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In Half-Moon Bay

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We left Richmond on a magnificent Thursday morning, and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge at about 8:45am, to the sound of the throb of the vast container ship that followed us out. The Captain had decided the best thing to do would be to make the first day’s hop a short one, so after a brisk day’s sailing we put into Pillar Point Harbour in Half Moon Bay, just south of San Francisco, in the late afternoon. Justine and The Captain saw a whale en route, but Eva was otherwise occupied with a bucket for most of the trip. We’ve been here since, waiting for the 25-30 knot winds to abate, which they should do by Thursday. Then we’ll either head further south for Monterey or, if the winds stay benign, take the opportunity to continue on round Point Conception at the most favourable time – usually midnight.

Pillar Point Harbour – Half Moon Bay, CA

Pillar Point Harbour is small, though very much a working harbour. The fishermen spread their nets and mend them in the parking lot, and every day scrawled signs advertise live crab and fresh fish to be had straight from the boats. The water is clear, and sea lions occasionally heave themselves up onto the jetties to sunbathe, quite unconcerned about passers-by. They look like bloated brown sausages with teeth and whiskers, no matter how artfully one tries to compose a photo. We have breakfast in the bar area of the local cafe-cum-bar ‘Ketch Joanne’ every morning and catch up on e-mails while absorbing vast quantities of pancakes and bacon.

We’re all agreed that it’s very nice to be at the mercy of Nature’s whims for a change…

Love to all,

Eva

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The Trip

Written by mnestis

March 25, 2009 at 4:09 AM

Nearly Ready to Sail…

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It seems we’ve been remiss and uncommunicative. However, there are mitigating circumstances: there has been no news fit to print.

We’d optimistically assumed that when we arrived here, the boat would be more or less ready to sail. In retrospect, this was naive. We’ve spent the last 6 weeks running around buying things and making telephone calls to rectify the situation, and it’s been very dull and irritating as well as frustrating.

On the positive side, we have become very popular in the area. The managers of local hardware stores and chandleries, especially, greet us with warm smiles. As my son’s girlfriend said: B.O.A.T. stands for Bring On Another Thousand…

Now we’re in the middle of provisioning, and the boat is beginning to resemble a somewhat bloated version of Ratty’s picnic basket.

In spite of the delays, we hope to be leaving on the 18th – only 3 days later than intended. Justine – the third member of the crew for the San Francisco to San Diego leg of the trip – arrived a few days ago and has been both soothing and cheering.

The anchor chain being marked

Max visited, and found a place to read.

There’s still a lot to do, but with any luck we’ll be sailing out under the Golden Gate bridge at the slack tide – about 7am – on Wednesday morning on our way to San Diego.

Love to all,

Eva

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Written by mnestis

March 15, 2009 at 3:31 AM