Southern Cross by Crosby, Still, Nash & Young has the famous line. "In a noisy bar in Avalon I tried to call you"
Well we are finally here and some calls have been made. We had another beautiful sail of 4.5 kts in 9 kts of wind. Dolphins were all around for almost the whole trip. While enjoying our landing rums we happened to notice a familiar boat entering the harbor, s/v Letitgo has arrived. We had met this lovely family at our marina in Point Roberts in the spring. They are also heading to Mexico and we have been following their blog and wondering when we would be running into them again. Off to shore we went and had a wonderful walk around town getting caught up and chatting about their adventures.
What can we say about Avalon. WOW!! Love this place, If I had discovered it when I was younger I'm sure that I would still be living here today. For some reason it just seems so familiar and like home. We may just stay a little bit longer before heading over to San Diego.
This is a picture of our evening anchorage on Anacapa Island (east Fishermans Camp). We were wide awake at 2:00am so decided tp pull up anchor and head on over to Isthmus Cove on Catalina Island aka Two Harbors. Fog had rolled in and while pulling up our 125' of chain the windlass decided to take a break. Pulling up the remaining 70' by hand, while good exercise, is not fun. Quickly rigged up a hook and line and pulled it up using a winch. Time consuming having to re-hook every 15' or so but pretty easy. 2 hrs later we were on our way in thick fog and flat calm seas. Today we are heading over to Avalon and will have a look at the windlass this afternoon. Looks like another hot one today.
Sitting here anchored in Smugglers Cove on Santa Cruz Island. Beautiful 28* day with 10kts of wind out of the west. Hoisted sails as soon as we had left the harbour. 5.8 sog the whole way across the bay and after 5 hrs of a great sail the engine was started and we entered our anchorage and dropped the hook. Landing rums were had and tacos are on the menu with coronas. A day of exploring the beach is planned for tomorrow. Will study the charts to find our next destination.
Our blog has finally been launched.
We arrived in Santa Barbara yesterday afternoon at 1600hrs after a great sail from Cojo Anchorage in 25kts of wind gusting to 30. Euphoria was in her glory averaging 8kts. Lots of dolphins were all around and stayed with us for just over an hour. We are waiting out the Santa Ana Winds which have arrived early this season and should be subsiding by later Saturday. A quick run over to Ventura may be in order in the morning before the winds pick up for the day. We will update more later as we are trying our first attempt at homemade pizza.