Monterey to Newport Beach, August 31-September 3

From August 31 to September 3, we traveled to Newport Beach.  We left on August 21  at approximately 10:00 p.m. following a great dinner with Eulalie’s brother John and his wife Betty, and our three nieces (Sophie, Jeanette and Sarah) and our nephew Liam.  While our berths were inviting, we stuck to our plan to head out if the weather was calm and not too foggy.  We alternated three hour watches.  We rounded Point Conception the morning of September 2 with steady winds, fog and somewhat confused seas.  True to what we had heard the air became much warmer after we finished rounding Conception.  Shooting stars marked early morning of September 3, the third anniversary of purchasing Elizabeth Jean.  As we approached Marina Del Rey where we had planned to pull in for the day, the wind was steady and the sun warm.  We checked our calculations and saw that we could make Newport Beach before dark.  We texted our daughter Jean, who lives in the area.  We arrived with a beautiful sunset.  Paddlers were clearing the jetty, as if to welcome us to our destination.  We will stay in the Newport Beach area through the fall.

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After our first night out, we were south of Monterey.

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The coastal mountains were visible from our vantage point ten miles off shore

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Garmin shows us 25 nautical miles from Point Conception, which often concentrates wind and waves to challenge mariners.

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Favorable winds allowed us to deploy our self steering windvane

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Steady wind held through a glorious sunset

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After rounding Conception, we entered Santa Barbara Channel where offshore oil rigs served as hard-to-miss (visually) navigational adis

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Marina Del Rey appears on the chart as a cluster of green triangles. We calculated our distance and time to Newport Beach and realized we could make port there before sunset.  The chart shows our sharp right hand turn away from Marina Del Rey as we pressed on for Newport Beach.

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The Port of Los Angeles kept us on our toes.

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Garmin shows us the distance of vessels approaching the Port.  This shot estimates the vessel will come within .9 nautical miles within 8 minutes.

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Here the cargo ship is in real life.

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Our approach to Newport Beach

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Paddlers emerging from the breakwater to greet us.

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Another beautiful sunset as we settle in to our home for the fall.

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Our daughter Jean, who lives up the watershed in Irvine, joined us for dinner.  She helped us celebrate reaching our destination.

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