Woohoo! Back in San Diego after what ended up being a rather excellent delivery from Acapulco to San Diego. The boat held up well, my crew and I got on great together and we totally lucked out on the weather card. Not to mention, we were in Mexico (!!!), which is always a plus for me. I had planned to work on "Sirena Gorda" and leave for Mexico almost immediately after getting back to SD, but another adventure has thrust itself onto the near-term horizon, which will delay my trip south..... In about a month, i'll be flying to Australia to sail in my first.... SYDNEY- HOBART!!!!!!!!!!!

Dave had a yellow brick tracker on the boat. This is the Acapulco - San Diego track of S/V 'Champ'! As you can tell, we hugged the coast as i've been taught to do in Mexico deliveries and it again worked out great! Stayed mostly in flatter water, less breeze, more offshore breeze at night (a good thing) and many eddies and pockets of good current. A great trip up from Acapulco!!!

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After a solid adventure on her from Kauai- Seattle in 2012, it's good to re-unite with David's Island Packet 380 "Champ" in Acapulco.

 

Less than a week after sailing Sirena Gorda into San Diego, I am in Acapulco, Mexico to deliver my friend David’s Island Packet 380 “Champ” from Acapulco to San Diego. So needless to say, it’s been a wild week! We were supposed to leave for Mexico on Monday night with a different crew member, but Category 3 Hurricane Raymond came within 100 miles of Acapulco on Monday, which delayed our departure and created a logistical challenge, so I was left scrambling last minute to find another crew. Boom, my good friend Walt stepped in. Walt is the guy who taught me to surf and my partner in the wounded veteran’s sailing clinics. Very excited to share this trip with him.

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Sirena Gorda in her new home for the next month - San Diego. She will kick it here in the slip while I head to Mexico for a yacht delivery.

Sirena Gorda is in San Diego... Wow! That is honestly further than I ever thought this modest, inexpensive Craigslist sailboat that I bought in Tacoma would ever make it. Not that I ever doubted the vessel's capabilities, so much as I doubted myself. Not in sailing ability, but in desire to sail this boat this far. When I bought SG, I only planned to sail her to San Francisco, but somewhere along the way things changed. I can think of many times this year when I was sailing big, fast, exotic race boats in some pretty cool offshore races and thinking, "you know, I wish I was on my crappy little sailboat doing my own thing." And now I am again, and that makes me very happy. Sirena Gorda has now cruised the entire US west coast and is about to receive another small re-fit and then enter Mexico for a solid winter of surfing and cruising. So far after some 1,400 miles of coastal cruising, she is holding up great and we're already planning for what comes after Mexico. Hawaii...

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My introduction to Santa Barbara - private anchorage next to a point break with the setting sun. Santa Barbara provides...

 

This most recent leg of the trip (SF- south) is beginning to turn into something very special. It reminds me of my bike trip in 2009, when I reached Da Nang, Vietnam. The stars aligned for me and for a variety of reasons I became truly engaged in, and content with my trip. That’s when I began achieving growth and the rest of the time was amazing.

 

Santa Barbara has turned into my cruising version of “southern Vietnam”, again for a variety of reasons. 

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