Friday, September 30, 2005

Monday, September 26, 2005

Rush hour

The San Francisco bay is busy as seen in this picture with a super tanker, numerous ferries and hundreds of sailboats. Posted by Picasa

Friday, September 23, 2005

San Francisco

San Francisco with a historical tall ship in the foreground. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Golden Gate Dead Ahead

John pointing out the bridge and some approaching commercial shipping traffic. Posted by Picasa

Radar image of Golden gate

The Golden Gate causes lots of radar echoes as seen in purple thus an attempt at night or limited visibility would be very sketchy.
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John and Dani ready to pop the cork as we pass under the Golden gate.
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Golden Gate

Golden Gate disappearing into the fog. Posted by Picasa


Dani Brooks at the approach to the Golden Gate.
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Self portrait taken at the final approach to the Golden Gate. Posted by Picasa

Approach to San Francisco's Golden Gate

Golden Gate Bridge poking into the morning fog a condition prevalent throughout the summer months. The fog usually burns off around noon and then wind turns on and blows a consistent 15 to 25 knots making for great bay sailing. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Little bird

A tiny little Finch takes a break. At the time we were 20 or miles off shore so I wonder what this little guy was doing out on the ocean. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Navigation Electronics

Chartplotter / Radar (left) shows GPS position on an electronic chart, radar images, speed over ground, course over ground and a bunch of other information. Wind instrument (middle top) shows wind direction, speed true or apparent and maximum wind speed. Boat speed (top right) shows boat speed through the water, water temperature and distance traveled through the water. Depth (middle bottom) shows depth of the water below the keel measured in Fathoms (6 feet in a fathom). Autopilot controller (bottom right) a digital compass shows course steered and allows changes to course. A duplicate Chartplotter is located below at the navigation station as well as a repeater that shows all the information from any other instrument.. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 08, 2005


"Jimmy" the autopilot driving freeing the watch person to roam freely about the boat. We're trolling a Tuna clone in the pursuit to catch a Albacore Tuna with no success... Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Lunch on the Pacific

Dani Brooks enjoying some lunch while John takes a nap in some exceptionally calm and sunny weather somewhere off the Washington coast. Posted by Picasa

Monday, September 05, 2005

Cape Flattery Light House

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Contemplating the big blue

John Harkness contemplates the journey ahead as we round Cape Flattery the most westerly point of the Lower 48.  Posted by Picasa


Sun preparing to rise over Vancouver Island on our way out of the Straight of Juan de Fuca. Posted by Picasa

Neah Bay, WA at O'Dark thirty.

John Harkness taking a look around as we leave the protection of Neah Bay in the early moring hours.  Posted by Picasa