Docked in Monterey
18 September 2007 | Monterey, CA
It was a sprint to the finish, but we got all of the essentials finished, plus a few nice-to-haves and last get-togethers with friends, and sailed under the Golden Gate again around 1300 yesterday. Once we turned south out of the shipping lane, we got to sail fast (7+ knots) for a few hours, but we had to turn the engine on near Half Moon Bay, and we motored all night.
I had my first solo night watch last night (midnight to 0300). On the delivery I always partnered with someone, and since then John had done all of the night watches by himself with the help of a drug that was prescribed for him (it's used to help shift workers adjust to odd hours). It was definitely time for me to take my turn, and it was uneventful. Running back and forth between the cockpit and the radar screen at the navigation station kept me awake. And it was a beautiful night and not too cold.
Monterey harbor was fairly easy, but it's good that we had the cruising guide's diagram to help us sort it out. (After the Douglass books and Waggoner Guide up north, we aren't too impressed with this guide to central and southern California. I won't name it until I've tried more of it.) We're spending two nights here before heading to Morro Bay, where we'll meet Jeffrey and Karan and go wine tasting.