San Diego 14.05
Just when the heavy wind had died off we left Ensenada in the evening on Monday. What had not settled down was the sea so we had a pretty bumpy trip along the coast north to San Diego. From some cruisers and also colored by the news in general we were a little concerned about boarding from the boarder control and tons of paperwork. We had no reason at all for being concerned as the check in procedures were very straight forward. Two nice guys from customs met us on the dock and after 20 minutes they had got what they needed and then we had to go downtown to get our cruising permit which is valid for 12 months. 19 USD was the total check in / cruising permit price.
The first 3 days here in San Diego we spent at the very nice South Western Yacht Club. We were first welcomed by Roy which is rebuilding his 40 year old triamaran for a long distance cruise and we also had a lot of nice conversations with many of the other members. We met Larry in the bar who took us over to Mission Bay Yacht club which is more a small boat and dinghy club. This gave us the opportunity to get in contact with the snipesailors and on Thursday we actually borrowed Don Bedfords Snipe and sailed the evening race. We are going to use that boat on a weekend race 20-21 of may which we are looking forward to! Very nice to do som race sailing again!
On Friday we left South Western Yacht club and headed in to the San Diego bay. We had a perfect spinnaker trip in to Coronado Yacht club which up to now have been a great place to be.
On Saturday morning Justin woke us up, knoking on the deck and wondered if we would like to do a Saturday race with him on his Hobie 33. Of course we wanted to do that and two up and down races gave two bullets (førsteplasser)!
Today we have been over on the city side again, celebrating our national day. Here it was celebrated a little bit early, on Sunday 14th, instead of the real day the 17th of may. It all took place around the Norwegian house in Balboa park. Nice to meet Norwegians again and have a little bit of traditions from home.