We've had a great journey so far. A bit more motoring on the first day than we would like, but yesterday we sailed the entire leg in 20 kt winds, averaging about 7.5 kt/hr. Not that bad! The sun was shining, and although it was a tad chilly we were all having a good time. The night watches also went well. Tony and Tanner managed to avoid a very large freighter. Tom basically had nothing happen on his shift and so he just played around with the radar. Kathy seemed to have the most fun with the wind speed doubling and shifting, requiring a change in the sail plan, and an AIS target heading straight for her, requiring a change in course. Lucky girl!
By far the most exciting thing to happen on the boat occurred about 12 hours after leaving Neah Bay. We took Rizzo out on the front trampoline and told her to do her "thing" on the green carpet provided. However, while we were watching her there was no way she was going to break any rules, despite our pleading with her to do just that. Hmmm......what next? We decided to give her a little time and privacy and left her out there for a bit (leashed to the trampoline lines) and low and behold, pretty much as soon as our backs were turned, she soaked that poor old carpet! We were as excited as we were the first time Bryn and Lea were successful with their potty training! We have yet to manage the "nether-end" business......but this is a great start.....
So we hope to leave tomorrow and if conditions are as forecast we should be arriving under the Golden Gate Bridge sometime in the afternoon on Aug 27th. Wow......what a trip so far.
It's not all fog, cold and crazy seas
A man's gotta fish when a man's gotta fish
Completely out of sight of land...weird...
The Princess of Pee
Once your watch is over it's time to relax
Heading into Newport, Oregon