12 Oct We are Sailing! Heading North to Ventura
(Notes from October 6) We are back out on the Great Pacific, sailing MAIA north! I arrived back in San Diego on Tuesday evening from Chicago. It was a wonderful trip to Chi Town and Camp Echo. Great to connect with friends & fam. Wednesday morning I returned the Jeep to Ryan & Erin. So fun to see them all, Oliver just keeps growing!
We are on our way to San Pedro (near LA). It feels great to be back on the water. We are joining Hurricane Gulch Yacht Club and are attending a dinner meeting tonight. We left San Diego on Wednesday and had a beautiful sail to Oceanside. We turned on the engine about an hour or so before arriving, since we had made evening plans with Jocko, Sue, Ed & Kathi. We really like Oceanside Yacht Club, it is very laid back, it has an easy dock approach and facilities are nice. We received a great greeting from Joe, he helped us tie up to the dock (which was needed as the wind was blowing us off & I was driving. Still needing lots of practice in the docking department!)
Yesterday, Thursday, we sailed to Dana Point and anchored for the night. We had a full 6 or so hours of sailing in beautiful Southern Cal weather. As wind was on the nose, we had to tack a few times. Dana Point anchorage is quaint. You are at a corner of the Harbor that has breakwater on one side, Oceanography center on another. Next is a semi-circular moon shaped beach, then sailing center, a channel to part of the harbor and next the Dana Point Yacht Club. We had a beautiful full moon rise, eating dinner in the cockpit with the moonlight streaming down the channel. The reflection was bright and shimmering. When I went to bed I could see it through the V berth hatch and then this morning it was shining thru the port hatch. If you didn’t know already, I love la Luna!
Today is another beautiful day. First thing this morning, I pumped up the dingy and rowed Ellie into shore. The temperature was perfect, and we went for a short walk around the center, before coming home to a scrumptious breakfast that Dick cooked. The Orange County Sheriff’s boat made sure their presence was known as they idled nearby for a brief time.
We headed out of the harbor amongst many standup paddle boards, a couple kayaks, and a motor boat or two. Heading back out on the Pacific at 0900, the wind was a little fickle. Blowing around 5-10 knots, we tried to sail, but ended up motoring for a while. At one point we saw smoke out of the exhaust. Dick checked it out and found a bunch of liquid in the motor bilge and saw a stripe of oil on the front of the motor. Very concerning! We contacted a couple friends in LA and got referrals for diesel mechanics. We kept a close eye on the engine but appeared to have no more problems.
About 1400 the wind picked up and we were able to sail the rest of the way to the harbor. As the wind picked up, more and more we reefed the main and then the jib. The wind continued into the Harbor entrance (Hurricane Gulch). So exciting that we get to do some sailing!!!
(Notes from October 8) We headed out of Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club dock in San Pedro about 1020 and are heading to Marina del Rey, Pacific Mariners Yacht Club. All day we have had a beautiful sail with the wind at our stern, (ESE). Wind speed has been about 10 knots, our speed about 4-5 knots. Earlier we were bouncing around quite a bit with the swell and the jumble of waves. I mentioned to Dick that I prefer sailing into the wind! However, we are currently sailing wing and wing and MAIA is cruising along beautifully!
On Friday, we arrived at CBYC just before 1700. It was hot, hot, hot & still. Quite a difference from our 15-20 knots of wind we had been sailing in. CBYC is a beautiful club, easy to sign in and receive keycards. I took a refreshing shower after checking in, while Dick finished the boat chores. I finished up a few things & fed Ellie while Dick showered. We were due for dinner at Hurricane Gulch Yacht Club at 1800.
We were greeted by friendly people, enjoyed a nice dinner by Chef Raymond and were inducted into the club. Feeling a little guilty as we will not be around to enjoy most of the club activities. In two weeks there is a club trip to White’s Landing, on Catalina. We are hoping to join in on the Club cruise. Mexican train dominoes is on the schedule for Saturday afternoon!
(Notes from October 10) We have had an amazing morning, so far. (It is 1020). We left the Pacific Mariner’s Yacht Club a little bit after 0800. We will be arriving in Ventura this afternoon. Getting in and out of the PMYC guest dock is a little tricky. Very narrow fairway with dingy’s sticking out along the way. Anyhow, I backed us out without incident! A woman on “Bliss” cheered me on from the stern of her boat. It felt really good! Thanks to Dick for the few commands of which way to turn the wheel. Still learning!
Last night we had a lovely evening with Ryan, Lissa, Hazel & Oliver Dale. We met them at the Chart House, which is across the street from the club. So fun to connect with them all. It was Oli’s 10 month birthday yesterday! Haze was wondering if we had seen dolphins & whales. This morning we saw our first pod of Dolphin’s all summer. Thanks Mom for bringing them to us, so I could send video to Lissa! Hopefully, we can get them out on a boat ride before our departure in December.
Hazel also loved my bronze Fairy that we had living in the bookshelves. I gave it to her. She was thinking that they should buy a “pretty plant at Trader Joe’s” for her to live in! A beautiful “fogbow” graced our presence this morning. We are currently motoring, looking forward to the wind picking up so we can sail again! It is about an 8-hour journey to Ventura.