Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Fort Bragg, California (Noyo River)

July 7, 2010
Day 1773
Fort Bragg, California
Noyo Boat Basin
Miles sailed this year: 5476nm
Miles since day 1: 32,009nm

Today we sailed from Bodega Bay, California to Fort Bragg, California. Sea and wind conditions were exceptionally benign and extremely favorable for the trip North with some light southerly component winds and a small push from the current. We covered 89 nautical miles in about 12 hours and were tied to the dock in Fort Bragg about 10 minutes after sunset.

The Noyo river is an authentic working commercial fishing port and seems a semi-modern vision of the classic John Stienbeck 'Cannery Row'.

Kathy' s father 'Dick Harkey' joined us for the journey and will continue on with us tomorrow to Shelter Cove about 30 some miles to the North. Dick has a California fishing license and brought along some fishing gear, but it was all fishing and no catching today... likely due to the low water temperatures that ranged from 48.2F to 52.8F on our trip today. We tried heading further offshore to the continental shelf to find warmer waters, but an adverse current in the 2 knot range scuttled that idea and we returned close to shore to utilixe the favorable counter current that kept the boat speed in the 8 knot range.

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