Catalina Island

Catalina Island landfall:

There are two main harbors on Catalina, Avalon and Two Harbors. Two Harbors is a very narrow part of the island with coves on both sides of the narrow bight. We arrived at the eastern cove of Two Harbors at 1400 on Wednesday and secured Snug Harbor to our assigned mooring blocks. You have to attach both the bow and the stern to separate mooring blocks that are attached by a line and a buoy. The bow is easy. However, if the wind is blowing, or the current running, securing the second mooring to the stern involves, strength, agility, a tenacious grip and a good pair of work gloves. Failure is common after which you disconnect the bow and try again. Fortunately it all went smoothly.

Master line handlers relaxing at Two Harbors after mooring Snug Harbor:

We were pooped out after the 2 1/2 day voyage and spent the rest of the day decompressing on board. We had a few beers, showered, made dinner and watched the 1992 Clint Eastwood movie, “Unforgiven”. Clint has made some great movies and this is one of them.

Thursday we slept in and departed for the 12 mile sail to Avalon mid morning. We arrived around noon and successfully remoored Snug Harbor.

We spent the afternoon reading and relaxing and then took the water taxi to town for a hike and dinner. The terrain rises steeply from the harbor and we got a great view:

If you look carefully, you can see the stairs we climbed on the lower right hand corner of the photo.

We then set off for Villa Portofino, a favorite Italian restaurant I always try to go to. Alas it was belly up and we ended up at the Bluefin Restaurant where the seafood was very tasty. We had swordfish and mahi mahi. However, as SailingOnSnugHarbor is a sailing blog, the Captain promises never to publish pictures of his, or his crew’s, meals. We need to stay on message.

During dinner we realized that sailing was a lot like politics – first you roll hard to one side – then you roll hard to the other – back and forth – back and forth – but then you end up in the middle more or less upright and not too much worse for the wear. Wait a minute….let me think about that some more….

One thought on “Catalina Island

  1. How exciting! As much as we love sailing, we are thinking that enjoying the voyage from the blog is definitely the way to go! A lot of fun, AND we get to skip the midnight to 3 am watch! You guys are amazing. Such fun to share the adventure! Those steps looked REALLY steep! Kathy and John

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