The Blue and the Gray days of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara was our first stop in the Southern California coast. It is different from the places we had visited thus far on this journey, due to a generally warmer weather pattern as compared to the rest of the US West Coast.

We did in fact get warm days and spent time playing in the water. For two days. Then the cold weather caught up with us again …

We arrived in Santa Barbara after crossing the notorious Point Conception – very likely our last complex passage this year.

Right upon arrival we could see we had gotten to a different place – palm trees, white sandy beaches, people in the water, a pleasant warm breeze. It felt like, well, cruising.

The marina also had more of a cruising atmosphere – a marked difference from the more commercial marinas we had stopped up to then.

For the first two days after our arrival, warm weather prevailed, and we took advantage of it:

Palm-tree-lined beaches ... boy oh boy did we miss it so much !
Palm-tree-lined beaches … boy oh boy did we miss it so much !
We spent time in the water for the first time on this journey
We spent time in the water …
... and on the sand
… and on the sand
Raquel gave a different use for the paddle board
Raquel gave a different use for the paddle board
And we celebrated Thanksgiving in style ...
And we celebrated Thanksgiving in style …
We had our thanksgiving lunch on Pesto's cockpit, with magnificent unobstructed views of the Santa Ynez mountains at sunset
We had our Thanksgiving lunch on Pesto’s cockpit, with magnificent unobstructed views of the Santa Ynez mountains at sunset
We strolled along the marina's breakwater
We strolled along the marina’s breakwater
Played soccer on the beach at dusk
Played soccer on the beach at dusk
The kids got airborne
The kids got airborne

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Watched beautiful sunsets - on the beach ...
Watched beautiful sunsets – on the beach …
... and from the marina
… and from the marina

 

Then the weather turned bad. An incredible succession of cold fronts started hitting the coast just after the Thanksgiving holiday:

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Ultimately culminating with the strong storm that hit us there last week, as reported on my previous post.

 

With the new, cold weather pattern settled, our attractions changed – it was now the large breaking swell and the surfers it had attracted that caught our attention for the last few days there before our departure to Ventura:

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As soon as we had a weather window, we cast our lines yet again and pointed Pesto’s bow towards Ventura – a short 4 hour passage away. From here we hope to be able to do our first pure cruise of this journey in the upper channel islands – it’s all up to the weather now.

It's bye-bye to Santa Barbara and its charming - and expensive - marina
It’s bye-bye to Santa Barbara and its charming – and expensive – marina

One Reply to “The Blue and the Gray days of Santa Barbara”

  1. Fotos lindas!!! Parece que daqui pra frente vai ser uma grande curtição, Aproveitem muito tanto sol,tanto mar ,tanto azul!!! bjs mae

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