The Tancook Whaler, Yara, Album 2
Humboldt Bay, CA, April 2008
Kent Wheeler at the tiller, with Samoa Bridge in distant background.
|A mild breeze on an April day, a fortuitous family gathering, and two knowledgeable sailors combined to make this an especially nice family outing on Humboldt Bay. With Eureka's Carson Mansion, Adorni event center, and county library on our left, and the Woodley Island Marina where Yara is berthed on our right, we tacked south with the tide and against the breeze toward the bay's entrance. It was a genuinely pleasant hour of happy, quiet, and gently-filled sails, before we decided to drop anchor for lunch off a stand of eucalyptus trees near the south jetty. Tummies full, a little nap, and we hauled anchor to head back. Dodging a few raindrops and accepting a loss of wind (the steam from the Samoa pulp mill suddenly was rising vertically) Kent started up his "make and break" engine and "firm hand on the tiller, giggling gulls flying along behind" (apologies to Robert McCloskey), returned us all to port -- happy and exhilarated. The brothers did all the work, Dad reminisced about his midshipman days and Mom just enjoyed the scenery and the specialness of place and people. (Sorry old salts - text by Mom. Description of boat details to come later.)||
Woodley Island Marina
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