Santa Cruz to Monterey 2022-03-26

  • Started: Mar 26, 2022 01:08 PDT
  • Trip Time: 5:13:30
  • Dist. Traveled: 22.03 nm
  • Average Speed: 4.22 kts
  • Max. Speed: 6.57 kts
  • Captain: Paul Rogé
  • Crew: None
  • Equipment: Zodiac tender in tow

Consistent southwesterly winds prevailed throughout. I sailed with my genoa and full mainsail close reach to close hauled on a starboard tack for the entire trip. About halfway to Monterey, I spotted perhaps five boats flying spinnakers in my path. They seemed odd bunched up in the middle of the Monterey Bay until I realized they must have been sailing together out of Moss Landing. One of them in particular never seemed to change direction relative to me, and sure enough came pretty close when crossing paths. Right around then, I also passed a half-deflated balloon floating floating on the ocean’s surface. Always up for a chance to practice man-overboard procedures, I quickly came about and managed to pick up the balloon before continuing on to Monterey. Around 5pm (Lat: 36.670431 Lon: -121.907301) winds picked up, at which point I switched from the genoa to the class jib and reefed the main. It was an invigorating last hour or so approaching the scenic Monterey area.

I set anchor to the East of the Monterey Fishing Pier. Several sailors returning to port came by to wave and complement Grace. Fire dancers and music on the beach created a festive atmosphere. It was my first night at anchor on Grace. There was a fair amount of rolling, but I still slept well enough. The next morning, I made breakfast then paddled my tender to Fisherman’s Wharf for a short walk on land before returning to Grace in preparation for my return to Santa Cruz.

Grace anchored in Monterey on an overcast Sunday morning.

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