Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Beach Blanket Babylon...

Whew! What a weekend for a yacht club cruise-out. Last Friday afternoon brought rain, icy winds, and a messy chop, so we put on our foulies and a stiff upper lip and motored off to South Beach Harbor to celebrate Deb’s birthday and start our weekend yacht club cruise-out.

It’s always great fun with our boating buddies, and we quickly warmed up, watched the rain recede and the sun go down from the fly-bridge of Lu Sea, and then had a fun dinner at MoMo’s.

Saturday brought a gorgeous sailing day, but since we arrived on Friday in order to help cruisers find their berths and tie-up on Saturday, it wasn’t a sailing day for us. Some of our fellow cruisers, however, sailed out to the Golden Gate and around the bay before finally arriving at South Beach.

The rain held off for our dockside cocktail party and “Hat-a-la-Beach Blanket Babylon” contest. We didn’t have near enough contestants, but the handful of cruisers who did make hats came out with great ones. The prizes, of course, were hats.

That evening we hustled off in fourteen cabs (55 of us all together) to Club Fugazi and Beach Blanket Babylon, probably San Francisco’s best known musical theater revue. If you’ve never been, you seriously are missing a great show! San Francisco’s mayor, Gavin Newsom, was there, too, but since my camera got put in storage at the door, no pics. He’s probably just as glad, but we know he was just there for us!

After the show, we all adjourned to Capp’s, one of North Beach’s oldest Italian eateries. The place was almost entirely ours, probably to the chagrin of regulars, and we held our own so much so that there weren’t too many late-night parties aboard our boats after we got back to the harbor.

Sunday morning we awoke to rain and threatening skies. It lifted enough for some of us to have breakfast at the Java House, and then as we returned to our slips to start our morning fizz party, rain returned. But, we’re sailors, so a little rain didn’t dampen our spirits, and the fizz party drew virtually everybody to the docks.

The return trip across the bay, however, brought even more blustery winds along with rain and even some hail. But what fun it was!

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