August 9, 2009 -- San Diego
Log of the Wasserschloss...
Today we went for a sail through the harbor and bay of San Diego with Judy, PJ, and myself just for the pure enjoyment of the day and wind around 1300 hours!
The winds were fair out of the northeast making for great sailing from Fiddler's Cove to the Coronado Bridge on a single tack. We averaged about 5 to 6 knots under full sail making way very nicely with little traffic on the water. Crossed under the Coronado Bridge with the normal loss of wind as you pass the bridge piers then regained our wind once north of the bridge.
Shortly north of the bridge the winds quickly shifted from across the channel from the northwest to coming dead down the channel from the north. This meant that we had to tack our way up the channel to well past the USS Midway numerous times. That makes it tough to eat our lunch of Subway sandwiches in between the harbor traffic and the short time between tacks as we worked our way north in the harbor channel.
Once north of the USS Midway we tacked to a course that brought us along the northern end of the Navy Station North Island and the former battleship moorings along the coast line. The weather was grand and the harbor traffic was moderate for a Sunday with the normal amount of sailboats and tourist boats plying the bay.
Near Ballast Point about 1500 we decided to turn back to Fiddler's Cove and reverse to a port tack with the wind to our port stern quarter. While sailing on this course we paralleled the "Windward" and hailed their crew how told us they were on a return to Fiddler's Cove as well after spending the week at Catalina Island.
As we approached the berthing area for the nuclear aircraft carriers, which were all out to sea by the way, we shifted our sail layout to "wing on wing" with the whisker pole up and the preventer on the main... Jib on the port side and the main on the starboard side. We remained on this configuration until the docks at Coronado where we removed the whisker pole.
The winds were light and variable until just south of the Coronado Bridge where they picked up and shifted to the northwest and we changed to a close reach increasing our speed to 5 knots.
At the entrance of Fiddler's Cove we stowed our sails and fired up the old reliable Atomic Four and motored to our slip without incident. We stowed the sailing gear at the slip and gave the Wasserschloss a quick wash down with the promise that we would return later in the week for a more intensive clean up!
It was another great day of sailing in one of the best places in the world for sailing here on San Diego Bay!