I’m off! Topped off the fuel tanks and got off early. Looks like it’s going to be slow until the winds come. I said I wasn’t going to motor but I want to get out of ship and fishing traffic.
That’s Ventura in the rear view mirror and the oil rig I have to avoid in front of me. This will be my last post until I get there so it’s no sleep till Ensenada!
That is weather permitting which will always be the case. As you can see from the Predict Wind weather software below it summarizes what I can expect for wind and swells as well as what point of sail I’ll be on. There are 4 different weather models used to ensure accuracy. With maximum wind speed not going over 15 its going to be a slow easy ride I’m hoping. Looks like 2 to 3 days overall. If everything is going good I don’t plan on motoring which will extend the overall trip. The great thing about being out there is I’m not paying hardly anyone any money and I’ll be trolling for hopefully fresh yellowfin tuna to have some of the freshest sushi I’ve ever had or the freshest grilled tuna steaks I’ve ever had. Bought some wasabi today! The other great thing will be no traffic lights, no lines, no idiots for miles and miles. Just peace and solitude I’m hoping.
I’ll admit there have been times I’ve been pretty nervous in the past couple of weeks when I’d think of what I’m about to do on Friday and I’d find myself laying in bed and thinking….. what in the world have you done?!? Are you nuts?!? I know some of you probably think so and you may be right! Try quitting your job though, buying a sailboat, selling almost everything you own and I’ll bet you’d do the same. Actually all I had to do to calm myself down was look at the weather in Longview and then I’d realize…..that’s why you did it!! ;) But now I’m finally getting used to the idea, I’m confident in the boat and myself and I’m excited and can’t wait to get out there. The weather is cooling down here and it’s not nearly as warm as I was expecting so time to leave!
Not quite sure what I’m going to do for internet when I get there but I’ll figure that out and update you as soon as possible as to what Ensenada is like. Hope everybody has a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!! Wish me luck! Adios!
I’ve added a link on the left that tracks me via my AIS (Automatic Identification System). Pretty sure it updates more frequently than the GPS tracking. I needed a way to prove to Kkkkkkkkken that I’m really where I say I’m at. All vessels over 65′ are required to have it. I have it so the big ships can see me and Desiderata! Pretty cool website. You can see all the commercial ships operating and if you select the density icon on the left it puts up a really cool graphic that shows the most heavily congested shipping lanes. If you look near Los Angeles there is obviously a lot of commercial shipping traffic which is where I’ll pass by on my way to Ensenada. But you can also see my course will take me into less congested areas other than crossing the main routes. Talk about making a mark on the planet!! Look at all that traffic!!
Santa Cruz Island on the right and Anacapa on the left
Yours truly happy but unkempt on an absolutely gorgeous morning.
Seals lounging in Channel Island Harbor
One of my favorite birds the pelican
One of the many fishing boats here. Squid and lobster are the largest harvest from what I understand.
I swear they are all over the place and it’s so cool to see them. I went up on the bow to check something and didn’t even realize these guys were up there. They were swimming really slow and right at the surface. Sorry about the glare! This darn sunshine you know?!?!
I’ve yet to back Desi into her slip on the first try but I think I’m getting the hang of it as you can see I nail it on my 2nd shot. Coming back from my first true solo run actually. I left about 9 am and was making a mock run south to Channel Island Harbor to where I have to get chain tomorrow. Got pretty windy, had a few problems with sails but was able to fix them and get back on down the road. On the way back the wind had dropped considerably and for awhile I was going along at a gentle 3.5 knots. The sun was out and the sea was calm and it was very relaxing. Looking for lots more of them days.
Ain’t she pretty?!?! Getting her all organized and cleaned up! Sometime in the next week I’ll be heading to Channel Island Harbor south of here about 7 nm to get 250′ of anchor chain. Other than that finishing up some wiring for my solar/inverter, waiting on a pair of lenses for new glasses, a trip to Lowe’s and some last minute groceries and laundry and I’ll be ready. They are expecting me at Baja Naval in Ensenada on Dec 2 or 3rd. I’m paid up here until the 30th so somewhere towards the end of the month weather permitting I’ll be off, Baja Naval will finish up Desi’s outfitting and the real fun will begin! Thanks for everyone’s well wishes and comments! ⛵