South San Francisco Bay Charters Handbook San Mateo Bridge

Going past the San Mateo Bridge.There's plenty of good sailing north of the San Mateo Bridge. Sailors must be aware of the shallow water extending from the western tower of the main span of the bridge northward past the red marker number "8A".

There's one other shoal to look out for, the San Bruno Shoal which is covered by as little as 2 feet of water at low tide. San Bruno Shoal is locate east of the main channel adjacent to markers "4" and "6". Sailboats don't have to stay in the marked channel but should avoid the area of San Bruno Shoal.Coyote Point Harbor makes a good destination for those going north of the San Mateo for a day's sail. There is a regional park with picnic tables and barbecues.

There is also a snack shop at the golf course. Transient boats can be tied up front of the harbor office while slip assignments are obtained. Check with the Spinnaker Sailing staff for more detailed instructions for entering Coyote Point Harbor.When coming back to Redwood City, it's important to keep red markers "12" and "2" to starboard but it's hard to see them from as far away as the bridge.

Just head for the left-hand (eastern) end of the Dumbarton Bridge and the markers will come into view as you head down the South Bay Channel toward Redwood City. Be sure to stay far enough to the left to leave all the red markers to starboard. A magnetic course of 105 will also take you straight down the channel.

.Bob has been head instructor at Spinnaker Sailing since 1984.For more information please visit our website at http://www.

By: Bob Diamond

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