We left Paradise Cove yesterday morning at about 9 am.  Anchoring there was quiet (only one other boat) and peaceful.  Also, there was a pod of bottlenose dolphin cruising around all evening to provide entertainment.  Most of the day was gray and windless, which is good news and bad news.  The good news is that there wasn’t any chop to fight against, the bad news is that we couldn’t sail for most of the day.  On the bright side, we went through a large school of common dolphins who were busy catching lunch.  A few of them cruised along with us for a little while – a highlight of our day.  The wind picked up at about 1:30 and we hauled ass to Ventura harbor.  The yacht club (VYC) was hosting a race, so there were quite a few boats outside of the breakwater.  VYC was kind enough to accommodate us at their guest dock and we had dinner at the club last night. 

We had a very restful night’s sleep with nothing to be concerned about (when we are anchored, we get up several times a night to check our situation and make sure we are where we are supposed to be).  Today we are working on tasks that are more difficult or not possible when we are out on the ocean.  We don’t need to get provisions yet, and our ice is lasting pretty well (we only run the refrigerator while we are motoring or if we are connected to shore power).  Even though we’ve been sailing aboard Toga for almost 13 years, we learn at least one thing every day, and we are always trying to improve the way we do things.  We are looking forward to another dinner out tonight and tomorrow we leave for Santa Barbara, another wonderful port of call. 



Motoring south of Point Magu




Nautical Chart of the area



Tied up at VYC Guest dock


VYC facilities and little sailors getting ready for lessons

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