Our Mission: To boldly go until we are no more!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Alameda Interlude

Ventura to Alameda was 34 hours dock to dock. We sailed a few hours yesterday but motored the rest of the trip to make it in during daylight. Good traveling weather with a light SW breeze. The Alameda draw bridges all opened like clockwork and we even made it thru before commute hours.

Miles sailed since we left Alameda eleven years ago: 55,495.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Underway Again

After 16 days in Ventura we are now underway again. The gale to storm force winds blowing down the California coast for the past two weeks have stopped and we hope to have a calm 36 hr motorboat ride to San Francisco Bay. The Wyman's were very generous letting us use their dock, house and car and the neighbors and the Ventura Yacht Club were also very hospitable. Interlude with her new paint job had all the canal SUPs, kayakers, electric Duffy boaters and BMWs gawking.

We had fun catching up with some folks we met cruising in Indonesia who are still living aboard their Sundeer 60 in Ventura. Katie could not resist shopping for more house items in her old home town mall in Thousand Oaks, at the art galleries in Ojai and in the Santa Barbara tourist shops. On Earth Day we walked to the Ventura Eco Fest along the beach.

All the usual oil rigs are still in the Santa Barbara Channel looming at us thru the fog.

1100 Local Position: 34d23'N, 120d07'W, COG 268dM, SOG 10kn, Air 70F, Water 55F

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Del Rey Ventura

We had a very nice time in Marina Del Rey and would like to thank Errol 'Deerfoot II', Jeff and Gayle 'Lazybones' and Fielding and Nancy 'Regatta' for showing us around and making us feel welcome. We had fun cycling on the beach bike path and seeing all the sights from Santa Monica to Manhatten Beach. Restaurants we can recommend: Sidewalk Cafe, Venice; Killer Shrimp, MdR; Tony P's, MdR; Rockin' Fish, Manhatten Beach.

Katie's birthday celebration on April 4 was part of a month long festival of reconnecting with old friends in ports all along the coast. Some Cheesecake Factory treats made the special day even more festive.

Yesterday we motored 50 miles up to Ventura and are now at Dave and Diane Wyman's house in the Keys with Interlude on their dock (34d15.6'N, 119d15.9'W).

The wind will be picking up over the next few days (its blowing 35 out in the Channel Islands now) ruling out any more hops north for a while.