08/17/2008, South Bay
The crew forming for the Baja Haha got together for some boat familiarization and training.... Even Bernice, with her freshly scoped left knee attended and took copious notes and asked great questions. We reviewed safety equipment, excercised all thru-hulls, practiced man-overboard skills and even practiced our abandon ship procedure, getting all 6 of us in the dinghy with our ditch bag and flares.
The winds were 15-20 knots and seas on the stern quarter which brought out the Mal de Mer for Josie....
The crew is dialing in their skills well... Today we'll go over electronics, battery management and spinnaker deployment. Crew is going to be in great shape for the trip.
08/17/2008, Just outside Redwood City on the South Bay
One Happy Crew! This was after everyone practiced MOB's! Look, everyone's still smiling!! Josie had the worst wind/waves for her MOB, but she pulled through like a champ! Good Job to everyone!
Had a great day! Good food and good friends!
|Sailing - Spring/Summer 2008||
08/11/2008, Central Bay
Great sail on the bay this weekend with our friends Dave and Kathleen Stark and George Khokhobashvili, who joined us at Pier 40. After a tour of the SF waterfront and lunch on the hook at Aquatic Park, we had a brisk beam reach to Sausalito and then east to Angel Island.... The sailing went from brisk to positively Mediterranean during this stretch. After passing the lee of Angel Island, things got exciting again as we passed through the slot and headed to Clipper cove. We then turned west and headed to McCovey cove to hear the Giants beat the dodgers. As usual, the crowd was IN to the game.... The day had a little bit of everything, sailing-wise, and everyone had a great time, from Kathleen and George's nap, to Dave's perch on the high side of the boat, soaking up the sun.....
On the way back to RWC, I got this great shot of Rina at the helm with the San Francisco skyline in the background....
Kathleen Stark and Rina enjoy the sun on the SF Bay
George enjoying the sights of the City.....
So here is the plan as it stands now, subject to change.... part of the goal is to go when and where the wind blows you.....
We will eventually have a google maps mash-up that will have our travel mapped out so you can follow us real time....
Sept 30 - Depart Redwood City for Santa Cruz
Oct 1 - Half Moon Bay
Oct 2 - Santa Cruz
Oct 4 - Stillwater Cove at Pebble Beach
Oct 6 - San Simeon
Oct 7 - Port San Luis
Oct 8 - Santa Barbara
Oct 11 - Catalina Island
Oct 14 - Newport Harbor
Oct 19 - San Diego
Oct 26 - Depart for Turtle Bay as part of www.baja-haha.com
Oct 29 - Turtle Bay
Nov 1 - Magdalena Bay
Nov 4 - Cabo San Lucas
Nov 9 - La Paz
Nov 30 - small anchorages between La Paz and Mazatlan
December - Pacific coast of Mexico
December 19 - Fly home for Holidays
December 27 - Return Mazatlan
January - Puerto Vallarta
February - Zihuatanejo
March - Banderas Bay
April - Sea of Cortez
May - Sea of Cortez
June - Who knows!
What an honor..... received this at work for heading off on sabbatical for a year..... Very appreciative for the way Encover has handled my leave. Very much looking forward to returning with batteries freshly charged.
07/24/2008, Sutter Creek
Also joining us are Corey Wurzner and Bernice Hanczak, friends from high school. Corey and Bernice are long time sailors and proud owners of a new (to them) Pearson 32 "Blue Express" located in Moss Landing.
Flights are booked to San Diego for October and crew training cruises taking place.... pretty fun stuff.
07/24/2008, Sutter Creek
Bro Phil and wife Josie will be joining Rina and I on the Haha this year. Phil has sailed casually, crewing on friends boats and spent plenty of time on Follow You Follow Me. Quite impressively, Josie took basic keelboat at Tradewinds in March and passed with flying colors! She knows knots and everything!
07/18/2008, Sutter Creek
Yea, time to shed the work clothes!