Did it... Kinda.
BTW, where on Anacapa did you anchor? I was at Frenchies, and it sucked.
didnt bring anything that needed to be refrigerated, so didnt need any ice.
it was perfect going out. about 10-12 knots, and coming in (at night) was about 15-17ish.
So here''s the story.
Brought along a first timer, as he was the only one who had the time. I took us out of the harbor, then stuck him on the tiller, and spent about 2 hours with him going over the course we wanted (which happened to be directly upwind) and how he could just point to the bottom of anacapa and we could run close reaching, keep speed, and not risk going into irons.
We left REALY late after a broken cell phone etc, and eneded up about 3 miles off the southern point of Anacapa a little before sundown, so decided to go to Frenchies instead. Anchor stuck at the first attempt. (I love carrying a 25 lb danforth on a 19'' boat
) and I went to grab some shut eye. At 9 pm he decided he couldnt hang, so we we came back in at night. (MAN, at night, tankers seem to move alot faster. spooky) and I''m happy to say that by dead reconing alone (couldnt read the compas in the dark, and my GPS was sitting safly at home on my bed
) I brought us back to about 100 yards away from the entrance to our harbor. (the coast also looks alot diffrent at night!
So, it was fun, I learned alot, got a chance to put in a reef in real world conditions (I need to change some of that gear around.) and I am now making some changes to the boat to make her better for this type of stuff in the future. I am seriously considering a roller reefing head sail, wind vane, etc.
Thanks for the help and the advice.
see you guys out there. Later this week I''m either going to take someone with some experience, or go single handed, and see if I can actualy make it to Santa Cruz as originaly intended, although I''m a bit spooked for single handed anchoring. (even though thats pretty much what I was doing this time.... hrm...)
I''ll let you know how it goes.