Some friends of ours came out sailing for the day in Avila. Elani and I saw a tangled up Pelican struggling in the water. She couldn’t fly and was helpless. We zipped out in the dingy, caught her, held on tight and cut away the fishing line. We were so thrilled that she was strong enough to fly away. Johan and Scott cheered and yelled “Horray!”
Thank you all for the warm congratulations notes on my retirement. Kathleen Erwin will be done as well, in June after the school year concludes.
Thank you also to Deborah Dritz Swanson at Studio 101 West for designing and printing our new Sea Bella boat cards.
After years of planning, our first destination will be Southern California in July. Friends will join us here for exploring Channel Islands and Catalina. We will be in Ensenada in September/October and the Sea of Cortez later in the fall. We will be updating our adventure on FB as well, so search Sea Bella. With modern apps and satellites, anyone will be able to track us on our journey(s) using our MMSI#.
April 2020, yes, 5 months later. All Winter we tinkered on Sea Bella’s mast, which layed horizontally on sawhorses in our backyard. Scott installed stainless steel strengtheners inside the masts’ furling track every 10 inches. He also installed all new halyards, sheaves, wiring, LED lights, weather station, vhf antennae, radar mount, and rigging.
It was decided. Our roller furling main would not be the best system for a long passage. When the lines get bunched up inside the mast, we needed to hand feed them while furling, so…it was decided, Dec 2, 2019. The mast needed to be pulled and completely altered for a standard mainsail.