After spending the first couple of years in the slip we decided that we needed to branch out and start doing some boating. One of our dock neighbors was a commodore of a yacht club and talked us into attending one of their events to see if we would like to join. Well, we attended and fell in love with the people and the club. We joined Delta Marina Yacht Club and started boating in a big way.
The first cruise out we attended was Tower Park Marina. Getting into Tower Park is difficult at best. Trial by fire is what we decided and sure enough it was trying. We managed and after having that cruise under our belts we felt more confident. It was still a very big deal to go anywhere though.
The next big challenge was Caliente Isle Yacht Club on Bethel Island. All summer long the wind howls (I mean HOWLS) through this area and it takes a lot of know-how to get into and out of this club. Every third boat has to have an anchor out that's how windy it is. We didn't do well. It was horrible, but we weren't the only ones that had trouble. That didn't help much, but some. It was during this cruise that I was asked if I was interested in going through the chairs of the yacht club. As you all know I said yes.
The next challenge was the bay cruise. This annual event in done during the end of September for about 10 days. The first year we passed as we thought it too daunting for us fairly new and inexperienced boaters. The second year we went as far as Benicia Yacht Club. About the midway point to the San Francisco Bay. It wasn't nearly as scary as we thought it was going to be.
The next invite we got was to check out a private island to see if we were interested in becoming members. Many of our yacht club folks belonged to this island so we decided to take a look. Well we loved the island and joined right away. This has been a very big learning curve in our boating. Many folks want power and water hookups when they go somewhere in their boat. With this island you don't have either one. We learned what we could do and what we couldn't do to stay at the island for sometimes a week or more. The only power you have is your generator. One of the best things we did was joining our island.
We are just now starting to learn how to boat. We still have lots of apprehension every time we go somewhere, but not nearly as bad. We do know one thing...we love our boat.
Current Whereabouts: Pittsburg Yacht Club