Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles,

Sat 18 Jun 2016 20:34
33.58.46N 118.27.07W

Albeit short, we had quite an experience in Newport Beach. Our friends, Mike and Tara very kindly transported us around and about in their dinghy and even gave us a mini tour of the harbour (home to over 3000 boats). We anchored virtually opposite John Wayne’s old house and turns out Newport has the highest house prices in the USA. Can’t believe the price of one quite modest house on a corner waterside plot was on the market for $17m!!

We finished the day off with Happy Hours cocktails and snacks, whilst watching Thursday night yacht racing in the harbour….absolutely delightful.

After two nights at anchor in Newport Beach, it was time to move on. So again at first light, we lifted the anchor (this time it was covered in sludgy mud; just like the Chesapeake, which took ages to rinse off) and out through the breakwater for Los Angeles.

Not much wind, so a motoring day but lots to see, or not, as we passed into the yellow haze of Los Angeles.

Through some mutual friends, Vicki & Steve had a contact for getting us a slip at The Pacific Mariners Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey. All we were required to have, was Yacht Club membership, so either the CA or OCC would suffice. We were guided by Dennis the dock master into a rather skinny slip at the end of the dock and right outside the Yacht Club.