October 6, 2005   

Monterey Harbor to San Simeon

We departed Monterey at 0545 while it was still dark to get a head start on the day's run and to take advantage of the lower winds typical in mornings.  Winds were NW 5 to 15, swells large from the NW and W and no fog!  It was a beautiful day on the water for an 84 mile run and we quickly settled in to our routines.  When Kath took the second watch, I made a large omelet and we ate half and saved the other half for the next day (saves prep and cook time

The trip was uneventful, Dreamer ran well and took the seas comfortably and we arrived at San Simeon around 1600, set the anchor close to the beach and enjoyed a glass of wine while taking in the scenery of the little village there and Hearst's Castle about 2 1/2 miles away up on the hill with the sounds of small surf on the beach ahead.

This is our first open water anchorage and there was a small south swell rolling in so I decided to rig up the flopper stoppers for the first time and after launching the starboard one, the rolling settled down enough that I didn't rig and launch the port unit.  We enjoyed our evening and slept well with plans to depart early the next morning for Morro Bay, a short run of about 3 hours.