I started sailing in July of last year (2014) at Tradewinds Sailing School and Club. Learning to sail on the San Francisco Bay has been amazing. It’s the New York City of sailing–if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. 🙂
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I’m ASA Bareboat Charter certified (ASA 104) and I also hold my Advanced Docking and Motoring endorsement (ASA 118). My next step is Coastal Navigation, then Advanced Coastal Cruising, Celestial Navigation and then finally Passage Making. Ultimately I’d like to sail across an ocean (a la “All Is Lost” with Robert Redford).
Most of my sailing is done on the San Francisco Bay. That is, behind the Golden Gate Bridge. Cross underneath the Golden Gate and you’re in the open ocean. Now, sailing within the gate can be extremely challenging, but crossing out into the open ocean presents a whole new set of challenges. On July 19th, 2015, for the first time, I set sail for the open sea.