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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Day 6 at Sea
Bruce
09/06/2011, North Pacific Ocean

The winds have shifted in our favor, they are now coming from the South-East and thus pushing us toward the mainland. The light winds of yesterday have increased to 14 knots today so that we don't need the engine and we have nice sailing.

Meanwhile we are working on projects: I have made a temporary fix for the portable generator. I've removed the automatic controls from the throttle and replaced it with a manual screwdriver setting. This should enable us to use the generator at night to keep the batteries charged again.

Meanwhile Pete and Jay are working to clear a blockage in the head discharge line. The hose was clogged with mineral deposits and remnants of an old paper towel. They got that cleared and are now in process of reinstalling the hose.

Sailing conditions are pleasant with the wind coming from the rear quarter. In the last 24 hours we covered 145 nautical miles.

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Day 5 at Sea
Bruce
09/05/2011, Pacific Ocean

This is another day of clear skies, very light winds and flat seas; we have to motorsail. In the last 24 hours we covered 122 nautical miles. In the last day, the wind direction has shifted from coming from the East, to coming from the South West. This is good because it means we may be able to catch a southwesterly wind to carry us all the way to California. We just need a little more than 5 knots of wind to get us moving.

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Moonlight Passage
Bruce
09/04/2011

Last night the half moon illuminated the late evening seas. After having had a new moon and thin crescent the last several nights, it is nice to be able to see the water at night. The winds are very light, so we're running the motor along with the sails to help keep our speed up above 5 knots.

It was pizza night; I made two pizzas topped with sausage and onions and anchovies on half. Antoine and I like the anchovies!

Antoine made this sketch of the moonlit night before going to bed.

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Sketching the Clouds
Bruce
09/04/2011

Antoine sketches the early evening clouds, while the crew enjoy grapefruit margaritas.

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Light Winds and Flat Seas
Bruce
09/04/2011

After sailing all night at 8 knots, we sailed 152 miles in the last 24 hours. Now the winds are very light, less than 4 knots. We are managing to make the boat sail at 3 knots or so. If this keeps up, we will start motoring in the evening.

The very light winds are a welcome change. We are getting a little rest and taking care of some projects on board.

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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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