Blue Blazers not Required at the Ventura YC

Trip Start Jul 23, 2013
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Trip End May 31, 2014


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Friday, September 27, 2013

Greetings from the venerable Ventura Bay Yacht Club,

We won't bother to describe our method of propulsion from Santa Barbara to Ventura.  We’ll just say it’s the same as the vast majority of the trip.  Also the pictures of the dolphins and sea lions pretty much shows how much wind we had.

The sun continues to be a regular happening.  We are relishing it as our summer (July and August) was spent mostly in the fog or under a marine layer of clouds.  The ride over was pleasantly short and as a bonus we saw dolphins and sea lions.  The dolphins seem to have a preference for Sunshine (our buddy boat) as recently they have visited her quite a few times. That’s why they’re so far away in the picture.  We’ve seen plenty of sea lions but not basking in the sun with their fins out of the water as seen in the accompanying photo.

We had a unique treat as we approached the guest dock at the Ventura Yacht Club; Patti’s brother Art and sister-in-law Judy were standing on the dock ready to take our lines.  They were camping on the waterfront and saw us pass by.  We had told them our destination but didn’t expect them to be waiting for us when we arrived.  We had a nice visit and they got a chance to see our boat.  Once we had everything tied down and stowed they took us out for dinner.

The folks at most of the Yacht Clubs we have stayed have been very nice.  The people here were outstanding.  Nearly every club member we met asked how it was going and were very helpful with advice on possible destinations, etc.  Upon arriving we were immediately invited to a potluck dinner that evening.  Unfortunately we missed it as we went out for dinner but Bob and Dee Dee went.  The next morning when we talked they said they met more wonderful folks and had a great time. 

Their facilities were absolutely beautiful and spotlessly clean.  The building was two stories with a bar and dining room upstairs and an open area down.  There were restrooms with showers downstairs as well as a kitchen that we could use with a sink, oven, etc.  We watched the last race of the America’s Cup downstairs with about 30 fellow Americans and one flag-waving Kiwi.  He took the loss very well.

The next day was Wednesday and they were running their last "Wet Wednesday" evening race.  We were invited to watch it from their second story deck.  It was a quick race as it didn’t start until 6 and sundown is around 7.  The race is out in the ocean and the race committee runs it from their second floor deck via radio. The finish is a virtual line running from the deck, across their parking lot, across the boulevard outside their gates and across the sand dunes and beach!  Someone with binoculars calls it as each boat finishes.

Afterward we had been invited (by quite a few different folks) to attend the evening dinner and awards banquet.  The club has a full-blown commercial kitchen upstairs and they have a chef come in and cook.  What a feast!  We had kahlua pork, curried chicken, rice, salad, rolls and ice cream.  It was an all you could eat buffet and quite delicious.  Once again everyone was very nice.

On Thursday Art and Judie came by again and we all went out for lunch in downtown Ventura.  The area was full of people and there were interesting little shops everywhere.  It’s nice to see these old downtowns when they are doing so well.  On our road trips we have seen way too many that were sounding their death knells.  After lunch they took us on a bit of a tour.  We saw where they were camped and more of the Ventura area.  On the way back to the boat they stopped at a grocery store and we bought supplies that hopefully would last a week or more as we were headed away from civilization in the morning.

That’s it from here.  We are headed out to the fabled Channel Islands.  We’re pretty sure our chances of getting a cell phone signal (our method of connecting to the internet) will be pretty slim out there.  So it may be a while before our next post.  You may be able to track us via www.marinetraffic.com.

May the wind be always at your back.
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