Twenty miles long and 6 miles at its widest point, Santa Cruz Island is rugged, verdant, and the jewel of the Channel Islands. Last summer it was our destination for a brief cruise with photographer Sharon Green and her partner, Brad Brown; friends Samantha and Steve Worzman; and Capt. Ken Miller, who, with more than 200 trips in local waters under his belt, acted as our guide. Our chariot was the 50-foot Catalina sloop Jenny Lane, chartered from Santa Barbara Sailing Center. SBSC, an independent charter company based in Santa Barbara Harbor, maintains a quiver of modern sailboats from 22 to 50 feet, plus kayaks and paddleboards for extracurricular fun.