October is a great month for sailing on Monterey Bay. The winds are warm and the breeze strong. Brent and I took Calico of out for a short afternoon sail. The bigger the swells the larger our smiles.
It was a hot day in Santa Cruz yesterday and hot days usually generate a lot of wind. I decided to sail Calico offshore a couple of miles into the clear blue Pacific Ocean swells. It was a beautiful and exciting end of summer adventure.
Yesterday Andrew and I motored Calico, my 20 year old, 25 foot, midget-racing offshore sailing sloop to the boat yard for a quick bottom cleaning and preseason maintenance. I’m hoping to do some offshore adventure sailing up and down the California coast this summer and fall. We’ll see if it happens – hope so.
Last Saturday Grant, Matthew and I decided to sail down to Moss Landing and back for the day. It’s been really windy lately and we were not sure what to expect once we sailed a couple miles offshore.
The day, as it turn out was quite righteous and we enjoyed flying the kite all the way back to Santa Cruz harbor. One of the best sails of 2011.
After releasing X2Engine beta I took my engineering team out for an open ocean sail. Nothing makes me imagine a better planet more than an open ocean sailboat adventure. Big ocean, small boat… I don’t care, I’m sailing to unknown waters….and that for me is what life is all about.
It’s getting towards the end of the season and already the early signs of fall are here. Sailing beer can this summer has been a ton of fun. We have progressed from a motley assembled group to now a veteran team capable of flying the kite in almost all winds. Lately though its been mother nature calling the shots on the water.
First up, fog. Mostly converging on the fleet at our outermost mark. It is pretty cool to fly the kite home mostly looking at the navigation plotter and keeping a sharp lookout for sudden collisions in the fog. That, said fog, fog, fog…racing in the fog is more fun then not.
This past wednesday evening when we got the dock. Calico was moving wildly around in her slip – which was very strange considering the winds were pretty calm. Little did I know, but as soon as we rounded the dock and headed out towards the harbor entrance a huge eight foot wave came breaking across the full entrance of the harbor.
Everyone froze when they saw wave after wave come crashing through the harbor mouth. After confirming that we were indeed not going to let an eight to ten foot wave stop us from heading out for the beer can race we geared up and headed out. The wave was huge, but we made it through. Andrew was able to take a few pics of our return back into the harbor. These waves were half the height what we experienced just an hour before….
“The south-southwest swell started building Wednesday and is expected to peak Friday and Saturday with 6- to 10-foot surf at 18-second intervals, according to Surfline.com. The swell is expected to drop to 4- to 6-foot surf on Sunday with smaller waves on Monday. ”