Almost There

We are on our final approach to the Golden Gate Bridge. Well, there may be some tacks and jibes along the way, but we’re pointing at the Bridge, about 50 miles off. We had a great run all day, and jibed over to a beam reach that will take us between Cordell Bank and Rittenberg Bank (Cordell Bank is offshore of Pt. Reyes). We will sail past the north Farallon Islands, and then alongside the shipping traffic lanes until we get to the channel into the Bay. We are currently sailing fast (7-8 kts), but the wind will probably get very light further in and we will most likely end up motoring.
We have up the main (one reef), the genoa (one reef), and the staysail. This is the prettiest sail configuration, and that’s reason enough to set them.
Dinner was Chow Mein and chicken, from cans, over rice. We ate in the cockpit and watched whales breech and spout in the distance. The sun shining on the swells and whitecaps made for a spectacular view.
I expect us to make a morning arrival in Sausalito, but the winds may have a say in this. We have been showing up on AIS, and while there are gaps in coverage here you should have a good chance track us as we enter the Bay.
p.s. – Radio Check Net: talked with Scaramouche on 4A. Weak signal, I got perhaps 70% of what they transmitted. No other contacts. That’s it for the radio checks, we should be in the slip tomorrow AM.
Best, Paul / VALIS

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  1. Free Bowl of Soup says:

    Hey Valis – we were able to pick you up on our SSB Receiver here n Portland, OR. Wish we had a transceiver to call you back. Did not hear any of the vessels calling you. Picked you up on 6/5 both AM and PM, but just briefly.

  2. Anne says:

    Good evening Valis crew! It is great to see you on track and so close to the destination. What a great sail you have had today with Mother Nature adding her ocean specialties for your entertainment. I still can’t believe how fast you have made it down the coast. I look forward to seeing the pictures of this evening and of the entry tomorrow. Wishing good sleeps to you all!

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