Sail Meridian

The beginning of our Grand Adventure... or folly... we'll let you know!

20 January 2010 | Brisbane, Australia
14 January 2010 | Brisbane, Australia
24 December 2009 | Brisbane, Australia
12 December 2009 | underway
22 November 2009 | Noumea, New Caledonia
14 November 2009 | Noumea, New Caledonia
07 November 2009 | Ile Uere, New Caledonia
05 November 2009 | Espirito Santo, Vanuatu
21 October 2009 | Aore Island, Vanuatu
19 October 2009 | Peterson Bay, Espirito Santo
09 October 2009 | Espirito Santo
25 September 2009 | Tanna, Vanuatu
11 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Viti Levu, Fiji
13 August 2009 | Navadra, Fiji
24 July 2009 | Malolo Lailai, Fiji
29 June 2009 | Yadua Island, Fiji
26 June 2009 | Yadua Island, Fiji
10 June 2009 | Savusavu, Fiji
27 May 2009
19 May 2009 | Whangamumu, New Zealand

A very warm welcome…...(or, “Oh my God, we’ve been echo-located”)

06 September 2007 | Santa Barbara, CA
Today marks our first day in Southern California. We officially made the transition from the cold, stormy Northern waters during the middle of last night, when we rounded Point Arguello, and Point Conception. These two points, about 15 miles apart, establish a firm demarcation line between North and South. Rough vs. calm, gray vs. blue, cold vs. warm.

We finally set out from Morro Bay around 7 pm last night, after having been sequestered there for 5 days due to rough, gray, cold storms up North.
After a blustery few hours heading toward Point Arguello, the winds and swell dropped off significantly around 3:30 am. As the sun rose, and everything was calm, blue and warm, we knew we had crossed that magic line.

The locals, always ones for a party, kicked up their tails for a rousing welcome to their turf (surf?). At one point Nancy estimated she could see over 150 dolphins, all moving in their small pods, on intercept-courses for Meridian. They played in our bow-wave for 2 hours before suddenly disappearing. Perhaps they had another transient ship to welcome?
We are now in Santa Barbara, at a large Marina.

Nancy and I are pretty beat from our watch-schedule, but of course the girls are fired-up. Maybe they can go party with the locals.

Vessel Name: Meridian
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 48CC
Hailing Port: Napa, CA