In this week's Spotlight we feature "The Angel Island Conspiracy" by Robert Banks Hull.
It is 1981 in San Francisco and the American people are oblivious to the acts of terrorism that will befall the World in years to come. However, a conspiracy is developing right on San Francisco Bay that foreshadows the future.
Two San Francisco Bay sailor, Travis and Carol, fall upon this terrorist plot; a plan to destroy a major San Francisco Bay landmark by a most ingenious method. They battle both the bad guys and the authorities in their quest to stop this horrific event from taking place. With their superb sailing skills and intimate knowledge of the San Francisco Bay, they have the advantage as they duel the bad guys from Sausalito to Alcatraz to San Pablo Bay. As they race for their lives to escape their pursuers, they employ some very ingenious ways to foil their counterparts.
Travis and Carol use every sailor's trick and turn of the tides that San Francisco Bay has to offer as their only weapons with astonishing success. Whether the reader is a sailor or not, the excitement and satisfaction of reading how two regular citizens can prevail against professional evildoers is an old story but with a thrilling new twist in The Angel Island Conspiracy.
Robert Banks Hull is a naval architect and yachtsman who has been involved in sailing his entire life. Bob grew up on San Francisco Bay sailing a variety of boats. He has raced offshore on the California Coast and the Atlantic Seaboard and he held a captain's license for tens years.
I grew up sailing San Francisco Bay. I decided a long time ago I would design boats. Being a sailor from the time I could hold a tiller, sailing was the only thing I loved. It was not work, so maybe designing boats would not be either. So I thought. Besides, the profession would require much time on the water so I wouldn't become like many other young folks who waste their best years in offices.
After graduating from Tam High in Mill Valley, California and attending UC Berkeley for as long as I could stand it, I snuck off to the East Coast to work for several of the hot design offices of the time. Then, after tiring of the New York and New England rust belts and the social hierarchy of the landed gentry I found myself sailing amongst, I migrated south to Florida and became the in-house designer for Hunter Marine. Hunter was becoming the biggest production builder of sail boats in North America, then in the great boom times of sailing's popularity of the Seventies. This boom came about from a story in Time magazine at the beginning of that decade. The story told of the glories of sailing off into the sunset and the boat builders who were becoming the dream-makers of such fluff. So, from this nucleus every Joe decided to buy his dream's escape capsule and park it at the nearest marina until such time as he would make his exit to the South Seas and other dreamy destinations far from the work-a day.
The marinas got full, Hunter Marine got rich and most of the Joe's never left the dock. Still, I thank Time Magazine for delivering me to sunny Florida.
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