off Palos Verdes Pt, heading to LA Harbor
Well we are off again from Redondo Beach (had to rush out for a second as Matey was barking at the sea lions hanging out on the buoy off that point).
Greg just turned off the engine to put up the cruising spinnaker (a great little addition to our sail arsenal since it is huge and has a sock for easy taking down, it's much appreciated in the lighter winds south of Pt Conception).
** Update, I have to tell the story here about how we entered LA Harbor. As we were approaching we put up the Cruising Spinnaker and were riding fine to the entrance where the wind started to pick up (This area is known as Hurricane Gulch and really blows in the afternoon). Of course add in a tri on our port and a ship leaving to starboard and us with a spinnaker up having to do a major head up (head sharply into the wind - not easy with a spinnaker) around the point and you have an 'interesting' situation. We didn't have to call our insurance company, but it's not something I would like to try again anytime soon.
The Black Pearl from the Pirates of the Caribbean was docked right next to our anchorage.
LA Harbor, near San Pedro
we just got in today from a little trip out to Emerald Bay, Catalina for 2 days to visit with the folks from Corsair Yacht Club. We got to see their facilities which are amazing. Unfortunately we missed the majority of the members, but we did get to meet another Ericson 39 owner (Bill and Bev McNally) who actually spent some time cruising in Mexico this past season. They invited us to visit with them for a more in depth report of the trip (meaning tips on favorite spots). We are going to try to meet up with them later this week.
Anyway, we sailed - or motored out on Sunday, getting there in the early afternoon. We decided to get a mooring since the anchoring pickings were so slim and extremely deep. Greg and Len (Greg's dad) were thoroughly happy with our spot because there was a topless chick sunbathing on the boat next to us. There will be no pictures of this because this is a family website :-) But Greg and Len were sad to see them drop their mooring later in the afternoon.
After a swim off the boat and some exploring on shore, we had a nice dinner, I collapsed into bed early and Len and Greg stayed up visiting.
Sunday brought a lazy morning - we left around 1ish (or there abouts) and had some of the best sailing of the trip back to San Pedro. Happily we rolled up the jib before entering the harbor (see above trip report) since it was blowing over 20 kts.
We set the anchor in the anchorage outside the breakwater of Cabrillo Marina. We've used up our time at the yacht club, so we have to rough it for now...
Matey better not get any ideas!!!!!
Emerald Bay - Pacifica is one of the boats on the far right
Matey has to investigate every little speck. Here she is checking out a bit of seaweed, I believe.
Alamitos Bay, CA
Greg and I have both gone through colds - actually I'm on the downside of mine. But to catch you up, on Tuesday the Girls, Kim, and Len and Carol came out for a sail with us in LA Harbor. We had a nice easy downwind run to LongBeach where we had some lunch and walked around for a bit before turning around to head back to Cabrillo Beach. Luckily for the girls and the rest of the crew, we had some pretty good wind for the beat back.
Greg and I settled down again for the evening in the anchorage. Greg spent Wednesday doing errands and I spent most of the day trying to recoup and rest from my cold.
Today after lounging most of the morning (I lounged, Greg worked on boat stuff), we set off for Long Beach. We were hoping to meet up with Bill and Bev from the Corsair YC to talk about their Mexico trip so we needed to get closer to Long beach.
Luckily on the way over after a quick call to Alamitos Yacht Club, we found out they had a guest spot for us, so here we are tied up to power and unlimited water for the night. Greg also worked his magic with Shoreline Yacht Club in Long Beach to get us set up for more pampering at their club tomorrow and Saturday night -- so we are living the good life!!! Unlimited power and water!!!!
Seriously, we are having a good time exploring around the bay in the dinghy - though we did go by the Long Beach Yacht Club and noticed their guest dock was empty. HUMPH!!!! We've only been calling them for about week and a half asking for berthing, and they either don't return our calls or say they are full. The word locally is they are trying to be like the St Francis in the Bay Area - by thinking they are a little superior to everyone else.
*** Side note on the ST Francis YC - the Vallejo Yacht Club is the only Bay area club that has reciprocal privileges with them. The only way they were granted is because many years ago, the VYC had the only fuel dock between San Francisco and the Delta.
Here come the girls!!!!
Greg teaches Nicole a little about sailing.
Kim shows the girls her favorite part of the boat - the Bow.
This is a space launching platform. Len told us about how they sail this platform to the equator to send satellites into orbit.
The part of a ship I hope NOT to see (luckily this one is at anchor)
What a lazy bum.
Is this a tropical Island in LA Harbor??? No Way! That's a cleverly disguised oil rig...
Link to GIRLS BON VOYAGE - (Click on the highlighted wording) Translation, the girls are saying, "Happy sailing, we'll see you in a year!!!!"