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homes on the hills overlooking Richardson Bay. Though you can see some of these Victorian beauties from your boat, you may want to get a bit of aerobic exercise by hiking up the steep hills for a closer look. Save an hour or two of your sightseeing to visit what may become the most memorable scene of your stay in Sausalito: the Bay Model Visitor Center, located in the Marinship area. Operated by the U. S. Corps of Engineers and free to the public, the Bay Model is a one-acre scale model of the complete San Francisco BayCalifornia Delta system. Employing hydraulic pumps, the model simulates the ocean tides and Delta River flows to demonstrate the effects on the Bay. You’ll walk along the shores of the entire Bay and Delta, in miniature, as the waters slowly rise and recede in imitation of the ceaseless rhythms of this intricately balanced water system. If you’re a fairly competent hiker, you can walk to the Marin Headlands in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Follow the shoreline south of Sausalito Point for about a mile to the recreation area, where a hiking trail veers off to the left just before the “Y” in the road. This trail connects with the numerous trails crisscrossing the Marin Headlands, in the spring laden with wildflowers—Blue Lupine, Yellow Mimulus, Queen Anne’s Lace, and California

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Sausalito to the San Francisco Ferry Building, where you can also go on to Oakland, Alameda, and even farther afield, Vallejo. Once at the ferry terminal in San Francisco, you’ll have access to the Bay Area Rapid Tr a n s i t s y s t e m (BART) to go to the airport or to numerous cities in the Bay Area. Approach From Bodega Bay, you’ll follow the coastline south for 20 miles to Point Reyes. These sculpted elephants mark the location Continue for 27 of the park and ferry dock in Sausalito. miles to the Buoy #7, the easternmost buoy of the Poppies. Seasonally, migrating San Francisco ship channel, to birds occupy both the skies and trees avoid the turbulence of the Poon their journey. And year round, tato Patch immediately offshore hawks, egrets, terns, and pelicans of Point Bonita Light. From this soar above this shoreline. buoy, the Richardson Bay EnThe practical attractions of Rich- trance Marker #2 is eight miles. ardson Bay include access to all the You’ll pass under the center span facilities available in a small city of the Golden Gate Bridge, past and convenient ferry service from small Horseshoe Cove to the north

and, to the south, Fort Point Museum before reaching the entrance into Richardson Bay. Marinas Though Sausalito, one of the most popular destinations in the entire Bay, has six marinas, these six often have few accommodations for visiting boaters. The harbormasters of Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Pelican Yacht Harbor and Richardson Bay Marina say they cannot provide slips to visitors. The remaining marinas—Sausalito Cruising Club, Schoonmaker Point Marina, and Clipper Yacht Harbor—are often filled, but the harbormasters at each of these latter three clubs will provide guest berths as availability permits. In addition to the usual perks that accompany berthing in a marina, you’ll find a noticeable difference between the calm waters of the marinas, all well up inside Richardson Bay, and the anchorage, which is much more affected by the waters of the San Francisco Bay, that are often roiled up by the boat traffic, wind and waves of the open ocean immediately beyond the Golden Gate. Sausalito Cruising Club The Sausalito Cruising Club, a private marina, sometimes has

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Northwest Yachting January 2016  

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Northwest Yachting covers yachting and boating on the west coast of the United States and Canada