Lotsa Moss and Sea Life at Moss Landing Yacht Club
Trip Start Jul 23, 2013
54Trip End May 31, 2014
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We had a nice sail down from Santa Cruz. The wind and waves were sorta like the porridge in the story "Goldilocks." Just right. The time and distances to get from there to here was also just right. It was fifteen miles and about three hours. What a treat!
The Elkhorn Yacht Club moorage was also just right. Free. Once again our yacht club membership paid off with two nights of complimentary moorage. The marina was an 8 out of 10 on the scale of funky. The boards on the docks we're all just loose enough that they made a clunk when you stepped on them. The majority of the the boats were green. Not the good green as in healthy. Green as in covered with growing stuff. This growth occurred above and below the surface of the water
The inlet into Moss Landing is shaped like a cross. We entered thru the always present jetties, protectors of dredged navigational channels everywhere. Once through the initial channel we could turn right into the small commercial marina that is Moss Landing proper. Turning left lead us to the yacht club marina. If we could have gone straight ahead we would have entered the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. The slough runs about five miles inland and is accessed by going under the very low, Highway 1 bridge. Small tour boats and hundreds of kayaks go up there every day.
Not only was there a lot of life growing on the boats there was plenty of other sealife around us. When we turned left to enter the yacht club marina, immediately to our left was a large floating mat of brown. Upon closer inspection it turned out to be sea otters! The mothers and pups hang out like this while the dads are solitary. We were told this is the largest southernmost concentration of sea otters on the US west coast. I can believe it. They were everywhere. As you can see in the pictures there were also plenty of seals, sea lions and birds as well.
So while the marina was funky the sealife was spectacular and well worth the stop.
Next stop Monterey.