I've been thinking lately about what conditions we might face, looking back at our sailing experience, and hoping it has been adequate to prepare us for our adventure.
We've been sailing and racing in an area called the San Pedro Channel for 15 years now.
The San Pedro Channel is basically the area between Catalina Island and the California Coast. By the way, did you know that at it's deepest the San Pedro Channel is almost a mile deep? YIKES.
The thing about this channel is this: it's a very busy place. Like the song says, it's just "26 miles across the sea..." to Catalina, but on any given weekend there are hundreds and hundreds of boats of every size, shape and speed sailing in all different directions, competing for a pretty small spot of floating real estate.
You've got Catalina fliers:
They're always towing crazy stuff out there, too. One day a barge motored past us towing a gigantic sattelite launch pad:
and of course we see ocean life of every species imaginable:
and this is what happens when a sailboat gets
too close to a tanker:
And it's not just the tankers running over the sailboats. There's also tankers hitting tankers:
My point is this: we have spent countless days weaving in between tankers and Catalina fliers and cargo ships, through fog and 30 knot winds. These traffic jams -- while stressful -- have been amazing training grounds.
And as soon as we pass Newport Beach to port, we will basically be free of all that. It will be like living at the intersection of the 110 and 10 in downtown Los Angeles and suddenly moving to Iowa.
Just thinking about it -- the open spaces -- the open ocean -- fills me with such anticipation.
I can already feel my blood pressure dropping by the point...ahhhhhhhh.