Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Provisioning

Woke up: Chula Vista Marina, Chula Vista, California

Went to sleep: Chula Vista Marina, Chula Vista, California


On Monday we leave San Diego with the BaHa HaHa hosted for the past 21 years by the sailing magazine, Latitude 38. One hundred and seventy-one sailing vessels will line up in front of Shelter Island, pass Point Loma, and begin the 750 mile rally to Cabo San Lucas.  Boats and people have been arriving in San Diego all month from as far away as Canada and the east coast.

Our crew arrives Saturday. Alex Bargmeyer, an engineer from my office, and his beautiful wife, Krista, a physicians’ assistant, will move onboard for the trip.

Alex and Krista are smart, strong and adventurous. They immediately came to mind when we considered taking crew.  They both have American Sailing Association (ASA) endorsements, have sailed with us a number of times and know Penelope and how she handles.

There won’t be a lot of time once they arrive, so I decided to provision beforehand. Once we leave San Diego there won’t be another substantial grocery store until Cabo and we won’t arrive in Cabo for fourteen days.  How much food will it take to feed four adults breakfast, lunch and dinner for 14 days?

The Pantry

The Pantry

My friend, Deanna, from Speakeasy, and I left early to walk to Costco, three miles away. We each got a cart and headed up and down the aisles.  Over 2 hours and $300 later we loaded our boxes into a taxi.  Mark, Deanna’s husband, and Peter met us in the marina parking lot, each with a dock cart in tow.  It turns out, buying the groceries, transporting the groceries and unloading the groceries was the easy part.  Finding places to stow all the groceries was the challenge.  I now have cans of tomato sauce in with anchors and loaves of bread where the vacuum cleaner goes.


Hopefully, I have enough.  It may seem like a lot but I visualize cookies, crackers and cliff bars flying out of the pantry as if they had sprouted wings.  Heaven help us if Peter doesn’t catch any fish.

After Costco, I was completely pooped.  Didn’t do a single thing the rest of the day.

About Susan M. Gierga

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