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Old 10-14-2012, 01:33 PM   #1
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2012 Fleet Week/America's Cup - SF Bay

We headed out Tues for a week to experience the Blue Angels flight demonstrations and the America’s Cup World Series races on the San Francisco Bay. We had never spent any time in Sausalito, so we planned to stay there for the week to learn the area. We loaded the bikes on board to allow us to ride the mile or so into town and get a little exercise.




Since I was off to a late start and the Admiral needed more time, we decided that I’d go ahead of her, buy fuel on the way and meet her at the Benecia Marina Wed morning. This also saved her about 4 hrs of enroute time each way and spared her one extra night stay on the boat. (She doesn’t sleep as well onboard as I do.)

I stopped along the way in Antioch to pick up some diesel. While enroute, I conducted an ER check and found a raw water leak from the shaft of my stbd RW pump at the rate of about 2 drips per second. All engine temps were the normal 180°. The leak concerned me and I watched it closely as I continued another 30 mins to my fuel stop. After refueling, I tightened a bolt (see arrow in pic) on the pump and the flow slowed significantly. I made some calls and found a shop in a Martinez that would rebuild the pump first thing the next morning, if needed, so I continued cautiously toward Benecia. After 20 minutes enroute, I checked the ER again and the leak had completely stopped! Numerous followup checks throughout the week confirmed the same. Rebuilding/replacing this pump has now moved to the top of my to-do list.

For the past 60 hrs of operation, I have been running at a more leisurely 2000 RPM for a 7.4 Kt speed. After 31 hours since my last fill up, I was pleased to find I only needed 86 gals, yielding less than 2.8 GPH total. This compares favorably with my last fill up after running for 30 hrs yielding 2.75 GPH. I have also found that my previously high oil consumption at 2300 RPM has vanished. We operated 22.4 hrs this week and did not burn any oil.

After a nice night in Benecia, the Admiral joined me and we continued toward Sausalito’s Clipper Yacht Harbor which would be our base of operations for the week.





The only mishap we experienced enroute was getting waked by a high speed ferry (Yep, I was talking and not paying attention!) which caused enough roll action to spill my coffee on my laptop keyboard!! Fortunately, I had a spare laptop down below for backup navigation, so we didn’t lose nav redundancy with our Garmin unit. We arrived at 1500 on Wed and settled right in. Since we had some daylight, we unloaded the bikes and checked out the local area. Found some interesting shops and restaurants and familiarized ourselves with our new surroundings.



Thursday provided the time to explore the ‘floating homes’ of Richardson Bay by dinghy. They are a very eclectic cluster of alternative living modules, some floating, some resting on the mud at low tide, but all with an interesting character.





The Blue Angels were scheduled to arrive in the afternoon and put on a brief practice demo, so we headed out at 1400 for the show. In speaking with friends who have done this before, we were cautioned that many boats just drift and idle along to watch the show. The largest crowds were expected for the shows on Sat and Sun, so we figured we’d get the chance to learn the ropes on Thu and Fri.

Since we had never experienced this before, we took our time and observed how the locals were situated before committing to drop anchor along with them. Traffic was light and we anchored at the 50 feet depth just west of Alcatraz and just north of the ‘restricted box’ designated for the airshow and AC races. We knew we wanted to be close to the airshow center point to get the best view of the cross overs and low altitude flybys. Once the show started, we knew we had found our mark!





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Friday’s airshow practice was a more complete show including the RCAF F-18s, F22, United 777 and, of course, the Blue Angels. The entry maneuver of the Blue Angels took them directly above our boat at anchor. We experienced the thrill and bone shaking noise and vibration of numerous overflights at low altitude by the F18s and the F22.




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Old 10-14-2012, 01:33 PM   #2
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On Saturday, Mark Pierce and Perla were able to join us onboard FlyWright for the day. They arrived with gifts Perla had made in the Phillipines for us. Here I am with the Admiral modeling my Carquinez Coot hat and great new shirt. It reads, FlyWright salutes America’s Cup SF 2013!



We headed out around 1100 for a 1230 airshow start. This allowed us a chance to get prime positioning and enjoy a lunch at anchor before the activities started. As the show progressed, we found ourselves on the bow enjoying the action. That’s when a series of waves got the boat rocking enough to cause our temporary fridge sitting on the counter to start to tip!! I ran inside and, in the process, ran into a table and broke the floor pedestal table mount! (Replacement part and a spare already on its way here for $20) At that point, I knew I needed to secure the fridge and broke out the hardware to fashion a makeshift bungee restraint system. It worked and we never had another problem with the rollers.

We enjoyed watching the America’s Cup 45-foot catamarans cruising around and among the crowds during the aerial displays.





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The weekend Fleet Week activities were accompanied by an AM radio simulcast which provided the running commentary of the Parade of Naval Ships and the aerial displays. It was a great way to get a better understanding of what we were watching and just who was buzzing our boat!

After a fun day on the water, we enjoyed a great dinner with our friends at Avatar, an interesting cultural fusion restaurant near the marina.




Sunday’s airshow was scheduled to be a repeat of Saturday airshow, but this time with our daughter Teresa and her college roommate Alexa aboard.



Teresa rented a high power telephoto lens for the weekend and took hundreds of pictures with her DSLR camera. When the pics are available to me, I’ll post them or a link on this thread.

We had a bit more weather on Sunday which caused some of the acts to abbreviate or cancel their performances and as the hour approached for the Blue Angels, we wondered whether the clouds would part enough to allow for the show to go on. Then we got word that the airshow would be placed on hold for about an hour while the America’s Cup final Fleet Race took place.

All of a sudden, we found ourselves with front row seats to the eastern turn point on the race! We turned on the TV and watched the NBC live coverage as we watched the action out the windows.



When the America’s Cup race ended, the clouds parted to provide the bluest skies of the week. We enjoyed a stellar performance of the Blue Angels that placed the perfect exclamation mark on our week of fast planes and fast boats!

We were up at first light to take advantage of the end of the flood tide.





On the way home, I passed Port Chicago where a munitions ship was docked. Since there was no active loading or unloading occurring at the time, the USCG escorts allowed me to pass through the main channel with their escort, rather than being diverted to the narrow, shallow secondary channel. After placing a radio call for permission to proceed escorted, I was met by one USCG patrol and passed to another as I continued my course toward home.


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Old 10-14-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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For those who like dark hulls and Californians



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Very cool report. Thanks much for putting it up. If you have any more shots of Sausalito it would be neat to see them. I lived there until I was seven at which point we moved to Hawaii. So my image of Sausalito is of a little fishing and railroad town. Your shots of the houseboats struck a chord, though. My father had a bunch of writer and artist friends who lived on homemade houseboats and converted ferry boats.

Anyway, great shots and it looked like you had ideal weather the whole time.
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Dang! I didn't know that a Californian could look sooooo good.
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... That’s when a series of waves got the boat rocking enough to cause our temporary fridge sitting on the counter to start to tip!! I ran inside and, in the process, ran into a table and broke the floor pedestal table mount! (Replacement part and a spare already on its way here for $20) ...

Never saw a man move so fast from foredeck to salon!


Thanks for the day on the boat! Tell Meg her chicken-salad sandwiches were "rockin'."



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On the way home, I passed Port Chicago where a munitions ship was docked. Since there was no active loading or unloading occurring at the time, the USCG escorts allowed me to pass through the main channel with their escort, rather than being diverted to the narrow, shallow secondary channel. After placing a radio call for permission to proceed escorted, I was met by one USCG patrol and passed to another as I continued my course toward home.


Wow! You deserved a private escort! So far, the USCG has only flung their wakes toward me.

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Thanks for posting this Al. Great pictures....

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Great pics Al. Can you fly us out there to participate?
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Mark, yes we got the escort, but I knew that 30 cal wasn't there to protect me.

David, if you get out here for next fall, I've got 2 seats reserved for you on board.

I fashioned an anchoring system for the countertop fridge, but after taking it to the boat this weekend, it didn't work as planned. I now have anchoring system 2.0 ready for testing and installation. It's just two eye bolts with a double spring-loaded latch like this to keep the fridge from tipping.



This will allow me to connect the eye bolts to the wall and fridge, then position the fridge and still be able to easily connect the hook.

I forgot to add this raw water pump image as a reference for the third paragraph.
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I`m not familiar with the state CA flag but I suspect those on board are not Californian. BruceK
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I hardly recognized it flying right side up.
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All these shots were taken by my daughter, Teresa, from the bow of FlyWright at Fleet Week San Francisco, October 7, 2012.
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That lens sure did the trick! A lot of moisture under pressure that day!
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That lens sure did the trick! A lot of moisture under pressure that day!
My three favorites too.

Thanks for demonstrating the inadequacies of my pack-of-cards-sized Canon.
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No worries...Maybe Perla would like one for Christmas! They're only $2000.

You should have seen my daughter's death grip on that camera!! It was an insured rental, but she was hangin' on tight!
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Good article and photos, I remember seeing you out on the bay that Thursday.
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That flag on my black boat is the New Zealand flag as I was supporting my Kiwi heritage on the bay. Hence the name of the boat "Kiwi Magic". The New Zealand Americas Cup challenger and winner in 1995 was "Black Magic" but for obvious reasons I was not going to name my boat by that name.
Again good article.
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How cool!! I didn't know that was you, gwkiwi. Your boat looked great! Well, it's hard not to look great in a boat with such classic lines. You have very good taste!

Here's another glamour shot for you!!

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