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Catalina Adventure Sail
Are you looking for something exciting to do this summer? If you are a fan of tall ships and plan on being in the San Diego area June, July, or August, I highly recommend taking a trip to Catalina Island aboard my very own Californian! As a passenger on one of these trips, it is about as close as you can get to being on the crew short of joining the crew. We’ve had many passengers from Catalina trips decide they’d like to volunteer and have since stayed with the Museum and become regular crew members. We teach you as much as you want to know about sailing a tall ship.
Generally, we meet on board Friday noonish, get everyone’s gear stowed, and have introductions and safety briefings. We get the ship underway, set sail, and sail around outside the harbour to get everyone used to sailing, get a chance to take the helm, and get acquainted with the ship. We divide everyone into three watches, 0400-0800 and 1600-2000, 0800-1200 and 2000-0000, and 0000-0400 and 1200-1600. During these watches everyone rotates through standing at the bow, waist, and helm.
Meals are provided by our absolutely fantastic cook, Marge. One of the most interesting people you could ever meet, Marge is extremely funny, has sailed around the world aboard Picton Castle, is a sailmaker and the painter of the Maritime Museum, and is an outstanding cook. You will by no means starve on this trip, and will even find yourself eating more than you probably should.
It usually takes us all night to get to Catalina, and we’ll arrive at Two Harbors around mid-morning on Saturday. We drop anchor, and at this point passengers can pair up and go kayaking around the caves. They get back in time for lunch and then the afternoon is free for exploring Two Harbors, where you can walk across the breadth of Catalina in ten minutes.
We set an anchor watch that night, each person up for only one hour to make sure we’re not dragging our anchor. In the morning we raise anchor, which takes a good 45 minutes, and sail around for a while before (if we can get access to a mooring ball) heading for Avalon. We’ll pick up a mooring there, do some more kayaking, and some more exploring of the city. Another anchor watch that night and then up bright and early Monday morning to head back to San Diego, underway watches back on.
It is an absolutely incredible experience, and one of these trips is for six days, which includes a stop in Santa Barbara. It should be great fun, I’ll be doing all of them, and I greatly encourage anyone with an interest in tall ships to come along!
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