Ahoy! Capt'n Ricko here!
The S/V Second Wind has just returned (20AUG2015) from more than 600nm of cruising Catalina, the coasts of LA Harbor to Paradise Cove, Malibu & Santa Barbara Harbor down to Ventura & Channel Islands Harbor; The Channel Islands: Anacapa, Santa Cruz, & the outer islands of Santa Rosa, and even San Miguel (where we saw winds as high as 62.5 knots at anchor!
When you include out trips in January & February of this year - we have cruising somewhere near 1,000nm this year so far!
We have made so many upgrades to our 1984 Cal 35 Mk II, and now we are putting our hard work into sailing action! OK... Capt'n Ricko has been a little deficient in updating this website, and we will in the future... However, Capt'n Ricko does keep up with events, regularly, on the "Captain Ricko And The S/V Second Wind Facebook Blog - so if you're not subscribed to that - go to:
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We've still got a lot of projects to complete... and a couple big ones - like pulling the mast and replacing all the standing rigging, rewiring the mast, and adding a lot of new "stuff' at the masthead! And then there's the new SSB radio install...
But, in the mean time, we have some great cruising planned, that my include significant trips - North of Point Conception, and/or South of San Diego!
As a note to our followers, we are delaying our BIG Departure for one year, to leave with The Baha HaHa - http://www.baja-haha.com/ - at the end of October, 2016. We do that reluctantly, but that will not only allow us some more time to finish some very important upgrades & installs (because when we leave - we ain't coming back!) - but, it will also allow Capt'n Ricko to live aboard & do some serious shake down cruising - along the coast of upper Baja Mexico to as far as San Franciso! (We think its a fantastic trade-off/compromise for now.)
Right now, we are dockside, since August 20th, upgrading our mainsail at Doyle Sails, and upgrading our anchor, chain, & rode inventory. We have added 2 more anchors to our inventory (Fortress X-23 for 2nd Bow Anchor & Fortess Guardian G-16 for stern hook) with 300' of Buccaneer 1/2" - 8 Strand Plaited line http://www.bucrope.com/marine-anchorline-8-StrandRope.html , 50' more of Peerless Acco G40 5/16" chain for 2nd Bow Anchor, and 40' of Peerless Acco G70 1/4" chain for the stern hook. The 300' of plaited line will be used on either of those anchors, as needed, at least for now. Our mainsail will be on a new redesigned track, and have 2 sets of reef-points, for now (we may add a 3nd later - or just plan to go to our Storm Trisail, instead). We're doing some other things, as well, but no need to list them all here.
Our plans are to take off again, by the second half of September, for a couple more months of extended cruising, at least!
So, check back from time to time, for new info & entries, on this website - and especially our S/V Second Wind Facebook Page -
as we prepare to change our Latitudes and Attitudes, and follow our dreams...
Cheers! & Fair Winds!
September 4. 2015
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