Thanksgiving Weekend 2007

 

Since Berkeley reopened the marina (following the oil spill) we've been sailing junkies.  We've been out 4 of the 6 available sailing days (for us work 5 days a week folks).  And Pura Vida is doing really well.   Only once did we have strong winds and that was the day after Thanksgiving.  At one point we had about 20 kts on the beam and nothing was going to stop Pura Vida's gallop to the Gate.  It was an amazing feeling.  Believe it or not but nothing crashed down below either.  It the weird thing about living on a boat (though it may happen even if you don't live aboard) but the first time wind fills the sails and you heel over, there's always that moment where you listen down below for something that falls out of place. 

Mom and dad think it's a game but I think it's freaky, I've had cabinets open on me, I've been below when pots were flung across the boat when the oven pops open...believe me it's no fun for a doggie.  Luckily Pura Vida didn't have any of that...so far....

So Saturday, my friend Jolanda came over to let us know that she was going to take her new to her boat (Lena) out to play.  She also said another friend of ours, Carol and Kip were taking their boat (SeaQuest) out to play. We decided to all bring out cameras, and monitor 68 for photo ops.

We were the first to head out (only because Dad thought we were last, and anyone who knows dad knows he likes to be at the front of the line).  Anyway, we found ourselves out super early.  Since the wind was light, we only put up the main and ghosted while we had grilled turkey sandwiches for lunch.  A little bit later we saw Lena with Jolanda heading out the marina, so we pointed Pura Vida in her direction and rolled out her headsails.  Lena and Pura Vida danced around each other in the light winds while the goofy humans took pictures.  So when I say light winds, I do mean light, but not so light that you barely move, but light so that you move along nice and easy.

  Lena with Jolanda, Darby, Ron and Tom aboard

Soon Lena and Pura Vida were bored with the games and we each started exploring our new boats.   We stayed in the Berkeley Circle while Lena headed off toward Angel Island.

   Mom driving...

    Me lounging....

 

Dad thought this would be a perfect day to figure out the spinnaker, so after convincing mom, out comes the spinnaker.

   Greg wants to bring up the big sail...

Then comes the part of sorting out where lines go.  It took mom 3 times to get the sheet lead right.  Hard to believe this time last year she was sailing practically everyday.

Finally though all was ready and she was ready to let her colors fly...

   Beautiful...The previous owners (Brad and Laura) designed it themselves.

We set and doused the spinnaker 3 times while gybing and tacking in the Berkeley Circle.  During this time SeaQuest came out and called us so we each took pictures of each other.

       Pura Vida with her colors flying....

    SeaQuest with her new main...

    Greg setting up the lazy Jacks - he made them himself!!!

  Matey helping...

   PV with the Gate...

 

Finally the wind really started to wind down and we had shore things to do, so we took down the sails and motored home.