Friday, August 4, 2017


Everyone loves La Playa, especially us! 
 What's not to love?
 A lush pathway connects the SDYC and the SWYC.
It's Sparky' favorite spot to run & frolic, mine too.

We could not come up with a better plan to celebrate Darrell's birthday than to hang out with good friends, Penny and Fred, from sv/ Tapatia. And no better spot to Eat, Drink, and Be Merry than La Playa Anchorage. Situated, maybe, a nautical mile from our slip at Kona Kai Marina, between the San Diego Yacht Club and the Southwest Yacht Club overlooking a lovely beach dotted with beautiful homes with lush tropical landscape. The last time we anchored here, we said a bittersweet good-bye to our Tayana 47 sailboat, El Tiburon. We are happy to return aboard Scrimshaw, our Grand Banks 42. Nothing better than swinging on a hook.
Scrimshaw has a new look, a striped sunscreen on the bridge deck.
Our view from Scrimshaw's bridge deck.
 Darrell barely had the anchor set before he ventured in the water.
 Spark was a bit surprised to be left behind.
Darrell picked up our guests from the SDYC and the party began.
Penny made homemade macaroni (YUM), brought a perfect afternoon Rose wine, and a bouquet of cheerful sunflowers graced her cobalt blue vase. She also designed and illustrated D's birthday card. Fred is always the life of any party.
I wrangled up seafood kabobs from our favorite local store, Jensen's. Dark Chocolate Birthday Cake with raspberry filling rounded out the meal. Captain Darrell had recent eye surgery, so he is sporting a pirate patch. So very dashing on him too!
Happiness in a vase.

There is no better way to celebrate the birth of the "Man of My Dreams" than being surrounded by sunshine, blue water, and plenty of Laughter & Love. Next weekend plan we to anchor for a couple of nights with Tapatai in Glorietta Bay off the Coronado Yacht Club with the scenic and grand Del Coronado Hotel in the background. My dad would have loved this outing. Our family visited the "Del" sometime in the early sixties, and my father introduced me to lake sailing around the same time. The first time I sailed off into the sunset, aboard my Islander 30, towards the Panama Canal, my father stood on the dock of the SDYC waving me "Fairwinds". The next time I saw him, ten months later, he was waving "hello" to me from the docks at the Fort Lauderdale Yacht Club. Since I was 16 years-old, sailing and my father went together. He cheered me on to cross the Atlantic, and again when I made a second trip to Mexico in 1990. Thanks Dad, I miss you. He never saw our 1956 Chris Craft 46, Catalina 38, Peterson 44, Tayana 47, or our GB 42.  He would have approved of them all, and he continues to be by my side for each adventure in spirit.
Darrell shares many of the same qualities I admired in my father. Happy Birthday D.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Sparky loves San Diego too. Always has. 
Spark checks out the crowd at our second Chris Isak concert at Humphrey's.
We can NEVER see enough of Chris. EVER.
 San Diego Yacht Club in full dress 
for Opening Day.
Each yacht was spit and polished to the nines.
 Hanging out with Tapatai.
Darrell is a happy man aboard Mr. Scripp's fine yacht, Miramar.
Our Kona Kai Hood
Hanging out at The Vessel at the Kona Kai Resort & Marina.
Our favorite visitor aboard Scrimshaw. 
Jack looks a bit skeptical about the height, 
but the boy loves boats.
"Mimi's Boat" was Jack's first string of words.
Wherever Jack is, his favorite thing to do with
 Cappy (short for Captain) is to snuggle up and read.
We started indoctrinating Jack about boats early. 
His first Christmas, at age 5 months, was aboard Scrimshaw 
at Westpoint Harbor on the Peninsula. 
He also attended his first Christmas Eve Service 
at Stanford Memorial Church.

As doting grandparents, 
we take our duty to instill proper values seriously.
We are doing our best to insure Jack's love of yachting.

True LOVE in San Diego,
or anywhere.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BOATS, big or small are FUN.

My boys enjoying our latest acquisition.
The perfect size to enjoy Humphrey's Concerts on the Bay.
All the better to see Chris Isak! And Pink Martini!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

WE'VE HERE, from NorCal to SoCal.

Approaching Catalina, always a welcomed landmark.
 The Isthmus.
 Fog, on it's cat-like feet, creeping over Santa Catalina Mountains.
Checking in at Avalon for our Guest Mooring.
Regardless of how many times in the past 4 decades I have visited Avalon, the casino is without a doubt, a sight that captures my heart and imagination. It's grand architecture transports me back to earlier days of glamour and colorful movie stars. Pure Romance. I've written about its Art Deco style and beautiful ocean ceramic tiles in earlier posts, so here's just a few shots of its splendor.

The Casino
Our view, of the Casino's magic at night, from Scrimshaw's decks.
Another Catalina fab fav, Nachos at the Sandtrap.
Two days later, we arrived at the San Diego Yacht Club. 
Another welcomed spot casting its charm upon me since 1975. This is the standard San Diego sunset, as seen from our guest slip. For the next week, we'll swim laps, enjoy fine dining, and visit friends while we await a more permanent slip at Kona Kai Marina across the way. Yes, life is good, albeit, a bit lonely without Hana and Baby Jack by our sides.
Back in San Diego, it didn't take us long to find our way to Gordo's in Chula Vista for a plate full of Al Pastor tacos. One more reason to LOVE San Diego. Only a dozen, or so, more of our favored restaurants to visit. 

Stop in and say "Hello" to Darrell Erickson at Suncoast Yachts, 
and see what he loves doing best, everything B O A T S.

Thursday, November 3, 2016


Scrimshaw is a tiny little speck on the Big Blue.
Scrimshaw heads south to points south.
Headed towards Point Buchon.

Saturday, October 29, 2016


We have been on the dock at the Morro Bay Yacht Club (a member since 1978) for 2 weeks, and have yet to grow tired of the scenery. Harbor seals, herons, sea gulls, and pelicans share our view.
Our view of "The Rock". 
We have a lot more window square footage on Scrimshaw.
Scrimshaw's dining area also gives us a bit more space.

We also are spending time with our grandson, Jack. We took a field trip to the pumpkin patch farm up on Highway 46 in the local wine country. We hung out with goats, rabbits, and ducks, but Jack's favorite animals were humans. Tons of kids of all ages running around enjoying the countryside.
As much as we adore being with Jack, it's the spectacular sunsets each evening that make our days fantastic. Living amongst tall pines in the Sierra mountains is wonderful, but we have missed breathing the salt air and watching the sun set over the Pacific. After being sunset deprived for several months, Morro Bay is the perfect spot to cure what ails us.
Sparky gets his feet wet in Cayucos.
Our first Morro Bay sunset.
A "Red Sky at Night, Sailors Delight", the next night.
Painted Skies
The calm before the storm.
A shared sunset following the rain.
These two faces joined us aboard Scrimshaw 
for cocktails and seared tuna tonight. 
Our cruising buddies, Betsy and David (Mystic), 
always make the sunset sweeter.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

ON OUR WAY, again.

Scrimshaw departs San Francisco Bay
Scrimshaw slipped out of The Gate with an early ebb tide yesterday morning. Darrell and Pat guided her safely around Point Sur to Morro Bay, where she will be for a couple of weeks. As winter approaches in the Sierra, we will make our way south, slowly, to Marina Coral. We have missed Ensenada's Vibe; the people, the food, the many happy celebrations of life, the peso to the dollar, and the warmer climate. We have also missed Marina Coral with its magnificent views, swimming pools, friendly staff, and its most excellent restaurant. Baja Naval is also on the docket of places to visit when the time comes. Next fall, we are on going with the CUBAR (aka FUBAR), sponsored by the San Diego Yacht Club, to La Paz, Baja. We REALLY REALLY REALLY miss La Paz, Costa Baja, and the islands in the Sea of Cortez. 
We're anxious to see old cruising buddies, who we hope don't mind hanging out with stinkpotters!

Monday, November 2, 2015


Our last anchorage aboard El Tib.
La Playa, San Diego
Our last weekend aboard El Tiburon was filled with sun and warm water and good friends and lots of fun and some sadness. The weekend was Bittersweet. We anchored out with our friends, Chris and Manuela, from Manuela, a Hylas 56. We are looking forward to sharing more anchorages together in our new Grand Banks Trawler. 

 The weekend included plenty of relaxing.
 We visited some Italian bathing beauties aboard Manuela.
 Enjoyed the local scenery.
Spark had a final swim from shore.
And one last cruise around Shelter Island.

If you see EL TIBURON in Mexico say "Hello" to her new owners, Rob and Jane.
And please give El Tib a pat from us.
She is a strong ship and served us well for 8 years!

And if you see a GB 42 named Scrimshaw, say "HI" to us.
 Clipper Cove, Treasure Island
Our 17th boat.
A fine example of Darrell's handiwork.