Finish Tonight?

East End is 20 miles ahead. We should get there if the wind holds. Rubicon finished, Grace will finish shortly, and Felicia just went by to the West. I am engrossed reading of.Saladin.

It’s been a lovely trip.


Slow progress northward as the breeze died off after midnight. Not to return until thus afternoon. Still, a blissful day with light winds and smooth water to charm me. That, and no pressure to race puts me in cruise mode.. Get up every 20 minutes? Yeah, right. Haul out the big genny? Pu-leeze. I’m too busy reading my book.

Speaking of which, just finished up with William the Conqueror. Already working on the folly of the Crusades.

Loving being out here. 100 short miles to Catalina

Pointa del Norte

Way overpowered with only the small jib up, I considered my options. Keep going, break things, get wet, maybe worse. Heave to.and wait for conditions to improve, head for shelter just a few miles away, just.south of the dramatic northern point of Guadalupe Island.

I chose option C.

The Cove was very sheltered from the waves, not so the wind. The experience was akin to Cuyler Harbor on San Miguel. The winds at either location have to be experienced to be believed. My Danforth type Fortress anchor wouldn’t hold on the rocky bottom. I dragged multiple times but took care to never anchor near a lee shore.

After a restless night with the anchor alarm, Slacker departed around 8th for Catalina. Rubicon and Grace gutted out the conditions and are well ahead, but I am in cruising mode getting lost in Mark More’s The Norman Conquest.

190 miles to Catalina.

Guadalupe Island

Here’s how to round Guadalupe Island:
– Make sure to run out of wind as you approach. For best results, keep your spinnaker up to ensure you get a wrap. In the event you have a spinnaker net, get it tangled and take 47 minutes to cut it loose.
– Take your spinnaker down 10 miles early you don’t want to miss the sights while you drift downwind with your jib as you pretend to race.
– When rounding the Southern end, drift aimlessly for 6 hours in no wind to let everyone catch up.
– When the wind fills in, make sure it’s at least 35 knots. No one wants to go upwind with more than a storm jib.

Slacker sought shelter today at the North end of the island to wait for the weather to improve. All OK aboard Slacker, just more than I and my boat wanted to deal with today. Actually really nice here. Will post photos soon.

Off the Shelf

Saturday afternnon. Slacker is slipping along at 5 knots on smooth seas. Idyllic and just what the doctor ordered.

The typical light air battle to get out of the Bay ensued yesterday, but we managed to keep up with Rubicon to the West End. A brisk reach ensued across to San Clemente, then the wind slowly started shifting aft. At 12:30 am I raised the spinnaker and kept it up till dawn when the wind died away. Beautiful 3 am sailing with the moonlight last night, enhanced by clouds shadowing the seas.

159 miles to go down to Guadalupe. Loving every mile.

Bishop Rock



This shot says it all. Moonrise over El Segundo shows Slacker¬†moving 4 miles in 4 hours. ¬†With just nothing to work with and being too close to shore and traffic figuring it was a bad area to try to get sleep, I DNF’d around 7:30pm. Of the 14 starters, 2 finished by gutting out the long night and next morning. The light air demon Rubicon III again won, with a special commendation for C’s Folly a Mini helmed by a first time PSSA racer from the East Coast who also finished.

Guadalupe Island is next! Really looking forward to spending a little time offshore.