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Whale & Dolphin Watching aboard Seasters

 

 

 

I want to go sailing again and would like to gather a crew for Wednesday to go for a day. We'll load up Seasters at the wee hour of 10:30 AM and leave by 11 AM and return by.... ??? We can either return late afternoon (4-5 PM) and call it a day, or drop off crew that has to split early and go back out for the killer sunset/evening cruise and return under the moonlight (8:30-9:30)... However, if the weather is cold, we won't go out too late.

Upon returning, we'll unload Seasters, a vintage Cal 31' sloop, put the covers back on and then you'll watch, I'm sure, with sheer excitement, as I spray Seasters off. Then, we can maybe go have a drink or appetizers at Turk's or El Torito's happy hour afterwards.

A great recipe for a good night's sleep!

After you sign up, I'll email you my cell # and suggest you exchange yours with me in case of any last minute communication needs or have a question about the trip you may want to talk directly with me about.

Cheers!

Mark

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  • Tony

    Love the photo of balloon collecting. ZeroTrash! Do you know what species of whale/dolphin you are seeing? I do.

    1 · April 24, 2013

    • Tony

      Hi Mark, I am deep into marine debris cleanup. Even went to mid-Pacific Garbage Patch with Capt. Charles Moore. I would love to hear more details of Orca encounter. Re: dolphins, we don't see spinners here. I see a minke whale in one posted photo. I hope to one day share my vast cetacean knowledge with you and your crew.

      May 2, 2013

    • Mark S.

      I am thinking that the So Cal Orcas (per Cragers understudying) we saw possibly included the Granny Orca, over 100 years old! An Orca spy hopped about 100 feet, conservatively behind Seasters, my Cal 31 sloop. I first thought it may have been another type of whale due to the very WRINKLY underside as the whale rose, facing us! Now, I actually strongly think it was GRANNY checking us out as the pod did it's thing all around us for 45 minutes or more, before WE had to leave as nightfall was closing, and we still had a good hour or so to make it to Isthmus Cove for Catalina's Shipwreck Weekend party. I know this was a once in a lifetime experience, am so appreciative of what occurred, love helping the ocean & inhabitants, and want to keep rolling these once in a lifetime experiences over and over and..... I'd like to meet you and discuss more with you sometime!

      May 7, 2013

  • JEFF

    I had an awesome time with a great group of people. I must agree with John, Mark should quit his day job and be an instructor.

    2 · April 25, 2013

    • Prinnie

      Mark, Isn't your day job sailing on SEASTERS? LOL Please don't quit...

      1 · April 26, 2013

    • Mark S.

      Hi Prinnie, you could be right! Or...maybe Seasters is the magic needed to make possible the dreams others may not otherwise not think of, to do stuff, that's both remarkable, yet far from impossible. Oh, I'll never quit, I'll always be aboard Seasters in spirit, but she'll do very well in some competent hands, and maybe even be there to visit with.

      April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am definitely definitively going again...I have had sailing instruction as a kid, and Mark is well beyond most professional instructors, he is thorough and presents it in a. Nice polite fashion, and checks for comprehension

    2 · April 25, 2013

    • Mark S.

      try to teach much more than just sailing, but everything that goes along with a special activity and doing the right thing.

      April 25, 2013

    • Mark S.

      I think maybe I went a bit overboard on my sailing stuff because Sammy needs to know more about sailing wiht his boat he just got. It seems that Sammy absorbed alot of the stuff I shot at himrapid-fire, he sure took to the helm well! He claims that he doesn't have experience, but he better have some explaining to do...or he's just simply a natural, course. I look forward to having you aboard Seasters again! I wonder if Bob likes sailing, I mentioned it to him on FB.

      April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a tough day for the skipper. No wind, mist, and little sea life. Very unusual, but still keep had a great time. I enjoyed the company of my fellow mariners.

    Significant ....is Marks thorough knowledge for sea and concern for safety and encouraging his fellow sailing passengers . He works in real estate , but I think he has another calling as an enthusiastic sailing instructor. I learned a lot, and I have been sailing since I was a kid.

    1 · April 25, 2013

    • Mark S.

      My gosh, John, I really appreciate your super nice comments, I"m not sure I"m worthy of such, or maybe you got me mixed up with someone else, but, thank you super much for your great, positive attitude, AND A MILLION THANK YOUS for getting me in touch with my cousin, wow! I was hoping to have it happen in any other way besides going through Bob's father, which, thanks to you, it happened!! I just didn't, until yesterday, know of any way to approach my cousin, without being some kind of fan or groupie or weirdo or something. I want to be positive and hope that at least maybe we share at least a sailing/boating interest in common, otherwise, I wouldn't have a clue to what else, besides having the same great-grand father. Way cool, bro! :) And, you sure taught me a lot, by relating stories of your incredible life, thank you!

      April 25, 2013

  • Mark S.

    With a day fraught with absolutely no whale sightings or even dolphin sightings -sheeeeze!- the day sail was still enjoyed be a whole new, nice and interesting crew, to say the least. Meeting Pam, Jeff, Sammy and in a whole new and interesting dimension and connection (I'm FB friends with Bob now), meeting John, made this whole day sail terrific!

    April 25, 2013

  • pam b.

    Awesome time today! Thanks Mark, you are a super host, a great teacher and lots of fun! Can't wait ril next time.

    2 · April 24, 2013

    • pam b.

      I will try to catch the notificarions before they fill up on the days i can go. Thanks again, I had a blast!

      1 · April 24, 2013

    • Mark S.

      Hi Pam, thank you for your super-sweet comments, thank you!... Time to get down to business. Have you internalized the bowline knot? lol! Have a great day, hope to see you again on the water soon! :) make the six ( with a long end to it), the rabbit goes up through the whole (from the lower and longer end), around the..... you know! cheers!

      April 25, 2013

  • Prinnie

    I'm so happy everyone had a nice time with your wonderful Skipper Mark on SEASTERS. I cannot wait to see all the pics!

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • JEFF

    I just arrived at the marina and it is going to be a great day. This drizzle will burn off

    April 24, 2013

  • Mark S.

    Go here for the latest NOAA Marine forecast:
    http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/home.htm


    Wow, a whole new crew, and, almost unheard of almost all men (usually, mostly women) crew, but wait, we got Pam is coming, so we do have one woman aboard today. It's gloomy out and cooler than yesterday, with a slight chance of rain, so bring layers of clothing (anything water resistant/proof is always a good idea), hat included, so you can stay warm, or remove layers if things warm up. Light winds are forecast, so we should be in good shape in that regard.

    April 24, 2013

  • Mark S.

    Wow, a whole new crew, and, almost unheard of almost all men (usually, mostly women) crew, but wait, we got Pam is coming, so we do have one woman aboard today. It's gloomy out and cooler than yesterday, with a slight chance of rain, so bring layers of clothing (anything water resistant/proof is always a good idea), hat included, so you can stay warm, or remove layers if things warm up. Light winds are forecast, so we should be in good shape in that regard.

    April 24, 2013

  • Mark S.

    We'll go back, figure out some meal plans, like pizza or??? get some more ice so our drinks keep cold, and .....

    April 23, 2013

    • Mark S.

      We seem to be safe around Orcas! We never try to get too close to whales, they just come right up to us, usually.

      April 24, 2013

    • Mark S.

      No pizza for me today, please, munched on some last night, cheers!

      April 24, 2013

  • TJ S.

    Ok somebody lucky will get my spot for tomorrow.
    Thanks Mark

    April 23, 2013

    • Mark S.

      Hi TJ, I hope you recover fully, and quickly. We gotta keep you at the ready to kick the 30 foot Killer Whales off off our beams, whilst, we sail like mad men, and hopefully, women, for our lives to the nearest beach, hopefully, close by! ;)

      April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    `me + 1 please.

    April 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I just crammed Wednesdays appts into Tuesday morning....since it sounds like a greattime, so I will be there with the morning crew! No need for special treatment here, though I greatly appreciate your offer to accommodate me. I could bring some Tuna Poke if people like that.

      April 23, 2013

    • Mark S.

      It's cool! Some fellow crew would appreciate your kindness with the Tuna Poke, others may bring something like sandwich(es), maybe a great dip, some perfect filet mignon, baked Alaska...I'm just kidding here- just some simple, non-messy stuff, some bring hummus & chips (got chips aboard now), others some killer cheese & (non-red) wine, we've had (thanks to Lori!) bow tie pasta with some crack sauce and asparagus to feast on...so, everyone can bring stuff, others may bring nothing, if you know what I mean? I got an ice chest full of drinks from previous sails, but the booze (white wine especially) seems to be completely finished... Gotta get a grill for the stern of the boat.

      April 23, 2013

  • Mark S.

    So, John can come later, as I imagine he was intending to go to the later part of the day sail, I guess,and Pam, you can come in the morning....if everyone wants to stay aboard and continue the sail, we'll just include John, if maybe, just maybe, we can all split some pizza and John brings it aboard, around 4:00 isn, we'll go out until after sunset subject to weather, conditions & Skipper's mood overall, I guess...

    April 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can be there at 10:30. So no special trip needed. Thanks!

      1 · April 23, 2013

    • Mark S.

      OK, we have: TJ, Jeff, Sammy, Pam, me & you based on what appears on the right of my screen. Sounds good. 6 people on the boat, is the maximum allowed, including your skipper at this point, unless everyone decides to mutiny and throw me off the boat (please, at least toss me the yellow ditch bag...). So, Everyone by now SHOULD HAVE READ the member pages, got familiar with what they should do and come PREPARED. Let's all be prepared, follow instructions and read the groups informative pages, internalize the pages, we'll have a written 3 hour exam about one third into the voyage, prior to releasing Seasters' anchor and giving us only about 4 minutes until we hit the jetty and bounce around the rocks like a pinball and do our best dives into the surf (without getting mangled on the sharp, skin unfriendly rocks), and do our best dolphin impressions, really. So, everyone better prepare mentally/appropriately, bring the required DNA samples and .... just kidding.

      1 · April 23, 2013

  • Steven M.

    I am all in -- will bring my small canon and its waterproof case -- totally psyched -- Dr steve

    April 23, 2013

    • Mark S.

      Hi Steven, I'm taking 5 members in the morning tomorrow, possibly dropping off any members (may not be likely, however, because of the fun aboard) and picking up John if he' wants to meet us later, after 1:00, and if other members say that don't want to continue. 5 total is the max on the boat I'm figuring, but again, if another member wants to slack and take off in the afternoon, then we''ll work our way down the waiting list, maybe take new crew over others who have gone before or are on other voyages already so others can at least go once.

      1 · April 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That all sounds great, can't wait to meet the rest of the crew. See you there at 1 PM

      April 23, 2013

  • Mark S.

    So, John, should we pick you up after 1:00 PM? If so, we'll work on coordinating a time!

    April 23, 2013

  • pam b.

    Im in

    1 · April 23, 2013

  • pam b.

    I'll let the fellas have this one, so im, off the waitlist

    April 22, 2013

    • pam b.

      I'm available either day, but then email said tomorrow, and there posting said wednesday

      April 23, 2013

    • Mark S.

      Your correct, it's Wednesday. :)

      April 23, 2013

  • pam b.

    I'll let the fellas have this one, so im, off the waitlist

    April 23, 2013

  • pam b.

    The date says wednesay' then 24th, but your email says tomorrow...

    April 22, 2013

  • TJ S.

    Since this is my 1st time where do I go and where do I park. Are we suppose to bring something for 5 to eat and drink along the way? I'll be Long Beach the nite before. How far south is Dana Point? Inquiring minds want to know

    April 22, 2013

    • Mark S.

      Ok, TJ, here is the scoop: 1: The address is on the site with a map, however, park in the parking spaces on the right side, alongst the channel. Then, walk over to the boats that you'll see on the left. The second small 2 story building (to the right as you're looking at the boats in their slips) has a blue awning. Behind that is Gangway 'G', where Seasters is located on. Then, please find at the top of the Group's page about "Being A Gilligan", for your role in assisting when we get shipwrecked in Fiji, or the like... looks like you've got a handle on using the Internet, here, TJ, so, I'm sure some more of your ?'s can be handled more directly on your behalf, whatever that means....;)

      April 22, 2013

  • Mark S.

    ok, who's up for a weekday day sail for tomorrow? Gotta get my sailing fix in, and it's a lot more fun with others! :)

    April 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would be up for it depending on the departure . Tied up until 1

      April 22, 2013

    • Mark S.

      Maybe a member or two will want to get off the boat and Pam can come aboard then? Maybe we could return, drop off 1 or 2 (or not), pick up you and Pam? I'll reply to her too.

      April 22, 2013

  • Tony

    Searching and finding cetaceans.

    April 22, 2013

  • pam b.

    I'll look for details of what I need to bring. I'm looking forwar to this.

    April 22, 2013

  • TJ S.

    Mark,
    My phone number is[masked]

    April 22, 2013

  • Prinnie

    OMG..."A Whale Bonanza" out there. Captain Dave spotted 10 gray whales, 1 Mola Mola and 570 common dolphins. Does it get better than that?

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Prinnie

    Have fun everyone. I have a guitar performance WED evening!

    1 · April 22, 2013

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