Monthly Archives: October 2015

Our time in San Diego so far.

We first sailed in to Mission Bay late  in the evening. We were able to squeeze more than 72 hours out of the anchorage.  We spent time at the beach, bbq’d with SV Nomi on the grass, and walked to the Baja Ha Ha party. Richard Spindler, of Latitude38 and the Baja Ha Ha crew, invited us to join even though we weren’t doing the Ha Ha. Thanks Richard!  While we were at the party, we ended up adopting a new “family member”, Emma. Now we have 6 on our boat. Emma will probably join us through to Mexico’s main land. 

 
   

Meet our new “family” member, Emma!

  
We sailed/motored over to San Diego the day the Baja Ha Ha left. We timed it just right so that we were entering the bay as they were coming out. It was so much fun to see our new boat friends leaving ! 
We stayed at Silver Gate Yacht Club for 3 nights using our Nawiliwili YC reciprocal. Oh ya, living the life of fancy yachties. Haha.  We spent most of the time at the pool and hot tub when we were doing boat projects and important paperwork. 

 

     
   
 All the underwater pictures on this page are taken with my new CanonPowershotG16 and FantaSeaFG16 Housing. 

Thanks SV Nomi for all the pool party and bbq fun! 

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“Boat EC” boat kids cooking and woodworking 

 Ellamae and Nina made Taj a new boat/fish for his fishing pole. They used the Japanese Saw and Drill.  

   

Boat Galley Cooking: this weeks cooking with the kids included but not limited to pancakes, meat sauce pasta, Mexican style stuffed sweet potatoes, gluten free zucchini bread, and gluten free banana pumpkin muffins.  They also helped us grind our coffee! (Very happy parent face)

   
   
  

Santa Cruz Island and Santa Catalina Island

Sunday, October 11, we sailed out to Pelican Bay on Santa Cruz Island. Along the sail we spotted a Mola Mola leaping out of the water. It was amazing! When we first arrived at Pelican, there were 7 other boats.  A little crowded, but manageable with bow and stern anchor. It was Colombus Day on Monday, so everyone left by the next afternoon.  In the mean time, we boatschooled, snorkeled, boatschooled, and norkeled more. We were on Island time now!

Much to our surprise our new sailing family friends, SV Agamére, on our big sister boat (Stevens 47), arrived that Monday afternoon. The kids were so excited to be reunited with their buddies that they had met in Morro Bay.  We were also excited to have other adults to converse with. 

     
   
We basically just boatschooled, snorkeled and practiced our free diving. The water temp was near 70-72 while we were there. A perfect environment for the kids to get comfortable in the water again.  Nina’s PR last year was 23 feet, she set a new PR of 32 feet! Ellamae is now diving down around 10 feet as well. Taj hasn’t braved the water yet, but he loves paddling around in his kayak. We anchor the kayak near were we snorkel, giving him a little freedom to paddle around. 

From Pelican, we buddy boated with Agamére over to Little Scorpion Anchorage, where we ended up having a potluck together, cooking five fish that we collectively caught that day for fish tacos. It was a fish medley; 1 Kelp Bass, 1 Black Rock Cod, 2 Tree Fish Cod, and 1 Sierra. Christian caught the Bass and one Tree Fish with his spear gun. I caught one tree fish and the Black Rock Cod with a pole spear. The Sierra was caught by SV Agamére. Needless to say, dinner was amazing and we managed to fit all 10 of us comfortably on their boat. 

The next day after snorkeling with seals and many other fish in Scorpion Bay, we sailed over to Smugglers Cove for even more snorkeling in 40+ visability!

On Thursday we sailed to Lovers Cove on Catalina, also know as Isthmus or Two Harbors.  We anchored in 60 feet of water and again the visability was about 40 feet and water temp about 73F . The Marine Science Center on the Island reported temps getting up to 80F!  

Friday’s field trip for boatshooling included a hike to USC’s Wrigly Marine Science Center for a tour of the fish tanks and detailed talk on all the sea creatures of Catalina. 

   
   

SLO to Santa Barbara

Our sail from Port San Luis to Santa Barbara was epic.  With mostly a beam reach and then down wind sail, we were able to “fly the kite” as well as sail “wing on wing”.  The seas were pretty flat and the winds were perfect. From Point Arguello through to the Santa Barbara Channel off Point Conception we had winds of 25 and gusting up to high 20’s. Perfect for a comfortable down wind sail around “the point”. We were originally going to leave from Morro Bay three days prior, but due to a southerly wind direction, we waited. I think we nailed it.

Once rounding Point Conception, we heading for COJO (an anchorage just west of Gaviota). Normally a protected anchorage, the wind had seemed to find it’s way wrapping in at such force, we chose to continue to the next safe anchorage. We sailed another 20 miles to Goleta Beach. 

Upon waking at Goleta, the sun was shining and the water was clear.  What we noticed with adequate lighting was that we managed to we’ve our way through the lobster traps that had just been placed the night before. Apparently lobster season just started. The anchorage looked like a mine field! It’s amazing that we didn’t snag any coming in the night before. After a few hours of breakfast, coffee and some boatschooling, a jump in the ocean was needed.  Warm water (high 60’s) at last! 

We were going to head out the the Channel Islands from that point, but with wind report was calling for 20-25 kt gusts. Although that’s not too bad for out at Santa Cruz Island, we chose to go to Santa Barbara first and hopefully hit good island weather afterward. 

Santa Barbara was only 8 miles from Goleta. We arrived by early afternoon with time to anchor and go to shore to visit a few friends. Christian’s Dad and my cousin, Joe, who both made the sail with us from Morro Bay, were safely brought back to shore 🙂 . 

Our time in Santa Barbara was too quick! Too many things to do and too many people to try to visit. Unfortunately, we didn’t fit it all in, but it we enjoyed it none the less. It was so hot and beautiful, it finally felt like we were heading south!

On Saturday, we heard the weather on Santa Cruz Island should be fair. We found ourselves having a hard the wanting to leave Santa Barbara. We felt like there were more thing to do and people to see. We realized that these feelings will probably come up often. It’s simply part of cruising. So, we left the next day. Here’s a shout out to the people we didn’t get to visit, “Hi, sorry we didn’t meet up. Come visit us somewhere along the way!”. 

We had a lovely sail out to Pelican Bay on the North side of Santa Cruz Island. Details await for the next post. 

     

  

         

Port San Luis to Goleta

 

    
    

   
 

Slow to SLO

Latitude said it well, we are definitely on the slow track to cruising the world. Our boat has been in Morro Bay the last four weeks. The first week of which we spent all together as a family, the next two and half weeks of it, I was up in San Francisco finishing my last 9 shifts, while Christian and the kids stayed in Morro Bay.  During that time a few other cruising boats with kids have trickled through, creating much excitement between te kids. Now I’m back and we are waiting for our weather window to head South, around the corner to Port San Luis. We are hoping to leave tomorrow, which will be the end of our fourth week in Morro Bay. 

Latitude 38 published another little write up on us in the October release. Well written, yet again, it states how Christian is pro at sailing slow. Check it out ! Latitude’s issuu or pg 124 in the hard copy! 

 

Stay tuned for more pictures of the last few weeks.