|Sapphire Princess at anchor in Santa Barbara.|
On Tuesday, October 16th we got fuel and left Santa Barbara for the Channel Islands; specifically, Santa Cruz Island. The 25 miles across the Santa Barbara Channel to Prisoners Harbor was probably as good as it gets in Southern California (SoCal). After leaving the Santa Barbara Marina and Stearns’ Wharf behind us, we found ourselves facing a cruise ship anchored offshore from the Santa Barbara breakwater. Uniformed men were skippering speed boats filled with cruise passengers to and from shore as we made our way past the Sapphire Princess.
|Sailing in Santa Barbara Channel.|
Right before lunch a group of dolphin joined us on our sail and rode with us in the bow wake for about 30 minutes. It started out with just three dolphins and then suddenly there were about a dozen of them swimming in formation, riding alongside the boat and skimming the surface. These guys were jumpers and some were speedsters. Richard and I were both at the bow (the boat was on autopilot) watching the dolphins and noticed this one dolphin who would separate from the group and go speeding off to starboard and then zip underneath the group that was riding the bow wake and head to port then dive deep and come back up in formation…as though nothing had happened! It was funny and I wondered if he just forgot to take his Ritalin that morning.
|Island Scrub Jay...it only lives on Santa Cruz Island.|
|Island Fence Lizard on Santa Cruz Island.|
|The aftermath of "relaxing" in the cockpit.|
|Sunrise on Santa Cruz Island.|
We lifted the hook and headed for Ventura, California. We got an email from our friends on Rhythm that they were in Ventura but were leaving for Marina del Ray. Our decision to continue on to Ventura was made as we hoisted the sails in 15-20 knots of wind (with gusts up to 25) from the northeast. The wind ended up backing to the east and we were able to set a course directly for the breakwater at Ventura.
The first thing on my list was a shower to wash off all the salt from yesterday’s swimming (not to mention the sweat from the hike). After that, I loaded my laundry bags with all of our laundry and headed for the washers and dryers. Life is mostly glamorous while cruising but you still have to wash your clothes every now and then.