under sail enroute to Santa Rosa Island
7:45am load fuel after three hour sleep, and motor from SB to Santa Rosa Island under clear skies, no wind, slight wind chop in ocean.
Wind forecast unfavorable with 15-25 and 30 knot gusts in the outer water forecast that includes Rosa. But we endeavor to try in case the backside has protection.
Wave forecast intriguing– SSE Easter island head high swell and SE hurricane waist high swell, merging Friday.
Cruise motor power up channel ~5.5 knots until 11am — and then wind fills in, under small jib and stay sail flying at 6.5 then up to a blasting 8-9 in some of the best sailing ever, smooth water speed, as we near the island on a broad reach course of 180.
On the way see a huge finback whale surfacing right next to the boat. Wikipedia summary
whale image courtesy Wikipedia commons
Jibing round Skunk at 1:30pm (5.5 hr from SB). Gorgeous sand dunes and purple flowers on hillsides.
Past East Pt wind dies and we are in Lee Heaven, hot and light breeze.
Motor to little Malibu and the boys gets some rides. Waist high.
Anchor at Ford point in 30ft of water high tide, E wind 5 knots