Its that time again! Sent the boat to Balboa Boat Yard for bottom paint and Pat also installed the Raymarine/Tack Tick speed and depth transducers in the hull for the new instrument install. Now it was time for the waxing. I got out my buffer and grabbed some one step 3M Polish and Wax and started to buff. It was about a 6 hour job but what a transformation!!! I even got the scrapes and scratches from the slip off the side of the hull! On to the stainless, then to replace the winch covers and paint some trim. Re varnish some wood, and tidy up the interior. The instrument install is not as easy as expected….more on that coming up. For now enjoy some pics of a freshly waxed Santana 30!
Thats the plan! I have been thinking about doing this for a few years and now is the time! I plan on doing a FEW races next year for the 2015 Yacht Racing season. The first one will be the longest distance I have travelled by boat…Newport Beach to San Diego. Its called the Border Run and its a low key all boats invited race. Alot of people use this as a tuneup for the more hardcore Newport To Ensenada Race. The Border Run is Feb. 22nd 2015. I am gonna do a countdown to the race and document the training and preparation that will go into getting things ready for the race. This will be intense and fun!
Step 1 is to assemble a crew…Let the fun begin!!
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.
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.
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…
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.
Less than 25 hours to go!!
Been prepping the boat for Catalina…
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?
Planning a 2 day trip with the guys on Cuajota over to Catalina. The plan is to shoot around to the back side of Catalina and possibly circumnavigate the island then head back to Newport Beach. Right now I am prepping the boat, and making sure all the safety gear is aboard and up to date, flares, first aid kits, PFD’s, etc…Gonna check the engine fluids and battery levels just to make sure everything is ready to go. I will be a little short on sails, My 155 was damaged in the wind storm last week so that takes my light air big sail out of teh equation. The last time we came back from Catalina that sail was up and we FLEW back. The only sail I will have ready is the 125. A very nice sail, just not great in light air. I have a 150 being converted from hanks to a furling genoa but it may not be ready by Tuesday.
Looks like there may be some rain, and may be some big wind in the 20 knot range. Maybe reef the main and run that 125 jib. Could be a bit of a rough trip…stay tuned!
Well I finally experienced it. Nowhere close to the image above, but I felt it a bit… When a sail is too big for the weather conditions they call it being overpowered. Up to now I have not had that experience. I went out for a sail again (2nd time this week!) and it was blowing about 15 knots. I had the big 155 sail up and the fun began! I sailed out of the harbor and the waves were a tad bit choppy and about 3-4 feet. Nothing crazy. The wind was a constant 15 knots or so. The boat was well behaved, and powered up…but I was feeling a tad bit uncomfortable when it came to tacking. So I did a few tacks…they were UGLY. LOL. Usually the sail went flying way to fast, the boat over rotated, and I ended up having to crank the sail in with the winch. ALOT of work with the 155. It was a handful singlehanded. In hindsight I should have furled it in a bit to maybe a 125. I am curious how that will affect the shape of the sail. I stayed out a bit in those conditions. I feel anytime I feel relatively safe and I can be in conditions that are usually different and challenging then its a wonderful experience. So I did a few more tacks all relatively ugly and sloppy and stayed out long enough for a whale sighting! That never gets old. Its been 3 years and I am still loving the sailing life and learning more each outing. Looking forward to this sailing season!
OK…So technically its not the first sail of 2014, I have been on a few minor sails but nothing major mostly in harbor just to keep the boats various lines and systems in working order. I am a FIRM believer in the old motto, “Use it or Lose it.”. That all changed today! I had a half day at work and I decided that even though the wind wasn’t big, I would take the boat out. I got to the boat about 5pm. I LOVE this time of year after Daylight Savings Time ends, and it stays light until 730 or later. Fired up the motor and took all the covers off and in a few minutes, I was backing out of the slip. There was a nice breeze, maybe 8 knots. I got to harbor unfurled the headsail and headed south with the current. Light winds, small waves, no chop, and about 70 degrees. PERFECT sailing weather. The 155 headsail is still on the boat and is becoming my favorite sail, especial in these light winds. This season I think I am going to add an 134 or 140 to replace the 135 that is pretty much fast. The 125 is great but a tad bit small in the light stuff and at times the 155 is a bit much to handle when singlehanded sailing in bigger wind, The boat was moving at about 5 knots and it was just a relaxing sail. After about an hour, I tacked, turned around and headed back into the current. Boat speed was 4.5 knots this way, and I was on more of a close reach. Broad reach into the harbor at sunset. Amazing! Hoping this is a start to an amazing sailing season.