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.
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.
Ron Slocum, S/V Bobcat We left the harbor early Friday morning, with the typical forecast of light winds becoming W 10-15 in the afternoon. We ended up motor sailing the entire way, as the forecast winds never materialized. The seas were fairly sloppy, and it was uneventful except for a good number of dolphins… Keep Reading
It’s time for the annual Cruise to Two Harbors at Catalina Island. Two Harbors is the “boater’s destination” on Catalina with almost 900 moorings. Two Harbors with about 75 year round residents also has a General Store, coffee shop and decent restaurant plus a fully equipped Scuba shop renting tanks, kayaks, beach equipments, etc. There is lots to do including many water based activities, hiking and beach activities.
S/V Benchmark will be headed to San Miguel August 17th to 19th. Neil Ablitt on S/V Maude is planning on going and showing us the various anchoring spots at Cuyler Harbor and will give directions to the Cabrillo Monument. We plan to stay until Sunday the 18th.
Yes, Ellie and I are (once again) hoping to put our two-week “Catalina Loop Cruise” together in the period immediately following Labor Day. And yes! It is the very cruise we presented on the last session of the Squadron Cruise Planning Course we took last year.
P/C Susan and I, and our son and his family (from SF), spent a long weekend in Newport, RI early in May. Our daughter and her family joined us from their home in CT. So we had two grandkids, both under two years old, to share the time with, and our kids had able and willing babysitters! We stayed in a large Airbnb house (built in 1882) in the old downtown, close to many waterfront and city attractions. And we were easy walking distance to fine local restaurants; we especially enjoyed some local clams and oysters. We were fortunate, not only with the weather, but also by the marine-eye-candy and exciting activities at Fort Adams and the nearby Newport Shipyard.
I think this is a good time to share how our day to day life looks while we are working for $ on the West coast and working on our boat on the East coast. It’s crazy. It’s overwhelming. It’s a fantastic adventure that we are so glad to be doing. At home in SB Clark works as a Food Safety Consultant. He is busy in spring/summer working very long hours. In the fall/winter he is able to work about 2 days a week. This coincides nicely with hurricane season – home April to Sept and in Florida about 10 days a month the rest of the year. My work is flexible and home based, a perfect travel job.