The America’s Cup comes to town

Something big is cooking out on the Bay.  There are GIANT single masted sailboats scooting around the central Bay.  They have two skinny hulls and very tall masts with colorful sails and they are very fast.  I have tried to catch a ride on one of the boats, but they are too quick and they look like they are going to tip over at any moment.  From what I can see there is no food on board the boats and everyone on board wears helmets and looks like they are scared to death.

America's Cup USA Oracle boat practicing on San Francisco Bay

America’s Cup USA Oracle boat practicing on San Francisco Bay

The boys in the avian squadron and I hope that all this activity means the old gray ship will have visitors and there will be food.  During the other cruises there are lunches served and lots of scraps for the birds.

I got ahold of my faithful on board correspondent, Sophie-the-Cat, and she filed the following report:

Sophie-the-Cat on guard on board the ship.

Sophie-the-Cat on guard on board the ship.

Hello Bob:   I got your note about the sailboats and the questions about what the ship is going to do.  I have been listening to the crew and here is what I am hearing.  The races are going to start in July and continue until late August.  There will be seating on the ship and food will be provided. Crowds of people are expected to be on board and there will be lots of opportunities for scraps.  Let your boys know that it should be a good time for them scavenging the left overs.  

Editor’s Note:  The America’s Cup races, dubbed AC34, are coming to San Francisco Bay. The current races are being held in various locations and the big boats, 72 feet long, will start the final challenger races on July 7th.  At this time there are several nations still in the running, and  Italy, Sweden & New Zealand  have boats in the trials.  The United States is the defending champion and they will face the selected challenger in races that will be held from September 7 – 21. If you would like to learn more about the ship and watch the races please visit the web site for the SS jeremiah O’Brien   get more details. 

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A BIG October on the Bay

We are really looking forward to October this year.  While listening to the crew on the old ship talk I learned that the loud airplanes are going to come to the Bay and that the fast funny looking sailboats are going to be racing again.

America’s Cup USA Oracle boat practicing on San Francisco Bay

The reason this is good news for the Avian Squadron is because it will bring out more people and that translates into more ‘found food’ opportunities.  It really is all about food when you are a hard struggling bird on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.  We are the elite of the Gull Family and don’t consider those brothers who hang out at the garbage dumps to be in our league. Continue reading

A Busy Summer on the Ship

This summer season has been very busy for the old ship and quite exciting for the boys and gulls in the Avian Squadron.  First of all we had a nest that was built on the ship by Charles and Claudia De Gull and that caused a lot of chatter amongst the troops and the crew as well as the visitors.  Unfortunately it did not produce any new chicks, but the De Gull Family did get a lot of notoriety from the visitors during one of the cruises.

Then there were more visitors to the pier than I have seen in many a year and that generated a lot of free food for the birds. One of our favorite snacks is the bread bowl that is served filled with soup.  Sometimes the soup is still in it when we get it and we get to pick out the clams and other fish that is left. Terrific stuff, but you have to fight off those pesky pigeons. 

Percival C. Gull scores a bread bowl and he is rightfully wary of the pigeons stalking his find.

Then we had a lot of sailboats out on the water and big crowds watching them zip around. There must have been some kind of special event going on because I have never seen so many boats and the large crowds lining the shoreline. Continue reading

A CHOCOLATE CRUISE !

Cruise ship near Fisherman’s Wharf.

While we were cruising around the Golden Gate Bridge the other day for the Birthday party I heard one of the crew members say that there is going to be a cruise to celebrate chocolate!  What a terrific idea. One of the things everyone should know is that the vast majority of the time spent by your average gull is in a search for food.  To suggest that this is an all consuming quest would not be an understatement. Continue reading

America’s Cup Practice on the Bay

While we were cruising around the Bay for Memorial Day we came across a strange looking sailboat.  It has a very tall mast and what looks like an airplane wing for a sail.  Instead of one hull it has two and they are connected by a net that the sailors run around on.  Very strange!

The Oracle 45 foot catamaran doing test runs on San Francisco Bay during the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary celebration.

Rumor has it that there are going to be lots and lots of people for the sailboat races and that is good news for the avian squadron.  More people means more tourists and that means more food for the troops!

The ship is right near the area where the races will start and we hope that the bird population will benefit from the crowds.   Continue reading

Questions and Answers !!

OK, listen up here !  Over the course of the last five months I have put out a lot of information and some of you have been kind enough to respond with questions.  Before we get into the questions I should tell you how this works: I write the BLOG and then this Editor guy comes along and adds more useless words trying to explain what I have already told you.  I humor him and let him rattle on, but I think he only confuses the situation.  As a result some of you have been sending in questions and the purpose of this message is to answer those questions.  Got it ? Continue reading

Cruising San Francisco Bay

Several times a year the Liberty ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien leaves the safe confines of Fisherman’s Wharf and cruises around on San Francisco Bay.  My relatives and I like these cruises because the crew on the ship serves lunch to all the extra people on board and we get the benefit of all the food being distributed.  On one of the most recent cruises we noodled around the island near by and stopped under the San Francisco Bay Bridge.  Something is going on over there.  It has been some time since I have flown over the Bay Bridge since there is no reason for me to venture that far from Fisherman’s Wharf and my meal ticket.  In this case, however, I was able to hitch a ride on the ship and check out the action.   Continue reading