All dressed up and nowhere to go
02 September 2007 | Morro Bay, CA
Well, Santa Cruz was great, and we really were sad to leave, but we had to get some more miles under the keel. So, after an uneventful overnight passage, we pulled into Morro Bay early Friday morning. We had calm conditions and lifting fog as we crossed the bar into the harbor, but we approached with a fair degree of caution, as this entrance has a reputation of being treacherous at times. There's even a famous picture of a large motor yacht, chartered by George C. Scott, being absolutely overwhelmed by a huge breaking wave at the channel entrance. Though our own crossing was benign, and we didn't have a throng of papperazzi to chronicle our arrival (can't explain that one...), we feel a bit relieved to be in and down.
We tied up to the Morro Bay Yacht Club, which does a good job of serving as a staging area for boats waiting to round Point Arguello and Point Conception to the South. These two points essentially divide Northern and Southern California as far as coastal conditions go, but in the process, produce their own weather effects and have a nasty reputation as "the Cape Horn of the Pacific". Great.
So, we sit and wait for a weather-window that will allow a comfortable passage South. Best guess right now is middle-to-late next week. At least we're not alone...several other cruising boats have found refuge here as well, and we have become quite the rag-tag fleet. Good company always makes the time pass quickly.