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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Calou's Voyage Recap: 13,000 miles
09/22/2011

Here's a recap and summary of Calou's three year voyage:

Leg 1: San Francisco to Mexico and cruising the Gold Coast of Mexico:
16 October 2008 to 26 March 2011
Distance logged: 1990 nautical miles.

Leg 2: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands
Day at Sea: 23 (26 March to 18 April, 2011)
Distance Logged: 2881 nautical miles (3315 statute miles, 5335 km)

Stops at Tahuata, April 22; Hiva Oa, April 27; Ua Huka, May 6; Nuku Hiva, May 7; Ua Pou, May 17

Leg 3: Ua Pou, Marquesas Islands, to Makemo Atoll, Tuomotus:
Days At Sea: 4 (May 19 to 23, 2011)
Distance: 450 nautical miles

Stops at Tahanea, June 1, 60 nm; Fakarava, June 4, 50 nm

Leg 4: Tuomotus to Tahiti: June 19 to 23, 2011
Days at Sea: 4
Distance: about 500 nautical miles
Stops at Moorea, June 2; Papeete, June 29; Moorea, July 13

Leg 5: Moorea to Hawaii
Days at Sea: 21 (24 July to 14 August, 2011)
Distance Logged: 2,706 nautical miles (3114 miles; 5011 km)

Leg 6: Hawaii to Tiburon/San Francisco
Days at Sea: 17 (31 August to 17 September, 2011)
Distance Logged: 2,741 nautical miles (3123 miles, 5026 km)

Entire Trip, from Tiburon back to Tiburon:
Total Days at Sea (overnight passages): 78
Distance logged: 11,418 nautical miles (13,139 miles, 21,146 km)





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09/22/2011 | Lynn Stokes
Your track looks like an outline of Africa.
1 more week, then to SD for the Ha Ha with a haul out in Ventura. Welcome back!
09/24/2011 | Carla and Doug
Congratulations! You guys had quite and adventure, didn't you? It was so nice to meet you all and we look forward to meeting up with you again somewhere. If we are ever in San Francisco again, we will look you up!
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

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