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Sailing Isabella & now the Beachcomber
Onward
Rod
09/15/2010, Santa Barbara, CA

After a great stop in Monterey, our favorite so far, we are underway again. (By the way the Aquarium is amazing & Lopez Cantina has great Mexican food.) We rounded Point Pinos in dense fog & a 2-4' low NW swell. not a bad ride.... A hundred or so miles south & or 6-8 miles NW of San Luis Obispo we came upon a Minke Whale swimming fast approaching the boat, he swam from one side to the other then started breaching, each time getting closer to the boat. By the fifth breach he landed not 10 ft from our starboard side, covering the entire boat in his spray. I was hollering with joy as Jane thought he was going to hit us & had first thought it was Jaws. Wow, what a rush!
After an overnight in San Luis we were underway at 0430 in calm & low NW swell. As we reached Point Aguello the wind started to build & by the time we reached Point Conception we had 25 knots with gusts in the 30's. good news was it was from the NW blowing us on our way to Santa Barbara. Not a drop of water on deck, just that sloppy roll when you are sailing dead down wind, actually real sloppy. I steared by hand as the wind waves built from 4-6'. But, we cheated death one more time & are secure in Santa Barbara feeling pretty smug as we look across at the palm trees. Hasta.

09/17/2010 | Scott Free
yeah, another few miles south! You're in So Cal now!
Tourists
09/09/2010, Monterey, CA

We have been in Monterey for a few days now playing tourist. There is an amazing amount of wildlife here. Sea lions everywhere, on jetties, nav. buoys, boats, you name it, they are there. The area is so rich in food they populate like rabbits, being protected & with few natural preditors. The sea otters swim thru the marina with their babies on their chest & the jelly fish seem to be blooming. An incredible place.
As can be expected on a trip like this, things break or just quit. Our chart plotter has been breathing it's last few breaths for the last couple of weeks & died on the way into Monterey. We ordered another (Garmin) & I am installing it today as Jane makes a trip to the commisary & Tucker guards things. He seems to be taking it quite seriously lately.
More soon, Smooth Sailing, Rod

09/09/2010 | Eugene Reynolds
We made it to Half Moon Bay yesterday and will probably continue south tomorrow or Saturday. The anchorage is so calm here compared to San Fran Bay! We are thinking of coming all the way to Monterey unless we can find a good reason to stop in Santa Cruz. Any ideas? Hope to catch up with you soon!
South Bound
Rod
09/04/2010, Half Moon Bay, CA

We are finally south of San Francisco and tied up at the Pillar Point Marina (just south of the world famous surf spot Mavericks)
We had a great time in Eureka visiting family & friends and headed out on Aug. 31. We had a rolly ride around Cape Mendecino and arrived at Fort Bragg on Sept. 1.
After a short rest stop we were underway again rounded Point Arena & arrived here yesterday afternoon. More soon, having a rough time with the internet.....

09/04/2010 | Eugene Reynolds
Awesome, guys! We are still in Sausalito (that's Spanish for free internet;) Tami's parents left today. We had a great visit. Got the kids back on board! Yippeee! Went to a SF Giants baseball game, visited Muir Woods, stayed a night in the marina at pier 39 and are now back on the ball in front of Sausalito Yacht Club (free!) We should be southbound on Tuesday if the weather cooperates. Hope to see you soon.
09/05/2010 | Danny Blanchard
Hey you guys!! Glad to see you're on your way to more southern latitudes! Winston, Kirk, Craig and I are headed south as well: just checked out of GBNP, heading to Pleasant Island to catch some halibut. Aimee and I are flying down to see my Mom in Santa Barbara on October 4th for a week, and if you're near by we'd love to see ya! Check out my blog sometime - I got some pretty nice humpback shots this past week! : ). Www.dannyblanchard.blogspot.com

Cheers, Danny
09/05/2010 | Danny Blanchard
Hey you guys!! Glad to see you're on your way to more southern latitudes! Winston, Kirk, Craig and I are headed south as well: just checked out of GBNP, heading to Pleasant Island to catch some halibut. Aimee and I are flying down to see my Mom in Santa Barbara on October 4th for a week, and if you're near by we'd love to see ya! Check out my blog sometime - I got some pretty nice humpback shots this past week! : ). Www.dannyblanchard.blogspot.com

Cheers, Danny
Isabella in Eureka
08/20/2010

Home. By the way. The moorage in Eureka is very reasonable. 56 bucks a week for a 32' boat including elec.

08/24/2010 | Eugene Reynolds
Glad you guys are having a good trip. We sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge today at 1245. We have had a great trip and can't wait to share it with you. Hope to chat soon!
08/26/2010 | Erika Stadulis
TurkeyButt to the Rescue!!! OMG
Eureka, CA
08/20/2010

We are presently tied up at the Woodley Island Marina in Humbolt Bay, Eureka,CA. We are enjoying our visit with my folks, sister, brother-in-law, nephews & friends.
However, its still low clouds & fog, temps in the mid 50's to 60's. Not beach weather yet.
Got a little spanking with south winds in the 30's, gusting in the mid 40's, 12'-14' following seas with a few I'm sure were 16' & 6' on the nose (very confused) at Cape Blanco in the middle of the night. Jane says its kind of like a roller coaster ride you can't get off. Very uncomfortable. It took us 3 1/2 hours to go 6 miles. Much like the Seattle commute with big waves. We had a great day into Eureka though with light winds & a small following seas, lots of dolphins, bird life & a few whales.
Tucker has been able to play chase with his cousin Moose & sporting his Doggles to get ready for the sun as we head south.

Hasta,
Rod, Jane & Tuck

the weather
08/09/2010, Newport, OR

Well , We're still here in Newport & will be for a couple of more days as we wait for the weather window we are looking for to complete our next leg south around Cape Blanco which can be kind of cranky, as it seems to be right now.

08/09/2010 | Idaho Dave
How far are you guys going? What upgrades have you done to Isabella? Did you increase the tank Fuel/Water size? There should be Tuna for sale near to you in the marina. Buy one and grill it up, oh man is that good. When you leave when you hit blue water or upper 50's or low 60's drag a tuna lure on a hand line off the back of the boat. They run in the teens to low twentys pound range. Have looked at Gulfs but was concern if there was enough room. So I am interested in your expereinces as you go. Have fun Dave
08/09/2010 | Augusta Dan
Hey Rod and Jane,

Glad to hear your well and getting the word out to all us dreamers on the beach! Augusta was stuck in Newport for three weeks in March of 96 with 80 MPH winds and BIG seas...so we got to know that town very well. Keep us all posted and thanks for the call...looking forward to more updates and PICTURES.
08/10/2010 | wayne/dauphyne
Glad we can watch your progess this way. Smooth sailing Love Dauphyne and Wayne
08/10/2010 | sunny landlubber Diana
YEA!!! for the three of you! You have succeeded in so many ways - your health, the cruise, the dog, the blog! :) May you fully comprehend, appreciate and enjoy the sun-kissed bliss of cruising, my friends! And thanks for including me on your "I want to tell the world" list!

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S/V Isabella now Beachcomber
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