Aboard Astraea

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We ended up with 15 people aboard the boat, so I had to get a picture.
We ended up with 15 people aboard the boat, so I had to get a picture.

My parents came to visit

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Natalie and Sullivan relaxing in the salon

Natalie and Sullivan relaxing in the salon

My parents, Mary and Lynn, came to visit us in San Diego. Since they arrived around lunch time, we headed out to our favorite local Mexican food place, Los Panchos, in National City for some carne asada burritos. That afternoon we got Astraea secured for sea and underway, bound for Point Loma Marina. Mom and Dad got to do plenty of spoiling Sullivan all day.

Sailing in company with Coconutz to Point Loma Marina

Sailing in company with Coconutz to Point Loma Marina

Quality Father/Son time is spent in the cockpit Aboard Astraea

Quality Father/Son time is spent in the cockpit Aboard Astraea

Sullivan and Nana Kraft

Sullivan and Nana Kraft

We arrived that evening and I found out that the engine driven compressor wasn’t working anymore. I need to troubleshoot the system to find the problem. I hope all I need to do is replace the refrigerant.

Koku and Mom in the cockpit

Koku and Mom in the cockpit

On the 4th Dad and I put up the dress ship flags. We also hooked up to shore power to keep our food cold because the engine compressor wasn’t working. That afternoon we hosted a 4th of July BBQ and had friends from Coconutz, Una Vida and Wind Watcher aboard. I also had a few Navy friends, Chris and Clay, over too.

Dressed up for the 4th of July next to our megayacht neigbors in a 100 foot slip

Dressed up for the 4th of July next to our megayacht neigbors in a 100 foot slip

We ended up with 15 people aboard the boat, so I had to get a picture.

We ended up with 15 people aboard the boat, so I had to get a picture.

The fireworks were anticlimactic. We saw the entire show that was scheduled to shoot from the Shelter Island barge go off in 20 seconds. The show was splendid and I thought, “Wow they really do fireworks right in San Diego.”  What I didn’t know was that there was a computer malfunction that caused all the fireworks to go off at once.

Eric and Koku out for a dinghy ride

Eric and Koku out for a dinghy ride

Natalie and Sullivan in the cockpit

Natalie and Sullivan in the cockpit

Mom and Dad at the helm

Mom and Dad at the helm

We made the trip back in light air conditions flying just the jib and sailing downwind. We matched speed pretty well with Coconutz flying their main.

 

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4 Comments

  1. A wonderful trip! A week just flew by …. 2 days away from the home marina and then back t Pier 32 for lots of relaxing, cuddling Sullivan, and a little boat maintenance and lots of “Astraea union beer breaks” as Nathan liked to enforce! What a great trip … not a site-seeing trip, but lots of good times with family & got to meet N@ & N8’s (and Sully too) extended family!

    Hope we can get them back to the east coast … they are lovin’ the life! And I understand why!!

  2. Looks like wonderful family time full of memories. So happy for you all. Thanks for including Clay in your July 4th celebration. It’s comforting to know he is with great friends from back home.

  3. Love all the pics especially the one of Sullivan. Hey, do think the Asteria will ever be as big as the megayachts?

  4. I meant Astraea.

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