My friend Adam and I were biking along Newport Beach from just after the river jetty to Balboa Pier. It was a gorgeous late afternoon Spring day, but a bit windy.
Between the Newport Beach Pier and the Balboa Pier is a stretch of black top for the local school to play basketball and other activities right on the edge of the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
Turns out “a bit windy” is great for Land Windsurfing also known as Windskating. We stopped when we spied a couple people Land Windsurfing which is a sport that has been around a long time.
I got to try Land Windsurfing once long ago as a young man in Long Beach along the bike trail after a Hobie Cat Regatta. One of my Hobie Cat Racing friends, Terri McKenna, who has always had great toys, let me try her rig.
My friend Adam, always chatting everyone up, started talking to the sailors. A great guy, Jack I think he said his name was, offered to let us try it. I of course jumped at the chance. It has been awhile since I have been on anything with a sail, and I pretty much love everything with a sail- so I was certainly game.
It went pretty well. I could do it, but I must admit the reason that in the video it doesn’t show me doing any turns or maneuvers is that I couldn’t lol. It would take a little more practice for that, but I was having a ball. Jack was an expert from days gone by and in the video you can see just how much fun being proficient can be.
Also sailing the pavement were a few Wingskaters, which is something that is new. I had seen Wingsailors out on the water the last couple of years or so, but this was the first time I saw them on the black top. They were all quite good, and it looked “awesome dude”!
Thanks for joining me and my friend Adam, who did the camera work and the commentary for the video. It was a pleasant ride along the beach that turned into Adventure Sailing. You never know what you might run across when you are ‘Pursing Balance Through Adventure’ and luckily I had enough muscle memory and balance to still windsurf this time on pavement. I invite you to stick with us for more adventure by doing a few very easy things, much easier than maneuvers Windskating: LIKE, FOLLOW, COMMENT and SHARE. If you go to the menu above you will discover that ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ ventures all over this great West of ours seeking out the Balance that we all need not only for Land Windsurfing, but in our daily work a day, rushing here and there lives. Adventures in Nature can bring some of that Balance. I encourage you to put down the video games and go live a video game, but in Nature. The menu will give you some ideas. It is categorized mostly by location, but sometimes by activity. Each is a separate website and thus needs to be FOLLOWED independently. The hat that I am wearing is part of my Adventure Wear Line of top quality hats and shirts, stop by SHOP APPAREL and pick yourself up a set.
My friends Scott Cohn and his brother Charter Captain Henry Cohn invited me for an afternoon of sailing aboard the 38’ Hunter, ‘Kai Angel’ on the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon. My answer to something like ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ Sailing is always an emphatic yes!
Henry’s business ‘Portland Yachting Adventures’ is Portland’s #1 Sailboat Adventure. This day was a fabulous day to be on the water. It was all blue skies, blue water, with plenty of wind to fill the white sails. ‘Kai Angel’ is a fully outfitted cruising yacht ready for adventure and with over 30 knots of breeze it was adventure we would have indeed. The 38’ Hunter handled the breeze with ease as we put her through her paces.
It was good to be on the Columbia again. I have cruised the area on causal sailboats and I have raced here extensively on Hobie Cat Catamarans back in the day.
Captain Henry was nice enough to offer me a Captain position if I were interested. My first love is the racing speedy small cats, but I am kept pretty busy nowadays racing big boats in Marina Del Rey and they treat me really well. But adventure yachting on the Columbia in beautiful Oregon is certainly tempting.
I would like to extend my appreciation to my friend Scott for hosting PBTA and for the Kayaking Adventurewe did in the morning. A big thank you to Charter Captain Henry, your yacht is splendid and our afternoon jaunt in over 30 knots of breeze was so fun!
Thanks for joining Captain Henry, my good friend Scott and myself while we were ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ Sailing on the Columbia on the beautiful ‘Kai Angel’. Stick with us for more adventure sailing by doing the following maneuvers: COMMENT, LIKE, FOLLOW and SHARE. If you go to the menu above to see all the many adventures, sailing being but one type of adventure, I take while seeking asylum from the busy, stressful lives that we all lead. Nature is the very thing that can help put you back at ease, so get out there as often as you can. Each location or activity in the menu is a separate website and thus needs to be FOLLOWED independently. If you need adventure wear for your next yachting, hiking, backpacking, paddling, or Off-Roading experience then I invite you to view my clothing line at: SHOP APPAREL.
When ’Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ racing yachts off of the Southern California Shore is just the ticket and this regatta to Catalina Island and back is super fun.
The regatta, hosted by Del Rey YC, starts just off of Marina Del Rey and proceeds, as the famous 1958 hit by the band the Four Preps suggests, ‘26 Miles (Santa Catalina Song)’ across the sea. However, that mileage approximation would be from the closest point of land to Catalina. In this case it is more like 35 miles between MDR and the island, and besides that the race is to Cat Harbor which is on the backside of Catalina so it is a pretty good distance to be sailing for the day.
Funny thing is Southern California pretty much has more yachts than anywhere in the world and other than running up and down the coast there is no where to go except Catalina Island. The Island is a favorite for tourist and boaters alike. The main tourist section is Avalon with cute boutique hotels, quaint restaurants and fun bars, but our racing was at the opposite, more kick back, West End.
Aboard ‘Javelin’, a J125, carbon 41’ sailboat, life is good as Owner and Main Helmsman Dan Murphy keeps everyone smiling with his charm and wit attracting a talented and fun group of sailors.
The Team Captain Rob Dekker is a Dutch National Champion and has been sailing and racing big boats his whole life. He keeps everyone concentrating on the task at hand and sailing on an even keel… or else.
I am sorry, but even Rob has not competed as many times as my Hobie National Champion friend or I. Tom recruited me to this fine group of sailors, and it has been a blast.
Tom and I have competed against each other and sailed with each other as a team in big National and World Championships. We even switched off on the helm at one event. We are both Hobie 14 National Champions. Mine was a Canadian Nationals and his a US. But I trump Tom with a US Sailing Alter Cup Title, which is a Champion of Champions event. Admittedly I was crewing with my friend, Pete Melvin famed multihull designer, with multiple World Titles, an Olympian, and has more National Titles then he can remember. So I don’t know maybe that makes it a push between Tom Materna and I.
Julia Briggs is a young, brilliant Bow person, whom also happens to be a yachting professional, and a doll besides. She will never-ever complain about anything she takes everything in stride and just loves the challenge.
Rounding out our core group is another talented, fit, young woman Tanika Roy, a former Marine, now in Avionics for Virgin Orbit. Tanika balances out her grit and determination with a Zen like Buddhist quality. She can pretty much handle anything on the boat, and she bakes crazy good chocolate chip cookies.
‘Javelin’ also rotates in multiple other sailors all contributing to the fun and success of this team. All thanks to Dan Murphy and his love of life, the sea, competition, and more than anything a good time.
Now back to the regatta. There were many fine sailboats in the regatta. We had light winds and we had good winds. We had steady winds we had some shifty winds. All which add to the fun and challenge. You need to checkout the video as we came upon a very large pod of dolphins which was so darn cool! By the time we reached the backside of Catalina there were still half a dozen boats in the hunt for line honors. When it came down to it, as we drew near the finish, it was between us and the professional crew of the yacht ‘Sapphire Knight’, who’s recent refurbish had cost far more than the purchase price of our boat. Sapphire Knight’s professional crew should have spanked us, but the difference came down to we read the wind better, and deployed the proper sail quicker, and took line honors.
The team celebrated big time with a fine meal at the Del Rey YC’s Base Compound at Cat Harbor. Super food, super drink, super fun group. Maybe a little too much of the super fun drink… as a few members of the crew stumbled off down the gang plank, singing into the night arm in arm after we ventured into the bar/restaurant at Two Harbors for some sweet, but potent ’Buffalo Milks’ to cap off the night.
Early the next morning I went on a ‘tough’ hike before we headed off for the start. A couple member’s of the crew had a ’tough’ time even lifting their head up as we experienced heavy swell action. One member whom will remain unnamed completely grossed out the competition at the start with her butt in the air, feeding the fish off the bow, almost spewing on the nearby crew of about a dozen on the rail of the boat next to us. She has sworn off Margaritas followed by Buffalo Milks for good, or so she professed at the time.
Once again we had some light wind and some good wind. Probably a little less of the shifty tricky stuff such that the yacht we duked it out with the day before was sailing more on her lines, so no overall upset. We had a second across the line finish and corrected out second for the race. But one thing is for sure we had a best time ’Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ Sailing.
Night at Two Harbors
That is ’Javelin’ in the background on the left, and the photo on the right Capt Rob steers a course for MDR.
Thanks for joining Dan, Rob, Tom, Julia, Tanika, Karla, Jerry, Jen and I as we were ’Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ Sailing during the regatta from MDR to Catalina Island on ’Javelin’. We hope that you will hop aboard for more high seas adventure and you can do so by fulfilling the following crew chores: LIKE, FOLLOW, COMMENT, and SHARE. If you care to checkout the menu above you will see that ’Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ embarks on other type of adventurous lifestyle activities. They are mostly broken down by area. Each location is a separate website and thus needs to be FOLLOWED independently. For PBTA Adventure Wear please see SHOP APPAREL. The gear is top quality and bears the PBTA logo and mantra because aren’t we all looking for a little balance to our otherwise hetic, repetitive, burdensome, mundane lives? Epic adventures in nature are the ticket to that balance, come along let’s set a course to Shangri-La.