Our journey started with a direct flight from OSL to LAX, Los Angeles. We didn’t know where to go from there, but the nicest surprise appeared; our friends were waiting there with a car! We spent the evening with their friends and then headed to the boat. It was wonderful sight to see the proud vessel Windsy (boat) again and we got our own room in the front. They had just arrived to LA the day before actually and had had a pretty rough sail down from Seattle.
We spent some days in LA. The boat was placed in Marina del Rey, the largest small boat marina in the world. Its super close to Venice beach and Santa Monica. One day we spent in Hollywood sucking in all the craziness that are going on there. But for us the favourite was Muscle Beach in Santa Monica. We also spent a day walking around Venice beach and the canals inspired by Venice, in Italy, nearby.
Work that had to be done on the sailboat before we could leave was for one thing to fix the genoa, the big sail in the front. It had ripped during their sail from Seattle to Los Angeles
We spent one day in LA fixing the sail. Of course, the sewing machine broke down. Well, it broke down several times that day and Captain Mike fixed it every time. But this time it broke down good. So we decided to continue that project on deck at our next anchor; the island Catalina 5 hours away. He did manage to fix the machine before that.
The island Catalina was a nice hidden spot. We did a hike up one of the ridges and it was beautiful, tiring and hot! On the island there is also wild buffalos walking around but unfortunately, we did not spot any. We had our first swim in the ocean! We did a second stop at the island outside The city Avalon- really nice but I would not want to be there in high season when it fills up with tourists.
Sailing to San Diego and Mexico
Both our sails to San Diego and Mexico were night sails and the wind was terrible little and ‘t flacky. Must often it didn’t feel like we moved forward at all…
We just had one day in San Diego with lots of missions; taking dogs to the veterinary so they could get a paper to enter Mexico & checking out from the States, send a computer and buy a Spanish book. We also ended up doing a 1,5-hour dingy ride! (It is fun for the first 20 minutes..!)
Even thou we just had one day in San Diego and were super tired after a night sail we enjoyed it!. Goooooood Chinese food buffè and a beautiful down town scenery.
We entered Mexico in Ensenada where we first had problem to find a spot because of the size of Windsy, 72 feet long and 10 feet deep. We called the marina Coral with VHF and after a while they found a spot for us at a dock. With one feet extra at low tide..! 😀 perfect. And in that fee a pool was included. So we took a pretty chill day, just checking in, buying grosseriers and then aiming for the hot tub. Oh! We (the crew on Windsy = Evelina, Frederic, Georgi & Mike) have a name now for our awesome team: Team Awesome!
First the hot tub was filled up with kids but as soon as they left we entered and conquered the pool. Just one poor man decided to go in with us and became a victim for our hot tub games.
The following days we will get up early (04:00) in the morning to sail so we can spend the rest of the day at epic places along the coast. It will be mostly empty beaches and cool islands and bays. So no internet for a while probably. But really looking forward to sail during day time and hopefully with a lot more wind in the sails!
More to come!
The sails in Nautical Miles:
Los Angeles to the isthmus, Catalina Island is 31 miles