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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Midnight Watch
Bruce
09/04/2011

The stars fill the sky on this moonless night. One could not ask for better sailing. The winds are 12 knots, and we are on a close reach with the apparent wind angle about 40 degrees off the bow. We have 100% of the jib out and about 75% of the mainsail. The boat is heeled about 10 degrees. The night time air is balmy. This is some of the nicest sailing I have ever seen.

The waves and swell are less than a meter; the breeze propels us at 7.5 to 8 knots. There is no sound except the rush of water against the hull and the staccato whistle of the wind generator.

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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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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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