San Gregorio, CA
Well yesterday did not go so well. We are all fine, just delayed. We left Vallejo at around 10:30 looking to catch the slack ebb tide at 15:30. We got there little early and continued on our way. The sea was a little rough but manageable. But as we got further out the swells were developing to about nine feet and the duration was getting closer. The weather had predicted something a little less than this and usually when you make the left turn things calm down a bit. I decided to check the weather again. Things had changed… they were now calling for 29 kt winds and 14′ swells with4-5′ wind waves on top of that! I decided that we needed to turn back. After a rough ride back we got into the safety of SF Bay and anchored in Ric******* Bay. On the way back Vickie had noticed that our new solar panels had shifted to one side about 1 1/2′! Kevin made dinner and we reviewed the weather again. Things were improving and what we had experienced was remnants of the typhoon that had just hit the Pacific North Coast and Northern California the previous weekend. The next morning we examined the solar panels and found some loose bolts. We decided to remove them and strap them to the boat. They were not hooked up yet and I will have the time in San Diego to do the necessary repairs. So this morning we were off again and headed to the gate with the slack flood tide. Things were much calmer. Are initial plan was to stay the first night at Half Moon Bay. But with the loss of a day and the sea state improving, we will be sailing through the night on to San Simon cove today. We past Half Moon Bay about 2 hours ago and should be passing Monterey Bay in about 7 hours. We expect to arrive at San Simeon about 10am tomorrow morning. We hope to be able to hear the debate tonight. Till next time. XOX from the crew of the Windhorse.