It was even better than I could have dreamed. Thanks so much Aaron, for organizing, Tracy for the fantastic pics, and to John for the vision and persistence to make it all happen. Note the tack sequence with centerboard being pushed down in pics 25-27. Hairy even in moderate winds.
0 · June 22, 2011
Had a fantastic time! Aaron is such a gracious host. He was so laid back yet cautious about our safety. He had tremendous enthusiasm about the America’s Cup 45 boats and the energy in the boat was just great! Everyone in the crew was welcoming and they are certainly a friendly bunch. It was great to finally meet John too. The day was beautiful and warm. The bay was picturesque. Can't believe how close were were to the A.C 45 boats. That was something really! Oh forgot to mention about the marinated cucumbers. They were tasty! I want to learn sailing and hope to join another GWAW meet-up event soon. Thanks again Aaron for inviting us to your boat. Thanks to Tracy for taking beautiful pictures and Thanks to John for organizing this meet-up group.
0 · June 22, 2011
Yes, there will be pictures. Oh yes. At the end, one of the AC45s (the photos will reveal which one) decided to tack AROUND US as they headed up the Alcatraz Tide Cone. Let's see, Ferries to the left, Ferries to the right, Ay Caliente! in the middle, AC45s working their way to windward. Everyone sharing the bay in a very professional way.
1 · June 21, 2011
What a day! Aaron (as always) was a fantastic host. We filled the boat up, but it was a perfect blend of people and host. The weather couldn't have been better. Everyone moved about the boat so it never felt crowded. The object was to watch the AC boats, with actually sailing as a secondary goal. So Aaron had us put a reef in the main and leave the jib furled, which was perfect for the large crew. Wind on the city front was flirting with 20 knots, and the AC45s were enjoying it. We got upwind of them as they arrived on the city front, then managed to be positioned about 10 boat lengths to the south of them as the reached from the Golden Gate Bridge to Fort Mason. We waited for them to return, then headed east of Alcatraz to meet them head on as they tacked up the cone. They were about 6 boat lengths apart, and we were about 3 boat lengths to windward . . . ah . . . make that to leeward . . . ah . . . which put us exactly in the middle . . .
0 · June 21, 2011
The boat is now totally full to the gills! 12 confirmed...so it will be a crowd. For those of you who didn't make it....I'm so sorry but my boat can only hold so many people...safely! Hopefully another skipper will post this as event this week...as it will be the last time the AC 45 boats will be here for a while.
0 · June 20, 2011