Thursday, January 27, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
The Navigation Station
Sun on the water
Hanging out in the Cockpit
Sunning on the deck
Thanks for the rum Dashal!
The sleeping indian princess at Catalina
At the top of Catalina
Anchored in Catalina Harbor
The boom over the water at sun set
Krister and Rick navigating
Shipwreck south of Point Conception at Cojo Anchorage
Friday, January 21, 2011
Rick and Krister in Catalina. We've ditched that huge, heavy outboard and now row where ever we go. After days of sitting on the boat the exercise felt good.
Oops- I meant to post the one where Krister was smiling... but check out that sun set!
We have been in San Diego since Wednesday morning and every day so far I've said that I need to write a blog post... well things have been pretty busy and the internet connection has been iffy- so while it's here I wanted to at least post a few pictures. I'll add the details and fill in the story part as soon as I can.
Our boat looks tiny fro way up here! (Hike up the hill on Catalina Island)
The full moon rising as the sun sets with our partially furled genoa.
Dawn patrol at Cojo Anchorage
Oh here's that smile!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
One of our first sunsets out on the pacific.
As I've imagined the first leg of this sail, I'd always figured that we'd sail nonstop straight to San Diego. I'm not sure exactly why... maybe because I assumed that the sailing this far north would be pretty cold and miserable.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
We left the dock on Monday morning and made 9.5 knots under the Golden Gate (yeah, so we had some help from the current, but still). Even when we were out of the Gate and heading south toward Half Moon Bay, we were averaging well above 7 knots. Turns out dolphins are pretty fast too - we had a school following us and playing in our wake. It was beautiful, sunny, and a pretty sweet way to start our trip. They gave us a nice bon voyage.
That put us into Half Moon Bay earlier than we'd expected, which was nice - we had plenty of light to pick a good anchorage, blow up the dinghy, figure out some basic stuff like how to get the blown up dinghy off the deck and into the water (should we have figured this out BEFORE leaving for our cruise? Maybe.)
We've got a 9.9hp outboard which is pretty huge as dinghy outboards go. So, it was fun to haul ass from our anchorage to the fuel dock (where Rick and Suzy were going to meet us). For about 50 feet... then the outboard cut out and I couldn't get it started. We had about 300 yards to go. Luckily, we'd thought to bring the oars with us for just such a possibility. "Good thing I thought to bring the oars" I said to Amanda. "I'd never leave without the oars" was the immediate response. She wasn't impressed with my quick thinking I guess.
Luckily, in addition to quick thinking, I'm blessed with quite the mechanical aptitude... I got the outboard working by the time we were at the fuel dock to pick up Rick and Suz - my secret? Pull the starter cord. A lot. That's right. You can't buy intelligence like this.
So if you're tracking us, you may have noticed that we're still in Half Moon Bay.
We set sail yesterday into winds that turned southeast pretty quickly. We were bashing into 20 knots and making almost no progress. Even with the engine on, our VMG wasn't over 3 knots. We checked the weather again, and these winds were forecast all night. We were busy weighing three options: 1. get into Santa Cruz in the dark, 2. Sail all night into uncomfortable conditions making no progress or 3. take refuge in Ano Nuevo's minimally protected anchorage when Rick looked back and said "wow - there's Half Moon Bay... we've gone almost nowhere". He was right - we were about 14Nm from where we'd started 5 hours ago. If we turned around, we'd be back to a protected and comfortable anchorage. That was the winning secret option 4.
And here we are the next morning with slow internet I've managed to poach and winds that are turning.
Hopefully we'll make it a little farther today than we did yesterday. The tentative plan is to sail through the night tonight and get into Monterey tomorrow AM. More then.