The paddle down to San Diego Bay went very well despite some shennagins involving a stowaway banana peel on the stern of my boat, placed there by my friend Duane with help from accomplances to distract me. I believe I was able to remove the offending fruit before any bad mojo was able to be transfered to my boat, but only time will tell.
My brand new Ikkuma 17 was put on display at the party so folks could see what I'd be paddling for the trip and more importantly so everyone could sign it. Folks were reluctant to mark up such a beautiful boat but after convincing Jen to go first in a short while the boat was filled with the names of dozens of friends that I will take with me on the trip. These signatures are the first of what I hope will be thousands of names from all of the people I meet along the way.