Friday, October 12, 2012

Cruising Report

Cruising Report
By Diane Shoff co-safety officer/Vice Commodore

Since the end of August there have been two very successful cruises with Caliente Isle Yacht Club members. An impromptu cruise to Mildred Island was held on August 14th-16th. Seven boats made the trip and the weather was fantastic. Still warm enough to swim and play in the water, yet cool enough in the evening to get a good night’s sleep on the hook. Gary and Janice Page were the first to arrive at the anchorage and set anchors fore and aft which allowed the rest of us to build upon a stable picket boat. The rest of us arrived at various times throughout the day with our new members, the Scotts, arriving on Saturday. Chip Maguire and Mark Sechler hosted a fantastic dinner in honor of our own Past Commodore Phil Calderoni’s 70th birthday. Happy Birthday Phil! Steak and lobster were cooked to perfection by the Chipster and Mark the Shark which fed everyone to the brim with good eats. Others brought various side dishes to compliment the feast. There were no anchor drills or mishaps over the weekend and everyone had a wonderful time. Of course, the ‘anchor nazi’ made sure every anchor line was in ship shape before retiring each evening.

On September 28th – October 6th the Up-River Cruise was held in lieu of our normal Down Bay Cruise. The cruise was organized and led by our own Past Commodore Michelle Young. She did a great job with organizing tours and dinners throughout the trip. Four boats (Delta Moon, Southern Bell, Knot Too Fancy and Adventure) made the entire trip with “Lewi Lewi”, joining the rest of us at the Sacramento Yacht Club.   

Starting on Friday, September 28th, all of us that were docked at Delta Marina plus the DeBartolos and Curtis-Browns’s made the trip to the Dutra Museum of Dredging. We had a personalized tour by one of the Dutra family members for just our group. There are many models of dredges, pictures galore, and even some hand sketched prints on linen to see. Everyone enjoyed the tour and learned a great deal of history about dredging and the Dutra Company. Most people wish to return and spend more time looking at the museum. Kim Korth, from Korth’s Pirates Lair, joined us for the tour and later she discussed some of the important issues facing the delta; most notably, the Conveyance Tunnel (code for peripheral canal) recently announced by Gov Gerry Brown. She brought us up to speed on the politics and the need for all of us to get involved if we don’t want Southern California to ruin our beloved Delta. More information can be found at, a not for profit group dedicated to preserving the Delta for fisherman, Central Valley Agriculture, and Boaters in California. Please take the time to go to their site and familiarize yourself with the latest news on this front. Also, I have obtained copies of the Documentary “Over Troubled Waters” which details the battle of the people who want to protect the waters of the Delta versus the political forces who control today’s water policy. Call (530 676 3507) or email ( ) to make arranges to borrow one of the DVD’s. We will also keep a copy onboard Knot Too Fancy to make it easier to borrow the DVD.

Sunday, Sept 30th we departed from Delta Marina and cruised up the Sacramento River with an overnight stop at the Ryde Hotel. Wow – Salmon Fishing was in full force and navigation throughout the trip was interesting as we had to dodge fishing boats of all types, including some I wouldn’t float in my bathtub. We where meet by Joel and Colette Curtis-Brown at the dock and they joined us for a marvelous champagne brunch (well worth the stop). Some of the crew wandered around the grounds as this hotel was once owned by Lon Chaney and family. One of the points of interest is the Speak Easy located below the main floor. Although the docks are a little rickety and very limited electrical service, we still had a great time hanging around and chatting it up.

As we got underway on Monday, Oct 1st to cruise up river the temperature started to climb and it was over 100 degrees by the time we reached Sacramento Yacht Club. Luckily we had power and the A/C’s where cranked up. We stayed at the Sacramento Yacht Club for two very hot days and nights. The Griffiths and Daniels joined us and we had quite the crew for dinner at Scotts Seafood right across the river from SacYC. “ Knot Too Fancy” hauled fourteen members over to the docks at Scotts , dropped them off, and later picked them up after dinner. Activities included salmon fishing, a Potluck Dinner, and a Safety Demonstration by SacYC entitled ‘a watery grave’ which will be described separately in the safety article

From SacYC on Wednesday ,Oct 3rd we made the short trip to the docks at Old Town Sac for two nights where we were on our own for shopping and dining. It is great to be so close to Old Sac and all the shops. Some members went to the Train Museum, while others were content to window shop. The original plan was to travel up river to the American River and anchor out for one night, but since the wind picked up we decided to just take a quick trip up that way and try our luck fishing. “Lewi Lewi” braved the rocky waters of the American for a short trip and for the third time on the trip was used for a fishing boat. The salmon were running and Vern Green caught a 19.5 lb king salmon measuring 36inches! It fed all 10 of us with plenty left over for another night. Thanks Vern for sharing your wonderful catch.

We then began our trip home on Friday, Oct 5th , stopping for one night at Walnut Grove. No power on the docks but we all have generators and by then the 100 degree heat had dropped to 70 so no one was uncomfortable. Janice Page’s sister Denny joined us for dinner. We all headed over to Tony’s Steakhouse, which doesn’t usually serve dinner on Fridays but arrangements were made just for CIYC to eat. The food was fantastic and the well drinks were only 3 bucks! We returned to our respective home ports Friday Oct 5th by travelling down Georgiana Slough for a change of pace. All boats made it home without incident and most of us felt we would do this trip again in a few years. Thanks again to Michelle for setting this up.