SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA


Because the anchorage in Sausalito was rather rolly and uncomfortable due to the ferry traffic, we decided to explore the Alameda/Oakland area of the Bay. 

America's Cup boat

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Oakland shipping yards

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Oakbay Bridge

Crossing the Bay, we were treated to some America Cup boats practicing and we exchanged tacks with one of them. (Oracle above left)

We traveled up a long inlet to Alameda, passing huge shipping yards with gigantic cranes loading up container ships. 

Oakland at nightWe found a wonderful marina to stay at...beautiful wide concrete docks, full facilities, great showers. The marina is in a beautiful setting, surrounded by ponds and fountains. We were close to stores and there was a laundry right on the premises. The harbor master was also heading to Mexico and he gave us a deal of $10 per night to moor there. We ended up staying in Alameda 2 weeks because it was so nice there.

We had a great view of downtown Oakland from our slip. Across the inlet was Jack London Square with shops and restaurants where we visited with Bill and Beth Jackson, relatives who live near San Francisco. They are very friendly, warm people and we had a wonderful time with them.

:ynn, Ginny, JackOur good friends from Sidney, Jack & Lynn from Southern Cross, came to the Marina to visit us. We stayed at their house in Montara, near Half Moon Bay, for a couple of nights and I had a wonderful bath! We shopped and they took us all around sight seeing. As they are very experienced cruisers (circumnavigated the globe in 9 years) we hang on every piece of advice they give us. They treated us to some of their pictures and videos of their cruising travels.

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