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Day 3 Baja Ha-Ha

27 October 2010
I awoke to clear skies and sunshine this morning. The seas are settling down to where it is very comfortable today. Unfortunately the winds are dying down too. At the morning roll call we learned that a man on one of the boats had dislocated his hip last night and they were asking for help. There was a Navy trained EMT on another boat not too far from them who volunteered to go to their aid. I cannot begin to imagine how painful that would be to be rocked around on a boat with a dislocated hip all night long. There were quite a few boats that suffered damage from the winds and seas too. I was very proud that we came through without mishap.

The Poobah asked some of the boats what they were having for breakfast. I was surprised that no one was cooking anything. A lot of the people were having Ritz crackers and Oreo cookies and stuff like that. I had cooked bacon, scrambled eggs and toast. Something's not right here.
We again were able to sail most of the day but didn't make the speeds we had yesterday. What a beautiful day though. It was warm enough for shorts and tee shirts and all the clouds were gone from the sky. Blue skies and blue water. A few white caps but not bad at all.
By the time I stood watch we were motor sailing again with just the main sail up. Greg has not been able to sleep much this whole trip but he was sleeping so well tonight I stayed on watch an hour longer so he could get some sleep. I didn't wake him until my eyes started closing all the time to "rest a little". It was such a beautiful night I didn't mind being on watch at all. The sky was so clear it was bursting with stars. You could see the Milky Way go right into the water. I only saw one falling star though. Must be the wrong season. When the moon came up the stars faded but the moonlight on the water was spectacular. It's hard to describe what it feels like to be sitting all alone in the cockpit of a boat with the ocean all around you and the sky above you. There is a peacefulness that fills you up.
Vessel Name: Otter
Vessel Make/Model: Westsail 32
Hailing Port: Scappoose, Oregon
Crew: Greg and Joyce Parfitt

Who: Greg and Joyce Parfitt
Port: Scappoose, Oregon