Petaluma sail: part 2 (better late than never)

Well, it’s better late than never. I finally had enough time sitting in front of a computer with adequate wi-fi to post a semi-descent blog posting of our Sail/Motor up to Petaluma and back, May 14-18.  The trip up to Petaluma was planned with a departure and meeting with our friends, S/V Sierra and S/V Gone Tomorrow, just off of the Berkeley Pier at 7am. We planned the early morning departure with the flood, in order to make our motor up the river easier. Going with the current and with a high tide is key for this trip. Another key point about this trip is making sure you schedule for the D Street draw bridge opening.  This requires a minimum of 4 hour in advance notice during the week and a 24 notice over the weekend. We remember to call that morning at 9:30 am, but the bridge attendant was able to work with our schedule. Thankfully we arrived on time. The motor up was perfect; no wind and warm and sunny until mid way up, then it rained.  Times like this, we really enjoy our dodger.  The rain cleared once we arrived in Petaluma. There was a few old classic boats tied up when we arrived, shortly after, we learned that this was the “Salute to American Graffiti” weekend in Petaluma and that another 15 or more boats would be arriving in the next day or two. Sure glad we got there a day early!

No complaints for my 34th birthday. The weekend was filled with fun times; communal dinners, potlucks, festival activities, a birthday yoga class with Jen, more friends, walks to the park, more friends and one late night birthday celebration. I think this was the only time I felt my aging body. Late nights, although a great time had by all, can’t do those so much anymore.

On Sunday, we planned our departure for our return trip based on the tide again, but this time we also had to wait for most of the boats that were tied up behind us to leave first. We left just in time to catch the 1pm D Street bridge opening. A lovely motor down the river lead us to a lovely sail in San Pablo Bay. S/V Gone Tomorrow had to head back to their port, but S/V Sierra and our family afloat sailed in to China Camp for a night. We stayed anchored for  the night. It was quiet and calm. A very different feel from Petaluma. It was a good way to decompress from the busy weekend.

On Monday, after some boatschooling in the morning, we sailed off the hook and in to Sausalito.

What a fantastic little weekend sail. It’s amazing how little distance you can travel by boat and feel so far away.

Picture from Andy’s boat on our motor up to Petaluma.

A view of the boat crew looking down the river at the city dock and market center. S/V Sierra in front, S/V Shawnigan second from front and S/V Gone Tomorrow third from front. Photo credit: to Andy on S/V Sierra.

Birthday drink at NATIVE KOMBUCHA BAR. Highly recommended!

Petaluma City Dock potluck for the “american graffiti festival”.

Nina and Ellamae pretend to grab the fake food off of one of the “American Graffiti” cars on display.

Taj “hiding” behind his fork.

yummy Petaluma Meat Pie from the Petaluma Pie Co.

Hammock Time!

Ellamae’s Papa giving her a henna face tattoo.

Nina getting all sorts of henna tattoos from Papa Jason.

Great company with Jen and her tight little tribe.

D street draw bridge opening up for us to leave Petaluma.

Heading down the river with S/V Sierra by our side.

Nina relaxed and reading after a long weekend of fun.

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4 thoughts on “Petaluma sail: part 2 (better late than never)

  1. tightlittletribe

    Great to see this! I’m actually glad you waited a bit to post it, brought the adventure right back. We’re pretty busy the next week or two, but should be able to rendezvous in Clipper Cove, or wherever for a raft up sometime in June.
    -JD

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  2. Nancy Woodward

    Hi Jen! Great blog/website!! Your kids are adorable and I admire your lifestyle ~a lot of patience and work and so well worth it!! I was wondering where you got your brown strappy sandals in the photo ?? They look like they zip up in the back?? I usually wear flipflops however these look comfortable! Thankyou and keep smiling!! Nancy

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