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.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

North Pacific High

[pos]37 46n 139 51w
[sp]3.5 kts
[w]SW 6 kts
[s]Yesterday was some of the best spinnaker sailing ever for me, but now we have a few slow days ahead. We're currently still sailing but if we linger below 3 knots we'll fire up the Lil' Swede.
We have enough discretionary fuel to motor for about 50 hours plus additional fuel for the traffic separation scheme approaching the Golden Gate.
If we time our approach well we should get sucked right under the bridge by the flooding tide. Today I'll try for a fish.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Day 13

[pos]37 32n 142 07w
[sp]5.5 kts
[w]WSW 8 kts
[s]Spinnaker and Ms. Piggy (autopilot) are earning their keep. We're making good progress within the light conditions. Yesterday was some of the nicest downwind sailing we've ever done. Two ships within two miles of us last night. AIS transponder remains my favorite equipment aboard. 1500 nm down, 900 nm to go.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


[pos]37 20n 144 51w
[sp]4.0 kts
[w]SW 8 kts
[s]Deep reach across flat seas. Heavy dew and crystal clear sunrise this morning. Our friends aboard "Sea Note" are within 50 miles of us. I hope to get within visual range. We'll both be on a similar heading for the next several days.

Monday, May 15, 2017


[pos]37 08n 146 52w
[sp]6.0 kts
[w]S 5 kts
[s]Past the halfway point between Honolulu and San Francisco. Light winds so motoring/motorsailing as we can. At this point all resources indicate a slow trip into San Fran. Alas. probably better than a 40 knot gale although less interesting. At our current pace, we should reach San Fran late on the 23rd or early on the 24th. We have a noteworthy amount of water in our fuel tank, likely came in through the vent during our upwind leg. I'm emptying the separator bowl every 6 hours. I'll be relocating the vent to a more protected spot.

Sunday, May 14, 2017


[pos]36 39n 149 30w
[sp]5.2 kts
[w]SE 14 kts
[s]Good sailing through the night. Advantageous wind shift around midnight. Nerdy goodness with AIS and VHF DSC allowed a clean pass between Pau Hana and a 1000 ft tanker at 0330.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Summer Teeth

[pos]34 45n 150 439w
[sp]6.0 kts
[w]E 14 kts
[s]Running the heater this morning. We're into 1032 mb now. Much improved conditions. Smooth progress to the NE. Feels like Saturday.
Poor radio propagation at this point. All is well aboard except my temporary front tooth mutinied during a sneezing fit.
Plenty of maple syrup left. Time for pancakes.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Week one complete for Pau Hana

[pos]32 47n 151 39w
[sp]6.0 kts
[w]NE 20 kts
[s]feels like 3 meter wind chop. steep and close. contrary to normal procedure, we've had to throttle back to care for ourselves and the rig. We're into 1028 mb now, so hopefully we can make some easting along the center of the high.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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[pos]30 40n 151 52w
[sp]4.0 kts
[w]NE 18 kts
[s]Underway from Honolulu, Hawaii to San Francisco, California. 100% cloud cover, 1024 mb rising. During the day yesterday we had smooth seas and good sailing.
Passed through a cold front yesterday evening with strong winds and steep waves. We had to slow the boat down to care for the boat and ourselves.
All is well. 700 miles between us and Honolulu.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

beginning day 6

[pos]28 43n 151 45w
[sp]4.0 kts
[w]NE 08 kts
[s]Underway from Honolulu, Hawaii to San Francisco, California. 60% cloud cover, 1022 mb rising.
Slow but comfortable. Getting slightly headed to the west of north. Bright full moon the last few nights.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tuesday aboard Pau Hana

[pos]26 53n 152 13w
[sp]5.8 kts
[w]E 14 kts
[s]Underway from Honolulu, Hawaii to San Francisco, California. 60% cloud cover, 1020 mb rising.
Good conditions. Finally cooling off at night since as long as I can remember.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday Morning

[pos]25 17n 154 07w
[sp]6.0 kts
[w]NE 14 kts
[s]Underway from Honolulu, Hawaii to San Francisco, California. 100% cloud cover, raining, periodic squalls with wind shifting to SE, 1018 mb steady

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Pau Hana Sunday Morning

At 0600 local time, 1600 UTC:
[pos]23 46n 155 35w
[sp]5.0 kts
[w]E 14 kts
[s]Underway from Honolulu, Hawaii to San Francisco, California. 60% cloud cover, 1018 mb steady
A few rain squalls last night to rinse the salt off. otherwise good progress to the NE

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Kolea style

The Humpback whale and the Pacific Plover (called Kolea by Polynesians) have both left Hawaii this week for their migration north for the summer.
As have we.
at 0600 Hawaii time, 1600 UTC
[pos]22 09n 156 52w
[sp]5.0 kts
[w]ENE 14 kts
[s]Underway from Honolulu, Hawaii to San Francisco, California. 10% cloud cover, 1018 mb

Sunrise this morning finds us clear of the Kaiwi channel between Molokai and Oahu and are getting settled in to life on passage.
No other vessels sighted last night.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

24 hours to go time

We're getting close to departure from Honolulu- heading for San Francisco Bay. All jobs have been shed, hospital art has been vandalized, good-byes mostly said, rig inspected, boat stuffed with lentils, onions, apples and potatoes (okay and brownie mix), satellite phone charged, ditch bag stocked, SSB radio tested, and anchor stowed. Pau Hana is ready to sail. Conditions are looking good for a sporty first few days at sea. We're hoping for about 17 days, but who knows?