When people ask what my favorite place to sail is, I tell them it is The Sea of Cortez. It's uncrowded, beautiful, with warm water and good sailing breezes. It's only a couple of hours from Southern California, it's another country, and, it's just something you have to experience. Swim with Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, explore, eat well....
We're underway for the first 22-24 hours, from Newport Beach to Santa Cruz Island. We visit the Painted Cave, backing Betty inside if it's calm enough, anchor out each night, and also stop at Santa Barbara Island or Catalina. It's a great experience, and a "Must Do."
There's always just a little time in the classroom before we rig the Harbor 20s. My Santana Mariners Bag always comes with me. It's under the white board on the right in this photo.
Some Mondays, you just need to get out and have some fun!
There it is!
As the Lidos rig in their lagoon, a Harbor 20 gets ready, and with a view of the Peterson designed Checkmate, I contemplate just exactly how we're going to back the 42' Betty out of the slip.
One of the gems of the Northern Channel Islands is Anacapa.
I really like this trip. Each year we depart the School of Sailing and Seamanship in Newport Beach for a 9 day voyage at the end of August. Leg 1 has us stopping at Catalina, Santa Barbara Island, Santa Cruz, and then Santa Barbara Harbor. Leg 2 takes us to San Miguel Island, Santa Cruz, Catalina, and then home to Newport Beach.
This lovely Beneteau 49 was the platform for an ASA 106 instructional cruise I led from Ventura, to Santa Cruz Island, to Catalina, and back. The night time COB recovery maneuver was cool with the bioluminescence in the water.