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Wanderer's Desire
Our day musings, night dreams and what keeps us working everyday...until we can escape!!
2 weeks to the harbor
cool, cloudy
01/10/2010, Mesa AZ

Just 2 more weeks until we begin our year of diligence as we get serious about accruing sail time. We've decided to sail at least monthly to get more experience and get on with our next certification-Coastal Cruising and moving out of San Diego harbor. We're anxious to step things up a bit but still to novice to do so. So we'll be sailing for 3 days and the San Diego boat show for Capt Ray's birthday.

We have recently realized that its been a year of learning and we have come a long way in knowledge and experiences since last year. We've begun to keep a sailing notebook to start logging all of the important things about boats, trips etc that we talk about but have not documented. They are becoming too numerous to remember.

We recently found a boat model we really like, the european made Oyster. It has an interior layout, and very important windows (for my viewing needs). The island packet is also top on our list.

We'll just keep looking...
http://www.oystermarine.com/

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Long hot summer
cool fall breezes in the morning
09/18/2009, Mesa AZ

Well, it has been entirely too long of a summer. We have enjoyed a moment of sailing. It is time for a weekday escape. I have the plans formulating in my imagination right now. Lovely October Pacific breezes, delicious meal at Hash House, a walk along the bay in the evening, great sunset and back home to my own bed at night. OK Southwest Airlines reservations, here I come!!

http://www.thebigbay.com/

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Sailing alone for the first time
05/27/2009, San Diego Harbor

Well, we decided to be brave and charter a boat with our kids on the first day of vacation. It was gray May, but the sun broke through the clouds and made it a fine afternoon. We sailed under the Coronado bridge and caught great 12-15 knot winds that made the day so worth it. We just had such a great sail!!

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07/07/2009 | Rick Johnson
Hope all went we'll for you on your outing. I like that your pursuing the thrill of sailing. It only get's better as time goes on. I still get nervous and excited every time I go out. And I've been doing this forever. Have a blast and we'll see you out there.
Sailing Lessons/certified keel boat sailors
03/14/2009, San Diego CA

Well we finally made it for our first lesson. We arrived and were greeted by cold cloudy weather. Not the tropical kind we hoped for. The weather cleared and the wind picked up to about 12 knot winds and we had a great time. So much to learn, so much room for error. Do we tack, where is the wind? Oh crap, here comes the boom...accidental jibe. Luckily our instructor was forgiving. Thanks Paul. Charlie Smith from Yuma was part of our class. The 3 of us made a great team.

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04/09/2009 | Rick
Hello, It's great to see you got out there and enjoyed the wind in your face and sound of sails flapping. The weather is getting better to add new adventures. We'll see you out there
Here in San Diego
Merrie
01/10/2009, SD, CA

Well, we're finally here for our first sailing experience and the San Diego boat show. We are staying on the marina with the boat show and can gaze at the boats on display right out our balcony. We spent the first morning touring the boats, asking lots of questions and gathering much information. Our favorite so far, a Catalina 49 foot beauty. We then hopped aboard a Hunter 27 ft for our Sunset Cruise. As we were the only crew members, we were able to actually spend the time learning and putting into practice what we have been studying. Because it was so warm, in the 70's, and the Santa Anas were prevailing, we didn't have much wind. But no worries, it was so much fun to be onboard finally, we really didn't mind. Ray took the helm right away and it was a perfect fit.

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