Over the weekend, the Searavens enjoyed an overnight cruise out of Santa Cruz. The boat we had originally reserved was down for maintenance, so Marc gave us a free upgrade to Dropping Anchor, a brand-new Catalina 350. I think this may be the biggest boat I have skippered.
Right outside the harbor, we got rolled by this sweet Ultimate 24, doing nearly twice our speed in the light air. Thirteen feet of beam is a lot to drag through the water. We felt a bit better though as they slow-tacked, and revealed their dangling fenders.
Char shares a mood. We moored at Capitola and spent the night on the boat after a brief shore leave.
Lots of wildlife this trip: otters, porposes, the usual seals and sea lions, and the best treat, a small grey whale feeding just 1/4 mile outside the S.C. harbor entrance.