September 2-5, 2005
Worrall Wind and her crew of two, set sail for Half Moon Bay on a cold and foggy morning. This was our first cruise with just the two of us. It turned out to be quite manageable with our new furling boom and sail. Our departure was delayed by a minor repair that put us in a flood current. Nevertheless, we navigated out the Gate and raised our new sail for the first time. What a joy! It went up smoothly and immediately started to work in a light wind. We were actually moving with only 5 knots of wind. Usually, we need about 10 knots to move! We had a great sail with south westerly winds. We rafted with the Berkeley Yacht Club group (12 boats). We hiked in the bluffs above the Mavericks, did some geocaching, enjoyed some Maverick brews, lots of great food and company. The sun came out on Sunday afternoon and graced us all the way home. We had a nice breeze until we got close to Seal Rock. We needed some engine power until we got through the Gate. Sailing north to Angel Island, we gybed with a great run-free angle all the way to Emeryville at 7 knots!
Worrall Travel R's - Kicking the Bucket List
- We are the Worrall Travel R's Roz and Russ Worrall. Our goal before we "kick the bucket" is to see as much of the world as we are able, learn about world cultures, experience making friends around the world, and share goodwill and what we learn with others. WE HOPE YOU JOIN US VIA THE BLOG ON OUR TRAVELS.We started our world travels in 1969 in VW camper van in the USA, Canada, and Europe, but didn't actively blog about our travels until 2009 aboard our sailing vessel SV Worrall Wind, a 44 ft Nauticat Ketch. On September 5, 2009 we left San Francisco and took a left at the Golden Gate to Explore the World.From to Sea to Land.After almost 4 years of cruising Mexico and the South Pacific, we sold our beloved boat in Australia, 2013. The Worrall Travel R's are continuing our travels around by many other means of conveyance -boats,trains, planes, sometimes camels, elephants, rickshaws, and hot air balloons..Russ is a retired engineer, optometrist, professor from U.C. Berkeley. Roz is a retired computer programmer/analyst, educator, (teacher, administrator, professional developer).Our Mantra:“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain
Monday, August 22, 2005
August 21, 2005
We completed the installation of a Furl Boom and full batten main sail on Sunday afternoon about 1600. Russ and son Garyn spent the weekend before climbing up and down the mast installing the new track. It was too late to try out the new boom and sail, so we will have to save a trial sail for another day. But it sure looks great! Of course, that's not the reason we got it. It's a safety precaution so that either one of us is able to single hand the ketch if necessary. Eventually, we will be installing an electric winch with the lines into the pilothouse.
Our next outing is planned for Labor Day Weekend. We will be cruising with the Berkeley Yacht Club to Half Moon Bay.