Made it to sunny Bodega Bay
05 December 2006 | Bodega Bay, California
As expected, we left Eureka on Dec. 2nd and arrived in Bodega Harbor some 30 hours later.
How was the trip? Well, it partially depends on who you ask, Steen or Angela. Overall, it was another pretty good leg down the coast. The high pressure system endures for now.
Steen could relate some pretty hairy moments while crossing the bar out of Eureka.
Malou and I couldn't describe it, because we refused to look. (For that experience, check back for a future posting from Steen.)
[A little more about Eureka]
I was sad to leave, but we could only stay one and a half days. We needed to continue south to take advantage of the unseasonably good weather.
The first hurdle a boat encounters after Eureka is Cape Mendocino. Cape Mendocino is that big bump (knot) on the California coast... forty miles long. It took forever to round it, like trying to reach the end of a circle.
The Cape has quite a reputation, and one doesn't want to mess with it in bad weather.
It looks harmless on Rand Mcnally's map, but when you look at it on a ocean navigation chart, it looks downright frightening. The ocean floor drops into a great canyon, and then rises up fast, a few miles from shore. Essentially, the 'Cape' makes it own weather and waves.
We rounded it in fairly good weather, but it was still very much like motoring through the wash cycle - up and down and back and forth - constantly for four or five hours.
Anyway, it's past us now. We are well down the coast and the weather is unseasonably warm and beautiful. We will be in Bodega Bay for a couple more days and will hopefully be able to write another posting. (To access the internet here, we have to walk a couple miles around the bay, to a little mail store, but it's a nice walk.)
(One last note for the grandparents and anyone else interested.)
Steen and I were somewhat concerned about taking our two year old daughter, Malou, ocean sailing; concerned about her confinement to the cockpit, always being tethered to something, not being able to play below as she usually does....not to mention the possibility of her getting seasick.
So far, she has been great. To our relief, the seasick pills, (which she takes a half dose), have done their job perfectly, provided we take them a few hours before heading out.
She doesn't seem to mind sitting in the cockpit with us all day. I guess we shouldn't be surprised; she has Mom and Dad there all day, as a captive audience, and the motion of the boat is like a never-ending ride at Disneyland. (or a mechanical boat in a bad B-movie).
Not only has Malou been safe and happy, but she possesses a quality sought after in any crew member; with her childlike innocence and enthusiasm, she can provide levity to an otherwise tense situation.
All for now.