Some came by land, and some came by sea, but 28 members and guests of Santa Barbara Sail & Power Squadron (SBSPS) made the journey to Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club in Oxnard, CA on the weekend of 13-15 July 2018.
Six boats made the cruise from Santa Barbara Harbor to PCYC. Three boats sailed down on Friday, led by John Bridgwater and Joan Kent on M/V Sea and Ski. They were followed by Ron and Vicki Slocum on S/V Bobcat. Then S/V Ecco Bella arrived, with Captains Rich and Peggy Ciolino and guest, Tom Koch on-board. Early Saturday, S/V Quiddity arrived with Captain Steve Young at the helm, closely followed by Scott and Lisa Burns on-board S/V Benchmark, and guest Steve Carlson as crew. As the two earlier boats were tying up to the dock, Commander Dennis Johns and Virginia arrived on S/V Libertad, with crew members, Eric Peterson and Kristine Locke aboard. S/V Libertad rafted to S/V Benchmark, and the cruising complement was complete.
The remaining twelve members and guests joined the sailors by land starting on Friday and continuing through Saturday morning and afternoon. These included Betty Koch, Bobby Young, Neil and Sue Ablitt, Art and June Aldritt, Don and Inge Crowder, and Duane Felender and Janis Johnson. The complement was completed by our special guests from the Ventura Sail & Power Squadron, world-wide cruisers, Howard and Judy Wang.
As is the usual order of business for the SBSPS’ annual PCYC cruise, Saturday afternoon was filled with good conversations and appetizers on the dock with our loyal barkeep, Ron Slocum, providing his famous “Pain Killers” for libation! In the evening, all attendee’s appetites were satiated with either a delicious Asian Salmon dish or a mouth-watering Ribeye Steak. If all the above hadn’t been enough, then each attendee was finally fully-stuffed with a Hot Fudge Sundae. After dinner, Commander Johns honored all members and guests, plus the Host PCYC Servers and Cooks.
Of great importance, we also bid “Congratulations” and “Happy Retirement” to long-time General Manager of the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, Brenda Dickmann, who bid all “Goodbye” at a Retirement Party on the PCYC grounds Saturday afternoon. Brenda was instrumental in ensuring that all necessary arrangements were well in order and made the organizing job much easier.
The next morning, all remaining boats and boaters bid adieu to PCYC and sailed or motored back to Santa Barbara. The authors offer our “Thanks” to the Ciolinos for their generosity and sharing of their beautiful vessel, S/V Ecco Bella. All in all, a most enjoyable and wonderful weekend!