Friday, October 13, 2017

2017-16 Channel Islands to Marina del Rey

Friday, October 13, 2017:

9AM: The Wild Blue is moving further down the coast today.  It's a short 6-hour motor from the Channel Islands Harbor to Marina del Rey.  Crew Dick Squire is along for the ride and great story telling.  Ocean is quite nice with low swell and light easterly winds.  Weexpect to arrive at the California Yacht Club about 1230PM.

Once off Laguna Point, south of Point Hueneme and the rifle range, we passed within a mile of the research vessel (RV) Sally Ride.  The Ride was built in downtown Anacortes, Washinton at Dakota Creek shipyard.  During construction, her superstructure rose to heights of the taller buildings in town which drew lots of spectators including the various crew of the Wild Blue.  We also came across Sally Ride at sea during many of her lengthy sea trials.

Sally Ride is a research vessel, capable of both coastal and deep ocean operations. The ship is equipped with cranes and winches for over-the-side loading of research equipment and supplies, as well as accommodations for twenty-four scientists. It is powered by a multi-drive, low-voltage, diesel electric propulsion system for efficiency and lower maintenance, with fuel costs. The Neil Armstrong-Class ships have state of the art oceanographic equipment allowing deep ocean mapping and information technology for ship monitoring and worldwide land-based communication.

RV Sally Ride off  Laguna Point, near Point Hueneme, California


Sunday, October 1, 2017

2017-15 Smugglers to Channel Islands Harbor

Sunday, October 1, 2017: What a way to begin the month!

We have just a month to get the boat back to fully functional for the CUBAR, or Cruise Underway to BAja Ralley. Formerly named the FUBAR, the name was changed for political correctness.  In November, Wild Blue and crew will be joining some 30+ other power boats for a group cruise down the coast of Baja, hopefully ending at LaPaz.  See CUBAR.sdyc.org for cruise itinerary.  

At this late date it's not a good thing to have a non-functioning crane and dead windlass.  But alas, the replacement power supply for the ship's crane arrives Wednesday.  A brand new windlass has been located and the old one, which has anchored this 95,000 pound ship more about 800 times, has been removed.  So a fully functional craft should be back in the near term.

Yesterday afternoon, we anchored at Smuggler's Cove with about 20 others, Wild Blue being the closest boat to shore by far, with 12 feet of depth.  Rick and Peg scouted the anchorage and stood by while we manually set the anchor in a semi-controlled manner ....... using gravity instead of a powered winch.  When completed, all crew counted and reported the full manifest of fingers and toes.  

Centinela, a fully capable work boat.
Looking westward from the center of Smuggler's Cove
Just outside the break!
Capt. Rick Wiles of Centinela
Crew Gerard, Peg,and Vince on Centinela.
Centinela rooster tail.

Today the crews relaxed aboard Centinela and Wild Blue.  Crew took to kayaks, wet suits, swim suits and inflatables for trips ashore, to reefs, and to the bottom.  Gerard speared a Calico Bass and plucked a half dozen scallops.  And, one last time at 3:30, the "swabbies" manually raised the 140-pound anchor and 24-pounds of chain with such ease and control, that thought rises about the need for a functioning windlass--- NOT!

We arrived at Channel Island Harbor and secured moorage for a few days while repairs are effected.  Next week we move down the coast to Marina del Rey and the infamous California Yacht Club.