On a fun vacation in cabo San lucas with my mom, her friend Karen, and Mia. Friday and Saturday were great, and a looming category 4 hurricane “Odile” is set to hit tonight. Currently I’m sitting in a huge conference/ballroom listening to the general manager of the resort tell us about how the lockdown is going to go down.
Sailed to marina del rey rather quickly once we motored out past the harbor and in front of hermosa. Got back in time to sit out on my dad’s boat for a drink in the sun. The following day my college buddy, Dante and his girlfriend Jenna, met up with us and we left marina del rey and sailed back to redondo. The weather and wind was pretty perfect, unfortunately they had a serious struggle out of a hangover earned the night before at an old college friends wedding.
We took a road trip by the guidance of Mia’s cousin, Claire, through Morro bay and up to Cayucos to their house. I’ve never been to either and it was great to check everything out. We went swimming at the Cayucos pier and then saw Mia’s uncle Bob and Claire’s wife William and their really neat house. These towns are awesome and feel a little bit in a central California time warp. The next town up would’ve been Cambria, where it named as the home port for my sailboat.
The pictures are a view from the top of the Black Hill Trail above a golf course in Morro bay. Looking south to the park we hiked at getting consumed by fog.
I drove up to Shell Beach on Friday night after work and on Saturday I went with Mia and her family to see their horses. George has been Mia’s horse for years and recently has had a string of bad luck health-wise. He seems healthy and happy now, and got up to a canter this weekend. It’s obvious when you see the horses attitude become much more calm and obedient when Mia takes control.
Largest south swell in about 20 years was cause by hurricane Marie. It created 30 foot waves at the wedge where I used to bodysurf. And pretty much all the other beaches were maxed out. Working at the leading surf reporting website, it meant the largest day ever for internet traffic.
Morning bike ride to acai bowls and return a movie. The same guy who failed at anchoring the precious day gave it about 4 attempts on Sunday and finally set. He yelled back and forth with me about how he disagreed with the requirement for a stern anchor - I don’t think he knows how to use one because he asked harbor patrol for instructions - then he said I have a beautiful 36 footer. Thanks, sir, happy to hear it looks bigger than it is.
Aside from that excitement, Mia and I enjoyed the sun, our lunch, the sabot and the hammock, it was a great summer Sunday on the boat.
Spent the late afternoon over in the channel. Mia and I first went over to a shoal and dropped the anchor, but we were close to another anchored boat. Shortly after, a different powerboat left to free up a better anchoring spot, so we picked up and re-parked. Then, this boat singlehandedly came to where we previously were, dropped anchor, dragged into the channel a few times.. The sailor didn’t look like he knew what he was doing in his nice large boat. Eventually he motored the the KHYC and tied up to a dock.
A quick sample of google searches gave me a strong confidence to cover my brass ship clock with ketchup. Turns out, you wait a while and then wipe it off- the ketchup cleans the dirt off the brass making it look brand new (a little dull, but I guess it could be polished)
This kind of made me think twice about eating ketchup… Not for long, because I had a burger and fries with the delicious Heinz at The Standing Room that night.
Finally swapped out the heat exchanger zinc, which was obviously over due.
Friday August 15 2014
I figured that this weekend was going to be a good opportunity to do some more “fix it” stuff. Mia wasn’t arriving until Sunday night so I had Saturday to replace the heat exchanger zinc and do some cleaning. I went to two different west marine stores to find the zinc. They’re the same price online but if I could get it from the store then I could save paying shipping on a couple things the size of crayons. Well west marine didn’t have them. I bought boat soap so that I didn’t feel like it was a total waste of a trip. So I orders the zincs online with a couple other small things the boat could use - Cabinet latches - because on a starboard tack one of the cabinet doors always swings open.
So Saturday I cleaned the carpet, pulled it out and cleaned the fiberglass floor underneath, clean little things around, and went sailing on the sabot. Was a good day! I felt productive and was asleep by like 930 on a Saturday night.
Monday august 11 2014
I was up early, caught part of this super moon. Blame the poor quality on iPhone cameras.
The weekend was good, yet pictureless. I played volleyball and hung out at the beach Saturday, and took a coworker mike and his girlfriend grace out sailing on Sunday. They did most of the steering once I got us out of the harbor. When I think about it, I usually do all of the sail raising and trimming, but I’m rarely the person actually steering the boat on the ocean. I think it’s fun to involve people and show them how easy it really is, especially with a wheel-controlled sailboat.