Monday, October 31, 2005
Cheryl prepared some amazing meals throughout the trip. Many times in less than ideal conditions, for staying on your feet, let alone cooking the broiling hot galley. Some of the highlights were Shepard’s pie, apple pie, cookies, brownies, fish tacos, and amazing salads. The helmsman’s whom was driving for the two hours before dinner each night did their best to keep the boat from excessive heeling angles from rouge waves or wind gusts. Many times this was impossible and we were always relived that after calling down to the galley that everything was ok. When ever conditions permitted we would put the boat on autopilot and all sit down for dinner.
Twenty four hours a day the position, speed, course, wind speed, wind direction and barometric pressure are plotted on the chart. This helps plan the future course to avoid hazards and monitor progress. It also gives the night watch something to do to keep them awake.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Hoping to see the " Green Flash" as the sun dips below the horizon and momentarily the red orange sun turns a whitish green. The green flash occurs so infrequently that many sailors may only observe it a few times in a life time of sailing. Two of the crew on the trip observed the phenomena on the first night out.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
La Vie at the public dock on Shelter Island in San Diego. Nearly every boat at the 50 slip public dock is heading south to Mexico so it's a great opportunity to meet lots of cruisers. Many marine chandleries are near buy so I'm busy tracking down last minute items and getting lots of exercise in the process riding 15 plus miles a day. The weather is beautiful and definitely shorts weather.