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Fish Latitudes
Mon Oct 20 19:38:00 EDT 2014, 25 16'N:114 8'W,

We have had great winds since leaving Ensenada -- Force 3 to 5 from astern, with a mix of sun and clouds (clouds are wonderful--they keep the sun from being extreme).

Flying fish came aboard last night and we fried them for breakfast. The flying fish jump and fly for a while (they have wings), to escape other fish, I think. They don't see the boat at night, and land on deck--one hit me last night before falling to the deck.

While we have been trying to catch fish all the way down the coast, so far, Issuma has 'caught' ten flying fish, and we have caught none :).

Sat Oct 18 18:44:00 EDT 2014, 33 27'N:117 43.5'W, Ensenada, Mexico

We had a pleasant downwind sail from Dana Point to Mission Bay and then to Ensenada, Mexico (pictured).

It took about three hours to clear Customs, Immigration, the Port Captain, get the Temporary Import Permit and a fishing license, but all the offices are in one building, near the marina, and everyone was nice.

We only stayed a day--leaving with yet another favorable wind-- so I didn't get much of a feel for Ensenada.

Now to remember (or learn, since I was never very good at it) how to speak Spanish...

Sea Lions
Sun Oct 12 21:32:00 EDT 2014, 33 27'N:117 43.5'W, Dana Point, CA

Lots of sea lions enjoying the sun on the San Juan Rock buoy off Dana Point, California.

We spent a pleasant few days in Dana Point, courtesy of my old New York schooner captain friend Peter and the friendly folks at Dana Point Yacht Club and Dana West Yacht Club, to whom I gave my Sailing the Northwest Passage presentation.

Tue Oct 7 11:06:15 EDT 2014

A whale came over to swim alongside us yesterday for about an hour. I'm not sure of the type of whale, but it was as long as Issuma.

Pleasant Headwinds
Sun Oct 5 22:30:02 EDT 2014

As should be expected by my talking yesterday about having had all favorable winds so far--before the passage is over--we got headwinds and fog today.

When the previously favorable wind went against us (at night), it was immediately warmer (the wind was coming off the land), so I thought it would be a really hot day. As dawn arrived, the fog came in and kept things from heating up, so today was a pleasant sail in light and varying winds. When the wind died, we went swimming and waited for it to return.

Light Winds
Sat Oct 4 18:02:00 EDT 2014, 34 42'N:121 10'W,

We`ve had very pleasant, light, following winds since leaving San Francisco. A 0.75 knot favorable current is also helping. Other than having once to drop the spinnaker and wait half an hour for wind (it was starting to wrap around the jibstay as we rolled in the swell), it has been great, smooth, easy sailing.

Dragon Boat Race
Fri Oct 3 17:34:00 EDT 2014, N 'N:W 'E, Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA

Most of Issuma`s time in San Francisco Bay was anchored at Treasure Island. I happened to be there during this Dragon Boat race a couple of weekends ago.

The Latest Dinghy
Tue Sep 30 10:13:25 EDT 2014, San Francisco, CA

After my dinghy was stolen in Nanaimo this summer, I replaced it with the one above. This dinghy doesn't carry much, and needs reinforcing and raising the sides, bow and stern, so it is a "project boat", but it has potential.

This was a rowing/sailing dinghy, but didn't come with any of the sailing gear. It has a centerboard--currently plugged to avoid the constant wetting one gets on each wave when sitting on top of the centerboard trunk :).

The nice thing about it is how light it is--I can just pull it out of the water and onto the deck--launching is a matter of just sliding it quickly into the water.

Crewing Experience
John Parker
Fri Sep 19 20:16:28 EDT 2014, San Francisco, CA

Unsure if you want to sail your boat off shore?

I recently took a 2.5 week offshore trip with Richard Hudson on his boat Issuma. Richard, who has years of extensive experience sailing offshore (North and South Atlantic, Labrador, Northwest Passage etc.) is focused on his present voyage to the far south.

Due to my own time constraints I could only sail the first leg from Vancouver, BC to San Francisco CA. We sailed day and night, up to 100 miles off the coast, under conditions that varied from dead calm to 25 - 30 kt winds, with 15 to 20 foot seas.

My time spent with offshore sailing is limited and Richard was very patient with my experience level and helpful in his tutoring. His technical knowledge of sailing as well as his library of books and associated reference material on board allows for one to acquire knowledge and apply it immediately. The Issuma is a very functional bare boat with minimal frivolities but is built for heavy seas, offshore cruising and long distance sailing. It will test your sailing skills.

Mon Sep 29 17:10:27 EDT 2014 | bonnie
Hi! I'm glad George mentioned you were underway again!
Wed Oct 8 1:44:47 EDT 2014 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, Bonnie!
I haven't yet sorted out getting the comments coming to me at sea, but it is really nice to be undeway again.
Thu Sep 18 23:56:37 EDT 2014, San Francisco

After working in Vancouver for 1.5 years, then spending six months getting Issuma ready for sea, I got together a crew and left. It was fantastic to go to sea again!

We first had a practice/training sail to the picturesque Gulf Islands.

We then sailed to Port Angeles, WA, where we cleared customs and did more repairs and preparations.

While beating our way up Haro Strait in a fresh breeze, during a tack (turning the boat thru the wind so the sails move from one side to the other) there was suddenly a loud, long ripping sound from aloft. The jib had ripped from one end to the other (luff to leech)! We quickly furled it (rolled it up) and sailed without it until the wind died down the next day and we were able to put up the spare jib. That particular sail, only five years old, has bad sailcloth, and it rips extremely easily whenever it touches something hard under tension. In Port Angeles, Eric Taylor ( patched the torn jib and is building me a new one.

The sail from Port Angeles to San Francisco was a pleasant eight days of following winds, mostly light. One day of Force 7 winds provided a nice contrast.

Now we're in San Francisco, getting some repairs done, doing a partial crew change, and looking at the weather further south.

Wed Sep 24 19:54:28 EDT 2014 | George Ott
Off again? Good for you Richard! I'm jealous... And you finally got the centerboard painted!!!!

Fair winds and calm seas...

Wed Sep 24 20:01:59 EDT 2014 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, George!
It is nice to be off again, and to have finally gotten the centerboard inspected and painted.


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