David Curtiss
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Berkeley, Ca
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Last May we brought our boat up from Ventura to the San Francisco Bay area. The first part of the trip north was horrible: high winds and waves. We made it to Port San Luis and made arrangements to moor the boat there. The next weekend we finished the trip with following winds. We went first to Vallejo but the Sacramento River, with its strong currents mixed with the tides reaching the Carquinez Straits made sailing a wing on wing proposition or a slog right into the wind. In early February, we moved the boat to a side-tie at the Berekely Marina.
I'm basically a Saturday/Sunday sailor as long as the weather is tolerable. Our cat, La Contenta, feels safe, is well-made and we can stay warm and dry.
I'm looking forward to sailing the Bay.
Current location:
The boat is in Berkeley, Ca
Destinations visited:
San Diego (years ago) all the way north to San Francisco.
Looking to:
Meet other Gemini owners.

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At 10:33am on January 6, 2009, Lou & Meg SV Starrider said…
Hello David,
The bag is a MackPack, and it uses lazyjack like lines running through grommets in the bag. It has a zipper at the top and the main falls right inside the bag. In order to reef there are several twist snaps on the mast. I release them on the starboard side (takes 5 seconds). The bag is then dropped down and I have access to the reefing rings. Once reefed, the bag is refastened and the flaked sections store right inside of the bag, quick and neat. Once in a while the battens get caught in the lazy jack lines when raising the main. Usually this happens in very light wind or when the boat is not lined up exactly in the wind while hoisting. In 3 years we have never have trouble dropping the main (even in 30 knots of wind). The lazy jack lines only are a hassle sometimes when raising the main.

Glad you liked the video, no sailing here this time of the year, boat on the hard. The video reminds us of all the fun moments we had sailing and gives a much needed sailing "fix" this time of the year. I will be sure to make some more and keep you posted.

Take Care,

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