Hello New World!
As I write this, I am doing laundry at the marina in Cabo San Lucas on a quiet Sunday morning. Two weeks ago right this minute we were in the throes of final preparations to cast off, attending the kickoff meeting and then meeting some of our fellow cruisers at the costume party.
Monday Oct. 26 was a last flurry of activity as we double-checked that everything was on-board and secured for the seas. At 7:30 a.m. as quietly as a Yanmar 50-hp diesel engine would let us, we backed out of our slip at Chula Vista Marina. Finally – we were off!
The official Parade start out of San Diego Harbor started at 10 a.m. Captain Punctual had us in place by 9:15. Once the starting gun sounded, two harbor boats sprayed plumes of water and sounded their sirens (video posted below).
The first leg was three days and nights at sea. We managed quite nicely with just the two of us, other than a not-so-fun spinnaker event on Day 1. Let’s just say that if you want to buy a top-down furling spinnaker for cheap, I know a Captain who wants to get rid of one and join the ‘White Sails Only’ club.
Pictures being worth a thousand words and all, I think I’ll them tell the rest of this story.