Yesterday we arrived at Monterey Harbor at 1430. We’re going to spend three nights here to enjoy the town, do laundry and rest up a bit. So far the trip has been very calm, we’ve mostly motored down the coast in light light wind, mostly from the south, and long calm swells. The days are short now so we’ve been leaving at first light, about 7:30 and arrived the first night at Half Moon Bay at 1530. We anchored there in the outer breakwater and spent a nice night baking corn bread and listening to the fog horn.
Thursday morning we motored all the way to Santa Cruz arriving in the dark. We approached the east side of the public pier and dropped the hook in 22ft with lots of scope. We spend a rolly night eating spagetti and meatballs and listening to house music Ryan gave us. It seemed fitting for Santa Cruz, very mello and it just about drowned out the barking seals on the pier!
Friday we hauled the anchor at first light and motored straight to Monterey were we are now. Since its been so calm we’ve been keeping a sharp eye out for wildlife but so far we’ve only seen birds and 5 Mola Mola’s (sunfish) You can spot them by thier dorsal fin flipping back and forth as they waddle through the water. They eat jelly fish. Then today we saw a pod of whales, gray with white mottling, smaller than orcas but bigger than dolpins. They must be a large species of porpoise. Then we saw a three small dahls porpoises and finally in the marina last night a mama otter with her baby spent a half hour playing in the fairway behind our slip. Its fantastic to begin to see wildlife we dont have in the bay.
Today its drizzling and the wind is from the south. Its supposed to clear up this evening and tomorrow we’re crossing our fingers for the predicted NW wind. We got a load or laundry done, filled up the diesel tank, so far about 25 hours of motoring and we’ve used 10 gallons which is 0.4 gallons per hour at 2000 rpm which gives us 3.5 to 4 knots with no wind. On tuesday we head south, wish us luck!
|Sunrise in Sausalito before leaving the Bay|
|Last time sailing under the Gate|
|Calm seas between Half Moon and Santa Cruz|
|Sunset arriving at Santa Cruz|
|Leaving Santa Cruz to Monterey (Mid Channel Mark)|