Sunday, October 2, 2011


Cloudy... and the air was in the mid 60s F. Kimie thought she'd be cold and wore her wetsuit. I just wore pants and a knit shirt, but covered it with a Columbia Titanium windbreaker (I'm forever grateful to my generous daughters who help support Dad's sailing habit).

We stopped along the way to the harbor to pick up sushi bento which we ate before sailing.


The yacht harbor was busy - the result of a push for more license classes, and the return of the fishing crowd. No one else was sailing though. I can understand why, with winds of only 4 to 5 knots, but we are never in a hurry and as long as we have enough breeze to make some headway, we're OK.



We don't race, but we always find fun things to do. Like dodging bamboo poles -
You can hear Kimie jokingly warning "stakes, stakes, stakes". Caution, expletive not deleted in this clip ...
The "what was that?" turned out to be something that fell out of my pocket - my Pentax OptioW60 - crash.

Or harassing seagulls...

Or watching water skiers...
Sorry, but I missed videoing the part where he jumped one wake wave and did a face plant on the next.

Though the sky was grey, there were also flowers to brighten the day.



And a couple of ultralight trikes cruising above us like giant colorful insects.

I'd forgotten the hook Kimie uses to grab the line on the dock, but in the light winds, I was able to make a very gentle approach and she just grabbed the dock line with her hand while a fisherman was kind enough to get the bowline (an unnecessary but still much appreciated gesture).

On the way home we bought cooked Sanma (Pacific saury) and glazed chicken breast to take home for dinner.


So, it was cloudy today. We'll not wait for the "perfect" day. No grumbling about clouds, fickle winds, cold mornings. Time shared on the water is always precious. Some might say that the "perfect" days are just a bonus, but for me, they are all perfect days.

Extra points if you noticed a change in our PFDs (life vests), it's because Pandabonium forgot to bring ours this morning. Sleepy old Pandas are like that sometimes.

Until next, sweet sailing.


Baydog said...

Down from Berkeley to Carmel....

As soon as I read the title to your post, I started singing and voila! There it was. Always loved that song.

Pandabonium said...

Baydog - Glad you like it. Me too. It was an easy pick.

The Moody Minstrel said...

You really do get up to a good clip out on the water, don't you?

That saury looks good...

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Panda, My first sail with Trophy Wife, more than 42 years ago, was in a rented Lido. We did not have Titanium windbreakers or expletives (those came a year later when we started racing). However we did have Simon & Garfunkel and ate, arguably, as well as you at Newport Harbor's Crab Cooker. Alaskan King Crabs legs are still to be found there by our sons.

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

It was lovely to hear your voices!

Sandscraper said...

Nice post Pandabonium, was the video cam fixed to your boom? If it was what is the make?

I'm getting ready for my trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway, the home only to head to the Keys on the 15th.

Pandabonium said...

Moody -

We do move right along. It feels fast on the water, but in fact the top speed of a sailboat is largely a function of the length of the hull - longer is faster. The theoretical max for the Lido is 5.01 knots (9.28 kph), but of course in light wind we do much less than that. Most guests think we're going much faster than we really are.

The saury was good. We bought them already cooked from Seimiya.


Ah, the romance magic of the Lido 14. Sailing, dining on Alaskan king crab legs, and listening to Simon and Garfunkel - a sure recipe for love.

As for voices, be glad we weren't singing. :)

Sandscraper -
The camera was mounted on a "Camzilla" mount from Australia. It has a huge suction cup for the base which I stick on the seat. They make various styles for special purposes - like for motorcycles....

Have a great ride - or rather "glide".