Friday, February 12, 2016

One last time at the coast

This was either the 3rd or 4th time to drive out to the coast so Craig could surf a couple days.   It was definitely the nicest weather as its been way over average temperature wise in this part of California.  As part of my cousins quest to get rid of his stuff to prepare for moving overseas he brought 2 surfboards along that he would leave for sale on consignment in Santa Cruz.  





On Wednesday morning, the day we would be heading back my cousin was out surfing on the 'north point' side out from 'gunsight rock' and after wiping out his leash snagged on a rock and he and his board were getting worked pretty hard.  It took him 4 attempts to finally get the ankle cuff of the leash removed at which time he was near passing out I guess.  I had flagged down a surfer who,was just walking down to the beach to assist.  Craig had slowly floated back to shore on his back by then but the guy did retrieve his board that had begun to get tossed against rocks by the waves.  It took a long time to recover after that incident of bad luck.  Then we dropped the boards off in Santa Cruz and headed back to Manteca.  It's Friday now and the moving sake is again underway.   
 


 


 


 

Surf Kayak

We just returned Wednesday night from another few days on the coast.  It's likely the last time before I'll be heading back tomDuluth February 25.  It was nice sleeping under the stars with no bugs and pretty warm even at night.  About 45 I suppose?  It was almost 80 on Monday afternoon when we got to Davenport Landing about 10 miles north of Santa Cruz.  My cousin had mentioned there were a few kayak surfers around now and then I this time I met one.  Talked with him a little bit and got my first look (in person) of a surf kayak.  I guess it was built in the U.K.  Watching the surfers is not so great as the distance is pretty far.  Anyway here's a couple photos of the guys Surf Kayak.  He's also a whitewater paddler as is likely common with surf kayakers I suspect.  





 


 


 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Back to the coast.

Ever since my cousin moved to Manteca in the Central Valley due to a job he gets to the coast for some surfing every 2 to 3 weeks at best. It's about a 2 hour drive depending on traffic. On the morning we were to drive back to Manteca we walked out to Franklin Point for breakfast. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

San Diego

As it turned out San Diego is as far south as I'll be going this time. I packed up and left the boat about 12:30 pm. I left a note but also ran into Tom at Point Break Cafe. We said our good byes and I had lunch. I had my big back pack and small pack. 50 pounds I suppose? I'd already scoped out hostel and car rental info. Looked into flights but to leave in a day or two back to Duluth were quite high. Not to mention I really don't want to go back and live in my attic apartment with its uninsulated roof until at least end of February. It was 5.5 miles from the boat at the visitor dock on Shelter Island to here at RK Hostel near the airport and downtown? Most would have used a taxi but I'm thrifty...and like to walk..even carrying 50+ pounds. It was quite nice as the whole way was bike and walking path with plenty of benches, which I rested at often enough. I hope my cousin in Manteca where I'd spent a month waiting for Tom and his boat to get to San Francisco will welcome me for further visiting. He wasn't home so I had to leave a message. Anyway, I'm renting a car and driving 450 miles to Manteca tomorrow. I thought about staying an extra day and going to the San Diego Sunroad Boat Show which is going on now but I decided not to bother looking at a bunch of brand new expensive boats that I'll never buy.



Judging by the dinghy dock I think this is the downtown live aboard community?


















































I had to zoom in so its grainy but look at this high tech sailing craft.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Morro Bay to ???? Continued

It's been a few days since writing here. Anyway we did in fact get to Ventura Harbor an hour or so after dark. It was hard to see the unlit channel markers and we had several near misses. Once in the Harbor basin there was enough lights from the docks. Tom had called ahead and was told to dock next to an old Navy PT boat. We went to the end but really didn't know where to look so we docked at the only open dock...the fuel dock. It was gated so we couldn't go anywhere. We asked some folks on a nearby boat but they had only arrived earlier that evening. We were told of some open end docks so off we went and we tied up to one. For all we knew it was taken and a boat was going to show up forcing us to move. Fortunately we were left undisturbed and had a good night sleep as we really hadn't since we skipped staying overnight in Morro Bay. We left soon after sunrise. The waves were much larger than when we came in. The High Surf advisory was underway. Our next stop for fuel since we hadn't fueled up since Morro Bay. We pulled into Marina Del Rey which has a nice easy to find visitor dock. One other boat, a cruising trawler was there too. They were heading north to San Francisco. We ate at a expensive burger place and the next day I walked for a haircut and a new iPhone 12v power cord. Walter walked to a West Marine. We set out at 12:30 pm for an overnight ear of about 115 NM to San Diego. The waves were again much larger than when we came in. It was an uneventful and pleasant motor through the night. The lack of wind again kept us motoring with just a stay sail that did fill and help a bit at times. All through the night channel 16 was a chatter about the high surf warnings and about 15' surf hitting the Ventura Harbor entrance. Coast Guard was advising no transits in or out at night. Also Oceanside which we passed in the later nighttime hours also was getting 12' to 15' surf at the entrance. And right north of San Diego the Channel into Mission Bay was considered hazardous. The swell was pretty large but had a very long interval. Fortunately Point Loma offers nice protection and our entry to San Diego was fine. Just a bit more traffic and some warnings about a Navy ship that would be leaving the Harbor and all boats were reminded to keep,some certain distance. We never saw it even though we were entering at about that time. A stiff headwind did come up just as we turned the corner which would have offered a nice sail all last night.. Oh well. The Customs dock and transient dock are only 2 NM in so that was nice. Though we found out the Customs dock indicated on 'Charlie's Charts' we're now the Harbor Police and you need to go some 6 miles away to do Customs. So Tom will or is doing that now via taxi. At this point the plan is to head out tomorrow for Ensenada Mexico. I've encouraged Tom to buy a cruising guide to pacific Mexico or Baja. The guides we had been using end here.



This is Morro Bay soon after arriving for our 5 or 6 hour break.



Heading out for Point Conception



Once in the Santa Barbara Channel we started seeing all the Oil Rigs. I think we saw about 2 dozen but there are probably more.



We also saw many very large areas with oil on the water. It seemed related?



It was nice to reach Marina Del Rey before dark.



Shortly after arriving.



Shortly before departing.



Sunrise a few hours away from San Diego.



Point Loma



The visitor dock on Shelter Island in San Diego.

Location:Shelter Island, San Diego, California

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Morro Bay to ????

After a brief rest, showers and 2 restaurant meals we decided to not stay overnight in Morro Bay due to a predicted change in the weather.  We left Morro Bay about 4:30 pm and rounded the corner of California at night.  Point Arguello and Point Conception are called California's 'Cape Horn'. Anyway it was fairly placid with about a 7 foot swell and no wind.  We tried the genoa a couple times but we again motored the whole way.  Anticipation of arriving to Santa Barbara in the early afternoon were put off due to no available slips.  I'm glad we called to check before pulling all the way in.  We are now about 2 hours from the entrance to the Ventura Harbor.  It will be in the dark which is best avoided but at least we have moonlight.  

Sunset shortly after leaving Morro Bay

Heading toward Ventura at 4 pm
 

 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Monterey to Morro Bay

We had about a 24 hour passage from Monterey to Morro Bay. We kind of slowed down to arrive after sunrise to enter the harbor. Motored other than a short 2 to 3 hours of sailing. It was nasty drizzly with a headwind most of the night. Looking at the weather and our next passage to Santa Barbara we have decided to rest 5 of 6 hours and leave this evening at 6 pm. This will put us going around the big corner of Point Arguello and Point Conception after sunrise. It also beats out some stronger winds and much bigger swells that are predicted were we to leave after a full nights sleep. We co hold end up not wanting to leave for 5 days if we wait. The total to Santa Barbara is 116 NM. Leaving to get past Point Conception in daylight puts us having a hard time reaching Santa Barbara by dark but if we leave and catch Point Arguello at dawn we can make it.


Big swell as we passed Big Sir



Further down the coast past Point Sir



I've seen about 15 Sea Otters between Monterey and here at Morro Bay



This rock is at the entrance to the harbor



The only transient docking as at this Morro Bay Yacht Club dock. It's $25 a night. Time to sleep now.....zzzzzz

Location:Embarcadero,Morro Bay,United States