Tuesday, November 13, 2018

We have departed for MX!

We departed San Diego on Sunday Nov. 10.  We arrived in ENSANADA to check into the county and get some rest.  The sail down was motor for 4 hours, sail for 4 hours in some strong 20 knot and more wind.  The weather here has been nice and windy.  This morning saw 43 knots of wind down near Cedros Island.  We are here for a few weeks as I am heading to PV to spend time with family and friends.  Will return on 11-23 or so.  We have been on the water 8 weeks and have been having way too much fun!  Lots of friends visiting and beautiful weather.  We are having a ball.  More towards the end of the month.

Monday, November 05, 2018

High Times in MX

Hola from Mexico,

I am vacationing on the Caribbean side of Mexico and celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary with my lovely wife Bridget.  We had an amazing wedding in Napa Valley at a wine cave in Calistoga.  Hard to believe it's been 25 years ago today.  We are in Cancun at a small hotel on the beach.  They have a small Hobie that takes care of my sailing fix.  Went out 3 times yesterday in winds that were in the low teens.  Beautiful warm water and turquiose in spots.  I return to the boat in San Diego later this week and we will take off for Cabo this weekend.  But today it's about me and B!  Thanks for a great 25 years sweetie!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

San Diego Way

Hola from the south.  We arrived in San Diego on Friday and cought up with some old Frisbee friends.  We had some Santa Ana's (42 knots) during our visit to Avalon.  Stayed in the lee for the day and night and then headed to Avalon.  Great one day stop over.  On to Newport Beach and a great tour of the canals by friend Barry and his wife Lisa.  An overnight motor to San Diego and we are here for a couple weeks. 

A friend asked how was the trip different from what I thought it would be.  I thought we would be sailing a lot more as we motor 80% of the time.  Since rounding Conception, north of Santa Barbara, the winds have been very light.  We hope they pick up for Mexico!  We depart on the 8th of November.  Lots to do.  More soon.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

On to Avalon!

Aloha from Santa Barbara!  We have taken 5 trips to Santa Cruz
Island.  What a beautiful place.  4 of those voyages were with my friends
visiting from SF.  One of the highlights was taking folks to Painted Cave.  It’s
a very deep cave that goes into the mountain 600 feet.  Scary but fun to get in there.
We depart today for Avalon and it will take about 17 hours to get there.
From there, a few more stops before we reach San Diego.  Crew and boat are doing great!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Channel Islands are Impressive.

We have spent about 7 nights anchored at different coves.   The highlight is painted cave.  700 feet deep and 100 feet high.  We paddle in and the darkness is intense.  Rumbling from wave movement is low and scary.  We hit one spot and one other boat is anchored and we challenged them to a bocce tourney.  We won best of three.  It was so fun.

Now we are on the east side of Santa Cruz.  The anchorages are beautiful and peaceful.  We have few more guests coming out to enjoy the islands.  Mid month we head to San Diego.   All is well.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Chilling in Santa Barbara

Greeting from sunny Santa Barbara.  We arrived Monday morning after an exciting sail around Pt Conception.  The breeze was in the low 20's most of the afternoon out of Morro Bay.  We hit the cape about 0100 and the wind and the waves were up.  A few waves hit the boat and I sprang out of bed to the cockpit to check on Mike who was at the helm.  He said he was fine and I went back to bed.  My watch was less eventful and we ended up motoring for a few hours to get into the harbor.  We have been celebrating my 60th birthday this week in fine style.  Dinner with the crew at the Boathouse.  Hanging out poolside at the Ritz where my wife and I are staying to bring in my 60th.  Great day of friends, naps and a fabulous dinner with Bridget at the Angel Oak.  Friday we head out for a sojourn to the Channel Islands.  I have been dreaming of exploring the islands for a longtime and now we head.  I will start adding some pics now that we are in more of a vacation mode.  The boat is doing very well and now we will test our water maker.  I continue my winning ways on the bocce court with 6 victories.  Crew doing well and solving a few plumbing issues.  Onward we go!