Sailing with Celestial's Tripp

We are a Tripp 47 racing boat turned cruiser that we bought in Maine in 2009. We sailed it through the Panama Canal and up to Seattle then back to Mexico and over to Hawaii in 2012. In 2013 Celeste, our daughter offered to sail with us to see her

09 August 2016 | Shearwater on Denny Island, CA
09 August 2016 | Klemtu, CA
29 July 2016 | Margaret Bay
29 July 2016 | Coffman Cove
29 July 2016 | Tracy Arm, Alaska
29 July 2016 | Tracy Arm, Alaska
29 July 2016 | Tracy Arm, Alaska
13 July 2016
13 July 2016 | Juneau
12 July 2016
12 July 2016 | Sitka
20 June 2016 | 5 days out of Sitka
19 June 2016 | North Pacific
18 June 2016 | Sitka
18 June 2016 | From Pokai Bay, Hawaii to Sitka, Alaska
26 April 2016 | Ali Wai Marina

Sailing to Alaska from Oahu May 30th until June 15, 2016

18 June 2016 | From Pokai Bay, Hawaii to Sitka, Alaska
In the past I paid to have our daily reports sent over Winlink onto our blog but we let the deluxe program expired so here’s a summary.

Overall progress: Slow days of 111 – 120 miles in a 24 hr period then fast days of 188 to 191 and 210 one day. We used the engine for 70 hours – a shocker for us who WANT to sail but it isn’t our choice usually.

It started out very choppy with confused seas and that feeling like I never want to come off the couch but thankfully it got better.

6/2/16 We had the jib halyard come loose 8pm at complete darkness, 20 knots of wind. Tried to hook it back up quickly (at least he was wearing a harness) but later just lashed it down until the morning. Scott had troubles getting the roller furling drum to go up past a place that has screws that had come loose. We were able to bypass the roller furling and PTL, didn’t have to roll up the jib for the 16 days out.
Did find that to be a problem when we wanted to get the spinnaker pole back in after wing on wing. Normally we would have rolled up the jib, gone forward and disconnected it but Scott had to jury rig another line to maneuver it instead.
Had maybe 4 days of nice weather to sit outside and look for garbage for Janneke off s/v Anna Caroline. We had been asked to record any debris we saw. It wasn’t much which is what we expected but I was faithful to record it!

I call those my cruise ship days, sitting in a regular chair and not on cushions on our bench seats. Sometimes it has to be tied on to not fall over but it sure feels better than sitting in the cockpit.

6/3/16 Celeste was out on night watch and heard a bird fluttering in the cockpit. She couldn't see it at first but it was a fork- tailed storm petrel, small as a parakeet who had tried to land and got his webbed feet caught in our plastic deck flooring. We were amazed he totally let us pick him up, cover him with a towel or hold him inside Celeste’s sweatshirt front pocket without ever making a peep. Celeste made a bed for Stuart (she loves to name things) and later while I was on watch, he flew out of her berth into the main salon. I turned on the overhead light and watched Stuart fly out into the darkness and figured that was the end of it.

The next day I was sitting in my chair and looked down into the steering wheel well and there was Stuart (or another one who looked just like him, hard to tell). There would have been no way he could have gotten out on his own. But the question was, is that the farthest Stuart got last night or was it another incident? We nursed him/her again to make sure he warmed up again without him once trying to get away . After a few hours we began to worry if he had gone without food all that time so all three of us took him outside, placed him into the wind on top of the solar panel and encouraged him to fly away. He took off, caught the wind currents and never looked back. We felt like we were ‘freeing Willy’ to see him return to his world. No other bird landings to report, though for the rest of the trip.
6/5/16 Celeste photographed dolphins playing in our bow wake as we motored with no wind. We also had velellas for days floating on the water. Mostly individuals sailing along but some were in clumps of 50-100. They are a free-floating type of jellyfish with a clear sail on top to keep them moving while stinging plankton below the surface with polyps handing down about a centimeter. We know of a couple of boats who took the name Velella which seems so appropriate when you see them sailing along.
6/7/16 I had changed to capris and a regular sleeved shirt but got to sit outside in the warm sun. Wind had a chill to it though and from then on I sat behind the dodger on the bench instead. Later I had to change to long pants, long underwear, socks and fingerless gloves to survive. We do have a heater but we would have to move water jugs and misc. stored right in front of it in order to use it. Blankets and extra clothes would suffice for now.
Victoria, our tortoise was a frozen mass for days. We left her outside for half the trip than had to bring her downstairs but she still didn’t warm up for days until the sun shone on Tuesday, June 14th and she could bask in the sun then had a desire to eat. She even slept in her hay but didn’t care about eating it.
We started out with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. We are down to potatoes, onions and some cabbage. Still have our homemade sauerkraut to eat. Made sure I bought some bratwurst that were made by a yachties, right there in Ala Wai!

We had replaced our tired main with a used but not so tired main and we were happy with the reefs we had made for it. It was a little awkward to fit new lines to the reefs, etc but it powered through all 16 days. No other events to report, no one was seasick, some usual bruising from being pushed around but not serious. Still had some cockroaches appear along the way but we’re hoping the cold of Alaska will kill them all off. The total was 2617 miles, 6.5 knot avg, 16 days 18 hrs, 156 miles a day.
Vessel Name: Celestial
Vessel Make/Model: Tripp 47
Hailing Port: Mere Point, Maine
Crew: Scott, Donna and Celeste Hansen
About: On our first boat in 1977 Scott said, "One day I'd like to sail around the world." We did that from 1988 to 1996 on a J-36. Now we own our 4th boat, a Tripp 47 'Celestial' that we are retiring on.
Extra: We sailed from Maine in 2009 to Panama, up to Seattle, back down to Mexico and over to Hawaii in 2012. We went to NZ, Aust. and the South Pacific returning here in 2015. This year we will sail to Alaska and back to the Northwest.
Celestial's Photos - Main
We took 30 days to sail straight from NZ to Hawaii so we are proof that it can be done. Here's some of the shots I missed from NZ and on our way back.
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Created 29 June 2015
I thought all this work was gone so sorry about the dups but had to post it.
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Created 15 April 2015
The Cyclone was March 13-16 and now it's April but we've made a number of stops and now we are planning to leave NZ in less than a month! So many beautiful walks and places to visit.
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Created 15 April 2015
This was a great stop although the river runs from 2-4 knots both ways most of the time!
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Created 24 March 2015
Loved our month here; lots to see and fun to be with old and new yachting friends. More pictures later!
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Created 5 March 2015
February found us in Whangarei where we found a spot waayyyy to shallow but got to see lots of Maori culture during Waitangi Day when NZ celebrates their treaty in 1840 with the Maori.
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Created 9 February 2015
Enjoyed seeing more of New Zealand by taking a road trip. Hard to pronounce all those Maori names but keep thinking Polynesia.
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Created 11 January 2015
Last time we visited AU, we went from Bundaberg to Darwin and stayed a year. This time it was 3 months and went from Bundaberg to Sydney. Not far but loved being here for their wildlife, friendly people and Aussie talk.
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Created 24 November 2014
September we explored Bundaberg and now we are in Brisbane heading to Port Stephens next week. So much to see1
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Created 9 October 2014
Our friends, Larry and Karen whisked us off to the Aquarium, our first day here in Noumea and then the next day we visited their zoo. Prices were very reasonable also. By ourselves we visited the maritime museum, the WW2 museum and did the walking tour on Sunday when nothing was open! We tried to sail the 70 miles down to the Ile of Pines but adverse weather held us to the Ilot Casy and the Ile Amedee, both great stops.
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Created 5 August 2014
Fiji was again a place we visited in 1990 so it was fun to go back and see places again and send pictures to people who were with us!
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Created 23 July 2014
This is still our favorite place to sail because of all the day sails, great snorkeling and places to catch up with fellow boaters. Sorry, it isn't complete. Fiji internet is not cooperating.
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Created 23 July 2014
Vuda Marina was a great spot. We are as tight as sardines but a nice restaurant with live music, planned events like our horse races day, a washer and dryer and a bus or taxis to get into town.
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Created 28 June 2014
Most of our pictures are from riding the bus to and from the major areas of business on the island. We were mainly 'working', not snorkeling or hiking but others have and liked it!
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Created 14 April 2014
We had a stowaway--Sara, a praying mantis! Numerous squalls but overall a good 6 day trip.
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Created 23 January 2014
Great to be here for a month now. We didn't sail much but rode bikes, got rides, rented a car and used our kayaks around the harbor.
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Created 4 January 2014
We started moving in November and now its December so we have some good shots to share.
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Created 3 December 2013
We had our son's wedding in August, our daughter's graduation from the U of WA in June, we watched our son with lots of friends and family come across the finish line of the Seattle to Portland Bike ride. It was a full summer!
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Created 17 September 2013
After Costa Rica, we did one stop in Guatemala and a few in Mexico. We had never been in Guat. and sailors give it a miss, at least by boat but we have some good memories, at least.
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Created 23 June 2013
A change from our usual pictures, we agreed to skipper a 74 ft boat from Panama to Mexico and on board were 3 crew and 11 out reach students.
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Created 22 April 2013
Scott and I agreed to be relief skippers for a 74 ft boat taking YWAM folk to Costa Rica and Guatemala for missions and outreach.
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Created 20 March 2013
The news reported that sea waves would be up to 30 feet so we took a 2 hour bus ride to go see them. We were not disappointed and for some great video, go to "Pipeline goes wild 1/22/13 by Kevin W Smith. He was standing right beside us and did a great job.
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Created 30 January 2013
Loved exploring the Lahaina Prison and reading the offenses of 1855! The cemeteries went back even earlier. Great tour of the city.
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Created 21 January 2013
The national parks are great! Seeing turtles in the harbor and on shore. Had the car for a week so included some pictures from that trip also.
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Created 19 November 2012
After spending our month on lush atolls, Volcanic Hawaii is a big change. Being on the desolate south point of the big lsland feels more deserted than Fanning and Palmyra did.
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Created 26 October 2012
We were thankful for our 10 days there even though we hoped for 30 days. (See story) Seeing a house, wreck and barge that were there in '89 was neat plus finding out where the people were whom we met back then.
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Created 20 October 2012
Now we know what a tsunami warning sounds like. That started off our day as a skipper was aided to shore and then flown by the CG to Hawaii. We took some shots about the 65 ft schooner also. Leaving today but wish we didn't have to!
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Created 28 September 2012
Just got here last night at 4pm. It is so beautiful, I must have taken 20 shots just getting into the harbor. We were last here in '89 so look back later for more.
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Created 20 September 2012
We enjoyed getting on land when we were sure our anchor was holding. Had to put down an additional anchor after dragging twice in one night.
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Created 13 September 2012
Loved our short stop although we were hassled to anchor in an area deep enough for us.
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Created 11 September 2012
We knew the winds were going to pick up for the weekend 8/25 and 8/26 but we managed them until 9am today, Monday.
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Created 27 August 2012
Since I haven't put up many pictures of the boat, thought I'd show some here. They go back to 2009 when we bought it as a racer back in Maine.
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Created 23 August 2012
Scott and I have time to do the things that count - like preparing new jib sheets, cleaning windows, compartments and securing reef points. Also couldn't resist sharing these ray pics from s/v Grace.
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Created 23 August 2012
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Created 20 August 2012
Rare chance to see the bottom of a Tripp 47! We're into day 2 and other than being filthy (no showers in the yard), we're happy with the cost, the help and the temperature of Hawaii vs. rainy Seattle.
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Created 15 August 2012
We sailed into Kahului back in April 2012 but June and July were spent back in Seattle. Now that we're back and in sailing mode, I'm adding our underwater pictures and some from Maui, Molokai and Oahu.
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Created 4 August 2012
This was actually back in 2012 when Nathan sailed to Hawaii with us and then his 'wife to be', Maddy came over and celebrated her 21st birthday with us. They were married in Aug 2013 and she loves sailing!
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Created 22 April 2012