Cruising with Cadenza

"I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special." Steel Magnolias

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Bashing to Chamela

30 March 2016
Terri Potts-Chattaway
Friday, March 10, 2016

I guess we didn't do so well sitting still. We left Tenacatita the day after the storm with predictions of 12-16 knot winds from the NW and swells 6-9 feet with 15 seconds in between. Not so bad if we were going any other direction than straight into the wind and waves. Normally, we would have waited one more day and leave Friday as we had planned. But we were ready to move on. And so we went.

It wasn't the fact that it was dangerous. It was just a bit uncomfortable. So Mate Stan was right on in his predictions and we saw a steady 12-knot wind for a few hours. Then a steady 15-knot win for a few hours. And finally, just before arriving at Chamela, the winds were as high as 22-knots with no signs of letting up.

No one predicted that. And the seas were a good ten feet more often than not. It was a bit of a roller coaster ride, but I actually enjoyed it. The sky was a bright blue and the air was so clear. It was a picturesque day. Still, we were glad when we rolled into the anchorage at 1800. It took us eight hours to go 30 miles averaging about 3.4 knots on a motor sail. Needless to say, we were tucked in and asleep by 2000 hrs.

Today, it is a much calmer morning. There is only one other sailboat in the anchorage. They arrived late last night. I wonder where they came from.

Yesterday, when we arrived there were eight large fishing boats that we had passed on the way up. You know the weather is not conducive to boating when the fishing vessels tuck in. Five have already left this morning.
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Vessel Name: Cadenza
Vessel Make/Model: Hardin 45' Ketch
Hailing Port: Malibu, California
Crew: Jay Chattaway, Terri Potts-Chattaway
About: Jay has owned Cadenza for over 20 years. He originally bought her in La Paz, Mexico (known as Mercury One and before that as Mar y Vent) and brought her up to the Channel Islands. Terri fell in love with sailing and Cadenza over ten years ago and she has been a labor of love ever since.
Extra:
The Plan: We are to leave Channel Islands Harbor the beginning of September, 2013 and head to San Diego for a few months of prep and family time. Next, we leave for La Paz (we love it there) the beginning of November. We will winter out of La Paz, exploring the Sea of Cortez. This is the first [...]
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