January 25th, 2015. It was the first day out on Sea Quest with my three new partners. Since I’d sailed (motored!) from Channel Islands Harbor to Marina del Rey, I decided to act as crew while my other three partners — Mark, Tracy, and Margaret — took turns at the helm. Despite the fact that there was very little wind, it was an amazing day. The sun was glorious, the company — my three partners and Geli — was spectacular. It was a relaxing day of sun and sail. Of course I did a few things around the boat. Let’s see, I ate, soaked up the sun, whale watched — we saw four! — and chitchatted with my friends. I can’t wait to get out there and do it again!
It was January 7th. My partners and I had recently bought a new boat — well, a boat that was new to us — in Channel Islands Harbor. After a few repairs at the local boat yard, it was time to sail her home. So, my wife and I headed out to Oxnard early that morning. The day was amazingly bright, the water was calm and deep blue. But, unfortunately, there was no wind. So, we powered up the iron spinnaker and headed south. Along the way, we saw three whales and, easily, one thousand dolphins. My wife was in sea-life-heaven. We pulled into Marina del Rey just as the sun was setting. A forty-five mile sail in just about eight hours. Fantastic!