Looking Back at Our Two Boats

Betty Jean is the opposite of Grand Slam: she is smaller and closer to the water yet almost 20% heavier, with a full keel and bowsprit. She is a ketch, with a main, mizzen main and genoa, as opposed to a sloop with a large main and jib.

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Beautiful Santa Barbara

Anxious to get to Santa Barbara to recover from our encounter with the Santa Anas and avoid an impending southern storm, we left Becher’s Bay early and headed North. Just outside of Santa Barbara we came across a sea of dolphins looking to play, and we veered off course to join them.  Molly went to…

Bechers Bay

Santa Rosa Island, where we took refuge from weakening Santa Ana winds, is the middle child of the Northern Channels islands in both size and remoteness. Being neither as small and far from shore as San Miguel nor as big and accessible as Santa Cruz, it can be an ideal place for those seeking isolated…

Grand Slam Goes West

Batteries are charged, tanks are full, icebox is stocked, pantry is overflowing, Grandma Jean is healing and we’re off! Here’s where we’re going first: That’s Santa Cruz Island, fifteen miles west of Oxnard, our current location and home for the last 17 days. Santa Cruz Island is roughly twice the size of Catalina and with…