24705 Dana Drive, Dana Point, CA
HI FELLOW SAILORS!
Just got invited to a certain place by a certain individual; one of those offers I find difficult to refuse, vowing cooperative weather conditions, to sail over there. As it is still only winter (but summer will be here before we know it), weather conditions will be the major factor in going. Even in nice weather, the channel crossing can get rough as I endured on my last trip over. For some really dumb reason, the body can only take so much motion, and then once seasickness engages, you are in trouble, especially out miles away from anywhere or any people. I'm not This ride is ONLY for (qualified at this point in time) people that have either been found ready by your Host for such a voyage or have more than just beginning experience in sailing. You can still join us easily and comfortably by taking the ferry across. The Catalina Express extended their FREE offer until April 30, 2013. It's free both ways on your birthday, $75.00 round-trip or $37.50 (I think) one way. Camping is inexpensive or just rent a room and split amongst Crewmates (figure about $50 per person for one night to split a hotel room), as I remain with Seasters. 2 people can fit in the V Berth, 2 people on one side "settee" and 1 person on the other "starboard settee". Overflow sleeping under the stars in the cockpit for two or on top of cushy cabin cushions next to the mast for another two people-BRING SLEEPING BAG. Or, vowing nice enough weather, save money and camp on this beautiful island! There is a campground near, but up the hill a ways, to Avalon. Maybe one day,down the road or ocean, we'll charter a 40' or 50' luxury cat, a nice catamaran, folks, and take a group and split the cost of living the REAL good life! Works out to like less than $70 or $80/day for something like a $739/day (about 36' newer catamaran) dream cat up to a larger one with max 10 members on board...now, that's sailing in style! And cats are much more stable hulls in rougher conditions than a mono hull sailboat. I'd prefer to sail on Seasters for free, myself. :)
Pre-Voyage Meeting at the Tall Ship Pilgrim, 12:45 PM
Saturday, Feb 2nd, 2013.
The sailing component involving Seasters is open to qualified sailors who will enjoy the 5+ hour motor to Avalon across the channel, and, at their option, may either sail back (with some motoring and a time frame of about 7 hours) or just take the very comfortable ferry across (little over 1 hour). Others who didn't get the opportunity to go on the way to Catalina, can take the ferry across to Avalon and join us on the way back, with priority being given to the crew that motored across the channel to Avalon.
Here's your chance to get some of that open ocean sailing fix and that's only where the fun begins....
Unforgettable live Music at a certain dive bar, some very, very interesting & fun peeps, the Avalon deer Gang and just a "healthy" (everything in moderation, right?) overdose of fun. Anybody want to bring some SUP's? I've got a small inflatable dinghy with a small outboard we'll drag along behind Seasters.
Saturday, we're already moored on a can in Avalon, or side tied (hopefully) to the Bubba Fats, giving us a much-enhanced party platform. Maybe a waking dip into Avalon Bay, or better yet, Descanso Beach just around the corner from the Casino. Paranormal Tour, Avalon's most popular tour in the evening followed by more great live music in town.
There is so much to do there and so little time as we'll sail back Sunday morning. During our recovery process, we'll hopefully have nice, fair weather, and a wonderful sail back 'Overtown' (across the channel to the Mainland)!
Maybe we can do something special that isn't typically available to everyone, with our new friends over there, too! It's all good :)
Summer will be upon us before we know it, so we might as well get the Catalina Island Flotilla ball rolling. Maybe other members will join us with their boats.