Our Ever-Changing Backyard--Sailing with Scoots

14 October 2019 | Savusavu, Fiji
27 July 2019 | Tavoro Waterfalls, Taveuni Island, Fiji
15 July 2019 | Viani Bay
23 June 2019 | En route to Savusavu, Fiji, from N. Minerva Reef
20 June 2019 | North Minerva Reef
17 June 2019 | In the ocean, NE of New Zealand
14 June 2019 | In the ocean, NE of New Zealand
13 June 2019 | In the ocean, NE of New Zealand
12 June 2019 | Marsden Cove Marina, Ruakaka, NZ
06 May 2019 | Paradise Taveuni Resort
04 March 2019 | Koro Island
05 December 2018 | On passage from Fiji to NZ
01 December 2018 | On passage from Fiji to NZ
30 November 2018 | On passage from Fiji to NZ

The Long Goodbye, Part 1

18 September 2014 | Brisbane Marina to Pier 39, San Francisco
Vandy
The Long Goodbye, Part 1: Alameda to San Francisco

Since we don't have to be in San Diego until late October, we're taking our time leaving the Bay Area. The only other date on our calendar is September 17, when our daughter, Kelly, moves into her dorm room at UC Santa Cruz. We're going to get a slip in the Santa Cruz Marina so we can deliver her belongings and help her move in.

Sept. 9-11: Encinal Yacht Club, Alameda. We spent two nights on the guest dock at the Encinal Yacht Club. The facilities and the people there are quite nice. The first morning (Wednesday), we spent about an hour driving Kelly's car all around Alameda, taking care of extremely-last-minute errands, including dropping off our dock step at the Blue Pelican, for consignment. You know you're really leaving the dock when you sell your dock step!



Later that day, we attended a seminar hosted by the Baja Haha organizers, about the procedures for legally bringing your boat to--and keeping your boat in--Mexico, presented by the Harbormasters at the El Cid Mazatlan Marina and Paradise Village Marina. We didn't win any of the raffle prizes, but we did potentially reduce some future expenses by making a reservation at El Cid Marina, taking advantage of their low rates and their Baja Haha special.

After the seminar, we moved upstairs for the Crew Party, which was very low key (surprisingly low key given this crowd). Skippers looking for crew and crew looking for rides sought each other out over drinks and hors d'ouvres. The process reminded me a lot of the scenes in local bars during my college days. Eric and I weren't looking for crew, but I hope many happy matches were made that evening.

Sept. 11-13: Jack London Square, Oakland. On Thursday (Sept. 11), we set out for the long trek across the Estuary to Jack London Square (it's maybe a mile), where we pulled alongside their guest dock and tied up with SCOOTS' stern facing west for a great view of the water. A little while later, we took a long walk through downtown Oakland to visit Sweet Maria's, the source of most of our on-board green coffee bean stash.



As the next day would be our anniversary, Eric and I considered having dinner at nearby Il Pescatore, the seafood restaurant where we had dinner on our wedding day, but we opted instead to dine in SCOOTS' cockpit, enjoying the ambiance of our waterfront table.



Sept. 12-13: Pier 39, San Francisco. The next day (Sept. 12), we spent a leisurely morning strolling around Jack London Square, checking out some of the shops, and chatting with some of the crew of the Hawaiian Chieftain, a big square-rigged schooner that was docked along the waterfront.

We left Jack London Square after lunch and headed toward the San Francisco cityfront. The wind was nearly calm, so we motored until we were almost to the Bay Bridge, where, in a fit of optimism, we put up SCOOTS' main and jib. We drifted slowly under the bridge, and then POW! the wind filled in. In less than two minutes, we were scooting along the cityfront with 20 knots of wind and choppy whitecaps, dodging ferries, racing boats, and tourist boats.

After being photographed by dozens of tourists on our way in, we tucked into Pier 39 Marina, where we had a guest slip reserved. Our slip was on the dock nearest the sea lion dock, so we had a front row seat to watch their antics. Kelly and her boyfriend joined us later, and we all sat in SCOOTS' cockpit enjoying the unobstructed views of Alcatraz, the sea lions, and Forbes Island. What a great place to spend our last night in the Bay Area!

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Vessel Name: SCOOTS
Vessel Make/Model: Able Apogee 50
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Eric and Vandy Shrader
About: We've been living aboard full time since September 2014. We sailed to Mexico with the 2014 Baja Haha and had fun exploring Mexico until April 2016, when we turned SCOOTS west and headed to the South Pacific. As of late Nov. 2016, SCOOTS and her crew are exploring New Zealand.
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