Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz

Another dreamy day! We woke to a soft blanket of fog with a promising swath of sunshine on the southern horizon. We didn't have the winds we had yesterday, so we motored for about seven hours between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz. Conditions were comfortable and increasingly sunny throughout the day, providing excellent views of the California coast. The highlight was definitely the wild life we saw. Flurries of birds kept us entertained throughout the day, and as the clouds broke we spotted four whale spouts off the starboard bow. We didn't get close enough for a solid identification, but we saw some finning, some spinning, and a few tail fin silhouettes. We also crossed paths with a few hundred dolphin. It happened over the course of just a few minutes as Helios and the dolphin were headed opposite directions, but the boat was completely surrounded and a few stayed to play in our wake. We had a peaceful sunset docking in the Santa Cruz harbor, and are currently waiting for the pork tenderloin with roasted apples to come out of the oven.