LETTERS off, deliver your boat home yourself. At that time of year the winds are usually lighter than in the spring and the height of summer, which is good. But you still may have to duck in at places like Morro Bay, Monterey and Santa Cruz. The very best solution? Hire somebody to deliver the boat home, someone with a flexible enough schedule to be able to wait for a proper weather window. Such a trip requires a lot of effort, but as cruising in Southern California is completely different than in Northern California, it's well worth it. By the way, depending on how much time you have and your schedule, you might want to join the Southern California Ta-Ta, which goes from Santa Barbara to Catalina with stops at Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands Harbor and Paradise Cove. It runs from September 11 to 17, and has been a blast for the first three years. But almost all the slots are taken, so don't wait.
⇑⇓ ZEN SAILOR HEADED FOR THE MONASTERY On April 25 I was headed out to New Zealand's Bay of Islands while Webb Chiles was inbound for Opua in the Bay of Islands. So I took a few photos. And I took a few more the morning he departed for Australia. It was a clear and still morning, and he hoisted the main on his Moore 24 Gannet and slipped his mooring at the first hint of a breeze on the beginFor all the world, it looked as though ning of the ebb. No muss, Chiles was going for a casual daysail. no fuss, no fanfare. For all the world it looked at though he was a daysailer going out on a casual outing. Only more relaxed. John Tebbetts Ichi Ban, Yamaha 33 Vava'u/Tacoma, WA
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