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 Santa Cruz provided wild and secure anchorages in Coches Prietos and Willows.

Willows Anchorage

Willows Anchorage

Some of our crew were able to experience their first ever night passage as we motor-sailed to Catalina Island.    A great experience.   A night in Catalina’s Cat Harbor followed by another night passage to a beautiful sunrise sailing into San Diego Harbor.    We are now snug at the guest dock of Southwestern Yacht Club and meeting a lot of wonderful folks here who are interested in MARTHA and her adventure.  The Club hosted a fun reception where we were able to share history of MARTHA,  the Educational / Vacation opportunities and Marine Trades in Port Townsend.

Sunset on Anacapa

Sunset on Anacapa

 

Next up MARTHA sails for Mexico,  bound for the Sea of Cortez.  After clearing in to Ensenada we will proceed to Isla San Marten for Thanks giving, we hope to rendezvous with Alyce and Sugar Flanagan aboard CHEERIO II and then gunk hole our way down the outside of BAJA with stops including Bahia Tortugas, Bahia Santa Maria and Bahia Magdalena.

Vista from Willows

Vista from Willows

MARTHA snug behind the headland

MARTHA snug behind the headland

More info will follow as we continue the adventure.

 

 

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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 anchorage in an area that would most likely be very full at a different time of year. Here we obtained a small “danforth” style anchor. This will be used for a temporary stern hook for MARTHA in some circumstances and allows us to anchor RYDER off of tempting beaches that have too much of a surf break to want to row into. We thank John Pettit for this. ! ! We met more of the family of one of MARTHA’s previous owners. Angela had been tracking us along the coast and she and her husband, Todd, were able to visit briefly in Santa Barbara. She invited some other family members and they came on board in Newport. MARTHA’s soul continues to inspire and bring people together. Long time Port Townsend youth Maritime educator, and Sea Scout Captain, Kim Aldrich, was able to sail with her daughter Anne over the past week. We culminated the week with a daysail including a large part of her family on a fairly perfect day. Thank you Kim for all you do to bring maritime education to so many!! We were also happy to be able to host Rick Valdez from Challenge Sailcloth for a visit. Challenge “Marblehead” weave has been our cloth of choice for MARTHA’s sails. Rick and Challenge made it possible for MARTHA to be able to obtain the cloth needed for our new suit of sail, which we highly value.! ! Light NE winds have dominated the region the past few days bringing very dry and warm conditions, just right for snorkeling and sailing north-west. Tomorrow we will board our last fall trip, from Oxnard to San Diego, then we prepare for Baja.

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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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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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