Around Catalina - Small Harbor and the Tole Mour
On Tuesday we decided to motor-sail over to Small Harbor,
just a few miles away, and spend the night in a real
primitive anchorage. We made the trip over in no time.
There was one other boat in the anchorage, and it
was pretty clear that he had the best spot, sheltered
from the swell by a reef that tips the north end of the
harbor. Resolved to anchoring, we took what looked
like the best remaining alternative, on the south
side of the harbor.
The place was pretty exposed to the west swell
and winds that were coming in. After swinging
on a single hook for a little bit, I decided to drop
an additional stern anchor to keep us from swinging
into the rocks about 30 yards away. After setting
the second anchor we then found that that left us
beam-to the ongoing 1-3 ft swell, and the boat
was very rolly.
Since we didn't have to sleep there, we decided that
it would be better to go back to Cat Harbor
and grab a mooring, so after about 2 hours,
at 2:00 or so in the afternoon, we pulled up the
anchors and made our way back to Cat Harbor.
As we were heading for Cat Harbor, we saw, in the distance
a tall ship coming in from the North, so we decided that
since it was early in the day, and she was headed in our
direction, we would intercept her and see her up close.
It turns out that she was the Tole Mour, a sailing training
vessel for High School students out of Anahiem California.
A very pretty ship, we circled her and then followed her
back into Cat Harbor where she dropped anchor and we took
We went into town and had showers and a few
drinks before dining on the boat that evening.
When we got up the next morning the Tole Mour was already
gone from Cat Harbor at 7:00 am.