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Rounding Pt Conception

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2024 12:26 pm
by Camino
The Millennial Falcon, Freedom 33 CK, owned and skippered by Doug, is moving south. Doug departed Vallejo, CA, sailed to Pillar Point, then Monterey and waited for a weather window for sailing south to Morro Bay. I helped Doug plan the time and route for proceeding to Santa Barbara. Stephanie and I drove to Morro Bay Tuesday where we met up with Doug. Weather window was going to be open for only a short time - getting wind speed and direction and acceptable swell to leave Morro Bay was difficult - Doug and I departed Morro Bay Wednesday 0730, with Stephanie driving on ahead to Santa Barbara, about 110 nm south. We arrived 30 hrs later having rounded Pts Arguello and Conception. Doug’s 33CK is a remarkable boat - after motoring for 2 hrs (electric motor) with no breeze, we spent hrs sailing at 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 kts+ boat speed - with TWS from 14-22, most of which was 19-20– much of that was wing on wing. We’d hit some great higher speeds surfing down the swells in the fine NW breeze - Swells were 6-8’ but at about 12 sec apart so pretty good…Truly fantastic sailing. We rounded Pt Conception at 2000 hrs, hours ahead of schedule and calculated we’d be in Santa Barbara by 0100 - BUT (a big BUT here) the breeze completely disappeared as soon as we got into the Santa Barbara channel 25 miles from port. We bobbed about for hours but eventually (1130 hrs ) made it! We wish Doug the best as he voyages south! Pic is Doug with Falcon at Morro Bay.

Re: Rounding Pt Conception

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2024 10:46 am
by Castaway
The 33 Cat Ketch is an awesome off-wind sailing boat, despite its unfashionably high displacement, and comfortable in a seaway, too!
Fabulous trip, though I bet there were a few thoughts about diesel advantages in the last few hours.
Gerald

Re: Rounding Pt Conception

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2024 9:52 pm
by Camino
“ I bet there were a few thoughts about diesel advantages in the last few hours.” :D

Even with no power with dead air all was good - Doug is a good seaman, we were calm and used that time to rest while trying to avoid those pesky oil platforms strewn about everywhere out there!