Sea Trial Leg 3 - Cat Harbor to San Diego - 89NN, 5.5 hours sailing, 8 hours motor
On Monday morning we got up at 5:30 am and weighed anchor and were on our
way by 6:30 or so. It was pretty uneventful as we motored along the
west side of Catalina Island and made a slight turn to the south to
put us on a course back to SD Buoy #1. We motored in shifts,
occasionally spotting a few dolphins and listening to the ever
present military traffic on the VHF until about 1:00 pm, when a slight
breeze came up and we were able to sail for some 5 hours on a beam
reach, directly on our course to San Diego.
The biggest thrill of the day was when a "boomer" (a USN nuclear submarine)
surfaced about a mile away just as we were putting the sails up. We
watched it stream along at 20 knots leaving a huge wake in it's trail.
We also played with the MARPA (target tracking capabilities) of the
Radar, and in general just chatted and lounged around all day
until we finally ran out of wind and started motoring again just
off Point Loma at about 5:30 pm. We made the turn into San Diego
Bay at about 6:45 as the sun was setting, tried sailing one more
time (to no avail), and motored back to the slip. As we pulled
into the slip at about 7:45, Gary from
Wandrin' Star was there to
help us tie off. We had a celebratory "tot" at 8:00 and, as he
had to work the next day, Steve left us about 9:00 pm to drive
back to Tijuana.
All in all a very good three day trip!
Also note the great photos that Steve took with his camera!
Pics from Steves Camera