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S/V Si Bon
Who: Steve Cook
Port: San Diego, California
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California cruising
11/16/2010, So Cal

I'm getting ready for another So Cal cruise. I'll be leaving on or about Nov. 21 and sailing up to Mission Bay for Chargers Monday night football at Russ's beach house. From there I plan to harbor hop up the coast stopping at Oceanside, Dana Point, Newport Beach and hopefully over to Catalina. I will be trying to keep my legs short (5-7 hours max) and am happy to have any adventurous souls meet me along the way for however long you can pry yourselves away for. There is an Amtrac train that runs up the coast up to San Juan Capistrano (Dana Point), so it's pretty easy to get a one way sail and train back. There is also a ferry that runs over to Catalina, so also easy to get back and forth from there. I have no real firm dates other than MNF and Dinner with my kids in Dana Point on the 28th, so if you're interested let me know what dates you can go and I will try to accommodate you. I will probably be gone for 2 weeks total...but who knows.
This is a GREAT way to get a little adventure vacation for basically free (hey ya gotta eat wherever you are).
I will be single handing most of the trip but being the social butterfly that I am I always love having guests along to share the adventures.

11/16/2010 | Karen
NICE!!! We just had snow.. hmm you got me thinking!! Fair winds my friend!!
Week in review
11/14/2010, Coronado

This has been a big week for me. Part of the reason I went over to Glorietta Bay was to get a little practice in single handed anchoring, both dropping and picking up the hook by myself, I was able to do both a couple of times. I was also able to get some practice in docking at an unfamiliar dock as when I left Glorietta Bay I used a public dock to fill my fresh water tank, pump out my holding tanks and wash off Si Bon. I also was able to go on and off my mooring ball alone (getting pretty good at it now). I loved being over at Glorietta Bay and exploring the other side of Coronado. Once returning to my ball I had Yvette and Mitchell visit for a great day sail of which I did most (all) of the sailing...more practice at single handing. Yesterday another long time friend, Russ Carlson came down and we went out SD bay for an afternoon sail in the ocean with 10-13 knots of wind...all in all this has been a VERY successful week for me and Si Bon. Ohh...and all of this in weather that was 75-80 degrees in November :-)))
This pic is of downtown Coronado's main town center.

11/15/2010 | amber
AWESOME! and you have another visitor coming friday... I can't wait :) lets do some kayaking if its nice.... excited to visit!
11/13/2010, Back on the ball

Yesterday my long time friend Yvette and her not yet 3 year old son Mitchell came to visit me from Orange County. You need to know that Yvette is (or was) your stereo-type Orange County woman, in Real Estate, lives in a big house and use to drive a Mercedes, so I wasn't sure how she would do with the ride in the inflatable dinghy to the 41 foot sailboat bobbing around in San Diego bay routine.....but I had my doubts. Well I gotta tell you I was proven wrong (again). I picked up Yvette and Mitchell in the dinghy, now remember that they are facing forward, so I can't see their faces, but I can usually tell from body language how things are going up front..and it looked like they were old hands at this. I really wanted to go sailing yesterday...and sometimes children, and even some adults (Frank) get very nervous the first time on a heeling (tilting) sailboat....well again they appeared to in the groove as young Mitchell, eyes wide open, took in all the sights of San Diego Bay...he even took the traditional Si Bon nap. Yvette decided that things were going so well that they might just as well spend the night, so we took the dinghy in for a nice dinner and returned to Si Bon in the dink after dark, Mitchell settled in for one of his DVD's (pic) and we hit the sack early for a good night sleep. All in all I would say everything went very well, and that motherhood has been VERY good for Yvette.

11/16/2010 | Ashley Cook
this sounds like sooooo much fun and Mitchell is such a cutie!!!
Birthday on the hook
11/11/2010, Glorietta Bay

Well I'm now officially a senior citizen, at 55 I will now start getting discounts at a few places, for instance I will now save $1.00 at the Coronado Rec center whenever I workout or take a shower...I also just got my health insurance statement and discovered that my monthly cost went up by $154.00 a to save that I am going to have to start working out and showering 5-6 times a day...oh boy. That said I had a GREAT birthday, it started off with calls from both of my wonderful daughters(I love my daughters), I then began receiving greeting after greeting from my facebook friends (I love FB). The day ended as I was sitting in the cockpit of Si Bon (why is it called a cockpit?) sipping a Coors Light (I love Coors Light), thinking how blessed I am (I love God), when up pulls the Svoboda family, Robert, Katrina and their 3 year old son Adam. The Svoboda's tied off their dinghy and scrambled aboard Si Bon with a delicious piece of strawberry cheese cake (I love cheese cake), little Adam sang me the birthday song, I blew out my candle, wasn't sure what to wish for because I seem to already have everything anyone could want, and we all dug in to the cheese cake. So people may say "so what did you do for your birthday" and I would say "I did everything that means anything to me".

11/11/2010 | Rich
Happy Birthday Steve! Cheers!
11/11/2010 | Brian B
Happy Birthday Steve. Live the dream.
11/16/2010 | Ashley Cook
I love you pops and am so proud of you! You're living the dream!
worlds shortest cruise
11/10/2010, Glorietta Bay

Yesterday I decided to leave my mooring ball and go to Glorietta Bay for three days. Glorietta Bay is a distance of a little over 1 NM from my ball. Glorietta Bay is a very quiet, well protected cove, I have a view of the Hotel del Coronado(see pic) one way, the Coronado golf course another way and a high end marina yet another way. So why did I decide to do this very short trip...a few reasons, first it gave me great practice in single handed anchoring (with a little coaching from Robert), second it is a beautiful little cove that has almost no rocking motion (unlike my ball) and besides if I wanted to stay in one place all the time I could have just kept my land based house and missed out on all of the adventures I am now enjoying.
I am able to anchor for free for 3 days a week with a max of 9 days per I will be staying here a lot over the next few months. Anyone who wants to come visit and save themselves the VERY high cost of staying at the Hotel del let me know:-).

11/10/2010 | ashley Cook
you were right...this view is gorgeous!
11/10/2010 | amber
woooo hoooo... looks fun!!! watch out for those mission bay gangsters! they could put on a scuba suit and rob you cold...hahahaha ps. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
11/10/2010 | mike and michelle
what a great anchorage to be on your birthday.....enjoy the views and the protected waters.....cheers, M & M
nautical terms
11/09/2010, Si Bon

As I was waiting for my coffee to brew this morning I was busy doing dishes, wiping counters and putting things away, I said to myself "there the kitchen is all clean..opps I mean the galley". It suddenly dawned on me, why do I have to call it a's a kitchen, it has a stove, a refrigerator, a microwave and even a dishwasher (me), it has dishes (now clean) IT'S A FREAKIN KITCHEN! I began to wonder how many people have been scared away from boating life because they asked some cantankerous old skipper "where's the bathroom" and he shot back "WE DON'T HAVE BATHROOMS ON A BOAT, THE HEAD IS BELOW", why is it called a head?? there's nothing in there that I would want my head anywhere close to. Why is right starboard and left port...why can't we just say right or left. My friend Captain Robert Svoboda, SV BabaYaga, was telling me a story yesterday about a Naval Security dude who was directing him to "turn to port" which would have put him directly into the path of the frigate they were protecting, I wonder if the dude could have just said "turn to your right" would that have had less confusion? I could go on and on about not having any walls (bulkheads), no ropes (lines) blah blah blah...but I'm already feeling way to much like Andy Rooney for this early...besides I need to go to the bathroom....opps... I mean head.

11/09/2010 | Mili
And a NICE little kitchen at that.
11/09/2010 | ric
You could say it's the loo, the can or the shitter but it's a freakin head. In the days of yore a sailor had to go up to the bow and stick his ass through a web of rope so it became "the head" (of the boat, oddly enough just like yours).

And feeling a bit like Andy Rooney myself, it might be bad judgement to say to the harbor master on the radio "should I go right or left?" but he'd know what you meant.

BTW, I'm in New Zealand where everyone calls you "mate" and it has nothing to do with procreation, it's that they are descended from a maritime culture where everyone was a shipmate.

And BTW I'm in a room that's "too small to swing a cat", which originally meant the foc'sle (forecastle where the crew slept) where the ceiling was too low to swing a cat of nine tails so the crew had to be dragged on deck and tied to the mast to be flogged.

Why say flogged when youi mean whipped? wink

happy flogging

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