A day on 'Frisco Bay
Trip Start Sep 25, 2007
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Justin suggested we drive to Alameda on the South Bay where they keep their yacht and go for a sail in the bay.
We take a leisurely cruise through the shipping channel at Alameda under the huge Bay Bridge into the main Bay area which includes Alcatraz, Angel Island, all the piers of the San Fransisco Waterfront and of course the famous Golden Gate bridge.
After a invigorating reach through the choppy windswept channel between Alcatraz and Angel island we reach the relative calm that the Northern headland, where the G/G bridge hits land, provides us.
Here we relax and partake in a lovely antipasto lunch, washed down with a couple of cold ones.
Nine sets of eyes scout the incredible horizon.
The Golden Gate bridge to our West with the mid afternoon sun's rays throwing shadows, deepening the already famous rich earthy red color.
A shout, There they are!Where? and suddenly they were on top of us. The roar of their turbines not audible until they were on top of us.
It was absolutely incredible I had never seen a display like it.
With all due respect to the Roulettes, you just can't compare them to those F/A-18 Hornets. 56 feet long over 400sq feet of wing area capable of Mach 1.7+ (1200mph)
When the show was over we took a leisurely run back past the city and all the visiting navy vessels moored up for what what we had just experienced.
The main event of "Fleet Week".
Justin sailed as close as he could to the security patrolled "No Go" zone, only to be met by an inflatable navy boat with 2 machine guns amidships and a big.50 cal gun up front. We were flying the Aussie flag and got a wave from the boys as they shadowed us until we were away from the ships tied up along the waterfront area.
After a nice sail among the huge tankers and cargo ships anchored in the south bay until just after sundown, we finished all the beer, sampled a "Mojito" rum with lime and coke and headed for home.
Until next time,