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"California Here I Come!" - popular 1920's song

17 November 2016 | Crescent City, California
S/V Ubiquity and crew finally broke their bonds to Oregon, after an extended stay in Newport and a shorter stay in Coos Bay, for the allure of California, Mexico, and warmer waters.

Breaking out of Oregon came at a price. Shortly after crossing the Coos Bay bar a violent squall with winds in the 30's hit us. I got the second reef in the mainsail while the boat was pitching and the rails were in the water. After the squall, making progress southward against the winds was slow.

Then in a strong movement of the boat I lurched, crashing my head into the cockpit coaming. I felt the blood on my face and saw it dripping over everything in the cockpit. My head was throbing. I called Leslie in the quarterberth for help. She climbed into the cockpit with first aid supplies. We wanted to use steristrips to close the wound. She said she could not do it with the boat's movement. I hove the boat to, to quiet the movement. Leslie managed to apply the steristrips to stop the bleeding. Then she got sick. Blood and puke lined the cockpit. I cleaned it up somewhat and got Leslie back into the quarterberth. I left the boat hove to all night while I rested, slept, and recovered, only checking occasionally the boat's position and drift. By heaving to on a starboard tack, combined with the SW wind, we made some southerly progress during the night, albeit closing with the coast, which I monitored each time I woke up.

Near sunrise my head had stopped throbbing, but the rain and the boat's lurching in the opposing winds and wind waves disinclined me to get going. I got up regardless to try to get the boat moving southward. Then my friend Dave Mancini phoned and encouraged me, saying that if we rounded Cape Blanco conditions would be much better. Energized, I got the boat motor-sailing and making slow progress into the unfriendly seas. I encouraged my crew to remain in her bunk until we rounded Cape Blanco.

After rounding Cape Blanco in the early afternoon conditions quickly became much better, as my friend Dave had predicted. Our speed over ground went from 2-3 to 6+. My crew arose, took charge of the boat, and I texted a photo of my head wound to my sister and several friends. My friend Lisa, who also crews on S/V Ubiquity, suggested it looked like I had been in a fight. I had.

After making the comparatively easy nighttime entrance into Crescent City (Crescent City has no bar to cross), laying down in my bunk at 4 a.m. felt good.
Vessel Name: Ubiquity
Vessel Make/Model: Pacific Seacraft 34 sailboat, 1987, hull #67
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon
Crew: Brian Stipak, Leslie Sawyer, sometimes others
Captain Brian Stipak typically sails with one additional crew member aboard, most commonly Leslie Sawyer. Leslie is an experienced sailor, and she sailed on most of S/V Ubiquity's 2013 Vancouver Island circumnavigation and the 2015 Haida Gwaii cruise. [...]
Home Page: http://web.pdx.edu/~stipakb/Ubiquity-Cruising.html
Ubiquity's Photos - Main
Marina Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo, Sailing west of Cabo Falso, Canal de Cerrlavo, Playa Bonanza, La Paz, loading S/V Ubiquity on freighter
88 Photos
Created 25 April 2018
Shows the “ghost town” of empty boulevards built by the government in Puerto Escondido, ashore on Isla San Juan, sailing south to La Paz, and several photos in La Paz, March 2018.
55 Photos
Created 23 March 2018
Santa Rosalia, Whale Watching, Isla Carmen including the Abandoned Salt Mine and Town at Salinas, March 2018
116 Photos
Created 20 March 2018
Midriff Islands, and the Bahia de Los Angeles area
48 Photos
Created 19 March 2018
Marina San Carlos, Marina Seca, Exploring the San Carlos Area, 2017, 2018
41 Photos
Created 19 February 2018
Cruising north in the Sea of Cortez from La Paz to Santa Rosalia. Then crossing the Sea to Bahia San Pedro, before arriving at Marina San Carlos, north of Guaymus, Sonora, Mexico. We hauled S/V Ubiquity at San Carlos for storage at the Marina Seca on-land storage facility for the summer.
119 Photos
Created 24 August 2017
Cruising in the La Paz area, Spring 2017. El Cardoncito, San Evaristo, Isle San Francisco, Playa Bonanza
94 Photos
Created 3 April 2017
34 Photos
Created 13 January 2017
13 Photos
Created 8 January 2017
October 7-9, 2016 get-together of friends in Cathlamet, Washinton. Photos show the kids in the group having fun.
6 Photos
Created 13 October 2016