Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Day 4 - Catalina Island

Our days have been full of adventure so far. Starting with our first anchorage. Patrick and Jack went by dinghy up to Two Harbors, a local port, for some supplies. I was enjoying my time alone on the boat, soaking up the sun. A dive boat pulled next to us, and proceeded to unload a boat full of divers, so my time alone did not last. I then noticed that we were drifting closer and closer to a rock we were achored near and surrounded now by a huge kelp bed - which means our anchor was no longer holding, and we were starting to drift. Just as I made this realization, I saw Patrick and Jack on the horizon - heading back to me. So here we were - in a kelp bed, surrounded by divers - drifting towards the rocks. Not a good situation. To top it off - the winds had just picked up, blowing 20 knots right at us. We had no choice but to start the engines and try to pull out of there, with high hope of not running over any divers! We lost the port side engine, and could not manage to get our self lined up with the anchor chain to raise it. Patrick called the harbor patrol, and he was there in a blink of an eye, tied a line on our bow, and pulled us out of the kelp bed and away from the rocks. Patrick did his best steering with one engine in 20 knot winds, and Jack and I raised the chain. Once we were out of the kelp, our port side engine kicked into gear, and we were out of danger. We then picked up a mooring in Howllands Landing and took a deep breath! A popular summer spot - now empty. It is heaven. The water is so clear, you can see the bottom. We are going to stay here for another week, and enjoy snorkeling with the family of Leopard Sharks this place is famous for, and tons of bat rays, which we can see off our swim step. The water visibility is amazing, and we are tucked out of the wind! The pictures in this post include Jack, getting ready to snorkel, sun rise, a view of the beach, and the other photo shows all the empty mooring balls off our starboard side. I am sure many more adventures and close calls await us on this journey. With views like this - everyday, all day - It is worth it!