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We Have Begun

September 21, 2012

We’ve finally done it and are headed out on our long anticipated circumnavigation.  We had wonderful sendoffs from friends and family over the September 8 weekend and spent the following week doing last minute tasks. 

But at noon Monday, Sept 17, we left Grand Marina and the friends we made during our brief stay there living aboard Persephone.  Crys aboard “Red Red Wine” made a wonderful sendoff gift of a pillow with our boat name in signal flags.
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We left the Golden Gate on a cool sunny day and turned south toward Half Moon Bay. 
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It was a beautiful sail in light winds and we dropped anchor inside the outer breakwater at dusk.   Sandie made a great spaghetti dinner.

We left the next morning not knowing if we would put into Monterey or go overnight to Morro Bay.  We opted for the later since it looked like the weather was deteriorating and we wanted to make miles while we could.  Good choice!  We sailed wing-n-wing most of the day in 20 kts of wind and averaging 8 kts boat speed.  But the winds built after sunset to 28-32 kts and we found ourselves with only a reefed jib and still making 6.5 kts.  The seas built during the night to about 8 feet and the ride was a bit squirrelly.  At daybreak we arrived in Morro Bay and caught a buoy off the yacht club.  Then showers, a pancake breakfast, and a little nap before heading into town.

We will probably stay in Morro Bay and watch the weather before heading around Point Conception.  No hurry, we don’t have to be in Santa Barbara for another week.

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