On August 28, we woke at 5:00 to leave the Bay at slack tide for Santa Cruz. The trip allowed us to put our radar to the test as we spent several hours in the fog. In the afternoon the wind picked up and we rolled out our jib. With North winds from 15-28 knots we screamed down the coast. The sun cleared the fog at the entry to Santa Cruz Harbor as a local race ended and other boats sailed into the harbor. Fish and Game raise and release king salmon smolts in the harbor. Human and sea mammals lined the harbor hoping to land one.
Our Garmin is mounted in the cockpit. This setting shows radar and our navigation chart. The above screen shot shows the Golden Gate Bridge as a yellow line against the black. With thick fog around us these views allowed us to track vessels, navigational aids, and the coast as we exited the Bay.
This shot, a couple of miles off shore, shows a vessel as a green triangle to the left of the chart and as a yellow blip on the second ring of the radar. These images provide a degree of comfort in the thick fog.
Our 100 jib provides more than enough power. With winds gusting to 28 knots, we averaged 5.5-7 knots under sail over several hours.
The fog cleared as we entered the harbor.
Santa Cruz light house at harbor entry.
Elizabeth Jean at dusk, safe at the harbor.
The next day, sunny and calm. Must say she looks beautiful.