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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Storm in the South Pacific
Bruce
09/19/2011



Here's some video of the storm that we passed through in the South Pacific, on the way from Tahiti to Hawaii, on July 29, 2011.

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09/19/2011 | Tom Seely
I have followed your voyage from Mexico to SFO--what a treat! Your voyage was fantastic and I enjoyed, vicariously, every blog. Thanks so much and congratulations!
09/20/2011 | Arlete
I have also followed your blog since you left Mexico and enjoyed each entry. My husband and hope to complete the same route in 2012. Congratulations.
Arrival at the Golden Gate!
Bruce
09/17/2011, San Francisco, California

We've arrived at the Golden Gate, San Francisco! We had a rough passage last night, the windiest conditions of our passage. The winds were sustained 35 knots gusting to 40, and Calou was swallowed up in the troughs between the huge waves.

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Arrival at the Golden Gate!
Bruce
09/17/2011, San Francisco, California

We've arrived at the Golden Gate, San Francisco! We had a rough passage last night, the windiest conditions of our passage. The winds were sustained 35 knots gusting to 40, and Calou was swallowed up in the troughs between the huge waves.

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09/17/2011 | Marj Bundschuh
Welcome home! John will be at the club to greet you upon arrival. I'll try to come down to see you after picking up Nadine at noon. Marj
09/17/2011 | Bob Haley
cONGRADULATIONS We are in awe ,youre blog has been great.What a family, how could you not suceed!!
Welcome Home
Bob&Deb HALEY
09/18/2011 | Carla and Dougc
Congratulations! Now lots of time for some serious R&R.

Enjoy all of the wonderful CA wine for us!

Carla and Doug
09/18/2011 | The Phambilians
Congratulations to the Calouligans on a good fast passage. Cheers, The Phambilians
09/22/2011 | Jeff & Renée
Bon retour à la maison.
Ça doit faire du bien après un tel périple !

Day 16 at Sea: Nearly There
Bruce
09/16/2011, 150 miles west of San Francisco

The last 24 hours have been windy and with big waves: we have winds in the 20 to 25 knot range; the forecast is for 25 to 30 knots later this evening. The good news is that because of this we are making good time: we covered 186 miles in the last 24 hours.

The dolphins play in our bow wave as we make our way eastward with boat speed between 8 and 10 knots. The skies are partly cloudy, and the cold air cuts through jackets and multiple layers of clothing like a knife. We stay bundled up all the time.

Our ETA at Tiburon is still around 1100 to 1200 noon for tomorrow, the 17th. If the winds increase this evening as forecast, however, we might arrive sooner.

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Sunrise over the Pacific
Bruce
09/15/2011

After a night watch I was greeted by this sunrise, as dolphins escorted us towards the California coast. We covered 150 miles in the last 24 hours.

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09/16/2011 | Carla and Doug
How beautiful! Of course, it is hard to imagine cold weather again. Hope everyone is doing well. We miss the crew of Calou!
Day 14: Spinnaker Run
Bruce
09/14/2011, North Pacific Ocean

We have light winds coming from the North West, perfect conditions for a spinnaker run. The skies are sunny and the seas are flat. Our ETA is still the morning of Sept 17.

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Antoine at the helm
Bruce
09/13/2011

Antoine sits at the helm of CALOU.

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09/14/2011 | Garry
Bruce, We met at the pier in Kona, when I was admiring your boat. Its been fun and informative to follow your posts since then. Also I ran into Daniel on the beach one day and I think he was surprised when I asked him if he sailed to hawaii on Calou
Day 13 at Sea
Bruce
09/13/2011, North Pacific Ocean

Last night we had fairly light winds in the 10 knot range and we weren't heeling too much, so I made two pizzas for dinner. (You need a fairly level boat in order to mix and knead dough without it going all over the place). They were with grilled chicken pieces, onions, bell peppers, pesto sauce and cheese. We put anchovies on half of each pizza.

The change in temperature as we head north comes slowly and sneaks up on you. Whereas previously we have been used to wearing shorts and a thin tee shirt, We now put on long pants, long sleeved shirts, and jackets just to go out in the cockpit in the daytime. At night another layer of warm clothing, hat and gloves, are added over that.

We continue to have excellent sailing weather, we have 14 knots wind speed coming from the North West as we sail towards the North East to our next waypoint.

We covered 160 miles in the last 24 hours, at an average speed of 6.7 knots. At that rate we should be arriving in San Francisco Bay the morning of Saturday, September 17.

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