Hello Caliente Cruisers.
We had our first "official" cruise-out of the season last weekend. All week long we watched the weather for the upcoming weekend, all the indications looked good. A little rain and then a warm, sunny Saturday and Sunday. Well, there was that little item of wind.
The forecast said "breezy" conditions on Friday. Well, that didn't look too bad. Friday morning broke, I looked out my window to see palm trees bending against a nasty Northerly wind. Yikes! I expected my phone to start ringing, and right about 8:00 the first calls came in. Whoa, what is going on with this wind? Well, we all decided to take a wait and see attitude. Around noon the first intrepid crews set out, followed by the rest
of the fleet later in the afternoon. Mildred Island looked like Suisun Bay on a bad day.
However, by 6:30, all 11 boats were tied to the dock and the party officially began.
We were hosted by the Delta Yacht Club. A beautiful private island right of the San Joaquin
river. Friday night a group of us sat by the fireplace catching up on stories and enjoying
a few adult beverages.
Saturday broke clear, sunny and almost breeze free. We began to explore the island
and check out all the facilities. Before long we had people chipping and putting on the islands golf course. As well as a group of avid bocce players tackling the challenging grass court. After a few throws we learned where all the sprinkler heads were as well as the islands gravitational anomalies which seemed to make the balls change direction for no reason.
Saturday evening came and we had a huge bar-b-que pot luck in the clubhouse. Unfortunately, many of the attendees went back to their boats hungry. As always there wasn't enough food between the appetizers, sides and main courses, I am not even going to mention the deserts.
Saturday evening brought a bunch of good camaraderie and games, Oh, and a few more adult beverages.
Sunday was the best day of the weekend weather wise. That always seems to be the case.
Everyone had a smooth, relaxing cruise home, a perfect day on a boat.
This was a fantastic destination, and a great weekend. I hope this is a portent of things to come for our cruising season. We missed those of you who couldn't make it, so please check out the calendar for upcoming events. Our next cruise is the Asparagus Festival. Unfortunately that is sold out. However, everyone is welcome to come by asphalt slough, go to the festival and hang-out. May's cruise will be to Willow Berm. I will be sending a message out with details, please get your reservations in early, we sold out last year.
Cant wait to get back out and see everyone on the water.