For most of my adult life, the San Francisco Maritime Museum has been one of my favorite places in the city. I love the history, the ships, the models, and just about everything about it. I visited it often before I ever got involved there, and I have volunteered there when I could. I’ve worked on a few different things there, but my main involvement is with the Alma. I sailed on her quite a bit in the late 90s, and I have been making an effort to work her back into my schedule for a while now. Recently, I have been able to dedicate quite a bit of time to her, and am loving it. If you would like to go our for a sail on her, check out this link for ticket information.
In the last two weeks, I have been able to get in 4 days on Alma, and will be putting in another 2 this Friday and Saturday. We’ve sailed with Sea Scout kids and their parents, normal sails that you can get through the link above, and sailed for another Parks Service department having a picnic. All have been a great time. Rather than trying to describe it all, check out the links above, and enjoy some pictures.
Last Saturday, I got a chance to sail with friends. We had two outings, one during the day, and one for the sunset and well into the early hours of Sunday. On the daytime trip, we cruised around the bay, got to see some whales, and got to chase Alma around a bit. It was interesting and a bit instructive to watch them maneuver and douse sails from an outside perspective.
With the evening sail, we were treated to a light wind run down the cityfront and around Yerba Buena Island, then the wind picked up and made for an exciting time beating back north behind Angel Island.
Of all the things to do sailing here in the SF Bay, sailing at night on a night like that is at the top of the list for me. Sometimes the expense and hassles of living here can wear you down, but for me, all it takes is a night sailing on the bay like this to remind me exactly why I live here. The beauty of San Francisco takes on a completely new side at night from the water. To me, and everyone I’ve shared the experience with, it is San Francisco at her best.