The twin engines roared into life promptly at 4:30 (also known as o-dark-thirty) for our scheduled 5 am departure from the TMM dock in San Pedro. We had one of the two aft (rearward) cabins, situated on the port side of s/v Hope, and our bed pretty much sat right over (or beside) one of the 55 hp diesels. An alarm clock unlike any other! Struggling out of our comfy berth in total darkness, our excitement over what was to come quickly overtook thoughts of sleep. There would be plenty of time to nap later.
Captains Simon and Clive guided Hope away from the TMM dock, and we were off on our adventure!
After breakfast, we non-captain types got to spend most of the day just chillin' on the boat. With the light winds and calm waters, quite a few naps were taken by the motley crew members. This day reminded me why I loved sailing. When it's good, it's very, very good. Kinda like that little girl with the one curl in the middle of her forehead, from the old nursery rhyme...but you might remember the rest of it too: "when she was bad, she was horrid". Oh yes, stay tuned!