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Position Report 2004-10-30
Position Report October 2004
We arrived at Pillar Point on Tuesday,
September 28 at
1430. We took a slip even though the
anchorage here is very good. We ate a
hot meal of garlic chicken with past, took hot showers and had just
down with a glass of wine when we heard a knocking on our hull. It was friends from the bay area also headed
down south. They shall remain nameless
to protect their identity in the tale I am about to relate. They were at anchor and came to visit in
their dink. It was dark and foggy by
the time they arrived and they stopped by to say hi on their way out to
dinner. They had heard us on the vhs so
knew we were in the harbor. It was so
dark and foggy they had to take a fix on the boat to find their way
back. We told them where they could leave
dink where it would be safe. They
departed our boat and attempted to tie up to the harbormaster’s boat
we had directed them). The coasties
were just returning to their boat next to the harbormaster’s boat. They, in full regalia, including sidearms,
confronted our friends. “Where are your lights?” Our
friends without hesitation pointed in our direction and
replied “Guenevere”. It is a good thing
that it was a dark night and the coasties could not see our 27-foot
they may have questioned four adults and two dinghies traveling in our
On Wednesday, we saw our friends off,
cleaned the boat, did
laundry and boat projects.
Thursday, we found our way to the bus stop and went into Half Moon Bay to the library.
The library didn’t open until the afternoon,
but they have
WiFi, so we sat on the steps each with a computer and received and send
etc. to our hearts content. I know many
would say we are still hooked into shore life with an electronic
cord, and at one point, I felt that I would like to have no computers
at all. But we have been computer
people for a long time and we like fooling with them, so why not? We have found that our friends and family
can share our days and are more comfortable about our safety and well
when they can receive frequent updates. And
we are more comfortable when we know everybody is well.
Saturday, we picked up our car and took care
errands. We came over the hill and saw
the sun for the first time in days. We
had dinner with friends. We are big
fans of the TV show Survivor and they saved the first three episodes
for us to
view. It was a great time!
Monty (KG6COX) is our amateur radio contact.
He has worked tirelessly to keep and improve
communication between us. He is our
emergency contact and working to devise an ingenious radio that could
in an emergency if we had lost power.
Sunday, we went grocery shopping, to the
library to send
email, and spent time working on the weather cloths.
Monday, we made a quick trip to Monty’s and
then had a chance
to visit with Lorenzo and Cecile and their new addition, Kenzo. He is not yet 1 month old and has already
been introduced to their boat. Some
people will do anything to get crew. He
is the most beautiful baby boy in the world! He
won’t remember us because he slept all through our
visit. He was so contend he actually
he was sleeping.
At this point, I will quit putting the
reader to sleep with
this minutia. My only defense is that
many people have asked us what we do all day. I
can tell you that every day is full of activities and we
been bored or lacked for things to do.
We have decided to move on so we moved out
to the anchorage
for the night. We departed at 0700 in
the fog. The weather was predicted to
be 10-15 knots, with 2-4 ft waves. Not
what we got!! We clocked 35+ knot winds
and were sliding down the 12 to 15 foot waves at 7+ knots.
For anyone who is keeping exact track, the
GPS said that the actual maximum speed (over the ground) was 9.9
came into the Santa Cruz Harbor at 1640.
We enjoyed the sun here in Santa Cruz. A friend came to the boat today while I was
working on my tan and Greg had walked to the coffee shop to send email. I asked him how he found our boat and he
told me that he could see us on the web cam.
We have had a nice few days here and are
planning to head
for Monterey on Tuesday October 12.
We were not 10 minutes out of the Santa Cruz
Harbor, when we
saw four whales!! I was at the helm and
Greg grabbed the camera. It is tricky
trying to catch a good shot with a digital camera.
One finally came up to the side of the boat to check us
out. I don’t have words for how it feels
to be so
close to the creatures in their home. We
didn’t expect to have this experience so close to home
While using the electric autopilot, it
heaved a sigh, pulled
itself closed, and gave up. This is our
first equipment failure. We got this
autopilot with the boat when we purchased her some 17 years ago. We could never find parts for it or anyone
who knew how to work on it anymore, so we were not surprised that it
had never trusted it anyway. Several
hours later, after it had taken its nap, it decided to go back to work. Greg was sitting near it when suddenly it
pushed out the rod and prepared to go back to work. Greg jumped out of
way. It was pretty funny.
At about 1400, we tied up and cleaned and
stowed the boat
and then went to the farmers market, held each Tuesday here in Monterey. We stayed here for nine days.
We have had a wonderful time. Lots
of sun, good food, and beautiful
walks. We made a trip to the Aquarium,
as neither of us has been in many years.
We met many cruisers here all with different
some were locals heading for Mexico, some were from Canada, some
and some heading South. What a great
bunch of people. I’m sure we will run
in to some of them again.
On October 22, we departed at 0830 for Morro
Bay. This will be an over night trip. We
it to take about 27 hours. We stayed
off shore for this leg and had good weather. We
have to tell you the amount and diversity of sea life
phenomenal!! A number of times we were surrounded by dolphins and
and small). We had again the experience of having dolphins swimming
us. This time, they played with us. They swam very fast under the boat and into
the bow wake.
For more than an hour,
they and we had this fun. We watched as
dolphins came from the left and right of us to swim and jump in the
wake. If I could have gotten part way up
I could have taken a picture of 6 dolphins playing on our bow wake, 3
side!! Staying a little further away from us we also saw whales.
As night settled in on us, we had a nice
evening. Towards morning, the moon went
away. We heard whales sounding but
could not see them. Then we had more
dolphins appear to swim in our wake. It
was very beautiful! A pod of at least
20 came along side. The sea had phosphorescent in it and you could see
flying past the boat a few feet underwater. They looked like a comet!!!
glowing dolphin followed by a 20 to 50 foot trail of luminances. What a
It can only be described as magical!! We don’t have better words to
I remembered Morro Rock from many years ago. There used to be a very rich abalone bed
here, but now they tell me that it is contaminated.
The “Rock” is now a Peregrine Falcon reserve.
The falcons are unable to hatch their own
eggs anymore, and Cornell University provides nestlings for the adult
to raise. I watched with my binoculars
every day but never was able to see a falcon. I
talked to a local artist that we met in one of the
restaurants and she
said in the last four years she had only seen one.
We learned that nearby there is an abalone
abalone are the only abalone that are approved to eat according to the
Watch list that we had picked up at the Monterey Bay aquarium. It takes 4-5 years to produce abalone that
is about 4 inches in size. Who
knew?? So, we had some for dinner!
We departed for Santa Barbara on Friday. This is the trip I have been the most
apprehensive about. As some of you may
know, Point Conception is considered as difficult a passage as rounding
Horn. Many boats have foundered here
and many boats spend weeks waiting for a weather window to safely make
We sailed past Conception with no trouble at
all, and were
looking forward to arrival in Santa Barbara about 0900 Saturday. The wind died with about 40 miles left to
go. We decided to start the motor and
continue on until the wind came up again. Well,
we had motor, but no forward!! There we
were, no wind, no way to motor, half way between
lane and the shore. The seas were so
lumpy, one of the crew got seasick. We
waited throughout the night for wind to come up. Around
0300, we had some wind for about an hour, then, it died
again. We waited all day for wind. We took turns napping. Neither
of us was very hungry. Saturday night fell
and we still had not
made much headway. Rather than being a
hazard to navigation, floating at night just 10 miles from the harbor,
close to shipping lanes and offshore oil platforms, we finally made the
decision to call for a tow. We arrived
in Santa Barbara on Sunday morning. Monday
we hauled out to discover what had happened to the
turns out, the propeller shaft had sheared off the key and two
come free from the transmission. This allowed the motor to run like
not move the prop. In the yard, two schools of thought prevailed. One
the prop shaft had corroded and allowed all to free up. The second was
shop that installed the transmission flange had cut it too large, and
shimmed it back down to fit, thus weakening it. We are now awaiting new
to be sent in.
We have a new saying aboard. It is “Recognize the Gift”. It comes from the wonder of life. It hits us every day. We see/hear/do things that are a true gift! Not some transient trinket that might make us happy for a few hours, but the truly remarkable things that is around us!So, for everyone who takes the time to read this, take a deep breath, and recognize the gifts around YOU!