S/V Sea Dancer

21 June 2019 | Paris, France
17 June 2019 | Mougins, France
13 June 2019 | Mougins, France
11 June 2019 | Bayeux & Normandy Area
05 June 2019 | Barton Under Needwood
03 June 2019 | Midlands of England
01 June 2019 | Wychnor Park Country Club by Diamond Resorts
29 May 2019 | Atlantic Ocean
24 May 2019 | Queens, NY Leaving for ship soon
07 July 2017 | Isthmus Cove, Two Harbors, Catalina
09 June 2017 | Off Point Fermin
20 May 2017 | Home in Oxnard, CA
12 May 2017 | H-Dock, Channel Islands Harbor Marina, Oxnard
11 May 2017 | H-Dock, Channel Islands Harbor Marina, Oxnard
05 May 2017 | Home in Oxnard, CA
30 April 2017 | San Diego Police Dock Marina, Slip #7
29 April 2017 | Cruiseport Marina, Ensenada
25 April 2017 | Cruiseport Marina, Ensenada

43rd. Anniversary Trip: We Still Have Paris!

21 June 2019 | Paris, France
Don Lehman | All Good
17. “We still Have Paris”: Days 28 thru 30
Yes, I know I stole Bogie’s line from Casablanca, but it is a good one.
Day 28 was probably the easiest of the four days in Paris because for the most part we sat on the train for a good part of the day. After we got into our apartment we still had enough time to walk over to the Eiffel Tower and wander around the base before finding a Café to grab a bite to eat. In reality we really had only two full days to see everything, we travel on the first day and fly home on the fourth day. So, we made our plans and hoped everything would work out.

We started day two by walking to the Louvre, to try to beat the crowd’s, instead the crowd’s beat us. The placed was packed and we found out the only way to get in is to buy tickets on line for a pacific date and time. We were able to get a reservation for the next day at 1:30pm. So, now, we headed on to Notre Dame. Yes, we knew it was closed due to the fire, but we still wanted to see it. Even in its sad state it is a beautiful structure. Next, we started walking to the George Pompidou Museum, this museum is mostly of modern and contemporary art. It had lots of wonderful and some strange artwork in it. One interesting piece was made up of hundreds of hanging “Apple ear buds”. In a strange way, it was kind of nice. As we walked back to apartment we stopped at a bakery and a fruit stand to buy some food for a light dinner and breakfast for the next morning. The day ended with us having walked eleven and half miles, we were both tired.

Day three, headed over to the Eiffel Tower, bought our tickets and started to climb the stairs. You can only climb up to the second level (760 stairs) after that you take an elevator up to the top. At each level the view got better and better, with the top being spectacular. Once at the top we bought two glasses of champagne to celebrate being at the top and being in Paris with the love of my life.

Next, we made a bee line for the Louvre where we spent four hours and only saw about a portion of it. We enjoyed everything in it, found the ceiling the most fascinating and wonderful. After a late lunch we took the subway to the Arch de Triumph. We climbed up to the top (370 more stairs) and gazed out at the beautiful Paris scenery around us. The above photo is from the top of the tower. After climbing down, we headed back to our room to begin our packing for our flight home the next day. We walked another eleven and half miles this day for a total of 23 miles in two days.

43rd. Anniversary Trip: Around and About

17 June 2019 | Mougins, France
Don Lehman | Sunny and 72 degrees
15. Around and About: Days 23 thru 27
We are staying at Le Club Mougins, which is about 15 minutes north of Cannes in the town of Mougins. This has been our base camp here as each day we visit a new town or location. On the fourteenth we took the bus into Cannes and wandered all around. We walked through the business area filled with small shops and then to the beach and the marina. Actually, the town has two marinas; the first is the old harbor and then the new one at the other end of the bay with even bigger yachts in it. I always thought the harbors in the Mediterranean were filled with only big yachts, but there were also lots of small affordable yachts or boats. Cannes is not a small town, but it seems to have a friendly small-town appeal to it, while its suburbs have grown behind it.

The next day we took the train into Nice, which is more than twice the size of Cannes. The train dropped us off in the center of town and the start of their shopping district. We did our usual of walking down to the water, stopping in at different shops, exploring ally ways with even smaller shops. Then walking along the beach for a way. The harbor and marina appeared to be about 3 mile down the beach, so we skipped going there. Sometime between noon and one we found a patio or beach café to have our main meal of the day, while watching the world go by.

Yesterday we took the bus into Cannes, then walked to the old harbor to board a ferry for a fifteen-minute ride to Ile Saint Marguerite, which is about the size of Catalina Island. It is a popular place for families to go for a day trip, with its beaches and the old Fort Royal. The island has been inhabited since the first century and the Romans then started building a fort on it in the tenth century. The French finished the fort in the 15th and 16th century and within the fort is one of the four prisons (and only surviving prisons) for the man in the iron mask. It was freaky standing in is cell and seeing samples of what the masked could have looked like. Besides tourism, the fort’s buildings are used for marine and environmental studies. They also use it for summer camp for kids.

Today we traveled to Antibes, about half way between Cannes and Nice. We did our usual kind of wandering and getting lost a couple of time walking through the small alleyways. The old part of town (15th century) is a walled city where we found lots great patio cafes. Just outside the walls was to great sandy beaches and the city harbor. The marina in the harbor had it usual fill of small and large yacht, but this is where all the mega yachts hang out. When I say mega yachts, I mean yachts that have a helicopter sitting on their upper deck.

Tomorrow is kind of a work day for us, we will be doing our laundry, checking out a part of Mougins that we have not seen yet and then pack. Wednesday the nineteenth we take the high-speed train to Paris and the last few days of our trip.

16. Through Bobbi’s Eyes: Days 23 thru 27
It is hard to believe that this is our last week of our trip. It really has been an amazing time. We really have just meandered around these little villages and enjoyed spending time together. We wake up in the morning and have coffee at a leisurely pace and then move on into our day. We don’t have a car so we walk to the bus stop or train station and then head into the town or village we want to go to. We average 5 and a half to 7 and a half miles a day walking and the weather has been lovely and the areas are beautiful. I really can’t say which place has been my favorite because each area has been so special. The island yesterday was so peaceful and it was very refreshing to take a dip in the water after climbing up to the top of the fort. Mougins is a small village up in the hills above Cannes where Picasso once lived and painted and is now home to many artists and creative people. Antibes had more of a Bohemian vibe to it, though we were told it has a larger British population there because the wealthy French who own all those mega yachts like to hire British crew as they are known for their excellent seamanship. I tried to find the Antibes Yacht Club to see if we had reciprocal privileges but couldn’t find it. You know me I thought I might be able to get a tour of one of those mega yachts and the next time they were in Sunny California, they could come out on Sea Dancer and have dinner at the Club. Oh well, we still have Paris!

43rd. Anniversary Trip: Mougins

13 June 2019 | Mougins, France
Don & Bobbi Lehman | Sunny and 70 degrees
13. Mougins: Day 21 – 22
Yesterday June 12 we took a taxi to the airport in Caen, arriving our usual two hours early and forgetting that in the small airports of France you can only check in an hour before your flight. Which was kind of a blessing because it gave us some time to get something to eat. We arrived at our resort around 6:00pm, check into our one-bedroom unit and then walked to the grocery store for supplies.

After sleeping in and waking up later than usual we walked (about 20 minutes and uphill) to the old village of Mougins, with the buildings dating back to the 15th century. It is built on top of a hill that was first occupied by the Romans. The buildings are either homes, art galleries, restaurants or museums. The homes, for the most part, have been in the same families for years, from one generation to the next. Picasso lived and painted here. There were several paintings that we liked and thought about buying, but they won’t fit in my suitcase and the cost of shipping them home would have been too much. We finally found a painting of racing sailboats that would fit in my suitcase and bought it, not by Picasso.
I took several photos of the village, with the above photo one of my favorites. After meditating about it and hours of contemplation, I have finally given the photo a name.

“Cat at the Door”


14. Through Bobbi’s Eyes: Day 21 – 22
I have come to the conclusion that all roads are uphill, it does not matter where we are going, we will be walking uphill and usually up a steep hill for a good part of it. My fitbit tells me that I have climbed 55 flights of stairs today on our walk in Mougins and there really was not that many stairs but it was hilly and winding roads and beautiful and narrow walkways. Oh, and yes lovely little shops and galleries. We were able to chat with some of the artists and had a great day. Yesterday was a travel day and it was a bit more hectic. We went from Bayeux to Caen (taxi) to Lyon (plane) to Nice (plane) to Mougins (taxi) in traffic, it looked like the 405 at 40:00pm. We then walked to the market to buy groceries because the restaurant at the resort is closed. As you might guess, Bobbi was a bit grumpy and the market was an uphill walk! Alas, we got groceries and made it back to our room with food for dinner and for breakfast today so I was in better spirits by the time I crawled into bed for a good night’s sleep and all went well today. Tomorrow we will venture into Cannes. We will take a bus from just a short walk down the road from the resort and I’m told that the Cannes area is more level that the Mougins area. We will be along the coast.
Vessel Name: Sea Dancer
Vessel Make/Model: 1989 Ericson 38-200
Hailing Port: Channel Islands, California
Crew: Don & Bobbi Lehman
About: Don is a retired Gaffer for the Motion Picture Industry Bobbi is a retired Pre-K Teacher
Extra: We have spent the last 6 months cruising in the Sea of Cortez and will be sailing to mainland Mexico next season.
Sea Dancer's Photos - Main
From Mougins we took the high speed train to Paris, where we spent two full days touring, before flying home.
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We stayed in Mougins and visited Cannes,Nice,Ile Sainte-Marguerite and Antibes.
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Tour of the Normandy battlefields.
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Tour of a restored castle. The site on top of the hill was first used by the Romans in the 4th century.
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After the Queen Mary 2 we stayed in England for a week.
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Bobbi and I booked passage for a transatlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2, leaving New York City on May 24, 2019.
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Thursday morning on June 29th with two other boats from our dock, Dave & Robin on Wyld Hayr and Mike and Cheri on Maine Squeeze.
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An enjoyable day sail on Brian and Diana Fitzpatrick's beautiful boat.
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May 9th, we left San Diego for our journey home with stops in Oceanside and Long Beach
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Our 11 hour sail from Ensenada to San Diego.
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While waiting for good weather we checked out Ensenada and went on a tour and tasting of three wineries in the Guadalupe Valley. Just 20 minutes out of Ensenada and is where over 80% of Mexico is produced.
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Leaving Turtle Bay on April 22th, spending oe night at San Quintin and then on to Ensenada.
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From Puerto Los Cabo to Bahia Santa Maria is 42 hour sail, the longest leg of the cruise home. Then we spent a night at Asuncion ad finally to Turtle Bay.
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We left Isla Isabel at noon for an overnight run to Mazatlan.
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Bobbi and I and our friends Jane and Jerry on Aeolian took a two hour panga tour of the jungle estuary.
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We are starting our sail north, to meet up with our crew in Mazatlan. In this Album we leave Paradise Village and head for Punta Mita, then Chacala and finally Matanchen and San Blas.
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Visiting all the communities around Banderas Bay.
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On March 1st we visited Vallarta Botanical Garden with some new friends that live in the condo's in front of our boat slip at Paradise Village. Get there was half the fun, it took 3 different buses and about 2 hours to get there.
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We have now taken the bus to downtown Puerto Vallarta. We walked along the malecon, walked through the shops and ate in the Romanic District and also along the twisty trails along the river.
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We motored 6 miles to Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta. This is a big resort with of amenities. We planned to stay a week, but now we are staying longer.
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La Cruz is a small town at the northern end of the bay and is about 30 or 40 minutes by bus to downtown Puerto Vallarta. It has lots of small patio restaurants and is the marina with a lot of cruising kids.
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We left Mazatlan for an overnight sail to Chacala for our first stop, then the next morning we sailed for La Cruz at the northern end of the bay.
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Spent 4 days in Mazatlan before moving south.
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Our 50 mile sail from La Paz to Muertos and then 190 mile sail from Muertos to Mazatlan.
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A one week cruise to the local islands of La Paz.
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After Spending the Christmas with our family we flew back down to La Paz and our boat. The day we got back to Marina Costa Baja they had a great concert. Also my net controler duties came up, so we pulled out of our slip and anchored in a small cove about 3 miles from the marina.
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The Friday after we got home was the Channel Islands Harbors' Dock Decorating Contest that H Dock always competes in and Friday is the judging. Then Saturday is the harbors' Christmas Lights Boat Parade, with the theme of "Hooray for Hollywood". This night is always crock-pot night and we had 8 crock-pots full of wonderful chillies and soups.
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A one day stay at Isla Francisco, then a day sail to La Paz the next morning.
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We spent several days at this beautiful bay, including Thanksgiving.
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Agua Verde was our first stop after Puerto Escondido and we stayed for several days, then a short day sail to Bahia Tembabichi.
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On our way south we stopped in San Juanico and Puerto Escondido. First 7 photos are from San Juanico.
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Crossing the Sea of Cortez to the Baja coast.
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About October 12th we pull out of San Carlos and headed north towards the northern Sea of Cortez until our stern chainplate broke.
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Las week we sailed with Ed & Barb on their boat "Barbara Ann" with friends Jay and Terri to Scorpion Cove at Santa Cruz Island. The photos shows a little of our crossings, but mostly our time at the anchorage.
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I joined friends from H-Dock on their cruise to Catalina.
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Photos of our travels in and around Sedona.
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On our way to Sedona we checked on Sea Dancer
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It takes a week to get the boat ready for us to leave her for the summer and hurricane season. Almost everything is taken down topside and stored below. We double up all the dock lines and had chaff protection where needed.
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Exploring in and around San Carlos.
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After a rolly night we pulled up anchor at 1:30am from Punta Chivato and began our 73 mile voyage to San Carlos.
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We needed to provision, so 4 of us got a ride into Mulege and spent the day wandering around this beautiful town.
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Bahia Concepcion is a large bay that we spent 11 days in at four different anchorages.
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11 day cruise to Bahia Concepcion with stops in 5 anchorages.
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19 day cruise and visiting 6 anchorages along the way.
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Photos of our crossing the Sea of Cortez (formerly called The Gulf of California) from Mazatlan to La Paza.
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I love to people watch, so when we are up in the bleachers it gave me a great opportunity to people watch.
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Created 23 April 2016
Mazatlan's Carnival is the third largest in the world and last for about three weeks, but all the main events are in the last week. The photos are in three parts, first is music night with about 6 bands playing in the carnival area. Then there is the Burning of the Bad Humor which is followed by fireworks on two different nights, lasting about 45 minutes each. There are two parades and we went to the first one on Saturday. The best way to decribe the Mazatlan parade is to think of the Rose Parade on steroids. Each parades are in two parts, the first is the commercial parade that starts at 5:00pm and last one and half hours. All the sponsors parade there truck instead of floats. On top of the trucks are bands or hot young women and men throwing out free logo items to the people watching. For the entire 5 mile length of the parade. The main parade starts at 7:00pm and goes to 10:00 or 10:30pm.
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They jump off the cliff into the water below during the day when cruise ships are in and at night on Fridays and week ends.
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Some of the photos of our six weeks in Mazatlan.
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We left La Paz on December 21, 2015 to begin our passage to Mazatlan
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After waiting for about four days for the wind to die down below 20 knots we left Puerto Escondido and headed for La Paz. Along the way we stopped at two anchorages.
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Some photos of our drive home with one stop at El Rosario and spending the night at the Cactus Motel. This time we got into the correct line to cross the border, which only took three and half hours to do.
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Created 7 November 2015
We had heard from so many people how beautiful this mission was so we decided to visit it ourselves. It is about a 30 mile drive from Loreto on a road that was mostly paved, but parts of it were washed out from last winter's rains. We drove from the foothills into the mountains and its canyons, crossing a river at least 20 times. Where the road was washed out they had regarded it, but not paved it. When we reached the small village of San Javier and then the mission, it was truly beautiful. They started building it in 1699.
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Created 5 November 2015
Sea Dancer is already to start cruising and so we took her out for a one night shakedown cruise to Ballandra on Isla Carmen.
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On August 3rd I flew back down to Loreto and Puerto Escondido to check on Sea Dancer for a couple of days. All was good.
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An all club cruise over Memorial Day Weekend. AYC with 6 boats join two other local yacht clubs for a weekend of fun.
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Rags was with us in Baja for about a month.
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A gathering of cruisers at Puerto Escondido
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When we got back to Puerto Escondido on April 16, we headed out to Bahia Candeleros and Honeymoon Cove on Isla Danzante with Rags.
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the marina and slip that we will be keeping Sea Dancer in for the summer hurricane season.
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Sailing from the northeast side of Isla Carmen to the northwest side of the island.
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A large bay with several nice coves for anchoring.
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Our adventure continues.
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Our journey north, up the Sea of Cortez begins.
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A land cruise to Todos Santos, a small artistic village.
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Our time in La Paz
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Our last one day leg to La Paz and the Sea of Cortez
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One day voyage to Bahia de Los Moertos
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Our one day passage to Bahia Los Frailes.
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Our time in San Jose del Cabo.
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Our time in San Jose del Cabo
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Our overnight passage to San Jose del Cabo and Puerto Los Cabos
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Our three days at Bahia Santa Maria.
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Our overnight passage to Bahia Santa Maria.
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Our passage to Bahia Asuncion
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Three days in Turtle Bay
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Our overnight passage to Turtle Bay.
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Spent the day tasting some great Mexican Wine.
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Created 24 January 2015
Overnight sail to our first anchorage down the pacific coast of Baja
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Our sail from San Diego to Ensenada. We left at 0430 so we could get into Ensenada before dark.
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Our journey to San Diego
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A short sail to Oceanside Harbor
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Today we left Two Harbors and sailed to a guest dock at Dana West Yacht Club.
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Sept. 1st we started our firs leg to San Diego.
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