Michael and Corinna joined us a bit after 2 pm for our afternoon outing and we headed out of port about 2:30 pm, raised single reefed main, put out double reefed jib and headed for the lee side of Angel Island in blustery winds with a bay full of wind waves.
Very few sailboats were out on the central bay, but this large sailboat was heading our way on a close reach port tack and passed us well to port.
Later, this same large sailboat had headed off the wind to head north.
As we headed up toward the mouth of Raccoon Straits, this Catalina was also heading north.
This sailboat off starboard was also heading for Raccoon Straits.
As we entered the eastern mouth of Raccoon Straits in the north half of the straits, this lovely large dark-hulled sailboat was heading down the straits under main only.
A bit later, this smaller sailboat blasted past us flying a colorful kite and looking great!
That same large sailboat that passed to port and then headed north was now heading into the straits behind us and looking good!
After she passed us, we tacked toward Angel Island, fell off the wind as we approached the shore and reefed the jib even more-- down to a postage stamp-- before coming about and heading up the straits again, passing Ayala Cove which was filled with boats at the buoys and the docks.
This smaller sailboat with dark blue hull was blasting westward through the straits in strong winds.
The sailboat CATALYST, flying more canvas, blasted past us as we continued westward.
A Magnum 44 sailboat passed to starboard looking good.
The trimaran DEFIANCE blasted past us to starboard....
... and then, after we tacked to the south to sail across the west mouth of the straits, she blasted past us to port, looking great!
Meanwhile, this smaller trimaran, a F27, was headed down the straits to the north.
As we sailed across the straits, this lovely ketch with tanbark sails approached on a collision course initially....
... but she fell off to pass astern of us to give us starboard tack right of way, as required.
We were bouncing through large swells in the south half of the mouth of the straits, and this large Beneteau was following us-- her with her bow almost buried in a swell.
This nice saiboat was headed west behind us.
That Beneteau passed us to starboard, heading for the central bay with full canvas, as was that ketch with tanbark sails behind her, and we wondered if they would be overpowered when they arrived in the strong central bay winds.
The lawns on Angel Island's west side have turned California Gold.
After we arrived in strong winds, and tacked toward Sausalito, we were very surprised to see some small dingys racing each other out in the strong winds.
That lovely ketch was headed for the central bay and looking good with the fog hanging over the gate and the Marin Headlands.
Behind us, this small Santana 22, named QU'APPELLE [french for 'who's calling' or something like that] was blasting southeastward past the weather shore of Angel Island and looking good.
Way behind us, this small sailboat with gold colored hull was exiting the straits.
A large dark-hulled sailboat passed us to port, heading toward the straits.
This sailboat was blasting eastward under full canvas.
We sailed westward until we arrived in lighter winds that had shifted into the west, forcing us to fall off, and then we tacked to the south, heading toward the gate initially while that Santana passed behind us, heading west.
As the wind shifted again into the southwest, we changed course and fell off the wind to head for home port on beam reach starboard tack, blasting across the bay in strong winds of at least 25 knots with some stronger gusts, eventually approaching pier 35 while neighbor boat GO DOG GO
was heading west and looking good.
We sailed into the lee of pier 35 and doused sails there, readied the boat for landing and then motored around the pier and into the marina-- another delightful sail through a number of microclimes on the bay!