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|