We are now in Marina del Rey where Interlude's sistership Deerfoot II is berthed. On the way in Friday we were greeted by 'Beowulf' another Dashew design and had her crew over for drinks. Yesterday we visited some of the Dashew family aboard Deerfoot II and had drinks at the California Yacht Club.
Today we plan to have Easter Brunch with Jeff & Gayle who we meet cruising in the Pacific, have their yacht in the Med and a home in Beverly Hills.
We wish you all a happy fertility celebration and us Christians peace of mind.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
We are finally back in the US of A after leaving Newport RI in September of 2012.
After clearing customs at the SD Police Dock (had to give up some made in USA chicken in original packaging) we are now at the Southwestern Yacht Club where the bar and dinner await.
The Southwestern Yacht Club has gotten upscale since we last were there ten years ago (32d42.82'N, 117d14.06'W, 12 ft no charge). A new building with good restaurant, bar, showers, etc. was ours for three nights with very nice and helpful members. We declined borrowing a car and walked a couple miles to Trader Joe's to stock up the fruit, veggies and meats the US CBP would not allow in. We still ended up eating dinners at the yacht club because the food was so good and inexpensive.
The real estate along the beach was very impressive and we had fun walking in front of all the beachfront homes.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Ensenada has been a surprisingly fun stop. Our friends Jan and Ramona took us wine tasting in the Guadalupe Valley where we toured the oldest (Santo Tomas) and biggest (L.A. Cetto) wineries and had a great meal at La Hacienda. They also took us to La Buffadora (blowhole on Punta Banda) and shopping in town for art glazed flowerpots(!) for the house.
Tomorrow (Sunday) we plan to sail 60 nm to San Diego, check in with CBP and then spend a couple day at the Southwestern Yacht Club guest dock.
Monday, March 18, 2013
On the way into the bay at dawn this morning we passed a yacht we haven't seen since Indonesia ('Dutch Touch' Sundeer 60). They have also circumnavigated and are also just coming up from Panama. Unfortunately the captain was injured off Cabo San Lucas and had to fly home leaving a delivery crew to sail to their home port near Los Angeles. They had no autopilot, ran completely out of fuel and were sailing into the bay where they planned to anchor and jug some fuel out to the boat.
We plan to top off fuel here tomorrow at high tide (there is apparently a shoal at the fuel dock) and the savings for fueling here vs. San Diego will pay our berthage for a few days.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
We did not stop at Turtle Bay yesterday afternoon and made it to the Northern tip of Cedros Island at sunset in calm conditions. Then coming out of its lee we hit 20 kn of cape effect wind and chop for about an hour before the headwind settled down to 8-12 kn for the night. Throttling back to a boatspeed of 7 kn for a smoother ride gives us a Sunday morning ETA at Ensenada. Fuel is said to be much cheaper there ($3.80 vs. $4.80) and we will be low again after all this motoring.
We plan to get a slip in Marina Coral ( www.hotelcoral.com ) for the night after fueling, check out of Mexico and then make our way 60 miles to San Diego for inward customs clearance and then a guest berth at the Southwestern Yacht Club (+1-619-222-0438).
1600 UTC Position: 29d40'N, 115d49'W (approaching 2 miles off Sacramento Reef)
The US Navy is advertising a live fire exercise west of the Channel Islands on VHF 16 and just reprimanded the USCG for hogging channel 16 while working a vessel in distress. Your tax dollars at work - sort of.
Friday, March 15, 2013
We had the mainsail up yesterday to boost our motoring speed by about a knot. The wind picked up briefly to 10 kn but the trip remains a mostly calm motorboat ride.
We made use of the electric heat last night and are wearing watch caps and fleece. There was more fog in the early morning hours and the sea water temp is now 58F (starting to see floating kelp). With fog and hardly any moon it is strictly instrument flying.
We passed only three yachts and one ship - all heading south except for the Grand Princess. Quite a few whales on the humpback highway though.
1600 UTC Position: 26d58'N, 114d16'W
Turtle Bay is six hours away and we may stop for a day or so if it will be calmer later.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Our nice sailing conditions across the Gulf of California continued almost all the way to Cabo San Lucas where we ran out of wind. That is a good thing going around this cape which can have quite boisterous chop and headwinds. Rounding just before sunset we had calm wind and flat seas which have now continued until morning. The Grand Princess was leaving the anchorage and is also heading for San Francisco - ETA 3 days (at 20kn+).
We are now off Bahia Magdelena in fog(!) with a chilly (for us) sea temp of 61F.
1600 UTC Position 24d17'N, 111d46'W
So far no Baja Bashing.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
We just shut off the engine after 24 hrs of motoring across the sea formerly known as Cortez. Cabo is still about 65 miles away where we begin the Baja Bash proper. For now we are sailing nicely under full main and code zero genoa in light northlerlies making wind speed on a close reach (7 kn in 7 kn).
Katie has prepared several meals so we have quite a menu to chose from:
Chicken Stir Fry with Brown Rice
Chicken Pesto Pasta
Pizza (ordered and frozen from Falconi's in La Cruz)
Our freezer should be empty when we reach San Diego or Customs will confiscate all meat, eggs, fruit and veggies. Fish is OK and maybe some cheese bought on the US East Coast.
1600 UTC Position: 22d18'N, 108d50'W