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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
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10/22/2006 | Heidi and Mark
Congrats! You are well on your way to Baja... Have fun Ha-Ha-ing.

Hasta Luego...
10/26/2006 | Jeff
Hello les fiers navigateurs ! bons vents et bonne mer !
J'espère que Calou n'a pas oublié son masque et ses palmes !
Demain nous prenons la route pour Venise !
Grosses bises à tous !
Jeff Renée
Mighty Pascale!

Clear evidence that she is (A) still aboard and (B) still happy! Go Calou Go!

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approaching Point Concepcion

we have foggy conditions, visibility less than 1/4 mile, and it's a moonless night. all one can see is the bow wave. navigating by radar and gps. the wind is coming from the north at 8 knots, though it was reaching 15 knots earlier. have to motor to make headway.

we filled up the diesel tank at Monterey, and calculated fuel usage. When motoring at 6.5 knots we use 0.7 gallons per hour. This gives us a range of about 464 nautical miles on a tank of fuel.

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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.
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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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