I’ve recently found one that combines all of these functions into one extremely useful fully-integrated passage planning programme. It’s called Savvy-Navvy and I would urge you to take a look at it.
We departed for faraway lands in January 2011. Our route took us due south along the west coast of Mexico and Central America. We met several other fellow cruisers along this route but were concerned to find nearly everyone we met was going north to put their boat up for the coming summer months of the hurricane season. Were we making a grave mistake our first year out? Fortunately, when we arrived at an estuary named Bahia del Sol in El Salvador we discovered the group of cruisers that were headed in our direction.
September weather was sort of hit or miss so it was an opportunity catch your breath and get ready for a rip-roaring October. Those who attended the annual meeting and BBQ at the Swallings’ foothill home were treated to a fun and relaxing afternoon. We made over $200 for the squadron’s kitty thanks to Neil’s masterful auctioneering.
I am not a person who loves meetings, but the Annual Meeting is an exception. It was held Saturday, September 9, on the Swallings’ spacious and comfortable patio high above Santa Barbara.
Seven students took the take-home exam for the Piloting class and turned them in on the 21st for grading by National. They were graded with all students getting passing grades – congratulations to all.
The Engine Maintenance class is underway and we have 25 students enrolled including 12 new members. Pete Seagoe is conducting the class.
The next ABC class is scheduled in the Marine Center Classroom on Wednesday nights beginning October 24.
Anchoring Techniques During an Emergency: What should you do if your engine stops while underway? Your response depends upon basically how close you are to grounding or drifting into something, and your troubleshooting capability.
The SBSPS 2018 Cruise to Catalina was a lot of fun! We had three boats participating – S/V Ecco Bella with Rich and Peggy Ciolino, S/V Peregrine with Eleanor and Steve York, and M/V Mariposa with Mark and Ellie Cooper. Dennis and Virginia Johns had planned to join as well but since our departure was delayed until August 8th (see below), they dropped out as they had a narrow window to go and return by Sunday August 12th.
San Miguel Cruise Aug 17-19
he Crew Swap Cruise went off without a hitch, or for that matter without much wind. The boats that participated were S/V Libertad, S/V Ecco Bella, and S/V Benchmark.
As usual, August has been a great month for boating activities. In this newsletter, you will find reports from members who cruised to Santa Catalina and San Miguel last month. Also as usual, in these reports you can expect a little bit of adventure which may happen every time you toss off the docklines.