Our trip to Ensenada was about as good as it gets. The weather was perfect with little to no seas and calm winds.
We departed Marina del Rey at 11am and arrived in Ensenada Mexico the following morning at 6:30am just as the sun was casting enough light for safe entry. As always, we arrived at high water on a slack tide which I believe is imperative when entering any new marina. Abi handled the lines like a pro and Cmdr. Claire made the tie up look like a walk in the park. It is amazing how we all pull together as a team when at sea and when arriving in a new location. Like a well, oiled machine!
During our trip south we had to do some circles to reset/align our relatively new WX220 wind instrument. Oh how I love doing these resets. NOT! Surely in this day and age with GPS positioning this should be a redundant process but apparently not, so circles we did.
Before leaving LA we had a nice visit from long time Facebook friend Scott Dritz. Scott, for those of you with good memories was the guy who took the aerial photos of Pendana when we were in Seattle at Salmon Bay Marine Centre
. Scott, happens to be a United Airlines Captain so gets around. As he lives in Los Angeles we decided to finally meet up.
Talking about old friends, those with a first class memory will remember a yacht detailer from Top Notch Yachts
in Victoria Canada called, Emil. I raved long and hard about this guy and his team and with good reason. If you want to remind yourself of the blog click HERE
. Anyway, Emil swang past Marina del Rey the other day to say hi. As we spoke he mentioned he was on a show called Below Decks
Now, I had only recently discovered the show and while somewhat lacking in any real integrity, as it’s all about boats I must admit, that I do watch it when I can. Anyway sure enough Emil, or EJ as he is called in the show is in season six and has his hands full sorting out the stupidity of a younger and completely incapable chap named Nico! Good luck Emil.
While on Below Decks one of the crew, ex fire fighter from an earlier season dropped past on his tender here in the marina. Bobby Giancola, was in the Med season and while I didn’t catch a lot of the series apparently he was quite a hit with the lady viewers of the show. Small world!
Speaking of the folks on Below Decks I could have used a few extra eyes on watch as we passed San Diego in the dead of night. Ever grateful for our commercial primary radar which made matters a synch allowing for active targets with data sets clearly visible as well as allowing the operator to prioritise targets simply and efficiently. While the main engine and our much loved ABT TRAC stabilizers are incredibly important, so is the ships radar. Thankfully, a previous owner kitted Pendana out with a full blow commercial Furuno radar that has not only stood the test of time but ensured our safety in some difficult traffic conditions.
Funnily enough while strolling around the marina I spotted Nordhavns, famous 1993 hull#1 Saumlaki here in Ensenada.
Anyway that’s all for now as we have a new city to explore! Perdón por el blog corto pero tal es la vida!