Archive for October, 2009

We are in San Diego, leaving Monday, Oct. 26

Ports of Call | Posted by Admiral
Oct 23 2009

I have pictures to post, but I can’t get to them right now (cable problems).  I will put together a better post in Cabo San Lucas, around November 6-7-8. 

The San Diego harbor fire boat will escort this massive flotilla of boats (about 200) out of the harbor on Monday morning.  If anyone gets TV from San Diego, we’ll probably be on TV!

Gotta run – I’m busy burning through the last few dollars we have to finish outfitting this boat – I guess it will be done on Sunday, no matter what!


We are in Long Beach Harbor

Ports of Call | Posted by Admiral
Oct 23 2009

Position:  33degrees 42.858’ N  118 degrees 16.858’ W

We left Ventura around 1030 hours Thursday Oct. 15 heading for Santa Cruz Island.  We hosted a herd of dolphins on the way over.  Muggs took a lot of pictures, but only this one even starts to show the magnificence of what we saw – a couple dozen animals at least, playing and leaping:


About half way over the wind and swell started kicking up and we decided to change our destination to Cat Harbor.  We reached Cat Harbor around midnight.  There was no room at the anchorage, no moon, and too many mooring balls so we headed out to Long Beach Harbor.

After a long night in the Catalina channel (waiting for time to go by—we didn’t want to enter in the dark) we entered Long Beach Harbor about 0700 hours.  There was no room at the inn so we anchored in a very nice anchorage.  Each boat in the anchorage has to register with the Harbor Police, no fee.

After sleeping almost all day and all night, I woke up to a gorgeous sunrise followed by thick fog an hour later.


We will stay here two more days, and then we will go to Oceanside on Monday.

Getting Ready to leave Ventura

Ports of Call | Posted by Admiral
Oct 15 2009

Robin Matt and the Ventura Yacht Club have been amazing hosts, and we have had a busy five-day stay (I think – I lose count!)  Actually, busy is probably overstating the case.  We slept in a lot, and socialized a lot.  There was only one day when Larry got really busy on the boat, but he got a lot done – replaced the anchor light (he sent a VYC member up the mast—the guy volunteered!), and fixed about three or four other things – I can’t remember what.  Robin was our host for dinner three or four times, and Tuesday night there was a potluck with incredible food and a great crowd – in the rain!

Yesterday we refueled – here is a picture from the fuel dock:



This is typical around here – the pelicans have no fear.

I will post some pictures of VYC members later after Robin reminds me of their names!

Here’s us with Robin in front of a beautiful sunset:


Today we are off to the Channel Islands for one night only, then on towards San Diego.

At Ventura Yacht Club Position 34 degrees 18.7 min. lat, 119 degrees 15.9 min. long.

Ports of Call | Posted by Admiral
Oct 09 2009


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We finally left Monterey on Tuesday morning, Oct. 6.  The plan was to get to Port San Luis in the daylight on Wednesday morning.  That is exactly what we did.  We continued to motor as any wind we would get was either from straight in front of us or behind.  To sail would have cost too much time (requiring us to sail at an angle to the rhumb-line course, thus sailing farther).

We have met a couple named Rod and Elizabeth on a beautiful Swan 41 called Proximity.  They are also headed to San Diego to do the HaHa.  We believe that they left Monterey not too long after we did with the same plan.  Rod came over and visited us in the anchorage at PSL.  It turns out that we anchored in the mooring area which is a no-no, but no one ever told us we had to move.  We decided to leave around 10pm this night (Oct. 7), staying only long enough to get a catnap and take showers (on the boat – we are at anchor).


Muggs at the helm during her first nightwatch, 6 to 9pm on the way to PSL.  Her first sunset at sea:


The Skipper had a nap:


Larry was a sweetie, and spent his offwatches sleeping in the cockpit.  There were several times when I had questions or concerns.  Fortunately, there were no real problems!

Muggs, on the other hand, spent her offwatches in her amazingly comfortable aft berth down below.  The Skipper got along quite well without her.

Next morning, we had our first sunrise:


(I’m pretty sure I have the sunset and sunrise pictures in the right order based on their relative location in the pictures file, and their location relative to the part of the boat that is visible in each picture.)

We had two similar problems on each of these night passages (Monterey to PSL and PSL to Santa Barbara) – the autohelm stopped working, probably because the wave action around some of the points was too confused for it to keep a steady course, and the windows of the dodger fogged up!  The cockpit enclosure works so well at keeping a comfortable atmosphere inside that we had to wipe the windows down two or three times during the night passages.

We were lucky that our first night passages were made with a nearly full moon.  Even around Pt. Arguello and Pt. Concepcion, when the clouds rolled in, the moonlight filtered through the clouds enough so that visibility was never zero.

Larry reported that the wind was 25 knots and waves were 12 feet as we rounded Pt. Arguello.  Muggs slept through it!  Yay!  I finally slept – my first sleep on an offwatch.  Then I got to take us around Pt. Conception which was a piece of cake – winds 14 knots max., waves no higher than 3’-5’.

Rounding Pt. Conception we sighted our first oil rig at night – LOTS of very bright lights.

We got a slip (the last one, we were told) in Santa Barbara for the night of Oct. 8.  We had contacted Betty and Eric Flavell, and they met us at the harbor and kept us wonderfully entertained for the evening.  (Eric and I have known each other since we were five years old.  Our fathers went to Stanford together.)  First, Betty took us back to their home which is beautiful.  Their backyard is more interesting and beautiful than anything I have ever seen in Sunset magazine.  AND they have a full-fledged greenhouse on their roof!  With a very cool circular stair for access.  The greenhouse was full of orchids.  They have been active orchidists (is that a word?) for lots of years.  Eric has a beautiful shell collection which I must strive to match in our travels.  I’m sure I won’t be able to.

After the house tour, they took us to dinner at The Fish House.  We all had a great time, and the evening had to end too soon.  They returned us to the harbor where we gave them a tour of our boat.  Tomorrow they are off to Hawaii for a week.  We have promised to have mai tais and margaritas for each other.


They kindly took a picture of us together, so here it is, our first:


Today, Friday, Oct. 9, we have motored over to Ventura to meet up with our friend Robin Matt.  Robin was the commodore of the Ballena Bay Yacht club when we first joined many years ago.  He has always been a great friend, but now he lives in Ventura so we had to travel for nearly two weeks to see him!  This harbor is quite beautiful, and the yacht club facilities are great.  I am using their free wifi to send this missive to you.  I have been disappointed, frankly, at how rare this is.  We are very grateful!

We will be meeting up with him tonight for drinks and prime rib dinner.

Life is good!  Which reminds me – I tried to meet up with a high school acquaintance who lives in Morro Bay, but we missed her.  She may be traveling with her husband.  We had exchanged emails three years ago (I had forgotten how long ago it was until I went back and looked at the emails!).  If you read this, Lynn, we are very sorry we missed you!  Perhaps we will catch you someday on a return trip.

Our next post will probably be on Monday after we finish (hopefully!) trouble shooting an electrical system problem.  The engine wouldn’t start this morning in Monterey, that is until it did.  The whole thing is a little mysterious, but the skipper is on it.  I have no doubt it will be fixed by midday Monday.  Meanwhile we will rest and restock stores in beautiful Ventura this weekend.  Robin has offered to share his rented car with us which is very generous.  We feel very privileged to be part of the amazing fraternity which is the sailing and cruising community.

Still in Monterey

Ports of Call | Posted by Admiral
Oct 04 2009

Well, we arrived in Monterey on Thursday afternoon.  We motored all the way from Half Moon Bay through waves of 3’ to 10’.   Mostly 3-5’ and very little wind.  In the afternoon, as we crossed Monterey Bay, the winds came up a bit, but they were from directly behind.  It can be tricky to sail dead downwind in rolly seas, so we didn’t try it.

Monterey Bay is beautiful, of course.  We have walked about ten miles since we got here – to the other piers, to West Marine, to the Aquarium, to Pete’s coffee for internet access.  We are definitely getting our exercise!

On Friday, Harry Reppert came to visit.  We had a lovely lunch down on the wharf.  Harry went with us to the internet site, and he showed us which is extremely helpful.  We have been using it to a great extent this morning (Sunday, Oct. 4) as we try to determine the best timing for going south. 

Yesterday, Jim and Beth Golden visited us for dinner.  Muggs had a drink with them while Larry finished working on gps stuff with John of Love in Vane.  We have several boat neighbors in the harbor here who are flying Ha Ha flags – at least six others, maybe more.


Then they took us to dinner at Massano Santos on the western pier.  (This is also the Coast Guard pier that Larry was very familiar with after his trial by fire with Sam and Susie Crabtree a couple of years ago.  He helped them bring back their boat, Catch the Wind, in stormy seas.)  Just for Paul Goss, we had Bananas Foster, complete with lots of flame, for dessert.

I took this picture of Peregrine in her slip at the Monterey Harbor:



We have tentatively decided to leave Monterey on Tuesday.  The seas are supposed to be light, and there is a little more wind available on Tuesday.  We might get to sail!

still in Half Moon Bay

Ports of Call | Posted by Admiral
Oct 02 2009

Well, after flat water and no wind coming down to Half Moon Bay, we had a great day at the yacht club.  On the way back to the boat we stopped off at “Love in vane” for some wine.  John Chilli and lisa are going down to Ventura. 

We both planned to leave around 6am the next day.  Around midnight the wind started picking up and by 3am we had small craft advisories all the way down to Monterey.  6am we listened to the weather and decided to stay another day or two.  This will give us some time to fix a few things before heading out on Thursday. (weather permitting)