And Then There Were Two Big Yachts Offshore
Update: That didn’t last long! The SSV Robert C. Stevens has left anchor in Sausalito and is now (mid-day of July 28) off the coast in the Pacific sailing northwest at 2.6 knots (2.3 mph) off Stinson Beach en route to Drake’s Bay. Well, we had one night in which to imagine the Bond Villain scenario that went with our twin visitors in the Bay… scroll down to see a video that matches our imagination!
We all had a lot of fun uncovering the mystery of the Attessa, which has been anchored in the Bay off Sausalito for several weeks.
Just as we started running short on conspiracy theories, a second large ship appeared anchored off the Attessa’s starboard bow. It’s the SSV Robert C. Seamans, a 91-foot research and sailing training vessel operated by SEA in Woods Hole, Mass. that specializes in semester-afloat programs for students. (Photo credit: Sabine Stetson.)
Now we know that the juxtaposition of the two ships off our shore is a coincidence. A billionaire’s yacht where he entertains friends and business associates, most recently out of Cabo San Lucas. And an educational research vessel that sails the Pacific Coast and Hawaii, training students in seamanship and marine biology. No, just a coincidence. Nothing at all going on. Just luck of the draw.
Unless, of vourse, you’re mystery writer Riette Gallienne, who already has told us that her entry for the August issue of Sausalito Stories will be called “The Gordian Yacht” and will feature 94965’s favorite Mystery Ship. After reading Riette’s version of the big barge and construction crane next to Scoma’s we have to see what she comes up with to explain this!
I wonder who’ll drop anchor here next? If it’s a guy with a beard who’s going to the Marine Mammal Center looking for an albino whale, we’ll be ready to cover the story!
Here’s the scene we imagine going on inside one of these ships:
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