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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Day 20 - Final Approach
Bruce
08/13/2011

We are just 75 miles from Hawaii on our 20th day at sea. We made 124 miles in the last 24 hours; not bad considering it was with the mainsail only. I am baking bread to serve with our celebratory feast upon first sight of land, probably in the late afternoon. We have had very pleasant sailing conditions today, with 15 knots of wind from the rear quarter, and a 2m swell to remind us that we are at sea.

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Day 19 - Jib Down
Bruce
08/12/2011

This is our 19th day at sea. Last night, just as we were finishing dinner, I noticed that the jib was hanging down over the side of the bow and into the water. The jib halyard had chafed completely through at the mast head and parted (see photo inset). Daniel and I dropped the jib to the deck and lashed it down.

This morning we planned to use the spare halyard to hoist the jib, but this was not to be. The spare halyard was used to hoist a spinnaker net (a device to prevent the spinnaker from wrapping around the forestay). But the spinnaker net had also chafed through and parted, so we could not get the spare halyard down from the masthead.

The next option was to use the spinnaker halyard. But the ruined spinnaker net had wrapped itself around this halyard, making this also impossible to use. The remnants of the spinnaker net were jamming up the block at the top of the mast.

Normally we would send one of us up to the masthead in a bosun's chair to untangle all this, but with the ocean swell this would be a very unpleasant task, and, since we're just a few hundred miles from Hawaii, we decided to continue on with just the mainsail. With the 15 knot winds we're able to make 5 to 6 knots of boat speed which is good enough to get us there in about 2 days.

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Day 18 at Sea
Bruce
08/11/2011, Pacific Ocean en route from Moorea to Hawaii

I spent the night watch dodging squalls, but this morning and afternoon we have had clear blue skies and fair winds. We covered 140 nautical miles in the last 24 hours. It has been 18 days since we left Moorea. With some 360 miles to go, we should make our arrival in another few days. The sea conditions are comfortable and the 14 knot trade winds push us along gently.

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Sailing into the Sunset
Bruce
08/10/2011, Pacific Ocean en route from Tahiti to Hawaii

We sailed into a beautiful sunset this evening...

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Birthday at Sea
Bruce
08/10/2011

We celebrated crew member Daniel's birthday today with a feast. Crab chips from Thailand, followed by foie gras on toast with a bottle of French white wine, and dinner was grilled filet mignon steaks with bearnaise sauce and steamed potatoes, and dessert was vanilla and chocolate pudding parfaits.

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Day 17 - Getting There
Bruce
08/10/2011, Pacific Ocean en route to Hawaii

The trade winds have been good to us, and we have been doing 7 plus knots a good part of the time. We made 150 nautical miles in the last 24 hours. We are exactly 500 miles from Hawaii at this moment, which will take another 78 hours to get there.

The skies are mostly sunny with the occasional puffy white clouds. The seas are moderate with about a 2m swell.

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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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