Catalina Video!

I have been working on editing a quick video of the Catalina trip.  Most of the footage is iPhone 5s, with the exception of 3 GoPro clips.  Pretty amazing what you can do with an iPhone and a laptop these days.



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Cheeki Rafiki

The yacht Cheeki Rafiki was found capsized in the Atlantic 600 miles offshore. The USCG has stopped searching for the crew. Locating beacons went off but the shipping vessel that spotted the yacht did not see any life raft.

I just signed the petition “.@USCG Restart the search for the missing #CheekiRafiki crew #dontstopsearching” on

It’s important. Will you sign it too? Here’s the link:



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Always wanted to see these up close….


These are the oil rigs off the coast of Huntington Beach. Massive.



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Saying goodbye to Catalina


What an amazing trip. Jaime (damn can he cook!) grilled tri tip and sausages on the beach at Two Harbors and we laughed and told stories. Woke up this morning took a nice long walk to Catalina Harbor and saw the pacific on the west side of the island. It was amazing. Now we are motoring back and hoping to get some wind so we can open up the sails and sail on home. The forecast is 13 knots so we should have a mellow sail back in. The next trip is a 3 day around the island.

Enjoy some of the images.



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No words needed.


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What a difference a day makes!!!!


Yesterday would have been absolutely miserable. Today it’s fantastic!!! Amazing weather. Good wind!

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From Choppy To Paradise!


The first 3 hours were somewhat miserable. Chop. Heading right into it. What was I thinking about even considering going into 10′ waves yesterday! Well today it’s 3-5 and it’s soupy and miserable. Until about 10 miles from Catalina and now is amazing. Deep blue water. Nice breeze and smooth ocean!

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All systems go!

Weather forecast looks great! Might be a tad choppy but looks like we will have wind on the way there and back.

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Weather Delay

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    Because of the weather forecast, I have decided that the safety of the crew and the boat are of the utmost  importance and because there is a forecast of gale force winds with gusts of up to 40 mph and waves in the 10 ft area, its not a safe thing to do…so We are delaying the trip for 24 hours at this point and are going to reassess the situation tomorrow.  Here is a quick look at the weather data…


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    Tuesday morning the wind goes from big to wild…then goes to 30 mph with gusts to 40.  Wave height is 9 feet with an 8 second interval.  If we went we would be miserable.  So we can wait a day, its forecast to be 4 feet waves and 15 mph winds.  Much better for sailing.

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    Countdown to Catalina 2…..

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    Less than 25 hours to go!!

    Been prepping the boat for Catalina…

    Flares, check.

    PFD’s check

    First Aid Kit, check

    Check engine fluids, check

    Fill up tank with Diesel, check

    Wash the boat, check

    Wax transom (was VERY oxidized!), check

    My list of things to do is getting shorter and shorter!  This will be the 3rd trip across the channel for me on Cuajota and may be the most challenging.  Gale force warning will be in effect for part of the trip.  I’ll have my heavy 125 jib up on the boat and will be prepared to reef the main.  The plan is to get across the channel early in the morning, get settled in at Two Harbors and if the weather permits do some sailing in the afternoon.  The next day enjoy a nice breakfast, do some exploring, then head back to the mainland in the afternoon and be back around sunset.  In putting my list together there are a few things I just have never had on the boat.  Flares…never had them, so I got a nice gun and day/night flares.  Spare winch handle…Really?  I only have had ONE working winch handle on the boat for 3 years…being mostly a singlehanded sailor, I can only grind one at a time, but what if I dropped it???  Yeah, better have a backup, better yet, how about use a brand new one and use the current one as a backup.  So got a nice new floating winch handle.  First Aid Kit…had bandaids and things like that, but never a general purpose first aid kit in case someone got hurt.  So added that. Gotta be prepared for anything right?

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