MARTHA and crew are enjoying Santa Catalina Island and the wonderful weather.
The “crew ” on a ridge line above Cat Harbor
We sailed from Santa Barbara on Sunday evening and had a wonderful sail with NW winds 15 to 20 kts and a snug anchor down at “Smugglers Cove”, SE end of Santa Cruz Isl.
The next morning we proceeded to “Albert’s” anchorage on the South side, just east of ” Coches Prietos”, where the snorkeling was exceptional. The weather forecast, with diminishing winds, led us to make an overnight sail to Catalina, entering Cat harbor early in the morning.
After a late morning siesta we went ashore for a vigorous hike up to the ridge line overlooking the Pacific to the south, what a vista.
Wednesday was a short hop to a little anchorage called “Little Harbor,” where once again the swimming and snorkeling were impressive and the view just about perfect.
After a night at “Buttonshell Beach” near Long Point, we sailed to Avalon for Halloween. We hear they have fun family style activities with of course Trick or Treating.
We met a fellow sailor who knew of MARTHA from the 1950s when she was sailing out of Newport Beach! Now, moored here in front of the Casino, we can surely imagine James Cagney sitting here enjoying the island.
the Casino at Avalon
Stay tuned for more.
Our 2015 Schedule has been posted! Please take a look and contact us with any questions. Consider sailing with us during this extraordinary year!
MARTHA and crew are in Santa Barbara for a few days and are enjoying exploring a new part of the southern Californian coast.
Sunday the 26th we head back out to the Channel Islands to wander through more of this incredible region.
smiles all around
The day time temps are in the low 70s and the water temps are in the low 70s which makes for very comfortable swimming, playing on the beaches and hiking about the island.
On our last trip out to Santa Cruz Island we encountered two Humpbacks and a Blue whale, not to mention upwards of 500 Dolphins playing on MARTHA’s bow wave and just swimming and “dancing” all around us, Fantastic. Check out a lot more detail and photos in Meryl’s Blog at http://merylsadventures.blogspot.com
You can also visit Meryls blog from the MARTHA web site look to the right on the page for the “Meryl’s Blog” button.
MARTHA will be offering 2 Channel Islands trips in the spring of 2015, both based out of Santa Barbara. We will have 2 more high adventure trips leaving from San Diego. Look to our schedule page for further information.