Monday, October 5, 2009

Marina Del Rey

We drove back to Marina Del Rey on Oct 3 to find Galatea covered in fine dust from a dust storm had passed thru the area a week earlier. Otherwise she looked great. Our neighbors Renee and Doug had watched over her diligently and we appreciated it. We quickly stowed the gear we had hauled down from Berkeley, put the boat back together and provisioned for a fun sail on Sunday with old friends from grad school - Dennis and Ellen with their daughter Meghan.

On Sunday it was blowing 15 knots in the marina, and although NOAA said it was only blowing 12 kts next door at LAX, we expected at least 20 kts when we were out of the harbor. WRONG. It was blowing 30 knots at the harbor entrance. We passed 2 over-turned sail boats in the main fairway and watched other sail boats scurrying back in with shredded sails. Out of curiosity we stuck Galatea's bow out from behind the sea wall. WOW what a sight. Waves breaking over the seawall at the entrance to the marina, and 50 feet out to sea. We would have had to sail/motor thru them just to get away from land. We quickly turned tail and motored back to our slip for cocktails and appetizers. Pulling up to our dock we thought we were safe, but wrong again. Just as we were tying up a huge gust blew the stern of the boat away from the dock causing the bow to "sweep the dock". It was a slow motion event. It's amazing what a 60 pound anchor hanging off the bow can do when it tangles with an electrical box.

Afterwards we strolled with Dennis, Ellen, and Meghan through the Abbot Kinney district of Venice, and enjoyed a wonderful Italian tapas dinner with them.

On Monday Oct 5 we drove back up to Berkeley to drop off the jeep that was loaded with the things we didn't need. We spent one night in Berkeley, got to see baby Zachary again, Cathy put in one more day of work, and then we flew back to LA Tue night. Wed we had dinner on Galatea with Renee and Doug, and as the night closed we all looked thru the windows of our hearts. An experience I will remember.

The hardest part of this cruising life style so far has been saying good bye to all the wonderful people we are meeting.

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