Monday, August 13, 2018

ZIGGY GOES TO THE ISLAND

Ziggy is one of my longtime friends, college roommate, teammate and father to two of our godchildren, Bryan and Chris. He's also the creator of the delicious "Danny's Dip". It's been 30 years since he's been to Catalina so we loaded up the boat last week and off we went. Cove hopping from Willow, to Italian Gardens (a no-go for the night) to White's, and finally Ripper's, we enjoyed the island from Avalon to the Isthmus. The weather was warm but breezy and the water was perfect. It was a great time with a great friend and one we'll always remember. Oh by the way, Ziggy acquired his nickname (it was his idea) on this trip. While he was on the helm, we seemed to zigzag rather than sail a straight course. Well, at least we made it!




 

Monday, July 30, 2018

WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS AFTERNOON?

We were finishing up a job, it was a little after noon, and I asked my friend and contractor a simple question. "What are you doing this afternoon?" Keep in mind it's a gorgeous summer day, warm and the wind is blowing. His response, "Headed home to do a little work in the garden." ABORT, ABORT, ABORT. Let's go sailing! Super day on the water with a long time local and good guy.

 

Saturday, July 28, 2018

NEWPORT BAY



Being in or on the water with a sea breeze is one way to beat the heatwave we've been experiencing lately. So we topped off the water tanks and ventured up to Newport to spend a few nights and enjoy a change in scenery. The harbor holds many memories of yesteryear; learning how to sail, maneuvering through the mooring fields, keeping our outrigger on a beach, and later living on the peninsula. All great memories.

"Pass the sunscreen" at Little Corona.

And they're off.

Love this anchorage, plenty of room and like a lake most of the time.

 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

DANALINA RACES

Little sailors were out in force the other afternoon in the harbor. We enjoyed a 360 degree view of the action anchored in the middle of the race course. It's amazing to watch these youngsters at the tiller.



Thursday, July 5, 2018

CELEBRATING THE 4TH ON THE 3RD

Experience is the best teacher and we have learned over the years that the marina can get real crazy on Independence Day. So...we forgo the fireworks and spend a mellow afternoon and barbecue the day before. Works for us!


Saturday, June 23, 2018

THE CAPTAIN'S BIRTHDAY WEEK

Birthday wishes came in from literally around the world, i.e., South Africa, Baja Sur Mexico, the Netherlands, and from here in the states New Hampshire, Utah, Hawaii, Arizona, Oregon, Tennessee, Florida, Massachusetts and California. A big THANK YOU to all the well-wishers and to the Admiral who made this 71st extra special.

We spent the week in Big Geiger Cove where we swam, snorkeled, hiked, fished, and just plain relaxed. And the crew from Tranquilo (five young'uns and two dads) even sang a "Happy Birthday" to me the morning of my birthday. The entire week was amazing and the ultimate treat.

A satellite view of Big Geiger. The blue dot was our location in the cove.

The Admiral and love of my life.


Serenity Now in the foreground next to sister ship Tranquilo.

Aligning with the cosmos and taking in some chi.



Monday, June 11, 2018

A DAY WITH THE CHAMPIONS


Yesterday was a day to celebrate and renew old friendships that go back a long way. The 1977 DHHS Baseball South Coast League Champions gathered on Serenity Now at the anchorage in the harbor for an afternoon of stories, laughs and recollections of good times. PLUS, two members of the '77 crew, Coach "Z" and Coach Romero, just won the 2018 Division I CIF Baseball crown for Capo Valley. Congrats boys! It truly was a wonderful day with champions.

BEFORE

AFTER

Back row L to R; "Z", Tom, Stu, Mark, Brad
Front row: Jim, Steve, Coach, John