Tuesday, October 17, 2017

More Pics







Had some light wind sails over the weekend with a boatload of friends.  Swimming with Kona to two different islands.  And more Champagne aboard our new to us yacht!  She is a beauty!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

PIcs of the Week - Sail Only






Heading out today with a big crew on the new boat!  10-20 and a bit smokey from the fires.  Hope you are hitting the water as well.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Aquarius

I have had three sails on Aquarius and all have been amazing!  Yesterday we took out our best friends, Frank and Leslie.  Hit the water in a strong 18 knots and we were flying.  French Champagne was consumed on our French yacht!  I am one happy sailor!  We will sail her for the next few months and then get her to the yard and add some cruising gear.  10 months and 28 days until we depart for OZ!!!


Pirates Begone

Just before the Haha a few years ago, I attended a seminar on cruising in Mexico.  The topic of pirates came up and the folks putting on the seminar said piracy was very rare in Mexico.   However, the conversation continued and the subject of guns was discussed briefly.  Everyone agreed that this was not they way to go as there are so many problems with checking in and out of countries and declaring that you have a gun.  Alternatives where discussed and this is where it got interesting.  The lecturer brought up an idea I had never heard of.  He said the best non lethal defense was wasp spray.  What?  Yes, wasp spray.  The cans are highly pressurized and can shoot 20 -30 feet in a long precise spray.  Legal, non lethal and very disabling when you get someone in the face.  They will immediately jump in the water.  Hopefully, you will never need to use this tactic, but I wanted to share this idea and see if there are any other thoughts from other cruisers.  Send me a note!

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Biggest Weekend of the Year on the Bay!

This week is Fleet Week in SF.  The Navy is putting on a show and everyone is invited.  All sorts of aircraft will fly over the bay from 12-4 for the next 3 days.  The highlight is always the Blue Angels team.  It's going to be beautiful 80 degree weather and sunny skies.  I have a boat load of friends joining me for the festivities on Friday.  Couple of friends from the Baja Haha as well.  This will be my first group sail on our new boat and one of many.  Over the next 2 weekends, we will take out close to 30 folks.  It's going to be amazing.  Be careful out there!

Monday, October 02, 2017

The Girl Next Door

Big weekend!  I finished up my events (I am an event planner) for the week and the new boat was waiting for me in Sausalito.  I headed up about 8pm on a beautiful evening.  Loaded the boat and introduced Kona to the boat.  We hung out in the cockpit and enjoyed the moon and some great tunes.  In the morning, I met up with Tex and off we went by 11am.  The wind was building as we sailed across the slot with the Golden Gate Bridge gleaming in the sunlight.  We headed down the city front towards the ballpark.  We docked for a few minutes so Kona could have a walk.  As we returned to the boat, I had a fall as I was boarding.  Luckily I only scraped my elbow.  This boat is alot higher than the Addiction.  As we turned around to head out, Kona fell off the boat!  In over 500 sails he has never done this.  We got him on board quickly with no harm done. 

We continued down the coast in an 18 knot breeze.  Full sails up and we are hitting 8-9 knots consistently.  We are loving this boat!  We head up thru Racoon and all the way around Angel.  Now it's time to head to our old marina and Aquarius' new home.  We pull in to the slip with no issues.  I look across the fairway and their is my other favorite boat: Addiction!  What a great day and one of many we will have over the next year on the bay.  In September 2018, we head to Australia! The dream is beginning to unfold!