Sailing with KIST

02 June 2012 | San Diego, CA
27 May 2012 | Pacific coast of Baja California
16 May 2012 | Turtle Bay
08 May 2012 | Bahia Magdelena
27 April 2012 | La Paz, Mexico
25 April 2012 | La Paz
14 April 2012 | La Paz
03 April 2012 | La Paz, Mexico
21 March 2012 | Stone Island, Mazatlan
16 March 2012 | La Cruz
09 March 2012 | Melaque, Barra, and Tenacatita
01 March 2012 | Melaque
23 February 2012 | Banderas Bay
08 February 2012 | Banderas Bay
31 January 2012 | Banderas Bay
29 January 2012 | La Cruz
24 January 2012
23 January 2012 | San Blas

The OC

03 November 2011 | Orange County, CA
Bonnie/fog, sun, rain
The fog returned just in time for our next leg, Redondo Beach to Newport Beach. This particular stretch takes you across two of the busiest shipping channels--Los Angeles and Long Beach. We took a chance that the fog would wear off and it did just in time for the whale show. A few surfaced fairly close to the boat but not so close that we were able to identify them.

We were busy watching the whales and keeping our eyes out for the large ships when Kevin noticed a smell coming from the cabin. He went below to investigate and then poked his head back up and told me to turn off the engine that there was a problem. At the same time the alarm at the ignition panel started going off. There were large mammals close by and very large ships within my vision so I was a bit tense at this point! We got the sails up and Kevin disappeared down below while I did my best to keep us outside the shipping lanes. Luckily, the wind was gentle and coming from a direction which allowed me to keep the sails just full enough to edge us along and Kevin was able to solve the problem before we reached the entrance and exit points for the ships in the LA/Long Beach Port entrances. As I breathed a sigh of relief I thought about how fortunate I am that Kevin can fix most things. Not only has he saved us a lot of money by not needing to go to expensive repair shops, he has now saved us from having to call vessel assist for a tow....a very expensive tow I'm sure!

Coming into Newport Beach I called the Harbor Patrol to find out if they had anchorage space available as the cruising guides give conflicting information. I was told to go in front of Lido Island and I'd see the buoys that mark the anchorage and to just drop the hook. The electronic chart wasn't clear on where the area is and we don't have a paper chart with enough detail to show anchorage so I called the Harbor Patrol again when we still hadn't found an obvious anchorage area. As I explained to the person on the phone that we were close to some yellow buoys he said 'you're there'. I was still doubtful as the yellow buoys marked a space in what looks like the middle of a channel about 50 x 300 feet of empty space. It seemed odd that there would be a usable space that was empty as the harbor is stuffed full of boats on mooring buoys and docks, more than 2000 according to the website. When I questioned him further by mentioning the empty space his reply was 'it's fall, mam' and chuckled. We dropped the anchor and had the entire space to ourselves for two nights. When I say 'to ourselves' that doesn't count the rowing club members going by with a cox man giving direction and a coach or whatever they are called in a small speed boat next to them using a megaphone to give orders. Maybe we had the yellow buoyed space to ourselves but it certainly wasn't quiet.

The next day we took the dinghy ashore so that we could meet my friend Cris for the day. Newport Beach is filled to the gill with private houses, private yacht clubs, private rowing clubs, private retail docks, private, private, private! We weren't able to find anything that said public but happened across a guy who worked for one of the local sailing businesses as he was emptying the holding tank on one of the rented boats. We asked him if there was any place we could park the dinghy and he told us to go ahead and park it at the front of the slip he was using as he was really the only one who ever uses the space so no one would care. We hopped ashore and went about our merry way. When Cris brought us back to the boat there was a little bit of commotion on the dock which we discovered was because the Harbor Patrol was about to impound our dinghy because the dock manager had called them. Fortunately we talked our way out of any further action on their part and although the officers were very nice due to the lack of public space I understand why you seldom hear cruisers talk about going into Newport Beach. Regardless, it was wonderful to see Cris even if time was shorter than I would have liked and hectic as she was leaving.

Dana Point was the next stop, once again an anchorage within a yellow buoyed area, and like Newport Beach the rules are that you are not supposed to leave your boat unattended for longer than it takes to get supplies. Unlike Newport Beach there were plenty of places to either dock or take the dinghy ashore so we decided to leave a note that we had gone for supplies so we could take a walk. We docked at the public dock and fishing pier which was just a small distance from the boat. As we walked to the entrance we noticed some police officers around with people sitting on the ground next to police cars. Not wanting to get in the way we skirted the activity and began walking up the hill. There was a great spot to take a picture of KIST (above) and as we were doing that Kevin noticed the Harbor Patrol had pulled up to the public dock. Not wanting a repeat of Newport Beach we cut our walk short and headed back. Turns out they weren't even showing any interest in our dinghy but maybe there to add to the uniformed officers dealing with whatever was going on. Again, we skirted the activity and headed back to the boat. Not a lot of exercise for us these past few days. It seems like you have to pay for moorage in order to go for a walk! Don't they know we are on a cruising budget ;-)
Comments
Vessel Name: KIST
Vessel Make/Model: Fraser 41
Hailing Port: Bellingham WA
Crew: Kevin and Bonnie Peterson
About: Kevin and Bonnie hail from Bellingham Washington. Kevin is a special education teacher at Mount Baker High School in Deming Washington and Bonnie is a self employed project manager. We have two wonderful daughters and two very special grand daughters whom we are going to miss very much on our trip.
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Who: Kevin and Bonnie Peterson
Port: Bellingham WA
Email: sailingkist@yahoo.com