San Francisco to Monterey

San Francisco to Monterey

Postby K Dowling » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:13 pm

Our Yacht Club offered a blue water trip from San Francisco to Monterey, about 100 miles one-way door to door. We stopped at Pillar Point and are now in Santa Cruz. Kathy shot the entrance light photo below.
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Postby Bob Lowe » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:37 pm

We stopped in at Monterey on our cruise down the west coast and loved it. Spent several weeks there and left reluctantly.

We did get a little tired of the commercial boat next to us starting his engine several times a day and blowing all that rust and carbon all over Dreamer. We must have rinsed her off 3 or 4 times a day. :)
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Postby Mahalo Moi » Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:27 pm

Keep the string going, Kevin. We plan to make the same trip in about two weeks. Need to hear the details!
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Postby K Dowling » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:38 pm

We crossed Monterey Bay from Santa Cruz to Monterey in low swell and no wind waves. It was about three hours door to door. On arrival, we got pinned on the pump out dock by the wind and received a small round of applause after extricating ourselves. Found this pair of otters close by.
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Postby K Dowling » Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:37 pm

We took the trip home in two jumps. Monterey to Pillar Point (66 miles) and Pillar Pt to San Rafael (39 miles). Both trips were uneventful but there was very heavy swell almost all the way. We got very little water splashed over the rails and only the occasional splash on the windshield. This is very different from the lower rougher wind waves in the Bay and the PNW where we have sometimes had to run the windshield wipers.

The trip from Pillar Point to the Golden Gate Bridge was done in 1/4 mile visibility. We did not see the bridge until we were directly under it. Very weird to watch the radar image dead center and look up for a glimpse of the deck as we passed.


The boat felt very secure with little roll when we took seas on the quarter. We did fall off a wave or two and that opened several cupboards and cleared the jumble of items we normally store on the bunks.

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