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Sailing the Seas on Jade Dragon
Being delayed by a year after "Miramar", an 80 foot wooden ketch owned by Paul Scripps of San Diego, slammed into our boat causing extensive damage, we are finally good as new and doing last minute preparations for our first journey south to Mexico
Quick Visit to Detroit
10/31/2011, Phoenix

We are taking a week break before heading off on our next two weeks of sailing down the west coast of Baja California and around to La Paz. I'm not looking forward to the long nights but once we get to the Sea of Cortez it will be great to jump into some warm water.

Getting Ready for the Mexico Crossing
10/30/2011, San Diego

Made it to San Diego without a scratch. We will be getting all of the last minute preps done to the boat and then heading onto the Mexican waters around November 6. First we have to make a quick trip to Detroit and then onward.

Had a great time taking Dane out for a quick sail today and then off to dinner to meet his beautiful girlfriend Mignon. Great times.

A Couple of Days to Relax
Clear and Calm
10/27/2011, Catalina Harbor

We left Ventura Harbor on Monday, October 24 2011, at 12:30 in the afternoon. It was an overcast day with about 3 miles visibility, light wind, and flat seas. We decided to go only as far as Yellowbanks anchorage on Santa Cruz Island just to take a deep breath and relax. Our plan is to hang behind the Baja Ha Ha and enter Mexico just before the FUBAR. Hopefully we will avoid the congestion from either "gaggle". Nothing against either group...... just want to go down the coast at our own pace.

The night in Yellowbanks was one of the calmest that we have ever experienced. No wind, no waves, no rockin' and rollin'...... as Bill would say, "I wasn't rolled out of my bed in the middle of the night." We awoke around 4 a.m. and headed out of the anchorage by 5, into a very dark southeastern horizon. The fog layer was pretty thick and there was absolutely NO moonlight. We pointed our bow to a heading of 115 and proceeded to motor our way to Santa Catalina.

We arrived at Cat Harbor on the island of Catalina around 4:20 p.m., pulled into a mooring, and settled in for the evening. It was still pretty overcast so there was no real sunset to speak of.

We are enjoying the two days of kayaking and hiking before heading to San Diego where we will dock the boat at Cabrillo Isle Marina for a week or so while Bill goes on a trip and I head to Detroit to visit with family for a few days.

Two More Days
10/22/2011, Ventura Harbor

Party today...... going to be some tears I'm afraid. Oh well.... that is part of saying "farewell".

10/25/2011 | Brian Weimer
The dock is just not the same without you two! We missed you before you even made it out of the harbor. Take care and have the time of your lives!
10/20/2011, Ventura Ca

Last minute preparations are being made. The Bon Voyage party is scheduled for Saturday at 3 on "D" dock at Ventura Isle Marina. If the weather cooperates, we will be heading out of Ventura Harbor for the last time and venturing south on Monday morning, October 24.

The plan is to stop at Catalina Island and spend a couple of days relaxing before continuing on to San Diego.

10/28/2011 | Nancy
Hi Bill & Mary, just found your blog and wanted to say hello. We just bought our 47 vagabond and are working on her to continue cruising. Would love to keep in touch as there is so little info that I can find on Vagabonds out there. We too have a blog, its
would love to hear from you
03/01/2016 | Pam
You have the most beautiful ketch, that I've ever seen!! I can only dream (& I do day & night) of ever being blessed enough to live aboard an identical dream boat such as yours!!!! Happy sailing !!!!!

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Who: Bill & Mary Silvestri
Port: Phoenix AZ
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