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Two weeks at the spa

Pablo spent a few weeks at the spa and my does that boat look pretty! We splashed back into the water after two long and dirty weeks at Gravelles’ Boat Yard in Moss Landing. I cannot say enough good things … Continue reading

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The day of 1000 dolphins

Steve and I were out sailing with our friend Ralph. I suppose I should not use the word sailing as there was zero wind and we were pretty much bobbing around in beautiful, flat, calm waters enjoying the sunshine. Off in … Continue reading

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An Unnatural State of being

Boats look so strange on land. Being lifted up out of the water and flying through the air, I often have visions of Peter Pan, Captain Hook and fairy dust. We hauled Pablo out of the water yesterday do some … Continue reading

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Not just dreaming

That moment when you realize this is not a dream, but reality. You have actually twisted the fabric of your life and created something new and unrecognizable. Yep! That’s where we are right now. Each day, each conversation, each purchase … Continue reading

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Hard working, Happy sailors!

    Our boat life lately is filled with a wonderful mix of classes, projects, sailing, and days spent living on the hook.  We are hard working, happy sailors, chasing our dream. Steve and I are halfway through a navigation … Continue reading

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My Friend Sam

I spend a lot of time on the boat in Moss landing working, doing projects, and just hanging out. Most days this little guy comes to visit me. I have come to call him Sam!

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Reflections and Dreams

Reflecting back over the last few months I am amazed at how far we have come in both skill and understanding of our boat, navigation, mooring, anchoring and sailing in general. August and November had us sailing several times a … Continue reading

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Life is the journey, not the destination

Our lives are so full. Over a short few months we have felt the triumph as our youngest child graduated from High School in late May, we were repeatedly blessed as we traveled to both domestic and international destinations; visiting … Continue reading

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Blessings and Celebrations

Our first sail on the Monterey Bay was on my birthday, May 18th. The Santa Cruz Yacht Club was hosting a blessing of the fleet from 12 to 2 in the waters near the Santa Cruz Municipal wharf. Our boat … Continue reading

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Captain’s log – a journey up the coast

(left to right: Steve Brenner, Graham Wright, Randy Sparks, Don Radcliffe)   Bringing Pablo Home May 11th 2014, Sunday, Mother’s Day – About to go on my longest boat ride ever. I was the junior crew – along with Captain … Continue reading

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Home at last!

Captain Steve and crew arrived safely Tuesday afternoon. They made the trip in 47 hours! Even the more experience crew were amazed at how fast the trip went. They had a few minor things to deal with; a head that … Continue reading

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Bashing up the coast

Steve got some spotty cell coverage today and was able to say that they had made it past Pt. Conception and Pt. Arguello. He was even able to send me a few photos.   His words: “What an Experience!” He … Continue reading

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Thoughts from land

I heard from Steve four hours ago that they were leaving the dock, heading for home. Bringing “Pablo” to Moss Landing, near our home. I am sad not to be with them on this journey. This is Steve’s first overnight … Continue reading

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King Neptune has granted us passage!

Hip, Hip Hooray! The long awaited day has finally arrived! Steve and crew; Randy Sparks, Graham Wright, and Don Radcliffe left this morning at 6am from Santa Cruz to drive down to Channel Islands Harbor. The plan (there’s that word … Continue reading

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Not Yet!

  We have now scheduled two different dates to move the boat from Channel Islands Harbor to Santa Cruz. And both of those dates have been cancelled due to high wind conditions. Since we will be beating into a Northerly wind all … Continue reading

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Another day of work while we wait

Well if we can’t bring “Pablo” to us, we will just have to go to her. Another scheduled move date has been cancelled due to high winds. It had been three weeks since we last stepped foot onto “Pablo’s” deck … Continue reading

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Patience, Patience, Patience

Our current lesson is patience. Wow, this one is tough. Last week we set a date for moving the boat. Next week! Tuesday! whahoo!!! Everyone has cleared their calendar and the crew is ready to go. Oh no, not so … Continue reading

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Strictly sail boat show

When you can’t sail what can you do? Go to a boat show! Perfect! (fellow Westsail people!) We spent the last two days at the “Strictly Sail Boat Show” in Jack London square. Wonderful time! Wonderful people!  It was so … Continue reading

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Change in the “Big Plan”

I think they are called plans and not guarantees for a reason. We planned to leave in October of this year. However, it does not look like that is going to fit very well with our other responsibilities. We knew from … Continue reading

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Work and play… or is it play and then work?

March 28th and 29th 2014 On the LONG drive down the coast Captain Steve and I discussed the final few projects that need to be completed in order for “Pablo” to be moved up to Santa Cruz. As we pondered … Continue reading

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