Inside Painted Cave
Steve and Meredith hoped to do some kayaking along this rugged and fascinating coastline.
Santa Cruz coastline
We were to anchor together at nearby Fry’s Harbour but, unfortunately, there was a boat there already and Ka’sala continued on to Pelican Bay.
Fry's Harbour, Santa Cruz
Pelican Bay is one of the largest anchorages on Santa Cruz, but it is still quite small. We put out 50 meters of chain and employed our stern anchor to keep Ka’sala from swinging on the swell. By the time we had settled, it was dark, so we had a quick dinner and went to bed early.
Evening at Pelican Bay
We had really enjoyed an excellent day of sailing in the sunshine along these Channel Islands at 4 to 5 knots, full sails.
Leaving Pelican Bay
However, we weren’t very happy with this exposed anchorage and, with a change in the fair weather predicted, we decided to head over to Oxnard, at Channel Islands Harbour, just south of Santa Barbara and Ventura. It was another pleasant sail, mostly downwind, with main prevented and Yankee poled out. We could see the oil platforms which line the Santa Barbara Channel, but didn’t see any boats as we crossed the shipping lanes.
Oil Platform in Santa Barbara Channel
Playful sea lion in the Channel
We arrived late afternoon and, after checking in with the officious harbor master, were assigned a transient berth close to the end of starboard arm of this man-made harbour.
Entering Oxnard breakwater
Entering the Southern Arm
We didn’t see any other cruisers and the whole place looked very quiet. Our berth was in front of a Fisherman’s Wharf development that was completely closed down. I fear that Oxnard may have fallen on hard times.
70’s apartment style condos with slips lined the sides as we coasted by.
Fisherman's Wharf in better days - we were moored right on the dock to the left
Next morning, right after breakfast we cast off and continued our journey to Marina Del Rey, 45 nautical miles down the coast.