SV Bella Luna 6: Puerto Rico to Turks & Caicos

by The Editors on October 16, 2016

Paul, without his family, takes the SV Bella Luna out into the open ocean on the way North to Baltimore with a new crew. On the way they have some engine trouble, are joined by a pod of dolphins, and eat what Paul describes as the worst meal of the voyage.

[Link: SV Bella Luna]


SV Bella Luna 5: Bringing Her Home

by The Editors on October 9, 2016

The crew of the SV Bella Luna survive the winter and with spring coming in they head back to Tortola to sale her back north for the summer. If you’re enjoying following along on this Carlsbad family’s journey, click here to check out the SV Bella Luna store. There you can snag hats, shirts, and other goodies with the SVBL logo on it and help support the trip.

[Link: SV Bella Luna]


SV Bella Luna 4: Horses, Birthdays, Catamaran

by The Editors on October 2, 2016

Paul and the crew look for a big berth for the 24 foot beam, 42 foot long SV Bella Luna, celebrate Bella’s 10th birthday, and head south to Tortola, British Virgin Islands to check in on the boat itself. This whole sailing thing is much more complicated that it seems. Click play and you’ll see what we mean.

[Link: SV Bella Luna]


Race Like A Super Hero At Alga Norte

by The Editors on September 21, 2016

Dress up like a super hero and come out to the park for the third annual Super Hero Obstacle Race, on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Alga Norte Community Park, 6565 Alicante Road. Parents and children will run together through a super hero themed 2K obstacle course while dressed in super hero costumes.

Defeat villains while leaping over tall buildings, crawl through toxic tunnels and navigate through 20 obstacles throughout the park. Conquer inflatable mazes and slides, wrecking balls, tight ropes, web crawlers and other obstacles along the way. The race will take approximately one hour to complete.

Cost is $25 per participant. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.For more information, visit the city website at or visit the race website at and search “super hero.”


SV Bella Luna 3: Sea Trials & Wild Horses

by The Editors on September 18, 2016

Paul flies down to the Virgin Islands to give the soon-to-be SV Bella Luna a sea trial to make sure she’s seaworthy. Then after flying back home he and Diná take the girls to Assateague Island National Park to check out the wild horses.


Carlsbad’s 2016 State Of The City

by The Editors on September 12, 2016

We were a little late getting to this one, but here’s how the City would like you to think about the City of Carlsbad in 2016. Just for fun count the number of times the word “growth” is used. Developers just love that “growth” word, don’t they? And, there’s no one more friendly to development than the Carlsbad City Council. Click play and let Mayor Hall explain it all.


SV Bella Luna 2: Getting Home Schooled

by The Editors on September 11, 2016

When you’re planning on traveling and living onboard a catamaran for an extended period of time, going to traditional school becomes impossible. That’s why Paul and Diná decide that Bella and Luna will be homeschooled. The family also gets some good news about their new sailing vessel. . .

[Link: SV Bella Luna]


Ponto Surf Looks Good In Sunny Side Up

by The Editors on September 10, 2016

The Ponto Troll Crew caught some fun South Carlsbad wave action (plus, some travel surf) in Sunny Side Up a surf film produced and directed by Parker Schmidt. Check it.


Set Sail With The SV Bella Luna

by The Editors on September 4, 2016

We’ve been following a Carlsbad acquaintance of ours on Instagram for the past few months as he and his wife, two kids, and their dogs did what many of us have dreamed, but never actually done: they sold their home in Carlsbad, bought a 42 foot Fountaine Pajot Catamaran, named it the SV Bella Luna, and shoved off to tour the world, or as Paul says, “to live a more simplified life, show our daughters the world and how other people live and to contribute to the communities we visit.”

We’ve been so inspired by the story that Paul, Diná, Bella, and Luna have been telling that we’re going to share their story here on Carlsbadistan. While their journey began months ago, we’re going to start right at the beginning with their first video. Stay tuned as we bring the rest of the story in weekly episodes. For more info on the family, click the link.

[Link: SV Bella Luna]


Carlsbad Police Doing PR For The City

by The Editors on October 5, 2015

The City of Carlsbad, California is reportedly looking forward to defending the actions of their officers in this “arrest” made July 31, 2013, according to a statement:

“The city of Carlsbad looks forward to bringing this lawsuit before the proper judicial authorities as soon as possible. We are prepared to provide a complete and detailed account of the facts of this incident in a courtroom, not in the media.”

The woman, Cindy Hahn of Valencia, California, was reportedly pulled over on a “seatbelt violation” after she called the Carlsbad Police department non-emergency line to report an officer who “appeared mentally unstable” during a previous interaction.

Hahn, who was arrested for “Felony Resisting Arrest” and “Felony Battery on a Peace Officer with Injury” hired high profile attorney Mark Geragos, and has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Carlsbad, California. To read the entire complaint (and you really should), click here.

As might be imagined the suit is bringing Carlsbad media attention from around the world, for all the wrong reasons.

[Link: ABC 7]