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...please read new Clarification! Cast off for a PHUN Catalina Island Weekend

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  • Mariner's Yacht & Ship Brokerage Inc

    24705 Dana Drive, Dana Point, CA (map)

    33.458546 -117.699829

  • cross over the harbor bridge. At the end/ Richard Henry Dana statue, turn left, go around the left-hand curve and park in the parking spots located to the right. Mariner's is across the street in front of Gangway 'G'.
  • 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.

     

     

    PLEASE NOTE:

    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.

    :)

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  • Arlene

    Looking forward to meeting the Catalina crew this Saturday and hoping we can sail afterwards. :-)

    January 29, 2013

    • Mark

      Me, too!

      February 1, 2013

  • Mark

    Our group has at least one qualified first-mate who knows catamarans during his myriad sailing experience, catamarans--Olivier! If Scott would go, I'd be just there..... pretty darn fun, I'll tell you, especially when the big boats trickle in.... Cheers! :)

    January 26, 2013

  • Mark

    I was wondering, if members want to go on a fun sailing weekend to Catalina and not have the experience preferred of being an experienced crew aboard Seasters, some time we could split the cost of a much more appropriate boat, bring many more people over (on each boat) and take it from there. Sure, it costs about $60/day ($750 split 12 ways) to sail and sleep on a $500,000 + catamaran, but, in light of what other things cost, I think it would be worth it....just pay my way and I'll be your skipper, ArrgH! ;) Cats are more stable and conducive to people who may not well-endure the increased motion a monohull sailboat has.

    The Catalina Express was only just over 1 hour to Dana Point and, despite a medium choppy (2-3 feet) water (small craft advisories out that day, January 2, 2013) was SMOOTHER THAN A PLANE, a super-nice and quick ride ($37.50 One Way, $75/Round Trip, FREE Roundtrip on your birthday!) in relative luxury. Just bring your headphones to quell the engine noise-perfect!!

    January 25, 2013

    • Mark

      We just need a member of Windward Sailing Club only $325/day for a Beneteau 43' or go big for a 40+ Catamaran from Marina Sailing (about $700+ a day, I think) and make a 'donation' (rather than a payment, for technical reasons, I understand) to the club member, up to 10 ways (per Marina sailing). Cats are way more stable than a mono hull, but not everyone understands them well enough and/or prefer monohulls. I must say at present, I"m one of them, to some extent. We'll just find out from our groups members what they are willing to do, which shouldn't be too difficult.

      January 26, 2013

    • Mark

      OK, I'd like to have you and any other members aboard to get a real nice boat once in awhile, that would be very special and exciting! With chartering, I'd go big or just continue with my beloved Seasters. Like 40' or more for sure! Cheers! :)

      January 26, 2013

  • Mark

    Ok, sounds good. It's dicey whether or not the voyage will occur at all. For winter, we're not much more than 50% chance either way.

    It's kind of an "inaugural" meetup voyage to Catalina, hopefully, the first of many channel crossings, even cruising to other Channel islands.

    Maybe you can make a day sail one day when the weather improves? If the Catalina trip in early Feb opens up,you'll know. Would be a great experience if the weather is nice. It's just the beginning.
    Cheers! :)

    January 26, 2013

  • Michael

    Thanks.... I totally understand...just keep me in mind in case you have any last minute cancellations and need to fill a space.

    Michael

    January 26, 2013

  • Michael

    Are you placing anyone else on the wait list? If so, I'd like to be on it. If not, no worries.

    January 26, 2013

    • Mark

      Hi Michael, because of the type & timing of this voyage, as I gotta figure things differently than a day sail in all regards, I'm not doing the waiting list at least for now, trying to do the right thing for most.

      January 26, 2013

  • Mark

    Maybe the nice sailor (temporarily) at the end of the dock with the nice 50' Jenneau will let us go cruising with him. He'd probably enjoy our fun company! Now, that would be a fun ride to Catalina, or even a day sail in nice weather, why not? :)

    January 25, 2013

  • John L.

    i have three inflatable kayaks that can be used...high quality

    January 23, 2013

    • Mark

      Maybe that would be the key, since the boat's only fiberglass, or we could simply place thing on towels. But your kayaks sound great! We should maybe meet before the trip and make sure we're all ok with what we need ahead of time and stuff, like your kayaks! I'll email you my phone number too. Thanks for your help in making the trip an even better one! With the weather cooperating, things should be really fun!

      January 23, 2013

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