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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Day 16 At Sea
Bruce
08/09/2011, Pacific Ocean en route to Hawaii

The trade winds are moving us right along; we covered 153 nautical miles in the last 24 hours. This is our 16th day at sea. We have about 600 miles to go which at this rate should take about 4 more days.

This morning we had blue skies and 16 foot, steep waves arriving on the beam. This made it a challenge to move around on the boat and do things like cook breakfast. Once in a while a wave would spray us in the cockpit. The big waves didn't help our boat speed, keeping it down to 6.5 knots. Now in the afternoon the waves are smaller and not as steep, so we are getting boat speed of 7.5 to 8 knots.

Pascale naps in our cabin. Daniel just got done doing his laundry in the cockpit. Francois is playing with his computer in his cabin. Antoine is watching a movie in the salon. I'll be making lunch for the crew soon.

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Late Night Trade Wind Sailing
Bruce
08/09/2011

The 14 knot trade winds propel us briskly at 7.5 knots toward the north west and our destination of Hawaii. The seas are smooth: 2m swell and 1m wind waves. The moon shines down upon us kindly.

This is beautiful, glorious sailing. What we all wish we would have all the time.

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Day 15: Entering the Trade Winds, Finally
Bruce
08/08/2011

We have finally gotten to the Northern Trade Winds, the consistent 15 knot winds from the North East that will carry us on a beam reach all the way to Hawaii. Hopefully our days of motoring in light air are over.

We're making good time now, doing 7 knots with the full jib and the full (repaired) mainsail. It's sunny with patchy clouds and the seas are relatively flat, so it's pleasant sailing for now.

We keep the radar going to watch out for squalls in the area, however, since they can bring strong downdraft winds up to 40 knots.

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08/10/2011 | obama
that is great!
Becalmed Again
Bruce
08/07/2011

Date/Time: Aug 7 1100 HST Posit: 11 16.85'N , 142 08.51'W Wind: N 4 Wind wv: 0 Swell wv:

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Trade Winds... Hooray!!!!
Bruce
08/07/2011

With just 50 liters of diesel fuel left in our main tank, we finally found the northern trade winds which will carry us to Hawaii. The coordinates for the turning point were 10 N 142 W. We probably won't need the engine much until we get to our destination. It is wonderful to be again propelled by the wind, rather than a noisy diesel engine.

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08/07/2011 | Larry Anderson
Glad to hear your main is fixed and you still have a little fuel left. We are thinking of you and your family!!!! We are in the bay area returning to Costa Rica on the 21st of August.
Calou is in Lectronic Latitude
08/07/2011

There's an article and a couple photos of us in the Aug. 3 edition of 'Lectronic Latitude, the online version of the West Coast sailing magazine Latitude 38. Here's the link:
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Day 13 at Sea
Bruce
08/06/2011, the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone

We are still in the ITCZ, where we have very light winds, less than 10 knots, interspersed with squalls with 20 knots of wind and rain. We are sailing to the north-east in order to get the best sailing angle for our final leg to Hawaii. We should finally get to the northern Trade Winds sometime tomorrow. When that happens, we'll make a 90 degree left turn to the north west, destination Hawaii.

The repaired mainsail is working great, and it is helping us with our speed in these light winds.

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Sail Repair At Sea
Bruce
08/04/2011

Winds were light enough for us to take the ripped mainsail down today and begin repairs. Getting the sail down was no small task; it required Daniel going aloft in the bosun's chair to pull the shreds of torn sail out of top of the mast so that it would unfurl. Daniel stalwartly hung on as the mast swung back and forth with the ocean swells.

Once we got the mainsail down to the deck we began the task of repairing the 2 foot long horizontal rip in the sail. The leech (trailing edge) of the sail was completely severed, and as this part of the sail carries the entire load, it was necessary to reinforce it. To do this we sewed 2 feet of nylon webbing along the leech on both sides of the fabric, one foot of nylon webbing above and below the tear.

Next came the repair of the tear itself, which actually was along a seam, so the seam merely had to be restitched. We got about 75 percent of that done, when a squall arrived with high winds so we had to tie the sail to the boom and wait until sometime tomorrow to finish the job.

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08/05/2011 | Judy Armstrong
Thank goodness it's down!

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