The end of the calendar year finds MARTHA  and the Schooner Martha Foundation in a very different place, on many levels.

Physically……..we are in the Sea of Cortez, and will be through February 2015.                                                                                    March will find MARTHA and crew sailing north to the California coast; San Diego for the American Schooner Cup and Yester- year Regatta then to SanFrancisco for the Master Mariners Regatta and Great San Francisco Schooner Cup and then on to Long Beach for the TransPac Race to Honolulu, returning to the Puget Sound and Port Townsend in time for the Wooden Boat Festival.

WAHOO

WAHOO

 

While reflecting on the past year we are grateful on many levels.   Structurally MARHTA  is solid and sound. Her fitness and finish are a testament to the abilities of her community within the Port Townsend Marine Trades, the Port of Port Townsend and a wide range of friends in the NW Region.   MARTHA has absolutely loved open ocean sailing.  You can sense  that she  enjoys the the long legs of an open ocean passage where she treats her crew well and clicks off the nautical miles with spirit and speed, not unlike a spirited horse who’s been in the paddock a bit too long and has been allowed out for a good run.

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Sunset on Anacapa

Sunset on Anacapa

MARTHA  has developed  a strong core crew and a growing  number of friends who are  taking part  in her spirited adventure and  we want to thank those many friends, Foundations, and Corporations who have given so generously  to make MARTHA and her programs successful.   We wish you all a joyous season and a happy Holiday.

 

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MARTHA and crew enjoyed a wonderful adventure on the Outer Coast, beautiful anchorages, board and body surfing, friendly people who were patient with our gringo-espanol, whale watching, and of course fishing, “can you say FISH TACO”.  One could spend a lot more time along this splendid coast line.   MARTHA’s crew included a family of 4 including a 5 and 7 year old who were a super addition.    We all learned a lot form each other and look forward to more adventures together.

The wind was light in general until the 180 mile run from Bahia Santa Maria to Cabo San Lucas, when we enjoyed NW to N 8 to 17 kts with boat speeds in the 8’s, 9’s and occasionally 10’s with  a full moon and unbelievable 81 degree water.

We’ve been joined by board member Doug Jones along with Deb Dominici and Candice Cosler, great to have Port Townsend friends on board for some time.   Sunday early morning we depart for LaPaz and switch gears to Close Hauled as we climb back up through the Northerlies inside the Baja Peninsula into the Sea Of Cortez.

PHOTOS to follow!!!!

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Beautiful Fall, Channel Islands, on to San Diego

Our last sail training trip of the fall in Southern California has us saying a fond farewell to these amazing islands.    We spent a night anchored in Frenchy’s Cove on Anacapa Island, with only a small beach to explore for wild bird bones and interesting rocks and shells.      The south side of […]

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Channel Islands and Oxnard

MARTHA continues to explore and learn new areas for the NW Crew. We are pretty sure that MARTHA has been to many of these places before……. Fall has been truely lovely here and we feel blessed to be able to enjoy this mild weather.! ! ! In Newport Beach Harbor we were able to secure […]

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Catalina Island Paradise

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

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Channel Islands and Santa Barbara

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 […]

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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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