After a calm and peaceful night at anchor we departed Smugglers at about 06:30 and set our course for Isthmus Cove at Catalina.
That night, having arrived back at the boat, we had the VHF radio on, as it was common to have the boats in the marina report to each other their next day activities.
The galley was nearly clean with only a sink full of wash water draining, when I heard a sickening dull thud.
Dennis and I have made so many good friends with a mutual love of boating — both locally and abroad.
In the morning, we were greeted by an offshore breeze that increased in intensity as we breakfasted. We were planning to go ashore again, but the wind was too strong to row, so we waited, and I considered setting up the outboard.
It is 4:30 am and we are ghosting along the Mexican coast headed south.
And so we began leg one as depicted on the map below. All sails were raised and we had the best day of sailing with 15 – 20 kt winds, flat seas and a sunny sky, as we sailed to McGlathery Island, marked (1), where we anchored and spent our first night at sea.
It was dark as we entered San Diego Harbor but we knew the way having been to the Police Dock several times. The San Diego fireworks started as we approached our slip and we had a fantastic view of the show.
I go to Fry’s every May to find out what I’ve forgotten to bring so I’ll be better prepared for the rest of the summer. Steve Carlson and Boris Alves… Keep Reading
Above deck there was horizontal rain, uncharted waters towards shore, and supposed massive swell further out to sea. We hove-to, from one tack to the other, staying between these two boundaries while keeping Kayak Island 60 miles downwind.