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The Trip to Kauai!
Land Ho!!!

I am 31 miles out and I see land!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Skippers Log, 7/9/10

Can you believe it, the penultimate day (two days to go!) and IĀ'm being hammered by high winds and big seas. The day started out with me tacking away from a squall for the first time. I usually just deal with it, but this one looked really bad. Even though I jibed, his little brother hit me with 30 knots of wind. IĀ'm glad I didnĀ't see the big brother! Now I have sustained winds over 20 (thatĀ's OK), but the seas are increasing with growlers (rolling white foamy water) off the top of the waves. I broached on a big swell (my boom hit the water), so I decided to change tactics and stop running DDW. I dropped the main entirely and now IĀ'm running with the jib about 150-160 degrees off the wind. The boat is much happier now, and so am I! It does mean my ETA into the finish has been pushed back, but that is little consequence if something breaks. As the motto of the race says, Ā"Sail fast, sail safe!Ā"

140 miles to go (yes, IĀ'm counting!).

Second Verse, signing off.

Skippers Log, 7/8/10

Today was a big day, for the first time I can pick up weather forecasts on my VHF radio from Hawaii! I couldnĀ't hear it too clearly, but they mentioned something about the Big Island! Glory, glory days! There is land out there. I am bending all my sails trying to make landfall on Saturday night. The wind is good now and should only freshen through Saturday. My drink order for the finish is a Mai Tai and IĀ'm racing for the Mai Tai! Make mine a double please.

I had a visitor today; a bird (not sure what type) kept circling the boat and every so often would land on my radar arch and take a poop on my deck. Come on, the big blue ocean and you have to poop on my deck! Maybe I was in his territory and he did not like it. Oh well, a few buckets of water cleaned it up.

Southeraire is half a day ahead and will make his landing about noon on Saturday. Blue Moon and I are about equal and going for it with full effort. ItĀ's just us three left and we talk twice a day via SSB. We have certainly become brothers out here, though we are all alone. I wish them all my best.

IĀ've listened to all my music twice and now IĀ'm on to show tunes. TonightĀ's music is the soundtrack of Wicked. My daughter and I saw the performance in San Francisco, just awesome!

Wind, wind, bring us home!

Second Verse, signing off.

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