First Catalina Trip - San Diego to Dana Point
With winter vacation drawing to a close, we watched the weather
every day looking for an opportunity to take the boat to Catalina Island
and points north. Finally on Jan 10th, the weather report looked benign
for the forseeable future. We went out for a
day sail with CJ and our
neighbor Kevin, had a nice dinner with Steve Dexter at
on Shelter Island, and prepared to sail out the next day.
Wednesday - To Dana Point
We woke at 4:30 a.m. and were "on the road" by 5:00.
I figured it would take nearly 12 hours to cover the 65 miles to
Dana Point, and we wanted to make sure we got in to the harbor
with some daylight, so we motored out very early. As we left,
a Princess Cruise Liner passed us in the dark, lit like a huge
Christmas tree. It was clear and there was no wind as the sun rose
over calm seas and we made the turn at Point Loma. We saw
the plume of a whale 2-300 yards away and got a small
glimpse of his tail near the mouth of the San Diego Bay main channel.
We motored all day as there was never enough wind to sail, and
what little there was was directly on our nose. We saw a few
dolphins along the way, but otherwise the trip up was pretty
uneventful. We called the
Marina as we pulled into the harbor around 4:00 p.m. and they
gave us a guest slip for the night. We pulled in, tied the boat
up had a quick look around Dana Point.
We still had some reservations
about going to Catalina given the fact that there was now a change
in the weather forecast, and they were looking for a storm to pass
thru on Saturday, which might crimp our return trip.
Wednesday to Dana Point