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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Mid Point Celebration
Bruce
09/08/2011, North Pacific Ocean

We declared this day to be the mid point in our voyage, and had a little celebration, with some good Bourbon, chips, and gift bags that had been prepared for us by Pascale. Each of us got some little things to brighten the passage. Pete also brought out chocolate chip cookies that were made by Linda and saved for this occasion. Afterwards we enjoyed a dinner of tender, succulent barbequed baby back pork ribs.

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Day 8 at Sea
Bruce
09/08/2011, Middle of An Ocean

Last night, for dinner, I made poblano peppers stuffed with spiced ground beef and onions. I topped it off with melted cheddar cheese and cumin flavored bechamel sauce.

We saw the blinking lights of a jet airplane overhead last night, and passed within a mile of a cargo ship this morning. We hailed the ship's captain and asked if he could see us (affirmative). It is unusual to see signs of human activity out here in the middle of an ocean.

This marks our 8th day at sea, and it is by my estimation about the mid point (time-wise) in our voyage. We have sailed 1,237 miles from Hawaii, but we are making excellent time with the 17 knot winds on our rear quarter. In the last 24 hours we covered 189 miles, a record for the trip! That works out to an average speed of 7.9 knots. Not bad considering this was done without using a spinnaker.

Pascale prepared gift bags for the mid point of our trip, which I'll distribute to each crew member this evening at sunset. I have a special meal planned for this event; barbequed ribs.

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Dolphins
Bruce
09/08/2011, North Pacific Ocean

We were visited by a pod of dolphins today, hundreds of them. They jumped in the air to get a good look at us and took turns riding our bow wave.

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09/11/2011 | Larry Anderson
Fantastic shot of the dolphins!!! Nicely done. We're following your updates, be safe!!! From all the crew of the S/V Lisa Kay!
Day 7 at Sea
Bruce
09/07/2011, North Pacific Ocean

Last night we grilled tri-tip sirloin steak on the barbeque, and served that along with steamed potatoes and vegetables. We are having excellent sailing weather. The wind is on the rear quarter so the boat isn't heeling too much. We have had consistent 16 knot winds throughout the night and continuing today. In the last 24 hours, we covered 180 nautical miles!

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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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