Thursday, October 27, 2011

Surfing in Turtle Bay

Paul demonstrates how the stand-up paddleboard is just the thing for making the most of the gentle break here.

A Little Love from Latitude 38

We made 'Lectronic Latitude with our Three Buds costumes. Here we are (at the end of the article) heading out to the start in San Diego.

Two Buds?

Gary found some water in the after berth (the jokingly salty name for the aft cabin) and went in to clean things up and hang the wet stuff out to dry. Paul and I were going about our business in the meantime, reorganizing supplies, coiling every available line into Flemish rolls, etc., when we noticed that Gary had been down there an awfully long time. Turns out he wasn't there. He wasn't anywhere inside and the dinghy and stand-up paddleboard were still on the boat. It only took about one anxious minute before we found him. Slung down low in the forward nets, you can nap there and be pretty much invisible from the aft part of the boat.

Cruising Mode

Drei at anchor, looking like the ultimate cruiser with the surfboard, beachwear, and BBQ.

This was the day when Paul and I rolled every available line into Flemish coils in a fit of obsessive-compulsiveness.  The boat looked like a rug shop.

Taking the Long Road

We weren't the first boat into the anchorage, but we probably get the prize for most distance sailed. DREI, like most multihulls and sport boats, can go downwind faster by jibing back and forth, sailing about 30-45 degrees off from straight downwind. That's the theory anyway, though I'm not sure it improved our downwind speed through the swells and chop. Still, who could complain about sailing more distance than necessary when the weather is great, the boat is skimming along at 11-16 kts, and still arriving early enough to get a prime spot in the anchorage and plenty of R&R time?

Today the DREI crew would like to thank Patsy Verhoeven on Talion for offering to fix the spinnaker we tore on the way here. That's some amazing and commendable generosity.