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Day 2, Sail to Avalon, 9.Jul.2014

Day 2 (July 9): Sail to Catalina Island.
In the morning I found the kids sound asleep under the "open sky". Day started with the entire group of our kids following me for a morning treat at the "omni present" Starbucks in the vicinity. Short after we came, seemingly everybody showed up too: A line of waiting customers was out of the cafe, and on the street. Astonishing, a testament to just how popular this franchise is.

After a checkout, inflating our dingy, we departed from Balboa Marina around 10, and spend almost 50 minutes for a leisure cruise toward the exit marker. Prevailing mild wind of around 5 knots or less was not helping to make distance. We arrived at Avalon harbor 3:40, approx. 5 hours 40 minutes later. En-route we spotted a whale, but not close enough for a really spectacular encounter.

We arrived exactly when the harbor master officers were changing their shift, and so we waited for a while for the admission. Then it happened! While circling we hit a floating kelp, which turned around the propeller, and killed the engine. Wind kept pushing us toward the ferry channel and we called for a vessel assist. They towed us to the first available buoy, which was actually destined for much larger vessel. Next morning we had to unhook, and relocate to the 2nd row. Kudos to Igor, for diving and removing the bundle of kelp from our propeller.

Entire Trip, Day 1..5
<< Day 1, Arriving in Newport Bay | Day 2, Landing in Avalon >>
C8735 1st morning
C8735 1st morning
C8736 1st morning
C8736 1st morning
C8737 1st morning
C8737 1st morning
C8739 1st morning
C8739 1st morning
C8740
C8740
C8745 Like a boss
C8745 Like a boss
C8747
C8747
C8748
C8748
C8750
C8750
C8752
C8752
C8754
C8754
C8765 All Aboard
C8765 All Aboard
C8766 Plan of Action
C8766 Plan of Action
C8817
C8817
C8818
C8818
C8769 Let the adventure begin
C8769 Let the adventure begin
C8773 Typical Surroundings
C8773 Typical Surroundings
C8774
C8774
C8778
C8778
C8780
C8780
C8781
C8781
C8782
C8782
C8785
C8785
C8787 Duke's Point
C8787 Duke's Point
C8790 I used to have all in Red/Black
C8790 I used to have all in Red/Black
C8793 Homes of Balboa vanish
C8793 Homes of Balboa vanish
C8798 Bay Isle
C8798 Bay Isle
C8801
C8801
C8805
C8805
C8807
C8807
C8809 Balboa Pavilion
C8809 Balboa Pavilion
C8811
C8811
C8813 Grand Canal on Balboa Island
C8813 Grand Canal on Balboa Island
C8820
C8820
C8824 Lido Peninsula
C8824 Lido Peninsula
C8826 Lido Peninsula
C8826 Lido Peninsula
C8829 Corona del Mar
C8829 Corona del Mar
C8831 Lido Peninsula
C8831 Lido Peninsula
C8833 Lido Peninsula
C8833 Lido Peninsula
C8835 Corona del Mar
C8835 Corona del Mar
C8836
C8836
C8837 Corona del Mar
C8837 Corona del Mar
C8841 Corona del Mar
C8841 Corona del Mar
C8843 Corona del Mar
C8843 Corona del Mar
C8844 Corona del Mar
C8844 Corona del Mar
C8849 South Levy and Marker
C8849 South Levy and Marker
C8850
C8850
C8852
C8852
C8859
C8859
C8868
C8868
C8881 Spotting a whale
C8881 Spotting a whale
C8886 Killing time
C8886 Killing time
C8887
C8887
C8889
C8889
C8891 Killing time
C8891 Killing time
C8892
C8892
C8894
C8894
C8896 Killing time
C8896 Killing time
C8902 Land!
C8902 Land!
C8904 Avalon
C8904 Avalon
C8914
C8914
C8932
C8932
C8935 Harbor entrance
C8935 Harbor entrance
C8941 Avoid these, if you can...
C8941 Avoid these, if you can...
L1070354 Our fist buoy
L1070354 Our fist buoy