Well everyone in LA must have been asleep these past few days.
Found a nice place in Marina Del Ray. My brother had a membership
at a club (kind of like a time share) in San Diego
and had completed an ASA
course but hadn't been sailing much due to the drive from Orange County.
I called Marina Del ray on Thursday and sussed it out but didn't lay in anything definite. We pitched up on Friday and unfortunately the "last" check out skipper
had just been booked. Oh, well. We scheduled for today and with him being local here decided he should do the checkout and I served as semi-competent crew.
was brilliant, this morning was a lot of drifting ;-)
We muddled through the 3 hour checkout in a catalina
27 and now we are "in the game" for the future. He promises to take his son out and keep his skills up so next trip through we can schedule a boat and make a day of it.
The mainsheet rig on the Catalina
was a bit weird but it had a furling jib
and the iron jenny fired up the first time. It was a decent boat boat unfortunately with light and variable winds below 3 kts I couldn't tell you how it sailed.
Looking forward to trying a variety of boats over the next few trips.