May 07 Saturday San Diego
I have pulled an “all-nighter” to sail the 50 miles from Ensenada, and my sunrise arrival at the Coronado Islands marks my return into the United States of America. I last passed this spot at the beginning of the 2015 Baja Ha-Ha rally on October 25, 2015. Technically I have just completed my own “Grand Adventure with Raven’s Dance” that I wanted to do. Any sense of celebration is muted by my mixed feelings and tiredness.
I anchor at Shelter Island and use the posh San Diego Yacht Club (http://www.sdyc.org/) as my host for Internet. It oozes sailing history. Dennis Conner, https://www.google.com/#q=dennis+conner the only person who has ever both lost and won an America’s Cup yacht race, was sponsored by this club. Perhaps San Diego, Annapolis MD, and Newport RI rank as the three mega-centers for sailing and training Olympic-bound sailors in the U.S.
Fortune has smiled on me again. I met up with Captain Jim McCarthy, s.v Double Angel, https://svdoubleangel.wordpress.com/ who helped me with the lay of the land and hot tips on how to avoid dock fees. He is leaving San Diego on Tuesday to sail the pacific Puddle Jump — something we wisely decided not to do with RD. The pull to cross the Pacific is still with me.
But I have more mundane thoughts of logistics — of provisioning and fueling and organizing for the next 1,000 miles between here and Seattle.