We left Alameda at around noon on Saturday, March 8. Lots of things had to be dealt with (saying goodbye to Grand Marina, getting things organized aboard, letting family know we’d left and so forth). BBHorseshoeCvThe winds were boisterous (up to 22 knots) coming across the Bay and under the Bay Bridge to our Horseshoe Bay anchorage, but Cetacean plowed through it all. When we approached our anchorage, Cetacean was going almost 9 knots (with the current, but who’s counting?) which is phenomenal for our boat.

We will be heading out to the Pacific tomorrow on a mostly slack tide under the Golden Gate Bridge.  It will be a poignant leaving for us.  So much has happened since we arrived in September 2012, but the highlight has been the time we’ve spent with our families, precious and important time.

We arrived around 4 p.m. at the cozy Horseshoe Cove anchorage and marina.  The spot was recommended by a Tayana Owners’ Group member as a good place to hole up before venturing out of the San Francisco Bay.  While we were there, literally under the Marin-side span of the Golden Gate Bridge, a hoard of kayakers beached their boats, people walked and biked on the opposing jetty, and the bridge hummed with travelers going to and returning from The City.

 

GGBFrHorseshoe2It was a grand, final night in the Bay Area.  We were snugly anchored in this little, protected haven under the Golden Gate Bridge.  Our neighbor was playing the blues, the sundown was  vibrant paint strokes of color, and the night was filled with stars. What could be a better farewell to this special place?