Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sofa King Bueno

We made landfall last night in San Francisco Bay. 19 days out from Honolulu, myriad conditions. Lots of upwind work, some perfect spinnaker conditions and an awesome wildlife bonanza greeted us on our approach to the Golden Gate. We saw breeching humpback whales, sea lions, dolphins and a multitude of sea birds come by to say hi. We're headed to Pier 39 today to tie up to a dock and find some food that does not include lentils.

2 1/2 years, 22,000 nm, 44 ports of call... time for a glass of wine and a big nap.

Self explanatory

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pizza and Beer...

[pos]37 45n 124 09w
[sp]6.1 kts
[w]N 12 kt
[s]Good progress this morning as we race to catch the afternoon flood into San Francisco Bay. We struggled through the night to keep the rig and vane in balance as we entered the coastal weather. The fog feels almost like drizzle. We're going to have to run the engine this morning as the clouds have prevented any solar charging. Plenty of fuel left and we're within helicopter range. It seems as though we're going to make it. Our heater is keeping the cabin cozy. Our current plan is to anchor in Richardson Bay off of Sausalito tonight since we'll be arriving in the dark. The pizza and beer will have to wait one more day.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Morning coffee at hull speed

[pos]37 52n 126 55w
[sp]7.1 kts
[w]NNE 18 kt
[s]Drag race to the east. Yesterday's longitude looks to have been an error. We shook out the second reef at sunrise and are absolutely ripping towards the coast. The computer is strapped to the desk. The wind is forecasted to go light during the day so I should have a chance to comb my hair before our arrival. 210 nm to the bridge.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Nice guys finish last

[pos]37 52n 125 55w
[sp]6.5 kts
[w]NNE 18 kt
[s]Wind Veered N putting us on a fast reach to the east. Grey and cold. 2000 miles of ocean behind us. 350 to go. Whomever adheres to "Gentlemen never sail to weather" will never arrive in California. Unless they were born in Alaska I suppose. Luckily I'm no gentleman.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast.

[pos]37 54n 132 39w
[sp]5.5 kts
[w]NE 18 kt
[s]Close reach in lumpy seas and foggy and squally. Challenging to find the smooth line. We are definitely crossing a main shipping lane between Japan and Long Beach. For any of you cheapskate nerds that are reading this, the Digital Yacht NMEA to USB cable is worth every penny. It routes our AIS data to our laptop where we can easily see the closest point of approach of multiple ships at one time. We haven't had to change course for a ship yet. Prior to this gadget, we would have been a lot less informed and wasted a lot of time and worry out here in the lumps.
480 miles to go. ETA morning the 25th.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Like summer in Duluth..

[pos]38 01n 135 16w
[sp]4.7 kts
[w]NE 10 kt
[s]Close Hauled in light winds with the vane following the shifts. Another container ship came by on it's way to Panama.
Low gray clouds, chilly and humid this morning. We're 75% complete: 1800 down, 600 to go.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Lil' Swedish Diesel Power!

[pos]38 15n 137 34w
[sp]6.3 kts
[w]NW 1 kt
[s]Motored through the night over low ground swell and under low clouds. Hopefully some wind by afternoon. It's certainly warmer aboard with the engine running.