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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Antoine enjoys dinner
Bruce
09/03/2011

Antoine enjoys his bowl of Coq Au Vin with new potatoes.

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Antoine enjoys dinner
Bruce
09/03/2011

Antoine enjoys his bowl of Coq Au Vin with new potatoes.

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Squalls on the Horizon
Bruce
09/03/2011

We saw a number of squalls this evening, some of which pack a punch with strong winds. Most of them, we manage to avoid. This one passed in front of us in a westerly direction.

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Coq Au Vin
Bruce
09/03/2011

The crew of CALOU enjoys dinner at sunset, this evening it's Coq Au Vin with new potatoes.

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Day 3 at sea
Bruce
09/03/2011, Pacific Ocean

Last night for dinner we had Cuban Farm Style Chicken (chicken cooked with onions, vegetables, orange juice, garlic and cumin) served over couscous.

The winds were in the 14 knot range all evening, giving us some very good speeds, mostly 8 to 9 knots, and a maximum speed of 10.4 knots. This morning the winds lightened a bit to the 12 knot range, and we are still managing 7 knot boat speed. Over the last 24 hours, we have covered a total of 174 nautical miles.

We're sailing upwind, or close-hauled, so we are heeled over, but the ride is smooth and comfortable.

We had a bit of trouble last night with the gasoline-powered Yamaha generator. It isn't working right, it speeds up and slows down continuously and only puts out a small amount of power. Maybe the sea water spray has gotten to the control electronics inside it. If the generator is not working it means we have to run the engine periodically at night to keep the batteries charged. We can live without it, but it would be nice to get the generator going again. Fortunately in the daytime we get a lot of power from the solar panels, and the wind generator provides power day and night.

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Stow-Away
Bruce
09/02/2011

We found a stow-away on the bow today, a booby. I wonder how long he'll stay with us!

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Day 2 at Sea
Bruce
09/02/2011, North of the Hawaiian Islands

We had our last sight of land as we exited the channel west of Maui (see photo). As the land faded into the distance, so did the 25 knot channel winds.

I made a stew of chicken, onions, leeks, and spices, served over pasta for dinner. This is our second day at sea; as of noon we covered 167 nautical miles in the last 24 hours. We have fine sailing conditions, with 14 knots of wind coming from the East. We have a reefed mail and jib and our boat speed ranges between 7.5 and 8.5 knots. The skies are sunny and the breeze is warm.

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Unscheduled Stop In Maui
Bruce
09/01/2011, Maui

Our trip across the channel between the Big Island and Maui was windy, about 25 to 30 knots, but uneventful except that when we tried to unfurl the mainsail it would not come out of the mast. We had removed the mainsail last week to have it refurbished and apparently when we refurled the mainsail there wasn't enough halyard tension and/or sheet tension, so the rolled up sail was too big to be able to exit smoothly. Rather than deal with this on a moonless night, we sailed with the jib only and planned to make landfall at a harbor in Maui and get it fixed in the morning.

On arrival at the harbor this morning at around 730 a.m., we got the mainsail tensioned properly and it is now working smoothly. After resting a bit we'll head back out to sea later this morning.

Some of the overhead hatches were leaking; I took the opportunity in port to apply a liberal bead of silicone sealant to them. It will be some work to get them open again when we get to San Francisco, but at least we'll stay dry, hopefully.

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09/02/2011 | Larry Anderson
It IS always something on a boat but the rewards so out weigh the troubles! No one can understand that unless they've lived it! Fair winds and following seas my friend!
09/04/2011 | Doug & Andrea Owen
Safe passage home, Bruce, Antoine & Crew! Reading your blog brings back so many memories from my years of cruising; give us an ETA when you're getting close, as we would love to be at CYC to welcome you home!
(We'll even make sure the water gets changed in your slip for your homecoming!!
-Doug & Andrea

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