We are now docked in the Noyo River near Fort Bragg. We rounded the notorious Cape Mendocino en route and it was an experience indeed.
The forecast was for 15-25 knots behind us, but at she Cape we got a gale with enormous seas. The Saye’s Rig steered the big waves beautifully, as we sailed downwind at about 6-7 knots with only our Yankee up.
It was a long night though we always felt safe, even when waves broke over our cockpit roof, soaking the portside even through the canvas.
We sailed on past Shelter Cove, unsure of the holding and swells in the anchorage, ending up making an exciting bar crossing at the Noyo River. Once in the river, out of the wind and swell, we docked in the boat basin for a nap and drying out the boat.
We’ll be here until the seas die down, then onward toward San Francisco.