Tomales Bay

5. . . . and Yon

Up and Down the Bay

Having thoroughly explored the South Bay we started to venture further afield. There were numerous excursions to destinations such as San Francisco, Sausalito, Angel Island, Yerba Buena Cove, and one memorable trip up the Petaluma River.

The GAMBELLA as Seen From Angel Is.

The GAMBELLA as Seen From Angel Is

On The Petaluma River

On The Petaluma River

Uncle Rob in His Pulpit

Uncle Rob in His Pulpit

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Catching Rays

Catching Rays

Deeds as Figurehead

Deeds as Figurehead

sunburst

And Out the Gate

Eventually, we left the Bay entirely, usually proceeding north along the coast to destinations such as Bolinas Bay and Drake’s Bay. Each trip found us going further afield. We rounded Pt. Reyes and ended up in Bodega Harbor with

its substantial commercial fishing fleet. But our favorite destination was Tomales Bay which is directly south across Bodega Bay from Bodega Harbor. The distance is about ten miles.

Anchored in Bolinas Bay

Anchored in Bolinas Bay

Rounding Point Reyes

Rounding Point Reyes

Sunset at Bodega Harbor
Sunset at Bodega Harbor

Points of Interest:                                       (click on image for larger view)

(1) San Francisco

Outside the Golden Gate

Outside the Golden Gate

(2) Angel Island

(3) Sausalito

(4) Bolinas Bay  (also click here)

(5) Drake’s Bay

(6) Point Reyes

(7) The Farallon Islands

The best time to enter Tomales Bay is in the morning at high tide before the wind picks up. The entrance is fairly shallow and sometimes the combination of an ebb tide and the Northwest wind can made it extremely rough. The Bay itself is long and narrow and it has this shape because it sits right on top of, and is formed by, the San Andreas Fault. At the foot of the Bay is Inverness where you can pick up groceries, gas etc. On the east shore, at about the half way point, is the town Marshall which has a boat works should you need one. Approximately across from Marshall and a little to the north is White Gulch — my favorite anchorage.

Gone for a Hike

Gone for a Hike

The Boat Works at Marshall

The Boat Works at Marshall

Anchored at White Gulch

Anchored at White Gulch

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North of Point Reyes

North of Point Reyes

Points of Interest:

(1) Bodega Harbor

(2) Marshall (also click here)

(3) Inverness (also click here)

(4) White Gulch (also click here)

The winds for sailing on Tomales Bay are rather flukey. They change every time you pass by a low gap in the Tomales Peninsula, but the scenery is superb. The resident human population is very low and the surroundings are primarily bucolic. On the peninsula there is a population of elk.

The Farallon Islands

On two occasions I visited the Farallon Islands. The largest island has an anchorage on the north side called Fisherman’s Cove. It is only big enough for one boat (maybe two) to swing at anchor and is only an alternative in fairly calm weather. The bottom of the cove is composed of large boulders and crevasses, and I had heard it was a very easy place to lose an anchor. I stopped there once for an overnight on a return trip from the Bodega area, and I didn’t get much sleep. Immediately upon arriving, the boat was covered with a swarm of flies. Fortunately, I had a can of bug spray to discourage them, but I had to use the whole can. The cove is surrounded by lounging sea lions and at the slightest disturbance there would arise rounds and rounds of barking. There is usually a naturalist stationed on the island, and I could see one watching my every move when I arrived, but since I made no attempt to go ashore, which is prohibited, he eventually lost interest. That occasion and the following day turned out to be a very wet trip, so the only photos I have are water damaged, but here they are for what they are worth:

The Farallon Light

The Farallon Light

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Fisherman's Cove

Fisherman's Cove

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11. Inverness in the Rain

In the Rain Near Inverness
In the Rain Near Inverness

pen and ink wash                                                                                 8 1/2 x 12

On April 20, 1985, while sketching near a slough at the foot of Tomales Bay, it started to rain and that gave the drawing an interesting mottled look.

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7. The Boat Works at Marshall

The Boat Works at Marshall

The Boat Works at Marshall

pen and ink                                                                                              8 1/2 x 12

Marshall is located on the east shore of Tomales Bay.

The date was 1981.

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9. Abandoned Fishing Boat


The pen and ink wash drawing on the left was done on location Jan. 19,1987. The scene was located on Tomales Bay near Marshall

The etchig plate below was completed in 1989.

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10. GAMBELLA Anchored at White Gulch

The GAMBELLA at White Gulch

The GAMBELLA at White Gulch

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In this sketch, the GAMBELLA is anchored at White Gulch on Tomales Bay circa 1975. Tomales Bay is formed by the San Andreas fault. It is long, straight andnarrow. I made several trips there in the GAMBELLA and White Gulch was always my favorite anchorage.

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California Dusk

 

California Dusk

California Dusk

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Abandoned

 

Abandoned

Abandoned

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As seen near Marshal, California in 1989

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