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Monday, October 31, 2005

Pumkins

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Nap time

The best places to sleep aboard an ocean going sailing yacht are the tightest so you don't roll around too much with the motion of the boat. With a bean bag chair, mountian, bike, and five peoples gear aboard space was at a premium.  Posted by Picasa

The happy cook

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. Posted by Picasa

Hourly position plots

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.  Posted by Picasa

Hiking out

When the winds are light it helps to heel (tip) the boat over to leeward (downwind) so Bob and I are taking a break with the pumpkins which have also been moved to leeward to enhance the heel angle. Posted by Picasa

Bob Driving

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North Coranado Island

Bottom edge of spinnaker sail pulls us along at 8+ knots. Posted by Picasa

Entering Mexico

The green line denotes the USA Mexico border a major milestone. Posted by Picasa

Driving away from the pack

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Start of the ha ha

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Halloween morning heading for the start line

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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Green Flash?

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. Posted by Picasa

"The Photograper"

Andy did an awesome job of recording the 2 week trip with over 3000 photographs. Posted by Picasa

San Diego

Coronado Island in foreground and downtown San Diego beyond. Posted by Picasa

Ha Ha Crew

From Left to Right "The Secret Weapon" (Allen), "Cooke" (Cheryl), "Cruise Director" (Bob), "El Capitan" and "Photographer" (Andy) not pictured heading out for a test sail. Posted by Picasa

Big Plane

Departing San Diego for a test sail with the Baja Ha Ha crew we had a huge navy plane do a fly by. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Storm Sails

Allen Barth crew for the Baja Ha Ha on deck with storm sails aloft. We practiced hoisting the storm sails to familiarize Allen with the set up while at the dock in San Diego. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Bonich Family Sail in San Diego

The Bonich Family enjoyed a overnight onboard in San Diego and a sail out in to the ocean. However, the wind was not too cooperative... but we tried. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

La Vie in San Diego

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. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Tuning the rig

Tuning the rigging enroute from Catalina Island to San Diego a 65 nautical mile journey with some great sailing. Posted by Picasa