Everybody Must Come Sail!

Everytime we meet a new person,  Captain Jon and I get excited and talk about our passion-sailing.  Then we go on to tell about our experiences.  We don’t hold back–we tell the good and the bad.  I think that’s what makes it so intriguing for some people.

It is crazy, but so many people we meet say they have wanted to do it, or they’ve sailed once and want to do it again, or they are a veteran sailor and would just like to sail again because they “know” there is something new ahead. I agree, every day presents a new experience when you are on a boat–that’s half the fun. 

My first experiences with sailing were brief, maybe just a half hour to three hours at most.  I sailed on the Maumee River (NW Ohio), and then Lake Erie.  I got my feet wet, so to speak, and my interest was piqued  by the near misses and the wild excitement of the first ten to twenty times I was on a sailboat.  If those experiences didn’t a) kill me, or b) turn me away from sailing forever, then  I MUST be hooked.

Guess what?  I AM hooked!  Jon keeps asking if he’s gone too far with the sailing thing– he always wants to know if I’m doing it for him or if I really enjoy it.  I know this is just a request for affirmation…he knows I love sailing as much as he does.  I enjoy sailing for the quiet rush of water under the bow, for the time to commune with nature, and for the times shared with others aboard.  That could be time spent cooking and enjoying a meal together, or watching the stars, or just spending time in conversation and getting to know one another as we plot our course and figure out how to get to our next destination. 

Have you taken time out lately to talk to friends and enjoy the scenery?  If not, maybe it’s time to jump aboard a boat and sail with us!  Make time for yourself!   Live your dreams!  Check out www.sailsoutherncal.com

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Newbie Sailors Get Their Sea Legs!

It’s always fun to see sailing through the eyes of a “newbie.”  This past week, Captain Jon sailed with a family of neophyte sailors.  They had been on the water but had never experienced the thrill of sailing.  On Monday, June 18th  Steve and his three kids were introduced to an exciting ride from Long Beach to Catalina Island.

Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach

The day started out with a typical marine layer over the water.  Generally the winds don’t start picking up until early afternoon, but on this day by 11am, their 50 foot sloop was already cruising at 8 knots toward Avalon Harbor. As the boat heeled over, Steve enjoyed the ride, but his kids were feeling trepidation.  There were a lot of seals playing around, but the dolphins were elusive.  Sea birds flew overhead, guiding the way across the channel. 

The thrill of a good sail!

Once at Avalon Harbor, the family took off in the dinghy to explore the  city of Avalon.  Jon stayed behind, readying the boat for a two night stay on its mooring. The family enjoyed various shops, restaurants, and rented bicycles to explore.  They rode all the way up to the Wrigley Mansion so they could view the great beautiful harbor from above.

Taking off for an onshore adventure

Avalon

On the boat, Steve juggled working at keeping his business together and having fun with his kids.

Steve hard at work

The cool temps at night made for great sleeping weather…especially for Phoenicians who have been experiencing temperatures of over 100 degrees this past week.  The daytime temperature of 70 at Avalon was also very comfortable for this Phoenix crew.

As time went on, everyone became more comfortable and familiar with the vessel and enjoyed the simple life aboard.  Erica was one of the best first-time helmsmen Captain Jon has ever seen as they explored the Eastern coastline of Santa Catalina Island.  Torin earned the title of first-mate engineer by turning  the engine on and off as needed and he made ready the shore-power line when we returned to Long Beach.  Nicole was a great organizer of our meals on board. 

On Wednesday the winds were non-existent so the crew motored all the way back to Long Beach. Back on terra firma,  Steve and Torin, Erica and Nicole took a long walk around the harbor, to the beach.

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