For some bizarre reason, I took in two baby turtles, Lightening and Thunder. The summer was spent between Long Beach; my son Scott and his wife Sara’s home to get in as much time with my grandson Sawyer and our old stomping grounds; the San Pedro Marina, where Dois and I took on side jobs to earn a few boat bucks (Ashika needs a little manny-peddy and an adjustment here and there).
So, what has prompted this update from the Admiral of Ashika? The big sail people. I thought now would be a good time to spill the beans on our next adventure. It’s the reason the Captain and crew are scurrying around rubbing, scraping and generally wrenching on our fiberglass home. We are readying Ashika for a grand sail across the Pacific to OCEANA also known as the South Pacific! The starting line for our adventure is 9 months, 40 days and about 20 hours away. And there’s a little more southern California sailing to be had between now and then.
We will sail north from Ensenada in August to spend time with family and friends, then head for some fun in the sun and an old favorite stomp; Catalina. Having always wanted to sail the Channel Islands, we put that trip on the calendar for September/October. If we can’t find a place to stay in Long Beach on our return, we’ll head south to San Diego, slowly (we love staying in Newport and Dana Point and stay as long as we can) and then homestead a few square meters in the A9 anchorage there in the San Diego Harbor until March. If we can leave from the States for the So. Pacific, Ginger will be better received in French Polynesia. We’ll see, as my Dad used to say. Any cruiser will tell you; sailing plans are written in wet sand at low tide.