Swingin' on a Star

An ocean going catamaran

Avila Beach to Santa Barbara

After a lovely couple of days in Avila Beach we decided it was time to brave Point Conception and scoot on over to Santa Barbara. We had been waiting for a day with good weather at the point but it became clear that no such thing was forthcoming. In fact, we...

Last day in Avila

The weather looks good (as good as it ever does) for getting around Point Conception tomorrow. There're some big seas out there but it seems that about 3nm off Arguello and Conception things should be manageable early in the day, so we're going to give it a...

Chilling in Avila Beach

We got up at 3AM this morning after a needed night in harbor with the plan to round point conception at first light. After brewing some coffee, I checked weather and things did not look good. Fog, small craft advisory, 7' seas at 7 seconds not pleasant. After...

Anchored at Avila Beach

After a quiet night at sea the sun rose with us off of Point Piedras Blancas. We had little to no wind over night and motor sailed at 6-7 knots. On Jeff's watch we ran across an area that lit up our wake with bioluminescence. A dull green glow followed...

Sailing out the Golden Gate

We were up at 3AM to get the boat ready to leave the dock for the last time. It was exciting, a little sad, and very dark. Jeff and Flo actually came over from their yacht a little before 3, but the usual coffee ritual and other prep had us casting off at...

Last day in port

Our final day in port was a day of rest. TH and I did laundry and read our books. Jeff and Flo prepped their yacht Juke Joint for its time alone in port.

We did a few more minor tasks around the boat and reupped on weather. Apparently we have...

Sail Training

Given half of our crew is composed of power boaters, it seemed appropriate to spend a day working on sailing skills and man overboard practice. A day spent training is a day well invested (I think Kore said it better in the comments!).

Jeff and...

Battening up

It's Sunday and as of tomorrow it will be a week that we have been waiting for weather. We have cleaned and cleaned out every locker (no small task), fixed most everything needing fixing, tested everything, provisioned (twice now) and watched several of the...

Running out of things to do

In port another day. NWS says whole gale off Point Reyes today and tomorrow. Monday the wind cools off a bit but the seas are still big and steep. Tuesday picks back up to 35 knot gusts and >10' combined seas. So we're camping out in the bay a few more days....