June 2005: Sailing SF Bay on Zephyra

Zephyra is a rather special boat, a DK 46 foot racing sloop. It's a very light boat (lots of polymer construction, little wood or metal), very high tech, with a whole lot of sails giving it tremendous power and speed--quite a bit more sophisticated than anything I'd had the good fortune to sail on in the past. She belongs to my boss, Robert Youngjohns, and by his good graces a few of us enjoyed a wonderful few hours on San Francisco Bay one perfect day.

Our trusty vessel awaits. The carbon fiber mast is so tall it doesn't fit into the picture!

Avast, ye mateys! Is one of ye seasick before we've left the dock?!??

A somewhat commercial neighborhood we're departing...

"I want to know who took the strawberries?" says Captain Queeg.

Bert cannot tell a lie, "I took them, and they were good!"

The beautiful SF skyline was visible from most part of the bay on this very clear bright day...

Who is the tourist, aye?

"No tourist am I!" he says while grinding furiously on the main sheet.

"Everyone sit down and keep your hands and legs in the boat!" says Captain Youngjohns.

Bert's feeling a bit giddy and we haven't even opened the wine yet!

Had to shoot the skyline again...

Now Bryan is steering. Try not to think about who was steering while taking the pictures above, or why he was taking pictures and not steering, depending on how you want to look at it...

Making for the Golden Gate...

Part 2...

 
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