Calou's Blog

Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump

In The Trades (Day 13)

07 April 2011
John's Blog Updated. Original post with photos: Latitude: 6.40744 Longitude: -125.11987

The wind continues to blow us right along, having made good speed with 144 miles yesterday. Today we gibed and are now heading more west than south again. After looking at the GRIB forecast it looks like there is more wind on this side of the equator so we are taking advantage of that to make our way a bit farther west before we make the leap into the southern hemisphere. We certainly are close those, which is apparent by looking at the stars in the sky. The night sky is now mostly unfamiliar, although I am easily able to pick out the Southern Cross, which I remember from my last sailing adventures in these latitudes. Too bad the star map program on my phone does not work here since I would really like to identify a very bright object due east us which has been rising about 5:30am every morning.

Now that we have an excess of power we have been watching movies in the afternoons, when our power making capacity is at the maximum. I have now finished Season 1 of The Wire and have to make the big decision of whether to start the next season, or whether to move back into a season of the show 24. Or maybe just watch a few movies first before getting addicted to a whole season of something. The problem with these shows, once you start, it is hard to stop watching until the whole season is finished.

Sleeping was a little cooler last night as I figured out a way to tie my port window completely open. The hinge normally is stiff enough to keep it open, but on this one the hinge is broken so the window kept flopping mostly closed. Now that it is wide open I am getting a little more of a breeze. The air temperature is pretty constant between day and night. Somewhere in the mid 80s all the time. The water temperature is now 31.8C. At night the humidity really increases, without the sun to dry things out. So everything is always extra damp and sticky at night. Especially challenging is getting used to having a constantly sticky and moist face and hands.
Vessel Name: Calou
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 47
Hailing Port: The Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon, CA
Crew: Bruce, Pascale, Antoine
Extra: Sailing on the 20th Annual Baja Ha-ha, departing mid October 2013 from Tiburon, and continuing to cruise Mexico. This will be our 3rd Haha. In 2011 we sailed the Puddle Jump from Mexico to French Polynesia, then up to Hawaii and back to San Francisco.
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