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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
enroute to San Simeon or Morro Bay
10/22/2006, Pacific Ocean

we all got up at 6 a.m., refueled, and left Monterey harbor this morning. Winds are less than 5 knots and coming from the south (grumble). Se we are motoring again. We look forward to that downwind run to San Diego we kept hearing about.

We saw a pod of dolphins just now.

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10/22/2006 | Frank Jenkins
Maybe we will c u in SLO, SB or LA/LB Harbors.
Latest Photos from CALOU

John at Monterey

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Who is driving?

Bruce At The Helm

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10/23/2006 | julle
Hi Bruce,
you look totally relaxed, reading all your mail, it sounds like
a lovely afternoon sail. Good work on the leak, not easy to detect!
I read nothing about a glass of good french wine?
Thank you for sharing.
Antoine on Deck

Heeeeeere's TO-TO!

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10/22/2006 | Jan Meermans
The sea state appears a little different from when we brought our boat down from SF in June 4, 2005. We had seas 10-12' 8 second period, winds gusting to 38 knots! After 15 hours, we gave up and went into Monterey, came back two weeks later, and it was a piece of cake the rest of the way. We're going South with you and we'll look you up.
Jan and Vivian, Capriccio
Detour to Monterey
10/21/2006, Monterey Municipal Harbor

After we all got 3 hours sleep, we got up at 8 am in Santa Cruz, had ham and cheese omelettes for breakfast, showered, shopped for fishing tackle, and then left the harbor at about 11 a.m. The wind was 10 knots on the nose, coming from the south. It gradually built to 23 knots from the south with 10 foot seas every 14 seconds. Having to motor this way was pretty slow, the waves slowing our progress so our SOG was only 3.5 knots.

I prepared lunch for the crew, which was romaine salad with roquefort dressing, grated cheese, and freshly sauteed curried salmon cakes. It was a challenge cooking in the bucking seas. Everyone like it except Antoine, who made himself a peanut butter sandwich.

By 4:30 PM we had reached the southern end of Monterey Bay (about 20 miles). Since we were making little headway, and the forecast that the next day's winds would be lighter and from the north, we decided to hang a left and head to Monterey for the night.

So now we sit securef in Monterey Harbor at 6:30 PM, anticipating a relaxing evening and making a nice dinner of Cuban farm-style chicken and brocolli with cheese sauce.

Watching the forecasts for tomorrow, they predict north-west winds in the 5 to 10 knot range.

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arrival at Santa Cruz
10/21/2006, Santa Cruz harbor

After our last message, we motorsailed a good length of the way, as we had north winds in the 5 knot range. Around sunset I prepared dinner which consisted of chile con carne (prepared in advance) and fresh green beans steamed in the pressure cooker. Finally around midnight the winds increased to 12 knots and we shut off the engine, sailing about 12 miles offshore on a broad reach and making about 6 knots. John and I alternated three hour shifts throughout the night while Pascale served as additional watch. The night was moonless which made it hard to see, but the brightness of the stars was dazzling. A green phosphorescent trail followed our boat, looking like an underwater neon sign. We had to make a few sharp turns to dodge approaching ships. The MARPA on the radar unit was a Godsend for avoiding ships. MARPA tracks other vessels and gives you their range, bearing, speed and direction.

We made landfall at Santa Cruz Harbor at 4:45 AM, October 21. The moon had still not risen, as it was scheduled to rise very briefly later this morning. 1558 hours on the engine (11 hours elapsed since we started with 1547 hours at Sausalito).

This morning I got up at 8:00 a.m. and am starting to make breakfast and check on our Sailmails while the rest of the crew sleeps.

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10/21/2006 | Ori Lahav
these MARPA thing is indeed a great thing.
I used it a lot during service in the Israeli Navy.
one thing I do learned about it is not to replace it with eye watch and the good seamanship finger rules like: "green to green - red to read - don't be a shmock and keep ahead" and others. Although it shoes good and most of the time correct data. I was always checking true bearing changes to a ship in danger.

sail safely, and keep writing
envy you.
Ori Lahav
out the gate
10/20/2006, at sea

After a frantic day making last minute preparations at the dock, we finally fueled up in Sausalito and headed out at 2:30 PM. We saw 23 knots in the bay but this petered out to 10 knots from the west through the gate, and offshore, 5 knots from the north west. To make reasonable speed, we're motorsailing now, making 6 knots, heading due south. This is the first test of sending an email to our blog from offshore via the single sideband radio.

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