Sunday, October 26, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
We left Santa Cruz Island Sunday morning about 7:00am and arrived in San Diego this morning about 11:00am. We had an uneventful passage, mainly motoring due to lack of wind.
It's always exciting coming into San Diego because of the Navy's presence. There's always something to see; helicopters, warships, submarines, and the Navy's trained dolphins.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
We left Santa Cruz Wednesday morning around 9:00 am headed for Smuggler's Cove on Santa Cruz Island in the Santa Barbara Channel. Above you can see our track on the chart plotter. We try to stay on the track, but we zigzag a bit now and then.
We are doing well, Thistle is performing beautifully, all is good on our little ship.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
We arrived safe and sound in Santa Cruz this afternoon. We left San Francisco last night and had a lumpy ride down here.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
We had the best party ever yesterday. I want to thank everyone for attending, and for all the help preparing food and setting up. And I especially want to thank everyone for the wonderful gifts.
It's rather bittersweet to see all these folks from our previous life: business associates, employees, old old friends....
We enjoyed our assocoation with you and we hope to see you all again soon, perhaps at some foreign port when you come to visit. Thank you, thank you everyone.
Friday, October 3, 2014
I finished the sail cover this morning and we put it on after lunch. So good to have that new sail protected from the sun.
As our departure day approaches, we have been busy doing all those last minute things like: getting Visas, our TIP, Mexican insurance, cruising guides, a medical book; going through lockers organizing and culling; selling furniture, household items, and our vehicles; getting our daughter set up to write checks for us if necessary; purchasing spares and provisions; notifying the harbor master that we are leaving; organizing a Bon Voyage party.....the list just goes on and on!
Somehow we will get it all done, and if we don't it will just have to wait until we get to San Diego.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Look what arrived the other day: a mainsail cover kit from Sailrite. I was impressed with speed of the delivery; it arrived less than a week from when I ordered it!
Even with all the last minute things we have been doing, I have managed to get it sew together. I just have to do the final fit and the fasteners.