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If you found this blog via a link from a cruising site ~ we did cruise Mexico on our Ocean 49 cat for a season. See the first text box on the right for links to our preparations, trip down Baja, life in Mexico, cruising and trip back up to SoCal. Unfortunately we are back to the grind in the USA...

Monday, July 2, 2007

June 30/July 1 Trip to Yellowbanks with Mike & Cyndi

Time to take Mike & Cyndi out to the islands overnight!
Got up early Saturday morning and watched race 6 of the America's Cup (not the results we wanted...), as Alingi is now 4 and New Zealand is now 2.
Motored out towards the gap between Anacapa and Santa Cruz, pulled up the main & unfurled the headsail and dolphins came to visit!

Got the boat up over 11 knots!
And enjoyed the flat, warm sail
(& some mimosas!)

Headed out towards the "mako spot" and trolled along with no luck. Then motored over by the kelp beds West of Yellowbanks and anchored. We put all four kayaks in the water and kayaked around and through the kelp beds. We saw LOTS of white sea bass!! Huge schools of up to 40 fish and lots and lots of giant schools of bait fish. Then we motored over to Yellowbanks and anchored way outside.
It was really hot! So three of the four of us jumped in.

Then time for some "Celebration Rose"!

We enjoyed the rest of the afternoon and tasted some other wines from our last wine tasting trip the four of us took. Then bbq'd veggies, corn & linguisa (sausages).

And someone else washed the dishes!

We had a beautiful full moon and even one shooting star. We all slept great (except the slapping of the leftover waves on the stern got a little old...)

Had coffee in the cockpit on Sunday morning and had to hang beach towels from the bimini to give us some shade! I made potatoes, bacon & eggs for a big "cruiser breakfast", then we had a surprise visit from Jon & Chris Greene on "Rather Be Lucky", who came by on their way to go fishing. Amazingly still and hot, so Cyndi & I kayaked over to Smugglers and around the anchorages. Jim & I jumped in again to cool off and I even swam up under the boat to the bow and back - got a little chilly on the way back...

Then time to pull up anchor and head home (not by choice). Headed towards Anacapa for a better point of sail on the way home. Had full sail up and sailed along nicely until we got on "collision course #1"...
and then "collision course #2"...

Saw Don & Becky on "Reaching" and the Killions on "Tina" outside of the harbor. Back to the dock where the neighbors grabbed our docklines (we love our neighborhood!) and enjoyed the rest of the hot afternoon in the harbor! And Mike & Cyndi enjoyed their first overnight at the Islands!

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