neal vs. the rock

Published on by neal rosenthal.

well followers, i’ve been away from the blog for several weeks. we needed to focus on the development of our web site, and the hard work is really paying off. the site looks great, and you will all get to see it very soon. we have just up dated all the packages and our late summer menu are now on the blog for your enjoyment. i am also now involved with provisioning and crewing for a catalina 38 which will be participating in this year’s baja ha-ha. i will be joining the crew in san francisco the middle of next month, to move the boat to san diego for the start of the rally. then on oct. 28 we will join the other 100+ boats heading to cabo san lucas. i can assure you that we will be the best fed crew in the fleet.

so what about the rock? after all the work we have put in, it was decided that a quick trip to santa cruz island for a refresh and re charge was in order. a 6 am departure on sunday, and 5 hours later i get a couple of hours of 3-4 foot surf! lunch, a couple of beverages and a quick run back to yellow banks, finds us snug for the night. happy hour, dinner, warm evening, amazing clear star filled sky, doesn’t get much better than this. fresh coffee, breakfast burritos, tidy up “Malaya” and the breeze is now filling in, time to head home. main sail up, ready to retrieve the anchor….what’s this? well the 60 pound bruce anchor brings up a ball of kelp & a 50 pound boulder is firmly stuck in the “claw” of the anchor. try the boat hook, which would have been way too easy. over the next hour we attach a halyard, hoist the entire mess on to the fore deck, whack the thing with the small sledge hammer, I fought the rock, and have beaten it into submission. we get the anchor back on the bow, but this damn rock is now a hood ornament on the fore deck. can’t hoist it, too unwieldy to just lift, and i’d like to put it back on the bottom of the ocean without doing paint or woodwork. two big towels over the bulwarks, and we gently roll the bitch over board and drench myself in the process.

the reward for all this extra work is 12-15 knots of wsw, flat seas, and 1500 spinner dolphins escorting us for around ½ an hour, as we reach home at 7+ knots.