Coming about

Jason Shellen
22 years ago · 1 min read


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View from the Chardonnay II

Today, Allison and I had our first sailing experience. We took a two hour ride on the Chardonnay II and I am still bobbing about. I can feel the list of the boat in the ocean and wonder how I will ever drift off to sleep. It was unbelievable. Aside from a wonderful view of Santa Cruz from Capitola to Lighthouse point, we saw 3 whales!

From off in the distance we could see the spray from their blowholes and tails waving in the air. Then the boat fell silent as they surfaced about 30 meters away. You could actually hear the sound of the whales exhaling. Wow! Too good to describe so you will have to take a look at the shots from today to get a clearer idea. I know the one of the whale tail didn't exactly turn out great but how often will I take a shot of a whale tail from this close? Just click on the images for a closer view.

On the tail of the Moonshadow Encounter with a whale! Allison enjoying her first sailing adventure