|Sunny skies and 15 knots of westerlies greeted the assembling I-36 fleet as they converged on Treasure Island for the run down the estuary to Encinal. Commodore Salvo unleashed the charge of 6 boats about 1120, and the 3 already tied up at Encinal waited to help with the tie-up efforts. It wasn't long before Bill Higdon's Blockbuster and Harry Farrel's Pacific High were locked in a downwind duel. Each going wing & wing and throwing winds shadows as they played the shifts and sides of the channel. It was fun to watch, and in less than an hour we were at Encinal. Backing into the narrow dock area with a power boat fleet already there called for some tight turns, but all made it in without a scratch anywhere.|
After time for hellos and a bit of lunch, cruise organizers Vice Commodore Dennis and Judy Bush rounded up 19 folks for a tour of the aircraft carrier Hornet, now permanently docked on the other side of Alameda. We wandered the cavernous hanger deck, climbed forward to the forepeak and chain locker, across the flight deck, down to the wardroom and up to the bridge for 2 hours.
As if one unique boat tour wasn't enough, Peter Wilhite then took us on a tour of a new creation being built at Svendsen's Boatworks - a 90 foot long, 20 foot wide sampan that will be towed to Hawaii and used as a houseboat. Peter has been working with designer Carl Schumacher as an advisor/owner's representative. The sampan has two full staterooms below, plus a main salon or office, a galley and a head, then a glass-enclosed topside deckhouse/master stateroom. It's beautiful woodwork of teak, mahogany, and black walnut, with six coats of satin varnish, and gleaming painted wood were the envy of all. Credit for the woodwork goes to John Philips and Russ (?) who have worked with Svendsen's for many years. The hull is made up of wood-cored fiberglass, with balsa used as the core above the waterline to reduce weight. Even in it's partially completed state it was a marvel to behold.
Back at the marina, all gathered for cocktails around the pool, then enjoyed a fine dinner at Encinal Yacht Club. It was a great cruise with 12 Islanders represented!
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