Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Santa Barbara to King Harbor...

Did our first long race this past weekend, from Santa Barbara to King Harbor at Redondo Beach. We arrived Thursday evening to join others as crew on Profligate, Richard Spindler's 65' custom catamaran. Sailors will know that Richard is publisher/executive editor of Latitude 38, northern California's premiere sailing magazine. He's a great skipper, too.

On Friday at 10:30 hours, following a raucus night at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, Richard put us on the water for a race start at 12:00 noon. We reached Anacapa Island (one-third of the 85 mile race) around 18:00 hours, did a spinnaker change, and sailed downwind toward Point Dume and Santa Monica Bay. At 00:30 hours (Saturday morning), we all agreed to bag it and motor the last 15 miles or so to King Harbor. We got settled in about 03:30 hours, and collapsed on our bunks at 04:00. Exhausting, but great fun! A wonderful sunset and a clear sky during the night sail made it all worth while.
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