possible for us to get two free nights at the Cal YC, the Santa Monica Windjammers YC and the Del Rey YC. There is also relatively inexpensive berthing at the Burton Chace Park, in the heart of Marina del Rey. While staying at Marina del Rey, Bruce raced on the Davidson 52 Pendragon IV in a beer can race, did Cal Race Week on the Schock 35 Voodoo Doll, and went down to Long Beach to race on the Farr 40 Temptress. 6/2 — We overnighted at King Harbor YC in Redondo Beach, which is just 10 miles from Marina del Rey, and did the Women on the Water — WOW — race on the Farr 40 White Knight. 6/3 — We overnighted at Cabrillo YC in San Pedro, which i s 2 0
The 'Razzberries' crew doesn't worry too much about provisioning because supplies are readily available at nearly every stop down the coast.
the same Beneteau we’d raced on before, but the race was cancelled due to the big Jesusita fire. We watched the fire from our boat as the ashes drifted down onto us and our boat. 5/10-14 — After sailing 20 miles to Ventura, we got free berthing at the Ventura YC. Bruce raced on a Santana 35 and attended a BBQ for liveaboards. 5/14-31 — We often stop at the Channel Islands, which are as close as 15 miles from Ventura, but this time made a 50-mile passage all the way to Marina del Rey. This is a great place to stay, as it’s close to shopping, movies and stores, close to LAX — which made it convenient for family members to fly in and visit us — and close to the California YC, home of the Cal Cup Regatta. Bruce raced in that event on the 65-ft sled Cheetah. Our daughter, son-in-law and 2-year-old grandchild visited from Chicago. We even got invited to a wedding at Greystone Manor in Beverly Hills, after which the bride rode a mechanical bull in a local bar. Yee-haw! While in Marina del Rey, it was also
miles from Redondo. We were scheduled to race on White Knight again, but the race was cancelled due to heavy weather. 6/4-17 — We bypassed Shoreline and Alamitos Bay Marinas in Long Beach, and made the 20-mile hop down to Newport Beach. During our nearly two weeks in Newport Harbor, we got free berthing at the Balboa YC, Bahia Corinthian YC, and the American Legion YC, and got a low-cost berth and mooring from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. There is lots to see around Newport Harbor — including Lina's favorite, shopping at Fashion Island! — and a dinghy is often the best way to get around. While in Newport, Bruce raced on the Schock 35 Whistler, and did a Taco Tuesday Race on the Tartan 35 Élan. 6/18-22 — We sailed 25 miles across the Catalina Channel to Avalon to meet the Coastal Cup boats as they finished their race from San Francisco. We stayed on a mooring, although they aren't cheap. You can anchor, but it's best to anchor for free near White’s Landing and dinghy to Avalon. After the Coastal Cup, we partied with fellow Richmond YC member Mark Howe and his crew from the Beneteau 40 White Fang. Bruce was slated to do the Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race on White Fang, but plans changed, so he didn’t get to do that. 6/23-28 — We sailed back across the Channel to Alamitos Bay, where Bruce crewed on the One-Design 48 Emirage ll for Long Beach Race Week. 6/30-7/5 — We sailed back to Catalina and around the back side to Cat Harbor, where we took a mooring. It’s also possible to anchor for free in Cat Harbor, which is a good anchorage in almost all weather conditions.
The May 2010 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.