Pittsburg Yacht Club the following morning.
In the middle of the night I could tell the wind had come up because you could feel the boat rocking back and forth on the lines. It's a great way to sleep, but I remember thinking that I hope the wind goes away before it's time to leave.
We get up the next morning and have our coffee and the wind is howling. We listen to the marine radio weather channel and it's going to be windy well into Saturday afternoon. I set this event up and have 13 boats due to arrive on Friday with a total of 36 folks for Friday nights dinner. At around 11 a.m. we back the boat out of the slip and head out of the harbor. As soon as we get to the San Joaquin river we knew we were in for a ride. The wind is really blowing and the water is coming over the top of the boat fairly regularly. It takes about 3 hours to boat to Pittsburg Yacht Club, so it's going to be a rough ride. I kept thinking I could have saved myself a ton of work cleaning the outside of the boat. With all the water coming over the top of the boat it was getting a really great river wash.
Being in the big water on the river wasn't our biggest concern. The biggest concern is sterning in at Pittsburg Yacht Club. You have very little room and there are two boats to each slip. I decide at that point to drive the boat to Pittsburg and hubby can dock the boat when we get there. At least he's not spending three hours keeping the boat on course with the high winds.
We get to Pittsburg and indeed our weather report from our commodore who was helping get the boats in was that the wind was FIERCE. I didn't much like that word as sterning in is tough enough at times, but when the wind is fierce it's even more dicey.
Hubby sterns in without incident and we both breathe a sigh of relief. Of the 13 boats that signed up for this cruise out all 13 showed up on Friday. I was so very proud of everyone. All of us had one issue or another getting tied up that day, but we all showed up.
The party began after all the boats were in and we had a great weekend of fun, great food and some cold adult beverages. Everything went very well.
Sunday morning after a wonderful breakfast hubby and I decided to head out. We wanted to fuel up at Pittsburg Municipal (best price on fuel) and pump out again. The difference between Friday and Sunday was amazing. Hubby just put the vessel in forward and we floated away from the dock and the boat we were next to. Mother nature can really get angry now and then and just as quickly she can be kind again.
Now I'm working on our next cruise-out to Ebony Boat Club for next month. We are going to drown in southern hospitality there. These folks know how to cook. The same food I was raised on and I can hardly wait.