Here you will find tales of voyages past and present on our trusty Pacific Seacraft Dana 24, "Sockdolager," from Port Townsend, Washington, USA. In 2009 we sailed north from Puget Sound up the west coast of Vancouver Island to the Queen Charlotte Islands (now called Haida Gwaii.) In 2010 we went back to the west coast of Vancouver Island. In July 2011 we left the Northwest, and in March 2012 we crossed the Pacific to French Polynesia, then on to the Cooks, Niue and Tonga. We spent several months in New Zealand, and in May 2013 loaded the boat (and ourselves) on a container ship for San Francisco. In June and July 2013 we sailed north along the California, Oregon and Washington coasts, and in August we arrived home. In October 2016 Sockdolager found new owners, and we are now enjoying Raven, a unique wooden 29' powerboat. Plans are to head north. We hope you enjoy reading about our adventures as much as we enjoy having them. (And there will be more.)



Sunday, October 9, 2011

Still in the Channel Islands - 10/9/2011

After and four days of strong winds but mostly sunny skies we left San Miguel Island and sailed east to Santa Rosa Island. We had a lull in the wind in the morning but by the time we got to our anchorage it was blowing like crazy again. Next morning we decided to move on to Santa Cruz Island. This time there was very little wind so after sailing slowly for an hour or two we fired up the engine and motored along the south side of the island in blue skies and warm temps. Currently we're at Smuggler's Cove. I know it's autumn but this might have been our nicest day yet. It's clear we've arrived in Southern California.

The only negative so far is the the Pelicans are better fisherman than I am. They are diving into the water catching fish all around us and I haven't caught one yet!

We'll probably stay here for several more days before heading for Marina del Rey in Santa Monica.

This update sent via our ham radio.

1 comment:

  1. Hey there...we will watch for you in Marina del Ray, as we are leaving Oznard on the 12th to go there.

    Have a great sail down that way!!

    By the way, i haven't caught a darn fish yet either!!

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