Sailing Nakamal

Bye Bye San Diego

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.

The Captain, going through the casting-off checklist.

The Captain, going through the casting-off checklist.

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.

Just before we left, our ad was published in the

Just before we left, our ad was published in the “The Log”, a free California boating newspaper.

The chartplotter with AIS (Automatic Identification System) is lit up like a Christmas tree with all the boats milling about.

The chart plotter with AIS signals (Automatic Identification System) is lit up like a Christmas tree with all the boats milling about waiting for the start.

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Click the picture to see the video we took at the starting line.

New friends and adventures up ahead!

New friends and adventures up ahead!

Bye-bye San Diego. It's been great, we'll miss you....a little.

Bye-bye San Diego. It’s been great, we’ll miss you….a little.

Day 1 - selfie. Before the reality of three straight days and nights on the sea sets in.

Day 1 – selfie. Before the reality of three straight days and nights on the sea sets in.

Day 1 - Sunset off the starboard beam (right side, middle of the boat). I swear I saw my first ever green flash.

Day 1 – Sunset off the starboard beam (right side, middle of the boat). I swear I saw my first ever green flash.

In the meantime, on the port (left) side of the boat).....full moon a-rising.

In the meantime, on the port (left) side of the boat)…..full moon a-rising.

My night watch gear. Fleece jacket and long pants for the first two nights, red headlamp to see stuff when needed (red doesn't ruin your night vision like white does).

My night watch gear. Fleece jacket and long pants for the first two nights, red headlamp to see stuff when needed (red doesn’t ruin your night vision like white does).

John's first big fish - he escaped just as we pulled him into the boat. He has a lovely mouth piercing and pink lure now.

John’s first big fish – he escaped just as we pulled him into the boat. He has a lovely mouth piercing and pink lure now.

Finally on Thursday morning we start lining up toward the entrance to Bahia Tortuga (Turtle Bay).

Finally on Thursday morning we start lining up toward the entrance to Bahia Tortuga (Turtle Bay).

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This entry was published on November 8, 2015 at 8:06 pm and is filed under Getting Started, Tucson and San Diego. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Bye Bye San Diego

  1. Juanita on said:

    Happy to hear about your adventures and all is well! Mom

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