reciprocal slips for a few visiting cruising boats if the captains are members of other yacht clubs. To reach the Cruising Club from Entrance Marker “2”, proceed up the Sausalito Channel, carefully keeping the red channel markers to starboard. At Marker “6”, slightly more than a half mile beyond the Spinnaker Restaurant, prominent on the west side of the anchorage, turn to port toward the Sausalito Cruising Club. Because the depth of the entrance into the marina is four feet or less at low water, enter only at close to high water. To avoid going aground, stay close to the “F” dock of Schoonmaker Point Marina, the marina immediately northwest of the Cruising Club, until you reach the guest dock at the Club. Then go slowly as you turn toward the main dock of the club. Do not turn into the basin until you can see the club facilities directly oﬀ your bow. For availability on the guest dock and for up-to-date directions, call ahead to the Club port captain, at 415-994-9950. In addition to its proximity to the facilities of the city, this marina oﬀers free WiFi to its guests. You may also get permission to leave your tender at this marina’s guest dock if you decide to anchor out. The large number of dinghies evident there on most days will help you identify the dock.
Schoonmaker Point Marina Schoonmaker is strictly an upscale marina, with all the amenities a boater could require, including beautiful wide concrete docks. This marina commonly has berths available for visiting boaters. All this comfort and convenience come at a price, of course, but you’ll surely find the price worth paying. This marina has sufficient depths and large enough slips to accommodate boats up to 70 feet long. Schoonmaker Point Marina is 200 yards beyond the Sausalito Cruising Club, its entrance, leading toward the harbormaster’s oﬃce, immediately after Marker “6”. Call ahead to 415331-5550 for slip availability. Clipper Yacht Harbor C l i p p e r Ya c h t H a r b o r, a n especially well-run facility, is conveniently located near marine repair facilities, chandleries, and restaurants. In fact, this marina is adjacent to KKMI, a large, wellequipped marine repair facility.A large, 600-slip facility, Clipper has a specific guest berth area; but even when those berths are filled, the harbormaster will attempt to accommodate guest boats if prospective visitors call ahead, at 415-332-3500.
In addition to free WiFi, this marina has a fuel dock as well as pump out and laundry facilities. Up Sausalito Channel almost one mile beyond Schoonmaker, you can identify Clipper Yacht Harbor by the Chevron sign marking the busy fuel dock. Again, as with all areas in Richardson Bay, stay carefully in the channel. Anchorages The best anchorage for visiting boaters is in the south anchorage across the Sausalito Channel from the Spinnaker Restaurant. Shallow water is a problem for those who anchor farther north in Richardson Bay, but water depths in this preferred anchorage are 10 feet or more. Don’t be surprised if you ﬁnd vast numbers of boats anchored here. When we were in Richardson Bay a few months ago, we counted more than a hundred boats at anchor. From this anchorage, you can take your tender ashore at Schoonmaker Point Marina and tie to the docks inside the basin,south of the oﬃce, or at the dinghy dock of the Sausalito Cruising Club. Call ahead for permission to leave you tender at either of these docks. While most of us cruising sailors relish the challenge of long passages over the water, many of us also enjoy a brief respite from the “swing of the
Carolyn and Bob Mehaffy are regular contributors to Northwest Yachting. Their books “Destination Mexico”; “Cruising Guide to San Francisco Bay,” 3rd Ed.; and “Cruising Guide to the Hawaiian Islands,” 2nd Ed. are available in marine stores, at www.paracay.com or by calling 800-736-4509. sea” and the option of provisioning and fueling along the way. We also usually eagerly seize on the possibility of acquainting ourselves with new places and all the pleasures those places can provide. If you’re bound for Mexico, or any other points south, and on a tight schedule, perhaps you’ll decide you need to be under way whenever you can be. But if you have the option of spending a few extra days along the Central California coast, Bodega Harbor and Richardson Bay in Sausalito, make delightful temporary havens “out of the swing of the sea.”
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