We decided to make a 25 mile lateral move to Newport Beach to visit my Uncle Pete and Aunt Nan. And although Newport Harbor is unbelievably busy and built out, it has free anchoring (for transient boats only) inside the breakwater which is unusually for this coast. So we took advantage of the opportunity while we were so close. Dinner at the Cannery Resteraunt on Newport Harbor turned into a family reunion of sorts. Cousins & their families that I haven’t seen in 40 years unexpectedly showed up. It was unexpected and spur of the moment and truly amazing experience.
We were getting anxious to get to San Diego to allow time to prepare for the Mexico leg so left Newport after only two nights. We had a nice sail down the coast to Oceanside stopping only to swim & cool off–still hot.
We met Anne Chandler’s cousin Janet at our send off party in August. She recommended we stop at the Oceanside Yacht Club where she was commodore. Friendliest club on the west coast they say. And, it was pretty darn welcoming. Love the reciprocal moorage.
On our final leg to San Diego in absolutely calm with glassy seas, kelp was our biggest worry. It was growing everywhere–even in 300 feet of water. That’s a long long stalk, really hard to believe that it can reach all the way to the surface like that. Makes sailing here a little nerve racking.
San Diego has an amazing natural harbor once you get past the military helicopters and jets whizzing overhead and the gun boats zooming by. It’s so big with so many boats it boggles the mind. But it’s a very pleasant place. I could see living on a boat here. So could a whole lot of other people evidently. It has to be very controlled or it would be a mess. But the harbor patrol set up a special free anchorage for the Baja Ha Ha participants so we were able to spend a couple weeks here without breaking the bank. This past week has been a marina to make things easier with the arriving crew. Many other HaHa boats are here with us and it’s a festive atmosphere with our new friends some of whom we’ve been crossing paths with since Neah Bay 2 months ago. Lucy absolutely loves it, she goes from boat to boat each day to visit her new buddies, she especially likes the “kid boats” like Agemare because they’re so excited to play with her. Bob, Peggy, Mike, Mike and Teri are all here now. Bob rented a car for us to get around town and run errands. It’s hilarious because all they had left was a Ford Fiesta, a very small car. But all seven of us have squeezed in to go out to dinner.
Yesterday we all went to the HaHa costume party and got our final instructions. What a blast. The weather looks pretty good for our 700 mile jaunt to Cabo. Anticipation in the air. There are 135 boats going. Many people have been getting calls from worried relatives because of the news about hurricane Patricia. But Patricia is well over all ready. However the super warm water conditions down there have everyone in the fleet watching the weather closely.
While here we added an Iridium satellite hot spot so we can get reliable weather information as well as send emails, make phone calls, and text message anywhere anytime.
Also new batteries, engine mounts, engine alternator, lighting, and electric fans were added. Scrubbed the bottom yesterday, we’re ready although riding a little low in the water with all our personal possessions plus food and gear for 7. Could be worse though, the boat next to us said their sinks no longer drain all the way as they’re riding so low.
Off we go!