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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I think this photo pretty much says it all. Getting up close and personal with the humpbacks off the Cali coast.

Woohoo! South of Point Conception! We experienced everything on the way from Monterey; dead calm, light breeze, ideal sailing, heavy breeze, a friendly bump from a humpback whale and several memorable passages of major points of land along the California coast. Sirena Gorda and I arrived last night at around 9:30 pm, sailing right into the anchorage and setting anchor. I moved the boat and re-anchored this morning to get closer to the surf, which I hit at 9 AM after a cup of coffee.

 

As I write this (1 pm), i’m back on the boat and it’s gusting to 30 knots with increasingly large swell moving in. If I could retrieve the anchor and sail to Santa Barbara right now, I probably would, but without a windlass

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