Sunday, August 29, 2010

Is Summer Finally Here?

Water temps from the San Clemente pier indicate a warming trend. Most people the capt talks to are wishing for an "indian summer". Oops! Maybe I should have said native American summer. Whatever, enjoy the water and all it has to offer. 

Saturday, August 28, 2010

El Jeffe's Family Makes A Quick Visit

El Jeffe, the Boss, Megan, the Admiral and Megan's long time friend Lauren

El Jeffe made sure the boat was well stocked with the Capt's favorite

A very mellow afternoon on the water
El Patio was our dining choice for the evening
Doheny was flat and crowded so we hit 204 in SC
Friday morning, surf; Friday afternoon, sail; Saturday morning, surf; Saturday night, party. Does it get any better? 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

JR, the Capt & Catalina...Nesporado Style

Early Dana Point departure
Making way to Little Gibraltar for the evening
Now you know why it's called Little Gibraltar. Did a night dive here.
Sea cave east of the Isthmus
Italian Gardens, excellent anchorage and snorkeling.
JR at the helm on the way home

A quick four day trip included dropping the hook in four different places, a night dive, visiting with the Riley family and spending a windy night on an Isthmus mooring. The snorkeling was excellent; we swam with the lobsters, leopard and shovel nose sharks, moray eels, bat rays and on the way back to Dana Point, saw a blue whale. Wow, what'a ride!

The Riley's Catalina Weekend, Part I

Tasha and the boys were the first ashore.
Kevin liked JR"s flip camera.

This was Garrett's position most of the time aboard the boat.

The Riley Crew and the Capt

One pooped crewman.
It was wonderful to have Garrett, Tasha, Kevin and Zach aboard Serenity NOW. The Admiral had to stay in home port and was greatly missed by all. We moored on the east side of the Isthmus and the wind blew and blew and blew all night long. The Riley crew enjoyed the beach, looked for buffalo (Garrett spotted one) and explored a sea cave. It was a great, sun filled time.

The Rileys Enjoy A Catalina Weekend, Part II

Kevin was jammin' on the uke as Zach sung along.
A sea cave ready to be explored.
Ho, ho, ho, ho, a pirates life's for me.
One happy fella waving us goodbye.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Summer's here, and the sailin' is easy...

Taking on fuel in Dana Point.

The Admiral is front and center as we sailed in 10-18 knot winds. The air was warm, no clouds, sea was calm, you might say it was a "text book" day to enjoy sailing in So Cal.

Monarch Beach On The Hook

Monarch Beach is about three miles west of Dana Point Harbor. Recently, after a 10 mile hike the day before in Crystal Cove State Park, we decided to drop the hook somewhere along the coast and jell-out for the afternoon. It was a day much enjoyed and appreciated.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Niespodziany ("Surprise" for those of you that don't know Polish) Day

The Admiral and the capt had a very niespodziany day as the winds clocked up to 21 knots. We tacked up the coast and turned around off Tony's Beach. What a great day on the water. Every day is different. Let's go sailing!


Our mooring, R-16, in Emerald Bay behind Indian Rock

Sailor Jerry was on fire the first night in Button Shell

The capt at Emerald

The Sailor slaying them again on the west end

Sailor Jerry joined his brother for two nights at Button Shell Cove and two in Emerald Bay. The fishin' was great, the water was chilly, but the time together was priceless.