Sailing to Two Harbors, Catalina, CA

3 Aug

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The Captain

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Sunrise on our departure

Growing up, my sister and I hated going  ‘to the boat.’ We liked inviting our friends down to swim on the dock, sailing in the Snark (a smaller version of a Laser and much more kid-friendly), going out in the dinghy (with the motor), and I loved fishing, but sailing, not so much. Once we were old enough, my parents would take the sailboat out, leaving us happily behind to hang out on the dock, go to the candy store (in Oceanside Harbor), and tool around  with our friends (whose parents were probably on the boat with ours).

Years have gone by and age has a way of softening the memories of seasickness and claustrophobia, which used to haunt me on our sails and overnight trips. Since Raj and I have been together, I’ve reminisced about the fun times we had growing up on the boat, going to Catalina, and spending time just hanging out on the water with my family. Raj bought into the fantasy and has been telling my parents for years now that once we got back Stateside, we would be up for a sail to Catalina on the boat.

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Looking over Two Harbors

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View from the trail into Two Harbors

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Satin Doll

We originally were going to sail first to Avalon, as we’ve done in the past, but in the interest of avoiding the crowded and kitschy scene, we chose to go straight to Two Harbors, the less crowded harbor about two hours further of a sail than Avalon.

We left very early in the AM and immediately faced gail force winds and six to eight foot swells–so much for forgetting about seasickness. Luckily, my mom was prepared with wrist bands and some type of non-drowsy, motion sickness pill, which did the trick. My strategy, since being a child, has always been to sleep it off, so in the interest of everyone, I nodded off for as much of the eight-hour trip over there, as evidenced by my horrendous sunburn.

We arrived to great weather and immediately got to work doing nothing, which was the plan. We spent two nights and three days reading, soaking up the sun, running along the coast, walking, eating at the one restaurant on shore, checking out the Banning House (the one B & B located on shore), watching ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm, and sleeping. It was a great time followed by an easy and pleasant sail home.

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Raj working hard…

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Two Harbors Yacht Club

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One room school-house

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One of the many ravens

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The Banning House, B & B

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View of the second harbor from the Banning House

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Inside the Banning House library

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This is the type of trip whose memories get sweeter over time.

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Fourth of July Harbor

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Cherry Cove

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3 Responses to “Sailing to Two Harbors, Catalina, CA”

  1. Joe Palumbo aka the captain August 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    I loved the trip or adventure and I loved my great crew. Raj did an outstanding job at the helm and the women did a great job looking pretty. The food was fantastic at the reef restaurant. By the way we spoiled Raj with the best sleeping arrangents. The trip gets better every time I talk about it

  2. Ann August 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    Jen, your photos of our trip to Two Harbor are lovely. After the rough crossing we had going over, I wasn’t sure as to when I would be ready to face that trip again. Your photos remind me of how nice it was once we arrived. I’m not ready to go tomorrow, but maybe in 6 months. You are right, time sweetens those memories

  3. Richard Leste August 3, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    Jen,
    Where are the pics of the water coming over the toe rail, and you guys bailing the water out of the cabin? and those 25 foot seas the Captain was speaking of????
    Great pics Jen, thanks for sharing!!!
    Dick

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