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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
This is what 40 Knots looks like
Bruce
07/30/2011, in the South Pacific

Despite having triple reef handkerchief-size sails we are burying the rail as we traverse a squall in the South Pacific. This one put a rip in our mainsail which we hope to be able to repair tomorrow.

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07/30/2011 | Bob Haley
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This is what 40 Knots looks like
Bruce
07/30/2011, in the South Pacific

Despite having triple reef handkerchief-size sails we are burying the rail as we traverse a squall in the South Pacific. This one put a rip in our mainsail which we hope to be able to repair tomorrow.

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Rough Weather
Bruce
07/29/2011

Wind: ESE 20 - 40 Wind wv: 1 to 2 m Swell wv: 5 to 7 m Sky cover: 100 %clouds, squalls

We had 40 knot winds and very big seas in one squall today which resulted in a tear in the mainsail.

the mainsail is unusable as is; we will have to remove it to see if we can repair it or replace with spare sail (not sure of condition of spare sails as they are from previous owner).

Right now it is too windy and rough to consider unfurling and lowering the mainsail. Waves come over the bow every several seconds.

We are motorsailing asnd waiting for calmer winds and flatter seas before undertaking this.

Bruce

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Day 4 at Sea
Bruce
07/28/2011, South Pacific

Noon marks the end of our 4th day at sea; we are 594 miles north of Tahiti, and have sailed 158 miles in the last 24 hours. The winds are 16 knots at 70 degrees off the bow; we are doing about 7.5 knots. The seas have gotten bigger, with swells around 3m in height.

The crew is getting used to being at sea, we are feeling better, eating better and sleeping better. We are all in good spirits.

It helps to have good food to keep the crew happy. Last night we had thick filet mignon steaks grilled on the barbeque, served with peppercorn sauce, tiny purple potatoes, corn, and a glass of excellent quality Chateau Lamothe Bordeaux red wine.

Breakfast this morning was scrambled eggs with bacon and onions wrapped in a tortilla, and grapefruit.

We're listening to Firesign Theater's "The Further Adventures of Nick Danger, Third Eye" on the stereo.

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Day 3 on the Ocean
Bruce
07/27/2011, South Pacific

The last 24 hours we made 147 nautical miles; we had pleasant sailing with winds in the 12 to 15 knot range and moderate swell. For a while during the night the winds were less than 8 knots so we motor-sailed. We are getting our sea legs and settling into the rhythm of life at sea.

Last night I made three pizzas for dinner. Breakfast was scrambled eggs and onions wrapped in a tortilla (practical because you can eat with one hand). The photo is of us enjoying lunch today while heeled over at the usual 20 degree angle. Pascale made a delicious cole slaw with cabbage, apples, grated carrots, apple vinegar, mayonnaise, and sesame oil. Pictured (L to R) Bruce, crew member Daniel, Francois, Antoine, Pascale.

The Yamaha generator died and refused to run last night, so we had to run the engine periodically to keep the batteries charged. This afternoon I got out the manual for the generator and the tools to look it over. After cleaning the spark plug and re-gapping it I confirmed that we were getting a healthy spark. But the engine was so flooded from repeated starting attempts that the crankcase oil was mixed with gasoline. After changing the crankcase oil our generator was back up and running again.

That Yamaha portable generator has been an excellent purchase. We use less than a gallon a day of gasoline running it at night to keep the batteries charged. If we were using the diesel engine for this purpose we'd be using about 5 times as much.

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Day 2 at Sea
Bruce
07/26/2011, 289 nautical miles north of Tahiti

Noon today marks our second 24 hour period at sea; we made only 135 miles this last day, due to the waves which have been slowing us down and keeping our sails reefed at night. Last night was rough, but this afternoon the seas are getting flatter. We still have about 2 meter swells with a short 5 second period, and we are sailing upwind on a close reach with 60 degrees apparent wind angle.

It's a nice sunny day today with clear skies, and winds around 18 knots. Antoine plays his ukulele in the cockpit.

We did a noon sight with the sextant again today; our calculated latitude and longitude (12 deg 44' S, 148 deg 24' W) was with 12 miles of the position reported by the GPS. I am learning the finer points of sextant technique and hope to keep improving on that.

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Outrigger Escort
Bruce
07/26/2011, Cook's Bay, Moorea

As we were leaving Moorea, an outrigger canoe gave us an escort, riding our wake as we head out to sea. It was a fitting farewell to Polynesia. Photo taken July 24.

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Exuma's Toy
Bruce
07/26/2011

Here's an amphibious vehicle, from the megayacht "Exuma", which was anchored in Cook's Bay. Photo taken July 21 before we left Moorea. Exuma is a cool looking motor yacht which we first observed in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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