Sunday we took Astraea out for her first sail in San Diego Bay. We invited Eric and Jaime along to help with the sails because I didn’t want Natalie to exert herself too much. We motored out of Pier 32 and headed west towards Crown Cove. There was an open house at the Crown Cove Aquatic Center, run by Southwestern College. We anchored outside the cove and made some tasty tacos for lunch. We wanted to stay onboard for a while to make sure the anchor was set.
After lunch, we motored ashore in the dinghy and walked around the booths set up on shore. I found out about the event from Jimmy, one of the office guys at Pier 32, because they had a tent there. They had sailboat rides, kayaking, and paddle boarding available to try. We rode the dinghy back to Astraea, snapped some pictures and set sail. First, we sailed with only the jib, then added the main and finally the mizzen. We reached up the bay towards the Coronado Bay Bridge. I broke out a bottle of sparkling wine that Eric and Jaime gave us when we first brought the boat to San Diego, and we toasted to our first sail with Astraea.
It was great to finally get to sail our new home and I can’t wait to do it again!