We are back in Santa Barbara for a couple days after spending a great week on Santa Cruz Island! The forecast is calling for gale force Santa Ana winds that blow offshore from the mainland. They are suppose to kick up this evening and persist until Saturday evening. We decided that instead of getting tossed about in an unprotected anchorag [...]
We made it safely to Santa Barbara yesterday and this afternoon are headed out to the islands for a few weeks before heading to San Diego. We will be diving, spearfishing, hiking and just chilling out. We may not have an internet connection for a while but we’ll see when we get out there.
Btw, this southern California weather is amazi [...]
There’s nothing quite like a sunrise after an overnight passage. The seas are remarkably calm and peaceful; it’s difficult to not get a sense of ease at being one with the ocean. It’s 6am on our passage from Morro Bay around Point Arguello and Point Conception, a 20-hour 110 mile voyage known for rough seas as a last farewell to the torrentia [...]
Reporting live from Ellie’s cockpit on passage from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara. Its 1:30am and the notorious Point Conception is to port. We made it to sunny southern CA!! The conditions became a lot better one we were to the lee of Point Arguello and even more so now. I am on watch and the mermaid is snoozing in the sea berth.
I just h [...]
Here is a video that the Mermaid shot during our passage from Half Moon Bay to Morro Bay. We were about 25 miles offshore. There were dolphins playing all around Ellie. It was incredible…
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Hey Everyone! We made it to Morro Bay unscathed! What an awesome passage! 180 nautical miles in 31 hours. We pulled anchor in Half Moon Bay at noon and were tied to the mooring ball in Morro Bay right at sunset the next day…
The sea gave us a wild ride but we took care of Ellie and she took great care of us! We sailed 90% of the pa [...]
Hey everyone! Good afternoon from aboard Ellie. We have been at sea for 24 hours now and are hoping to make Morro Bay by sunset this evening. We are off Piedras Blancas about 15nm due west. Its blowing about 30 knots and we are riding down 18-20 ft waves. Its a wild ride but the monitor is steering and Ellie is sailing like a champ. A huge [...]
Saturday we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for the last time until (if) we return!!
It was a typically foggy day with winds forecast to be 5 – 15 knots from the NNW. We picked up Bob (our friend who joined us for this leg) at the fuel dock in Sausalito, had breakfast on Ellie, stowed the dink and pulled anchor. We raised sail and [...]
Today we are prepping Ellie for the Ocean! That means everything stowed securely, life raft and ditch bag accessible, jack lines rigged, etc. We plan to head under the gate and into the dense fog tomorrow morning. We will head offshore and turn left! It’s finally here!!
We plan to drop anchor in Half Moon Bay by Saturday evening. T [...]
Today marks one month since leaving the marina. We have made it a whole month without breaking anything, killing each other, or losing our minds! It also confirms that we can actually live on the hook and stay out of expensive marinas. In the past month we have only put into a marina for one night (in the Delta) and we have spent a grand t [...]