Año Nuevo to Santa Cruz 2022-03-30

  • Started: Mar 30, 2022 7:35 AM
  • Trip Time: 4:54:15
  • Dist. Traveled: 23.7 nm
  • Average Speed: 4.83 kts
  • Max. Speed: 7.13 kts
  • Captain: Paul Rogé
  • Crew: None
  • Equipment: Zodiac tender in tow

The gentle movement of the water through the kelp beds paired with an overcast sky made for a very calming morning. Time seemed to slip by. Seagulls and seals surrounded Grace. They seemed somewhat curious as to why I was anchored there. By the time I set sail, they had all gone their separate ways.

As of yet, this was my fastest cruising leg with Grace. It makes sense. I was able to maintain a broad reach the entire time with only a handful of jibes. I headed south at a slow speed until clearing the point at Año Nuevo. The winds only got stronger throughout the morning as I approached Santa Cruz. Seeking shelter from the wind behind the wharf, I doused the jib and prepared the boat to enter the harbor. Winds were quite strong by then. The dredge had made an unusually restricted channel for entering and exiting the harbor, but I decided to sail in anyway. Once inside the harbor, I started the outboard motor and dousing the main.

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