It was a quiet morning with light winds sailing out of Long Beach Shoreline Marina. I hadn’t been to Long Beach Harbor in ages, but my curiosity and desire to try a new sailboat brought me there last Sunday. Fortunately, we had a great group of people and all of us were in for a … Read more May 5th Daysail in Long Beach
This would be the first weekend sailing trip this season, but the weather wasn’t looking good. There was a week long gale warning that just wouldn’t end. This trip was originally planned for New Year’s Eve, but due to stormy winter weather we’d been forced cancel, and now it was looking bad again. Thankfully, at … Read more April Sail to Isthmus Cove Catalina Island
If you’re thinking of taking the 105 Coastal Navigation class this post may help. I passed the exam recently and thought I’d write about it, since I’d felt a lot of anxiety leading up to it. They say it’s one of the most difficult ASA exams, and it certainly was the most challenging for me … Read more ASA 105 Coastal Navigation Exam Passed!
We were lucky this past Saturday with the weather. It’s been a rainy stormy winter here in Southern California, but for once we had great sailing conditions. It was one of those slightly chilly but clear days with big white billowing cloud formations. The forecast was for 10-15 knot westerlies with sun and light chop, … Read more March 9th 2019 Daysail in Marina Del Rey
The weeks leading up to it were full of excitement. We’d been planning our New Year’s Eve sailing trip to Catalina Island with the usual email thread. It goes back and forth 10-20 times deciding who’ll bring what, who wants to cook, etc. I’d chartered a mid sized catamaran, a 35′ Seawind XL2. It would … Read more New Year’s Eve Sailing to Catalina Island and My First Epic Fail of 2019