|Leaving the Bay|
Santa Cruz, the board walk, preservative laden food was calling the kids. Alas, their crappy parents forgot to check the website and Wally World, aka the board walk was closed during the week! Well we almost had a mutiny, but we were able to pacify the troops with a promise of an arcade visit the next day.
The highlight of our visit to Santa Cruz was our tying up at the dinghy dock at the public pier. The floating dock was guarded by half a dozen stellar sea lions that really didn't want to move for us. They barked, hissed and bluff charged us. We quickly aborted or attempts to use the ladder in the middle of the dock and submissively climbed the side of the pier.
We didn't stay long in Santa Cruz and crossed the bay to Monterey in the later afternoon. We've been plagued by the three dominant types of wind; not enough, too much and right on the nose our whole trip. The crossing to Monterey was perfect; clear skies, 10 knotts of wind and a relatively flat sea. We were even able to fly the spinnaker, which is flown only in the most perfect conditions! This was the first real sail that was calm enough that the kids could cruise around on the boat. They practiced raising sails, tying knots, furling everything and everything on the boat and they have quickly become better sailors than I. Constant curiosity is a wonderful thing!
|Our slip in Horsehoe Bay|