Know your point of sail, and a homeland security visit.

After a good night sleep we were ready for a good sail and simply couldn’t wait! And we got what we wanted, good winds 20knots true, didn’t even have time to reef… Unfortunately we had the wind on the nose for where we wanted to go! Classic? Or Murphy’s law? Evidently, it made for some rather uncomfortable close haul but certainly a good speed, a little motor sailing to regain longitude and we turned the corner for a beautiful ride down wind with 3 knots current and the sun beaming at us. Planning is everything you may say! (Sarcastic smile…) or is it just being at the right place at the right time work for us also?


Not only are we feeling really lucky to be out at this time of the year but we also have the space to us, with a nice state park dock. It didn’t take long for* B* to be out of the boat, and run to discover the fire pit and start a fire! As we live in a rather humid part of the country we didn’t worry too much, and oh to our surprise it was a “full on” when we came back from our walk around the island. *B* had succeeded and kept his fire going!!

Popcorn and drinks were out quickly and we had a nice bonding guys time.* V* ran back to the boat to get our dinner ready (some stereotypes live on, don’t they?( I am looking for trouble…)). As we were enjoying ourselves a sailboat arrived and a few minutes later another one, *B* says “mm.. Fisherman!” And after a closer look, I say “I doubt it with the kind of equipment and engine there is on that boat!” In fact, it was the Homeland security patrol boat with 1200 HP and silent like the wind.

From our side, it was rather funny and we had a good laugh as we were observing a full inspection, we could envision ourselves running away, leaving *V* dealing with it all! Although I fear we would have been caught up quickly! But no they knew who they were looking for: And only gave *V* a quick courtesy check, with a friendly “hello”. As we still have the Newport Beach CA decal, no flag, it brought up curiosity but thanks to Wayne I had affixed the permit. We continue to enjoy the view and relax in our little paradise around a roaring fire pit! And I am so thrilled my antenna works perfectly to get this nice connection…

Today we will be visiting Venizia or Venice where our daughter is visiting at the moment, see *E* we even think of you. Aaww! Even if you are far away, enjoy Italy and the Italians… Oh sorry we meant gelatos and cappuccinos!

Venice, is a city in northern Italy known both for tourism and for industry, and is the capital of the region
Veneto, with a population of about 270,660 (census estimate 30 April 2009). Together with Padua, the city is included in the Padua-Venice Metropolitan Area (population 1,600,000).

The name is derived from the ancient people of Veneti that inhabited the region as of 10th century B.C. The city historically was the capital of the Venetian Republic. Venice has been known as the “La Dominante”, “Serenissima”, “Queen of the Adriatic”, “City of Water”, “City of Masks”, “City of Bridges”, “The Floating City”, and “City of Canals”. Luigi Barzini, writing in The New York Times, described it as “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man”.Venice has also been described by the Times Online as being one of Europe’s most romantic cities.

The city stretches across 117 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy. The saltwater lagoon stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po (south) and the Piave (north) Rivers. The population estimate of 272,000 inhabitants includes the population of the whole Comune of Venezia; around 60,000
in the historic city of Venice (Centro storico); 176,000 in Terraferma (the Mainland), mostly in the large frazioni of Mestre and Marghera; and 31,000 live on other islands in the lagoon.

The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain and spice trade) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history. It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.