We did it! Hurray! Hours of studying and watching YouTube videos about sailing and now we can officially become sailors! We passed our sailing classed through West Coast Multihulls, ate gluten free the whole trip, and made some new friends along the way!
I have secretly been living vicariously through many sailing couples on YouTube for the past 4 or 5 years. We have even had conversations about selling everything and moving aboard. Kids and dogs packed up and living on a catamaran, however reality set in that my husband’s job is land based, our kids are in college and high school and so it isn’t the right time to become Muana. Although, I do sing the song from Muana every time I am sailing 🙂 We took our 103, 104 and 114. That’s one one four not one fourteen… it’s a joke from our class..sorry had to be there.
If you want to check out the YouTube sailors we follow, here are a few 🙂
Gone with the Wynns– Started out as RV’ers and now live on their catamaran. Awesome!
Sailing La Vegabond– Started out sailing a monohull and now live on their catamaran. Very Cool!
Sailing Uma– Architects that sold everything, didn’t buy a couch and sail their monohull. Amazing aerial gymnastics as well!
Trio Travels– Canadians adventuring on their catamaran with their Son. Super fun.
There are many others but this is just a few. 🙂
We started out in San Diego. We ordered take out from PF Changs to eat while starting our navigation and provisioning class. I didn’t take a photo of the lettuce wraps which tested Nima safe, probably because I was a little stressed out about living on a catamaran for 5 days with 4 men and no other girls…… I did take a picture of my hubby’s Egg Drop soup which was also supposed to be gluten free but did not Nima test safe, so I didn’t eat it. Thank you Nima for keeping me safe while living on a boat for 5 days with 4 men and one bathroom….
I am super grateful that the 4 men were willing to help me stay safe on the trip and be careful if they ate gluten on the boat. I brought my portable “kitchen” with me and used my own scrubby, kitchen utensils, thermal cooker, etc. Everyone was great and I truly appreciate that! I secretly think they liked that I was totally fine doing all of the cooking and they helped with the sous chef duties. 🙂
We started our morning off with room service gluten free omelette from the Sheraton. Nima approved and it was yummy!
We left the dock around 8 am and headed into the bay to do our man over board maneuvers and other fun drills. It was a great time for all! We had meat and cheese lettuce wraps, veggies and chips for lunch that day. I didn’t take a photo… sorry.
We anchored in Mission Bay and went to dinner ashore. It was a beautiful night and the restaurant was accommodating. I was nervous because it was a brewery, but Nima tested safe with both items I ordered. Great Job Alamo Draft House!
We woke up and ate the egg wraps I pre-made and strong coffee! Yummy! We sailed off toward Dana Point for our second anchorage.
We stayed on the boat for dinner that night. I made Beef Stew with my thermal cooker. It was warm and comforting after a long day of sailing. We had such a great day on the water. When we arrived in Dana Point another boat was dragging its anchor and we got to see the Coast Guard and Life guards trying to rescue this boat. The owners were fiercely rowing out to the boat as it was going towards some rocks… not good. But the boat was saved and the wind died down and all was good.
Today we headed off to Catalina Island’s town, Two Harbors. Such a cute place. It’s quiet and you can take a short walk to the other side of the Isthmus and see the other harbor. Very cool. It was a nice walk before dinner and great to get our legs stretched after sailing.
We ate at the only restaurant there and the food tested safe with Nima! We ordered a greek salad with chicken. Just a FYI the portions are huge!
We woke up and practiced picking up mooring balls, using the twin screws (two engines) to maneuver the catamaran without using the steering, backing up, etc. I really liked this practice and Captain Lance, our instructor deemed that I should drive and Josh should use his man muscles to pull the stern and bow lines. I am totally fine with that, plus I think he’s pretty sexy when he’s doing any sailor duty!
We sailed to Avalon on the south side of Catalina Island today and suddenly seemed we were transported into this cute little Mediterranean villa! The crazy thing is that my Grandma had relatives that lived in Avalon from the 50’s, I wasn’t able to find out if they still live there. I thought a name like Bjarnason would be easy to find lol!
We ate dinner at a cute restaurant called the Lobster Trap. They had lots of gluten free options! The server knew her stuff! When she delivered my food she told me not to worry that they used gluten free soy sauce on the veggies! I thought that was awesome since had I seen soy sauce and she not said it was gluten free I would have asked her to check!
Sadly this was our last day being sailors for a little while. We had a long 11 hours sail back to San Diego. I used my thermal cooker and made burrito bowls for lunch. We chopped up the last of the veggies we had and put it over rice with cheese and sour cream. Yummy!
Since we passed our tests it’s now time to practice our skills as much as we can!
We headed out to C Level restaurant to celebrate our sailing adventure and enjoy our last date night of the trip before heading back to reality the next morning. We have eaten there twice and everything has Nima tested safe! SO thankful for awesome kitchen practices!
I love our girls and family but I really enjoy time away with my hubby. He’s truly my best friend and I love life’s adventures with him. Ok enough gushing… but after 23 years together I am stoked to still feel butterflies 🙂
I hope you try something new, have courage and be brave. It can be scary learning a new thing but it’s so rewarding to say you did! Wether it’s a new skill, learning how to cook gluten free because you all of a sudden have to or a fun hobby. You can do anything, don’t give up!