Summer Sailing

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Wednesday Night Races on Monterey Bay

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The weather was unusually pleasant this summer. Not much fog and water temperatures running more than ten degrees above normal. Ocean temperatures exceeded 67 degrees at one point (an all-time record) and people were even spotted surfing Moss Landing without wetsuits.

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Humpback whales were everywhere. Breaching, lunge-feeding and generally causing a commotion, frolicking humpbacks were easy to spot and even caused some major traffic jams along Highway One in Big Sur – kind of like the “bear jams” Yosemite gets when bears are visible from the roads. In this photo, a humpback performs for the people on a whale watching cruise. A moment later it jumped completely out of the water. I think the tourists got their money’s worth.

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Tuesday’s Child

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A Santa Cruz 27

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View from the helm. We’d hoped to find ourselves near Pigeon Point at daybreak, but first light revealed a faint coastline with a towering ruin that could only be the Davenport cement plant. Disappointing in a way, but still, there are plenty of worse ways to spend a day than on a cruise to San Francisco.

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The clouds lift and we can see we’re off Waddell Creek. Progress!

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At last!

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Passing through the Golden Gate.

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Racing across San Pablo Bay on the way to the Delta.

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On the San Joaquin at sunset

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Settling in for the night by a slough-side bar.

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A fine Delta establishment

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They lift the bridge for us

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Delta sunrise

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Windmills along the Sacramento River

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Bay Bridges old and new

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Back in Monterey Bay: An evening crossing to Santa Cruz.

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A mola mola, or sunfish, approaches the boat. Mola mola are the heaviest bony fish in the world. Adults average over a ton.

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San Francisco again.

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Racing the Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco Bay

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Flying the sponsor’s flag.

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Wake up call: Early morning of Big Boat Series Day 4.

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Waiting for the start.

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Relaxing after a hard four days of racing.

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A quiet morning on the bay.

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The Express 37 fleet becalmed.

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Expeditious on a downwind run.

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Whales loll at the surface under a setting sun.

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