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SoCal Ta-Ta, Day Three

The inaugural SoCal Ta-Ta is a hit!

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Reggae Pon Da Ocean, baby! The 32 boats and 93 sailors in the first-ever SoCal Ta-Ta are sailing past Anacapa Island now on the second leg of of the week long-event that ends at Two Harbors, Catalina.

The first leg, 25 miles from Santa Babylon to Smugglers on Santa Cruz Island, was a mos spliff, mon, with Chuck and Elaine Vanderboom’s F-31 Boomerang finishing first in well under three hours. It was the Lake Havasu City couple’s first sail on the boat in two years. Even Brandon and Devani Priest’s Santa Barbara-based Coronado 25 Sea Monkey, the smallest boat in the fleet, finished quickly.

That night the first of three skipper and first mate cocktail parties was held on Profligate.

Tuesday was a lay day at Smuggler’s. Profligate transported a big group to the landing at Scorpion Bay, so a bunch of Ta-Ta folks could reggae 3.5 miles back to the beach at Smugglers. Once on the beach, everyone had to swim back to dinghies beyond the surf line. Fortunately, the water temperature was a semi-reasonable 68 degrees.

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Seen here in her former glory, the Terra Nova carried Scott’s party on their ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic.