Thirty pounds of fish thrashing and bleeding under the helmsman while I attempt to quickly kill the catch…
Honestly, if I’d understood the nature of the brain-tickling test for Covid-19, I might have hesitated before agreeing to having it done. But the four of us had agreed that as incipient Tranquilo crew, where we would live in close quarters for about two weeks, we should do what we could to protect each other’s health. That doesn’t mean we didn’t bring a lot of potato chips.
Turned out we had only two boats able to make the trip to Catalina this year: Rich and Peggy Ciolino on S/V Ecco Bella and Diana O’Connell and Bruce Wagner on S/V Boat II.
It was the end of July, overcast with winds out of the west at 12 to 14 knots and one to two-foot swells, headed to Little Scorpion on the S/V Maude, a 37-foot Swan.
Leaving 8am on Friday with glassy seas and overcast skies allowed a quick four-hour motor across the channel
I overheard Scott talking on his cell as we motored out from the harbor on Friday. “Lisa’s giving me what I wanted for Father’s Day: a trip to the islands.”
Three sailboats made it to Fry’s for the May 8th- 12th weekend, and notice we didn’t say “sailed”. S/V Benchmark left the harbor about 8 am with S/V Libertad and John Blaustein and Owen Stromo on Owen’s boat S/V Kamala leaving around 10 am. Scott Burns and Steve Carlson motored through fog
This is a short video about boating safety from Michael Hanrahan, a Lecturer at UCSB, that was filmed here in our harbor and the local Channel Islands. The United States Power Squadrons and BoatUS Foundation are partners in promoting boating safety and the BoatUS website referred to in the film has links to USPS classes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0Br1WZYV4I&t=2s… Keep Reading
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.