Saturday, July 11, 2015

Log book to Santa Barbara, Ca

Log book to Santa Barbara, Ca 


  • Port of Departure: Marina Bay, Richmond, Ca
  • Departure Date and Time: Tuesday, July 7, 0430 PDT
  • Stops in Between: El Morro for fuel (0.5hrs) and Government Point near Point Conception (27 hrs)
  • Port of Arrival:  Santa Barbara, Ca
  • Arrival Date and Time:  Saturday, July 11, 2015, 1945 PDT
  • Total Travel Time: 87 hours
  • Miles Traveled: 343 nm
    • Sails a' soaring: 101 nm
    • Engine a' roaring: 242 nm
  • Engine Hours:  52.8
  • Average Speed:  3.9 kts
  • Forecast:  predicted winds of 10-15kts with afternoons seeing upward of 20 out of the W and WNW for the next three days.  We knew early on the day of departure would be tricky with winds out of the WSW but we had a strong ebb current and found ourselves able to sail out under the Golden Gate.  Almost immediately after that all weather predictions went the way of the dog eating the homework.
  • Navigation Notes:  We had planned on staying fairly close to shore the first day and heading offshore about 20-25 miles that evening to find better overnight winds.  We stuck by our plans, the winds did not.
  • Maintenance Notes:  After a long battle with the chartplotter, and a good friend nearly pulling out his hair (confidence builder for me that it wasn't just my ineptitude... I won't spare you the embarrassing solution, let me just say check the power source) we solved the 'no fix' from GPS problem.  This done, we somewhat confidently headed out for sail July 7th, by late that evening we had of course lost the GPS again.  Several frustrating hours later, and we're talking the hours of 1am to 4am, I unplugged a connecting cord and plugged it back in only to find the GPS re-locating us.  Stupid.  More marine grease I guess.  A couple hours later as the sun was coming up we were informed by friends on land that we no longer were showing up on AIS....weird because everything was fine on our end.  Somewhere around El Morro we re-appeared....been working ever since so who knows.... a Half Moon Bay to El Morro version of the Bermuda triangle?  We had a few other items of note including a tachometer which didn't work for about 30 minutes but then decided to wake up (gonna have to look for loose connections) and the crew nearly trying to take down our forestay when we wrapped the spinnaker halyard in the Genoa when we furled it.
  • Personal notes:
    • Chris:  other than the weather forecasts letting us down, I'll take away the positives:  first we made it to our destination, my partner instilled immense confidence in me by toughing out a battle with 48 hours of seasickness, and the engine worked magnificently.
    • Monica:  I am determined my husband was trying to kill me!!!  Well, I'm a tough ol' B!  Nice try!  Random issues, Ha!, I can handle that.  Seasickness for a few days...I wanted to drop a few pounds anyways. Dragging anchor...I can wake up every 30 minutes after hardly sleeping for the last few days, no problem.  Strange fuel and accommodation docks...I can lasso anything!

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