Almost One Year!!

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!!

-CAPT

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I Stand Corrected!!

Air temp: 76 degrees
Humidity: 62% Barometer: 1026 mb and steady
Speed: 3 knots Course: 060 degrees True
Noon to noon distance made in nautical miles for the last 24 hours: 70 miles
Point of Sail: Port close reach
Wind speed: North at 8 knots
Swells: North at 3-4 ft.
Noon Latitude: 40 deg 57′ N (Same latitude as Eureka, CA, but 1500 miles west of it) Noon Longitude: 146 deg 25′ W
Camanoe’s fish count since Maui: Flying fish – 7 Squid – 0
Breakfast today: Blueberry pancakes!
Lunch today: Leftover spaghetti with extra garlic
Dinner tonight: Grilled cheese ham sandwich before the cheese turns completely black from mold

I stand corrected, as per my post from yesterday about not being in the high. I received the latest weather fax surface analysis for my area this morning. I’m definitely in the northeast quadrant of the Pacific High at 1028 mb. It wasn’t anywhere near here two days ago. Hence the reason for the light winds. We drifted for the better part of last night. Today has been light winds under five knots. We motored until noon just so we could record 70 miles made good in the last 24 hours. I don’t see any reason to motor for any longer than it takes to top off the ship’s batteries. It’s not like I’m going to motor into an area with more wind since the high moves faster than I can motor. The high is moving southeast and should be slightly below my position by tomorrow, placing me in the north quadrant. This should give me some winds from the west to northwest, but probably not strong enough except to ghost along. Since I no longer have a spinnaker on board, I have been using my lightest three ounce staysail. It is the only sail I have that doesn’t completely collapse as the boat rolls in four foot seas and light winds. With just this sail up I can at least point in the correct direction with a little headway, maybe a knot or two.

Even with light winds, today has been great. The sun was out for the better part of the afternoon and the seas were less than three feet thanks to the high. I sat on deck reading and enjoying the sunshine. I finally started “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. I even had the opportunity to run the Shop-Vac while the engine was running and clean up the cabin some. Who keeps shedding everywhere?

-CAPT

Hanging Out!

Air temp: 70 degrees
Humidity: 59% Barometer: 1028 mb and steady
Speed: 4 knots Course: 090 degrees True
Noon to noon distance made in nautical miles for the last 24 hours: 82 miles
Point of Sail: Port close reach
Wind speed: Northeast at 8 knots
Swells: Northeast at 2-3 ft.
Noon Latitude: 40 deg 52′ N (Same latitude as Eureka Ca, but 1500 miles west of it) Noon Longitude: 147 deg 52′ W
Camanoe’s fish count since Maui: Flying fish – 7 Squid – 0
Breakfast today: Blueberry Pancakes!
Lunch today: Leftover – Bulghur Wheat(Kinda like Coucous), Chicken Breast, Summer squash
Dinner tonight: Something with ground meat????

The wind died last night around 0100. We drifted through the night with sails secured until 0700 this morning until a light breeze filled in allowing us to ghost along at 1-2 knots to the east-southeast. Since then the wind has been variable light to medium. We are definitely in a high pressure area, as the bar is reading 1028 mb, but not “the High.”

We spotted the Chronus Leader, a RO/RO (Roll on, roll off for cars) ship of the NYK line today at 1200 hours. They were enroute to Hitachi, Japan from San Francisco. I had the squelch up too high on the C.A.R.D. system, as it didn’t detect them until about five miles out. The mate on watch was friendly enough, except his first language wasn’t english. I had a difficult time comprehending him on the VHF. Apparently Camanoe makes a good radar target, as he didn’t seem to have any problems detecting us. Of course the weather was clear with no sea clutter. I suspect in foggy or stormy weather the sea clutter filter on a ship’s radar would have to be turned up to tune out storm clouds and misc., essentially tuning out Camanoe as well. Unfortunately, the Mate didn’t understand the question, “How far out did your radar detect me?” no matter how I phrased the question. His only reply was “CPA (closest point of approach) 1.36 miles.” It’s good to know there are a few ships out here in case I run into problems.

Otherwise, I’m hanging out!!! I hate to say it, but today has been boring. Which is sad, because I’ve always felt boredom is only for people with no imagination.

-CAPT

Ticking Off the Miles!!!

Air temp: 69 degrees
Humidity: 60% Barometer: 1025 mb and steady
Speed: 5 knots Course: 090 degrees True
Noon to noon distance made in nautical miles for the last 24 hours: 126 miles
Point of Sail: Port close reach
Wind speed: Northeast at 10 knots
Swells: Northeast at 2-3 ft.
Noon Latitude: 41 deg 05′ N (Same latitude as Eureka, CA, but 1500 miles west of it) Noon Longitude: 149 deg 28.36′ W
Camanoe’s fish count since Maui: Flying fish – 7 Squid – 0
Breakfast today: Oatmeal – Peaches and Cream(Seems to be 50% peaches and cream in the variety box)
Lunch today: Leftover – Taters and chicken breast
Dinner tonight: Chicken breast, squash, and Bulghur wheat (This will be a first!)

I’m a little sad, but every body should know, I have officially changed my port of destination from Vancouver to San Francisco. There is no doubt Camanoe could easily reach Vancouver in a matter of weeks. Maybe next summer. However, home is calling my name. So be warned San Francisco, Camanoe will be back in town soon, lock up your daughters and hide your rum.

We have been making steady progress in the past 48 hours on a beam to close reach. The wind has been consistent, with strong gusts for 10 minutes every hour or so. Then it will drop down to 8-10 knots. Last night I was steadily recording speeds of eight plus knots. It’s overcast and cold, but my nightly hot buttered rum is keeping me warm. I no longer spend much time in the cockpit as it’s cold, I do scan the horizon quite often though. Mostly, I’m down below reading, playing Nintendo, or watching a cheesy Sci-Fi show. Once I’m closer to the shipping lanes, or in the fog, I will have to set up shop in the cockpit again.

Even after all the miles and the years I have been with Camanoe, it is not unusual for me to lay in my rack with the water swishing past the hull and marvel at Camanoe’s self sufficiency. It is still fascinating to think what an independent city she is. We make our own water, produce our own electricity with solar and wind power, propel ourselves with the wind, steer our course with the wind, and have most of the modern conveniences of a home. Most long term cruising boats are set up similarly, but Camanoe seems to be the best; probably because she is mine.

-CAPT

Making Good Time!!!

Air temp: 67 degrees
Humidity: 70% Barometer: 1025 mb and steady
Speed: 5-6 knots Course: 080 degrees True
Noon to noon distance made in nautical miles for the last 24 hours: 93 miles
Point of Sail: Port beam reach
Wind speed: North at 8-10 knots
Swells: North at 2-3 ft.
Noon Latitude: 41 deg 0.5′ N (Same latitude as Eureka, CA, but 1500 miles west of it) Noon Longitude: 152 deg 04.1′ W
Camanoe’s fish count since Maui: Flying fish – 7 Squid – 0
Breakfast today: Pop Tarts
Lunch today: Top Ramen with onions and carrots mixed in
Dinner tonight: Shredded frozen chicken breast with cubed potatoes cooked in BBQ sauce (SO good)

We are making good time today towards the east. All is well! The sun has been hiding all day. But the weather has still been nice. Nothing new to report.

Over and out…..

-CAPT

It’s About That Time!!!

Air temp: 70 degrees
Humidity: 70% Barometer: 1024 mb and steady
Speed: 3.5 knots Course: 075 degrees True
Noon to noon distance made in nautical miles for the last 24 hours: 74 miles
Point of Sail: Port Close reach
Wind speed: North at 8 knots
Swells: Northeast at 2-3 ft.
Noon Latitude: 41 deg 2.3′ N (Same latitude as Eureka, CA, but 1500 miles west of it) Noon Longitude: 154 deg 02.9′ W
Camanoe’s fish count since Maui: Flying fish – 7 Squid – 0
Breakfast today: Oatmeal
Lunch today: Spaghetti
Dinner tonight: Organic Whole Mac’n cheese with ham, with dried fruit on the side

It’s about that time. Today has been cold, I had to find my pants. Well, pajama bottoms actually. It is a sad day.

We have been steadily heading Nor-east by east since 0800 this morning when the wind returned. It disappeared yesterday evening so we had to drift through the night with all sails secure. It was nice to not have to deal with sail changes in the middle of the night. On the other hand, it was fairly rolly as we didn’t have the sails to stabilize us.

Around midnight I visually spotted a Japanese fishing vessel off my stern about five miles. Unfortunately, they weren’t running their radar, so my radar detector was useless. I had heard them throughout the day on Ch. 16 on the VHF. I attempted to make contact on the VHF but was ignored, or more then likely they didn’t speak English. Which is probably a good thing because I have a bone to pick with them anyway. 90% of the trash out here is fishing related. Mostly old nets and fishing net floats. Next time, they better hope they see me before I see them, or it’s right in the face!

-CAPT

Dave is the Man!!!

Air temp: 70 degrees
Humidity: 71% Barometer: 1024 mb and steady
Speed: 4 knots Course: 330 degrees True
Noon to noon distance made in nautical miles for the last 24 hours: 105 miles
Point of Sail: Stbd. Close reach, but being set down by the current and seas, causing are actual course off the wind to be around 60-70 degrees. I know it’s pathetic.
Wind speed: North at 8 knots
Swells: Northeast at 4-6 ft.
Noon Latitude: 40 deg 24′ N (Same latitude as Eureka Ca, but 1500 miles west of it) Noon Longitude: 154 deg 20′ W
Camanoe’s fish count since Maui: Flying fish – 7 Squid – 0
Breakfast today: Oatmeal
Lunch today: Everything in site
Dinner tonight: Spaghetti with Dave’s awesome red sauce(shh….it comes in a box)

Still heading north. Well, more like northwest. Nothing new to report. I have been reading and watching TV for most of the day. It was blustery in the early morning and afternoon forcing me to reef down at 0200 this morning. Around 1400 the wind and seas died down and the sun came out. We are once again with full sail up. I hope the westerlies are up north when I get there. The weatherfax and gribs are not giving me much hope.

Still, all is well. The electrical demands are being met by the wind and solar. The watermaker is functioning fine with the exception of a small leak I can’t repair out here. We also have plenty of food on board. So, we are not in any particular rush.

I have been using my PA system quite a bit out here. I love startling the birds with it when they land onboard in an attempt to poop on me. It is weird to see anything but flying fish out here. On the way to Hawaii, I didn’t see any birds until the day before arrival. Earlier today, a bird landed on the port spreader almost on top of the P.A.(public address) speaker. I promptly picked up the P.A. mic while looking up through the hatch and yelled, “HEEEEYYYYYHHHHHEEEEEYYYYY!!!!” If the trail of poo he left was any sign of how much I startled him, then he was very, very startled.

-CAPT

Heading North

Air temp: 71 degrees
Humidity: 90% Barometer: 1020 mb and steady
Speed: 4-5 knots Course: 350 degrees True
Noon to noon distance made in nautical miles for the last 24 hours: 64 miles
Point of Sail: Stbd. Close reach
Wind speed: North at 8-10 knots
Swells: Northeast at 6 ft.
Noon Latitude: 39 deg 07′ N (Same latitude as Fort Bragg Ca, but 1500 miles west of it) Noon Longitude: 153 deg 05′ W
Camanoe’s fish count since Maui: Flying fish – 6 Squid – 0
Breakfast today: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Lunch today: Steak and rice burrito, apple, granola bar, and 3 rice cakes
Dinner tonight: Spaghetti with Dave’s awesome red sauce(shh….it comes in a box)

As per the weatherfax and grib files the wind has shifted slightly to the northeast enabling us to head almost due north. Nice. We are making decent headway and will continue on this course for as long as the weather gods allow us. I’m still 50/50 on where my landfall will be; either San Francisco or Canada. Either way, I still need to head north over the high in order to catch the westerlies. Or at the very least head higher north to make up for the ground I will lose heading east to San Francisco, if I decide to go that way.

The weather is getting colder and the skies are staying overcast on a continual basis. Today has been nice though. The seas have been 2-3 feet for most of the day. It’s been a smooth and comfortable ride north.

There is definitely a one knot south setting current out here. This morning the wind died for five hours forcing me to drop the sails and drift. In five hours we were set over five miles to the south.

-CAPT

So Slow!!!

Air temp: 74 degrees
Humidity: 64% Barometer: 1023 mb and steady
Speed: 3-4 knots Course: 345 degrees True
Noon to noon distance made in nautical miles for the last 24 hours: 91 miles
Point of Sail: Stbd. Close reach
Wind speed: North at 8-10 knots
Swells: Northeast at 3-6 ft.
Noon Latitude: 38 deg 29′ N (Same latitude as Bodega bay Ca in, but 1500 miles west of it) Noon Longitude: 152 deg 55′ W
Camanoe’s fish count since Maui: Flying fish – 6 Squid – 0
Breakfast today: 2 pop tarts
Lunch today: Egg Burrito with white rice, granola bar, 5 hand fulls of mini pretzels Dinner tonight: Steak fajitas

So slow!!! It’s becoming a little frustrating. I have been constantly adjusting sails and beating into, for the most part, light winds the last few days and have little to show for it. In the last 24 hours, close-hauled with two tacks we have made 48 miles to the north. At this rate it will be a long haul to British Columbia. Maybe I left too late in the season. Big Ben, a Beneteau 50 race boat, which just completed the Victoria to Maui race, is about 800 miles to the northeast of me on their way home to Victoria. They sail much more efficiently than Camanoe and have seven people on board for constant sail trim. They have been struggling with light winds for most of the trip and are frustrated as well. This doesn’t sound good for little old me. If the winds don’t change shortly I’m going to make a right towards San Francisco.

Ok, enough complaining, I apologize. Today has still been a fantastic day. Camanoe has now sailed over 7000 nautical miles (8050 statute miles) since leaving San Francisco last year. Pretty good for this old girl.

Last night I saw the first signs of human life since leaving Maui. Sometime in the wee hours of the night the radar alarm started beeping, very faintly, indicating a radar target aft to my starboard. Sure enough, I could just barely make out the lights of a ship in the distance. Very kewl….

-CAPT

Nothing New

Air temp: 73 degrees
Humidity: 78% Barometer: 1022 mb and steady
Speed: 3.0 knots Course: 300 degrees True
Noon to noon distance made in nautical miles for the last 24 hours: 104 miles
Point of Sail: Stbd. Close reach
Wind speed: North at 15 knots
Swells: North at 6 ft. Confused!
Noon Latitude: 37 deg 49′ N (Same latitude as Berkeley Ca in San Francisco bay, but 1500 miles west of it) Noon Longitude: 152 deg 29′ W
Camanoe’s fish count since Maui: Flying fish – 6 Squid – 0
Breakfast today: 2 pop tarts and a mango
Lunch today: Mahi Mahi Ceviche with crackers, 1 Tangerine, 2 hand fulls of wheat thins
Dinner tonight: Cabbage and sausage with rice accompanied by Vanilla yogurt for dessert(yes, 3 nights in a row)

As per the last four days, I’m struggling to make headway north. The winds have been 8-15 knots mostly, for the last few days. With the current and confused seas I’m not making but 50-60 miles to the north each day. At least I’m moving; there are a few boats out here which are not moving at all, at least this is what I hear on the nightly Pacific Seafarers’ Net. The high is moving east now. It should be to the north of me by tomorrow evening, eventually moving a little south east. This is good news, I will hopefully have some better sailing wind in the next couple of days. Still, If I want to go over the top of the high, and I think I do if I want to reach some west wind, I will need to reach at least 45 degrees north. This is still about 400 miles north of me. Unfortunately, my crystal ball is not working very well in foreseeing the future wind direction. Maybe it needs some Windex.

-CAPT