Air temp: 75 degrees
Humidity: 68% Barometer: 1025 mb and steady
Speed: 3-4 knots Course: 070 degrees True
Noon to noon distance made in nautical miles for the last 24 hours: 107 miles
Point of Sail: Port beam to close reach
Wind speed: NNW 4-6 knots
Swells: NNW 2-3 ft.
Noon Latitude: 41 deg 16′ N (Same latitude as Eureka, CA, but 900 miles west of it) Noon Longitude: 144 deg 11′ W
Camanoe’s fish count since Maui: Flying fish – 7 Squid – 0
Breakfast today: Cubed taters with garlic, onion, and BBQ sauce
Lunch today: Leftover spaghetti
Dinner tonight: Chicken Florentine (Whatever that is?)
Good news: I found my hand held Anemometer (wind speed indicator) today. Now I know the actual wind speed. I’ve been guessing in conjunction with the Beaufort Scale. Looking back, I think I’ve been guessing 3-4 knots higher than what the actual wind speed was. Camanoe doesn’t do too bad in light winds. It’s amazing what a new Genoa will do for boat speed.
The winds were perfect last night, pushing us along at 6-7 knots on a broadreach until the morning. Around 0800 the wind died. We have been fighting for every mile today. We are sailing slightly north into the wind so that we have enough apparent wind to keep the sails full during each roll of the boat. If there were no swells we could sail a direct course for San Francisco; all be it slowly.
We are glad to report we are just over 1000 nautical miles from the Golden Gate. We have also reached the 2000 nautical mile mark in our distance traveled since Hawaii. Almost 12 months ago, on Sept. 15th we sailed out of San Francisco under the Golden Gate en-route for Mexico. At that time I had only dreamed of sailing my own boat to Mexico and beyond. Now, I have done so much more! With any luck we will sail under the Gate again on exactly Sept 15th, exactly one year and over 9000 miles later. I might have to hide out in Drakes Bay north of San Francisco for a few days to make this happen!!