|Vessel Make/Model:||Hylas 49|
|Hailing Port:||Robinhood, Maine|
|Crew:||Susan and Jim AuBuchon|
|About:||Livin' the life - finally!|
Shortly after dawn Friday, we entered Ventura Harbor. completing our 1413 nautical mile journey from Washington. The last night was the most challenging, traversing the rig-strewn Santa Barbara Channel in fog, dodging a dredging barge, and having the chart plotter decide it was a good time to reboot [...]
Had a great downwind sail yesterday - 8-9 knots under jib alone. The swells coming from the NW over the aft quarter made for a bit of a whrligig ride, though. Anchored just N of San Francisco at Pt. Reyes National seashore (very pretty!) and left at dawn to cross SF marine traffic lanes. Another blue sky day with fog/haze over the shore. (Probably won't see the bridge...) Waiting for the wind to fill in. Looks like my job for the day is to paint Susie's toe nails!
Within a couple hours of leaving Eureka, we had a nice 10-12 knot following breeze, so we started sailing - hooray!! We had a delightfully quiet lunch. Mid-afternoon, we hoisted the gennaker (a big spinnaker-like sail for sailing downwind. All was fine for 30 minutes, then we got a horrific wrap (actually [...]
We had intended to tuck in, refuel, and head back out to sea since winds are forecast for today. However, the only fuel dock in town is closed on Sunday. Good grief! In summer?? This is really the last place to refuel unless we wanted to stop in San Francisco (which we don't) - and we have been using the engine constantly up to now - so we opted to stay here overnight. Surprisingly, it's only slightly more upscale than Neah Bay! Perfect spot for our leftover Costco roast! Weather remains great - sunny, not hot.
Our first two days out from Neah Bay have gone well. We have had very little wind and thus have been motoring, but we did get to augment that with a bit of motorsailing yesterday afternoon. Seas have been almost flat (swells only 1-2 ft). We've fallen into a good watch routine so we both get good rest at night: Susie takes 8 pm - 1 am; I take til 8 am. Afternoon naps welcomed! Enjoyed the rugged and spectacular Washington coast "around the corner" from Neah Bay! Also enjoyed a half dozen sea lions frolicking as we passed them. Food great; wine stores holding up well. We are planning to stop in northern California to refuel. Although we are likely to get some wind in a couple days,we'll want to have enough fuel to reach SoCal in case it doesn't fill in.
Friday Harbor? What are they doing there??? On our way to Neah Bay, we thought our AIS (automated identification system that lets us see other ships and them see us) and our VHF (marine) radio were not working properly. During our lay day (morning) in Neah Bay, we confirmed these problems and decided [...]