arrival at Santa Cruz
21 October 2006 | Santa Cruz harbor
After our last message, we motorsailed a good length of the way, as we had north winds in the 5 knot range. Around sunset I prepared dinner which consisted of chile con carne (prepared in advance) and fresh green beans steamed in the pressure cooker. Finally around midnight the winds increased to 12 knots and we shut off the engine, sailing about 12 miles offshore on a broad reach and making about 6 knots. John and I alternated three hour shifts throughout the night while Pascale served as additional watch. The night was moonless which made it hard to see, but the brightness of the stars was dazzling. A green phosphorescent trail followed our boat, looking like an underwater neon sign. We had to make a few sharp turns to dodge approaching ships. The MARPA on the radar unit was a Godsend for avoiding ships. MARPA tracks other vessels and gives you their range, bearing, speed and direction.
We made landfall at Santa Cruz Harbor at 4:45 AM, October 21. The moon had still not risen, as it was scheduled to rise very briefly later this morning. 1558 hours on the engine (11 hours elapsed since we started with 1547 hours at Sausalito).
This morning I got up at 8:00 a.m. and am starting to make breakfast and check on our Sailmails while the rest of the crew sleeps.