgroup.





















And ended the way every weekend should end, with one tuckered puppy.

Friends and Family on the bay


So, today I'm going to try to do a sniff-journal for you.












Most sailing trips start off with a trip to the pump out station. For the humans, this isn't a lot of fun, but for the doggies out there, this can be a scent overload - for this is where my mom and dad hook this big hose to our toilet tank - they are really careful, but if it were up to me, I'd be checking out everything. Sometimes they let me off the boat and I love to run around this dock - it's so interesting. This is also where the houseboats are in our marina.












See, the humans try to pretend nothing special is going on, but I know different...










Now this is a more refreshing scent - the cool breeze, unobstructed (except for Robert raising our sail - hey, what's that on your hands, could it be the dessert you brought for all of us?) And do I smell a hike on you - what park were you in?












Now shoes have the most amazing scents. Up by the top - you can get a good understanding of the person, it really tells you a lot (maybe more humans should try that) - really good if you can get your nose inside. And the underneaths.... i love seeing where others have been and who they've seen.












Now about here, we were snacking like crazy. Carrots with Mango Salsa, Rice cracker munchies, I think even some nuts -- lots for me to do..... And with this North wind, there's lots of smells coming in from the Delta.










Finally back at the slip... this is where the yummy food comes out, lots of cheeses, desserts from Robert, and steamed pork buns ~~ While the humans sipped on wine, tea and beer.

Bay Sail



Hi - This will be a sort of compilation of a couple of sails I took my parents on, but I was too busy to actually get a good story in, so I thought I would just share little snippets of my days...

Here I am ready to go for my sail. I almost left the dock without my parents. But I kinda did need them to leave. You know, docking (leaving and coming back into the slip) is one of the hardest parts of sailing.




Sometimes I love the comfort of standing in my little sun room. I also often contemplate here about whether or not I want to go down below or not.



Dad was being the hero and single handing Pacifica out of the marina. See, it looks like he's singing, just imagine him belting out a good ole sailor song!!!!



This is the Berkeley Yacht Club.



Mom and I up by the mast...



Ever since Catalina, I'm still looking for those dolphins... or sticks, or whatever happens to be floating by.



This is a tanker we passed. He was turning and getting ready to head out to sea...I wonder where he was going. If you look closely, you can see the man on the bow waving to me!!!!



Just 3 sailing buddies, hanging out...




Here, I'm having a moment with my buddy John.




Trying to get some rest, believe it or not the wind and sun take the energy out of me too! Not to mention trying to stay on all 4 feet without any hands.



Look closely and you can see that we are outside the Gate.



Mom and me on the porch.



Those darn spokes - I just don't understand why they keep moving. Sometimes I get caught halfway and everyone laughs at me...



Racing sailboats off in the distance. This is much more organized than my dad's kind of "race with the closest sailboat going in the same direction" (don't tell him I said that, hehe)




Yes, me resting again. But this wheel isn't a very good pillow. That mom and dad of mine keep turning it, Geesh!!!!!