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

10 pounds of potatoes in a 5 pound sack

16 September 2007 | Marina del Rey, CA
Well, on the advice of Julie from Itchen, we pulled into the Pacific Mariners Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey today. Julie had gushed about the club's hospitality, the good people, the cold drinks, the 3 free nights (!), even the pool table. What she neglected to mention was that the biggest guest slip here is 30 feet long, and 14 feet wide. Meridian is 48 feet long, and carries 14.5 feet at her beam. So, following my college mantra of "anything worth trying is worth royally screwing up", we gave it a shot. With the help of Sparky (Port Captain at the club) and his band of fellows, we shoe-horned Meridian into the tiny space, at least as far as she would go. Departing this mis-matched scenario will be akin to backing a 747 out of a laundromat. Be sure to stay tuned for that report, it should be great fun.

Even though Marina Del Rey is due north from our previous stop (Catalina Island), and we're supposed to be going south to Mexico, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to meet a real "Sparky", and get some good old yacht club lovin'. Even though I think we confused the locals with our sense of hygiene (I scrubbed the boat from bow to stern the minute we tied up, but walked into their club personally covered with salt, oil and funk), they still put on a good show. We recommend the PMYC to anyone, even if you have a boat longer than 30 feet.

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