View Full Version : Point San Pablo down to Castro Point and back again
02-20-2011, 10:41 PM
The weather only cleared today, so I hauled the Cosine Wherry over the extremely potholed and muddy road up to Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor. They have no real launching, but you have access (of a sort) to a beach owned by Chevron. Here is the thread from a year ago when I scouted the road and launching area - http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?109966-Point-San-Pablo-Yacht-Harbor-visit
Rather than risk getting stuck I just dragged the wherry down to the water, then rowed past the ruined whaling station at the point.
Then I rowed around several ruined piers and south towards scenic Winehaven and Point Molate.
02-20-2011, 10:49 PM
Before Point Molante is the scenic shuttered town of Winehaven, the largest winery on the West Coast just over 100 years ago.
Off across the Bay I could see a lovely gaff-rigged schooner towing a dinghy. No telephoto on my little camera, but I thought the juxtaposition between the schooner and the military jets overhead was neat.
I turned around at Castro Point and rowed back north towards the Brothers Lighthouse, now an expensive and trendy B&B.
02-20-2011, 10:54 PM
I rowed between the lighthouse and the two Brothers islands, zooming through on some interesting tidal rips as the tide was just turning.
Here it is from the NE -
Then I rowed past the ruined whaling station again, past the yacht harbor and over by the refinery, then let the increasing ebb tide take me back to the beach.
02-20-2011, 11:08 PM
Looks like a lovely day on the water. That boat is looking sharp, too.
02-21-2011, 11:56 AM
I've added a few photos, plus they can be viewed much larger on my website - http://www.luckhardt.com/pointsanpablorow2-11.html
02-21-2011, 12:05 PM
02-21-2011, 12:18 PM
Owned by Chevron? Couldn't just slide the wherry to the water? |;)
Looks like a good day! I'm jealous - the water around here is still a bit hard.
Then again, I could slide the boat down to the water...
02-21-2011, 12:20 PM
Nice stuff Thorne. Thanks.
02-21-2011, 01:18 PM
I'm apparently nothing if not predictable, as I scouted this site exactly a year ago. Nicked some of the photos from that thread for the webpage I just put up.
02-22-2011, 08:33 AM
Here is the online NOAA chart showing the area. Note the restricted area - it seems to run straight out (west) from the fence around Winehaven on the north, past the pier, then angles SE to Castro Pt.
02-23-2011, 12:44 AM
Little or no wind? I went out yesterday here in Sacramento--wind died at about 4 pm.
02-23-2011, 06:41 AM
Mostly no wind - which was fine with me as my sailing dory is still getting varnished, and the thwarts aren't installed.
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