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Kasasa
At Anchor
05/23/2010

Finally out on the water again. We managed to sail across the straight of Georgia in about 12 knots (sometimes only 3 or 4) of wind using our new wind vane which worked fabulously. We've been told that the stronger the wind the better they work. The other thing we got to try out this weekend is the electric windlass which is the thing you use to pull up the anchor with. Ian pulled up the anchor this morning with no effort on his part what so ever. I think he is happy about that especially since we went with a bigger anchor and lots of chain.
At the moment we are in Montegue Harbour on Galliano Island. The strong winds we had in the bay have subsided but now it is raining quite steady. The forcast for tomorrow is 15 to 20 knots from the SE so hopefully we will get a good run to the mouth of the Fraser River. It might be a bit bouncy though if it blows all night. We are thinking of trying to 'heave to' for practice out there if it is windy. 'Heaving to' means placing the sails in a way that stops the boat from moving forward and keeps you into the wind, giving you a break from rough weather. It is something you would want to do if you are in a storm and need to take a break to rest. We have tried it before but always is fairly calm situations. Despite the rain and the strong winds today we are happy to be out here again. Today was an easy sailing day as we sailed from one anchorage to another on a downwind point of sail which was really easy and just like driving a car! If only it were that easy all the time.

05/26/2010 | Peter Zadorozny
Sounds good Ellen. Nice to hear everything is working out. I like the way you tell things -- explaining all those terms that us land bound types don't know. See ya soon I'm sure
Remote Post from the Ham Radio Test
Ellen
05/16/2010, Ladner, BC

If you can read this post then I have successfully sent this from the ham radio which is a good thing. This is how we will post blogs and send email from the middle of the ocean without an internet connection. If this goes through, then it is one more hurdle I've overcome as all the technical stuff really intimidates me. Of course I'm sitting here at the dock in very calm conditions as opposed to being at sea and doing this as the boats rocks to and fro. But that is something else entirely to overcome. Baby steps!

05/17/2010 | Jonathan
Hello!

A friend suggested I troll sailing blogs and forums to find a summer adventure/possible job, and I found your blog. I apologize for the unexpected message, but, well, here goes: I'm a 4th year jr. high teacher/tutor living in Walnut Creek, CA (all core subjects, esp. English, and also Bible, photography, volleyball), 29 years old, very fit, with sailing experience (including some racing in Marina Del Rey) and EMT trained. Jack of several trades (including cooking, guitar, etc). I was wondering if you're willing/able to point me towards any wholesome people needing crew for a voyage this summer. Priority would go to a boat where I could earn some supplemental income or at least have expenses paid/shared (especially a family with kids that I can tutor/teach onboard while also crewing). Crewfile and other sites haven't really turned up anything like this, so I hope word of mouth might! Again, sorry for any inconvenience, but I do hope to hear from you.
Thank you!
Jonathan V
Back in the water
Ellen
05/10/2010, Vancouver, BC

So we got through most of our haul out jobs. Some items remain not quite finished but they will be soon. Kasasa went back into the water today and is now back at our dock in Ladner. We are hoping to get out sailing on the May long weekend. We have the sails at the sailmakers right now getting reinforced and readied for offshore sailing. We hope to get them back on the boat by Thursday. The windvane (this is the self steering system that works with the wind and the sails and requires no electricity) is not quite finished as the pole that holds the actual vane, needs to be modified slightly because of our dodger. And so it goes...

05/14/2010 | John Gallant
Looking forward to seeing in Winnipeg SIS
Love John
Time is flying by
Ellen
04/21/2010, Richmond, BC

I just checked the calendar and WOW! Only 17 weeks till we take the boat south to San Diego, and only 25.5 weeks till we finish work!!! OMG!
We have the boat on the hard at the moment as we work on the projects that require us to be out of the water. We've been out for a week and a half and we hope to be in by early May so we can get ready to go sailing for the May long weekend. We continue to check off things on the list which is good.
The biggest thing for me coming up is getting the apartment ready to sell and tying to figure out when we should put it on the market. With the rising interest rates I don't know if waiting till we planned to sell in August is a good thing or not. On the other hand, we do need a place to live until the end of October so we can't sell to early. Oh well I feel confident that everything will get done as it need to.
We are very excited and can't wait to begin our travels. Going to work everyday gets harder and harder. We both have good jobs, but I think we are impatient to be on our way!
Well I'd better get back to my lists to see if there is anything I can check off.

04/21/2010 | joe arnold
Hi...just came across your blog. We'll be leaving Portland, Oregon Mid-July for San Diego and points south. Our list is probably as long as yours. If you see Valparaiso along the way...give us a shout.
More new stuff
03/17/2010

We picked up our auto-helm windvane today and our solid boom vang, both of which we ordered in the US and had shipped to our friends in Annacortes to save a few dollars in shipping and handling fees.
Our living room is starting to look like a marine store. All of our recent purchases have ended up here to try and keep the boat less cluttered as we work on various projects. At the moment we are replacing all of the standing rigging including the lifelines. We are almost finished and only the back stays remain to be done.
Ian has made a spreadsheet of the work we need to do before our departure in August for San Diego. Each month has a couple of jobs to be done. So far we have been keeping on top. As long as we don't add to the list it seems to go okay. We now only have 22 weeks to get everything done and it would be nice to have some time in there to actually get out on the water and enjoy the boat and learn some of our new systems.
I was very excited last week to actually send an email from our ham radio to our home email address. It mostly required patience in finding a frequency that was not busy and would send the email. I also was able to download a grib file (which is a weather file for those of you who don't speak sailor lingo) so I felt very relieved because this all seemed so technical to me. It actually is quite easy and like I said just requires patience.
In April we are going to haul the boat and get some work done that requires being out of the water. We need to add a new through hull for the watermaker (that we don't have yet), reroute the out flow for the holding tank, replace the zincs and repaint the bottom. Ian is also going to do some work in the chain locker and install the electric windlass so that we (he) no longer have to pull the chain up with the manual windlass which is quite tiring. So lots to do.
But we are excited and can hardly wait to be heading south. I have to admit I'm more looking forward to actually being there than heading there, but the journey is an important part of the whole trip.

04/19/2010 | Mary
Congratulations guys! Keep the blog going - it's great to read about the trials and tribulations you are going through. Hopefully I'll be able to catch up with one or both of you while Kasasa is on the hard at Shelter Island!
The Excitement Builds
Ellen
02/07/2010, Vancouver

No I'm not talking about the Olympics. Although it is an olympic adventure we are planning and the planning and preparation of it is an olympic feat.
We just returned from the Seattle Boat Show where we purchased several things we can cross off our list, talked to lots of people, got new ideas, and got excited about our upcoming trip! Some days you forget to live in the moment and experience the excitement of the planning. It seems just like something you have to get through. It's by talking with people who have "done it" that you realize the whole process is to be enjoyed including the preparation. So many "doners" have said that they envy us in this process, that they remember when they were making their plans. So as we go through our lists and cross things off, I try to remember to take a moment and enjoy each moment that gets us closer to our goal.
36 weeks and counting!

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