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re-rigged and put together --- time for some fun ! We checked the tide tables, got dingy gas, diesel , and headed out for Vallejo.  I really hadn't checked out the whole route of the Napa river on the chart, and after I flipped over the Chart Guide page at river marker 9, I almost died!--- the river channel gets really narrow at marker 7 and the pole marker is not were the channel is!!!  Naturally , the wind is blowing about 15 kts. by now and it's crunch time! Kneshia was watching the depthsounder as it went from 3.6 to 3.2 and suddenly the rudder wouldn't move!! Sure enough , we were aground ! I wondered if we should anchor, but Kneshia said "just relax and eat lunch" --"the flood tide will float us off soon".  Of course, half way through my sandwich , the bow rotates around and we are off!  So we try again to find the channel, only to go aground again.  Finally, we spot the 'pilings' the chart describes on the opposite shore.  We mentally judged 2/3 rds. the distance from the pilings to the #7 pole marker, and headed in that direction.  Sure enough , there was the channel!!  We motored through slowly, and the depthsounder started to read 4 ft. and then deeper --- we were on our way again!  We continued on to Vallejo with no problems until we reached the Lift Bridge.  By the time we got there, the flood tide was almost peaking at 2.3kts., so forward progress seemed slow.  A good thing, as we had forgotten the phone number to the bridge operator.  So we called on the vhf. radio, but no answer.  Then we called the Napa Marina and they gave us the number --- good thing we had our cell phone!!  Later we found out that the bridge operator does monitor ch. 13, but seems to prefer the cell phone since it has become more popular.  Anyway, we slowly made it under the bridge --- it seemed like an eternity!  Once thru, we were quickly at the 3rd marina entrance, looking for "Dragon Dance".  Sure enough, there was an empty slip next to her , just as Rob had described to us on the airplane from Vegas.  So we made a 'powered up' entrance, a hard right turn, up into the wind, and straight into the slip --- looking as if we had been doing it for years instead of for the first time!!!  What luck !!!  Vallejo was a nice surprise --- the marina office was very friendly and helpful, and encouraged us to buy a California Marina Guide book, which shows diagrams of  each marina's slip layout and apparent wind directions. This book was very helpful , as it also gives the name and phone number of the Harbormaster or person in charge of berth assignment. We would use it a lot in the next two weeks !!

Thurs., Aug 3    We cast off at 09:30, after returning the shore power adapter [ 50 to 30 amp ] and receiving our deposits back [ $150for the adapter, $20 for the key ].  We left at the start of the ebb-tide , and went "crashing and bashing" into the strong wind and short steep chop of San Pablo Bay.  It was a lot like Lake Mead chop, only closer together --- worse!  We dipped the bowsprit a few times after encountering a ferry wake, but we made good time

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keep in touch.  Wrote me on attractive cards from all over - Polynesia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Marseille to name a few.  The frustrating thing was I couldn't reply until he settled for a year with his family in France and he's not the easiest guy to find in Florida now that he's back. So if you read this Gerry, as they say in Australia "Good on yer mate!"

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OUTINGS and Get-togethers
We have dates and locations for meets both east coast and westcoast!

Date April 7(&8), the weekend before the Easter holiday:
Sail In - Drive In Sarasota, near Marina Jaks, Golden gate Point, with shore area and BBQ. We have Hutch (Talofa-Lee) to thank for helping with arrangements and
volunteering space, etc!

Date April 21, the weekend after the Easter Holiday:
Sail-In - Drive In Indian Cove Marina, Merritt island, Cocoa beach area, Similar plans for BBQ, etc.
We have Ron (Gybe-Ho) to thank for these arrangements, etc!

A group of Montgomery boat owners are planning a week long sailing trip on the Chesapeake Bay, starting the week of June 9. Plans are to sail around the Choptank area of the eastern shore.  To date, we have interest from about 12 to 15 boats, mostly Montgomery 15's, 17's and maybe a 23, plus a few other boats owned by others interested in tagging along.  As you are probably aware, NorSea also makes the Montgomery line, and the 17 and 23 are Lyle Hess designed boats. We would like to invite someone with a NorSea 27 to join us, as most of us have never seen one, live and in person, so to speak, and would love to have the complete NorSea/Montgomery line represented and present for a picture.  More information can be found on the Montgomery
owners site:
Howard Audsley
Columbia, MO
(573) 445-8160 (evenings)

Editors Note:  Welcome to the 24th Nor'Sea Newsletter, and my first effort.  Imust confess that it has been much more work and a much greater learning curve that I expected.  I apologize for the lateness of this issue, and will try to be nore timely in the future.  BUT, I need your help in putting interesting and engaging information in this "rag".

Please, Please send me any article, pictures etc. that you might think are of interest.  I would like to do a variety of personal interest and technical article in future newsile, but cannot without your help.   THANKS
BOB GARBE          (aka

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