Memorial Day weekend at Little Scorpion’s

  With a fine crew and a glorious weekend, I stood on the deck looking  West.

skipper bruce        

  Memorial day weekend found The Creamy Pint steaming toward Little Scorpion anchorage on Santa Cruz island over a bath-tub calm sea.   I was joined by Linda and two “able seamen” and dynamic duo, Dan and Rob.    The trip out was uneventful.  We hoisted the battle-flag, a.k.a.  the private signal, about a mile out of the anchorage.  Immediately,  people in the anchorage perked up and espied my yacht with binoculars or telescopes.

"Look !  I think I spot The Creamy Pint!"

"Look ! I think I spot The Creamy Pint!"

We cruised toward the anchorage doing double digits, flying our bold red battle-flag.

Steaming toward the anchorage flying the private signal

Steaming toward the anchorage flying the private signal

 

Mike, a.k.a. “rescue Mike” jumped in his dingy and stood by to assist dropping a stern anchor. Since it was a holiday weekend the cozy place was packed.  We pulled up next to Maine Squeeze and dropped our bow anchor.  I handed the stern kedge to Mike and he plonked it about 100′ behind us. 

We were soon sipping cold cans of Corona and settling into gorgeous Little Scorpion Anchorage
that's not icing on the big rock

that's not icing on the big rock

Saturday night was formal night on my yacht.  Dan was thrilled to be invited to the captain’s table.  He had taken many cruises in the past and the skippers had always given him the high hat.  However, on this voyage the captain noticed  and appreciated the way Dan handled the boat and that he was a fountain-spring of positive morale for the crew.     Everyone returned to their berths to change into formal-wear

Formal night in the spacious saloon of The Creamy Pint

Formal night in the spacious salon of The Creamy Pint

    After cocktails we enjoyed a variety of parlor games.  Rob was able to beat the house.   The next morning we did some sea-kayaking and explored the caves of the anchorage.  I was particularly pleased and proud of the crew, all of which had never spent the night anchored on a “modest” yacht.  Even though we deployed flopper stoppers some very large wakes or swells rocked us a bit and they didn’t scream or fuss much at all.     We hoisted anchor and set off in a perfect 15 knots of breeze which lasted the whole way back.  A great weekend with some fantastic friends.

Rescue Mike provides a ride to or from the cocktail lounge

Rescue Mike provides a ride to or from the cocktail lounge

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  1. No wonder you left the party early! You were throwing your own formal gala. I had my black tie on board, you could have invited us!


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