Fog and lots of action- PT. CONCEPTION – Movie x 2

First a little clip about our windy sail from Santa Barbara to the Cojo Anchorage. The last possible stop before heading passed Pt. Conception. A good possibility to seek shelter or break up the passage.

Here we come! As soon as we saw a little bit of light, we made our way out through kelp fields to motor passed Pt. Conception. This is the forecast we had the night before.

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Even some south winds, but overall very light. Looked like we would have a lot of motoring ahead of us, but no battle against the usual north winds.

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The sunrise was beautiful and I was aware, that this might be one of the last ones I would watch from being in the ocean on our sailboat for a while. But the thought of “home” and what we had accomplished so far, made it a sweet one. Pt Conception was surrounded by fog and soon we would motor right into it.

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After lots of hours motoring, we were able to start sailing. Another boat popped out of the fog and it was a nice token knowing having one around on this passage. We noticed that they were watching something….

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There were lots of splashes in the water, at first the owners were watching but all of a sudden they turned there boat around. Not sure what had happened there, maybe a crab pot. We had seen many ourselves and had to watch out sharp. Soon it was us having  company!

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It was really insane, dolphins racing with us at first, but than all of a sudden seals everywhere. They were racing together and we had a blast watching. The wild life on this passage was amazing and due to the fact of a great weather window, as comfortable as it could be for us on the boat. Pt. Conception – woot -woot -woot! 🙂

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We arrived at Avila Beach around 3:30pm. Managed to get a water taxi to shore and took our rowing dinghy deflated with us, as it was the last taxi for the day. We were exhausted from an early morning start and did not want to row both ways.

There was a nice lady who let us store our dinghy-package before heading to town. We took a shower first and than found a playground and some ice-cream for Mats.

When we got back to the dock, we inflated the dinghy and had quite a long row ahead of us. What a day. We were all glad, when we hit the pillows! A mile stone was lying behind us.

Race with WEATHER!

Channel Island Harbor – Santa Barbara – Cojo Anchorage

Since we had left Catalina island, we had started watching weather around the Pt Conception area. We were in no rush to get home to foggy San Francisco Bay and thought we would stay a little bit in Santa Barbara. The Captain had a lot of fun in SB when we were on the way to Mexico a year back, as there is a surf break close to the Marina he was able to paddle to. Santa Barbara is also very pretty and fun for everyone.

But first we wanted to check out Channel Island Harbor. We heard about free usage of a pool and that was tempting. Our ice-run fridge needed a refill, so we left cool Malibu beach and headed to our next destination.

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There wasn’t much around in walking distance, but being able to hang out at the pool at  an apartment complex and taking care of laundry, was worth staying 2 days. And then there was this great weather window coming up. We had watched it for a while now and since forecasts sometimes change rapidly, we were cautious to make a decision. But that window started looking really good and that on different weather apps. So we headed to Santa Barbara the next morning. Passed oil rigs and even caught a little Mackerel. He was too tiny to keep and we wanted him to enjoy his life. We let him free again.

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Our stay in Santa Barbara was short. We arrived around 2pm in blazing heat. Luckily they had a spot left for us, a race was happening that evening. Once again we checked the weather and given the fact that Pt Conception is a rough one, we couldn’t pass it up to ditch our planned stay at Santa Barbara, but use the weather to have an uncomplicated passage.

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Yeah, isn’t it crazy that a storm in one area creates a good window in another?

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Due to a nice guy we met on the dock, we were invited into the Yacht Club, had a cold beer and watched the race, where Sailboats appeared ghost-like through fog clouds. Even though we didn’t have a lot of time, we made the most out of it.

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Our plan was to sail to the Cojo Anchorage right around the corner of Pt. Conception and sleep until sunrise. We arrived at sunset, picked our way around kelp fields and anchored. It was a nice evening and we were happy to be able to get some rest and especially that the forecast held up with even some south winds.

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Pt Conception, we are ready for you.

Celebrities at Malibu Beach

When we left Marina del Rey in the morning, we did not know if we would stop in Malibu Beach or had to continue to Channel Island Harbor. We heard about lots of kelp in the anchorage and wanted to decide once we got there.

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After sailing for hours in lots of wind, I was hoping we would be able to anchor and the Captain, looking at the surf break, was most likely as well. It took a bit of circling until we found a spot which seemed somewhat ok, we still saw kelp in lots of spots around us. The Captain let the anchor down in what seemed like a good location, let it set and after his signal I put the gear in reverse. The anchor grabbed the ground very well.

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We had something to eat, made sure the anchor had not dragged and prepared the dinghy and SUP to get all of us to shore. Malibu is really pretty. We checked out the beach by the pier and I thought a lot about celebrities. The next morning, we decided to stay another night, since we really liked it. It is always nice if it is pretty, safe and does not even cost you anything. 🙂

Just after we finished breakfast, a surfer came paddling towards our boat and asked us some questions about the “beautiful” Sailboat Alsager. After he paddled on, the Captain looked at me and said…”Wasn’t that Matthew Mcconaughey?” I did not think so, but hey,   we will never know… 😀

We prepared for a beach day and the Captain wanted to go to a different beach this time. When we got closer, I saw that the shore break seemed bigger than where had landed the day before. I tried to point out, that we might be better of changing plans, but no agreement there.

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I had Mats on the SUP in front of me, Evan was rowing the air dinghy with Noah inside.

When it seemed like the right moment, I let Mats in the water to swim ashore (he really wants to do that, as he is afraid of shore break and does not want to be in the dinghy) and paddled hard. I made it to the beach fine, ran the board up on the sand and swam towards Mats. I had let him out a bit early, so he had quite a bit to swim. All went well, a wave came and I held him high up.

Noah did not get quite that lucky. He swam, was pulled back right into a breaking wave just when I had him by the collar. I pulled him towards the shore and helped him out of the water where Mats took over. Now it was the Captains turn and he had to wait quite a while as a big set of waves smashed onto the beach. I did not like all of this at all. But he made it. It was hard for me to relax afterwards, as I knew, we had to get back out at one point.

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It was super hot at the beach, we found a nice shady spot for Noah and the Captain went surfing. Our neighbors at the beach had a huge shade structure, which they hadn’t set up yet. We helped and they were so kind to share it with us. Mats had a great time playing and found some kids to share toys.

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When it was time to get back to the sailboat, I watched the water, picked a good time and paddled as fast as I could with Mats sitting right in front of me. I was so happy! The Captain did a great job as well and once again, I was hoping that that was the last surf break we had to conquer before returning home!

Marina del Rey and Birthday in Venice

The Sail from Catalina Island to Marina del Rey was fast and a bit uncomfortable. Pulling into the channel it sure was pretty! After a bit of remoteness, feelings are mixed about getting back into civilization. But we had spent a good 10 days on Catalina Island and slowly wanted to move towards San Francisco.

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We found a fair priced Marina by the Burton Chace Park and went for a stroll. Mats was happy to ride his bike again and we all enjoyed a hot shower.

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In the evening we went to explore more of the area and started being very hungry. Mats did not want to ride his bike anymore, so we stopped at a fish restaurant. The food was simply not good! A bit disappointed and after Mats had some ice-cream, we started our long walk back to the boat. It’s hard to beat the happy hour at Seafood Peddler in Sausalito or the fresh fish in Mexico. But man, that restaurant was bad.

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The next day was my birthday and we took an Uber to Venice Beach!

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It was a lot of fun. We rented some bikes and cruised from Venice Beach to Santa Monica. Of course we did a stop at Muscle Beach, watched some street artists and finished a beautiful day at a nice restaurant with self brewed beers.

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On our last day in the area, we went and visited friends of mine in Santa Monica. The daughter of my aunt and her family. It was so nice to see them. It was the first time for them to meet Mats and they were very cute with him. We’ve been knowing each other since I was born. 🙂

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The next morning we were off sailing to our next destination: MALIBU BEACH!

San Francisco Bay sailing charters!

What we’ll do:

Experience fast, action-packed exciting sailing, or we can slow things down for a leisurely cruise on the Bay. We offer private sailing charters so you get to choose! Our rate is $95/hour for the boat, for up to six people. We recommend a three hour tour. Bring beers/wine and snacks if you wish.

We depart from Sausalito, with free parking available. San Francisco pick-up and drop off may be possible upon special request.

Get a taste for what an awesome experience living, working and voyaging on a classic sailboat can be. Get a little salty while we sail and chat about what it’s like going far from land and crossing oceans, from endless waves and wind, to calm nights under starry skies. Get a feel for what it’s like to live and thrive in a constantly moving small space, in a beautiful but unforgiving environment.

Hear what it’s like to battle land Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Sailfish while under a full spread of sail and have the freshest sushi minutes later, to anchor in tropical anchorages, bathe in the sea, and surf endless, uncrowded waves right from the boat.

Ask as little or as much as you like about surviving storms, living in foreign countries, meeting great cruising friends, and unplugging from normal living to find another path.

Spend time aboard a unique, rugged, beautiful boat with numerous Atlantic Ocean crossings and a Panama Canal transit under her belt, that has provided a safe and peaceful haven for her crew over the span of five decades.

 

About the Captain:

I’m passionate about voyaging and the sailing lifestyle, and living and working on boats around the world. I grew up sailing and racing small boats, and I have just returned from a year long cruise in Alsager to Mexico’s Gold Coast and the Sea of Cortez with my wife, young son, and dog Noah on board. In the last year and half I have sailed over 10,000 miles, including a passage from Hawaii to Seattle. Prior to departing, I spent many years working around the world for America’s Cup Race Management, setting courses for the race yachts. I am licensed by the Coast Guard.

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EMAIL: GOLDENGATESAILING@GMAIL.COM

Did he really? 4yr old boy! – Catalina Island-MOVIE

The Sail from Wilmington to Catalina Island was a comfortable one, first a little bit of motoring and soon able to pull up the sails and sailed right into Emerald Bay. Took us about 5hours. This was our first time at Catalina Island and it’s sure pretty! There was a mooring available close to beach which we were assigned too. What a great spot, we decided to stay a while.

Here a little clip from the fun.

The first set of pictures are from Emerald Bay. It was remote, even though there were quite some boats coming on the weekends. But during the week we mostly had beaches to ourselves or boy scouts were out kayaking and doing there thing. The water was nice and clear. We had a good time just swimming around, snorkeling, SUPing. Hanging at the beach. We walked over to the Boys scout camp to explore or took the dinghy. At one point they were so nice to sell us some ice for our fridge. That meant we were able to stay a bit longer. It was a relaxing time. When we needed to stock up again and were ready to see something else, we headed to another anchorage/mooring which is called Two Harbor.

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Alsager our sailboat is the black one closest to beach. This was a weekend, when we had neighbors.

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Heading to the boy scout camp:

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The Captain cleaning the hull

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Is there something underneath our little man??? :-O

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Frisbee Fun at the beach.

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And here we are enjoying Two Harbor. They have a supermarket (block of ice $9,50) and some restaurants on shore. It was a nice change after the remoteness of Emerald Bay and we met up with our friends Chim Chim one day. They invited us over for dinner and we enjoyed spending time with them on there beautiful Catamaran!

Here some pics pulling the Kite-Surfboard behind the dinghy. That was fun!

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Sailboat Alsager and Mats!

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We headed over to Avalon as well, got the last mooring far away from shore and stocked up at a very affordable Supermarket. We only stayed one day, as it was super crowded (kinda felt like Cabo San Lucas) and too cool as it was foggy. We decided to head to warmer weather and went back to Two Harbor.

We stayed at Catalina Island a total of 10 days. Getting a mooring is a bit costly, but we do not recommend anchoring, the ground is full with kelp and the anchor does not hold well, if at all. As they harvest the top of the kelp, you cannot see where it actually grows. The moorings reach all along the beaches, so the only anchor possibilities are in deep water. We once had a power boat almost on top of us. The Owner slept on board while his boat started dragging. Our Captain was able to wake him up in time, before he dragged on top of our anchor.

The word is out: Foiling 50 (former America’s Cup Catamaran’s continue!)

https://www.sail-world.com/news/210344/Tempo-lifts-on-Foiling-50-with-UK-venue-imminent

Sky News (UK) is reporting that Sir Keith Mills the driving force, and longtime backer of Sir Ben Ainslie, is involved in the British arm of the Foiling 50 circuit being bankrolled by US software mogul, Larry Ellison.

It is reported that one of Sir Keith’s entities, Origin Sports Group will be a major player in the UK event which is tipped to be held in Portsmouth.

In the lead up to the 2013 and 2017 America’s Cup, the Golden Gate Yacht Club, through its marketing arm, America’s Cup Events Authority ran a series of America’s Cup World Series regattas using one design AC45 wingsailed catamarans. In the first Cup cycle, these were sailed by a variety of teams said to be keen on an America’s Cup entry.

In the 2016/2017 Series only teams which had entered the America’s Cup were permitted to compete. The events carried points into the Qualifier stage of the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, where Oracle Team USA, the Defender competed against the five Challengers. The US team won that series by a single point and carried that bonus into the America’s Cup match which they lost to Emirates Team New Zealand winning only one of the nine races sailed.

It became very clear soon after the conclusion of the 35th America’s Cup that Emirates Team New Zealand and the Challenger of Record, Luna Rossa did not favour using the AC50 class again. That meant an end to the arrangements entered into by five of the Challengers for the 35th America’s Cup which agreed that they would use the AC50 for the 36th America’s Cup regardless of which if the five signatories won. Unfortunately for their aspirations, the team which won the America’s Cup was not a signatory to the so-called Framework Agreement.

Since then a project has been running to set up a circuit known as the Foiling 50’s using one design versions of the AC50’s which contested the last America’s Cup.

All of the venues for the week-long ACWS regattas attracted crowds usually numbering into six figures even though the racing was compressed into just 2-3 days of a long weekend.

It would seem that the Foiling 50 circuit will attempt to revisit those venues with a re-jigged event format in up-scaled boats, and pull the same fans who flocked to the ACWS events.

Long-time America’s Cup Challenger Selection Series sponsor Louis Vuitton is also tipped to be involved in the Foiling 50 circuit following the sponsorship of the CSS for the 36th America’s Cup Regatta by Italian fashion house and rival Prada.

The Foiling 50 circuit is said to be starting in Sydney, Australia in February before going to San Francisco and then onto Portsmouth, with European and maybe a Japanese component. Bermuda was also mentioned in the early days of the rumours surrounding the new circuit – which started a few weeks after the conclusion of the 35th America’s Cup.

Sky News says that the circuit will consist of events in five countries in 2019 going to ten events in 2020.

The makeup of the teams has not been disclosed with four of the helmsmen from the America’s Cup in Bermuda now moving to teams entered in the 2021 America’s Cup. That leaves just Nathan Outteridge (AUS) who sailed for Artemis Racing in Bermuda, and Franck Cammas of Groupama Team France who last month said in an interview that he was trying to garner support for another tilt at the America’s Cup.

Sky News says a launch event has been scheduled for a venue on the River Thames early next month. That announcement is expected to be echoed by the other venues.

Sir Keith Mills along with Sir Charles Dunstone were the foundation backers of the Sir Ben Ainslie skippered Land Rover BAR team which represented the Royal Yacht Squadron Ltd in the 35th America’s Cup. That exercise which had a budget in excess of UKP80million. Ainslie claimed the team had for sponsor commitment for the same amount at a media conference to mark their exit from the 35th America’s Cup. The British team were beaten by eventual Cup winners, Emirates Team New Zealand in the Semi-Finals of the Louis Vuitton Trophy.

In an unexpected move early in the 36th America’s Cup cycle, Ainslie put together a new sponsor group led by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the richest man in Britain, under the banner of his petrochemical enterprise INEOS. The new group bought out Ainslie’s former backers as part of a deal worth UKP110million, the biggest single sponsorship in sailing history. INEOS made an eye-watering profit of UKP7billion last year prompting Ratcliffe’s quip that “even INEOS would struggle to spend that amount”.

Eight old and new AC50’s are said to be under construction for the new circuit and are being built at the Larry Ellison owned Core Builders Composite facility in Warkworth about an hour’s drive north of Auckland. With little value as other than a museum-piece, five existing AC50’s could have been acquired for the new circuit.

The AC50s from the 2017 America’s Cup are being modified to become complete one-designs. With three new platforms being built. Each will also have two wingsails (which were one-design in shape, but not control system), plus new daggerboards.

Core Builders Composites fortuitously adopted the approach of building a full set of tooling for the AC50 program. They built complete boats and wingsails for Oracle Team USA and Softbank Team Japan as well as supplying a varying amount of componentry and tooling to all teams. That tooling will have saved a lot of time with the new building and modification program.

Core Builders Composites has one of the best composite engineering facilities in New Zealand, and internationally, and is said to have in excess of 100 people working on the eight boat project.

Once completed at the Core Builders Composites facility, the F-50’s are expected to be assembled and test sailed from Marsden Cove, near Whangarei about an hour’s drive north of Warkworth.

The fleet will be maintained by a central support team in the same way as the Volvo 65’s were supported and maintained over the course of the last two Volvo Ocean Races.

How the new circuit sits alongside the AC75 and America’s Cup World Series will also be watched with interest. Artemis Racing’s skipper Iain Percy (GBR) said during an interview at Hamilton Island Race Week that the former Swedish America’s Cup Challenger would be “sitting on the fence” for both the upcoming America’s Cup and Foiling 50 circuit.

Percy along with Ben Ainslie and 1983 America’s Cup winner Grant Simmer were all key members of the original Team Origin when it was formed after the 2007 America’s Cup. But it ceased campaigning in 2010 due to the 2012 Olympic commitments of Percy, Ainslie and Sir Keith. The prospect of having to go from the IACC class of which they had purchased a training boat from Alinghi, to the AC72 foiling catamaran was always going to be a stretch for the fledgeling team and its other commitments to a home Olympics.

Now Ainslie and Simmer are back together in INEOS Team UK. It would seem that likely that Team Origin will have a dual role – that of event organiser for the UK Foiling 50 event, and to compete as one of the teams on the Foiling 50 circuit. Whether Iain Percy hooks up again with Team Origin remains to be seen.

One of the Oracle Team USA afterguard is expected to skipper an Australian flagged team in the Foiling 50’s.

The makeup of the other teams is not apparent at this stage, however, one would be expected from Japan, and probably from those who can’t raise the wherewithal to mount an America’s Cup Challenge.

There are plenty of crews from the Youth America’s Cup events staged in Bermuda in 2017 and San Francisco in 2013. Equally, there are the GC32 and Extreme Sailing Series that can also be a talent source.

While the AC75 is expected to be faster than the AC50, it remains to be seen if the America’s Cup teams will release individual sailors to compete in what is likely to be considered to be an “ambush event” in the context of the 36th America’s Cup.

Yet to be explored is how the Foiling 50 event will sit alongside the America’s Cup which has ambitions to establish a similar regatta circuit – mainly in Europe – ahead of the 36th America’s Cup and to be sailed in the new AC75 foiling monohull class. The Protocol for the 36th America’s Cup provides for events to be sailed in 2019 and 2020, ahead of the Christmas Cup in which all teams will compete in Auckland in December 2020.

Part of the Protocol for the 36th America’s Cup, which has attracted three “Super Teams” as Challengers with two more expected, places limitations on teams participating in a so-called “Ambush Regatta”.

The Protocol effectively says that a Competitor must have the prior written approval of the Challenger of Record and Defender [Cor/D] before they participate in any “non-Event” regatta that is perceived or presented in any way “to be an ambush of any Event [America’s Cup or ACWS] or infringes the trademark rights” of the America’s Cup holders.

The chances of the Foiling 50’s being favourably sanctioned by CoR/D is unlikely after a media rights spat that has been ongoing since Bermuda.

All video from the 2013 and 2017 America’s Cup Regattas was removed a month after the conclusion of the 2017 America’s Cup – despite being shot on the pretext that it was for the benefits of future America’s Cup and the participating teams. The Protocol also provided that 90 days after the conclusion of the 35th America’s Cup, ACEA would hand over all rights and intellectual property to the new America’s Cup Trustee (Defender) which was to be held in trust for all future Trustees of the America’s Cup.

From content currently available, it appears that parties associated with the former holders of the America’s Cup and organisers of the new Foiling 50’s are yet to hand over still image libraries, video and Youtube content, and some 400,000 social media followers. Whether that is a bid to diminish following the America’s Cup or bolster the new Foiling 50 circuit will become clear over the coming months.

Also hung out to dry by ACEA are the sailing media who included official America’s video content in their reports and are now rewarded with big holes in their reports of the three America’s Cups.

While there has been plenty of boat building activity at Core Builders in Warkworth, construction of the first AC75’s is only just about to begin.

The first boats are expected to be sailing in April/May 2019. A second AC75 can be launched after February 15, 2020.

In the first physical milestone of the 36th America’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand moves into its new base in the Viaduct Events Centre in three weeks, and the rest of the bases will be ready for occupation by other teams in 12 months time.