San Francisco may be the “most European” American city, but San Francisco Bay and the views of whitecaps beyond the cable-car lines make this more than just a California placename. The ocean beyond the Golden Gate is challenging. Within the shelter of the bay is sailing adventure enough, with its typical brisk and chilly sea breeze and strong currents. Then there are the microclimates. Often, the central bay bears the brunt of wind and fog, while the north shore basks in sunshine. Visitors notice a paucity of gunkhole cruising. Locals say, Yes, but what a spectacular place to sail.
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