BANGORANG!

29 July 2016 | Neah Bay, WA
29 July 2016 | Neah Bay
28 July 2016
27 July 2016
26 July 2016 | 400 miles West of Washington
24 July 2016 | On top of the High
22 July 2016 | ~800 miles west of Washington
21 July 2016
19 July 2016 | Somewhere parallel to Oregon
18 July 2016 | 1030.7 hPa
17 July 2016
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13 July 2016 | 450 miles North of Hawaii
12 July 2016 | 300 miles north of Oahu
11 July 2016

Arrived Neah Bay

29 July 2016 | Neah Bay, WA
Colin
We arrived Neah Bay safe and sound Thursday (7/28 - 9PM).
Blog broken last few days, will post more later.

Bangorang has arrived!

29 July 2016 | Neah Bay
Colin
All is well aboard sv Bangorang. We arrived in Neah Bay, Washington last night just as the sun was setting. Just over 2700 miles from Honolulu in 18 days. Our total since leaving New Zealand at the end of April is 8090 miles in 3 months with 55 days at sea.

Yesterday, our final day on passage, we sailed through the night in a near gale with winds to 35 knots and large, steep 3-4 m seas followed by a beautiful sunny day with a great spinnaker run into Point Flattery at the NW tip of Washington. Now we clean up the boat, explore the area, maybe bag a geocache or two and begin harbor hopping down to our winter slip in Tacoma.

More Wind

28 July 2016
Wendy
Well, we found the wind mid-day today and we expect to have a fast but bumpy ride tonight. The gribs are telling us to expect over 20 knots, perhaps as high as 25, all night long. It will give us a nice quick finish into Neah Bay, but I am not sure how well we all will sleep. Sent the captain down for an afternoon nap before the wind really picks up because I am sure he won't sleep well when it does. We still have another 175 miles to go, but I think I can smell the pizza!

Slow Day

27 July 2016
Colin
Motor sailing all day in very little wind. Looks like tomorrow night could get windy (25+ kts) for the final push into Neah Bay. All is well aboard Bangorang.

Big Red

26 July 2016 | 400 miles West of Washington
Gavin
Today we had a picturesque day of spinnaker sailing. We put up "big red" shortly after breakfast and have had it full and pulling us along at 6.5 knots + all day long. Most of the morning it was sunny and warm(-ish) with some clouds moving in by the afternoon. Right now it is kind of a race against the clock to get ahead of these stronger winds that are supposedly building closer to Washington. We are damn close now to the end of the journey and depending on how the next few days go, this may be my last blog post. I expect there will be a lot of questions when I get home about the trip and what it was like, and I thought I would use this opportunity to describe some of it _Best Part of the Trip_: Aside from surfing some great warm water breaks I would say it was the "champagne sailing" days where the sun was out, the wind was light and the boat was moving fast. _Worst Part of the Trip_: Going for multiple nights in a row on little sleep in bad weather. That being said, it does make the passages feel more rewarding if you gotta fight through some nastiness, but I could just as easily do with more of the "champagne sailing". _Most Important Part to Me_: This might be different than what you were expecting. But as I have had a lot of time to think about it, I have decided that my favorite and most important part of this trip was standing night watch... for multiple reasons. To start, it was cool being in charge of the boat and having the responsibility of ensuring that everything was well. Secondly, It was beautiful. There have been so many nights where I could look up and see thousands upon thousands of stars, or look down in the water and see the boat leaving a glowing phosphorescent wake behind us. Getting to just sit back, relax with a warm drink, good music, and soak it all in without having to worry about being anywhere particular the following day is a great feeling and very special I think. Lastly, it really gives you time to think about yourself and reflect. Sappy I know, but its true. Having lived with others for my whole life, always with friends or family, I have often wondered how much of my personality is based on my interactions with those people. Not that that is a bad thing, but being alone on the night watch, halfway around the world from friends and family (Dad and Wendy excluded), sometimes hundreds of miles from the nearest civilization, you can get a pretty damn unique feeling of solitude and peace of mind. Didn't mean to get too introspective here, but hopefully you get the point. Anyways, it is almost the end now with just a few days left before we get to the straights of Juan de Fuca. We are haulin ass, and with any luck it will be "land ho" here pretty soon. -Gavin

Lazy days at sea

24 July 2016 | On top of the High
Colin
Today was a slow day of motor-sailing as we crawl eastward over the top of the Pacific High towards the Washington coast. Not a lot to complain about as the weather is mostly clear sunshine with the wind and seas light and from behind. Even the drone of the engine is somehow relaxing like it's lulling us to sleep. Or maybe that's the carbon monoxide? Regardless, we all tried to keep busy: Wendy defrosted and cleaned two freezers, I changed the oil in both engines and Gavin (surprise) worked out. There is also plenty of electricity and hot water so we can be profligate in the shower. I even had a daytime nap, which is unusual (again probably the carbon monoxide).

For dinner, Wendy pulled out all the stops in an effort to outdo my most majestical stir-fry from last night, but she wasn't playing fair since she knows that chili-dogs are a personal favorite of mine. She might have won too if she'd thrown in the obligate tater-tots.

The chart plotter says we have about 4.5 days and 570 miles left to go and the forecast suggests at least 2 more days like today before we can start sailing again. Good thing we have plenty of fuel on board, so that shouldn't be a problem. The only immediate danger is me growing too big for my foulies once we do start seeing that famous Pacific Northwest liquid sunshine.

All is well aboard Bangorang and looking forward to making landfall.
Vessel Name: Bangorang
Hailing Port: Ventura, CA
Crew: Colin, Wendy and Skid
Extra: Urban Dictionary: Bangorang - The word from the film "Hook" meaning, basically, awesome!
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