David took us out of San Francisco Bay and it was a little bumpy but nothing to worry about. We headed south going with the swells and enjoying the view.
Cruised in to Monterey after an almost leisurely 6 hour run. I just love low winds and following seas.
Warning: Some readers may find some of the following images disturbing (Jessica Eder).
|Stinging Nettles. Only invade the Bay with cooler water temperatures.|
Stopped up the intake for the Monterey Aquarium.
|They yelp all...... night ......long!|
|Glad she can sleep|
|One day before full.|
We headed for our next stop, Morro Bay, another 100 NM run. We again had following seas and low winds however the current was against us and the run was a little sportier than yesterday.
Morro Bay has one fuel dock and it was, by far, the worst one we have used on our trip. It is a fixed dock and we arrived at low, low tide (full moon), which meant nasty, barnacle covered pilings. David quickly rigged up fenders to protect the boat and, as (bad) luck would have it, the winds picked up to about 25 knots. We were able to fuel up without damaging the boat and then traveled the .5 NM to the Morro Bay Yacht Club, complete with floating dock, and tied up for the night. Very nice facility.
|Setting Morro Bay Harvest Moon|
Next stop Santa Barbara, another 109 NM.
|Whales & Oil Platforms|
Santa Barbara to Marina del Rey, a quick run to end the Anacortes to Los Angeles leg of our journey.
Along the way Songways, Aspen C90-18, owned by Nelson Schulman left port in Ventura to meet us out at sea.
|Very recognizable hull coming our way.|
|Songways Aspen C90-18|
Upon our arrival in Marina del Rey we were contacted by Alita and Curt Rethmeyer, owners of Aspen C90 Catalita, went to dinner and had great conversations about Aspens, weather and other boating topics.
Alita has been a great help getting us situated in Marina del Rey and the Rethmeyers are keeping the tradition of "only great people own Aspen Power Catamarans" alive and well.
Summary of west coast cruise-
We departed Anacortes September 22 and arrived Marina del Rey 16 days later, with a one day layover in Crescent City and a 4 day weather delay in Sausalito and San Francisco.
The Knot Wafflen' added 1,250 NM to the 10,000 Mile tour.
David and I will be leaving the boat here and returning home for a bit. David is excited to meet his new granddaughter Lilly. The Aspen crew will be flying down to take over the Knot Wafflen' for some cruising and promotions and will leave the boat in San Diego where David and I will be joined by our nephew Ian Jenkins for our long trip to La Paz Mexico.
The plan is to leave November 1- we will be resuming the blog at that time.
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