Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas...Let's Go Sailing!!

You all are the BEST! We wish our crew, your families and loved ones a very special Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year.

May calm seas, sunny days and good wind always be with you.


Tha capt & Admiral
Serenity Now

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Metamorphosis of a Sailor's Day

When the capt got out of bed today, there was a light drizzle and the sky was overcast and grey.  It was cold. Sarge, from the LAPD, emailed and said we could always reschedule our afternoon sail. Good thing we didn't cancel. The day turned out to be clear, warm with light winds from the SW; kind of like the butterfly emerging from a cocoon. Super day with a super cop.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


The end of this year coincides with the completion of our first Serenity NOW sailing log. We literally ran out of pages in the book. Since 2003, our log revealed 421 day sails, 107 times at anchor, 57 passages to Santa Catalina Island and one 10 day voyage to Catalina, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz Islands. All totaled, approximately 11,500 nautical miles. Wow, what'a ride! We hope you were part of our eight year adventure and enjoyed it as much as we did.

When the capt was a youngster, he dreamed about flying around on a magic carpet. How cool would it be to fly anywhere you wanted to go. Serenity Now is the capt's magic carpet. She has taken us to places that most only dream about. What's better than an afternoon sail with friends or finding a secluded cove and dropping the anchor for a quiet evening or two?

VOLUME II is just beginning. What will fill it's pages? More day sails, more passages and voyages, more adventure? Only time will tell. We hope you'll be part of VOLUME II and share our journey .

"Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame, and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear. So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won't matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on in the end. It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

 So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got but what you gave. What will matter is not your success, but your significance. What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered, or encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not your competence, but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone. What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom, and for what. Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident. It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters." -Michael Josephson, Character Counts 

 L e t ' s     g o     s a i l i n g !

Thursday, December 2, 2010

"Water, water, everywhere, but nor a drop to drink"

During our last return from Catalina, the automatic bilge pump went on. "We're taking on water!" Leaks in boats are not uncommon. Wise captains will tell you it's not a problem if you know where it's coming from and if it can be controlled. Within minutes we found the problem. The cockpit drain hose had broken off a plastic fitting and water was entering the boat from the stern. We plugged the hole, pumped the bilge dry and continued on our way home. Never a dull moment at sea.

This bronze fitting replaces the plastic one that failed

Repaired, in place and ready to go