Welcome to Paradise

As I posted here, we docked Camanoe for a little while a couple weeks ago, had a brief stint back in the La Cruz anchorage, and now we’re back in a slip at Paradise Village.  It’s pretty nice to be out of the rolly anchorage, able to hop off and on the boat as I please and take a quick walk to the store, the shower, the pool and pretty much anything else I need.

Thought I’d give you a little pictorial of what we’re enjoying here in Paradise.

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Two crocodile (cocodrilos!) slide pools. Very cool. VERY FAST.

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It’s sort of a Disney-fied Aztec architecture scheme, but still nice to look at.

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They have a little bird habitat on the grounds.  I wish the birds had more space to fly around though; it’s a pretty tiny cage for about a half dozen birds.

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Next door to the birds is a tiger habitat.  Diego and Daisy mostly sleep the day away, but sometimes you’ll catch them prowling around the fence line.  Don’t get too close though – they’ll come right up to the bars and sniff ya!

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Trees every where with low hanging coconuts, bananas and mangos.  We haven’t picked any yet, but we kinda want to.

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Oh yeah – and it wouldn’t be paradise without a good lounge chair out on the beach soaking up the sun.

 

-SME

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Hanging Out in Paradise

Camanoe was due for a bath. A good one.  We hadn’t been in a marina with the ability to give her a fresh water bath since we were in Mazatlan at the end of December.  Four months without a bath.  Poor girl looked a wreck.

So last week we took Camanoe and docked her at Paradise Village Marina in Nuevo Vallarta.  It’s fairly cheap (about $26/day) and gives us unlimited water use, (sort of) hot* showers, close proximity to Costco so we could restock the boat and a dozen amenities including use of the resort’s pools, (semi) hot* tubs, beach and games.

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Our other incentive was that Bob and Camelia on s/v Navigo were docked in Paradise as well and were only going to be in Mexico for another week before flying home for the summer.  This would be our last chance to hang out and it’s so much nicer to be able to walk down the dock to their boat than have to dinghy over across an anchorage or bus over from La Cruz.

We’ve been having lots of fun checking out the little towns in this area with the Navigos and I’ll touch on them in later posts – just wanted to let ya’ll know where we are and that we’re immensely enjoying our time in Paradise. 🙂

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* hot = luke warm at best for both showers and hot tubs. Maybe Mexicans don’t like hot water at their resorts????

-SME

Mazatlan – Marina Life

Our stay in Mazatlan has been a whirlwind of activities.  We’re sitting out in the old harbor, Stone Island anchorage right now.  We had planned to leave to head south to Isla Isabella two days ago, but Friday night I started getting symptoms of a cold and slept all of yesterday away and still am not feeling 100% today, so we’ll attempt to leave tomorrow.  In the meantime, that gives me a chance to do a couple of Mazatlan posts. 🙂

We came into Mazatlan just a couple days before Christmas.  We knew we wanted to share the holiday with our friends on Navigo, but other than that, we had no immediate plans for our first mainland stop.  We knew we needed to reprovision the galley and that Dave had some projects that were a must do (change the engine oil, re-galvanize the anchor chain).

We ended up grabbing a slip in Marina Mazatlan on December 23rd.  They didn’t have the nicest facilities (as compared to the El Cid resort next door where Navigo was staying), but the rate was in our budget and it was nice to be able to plug into power and use the microwave on occasion.  For an eight day stay, we paid about $140 USD total.  Not too shabby.  We didn’t always have hot showers in the locker rooms, but we did take advantage of the launderia where we dropped off our sheets, towels and comforter for some good machine-washing for about $15 USD.  There was also a small super market within the marina, which we took advantage of for fresh bread, tortillas and veggies. 

Coming into the marina area of Mazatlan is quite a feat.  It has a very small entrance with large swells building up just outside the break walls and it’s very shallow, so there’s always a dredger machine in the harbor.  We had heard on the radio that the dredger was working in the harbor, but that you could still cross, so we figured we’d be fine. We didn’t realize what a sketchy operation this was going to be.  As we motored past the break water, a large swell picked us up and pushed us too close to the rocks for my liking, but Dave had the wheel and said we were fine.  Then we saw the dredger, and while we knew it was going to be a tight fit, we thought we had plenty of room.  We did, but what we didn’t realize, was that after the actually dredging machine was a long stretch of pipeline extending about 3/4s of the way into the harbor.  At this point, there was no turning around – literally – there was no way to turn the boat around, so we had to keep going and try to maneuver Camanoe through the tiniest space with metal pipeline to our left and sharp rocks to the right.  We cleared the pipeline with about a foot on the left and cleared the rocks by about a foot on the right.  Dave said he needed to change his shorts after we squeezed by.  I would have taken pictures of the scene, but I was too scared to leave the cockpit in case Dave needed me to fend us off the rocks. Not sure what I would have done, but I knew I couldn’t leave to get my camera.  So here are some photos of the dredger and the harbor at a different time. They’re not dredging here, but it gives you an idea of what it all looked like:

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The dredger machine.

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The harbor thoroughfare – dredger on the left was in the middle of the harbor when we came in. So imagine it much closer to those rocks on the right.

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Dredging pipes that we had to squeeeeeeze by.

We enjoyed a lovely Christmas Eve dinner with Navigo and some of their cruising friends from the Blue Water Cruising Group at the restaurant at the El Cid resort.  We also spent Christmas Day having an all you can eat/drink buffet at the same restaurant where you could get anything from eggs and bacon to sushi until 2pm.  I think it was about $15/person USD.  Friends and fellow Ha-Ha-ers, Russ and Doreen from s/v August Moon joined us.

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Christmas Eve at El Cid Resort (L) with Bob and Camelia on Navigo (center) and our yummy reindeer cheese cake for dessert (R).

After the Christmas morning/afternoon brunch buffet, we went exploring via dinghy with Navigo to check out the outer areas of the harbor.  There were large, sprawling homes along the marina as well as dozens of birds flying about and a small island that was covered with iguanas.  Surprisingly, the fish in the marina kept jumping out of the water – we kept thinking that one was going to land right in the dinghy!  Of course, every time I tried to take a picture or a video of the fish jumping, they’d stop. 

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Pretty birds (L), lounging iguanas (center) and the sprawling estates (R) of the Mazatlan marina area.  Nice, sunny Christmas morning.

I spent the day after Christmas with Camelia and Doreen shopping in the gold zone (Zona Dorado).  We found some after-Christmas sales, and with Doreen’s bartering skills, we felt like we got some pretty good deals.  It was a nice day to wander around and I felt like my old self, shopping and having girlfriend time like I used to back in San Francisco.

Although we’re living on a small budget while cruising, it was nice to be docked in a marina for a few days.  We ran into many boats that we either met on the Ha-Ha or have heard talking on the radio.  Everyone on our dock was super friendly, and very helpful.  We actually docked right across from Joe on s/v Yancy who was Dave’s neighbor when he had the boat in Ventura, CA.  Joe helped us out quite a bit by offering to drive us and Bob from Navigo around to fill up our propane tanks and then stock up at WalMart and Sam’s Club.  Joe also let us borrow his empty diesel jerry cans so Dave would only have to make one trip to the gas station to fill up our tanks (instead of taking our two jerry cans, filling them, lugging them back, emptying them into the tanks and then taking the two cans back to the gas station to do it all over again). 

The residents of Dock 4 (where we were docked) held a cruiser’s potluck the day before New Year’s Eve with turkey and all the fixin’s.  It was a great time and a great way to end our stay at Marina Mazatlan before we headed out to anchor.

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Dock 4 potluck – the cake says Dock 4, not Dock U. 🙂

On December 31st, with the boat re-stocked with food, the anchor chain cleaned and put back and even a new coating of wax on the deck of the boat (that was my job), we were ready to untie the docklines and head back to life on the hook. 

In Brief

– From Oceanside we headed to Mission Bay. Which is basically San Diego, but sort of around the corner.  Really nice, flat anchorage and within walking distance to Belmont Park and the Mission Bay beach area.  We wandered around the amusement park and got some frozen yogurt and Dave went body surfing in the ocean while I sat on the beach and read my book while enjoying the sunshine.  The anchorage allows people to stay for three days/nights and then we had to move on over to San Diego.

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– Next we headed into the San Diego harbor.  Sort of a smaller version of the SF bay because of all the different anchorages and bays and marinas that you can pull into.  There was a ton of wind when we were heading into the harbor and over to Fiddler’s Bay, but unfortunately Dave wasn’t feeling so well (we think the Red Tide happening in San Diego was messing with his sinuses) so although we could have sailed easily, we decided to motor the short distance just so we could get there and get tied up and let Dave rest.  The San Diego skyline is so pretty and it was cool to see all the naval ships and the USS Midway as we rounded the bend towards the Coronado Bridge. 

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– Fiddler’s Cove is a Navy Marina/Yacht Club.  We were able to stay there for a few days free thanks to our yacht club membership and the generosity of the marina office.  They have a great little marine store for odds and ends. Dave was able to pick up some hosing there while he was working on the boat…which was a really good thing since the Cove isn’t really close to anything.  Dave’s Uncle Bill was our hero and drove out to see us on two different days and took us around all day so we could run errands and stock the boat.  WE COULDN’’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU UNCLE BILL!!

– Three days till we leave for the big trip down to Mexico and we headed over to the San Diego Yacht Club located in Shelter Island.  With our reciprocal privileges we are able to stay for three days free. AMAZING. And this is probably the absolute ritziest place we’ve been at the whole way down the coast. Not to mention the usual shower facilities and laundry privileges, there’s also a great pool and hot tub and each locker room has a sauna.  We feel so pampered!

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-Our crew is here (Nick and Michele) and we’re securing the boat and getting our last minute provisions together.  We’re excited and nervous.  Also, looking forward to the Ha-Ha costume party on Sunday where we’ll all be dressed as Team Zissou from the movie, Life Aquatic.  Hopefully I’ll have time to post photos before we head south and most likely lose internet service until we get to Cabo. (well, I hope we can find internet access in Cabo…fingers crossed).

Until then….photos up on Flickr (see link on the right-hand column).  Adios!

Whale Videos!

As promised a few posts ago…whale videos are finally up on my YouTube page.  See below – hope the embedding works this time! Otherwise, each title is linked to where it is on YouTube.

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Three Reminders:

I’m not drunk, just on a boat, so that’s why none of the videos are in any way steady or clear.

I’m trying to watch the whales as I’m recording, so that’s also why none of the videos are steady.

Please disregard any of my comments. I am a dork.

 

-SME

Oceanside, CA

I’m beginning to think that I’m causing the non-existent wind patterns.  When I was taking my classes at OCSC in Berkeley, the wind would always fade away as soon we I hit the bay.  I was a curse!

Poor Dave. All he wants to do is sail (instead of motor), but it really just isn’t working out to our advantage.  We tried to sail out of Dana Point.  There seemed to be wind.  But as soon as we left the harbor, whatever wind was there completely died.  We attempted the spinnaker sail again now that we have a proper whisker pole (thanks to Dave’s multiple trips to Minney’s in Newport Beach), but we were barely making a knot.  So down it came and we turned on the motor again.

Our friends on S/V Way She Goes had to hurry and get to San Diego for work stuff, so we sadly bid them farewell and hope to meet up again either in San Diego in a few days, or, if not, we’ll try to meet down in Mexico at some point.  S/V Navigo stayed with us and followed us to Oceanside.  They were a good mile or so behind and seemed to be able to catch what little wind there was.  Bob radioed to us that he was making about 3 kts with his spinnaker.  We thought about raising our spinnaker again, but at that point we spotted the break water leading into Oceanside marina, so we figured there was no point and just motored the rest of the way in.

Oceanside yacht club has a nice dock in the marina that we were able to tie up to and Navigo rafted up next to us.  With power, water, hot showers, WiFi and laundry facilities, it was like a resort!  All for free because of our yacht club membership.

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Dave did a bunch of projects on the boat while I handled the laundry and called my family…I’ll see if I can get him to write a post about what he’s been up to.

Today we took a LONG walk with Bob and Camelia over to the Oceanside Pier.  It’s supposedly one of the longest wooden piers in  California.  Dave and I thought the Berkeley Pier was MUCH longer, but there were some entertaining sites along Oceanside’s pier.

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We had a very nice time wandering around the city.  We stopped in at some various thrift stores and Bob found a music store where he bought a new Ukulele.  I’ve been helping him with his music theory and as soon as I finish this post I’m going to go next door and see how he’s doing tuning up the new toy and see if he’s learned any new notes.

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Bob from S/V Navigo with his new Ukulele. And a Hawaiian print shirt bought at one of the stores we went to.  Fun times!

Tomorrow we’re bound for Mission Bay (just north of San Diego) where we plan to stay for a day or two before heading to San Diego until the Ha-Ha festivities begin.  Wish us luck and some good wind tomorrow!!

-SME

Dana Point, CA

It was a fifteen mile jaunt down to Dana Point from Newport Beach; pretty short and easy after the long stretches we encountered along the Northern and Central California coastline.  Although, once again, the wind died on us soon after leaving Newport, so we motored along…

Unfortunately, neither of the Dana Point yacht clubs have reciprocal privileges with the Berkeley Yacht Club so we had to anchor.  It wouldn’t have been so bad if there weren’t so many boats already taking up the West basin anchorage.  There was a raft up party going on between the two yacht clubs and we forgot that it was a long weekend, so every one was on their large power boats.  Seems like that’s the norm in southern California; lots of power boats.  We could definitely do without them screaming by us when we’re sailing along the coast causing all sorts of ferocious waves knocking into our side.  They wave and smile at us as they pass like we should enjoy being knocked about in their wake.

Anyway…tangent…We were able to squeeze into the anchorage, but the afternoon breeze had picked up and kept blowing us all over as we tried to set the anchor.  We much have been pretty entertaining to the folks already sitting in the anchorage – we tried three times to get into position and finally got the anchor down, but then we didn’t like where we were in relation to a neighboring boat, so we pulled up and tried a fourth time.  Apparently, according to a local guy that was anchored near us and shouted out some helpful tips, everyone sets their anchor real close to the break wall and the wind “never” shifts to where we would swing into the wall.  Of course, we felt like we needed to by hyper aware of where the wind was at all times because we figured it would be our luck that the wind would shift and we’d have to move.  Luckily, all was good for the two days we stayed in the west basin, but definitely not our favorite anchorage.  Just too small and crowded.

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Camanoe in the Dana Point West Basin Anchorage with the Dana Point Yacht Club in the background on the left.

We went ashore the second day to explore the Pilgrim Pirate Ship and the Ocean Institute.  We got to the Institute at 2:30p, unaware that they closed at 3pm.  They let us both in for the price of one ticket and let us run around and see everything for the last 30 minutes.  We got to see them feed the Moon Jellys and run an underwater robot and basically just let Dave ask a ton of questions of every employee until they said, “No really, please leave.”  (I kid.)  (Sort of).

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Dave running the underwater robot.  I had better luck but Dave didn’t get a picture of THAT! haha

We also, as per my last post, finally hosted our friends from “Navigo” and “Way She Goes” to dinner on Camanoe.  We BBQed some tri-tip (which, they’d never heard of) and I made some risotto, rolls and a salad.  Sheila made some awesome potatoes covered and baked with Catalina Dressing (soooo trying to make this at another time) and some bread pudding, which went really well with Camelia’s very tasty banana bread.  Let’s just say, we’re eating very well so far on our trip. 

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Camanoe’s first dinner party with (L to R) Camelia and Bob from SV Navigo, Wayne and Sheila from SV Way She Goes, Capt Dave.

Thoughts from our first dinner party: We need more dishes and cups and better knives.  Maybe I’ll get a good deal on some extra stuff like that in Mexico. 🙂

Redondo Beach to Newport Beach… AND WHALES

I was sad to be leaving Redondo Beach…nice area, good anchorage, welcoming yacht club and nearby friends.  In fact, we’d had a nice evening Sunday night with our friends on “Navigo” and “Way She Goes” playing Mexican Train dominoes.  Although not in a hurry anymore, we knew it was time to head further south on our trip towards San Diego.  So (Oct 4th) we boarded the dinghy on the bow and raised our anchors and motored out of King Harbor.

Navigo and WSG had left about an hour before us and radioed that they’d seen blue whales just off the point leading out of the harbor.  We kept our eyes peeled and sure enough, amid a flurry of seagulls and pelicans and other such poopers we saw a couple of blowhole sprays and the whales rising just above the surface of the water.  I tired desperately to get a good picture or video of the whales but 1) I’m on a moving boat, so even if I hold the camera steady, I’M not steady, and 2) I WANTED TO WATCH THE WHALES MYSELF.  :-p  Anyway, tried to post the whale videos to YouTube yesterday and our WiFi is TOO slow so I’ll have to try again some other time.  But photos are up on Flickr (just click on one of the Flickr photos on the right column).

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This may have been the coolest moment of our trip so far.  So beautiful.

While Navigo and WSG were heading to Catalina Island, Dave and I decided, due to a storm and chilly weather forecast, to head to Newport Beach.  Dave had anchored there in the past and knew it was a protected harbor, so we knew it would be a good place to wait out the storm.

We motored till we hit Long Beach and then there was enough wind to sail the remaining 25 miles into Newport.  Dave used our wind steering vane (Windy) to steer the boat most of the way, but we still can’t figure out how to balance the boat properly to get Windy to steer on a consistent course.  If our heading is 100 degrees, she’ll steer between 90* and 110*. Back and forth, back and forth…too much deviation.  That’s probably not much to worry about if you’re crossing the Pacific, but when we’re trying to keep close to shore and be as direct as possible, it’s a problem. 

Newport Beach Harbor is lined with one exquisite house after another, all with a matching yacht tied up on a private dock with a small shore boat tethered alongside.  I’m stuck somewhere between “in awe” and “sickened” by the amount of wealth. 

Okay, maybe also throw in some jealousy.

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After our first full day and night on the anchorage, we awoke the next day (Oct 6th) to the familiar sound of Wayne and Sheila from “Way She Goes” calling good morning to us (Dave here – They actually yelled, “What’s for breakfast?!”).  I rushed up to the deck and waved hello; so nice to see our friends!  They hadn’t enjoyed Cat Harbor in Catalina very much due to the bad storm and also the lack of amenities.  They decided to forego seeing the Avalon side of the island and both Navigo and WSG joined us in the Newport Beach anchorage for the next couple of days. 

We all immediately put the dinghies in the water and headed towards the infamous “Minney’s Yacht Surplus” in Costa Mesa.  Dave and I had talked to one of the boatmasters at the Newport Beach Yacht Club the first night we were in Newport who said he was a family friend of Ernie, the owner of Minney’s .  He suggested we call Minney’s before we left and ask Ernie if it would be okay tying up our dinghies near his boat slip close to the store so we could cut the two mile walk down to just under a mile walk.  So glad we did; not only did Ernie say it was fine to tie up at his slip, but he offered to drive us back to the slip if we bought too much to carry back.

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Dave and Wayne were like kids in a candy store.  I walked with the ladies and Bob down to the nearby grocery store to pick up some odds and ends and we made it back to Minney’s  just as Ernie was ready to take the boys and their purchases back to the dinghies. 

We had another great night on “Way She Goes” for a spaghetti feast, some dominoes (I won!!) and I also gave Bob a short music theory lesson for his new ukulele.  Dave and I are very due to invite Navigo and WSG onto Camanoe for some dinner and fun.  We promise we’ll get to it in Dana Point!!  We’re most likely heading out tomorrow…but Dave may need another run at Minney’s to return a couple of items that aren’t going to work on the boat. 

I think I’ve officially caught up the blog…now I just need to post those whale videos!  Hopefully Dana Point will have better WiFi that Newport.

-SME

Redondo Beach, CA – Kings Harbor

(Sept 28) We left Pt. Dume for Redondo Beach around 9am.  We sailed out of Paradise Cove and spent about an hour sailing in light winds before giving in and motoring for a bit.  The entire trip only took about five, five & 1/2 hours, so I don’t remember when we started sailing again, but eventually we were able to put the sails back out and close-reached, making about 4-5 kts.  Dave had us take the mainsail down as we came up to the marina but we kept the headsail up and we were able to sail all the way into King’s Harbor and up to the yacht club guest dock where we tied up.

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KHYC exterior (L) and the view of Camanoe in the Kings Harbor anchorage from the yacht club dock (R). Super short dinghy row!

Beautiful facilities at the KHYC.  We got to dock for free for the first night and then could anchor just outside the yacht club for free for the next few days while I headed home.  With free WiFi and a nice, calm anchorage, we were in heaven. 

I headed home for the next four days and Dave hung out on the boat working on the engine, watermaker, and various other projects that would require him to take apart the boat.  Perfect timing for me to go home!

I returned on Oct 2nd, the same day our Canadian friends on “Navigo” and “Way She Goes” came sailing into Redondo from their time at the Santa Barbara Islands.  So nice to catch up with them and share some dinners and stories and board games nights for the next couple of evenings.

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Navigo” and “Way She Goes” in Redondo Beach.  Can’t get rid of those Canucks! (Not that we’d want to) 🙂

At this point we don’t feel rushed to get down the coast anymore.  We don’t have to be in San Diego for another couple of weeks so we can take our time and explore different marinas.  We walked up to the Redondo Pier and spent a couple bucks on street tacos from a hole in the wall joint and enjoyed ourselves at the pier arcade where we skee-balled our way into winning a snazzy frisbee. haha.  

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We’ll post all the pics up on Flickr as soon as we have fast enough WiFi. 

-SME

Cojo, Santa Cruz Island, Pt. Dume

(Sept 25) We were a little unsure where we wanted to head after Cojo.  I needed to be back in the Bay Area by Oct 1st for a friend’s wedding and Dave would need to find a place to anchor the boat where it was both cheap (or free) to stay and where it would be calm enough for him to work on the boat while anchored.  We had originally thought Santa Barbara would be a good idea, except Dave had prior experience anchored in Santa Barbara and it had always been a rough and rolling place to stay.  Not exactly ideal.

Our Canadian friends were heading to San Miguel Island in the Santa Barbara channel.  Dave had never been there before and wanted to go but we decided that maybe we would sail to Santa Barbara for the night and then head towards Redondo Beach where Dave could anchor for free and I could easily rent a car and head home for a few days.  Thus, we’d be missing all of the Santa Barbara Islands.

However, part way towards Santa Barbara, the winds shifted from the west to the southeast, so we altered course and headed towards Santa Cruz Island is the hopes that we could sail and not listen to the motor for another eight hours.  Everything was quite lovely until the winds really picked up halfway through us crossing the shipping channel. We went from about 10-15 kts of wind to 25-30 kts.  We reefed the mainsail and only put out a tiny bit of the headsail (jib).  I couldn’t keep up with the weatherhelm (makes the boat hard to steer), so Dave took over.  Even though I wasn’t keen on the high winds and the large waves hitting us on our beam, I had to admit we were making good time sailing across the channel; that was, until a large tanker called us on the radio and requested that we change course since he was heading straight for us (miles away still, but they move fast!).  We thought we’d head down wind and let him pass us on the starboard side, but after Dave hung up he realized we’d be losing a lot of ground, so we sailed into the wind and Dave took the mainsail down completely and once the tanker passed we motored the remaining five miles into Forney’s Cove (west side of Santa Cruz Island).  Believe me, that last sentence doesn’t really describe the struggle we had to get the sail down.  This is not the fun part of sailing. 

Even though we were motoring and five miles doesn’t seem like much, we still had another couple of hours ahead of us at least.  At 7pm I was praying for the sun to give us 30 more minutes of light so we could get around the point of the island and into the anchorage.  Between the winds and the waves and the tanker and coming into an unknown anchorage at dusk, I was pretty much done.  Even with the promise of mac n’ cheese from the Capt (my favorite), I was still unhappy with the day and couldn’t wait to get somewhere calm and sunny.

Thank goodness the next two days were smooth. I think Dave was afraid I was going to get to the mainland, head home and never return. 

Santa Cruz Island is completely uninhabited and unless you have a special permit, you can’t go ashore.  Which was fine by us, because we were ready to leave the rolling in Forney’s Cove and head along the south side of the island towards Smuggler’s Cove on the east side of the island.  The sun was out for the entire sail.  Dave and I even spent some time sun bathing on the bow of the boat and just enjoyed the quiet sail.  M seasickness had subsided enough that I was even able to play some board games on deck with the Capt and finish up the second volume of the Harry Potter books (thanks to Boomie for letting me borrow all seven books for the trip!).  Eventually there wasn’t enough wind to keep the headsail full, so Dave tried the spinnaker for a while. He attempted to use our boat hook pole as a whisker pole to keep the spinnaker out and filled with wind, but it kept working its way free. 

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Boat Hook as a whisker pole for the spinnaker (L); Boat hook NOT working as a whisker pole for the spinnaker (R).

Smuggler’s Cove is a super, well—protected anchorage, so we had an excellent, and much-needed, full night’s rest. 

(Sept 27) We headed out of Smuggler’s around 7:30am and into the blinding sunlight towards the mainland.  Our goal was to hit Malibu/Pt. Dume about 40 NM away before sundown.  We had to pass along the coast of Anacapa Island and got to see the famous Arch Rock.  Although we motored about 90% of our trip past the island and towards Malibu, it was still a lovely day. Lots of sunshine…more sun bathing.  THIS is what I had expected more of our trip to be like!  I know we’re not in Mexico yet, but you gotta give a girl SOME sunshine every once in a while!!  🙂

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Santa Cruz Island scenery (top Left); Capt Dave relaxing at anchor in Smuggler’s Cove (top Right); Anacapa Island’s Arch Rock (bottom)

We made it to Pt. Dume/Paradise Cove by 4:30pm and contemplated going ashore, but then decided we’d just make dinner and hang out up top in the cockpit and enjoy the sunset. 

-SME