Finally under way
16 October 2008 | Monterey Bay
Last night, we finally got all the major things done. This last week's activity included replacing lifelines and reattaching stanchions, replacing the backstay, mounting the wind instruments, and installing the new refrigeration.
We also decided to put a video camera at the top of the mast facing downward to the bow. This gives us a bird's eye view of what's ahead and might come in handy when negotiating coral heads. Besides, it's just plain cool.
Having gotten everything buttoned up (both the house and the boat), I drove the car home to park it there for the next several months. Gunnar followed me out there to give me a ride back to the boat. We had a nice dinner at the Corinthian YC and went to bed early.
Paula brought us coffee at 6:30 a.m., which was our wake up call. We cast off the dock lines at 7 a.m. and motored out towards the Golden Gate just as the sun was coming up.
The wind has been very light the entire day, under 12 knots, so we have had to motorsail in order to maintain reasonable speed.
We saw a whale, just off our starboard side. He put on quite a show, waving his flippers in the air.
We are now about an hour and a half from our first destination, Monterey, and the sun is setting.