Windmill Cove Cruise Report:
“…and then there were four”
By the Saturday before our Friday departure, sixteen boats were signed up. Clearly there were plenty of signs of pent up demand to get back on the water even in winter. Then the clouds and forecast appeared. A few dropped out. Then the rain started. A few more bailed. Then the Chronicle weather forecast showed sideways rain and lighting. By departure day we were a fine bunch of four hearty cruisers. To be clear, we had a mechanical reason or two for dropping out. But many who worried about the rain drove in to Windmill Cove for the St. Patrick’s Day party. Others stayed close to their home berths to celebrate. It did rain hard on both Friday and Saturday nights with scattered sprinkles on Friday afternoon but was mostly pleasant during the days and fine for dock talk and walks.
The entertainment started on Friday when Gary Page dropped a very expensive electrical pig tail in the drink. He tried a net. No good. He started thinking about swimming but was told that the water was 59 degrees. No go. Finally, he snagged the thing with the help of a rake and his boat hook to applause all around.
A large number of CIYCers arrived throughout Saturday afternoon and all enjoyed an indoor party with afternoon DJ entertainment. A better show than Gary was put on by a dozen visiting offshore race boats from a club called the Delta Lunch Bunch. These were gear heads more than gold chain types. Lots of huge engines, very loud pipes and displays of speed. We watched off the Windmill Cove deck as boats went by, one at 120 mph. They were having fun in their way ($$$$) as we had fun in our way (zzzz!)
After dinner, some dancing and lots of pool games, our party broke up and folks went their way. We got underway at mid-day on Sunday for a nice ride back to home harbors in sun and broken clouds.
We have organized one more cruise before we pass the baton on to other cruise directors. This will be to the Stockton Asparagus Festival on April 27-29. The Stockton Downtown Marina folks are giving us essentially the entire Dock B with slips for club use. The Warehouse with a couple of bars and restaurants will be within 100 yards or so. Marina staff promises a golf cart to transport any who don’t want to walk to the event site.
Watch for more info on other upcoming events and then as this event comes closer we will send more info.
Cruise Directors January-April 2012
Ted and JoAnne Lyman