If you had believed the forecast, you would have stayed home. What was supposed to be windy, cold and rain, turned out to be sunny, good-sailing windy, and shirt-sleeve warm at Encinal. Those living in the south end of the Bay really had to take it on faith though, since it was cold and drizzeling when they left home for their boats. But it all turned out just fine, with eight boats sailing in, plus three neighbor residents at Harbor Villiage Marina, and Bob Knickerbocker & Maureen Drotleff of Woden, and prospective members George & Denise Grubb who own Finesse.
Chief organizer for the weekend was Commodore Dennis & Judy Bush (Natural HIgh), new Members Ashley, Katherine & Savannah Trewman of Moriah came along, but had some engine problems which were attended to Saturday afternoon, plus veteran cruisers, Roger & Linda McClellan (4 R Sanity), Don Henderson (Kindred Spirits), Harry Farrell (Pacific High), Karen & Ron Damsen (Woodbine), Gary & Pat Salvo (Ophira), Skipper & Nancy Wall (Snowflower), Bill & Jim Higdon (Blockbuster), Charles & Kathryn Hodgkins (Mischief), and Rick Van Mell (Vanishing Animal).
The fleet did a very smart job of backing into the docks to be facing bow out. And we were nestled in among six big power boats that were were decorating for Sunday morning's Open Day on the Bay.
Dennis had organized an afternoon visit to the Meyers House - built in 1897. It is a wonderful example of a victorian style house which is in excellent condition. With roped-off rooms described by docents, some in period dress, it was interesting to see fine woodwork and furniture, and such unique items as a very simple typewriter, a combination wood & gas stove, a primative electric toaster, and almost endless pictures and dishware from the period. For more information about the Meyers House, check out http://www.alamedamuseum.org/meyers.html .
When the sun crossed the yardarm, all assembled with goodies aboard Snowflower & Kindred Spirits to celebrate a great day. It's always surprising how many folks can get aboard these boats! The record is probably the 21 on Snowflower on New Years Eve, but 12 to 15 is routine. All you have to do is scan through the pictures, and you can see that nobody was having a good time! Following goodies, we enjoyed the fine food of Encinal Yacht Club for dinner.
Sunday morning the power fleet, which was so conceerned about the Islanders delaying their early morning departure, basically slept in - departing for Opening Day at a respectable 0845. The first of the Islanders headed out right behind them, while others stayed for a liesurly breakfast.
In all, another great weekend for the Islander Fleet. Be sure to check your calendars if you're coming west and see if you can arrange to visit one when you are here.
Pictures are compliments of Rick Van Mell & Bill Higdon, Barb Henderson, and Savannah Trewman, with more promised from Judy Bush. Click on images to enlarge, click "Back" to return.