Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thanksgiving Weekend 2007



Since Berkeley reopened the marina (following the oil spill) we've been sailing junkies. We've been out 4 of the 6 available sailing days (for us work 5 days a week folks). And Pura Vida is doing really well. Only once did we have strong winds and that was the day after Thanksgiving. At one point we had about 20 kts on the beam and nothing was going to stop Pura Vida's gallop to the Gate. It was an amazing feeling. Believe it or not but nothing crashed down below either. It the weird thing about living on a boat (though it may happen even if you don't live aboard) but the first time wind fills the sails and you heel over, there's always that moment where you listen down below for something that falls out of place.

Mom and dad think it's a game but I think it's freaky, I've had cabinets open on me, I've been below when pots were flung across the boat when the oven pops open...believe me it's no fun for a doggie. Luckily Pura Vida didn't have any of that...so far....

So Saturday, my friend Jolanda came over to let us know that she was going to take her new to her boat (Lena) out to play. She also said another friend of ours, Carol and Kip were taking their boat (SeaQuest) out to play. We decided to all bring out cameras, and monitor 68 for photo ops.

We were the first to head out (only because Dad thought we were last, and anyone who knows dad knows he likes to be at the front of the line). Anyway, we found ourselves out super early. Since the wind was light, we only put up the main and ghosted while we had grilled turkey sandwiches for lunch. A little bit later we saw Lena with Jolanda heading out the marina, so we pointed Pura Vida in her direction and rolled out her headsails. Lena and Pura Vida danced around each other in the light winds while the goofy humans took pictures. So when I say light winds, I do mean light, but not so light that you barely move, but light so that you move along nice and easy.



Lena with Jolanda, Darby, Ron and Tom aboard

Soon Lena and Pura Vida were bored with the games and we each started exploring our new boats. We stayed in the Berkeley Circle while Lena headed off toward Angel Island.


Mom driving...


Me lounging....



Dad thought this would be a perfect day to figure out the spinnaker, so after convincing mom, out comes the spinnaker.


Greg wants to bring up the big sail...

Then comes the part of sorting out where lines go. It took mom 3 times to get the sheet lead right. Hard to believe this time last year she was sailing practically everyday.

Finally though all was ready and she was ready to let her colors fly...


Beautiful...The previous owners (Brad and Laura) designed it themselves.

We set and doused the spinnaker 3 times while gybing and tacking in the Berkeley Circle. During this time SeaQuest came out and called us so we each took pictures of each other.


Pura Vida with her colors flying....


SeaQuest with her new main...


Greg setting up the lazy Jacks - he made them himself!!!


Matey helping...


PV with the Gate...



Finally the wind really started to wind down and we had shore things to do, so we took down the sails and motored home.




Thursday, November 1, 2007

Pura Vida Intro




See her - she's my new home, Pura Vida, a Hylas 47, designed by Sparkman & Stephens (her name is Costa Rican and means 'the good life'). At first I was a little overwhelmed - I spent the first couple of days sleeping in new spots all the time till I found the 'ONE'. I now have my own room again even though mom said I wouldn't because I don't share my room well. She justified it to herself by saying, well - Pura Vida does have two guest rooms... I don't care how she justified it, just that I got my own room. It's the coolest room though - I have bunk beds that I think I'm going to have to share with my nieces because they seem to like my room best too.

I now have a big freezer so mom can hold more bones for me - I know that's why they picked this boat. There's lots of room to walk around. Mom and dad even have a real bed - not some weird triangular bed. There's plenty of room for me to get up there and play as I try to get them up early.

At first I had trouble with the stairs (well, I guess I still have trouble, but not as much as I used to). Mom and dad had just gotten used to the idea that they would have to help me up and down the ladder (it's 5 steps and steep like a real ladder). I've shown them what an agile girl I am by mastering going down all the time, and just needing a little help on where to put my foot on the first step going up. To clarify, I can lift my foot, I'm just not sure where to put it yet. Mom's confident I'll get it eventually and be able to go up all by myself. But they do say I'll need help while moving since it can be dangerous for me.

Mom and dad have put Pacifica up for sale. You can see her webpage HERE. We are all going to miss her and we hope she gets to go on to a good home who will use her and take her on more adventures.

Here are some more pictures of Pura Vida. We are very happy to have her in our family and look forward to having more adventures aboard her....