Adventures at Sea

Vessel Name: Force
Vessel Make/Model: 65' Sailing Catamaran
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30 May 2019

We made it!

We arrived mid afternoon and checked in with the port authorities. We are good for 90 days in Europe.

30 May 2019

Land Ho!

With only 26 more miles to go!...just like a quick trip to Catalina from home.

30 May 2019

Final Sunrise

Weather routing nailed it last night. It said we would get a header at 4:00 this morning and Shazam, perfect place to tack pointed right at Lisbon. Lots of ship traffic. I see eight on my radar.

29 May 2019

Final Sunset

We got our wishes. A 20 degrees lift, 20 knots of wind,and fairly mild seas!

29 May 2019

Final stretch!

Today we got over the hump. With 135 miles to go, we now have both engines working, full main(no jib halyard yet), relaxed seas, settled tummies and beautiful clear sky. What we could use is a 35 degree lift. We are sailing closer to Gibraltar than Lisbon. And 8-10 knots more wind. Currently the wind is12-13@ 30 degrees Lisbon is at 62 degrees. Originally we thought we would get there first thing in the morning. Now it's looks like noon or a little later.

29 May 2019

Fast ship

This 1000 foot cargo ship was heading right at us this morning at 20 knots. I love the AIS system and radar. A quick radio call and the changed course 5 degrees. Still closer than I like.

We made it!

30 May 2019
Russ Turk
We arrived mid afternoon and checked in with the port authorities. We are good for 90 days in Europe.
We crossed 4000 miles in mostly good weather. The crew got along well especially since we all never met or hadn’t sailed too much together.
The boat was fast!-nothing like sailing days under a spinnaker averaging double digits. All in all everyone had an amazing adventure that we will all remember forever. I wish it was not over yet ( well less the last three days beating upwind). In the future I hope to spend more time at each stop. Maybe after retirement?
Meanwhile I will be up at 4:20 to check in for a 7:00 am flight to Madrid. There I have seven hours to explore before head back to LAX.

I want to thank everyone who followed us and all the great comments and especially my shore support who really help make this possible and knowing Jodee my wonderful wife would have loved to gone with us.

More adventures to come!

Land Ho!

30 May 2019
With only 26 more miles to go!...just like a quick trip to Catalina from home.

We are motoring at 7 knots and may get wind for another sail yet. Getting my gear all packed up so I can spend what little time I have here before my flight tomorrow morning at 0700.

Final Sunrise

30 May 2019
Weather routing nailed it last night. It said we would get a header at 4:00 this morning and Shazam, perfect place to tack pointed right at Lisbon. Lots of ship traffic. I see eight on my radar.
The breeze has been dying as the weather routing said. I was hoping to sail into Portugal 🇵🇹
on a good note. The temperature is supposed to be in the 80's today. Break out the shorts again 😃

Final Sunset

29 May 2019
We got our wishes. A 20 degrees lift, 20 knots of wind,and fairly mild seas!
The sky is clear and we are 105 miles from Lisbon going 7.5-8 knots. We should arrive mid morning and dock by noontime.

We had some continued fuel issues but hopefully we have them sorted out for the immediate needs. There are a few things that will need to be repaired or addressed in port.

Unfortunately Rob and I won't get much time in Lisbon. We both fly out Friday.

Final stretch!

29 May 2019
Today we got over the hump. With 135 miles to go, we now have both engines working, full main(no jib halyard yet), relaxed seas, settled tummies and beautiful clear sky. What we could use is a 35 degree lift. We are sailing closer to Gibraltar than Lisbon. And 8-10 knots more wind. Currently the wind is12-13@ 30 degrees Lisbon is at 62 degrees. Originally we thought we would get there first thing in the morning. Now it's looks like noon or a little later.

Fast ship

29 May 2019
This 1000 foot cargo ship was heading right at us this morning at 20 knots. I love the AIS system and radar. A quick radio call and the changed course 5 degrees. Still closer than I like.
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