After we left Monterey we decided to sail to Santa Cruz, which is just 20 miles across Monterey Bay. We dropped the anchor for the afternoon and planned to leave about 1900 for points North. The wind was predicted to lay down for the bash North.We took the afternoon to tour the boardwalk that has one of the old style wooden rollar coasters.
Even though it was chilly a lot of people were at the beach.
Approaching the Golden Gate. The short term end of our 4000 plus miles to get here. To say we were excited to stay settled for awhile is an understatement.
Queenie was excited to sail/motor under the span.
Our anchorage in Sausalito. As it is only a couple of miles to the race course i expect to spend some time here.
Mark Gesley had us over for steak on the barbie up in the Oakland Hills. I have known Mark since high school. The picture below is Lake Merritt in Oakland.
Our transport to and from Sausalito to the City. If you don not scope it out it can cost $10 each way. By buying a clipper card for $3 then charging it....cost becomes $4.75 each way. tip for travelers to City!
Alcatraz with CG buoy tender at work.
The outside of the Americas Cup Park. More to follow in a later post.
Team New Zealand practicing on the bay.
Inside of the historic electric trams that circle the Embarcadero.
Old Style Americas Cup 72. You can charter out and go out and watch the races and help sail the boat.
I spent the summer of 1973 on the Cutter Cape Wash in Monterey so a stop here was a must to see how things have changed.I also worked on the Monterey Plaza Hotel in the 1980s and was a charter member of the aquarium. The town has been cleaned up a lot and the Cannery Row section has really been developed. Not surprising considering the world class aquarium as an anchor.
Tourist , Fishermans Wharf.
Monterey was the original capitol of California when the Spanish controlled the are and there are still several buildings dating from that era.
Sailing and racing are active here in the Monterey Bay.We were the only boat anchored out and every night they sailed around Le Chat Beaute.
Would it be Monterey without the sea lions? The big male barks all night trying to keep his harem together. I was unable to get a picture of the Sea Otter that banged his oyster shell on my boat.We were sitting in the cockpit have the ritual sundowner when there was a pounding on the hull forward. I though someone had fallen overboard and needed help. When I went forward there was a sea otter bashing his oyster on my bottom paint. I yelled at him, he looked up and swam to the stern and started banging away again. I was so dumbfounded forgot to get a picture!
The bay walk to Cannery Row. Also my running track.
Placed throughout the area are these replicas of the labels on sardine cans. I thought it quite quaint.
The town of Avalon on the island is built right up to the hill.
As the community is very old there are some interesting styles of architecture.
The Von's grocery store. It remains in the historical state.
The harbor and the Tuna Club building.
The casino. Built in 1928 the casino has a circular dance floor on the top floor with a 180 foot clearspan. The lower portion of the building contains a beautiful movie theater. The theater reminded me of going to the movies as a child. They give tours of the building everyday but Wednesday. We were there on Wednesday, so we went to the movies in order to see the interior.The interior is covered with artistic murals.
The portico and entrance of the Casino. Casino means gathering place. No gambling ever took place here.
View from the sea.
The mooring field. Prices are over the top at $34 per night.
I am a sailor. Cashed it all in in 2003 and sailed around the NW USA then went to Mexico for two years then sailed to Australia on a Baltic 42. Sold the boat in OZ and bought a Privilege 42 in Venezuela. Not fully retired so have been doing the nuclear steam generator change out gig to recharge my financial batteries. Work 13-15 hours a day for two to three months. Make great money quickly so I can get back to the boat.