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San Fran to Los Angeles NON-STOP
As Jack (WHOOSH) stated, we did arrive safe and (essentially) sound in early mid-May. He is also correct that we do have some great adventure stories to tell for many years to come.
The trip was a blast. Parts were wonderful and other parts were aggravating and other parts were frightening ... NONE of it was a "SoCal Bikini Cruise." I didn''t get out of my foulies for 4 solid days, didn''t sleep for the last 36 hours, encountered 3 engine failures, reefing difficulties (2nd reef not cut properly) and an unscheduled stop-over in Monterey (sailed back UP the coast for 30 miles) to fix a raw water pump. We also battled 50 knot winds, 15 foot following seas and a oil pressure issue while rounding Point Conception (10 hours of gale force weather bearing down on us; worse weather reportedly behind us ... that kept us moving).
On the positive side, we saw great wild life (dolphin, grey whales, humpbacks, Dahl''s porpoise, Rizzo''s dolphin, etc.); we had a beautiful passage between Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands at mid-night with dolphin running along side creating bio-phosphur-blurs. This was also the first "calm" water we''d seen in a day or two (by calm I mean swells smaller than 6 feet).
Bottom line, we survived. As I told Jack when we first got home, I figured it''d all seem like a great adventure in 6 months; bit right then I was still pretty scared. Now 3 months later, it is in fact a great memory.
Just for the record, we NEVER got the "downhill ride" that everyone claimed. We battled headwinds coming out of SF Bay and NEVER saw a tail wind UNTIL we were in the gale.
But it was entertaining. I really do need to write a more detailed and comprehensive account. I''ll keep you all posted.