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Sailing for Crabs

Mike Pouliot had the good fortune to be out sailing on the Bay midweek, aboard his Yankee 30 Emerald. As an added bonus, he managed to catch a good feed of crabs along the way — just in time for Christmas!

We left Alameda at 7:30 a.m. and soon found a nice easterly wind to push us out the Gate. We dropped two crab pots at the “secret spot,” which is basically the closest legal spot to drop them.

The Bay Area knows how to put on a good midweek sailing day.
© 2020 Mike Pouliot

We then sailed north along the coast to roughly Pirates Cove as the pots soaked, on a truly glorious day of sunshine with relatively flat water and variable but consistently present wind.

We were rewarded with a dozen crabs, including a couple of really nice Dungeness, before sailing home. We shook out a reef along the Cityfront and finally motored in once we got near the Bay Bridge and lost all wind. One hell of a Wednesday!

Crabs in pot
That’s a fine-looking Christmas dinner!
© 2020 Mike Pouliot
Sailing home to SF
Catching the breeze home.
© 2020 Mike Pouliot

So, Mike, where did you say the secret spot is? If anyone else knows where the crabs are, feel free to let us know ….

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