Monday, April 11, 2005

Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner

I made my maiden voyage on the seas in 'J/24'- a versatile 25-foot training boat. My crew included our skipper- Aude, second-in-command Osman and two able seahands - Shaheen and Artem. We started out from the Berkeley Marina at approximately 1030 hours heading northwest towards Tiburon. At 1330 hours we docked at Angel Island for lunch to ward off scurvy from our long journey. At 1515 hours we started for the golden gate bridge amidst lots of complaints for siesta time from the seahands.

Around 1530 hours we saw an incredible that made us wonder whether we had gone through a time warp instead of the Racoon straits while leaving the island...

Blasts from the Past

...either that or "Pirates of the carribbean" was being projected on a really large screen below the GG bridge. The ships were accompanied with mock-battles, replete with cannon fire and posturing. We were lucky to witness this 'historic' event...these shows are very rare and we had the best seats in the house!

Around 1645 hours we headed towards Alcatraz to discover the feeling of The Rock's isolation after sundown...along with the many passing cruise ships and their passengers. Swinging by the Treasure Island we were back in the Marina by 1800 hours. Then the perfect follow-up to any hard day of sailing- having to tie up the sails and wash the boat.

We signed off the day with dinner at an Indian (Coorgi) restaurant- Breads of India.

The Crew

Skipper - Aude with a Sea hand

Sea Hands - Shaheen and Artem (Osman in the background - Second-in-Command)

Me - At the Helm


Cowgirl said...

Your pictures are beautiful. I wish I was there! Looks like so much fun!

Aude said...

Hey, it's brilliant! It was a pleasure having you on board! Hopefully we will renew that on a bigger boat with more wine and music...and I'll take more baguettes next time!

roop said...

wow... nice pics dude!!

Gothama said...

Cool! That must have been a trip to remember.
The last time I was on a saling trip like that, I decided I am going to learn swimming before I go on another.