A trip on San Francisco Bay
The year has started with spring like weather all over the Delta and Northern California. The boating is fantastic and even though it looks like we are entering a severe drought don’t let that stop you from enjoying the outdoors. You might as well have a good time because contrary to what the water cartels will tell you the drought is caused by Mother Nature not congress or the “environmentalists”.
We took a cruise on Dave & Lynn Olson’s beautiful recently restored 136 foot yacht Acania. She is one of the most beautiful boats afloat. Her steel hull is a oyster shade of white. Her topsides a deep indigo blue with the wood receiving several coats of varnish. The Olson’s have spared no expense to restore this beautiful craft. In an era when many large vessels had a fantail stern Acania has a canoe stern, very unique and stylish. She was reportedly built for mobster Al Capone and is equipped with a secret 5,000 gallon tank made to carry ethanol.
We boarded her at 1200 hours at the Saint Francis Yacht Club and headed out down the San Francisco City front. I took the time to go below and check out the staterooms even the crews quarters to the rear of the chain locker are good. The owners and guest cabins are elegant with the owners stateroom amidships and fit for a prince. She is equipped with her own glassware and silverware. Everywhere you turn there is beauty. One bar is hidden behind a wooden panel.
After cruising the city front we cut northerly and passed the southern side of Alcatraz Island where Capone spent five years of his prison sentence. From Alcatraz we cruised close to Angel Island and then through Raccoon Straits between Angel Island and Tiburon. The boat went by the Corinthian Yacht Club and the San Francisco Yacht Club before skirting the coast of Sausalito.
We next headed to the Golden Gate and traveled under the bridge and a little out into the sea for the benefit of those aboard that had never passed under the bridge. It brought memories back to me of my first trip under the bridge aboard the USS Ranger in 1967 as a Navy third class petty officer. We eventually turned around and headed back to the club. The passengers, who were members of the Classic Yacht Association had a great time enjoying plenty of drinks and plenty of gourmet food.
We arrived back at the club at 1600 after a beautiful cruise on a beautiful day.
About Bill Wells - A retired yacht broker, Bill is currently the Executive Director of the California Delta Chambers & Visitor's Bureau. He is an active member of the Northern California Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association. In their spare time he and his beloved wife Sue cruise their 1937 Stephens cruiser Ranger to boating events throughout the Delta. Bill is active in matters helping to preserve and protect the California Delta. He chronicles his adventures in the monthly Delta Rat Scrapbook column for Bay & Delta Yachtsman magazine.
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