|Sunrise over the San Diego Coast|
A note for non-sailors about the timing of this trip. If you're wondering why I left so late in the afternoon to sail at night, it was to ensure an arrival in daylight in San Diego. Avalon to San Diego is a little over 70 miles. When motor sailing I travel at around 6 knots (6 nautical miles per hour,) which would make the trip a little over 11 hours. There are only around 11 hours of daylight here now, so I would have been forced to leave slightly before dawn and motor the entire way to arrive just at sunset - which is not a very ideal trip. By sailing at night I had more than enough time to take advantage of whatever winds there were and sail, while ensuring I had plenty of time to be there the next day before dark. Leaving at noon gave me 24 hours to arrive the next day by noon, which was plenty of time.
I'm staying at the Kona Kai Marina, slip D-5. When I first contacted the marina they said their price for the slip would be $2/foot per day. Luckness is around 40' with the monitor wind vane, so that would have been a pricey stay. After a little discussion, they offered me their monthly rate, pro rated for the length of my stay. This works out to $21/foot per month, which is something like $28 per day. Much more reasonable than $80/day.
I'll be here for perhaps a week and a half, and then leave for Ensenada, Mexico!