MARTHA and crew are enjoying Santa Catalina Island and the wonderful weather.

The "crew " on a ridge line above Cat Harbor

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.

Alberts anchorage

Alberts anchorage

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.

Alberts anchorage

Alberts anchorage

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

the Casino at Avalon

 

Stay tuned for more.

 

 

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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.

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smiles all around

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.IMG_8161

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Morro Bay to Channel Islands

Look for our new 2015 Schedule coming out soon. Martha and her crew had a wonderful few days in the Channel Islands sailing and exploring by land and sea. We left Morro Bay at dawn on September 30th and sailed all day to San Miguel Island.  We had building NW winds, 15-25 with swells of […]

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SanFrancisco to Morro Bay

  Our stay in SanFrancisco was every thing we had hoped and more. The hospitality and warm reception from the SanFrancisco Yacht Club made MARTHA and her crew feel right at home. Many thanks to Commodore Bill Melbostad and Staff Commodore John Swain for making MARTHA’s visit truly a historic event. MARTHA and crew are […]

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Off to points South

We are now in the San Francisco Marina district and bording new folks today to head south.    We are happy to have Pete Langley on board for the next leg and looking forward to Monterey Bay, Morro Bay and the Channel Islands.     We will post more when time allows. Leukemia Cup was […]

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Leukemia Cup

The last couple weeks, Martha’s crew has stayed busy getting ready for our next leg down the coast. Among the various projects completed, Martha was rigged with all new halyards! Thank you  to New England Ropes for the discount and support.  In between projects we visited Angel Island and Bolinas Bay and day sailed with […]

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The Great San Francisco Schooner Cup

  It was an exciting day on San Francisco Bay this past Saturday as the Bay filled up with beautiful classic schooners getting ready to race in The Great San Francisco Schooner Cup. Winds  were between 15-20 kts the whole afternoon, with a strong ebb flowing out of the bay. The sailing was fabulous, with a […]

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Martha Returns To San Francisco

Yesterday, after a five day passage down the coast, Martha passed under the Golden Gate bridge and into San Francisco Bay, marking the end of the first passage of her offshore year. The trip was a complete success and Martha was more than up to the challenge. There was much cheering  as we passed under […]

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Please come

Wednesday evening, the 20th of August,  Doug Jones and Deb Dominici have graciously offered their home to be open for a get-together to wish Martha and crew fair winds for the voyage.    Please join us from 7-10 at 538 Fillmore in Port Townsend We would also like to take this opportunity to THANK ALL […]

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Martha Fundraising Auction A Success!

Our deepest thanks to Ollie and Janice,  Allison, and the crew at the Hazel Creek Barn for all of the hard work they put into organizing and hosting the Schooner Martha Party and Auction on Bainbridge Island last Saturday. Thank you for all of your support!    

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