Baggywrinkle
Sunday January 23
By: Robert Tongen
With predictions of severe Santa Ana winds, Joe Barrett, Peter O'Sullivan, and I met at Kiddie beach and see what the conditions were like. The water was like glass, no swells hitting the breakwater, sunny and warm as we launched. We met Phil, who lives on a large power boat, out for a paddle in one of his many kayaks. We paddled, against the tide. out the channel and observed a flat pond with some small turbulence in the crazy water. As we sampled it, the wind increased from the NE so we decided we did not want t fight a high wind coming down the channel, so we headed in before it got too high.

We lazily made out way up the harbor as the wind dropped to a slight breeze. We stopped for a break alongside the new tall ship in the harbor, "Mystic Whaler". Joe struck up a conversation with Captain Christine on the "Mystic Whaler", by asking what the things that looked like clumps of moss in the rigging were. She explained they were baggywrinkles, which are " a soft covering for cables to reduce sail chafe." Joe promised to remember their name and the captain's name next week.

It was a nice day to be on the water, in January, very little wind and 76 degrees.

Lance Pillsbury said he paddled out of Ventura in great conditions. I am assuming that Bob Glickman paddled with Lance.
 
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