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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Santa Barbara
10/24/2006

Beautiful and exciting Santa Barbara beckons

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Santa Barbara
10/24/2006

Our Intrepid Crew in Santa Barbara, or, as Pascale no doubt said "Bof!"

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Equipment
10/24/2006

Human Boom Vang

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10/24/2006 | Rick
Wrong, it's a human preventer..... Gybe and see what happens.... :)
Latest Photos from CALOU
10/24/2006

John at Monterey

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Red Sky
10/24/2006

Sailors' Delight

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Santa Barbara
Bruce
10/23/2006

Yesterday evening, as we approached Santa Barbara, we watched a beautiful sunset over Point Concepcion. On the final approach to Santa Barbara we did another spinnaker run until the winds calmed and we had to motor. We arrived at Santa Barbara at 7:30 pm, and reserved a slip in the harbor for 2 nights. This will give us a chance to reprovision, get some sailing gear that we need, and do some projects on the boat.

We had a leisurely dinner of Cuban Farm Style Chicken (chicken simmered with onions, garlic, cumin, and orange juice) and broccoli with cheese sauce, and started to watch a movie, but we soon realized the need for sleep was catching up with us and we retired early.

A comment about the auto-pilot. This is a Raymarine ST-4000 and it is surpassing all expectations. When flying the spinnaker we put the autopilot in "wind vane mode", where it steers to a certain angle of the apparent wind, and we almost never have to touch the wheel, or the sail trim on the chute (unless we're changing course) despite following seas. I had not expected an autopilot to work under such conditions.

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reaching to Santa Barbara
Bruce
10/23/2006

It's been beautiful sail so far, the sun broke out and we enjoyed a spinnaker sail in 15 knots going around Point Concepcion. Having rounded the point we are now on a broad reach heading for Santa Barbara.

We had a little visitor along the way. A tiny bird (NOT a sea bird) found our boat when we were about 20 miles offshore. At first he looked tired and found a place on the foredeck to sleep. Francois fed him chopped almonds and held him in his hands. The little bird sat on Pascale's finger. He stayed with us for a few hours, occasionally flying away only to return a few minutes later.

We also saw dozens of dolphins which followed our boat and played in the bow wave.

We had omelettes with the leftover chili and sour cream for breakfast. For lunch I made grilled ham and cheese open-face sandwiches.

Friends, if you wish to email us send a blank email to sailmailinfo@calou.com. That is an autoresponder which will reply to you with instructions on how to email us.

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Passage to Santa Barbara
Bruce
10/23/2006, 20 miles offshore past Morro Bay

I'm on watch until 5:00 a.m., as we make passage towards Point Concepcion. John piloted from 9pm to 1 a.m. just prior. Our current course puts us on track to round the point mid morning. We had a great sail today, with a 15 knot following breeze, we put up the kite and sailed until it started getting dark. Right now we have a 15 knot wind coming from astern. The fog is thick so I'm watching the radar.

Earlier today we started taking on water, I pumped a bucket or two out of the sump under the engine. We traced the leak to a small puncture in one of the cockpit drain hoses. The puncture was under the waterline intermittently. Fortunately I had brought along some Zspar Splash epoxy. This stuff cures in the presence of water. Got the leak fixed right up, until we can replace the hose.

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