North American Tour 2017-2019

From Portland, OR through Panama Canal to East Coast of USA and back via Caribbean, Panama Canal, and Hawaii

21 October 2017 | In Monterey, CA
17 October 2017 | In Monterey, CA
17 October 2017 | Off Big Sur, CA
16 October 2017 | Off Santa Cruz, CA
15 October 2017 | San Francisco, CA
14 October 2017 | Point Reyes, CA
13 October 2017 | Cape Mendecino, CA
25 September 2017 | Portland, OR
12 September 2017 | Crescent City, CA
21 August 2017 | Woodburn, Oregon
05 August 2017 | Friday Harbor, WA
18 July 2017 | Friday Harbor, WA
11 July 2017 | Crescent City (CA)
09 July 2017 | Crescent City. CA
08 July 2017 | Brookings, Oregon
06 July 2017 | Coos Bay, Oregon
05 July 2017 | Newport, Oregon
04 July 2017 | Newporr, Oregon
03 July 2017 | Off Cape Lookout, Oregon

Friday at Point Lobos

21 October 2017 | In Monterey, CA
George Stonecliffe
While waiting out a gale at Cape Conception, Peter, Sue and I went to Point Lobos for a gorgeous, sunny walk on a promontory sticking out into the ocean. Walking for over a mile was no problem for my recovering hip. Walking up and down on uneven ground was great. Lots of land birds and sea birds attracted our attention. the ocean seas were crashing on the shore rocks in bursts of energy. We had distant sights of the 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach Golf Course, Carmel, etc. Sunday we head south since the gale has died. Time is getting close for the start of the Bajaj Ha-ha Rally in San Diego on the 30th.

Enjoying the Aquarium in Monterey

17 October 2017 | In Monterey, CA
George Stonecliffe
While waiting out Santa Barbara Channel weather, we had pulled into the Monterey Harbor Marina. Although the weather here is benign, we are avoiding Small Craft Advisories further south. Today we went to the Monterey Aquarium. We have been to the Monterey Aquarium a few times in the past. My favorite exhibit is the Kelp Forest which is a two story tank including bull kelp, a few sharks, a giant sea bass, a huge sheephead wrasse, senorita wrasse, and many, many more including a scuba diver feeding them and talking about how they care for them. Other exhibits included sea otters, eels, jellies, Baja fish, gray whales, some shore birds, some ocean birds, and scientific information about plankton. In the Open Ocean tank they had some dorado/mahi mahi which got all the fishermen in a tizzy. There were green turtles and a sun fish also. What a great experience!

Weather Warning and Change of Plans

17 October 2017 | Off Big Sur, CA
George Stonecliffe
There was a radio call from the USCG out of Los Angeles reporting a weather warning. Tuesday, today, there was a weather shift to Small Craft Advisory in the Santa Barbara Channel, including the Channel Islands and Cape Conception. It would affect the entrance to Morrow Bay. Also there was a big front that would affect San Francisco Bay area. Soooo, we have turned back to Monterey Bay where we hope to pull into the marina and wait out the weather. It might take a week! We have learned to be respectful of Small Craft Advisories. More later.

Calm Seas, Motoring South along California Coast

16 October 2017 | Off Santa Cruz, CA
George Stonecliffe
Leaving San Francisco behind after a morning of touring around Treasure Island and the San Francisco waterfront, we headed along the California Coastline southward. At times we saw enough wind that we tried jib, then jib and main. But we finally gave up in light air, motoring at 1800rpm which runs the boat about 6.3 knots. We will be passing Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, and Big Sur before daylight tomorrow. We are seeing large flocks of Common Murres, Gulls, and Brown Pelicans. Sue took a photo of a large gathering of moon jellies which we motored through. But I didn't want to suck any moon jellies into our engine intake! Our strainer would catch them hopefully. Beautiful sunset photos as well. We are just a few miles offshore, so that we can enjoy the scenes eastward. Oh, there is still smoke going south.

Night at San Francisco YC in Belvedere

15 October 2017 | San Francisco, CA
George Stonecliffe
We spent a sunny, and smoke free day at Angel Island, and finally the San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere. Sue and Peter made a grocery run to Safeway in the morning. Then they kayaked to Angel Island for a walk. George cleaned the fenders of barnacles that had built up while 'Julia Max' was in Crescent City. Then Peter and George worked on a corroded wire in the Running Lights circuit. We determined that we are heading south Monday morning, motoring since the winds are forecasted as light. The dinner at the SFYC Club House satisfied our cravings for Grilled Salmon, Crab, and freshly baked peach pie. Ahh, how sweet it is!

San Francisco Bay with Smoke from the Fires in Marin County

15 October 2017 | San Francisco, CA
George Stonecliffe
What a difference between the last 36 hours of Small Craft Advisory sailing, and waking up in Drake's Bay: flat calm, a gentle breeze, a few boat projects (Racors serviced, hydraulic steering topped off, compass light wire reconnected), and most importantly a full eggs and bacon breakfast by our master chef: Sue. As we motored under the Golden Gate Bridge, it was noticeably smoky from the recent forest fires in Marin County north. We anchored in the Swimmer's Cove conveniently adjacent to Ghiradeli Chocolates. Yum. We had dinner at a crab house called Capurro's. Then dessert was a no-brainer at Ghiradeli's. Ah the Cruising Life! It can be hard to adjust to the special cuisine of new places!
Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: Float Plan: July 1, 2017 Leave Portland, OR; head south along US West Coast; leave San Diego 10/29/17 with Baja Ha-ha Rally; go through Panama Canal 3/2018; Florida 6/2018; NYC and Rhode Island 7/2018; Chesapeake Bay 9/2018; Caribbean 11/2018; Panama Canal 3/2019; Hawaii 7/2019; home 10/2019
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