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

Hootie and the Who-fish?

05 October 2007 | San Diego, CA
More on the title later. For now, please note that we have finally arrived in San Diego, West-coast home of the US Navy, the America's Cup (back when we were winning them), and the 2007 Baja Ha-Ha fleet.

We departed Newport on Saturday the 29th, bound for Oceanside. We didn't know much about this sleepy little port, other than it occupied a favorable location roughly half way between Newport and San Diego. As is often the case when expectations are low we were pleasantly surprised, as the harbor was clean and well run, the people were friendly, and the beer was cold. The local yacht club gave us privileges for 2 nights at no charge, but rest assured that we made our usual and customary contribution to the local round of drinks at a time.

A highlight of the Oceanside stop was their beach, a true SoCal scene with palm trees, bathing beauties, and surfer-dudes doing their thing just off shore. Maddie and Sophie played for a couple of hours in the breaking surf, laughing their sand-scrubbed fannies off every time they were pummeled by a breaking wave.

But San Diego beckoned. There's something about wanting to reach your final destination, even if you are terribly early. After an easy motor-sail down the coast, we checked in with the SD Harbor Police and were assigned a slip, where we will remain until the middle of next week when we move to an anchorage further down the harbor. In the meantime, we will install our new watermaker, attend some meetings and seminars, and let the air into a few bottles of our favorite adult beverages.

Oh yeah...about the "Hootie" thing...our new dock-neighbors (fellow haha'ers Glen, Marilyn and Jaryd aboard Tin Soldier) found out that the 90's band "Hootie and the Blowfish" were playing at a local water-front bar (my, how they've fallen). We loaded up in the dinghies and sputtered over, where we were treated to a free blast-from-the-past concert. Nancy and I loved it, but the girls both fell asleep...they just don't get the Hootie-thing.

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