#optsailing on a Cold but Dry Black Friday

Taking advantage of what was literally the calm between the storms, 38 sailors on five boats from various harbors around San Francisco Bay converged on Clipper Cove. They opted to sail rather than shop on Black Friday. They chose the cove on the east side of Treasure Island for their raft-up, seeking shelter from wakes that would rock the boats in less-protected anchorages.

Cockpit of Mistress II
Happy Black Friday from the crew of Mistress II.
© 2019 Nicole Rodatos

The boats included Zenaida, Ondina, Big Buoys and Bonaparte. Richard vonEhrenkrook brought Mistress II, a Farallon Clipper berthed in Sausalito. Frances Sawyer, a crewmember aboard Richard vonEhrenkrook’s Cal 20 Can O’Whoopass, brought her parents, Chris and Julie, and brother Glenn to join the gathering. The Sawyer family was visiting from Atlanta, Georgia.

rafted up
Richard’s wife Ali, with Athan (age 12) and Zach (8) Rodatos aboard Mistress II in Clipper Cove. The J/105 Big Buoys, rafted up alongside, came from San Francisco.
© 2019 Nicole Rodatos

“Zach and Athan are the sons of the photographer, Nicole Rodatos, who came with longtime Mistress II and Can crew, Rachel Porter,” explained Richard.

Zach at the helm
Zach Rodatos steered Mistress II’s big tiller most of the way back to Sausalito.
© 2019 Nicole Rodatos

Scroll down to the next story for more readers who opted to go out sailing on Black Friday.

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