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07-25-2013 02:55 PM
Re: Headed to Catalina!


Great job and a great report.

07-25-2013 02:16 PM
Re: Headed to Catalina!

Here is a small video.

07-25-2013 12:56 PM
Re: Headed to Catalina!

Very nice!
07-25-2013 11:56 AM
Re: Headed to Catalina!

Great have really gone a long way since you bought your boat...congrats
07-25-2013 11:23 AM
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Oh hell yeah!!

I'm stealing this one for the hall of fame.
07-25-2013 11:12 AM
Re: Headed to Catalina!

Ok. So I did the Catalina turnaround in one day.

Got to the boat at 5am. Preped it and reached the harbor entrance at 6am.

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Motored over to Catalina. The boat cruised at 6.5 knots. Did the trip to Long point in 5 hours. Not bad. I think it's 28 miles from Newport Harbor to long point. On the way i saw more dolphins than i have ever seen at one time. They swam all around and under the boat. Jumping out of the water and swimming in the boat wake. Picked up a mooring there and swam, napped, and ate lunch there. Long point was an amazing place. Quiet, isolated, peaceful and gorgeous. It looked like a secluded Greek island. Amazing.
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At 3pm we left Long point. We had about 12-14 knots I wind. Sea state was choppy 4 foot waves with whitecaps. Raised the main and unfurled the jib and we were off! I had my buddy checking speed and in GPS we instantly were at 8.5 knots. He had a garmin handheld, I had my iPhone and we had compasses and charts on board. Checking them all. His gps gave him instant speed data. My iPhone app shows am speed over a 2 minute period. We spent time trying to see how fast we could get the boat up to. On his gps that was 11.3 knots. On mine which is averaged over 2 minutes it was 10.5 knots. Not bad for a old IOR designed 30 footer!!! We sailed the entire way back pretty much on one reach. Total sail time for the return trip was 4 hours and 15 minutes. We would have been under 4 hours I the wind didn't die down the last 10 miles. Still for 28 miles that's an average of 8 knots. The last hour we were down in the 4s.

Yes it was a long day BUT it was a great day. No one was hurt. Boat wasn't damaged and lots of smiles.
07-25-2013 02:49 AM
Re: Headed to Catalina!

Last year my wife and I chartered from Long Beach for 3 days on a vacation to California. LA and points south to San Diego where we got to sail on Dennis Conners Stars and Stripes for 5 hours ( my wife had the helm for 25 minutes)..

We visited Catalina for 2 days and really loved it there. It's like a lost piece of culture. We took a hummer ride 4hours throughout he island and saw the buffalo, eagles and all the dwarf trees. Very interesting pace to visit and a must see on your bucket list.

The beautiful painted tile we picked up on Catalina is displayed prominently in out den.

It's a must see place.

07-24-2013 11:48 PM
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Wow! I have a coworker who wants me to crew on his boat when I'm out there in a few weeks. Seeing the dolphin is making that tempting!
07-24-2013 11:26 PM
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Just got back! Full report shortly. Here is a pick with our escort.

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07-24-2013 09:02 PM
Re: Headed to Catalina!

How was the trip?
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