So we organized a Saturday morning event at De Anza Cove, Mission Bay, San Diego for December 3, 2011.

The pictures and movies are all taken by others (Steve M., Sam J., Jack G. and Roman B.) and I had to make some tough choices. Here we unload the trailer at the boat ramp

And here a small movie (redundant with the picture but not sure how the quality of the M4V clip is. On my machine it works with Firefox and suggests to use iTunes to display the movie).

Steve's wide angle gives a nice impression on how large that area is - plus all the people that came by.

How many engineers does it take to push a boat into deeper water? Shown here are various people in shorts (Jack, Ed, Jason and myself). The water was actually warmer than the air, at least after a while.

And we had some more visitors too: a group of outrigger enthusiasts, Aimee and Paul (from the Maritime Museum) saw the kayak (Guillemot) on the beach, not knowing it was mine and they decided to take a look. Again needs iTunes to display the .m4v file.
Here I show off the power of two batteries in parallel to get from the ramp over to the floating dock. Roman was clearly impressed. Another .m4v file.

After a quick stopover at the floating dock (to mount the flag poles with the ladder), we are ready to leave for the other shore where the base camp had been established, marked clearly by impressive Flagpole Buddy hardware.

As usual, I forgot something important while trying to remember how to handle all the lines.

Sam caught me when I yanked in the fender.

Well off the leeward shore, I am ready to make sail.

No more Jolly Roger now either - the Stars and Stripes on proud display on the main mast. Photo taken by Steve from his yellow tandem kayak.

Steve took this close-up, proving again that this is not a remote-controlled vessel (so many people think it is...)

On the other shore, Dave was busy shoveling a small channel - the thought was that I would sail right into it and the boat would be secure there. He was late with his shovel so I cruised up and down a few times, driven by the fore topsail, the spritsail and the lateen only.

People could not believe that I was not cheating with the motor. They also could not believe how elegant my tacks went back and forth.

Here is Dave in motion on the same subject plus some of my tacking. Another .mv4 file.

We had reached close to low tide now and unbeknownst to Dave, this made the canal idea sort of obsolete as I ran aground about 10 feet from the water's edge. So I just got out and dragged the boat on the soft mud a bit closer, the hull heeling over on one side

Steve took this from the base camp, looking at the crowd that made it over from the boat ramp.

Dave got over his disappointing canal project easily enough (note his famous T-shirt) and I prepared for a short speech (too long again, I know)

Have I ever mentioned that I am truly blessed? Here is the gracious hostess, smiling after all these years of dust and dirt, absentee husband etc. I am indebted to Sam for this capture of a magic moment.

After doing two single-person projects over the last 8 years, I gladly consent to do something for at least two people, preferably more like the family or friends.

And here we go with a glass of real bubbly stuff, poured over the goddess of whatever and a speech (see movie below)

Jack took this short movie on his iPhone (needs QuickTime):

Probably not to be continued - look for a new chapter on this site.