Dear Women:

Thank you for your interest in our Wildlife, Wine Tasting, and Chardonnay Sailing event for Women on May 8th sponsored by Betty's List   and Blue Water Ventures!   Our last sailing trip aboard the Chardonnay II was a great success so we are anticipating another fabulous day!

The deadline for the Early Bird Reservation is Friday, April 2nd and reservations are confirmed as checks are received. This amazing day has sold out in the past and space is limited. We encourage you to reserve your spot as early as you can! 

Please contact Betty Sullivan directly to confirm your interest at: BETTYSNIE@aol.com

To confirm your place on this trip, please send a check in the amount of $120 per person if postmarked by April 2nd to : Sullivan Communications/Bettys List, 2216 Market St. #309, San Francisco, CA 94114.

Trip cost, if postmarked after April 2nd is $130 per person.

Since we are securing reservations aboard the Chardonnay, no refunds are given. We will  set sail rain or shine unless the captain of the Chardonnay cancels the sail due to unsafe sea conditions.  Light rains do not cancel our sailboat charter so please come prepared! May is typically beautiful along our coast.

Encompassing 5,322 square miles of ocean, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary supports one of the planet's most biologically diverse marine ecosystems.

Your payment includes all naturalist-led activities, entry fee into the Seymour Center Aquarium and 2 hour sail.   Our day begins with a naturalist- infused tour of the Seymour Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab on the west side of Santa Cruz at 10:30am.   Your team of Blue Water Ventures naturalist will be available to answer questions stationed around this gem of an educational facility. From there, we will caravan over to Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room & Cellar Door Cafe for an optional lunch and wine tasting. The Swift Street Courtyard is a fabulous area to explore with several wineries, breweries, bakeries and boutiques all within walking distance. You may also choose to have a picnic lunch at the Seymour Center with sweeping views of the coast.

After lunch, wine tasting and shopping, we will caravan to Santa Cruz Harbor where we'll board the Chardonnay ll for an afternoon sail beginning at 3:30pm. During our sail, we will search the water for commonly seen residents such as sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and sea birds and may even see Gray whales with their babies in tow!   Be sure to bring $4 in quarters to feed the parking meters at the Chardonnay docks. Our day will finish up after our sail at 5:30pm with an optional dinner gathering at a Santa Cruz favorite, the Crow's Nest.

To keep costs down, we have arranged a semi private charter on the Chardonnay II. We hope to fill the majority of the passengers with our group of women, but others may join our sail.

To learn more about Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, please visit: MBNMS

As far as things to bring, here are a few suggestions we can offer:
* Dress in layers -- Fleece, capilene, silk or wool are good insulators; bring a warm top that can be put on if cool weather (fog) approaches; Several warm layers and a warm            jacket are recommended for the sail.
* Long pants: fleece or sweat pants with an a outer shell of nylon material or rain pants
* Rain jacket/pants -if no rain is in the forecast, consider the rain pants optional although there may be salt spray while sailing.
* Tennis shoes and warm socks for sailing (non-skid rubber sole, light or white sole are preferred-no heels)
* Hat with visor for sun protection
* Water bottle
* Money for parking $4 dollars in quarters for the meters at the Santa Cruz Harbor
* Tip for Chardonnay Crew a few dollars would be appreciated but is optional
* PIcnic Lunch or small change to settle lunch or dinner bill
* Sunscreen and lip balm
* Sun glasses

* Binoculars and camera secured in a day pack waterproofed on the inside with a garbage bag
* Extra warm clothing for the afternoon sail that may be left in car if not needed).

* Sea Sickness Medication: The Chardonnay II rides very smoothly and sea sickness is not very common. However, if you are known to be quite prone to sea sickness, we recommend taking some form of prevention. Your local pharmacist or physician can give you advice. Bonine taken the night before has worked for many. Drowsiness or thirst can be a side effect. Many find the effectiveness of Sea bands which employ a pressure point on the wrists rather than medication. Sea Bands have no side effects and can be purchased at most dive shops.

That covers the logistics for Wildlife, Wine Tasting, and Chardonnay Sailing event for Women. A full refund will be given if the trip is cancelled by the Chardonnay office due to inclement weather (unsafe sea conditions ; not light rain or fog). Release forms will be discussed and signed on the morning of the trip and before we board the Chardonnay.

We are looking forward to our adventure together in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary!

Very Sincerely,

Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
www.bluewaterventures.org
email: bluewaterventures@sbcglobal.net
108 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

DIRECTIONS and TIMING:

10:30am-12:00pm Tour of the Seymour Marine Discover Center

 

TO SEYMOUR CENTER FROM SANTA CRUZ, take Highway One (Mission Street) north. Continue north through town several miles. Turn left on Swift Street. Turn right on Delaware Avenue. Follow Delaware to the UC Santa Cruz Marine Science Campus entrance at the end of the road. The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is the final building located on the ocean bluff, next to the giant blue whale skeleton.

TO SEYMOUR FROM SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, take Highway 17 South from San Jose. Highway 17 ends at Highway One, as you reach the coast. As you approach the coast and the city of Santa Cruz, take Highway One North toward Half Moon Bay. (Highway One becomes Mission Street.) Continue north through town several miles. Turn left on Swift Street. Turn right on Delaware Avenue. Follow Delaware to the UC Santa Cruz Marine Science Campus entrance at the end of the road. The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is the final building located on the ocean bluff, next to the giant blue whale skeleton.

12:30pm- 2: 30pm: Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room & Cellar Door Cafe or other options including picnic lunch at Seymour Center

3:00pm - 5:30pm Chardonnay Sail ( directions from the Bonny Doon Tasting Room to the Chardonnay will be provided after lunch)

The Chardonnay II is located in the Santa Cruz Harbor (West Side)
Their address is: 790 Mariner Park Way, Dock FF
Santa Cruz, California 95062
(831) 423-1213
We will check in by 3:00pm and be off the water by 5:30pm

6:00pm: Optional Dinner at the Crows Nest, Santa Cruz Harbor ( directions from the Chardonnay to the Crows Nest will be provided after sailing)