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Logbook: August - December 2004
August 4th, 2004
Hi all, As usual, we've been having a ball...full of adventures and quirky
events. Our transit across the Strait of Georgia was a good sail, (it can be
pretty stinky sometimes) and we spent the night at the dock in Ford Cove on
Hornby Island. We both want to come back and spend a more time exploring that
place, lot's of huge sand stone rocks that made amazing formations. There are
two appealing white sandy beaches on the south end with the smaller one reserved
for the folks who want to go ala-natural! From there we headed south towards
Lady Smith. I thought perhaps I could catch a bus from there into Duncan to hang
out and talk with the folks who manufacture a product I take called Recovery,.
it's pretty amazing stuff. If anyone is interested you can see more at:
Wednesday, July 21,
2004 12:32 AM
Hello all dear friends, This is the first mass email letter to you all, I
have been procrastinating about pulling the whole email address list
together from cards and scraps of paper you have all given us, however, I
see how much more practical it is going to be to paint the picture of our
travels for the most part only once instead of 40 plus times. You will
always be very separate and unique to me, so do not feel de-personalized by
my mass letters. I will be sending the letters to my sister and she will be
forwarding to all, so please do thank her...Selah Gayle Rose.
July 26, 2004
Hi all, seems to be a learning curve going on here with the sail mail. We
have been having difficulty getting a signal to send on as we have been
tucked back in many little bays and coves surrounded by tall cliffs. We took
a dingy ride out to the channel last eve. to get cell coverage. We talked to
Bob's dad Hobie and found out that my sis had received the first letter and
already forwarded it to all...yippee! So, as you read the below note it
happened a few days ago as I had added it to the first mailing and then went
back in, grabbed it and deleted everything you had already read.
We ended up stopping in Powell River (7/19) due to the need for some
emergency dental work, I somehow chipped off a small piece of tooth. People
up here are extremely nice, I called a dentist at 5:30 and he stayed late in
order to accommodate me and got me right in. We spent the night and got a
few things done the next day and were underway by 3 p.m. I had called Wes on
the S/V Daily Planet and found out he and Ann were with B.J. and Trish in
Port Hardy at the north end of Vancouver Island. They all made the decision
to go back to the states by going down the outside of the Island, the ocean
side....good luck friends, hope it will be a very positive experience. We
are in Gorge Harbor on Cortes Is., we heard Kalliope was here and snuck up
on them last night. We will probably kick back today as the trip here was a
bit taxing. Who knows where from here!
July 31, 2004 Hello friend's, It's July 31st now, 2 days post my birthday! I believe I last left you all in the Octopus Islands...fun name isn't it. Cant' tell you how much fun the art cabin was. We did take some pictures and will before long get some kind of routine created as the "Brat's" mom Pam is going to keep our page on their web site: www.familyyachtclub.com , updated with all our info and pictures too. By the way, out dear friends, BJ and Trish on "Nellie Bly" (as I'm typing the name B and T...do I have the spelling correct?) and Wes and Ann on "The Daily Planet" made a successful journey down the "outside" of Vancouver Island and I am sure if you were to visit the family yacht club site and look you will see a reenactment of their voyage. They were surfing down 20' waves and seeing whales and bears and eating lots of salmon! Thanks again Pam! We have been having on going fun, even though I slipped on the path back from the lake in the Octopus Islands, fell and hyper extended all my thigh muscles and have a giant bruise on my right hip...however, the good news is that it kinda blends into my tattoo, ha! Then Bob had to try and out do me several days later and fall on a path and sprain his left ankle which blew up like a balloon and is still swollen and sore. Of course I couldn't let him out do me so on my birthday (after connecting with some dear old friends who also have a Cape George Cutter in Squirrel Cove who told us we and Kalliope should meet them in Isabella Cove and from there, only a 25 minute inflatable ride (on plane) would get us to a great restaurant), was anyone planning on a windy night? We had made reservations for 7 p.m. and left the anchorage at 6...4 inflatable's for 4 boats so we could fly like the wind. As it turned out we pounded like hell and could all hardly wait to get there, I still feel like I was in a train wreck, what an adventure! Dinner was wonderful and the company even better. By the time we were ready to leave it was almost 10 and the wind had dyed down. We all jetted back to our boats under an amazing sky full of stars. It was truly a memorable birthday full of an early morning amazing solo low tide walk and an afternoon swim and lazing naked on some hot rocks. Thank you Andy and Kathy for all your heart felt gifts and especially Kathy for her research on Cygnus, the constellation that's the swan. Please tell Bellini and Bruno I love them lots and will miss them...really! Was also very nice to have met John and Elisa who live on Vancouver Island. Disappointed we didn't get to see Jim and Kathy Crain on "Roll Easy" and Guch and Royce on "Puffin", between engine trouble and wind they were a bit behind Brock and Mary's "Manuhuka". We left Isabella Cove July 30th and spent the night in Lund in order to pick up a package my sister had forwarded, left there this morn and are now sitting tied to a dock on Hornbey Island which is just off the east side of Vancouver Is. The Strait of Georgia was a fine crossing today, it can often be a challenge. Though a short message this time, we are doing great and as hard as it is to leave, we are now heading south toward Port Angeles by the 10th of Aug. As always, we do think of you all often and hope you are doing well. Love, He and Me
August 16, 3004 Port Angeles, WA...We have been here for one week and in the last several days we have been pawing at the dock, ready to go. We have been holding off a wee bit waiting for several low systems off the coast to pass in order to have more favorable winds heading south. It now looks like it's time to go. We spent a lovely time this eve with our dear friends Phil and Kathy Roush who live here. Kathy and I go way back to the old Port Townsend days and I love her dearly and have cherished our time together here. Phil made us "HUGE" cheese burger's knowing it would be awhile before we hit shore again, also did our last load of laundry. All is good to go onboard White Swan and we would be hard pressed to dream up anything else pressing in need. We have more than enough food, propane the fresh water tanks are full and we topped the fuel tanks off when we got here. Now the excitement builds...will I be able to sleep tonight? Our plan after checking out the weather on Phil and Kathy's computer and also from the latest weather faxes
we down loaded this eve. is to leave by 0500 at slack and ride the ebb on out-a-here towards Neah Bay, then hopefully just keep right on going and wave as we go by. If all goes well our next port of call will be San Francisco. Of course, the weather dictates all, so we shall see. O.K., we are hitting the shower one last time now and try to get some shut eye, I can hardly wait for morning to get here. See you all then.
Woke up at 4:30 this morn and underway by 0500. It felt "good" getting underway. The first 4 hours were pretty nauseating due to a big ebb tide (out going) and 10+ knots of wind on our nose with occasional waves crashing across the deck. It made for short, steep waves and a very unpleasant ride, kind of like some kind of demonic hobby horse ride. Unfortunately, the repair job on the deck prism above my side of the bunk we made just before leaving didn't work...rats. Now we will look for a dry enough deck at some point to add another duck tape sibling to the others awaiting the big deck repair job in Mexico. We've been following a large schooner all morning and just realized it was the Alcyon from Port Townsend. Our course is only a couple miles off shore as we head for Neah Bay,it's a mixture of huge chiseled rocks and Mohawk buzzed logging cuts. As we pass Sekui there are scads of little fishing boats filled with people all waiting for the big one. We did see more than one person hunched over with the strain of teasing that fish in. We decided to just blow on by Neah Bay...but guess who we saw there, the Kalakalak (sp?)...what an odd place for her. As we neared the mouth of the entrance I could see hoards of fish swarming and diving all over the place, I wasn't prepared for the type of bird I would see...Pelicans...hey, what the heck are Pelicans doing up here? There were 100's of them diving in a feeding frenzy. And now, here we are out in Mother, Mother Ocean, the swells are getting to me a little, but I expected that and know it will pass in a couple days. We sailed (light southerly's, the forecast said it would be 10/15 out of the north west...rats) right into a huge fog bank as we passed Tatoosh Is. and are just now having some viability. So, here we are leaving Washington behind and won't even get to see it happen. O.K., we are both in need of a nap before we start our 3 hour on, 3 hour off routine. We are safe and sound and it feels good to be back out here.
Wed. Aug. 18, 1700...interesting that I should pick up lap top and key board for another chapter, look over at the clock and see it's been exactly 48 hours since we left P.A. The weather was pretty varied for quite awhile but seems to have gotten into it's 15/20 knots out of the NW with 5/8 Ft. seas. We've been averaging 6/7 knots but also seeing lot's of 8 and even 9 surfing down waves. We are about 60 miles off the Columbia River...good bye WA. The long undulating languid waves seem to be having quite the sedative effect on me and all I want to do is sleep. Bob is loving it and I think he has found a very special time in his life to see this dream come true. I love seeing his smile and excitement. We had an amazing phosphorescent dolphin torpedoing around the boat last night, it was very cool. Although trying to perform simple tasks is a bit challenging out here it's great to be back. More to all soon.
August 24, 2004...Ahoy Mates, well, it's been awhile and most certainly a lot has happened since I last wrote. It's now Aug. 24th and we are tied to a dock in Yaquina Bay, New Port Oregon. You may remember we left Port Angeles 0500 Tues. With NW 15/20+ knots we ended up about 100+ miles off shore. The wind was o.k., White Swan handles it well, however the confused 5/8+ seas just started to wear us down. We would rise up on top of a wave, corkscrew around, slide kitty wampus down the back side, roll over and do it all over again...for 3+ days. The motion made the smallest task an effort. It became a bit of a challenge to even hand a cup of hot tea out to the guy in the cock pit at times. I was also pretty nauseated, and at night was simply unable to stay awake for more than an hour at a time. I was just feeling hypnotized by the seas. I would be sitting out in the cock pit banging my knees together in order to stay awake. At one point I thought to myself, "Ya know if I had a needle I could jab into my thigh perhaps that would keep me awake, then I thought, Na, I can't do that, I would ruin my expensive off shore wet gear"! Glad I was keeping my humor :) I guess it was me who finally said, ya know, I think I would just as soon go in and take a break and regain some strength, so we jibbed over and in we headed. As fate would have it unfortunately we arrived at 2300, it was pitch black and foggy. Bob had us dialed in with the GPS, however we were using some old charts that came with the boat and we found out later that some of the buoys have not only been taken out, but also some have been moved. Hence the importance of having updated charts. Bob and I talked and decided to call the Coast Guard and see what the entrance conditions were...I called, however I also jumped right on out there and just asked them if they would come out and escort us in, hey, that's what they do, help people. It took them about an hour to get out to us and we just sucked up to their stern and in we came. After we were tied up to the dock they came onboard and did an inspection, small price to pay. It's funny, we walked out to the south jetty today and looking out it all looks pretty straight forward, however coming in at dark on bumpy seas in the fog and with old charts, well that was a little different. We have been sitting here since playing the waiting game for the next high to take over for some more favorable winds going south. It's been snotty, windy, grey and rainy. Everyone here is saying this kind of weather this time of year is very unusual...aren't we lucky...not! This is all while we are emailing some buds sitting down in the Delta (San Francisco area) beckoning us with promises of cold Gin when we get there. It's hard to be patient. New Port is kind of a cool town though, a lot to see and as luck would have it there is a "Great" brew pub (Rogue) just a wee walk away. In fact we were there again tonight, as last night we saw that if you came in tonight in a Hawaiian shirt they give you a free pint! While walking back to the boat I noticed there were literally hundreds of seagull's all over a unused dock, I made a comment to a guy walking by about it and he said, "they know it's going to blow"...I said "how do they know"?, he said, "I don't know, they just do".
Well, it's now hours later and it's got to be gusting up into the high 20's and 30's and raining like the dickens. The other note worthy thing about New Port is all the huge stinky sea lions. They lay in huge numbers on a break wall right in front of Old Town which is of course a big tourist attraction. They moo and bark constantly. Neither Bob or I can figure out why on earth they smell as bad as they do when they are in the water all the time. We have been watching and listening to the weather and hoping that by Thurs. or Fri. we will once again be heading south. I will make sure to send you all another update when we are out there again....and thank goodness for canned soup!
Aug. 25, 2004 We find ourselves here yet another day and possibly 2...hoping to leave Friday. We did a lot of walking today, over the gorgeous old 30's deco bridge and into town for provisions. It's still blowing and raining and just plain old nasty. Once again I find myself pawing at the dock. I did have a most interesting conversation and heard some great stories from 3 old crusty farts at the fuel dock today. They told me all about how to bleed a tuna, read waves and watch out for fish boats as we are going south again. See ya!
August 28, 2004 Hi all, well we have finally been given the gift of favorable weather for our southern departure and we are out-a-here tomorrow morning bright and early. This has been a pretty nice place to be trapped, but we are pawing at the dock to leave after being here for a wee bit over a week. We have been using our time wisely with lots of trips to the Brew Pub and many dock talks with other cruisers all trying to head south, but not willing to go out there and beat themselves up knowing with just a little more patience the weather will change. Bob and I master minded a dock party last night in order to bring everyone together and also looking for an excuse to go and buy one of the thousands of fresh tuna coming in off fish boats every day. We bought an 18 pounder and ended up with 9 lbs. of meat which we cut into good size chunks, marinated and wrapped in bacon before B.B.Quing. I made a big sign that read: "Welcome to the 1st and last Aug. 27, 2004 Yaquina Bay Wait To Abate Tuna Q". It went over great with lots of wonderful food and getting to know new friends. We are loving this cruising fellowship. Today we took our inflatable up the river about 6 miles to find the New Port Oyster Farm, a doz. for 5 bucks. They will be on the B.B.Q. tonight. All rightie then...I promise to email again in a few days at sea. This time we plan on sticking closer to shore, perhaps 15/20 miles. If all goes as the weather says we should be able to do San Francisco in one shot, 5/6 days. Hope you are all doing great.
August 30, 2004
"We Live In A Liquid World" Hi, yup, me again and so soon. Lots has
happened since we left Yaquina Bay/New Port yesterday, and well, I just
had to tell someone's. The
weather outside the entrance had kicked up pretty good, 15/18 knots of NW
and 5/8 Ft. seas. All was fine for quite awhile until it got dark, the
wind stiffened up to a steady 18/24 and 10/12+ seas that were
confused shades of the first stint from P.A. to New Port. Neither of us could sleep though we did try, kinda like how living in a washing machine
might be, the biggest difference was unfortunately we aren't clean...darn!
September 4, 2004 Hi friends, typing to you all from Crescent City California, we've
been here since Wed. eve. It has been blowing like heck since with 30 to 39 knots out at the weather buoy 7 miles out. We (and the two other boats traveling with us) are all getting up at 4:15 and will listen to see what's going on before we head on out towards Eureka. If things haven't settled down by then we will give it another 24 hours. Once again it is hard to wait. There isn't a lot going on here in Crescent City, lots of Tuna fisherman and huge sea lions everywhere. We have continued to do some projects on the boat which is good and as always continue to see other boats coming in from sea, several that left from Neah Bay and this was their first stop. We knew one of the boats from P.T. Better hit the rack. More soon.
some personal messages:
Hey Rob and Linda, Yup, still stuck here, sure hope we get out tomorrow. Eureka and then probably shoot for S.F. so it sounds like we might miss you. Where are you going next? Linda, I will forgive you for drinking our Gin since we seem to be taking our sweet time getting there!
Elaine and Joe, such a nice thought to have seen you, but alas, we won't be in San Diego for quite a while...shoot! Thanks as always for all you kind and sweet thoughts, I will keep the biz idea in mind. Yes, we still have our cell till Dec. 1st
Laurie, Loved reading about your San Juan trip, since you got added to the mass list later, I need to let you know how this sail mail through our Single Side Band works. We get 10 min. per day, equivalent to about 2 full pages of characters. We can't send or receive pictures. Also, if you type back (which will always be delightful) don't use reply because that will just eat up more of our time. Thanks, howdy to your hubby Hi sissy, we wanna go, we wanna go...there is a wooden hot tub rental place in Eureka calling me badly. Haven't been able to even find an internet Cafe and the local library was closed Fri., Sat. and Sun.
Hi Hobie, glad you two are having fun and enjoying the lush No Mow, ha, grass. nighty night
Hi Pam and Cliff, any chance you ended up getting Rich's email address? How are you?
Sept. 7th Eureka! O.K., we are willing to admit at this point doing harbor hopping has been a lot more agreeable for the two of us. Depending on the mileage and seas sometimes we end up having to leave pretty early in order to make our next destination, however it is awfully nice knowing you will either be sitting secured to a dock for a good nights sleep or on the hook. We had one hell of a rolly polly ride here from Crescent City. We left about 5:45 a.m. with not enough wind to sail, the seas were 8/12' at about 10 second intervals out of the NW...that means we were taking them on the Starboard quarter, just aft of abeam. We did get about 3 hours with the jib up in the late afternoon, by then we had intermittent 15'ers. We made it to the outside buoy by 4:30, and came into Humbolt Bay with no problems. Of note, I came across this bar in 78' on another Cape George Cutter, we had gotten caught in the biggest Gale in 17 years, and with no close up charts
since we were heading direct for San Fran. We were safe, however a few things on the boat had become a problem and we were getting wet down below and just wanted in. Of course it was dark, a long story made short we had the Coast Guard come out and escort us in, nice to come in on our own this time. We are feeling more and more confident about coming across these bars. The Bay is pretty darn big, it took a little over an hour to steam into a dock right in front of old Eureka where another boat we knew from New Port was sitting. We ended up having ring side seats for a little festival held yesterday, live music, a rubber ducky race and the Coast Guard even did a practice rescue from a helicopter.
Today we are going to do some errands and then more than likely be on our way tomorrow. We will head for another little bend in the coast line called Shelter Cove, anchor for the night and then head for Fort Bragg which is up the Noya river. It's supposed to be a very cool place, kinda like old cannery road. Still looking forward to seeing that Golden Gate Bridge.
some personal messages:
Happy B-lated B-day our dear friend Kathy Brown, sorry I wasn't there to help make your birthday as special as you made mine. Andy, very nice of you to call. We have been spending a little time going through some of the music, one word...amazing!
Ron and Linda, guess we are def. not going to be seeing you in S.F....rats! Hopefully it feels good to know for all we at least are not far behind.
Elaine, very sweet hearing your voice, hope your trip is fun.
September 9, 2004
Ugh, I tell ya all, this coast will either make ya or break ya. If you
came out here for your first sea experience and didn't know there was a
much bigger silver lining you might just pack it in. Bob and I walked to
the Marine Hardware the day before we left to gather more
information on an appropriate paint to recoat our water tanks. I don't
remember if I
September 18, 2004 , hey, we made it to Bodega Bay after a bit of a
October 15, 2004 Hi, Chapter 10, that's a nice round number. It's now Oct. 15th and we are still in the Bay area, Alameda to be exact. After a 4/5 day stay in Sausalito we did some checking around and found out we could get some temporary moorage over here while doing the much needed work on the fresh water tanks. An interesting journey here under the Bay Bridge and on up into the narrow channel that separates Oakland from Alameda supposedly the 4th busiest water way in the U.S. There certainly are a lot of big marinas here and a zillion sail boats. It really is pretty impressive that they all seem to sail here in this channel quite well. Good thing they don't know about Puget Sound, I have a whole new appreciation for all that open water and all those wonderful destinations up there now. It's pretty much been all work here, we got right in and cut the exposed top sections of our two fresh water tanks out which were about 8" square. Of course I was right there holding the shop vac hose as close to the saw blade as possible, still there was this lovely sparkling fiberglass fairy dust floating around everywhere. We knew there were more than likely baffles inside the tanks, but were a little surprised to not only find fore and aft baffles, but also athwart ship baffles too. Bob diligently worked away at cutting a great portions of the athwart ship baffles out in order to gain access to the back of the tanks for cleaning and sanding. As it was, by stuffing his arm all the way in he could barely and blindly reach all the surfaces. Then came all the sanding, we hooked our Fein detail sanding to our little mini shop vac which helped keep a lot of the gel coat dust down, but as you can imagine it was still everywhere. Finally we determined the surface was ready and applied 2 coats of the specialized paint just for our application.
Since this whole process was pretty much a one man job I decided to give the cap and guard rails some help in the varnish department and with sanding help from Bob have been at it since, I'm shooting for the magic 7 but have been challenged with no-see-um's the past 3 days. I waited as long as I could yesterday and stared in with another coat (5) about 4:00 p.m. yesterday. After looking back at what I had just applied with already 10 ka-zillion little critters all with feet firmly frozen to the beautiful fresh varnish I had to just quit and hope for a little breeze today.
Another part of the tank job has been creating new baffles and lids with inspection ports. Our friend Bill Neill who lives in Oakland has been here lending support and chasing down stainless for us then taking Bob over to his place to start manufacturing all the pieces. As with all jobs it seems to be taking longer to pull all together and we are getting very anxious to continue south...patience!!!
We are going to rent a car this weekend and take the opportunity to go and visit with Bob's mom not too far from Sacramento. I have thought about writing for quite awhile and have just been distracted with focus on the jobs at hand, also no convenient internet.. hope every one is doing great.
Hi all, it's the 20th now , a Wed. As of Mon. night the fresh water tank are finished...yippee!!!!! As with so many other boat jobs it has taken ten times longer to get all the bits and pieces finished. Bob and Bill have spent many hours cutting, drilling and tapping stainless steel plates and pieces. It all looks pretty darn snappy. We filled the tanks with water this morn. and can smell...nothing and that's a good thing. Our dear friend Bill being the generous soul that he is finally wore us down about borrowing his car...a flaming red Corvette...to drive up to see Bob's mom in Jackson, it's up in the foot hills above Sacramento. Talk about a radical departure from any land reality check we have had for quite a long number of months, and well, fun, fun, fun!!! We are right now trying to get ready so we can head back over to Sausalito this eve. and be ready to head out and down the coast to Half Moon Bay by tomorrow morning. The weather has been pretty ugly out there and we are hoping it will have calmed down for us by Thursday. They were talking about 25/40 knot winds out of the SW with 12/16 ft. seas at 8 seconds yesterday...now that is "ugly". It is most definitely time to start heading south again before we get caught here any longer.
Forgive me for not responding sooner, there hasn't been convenient internet connection and no signal to speak of for the SSB. Right now I am sitting on the dock next to a boat that has wifi, they are gone for a couple days and said go ahead and take advantage of it, so I will send this off through hot mail for now and look forward to getting back into the Sail Mail regime soon. We have been tied to the dock way too long!!!
October 23, 2004, As always the day you leave the dock is always hectic (we were in
Alameda for 22 days, total time in the Bay was a month and a day!) and I never did get all my email stuff done, I sure do miss having a connection when I want, now it's really a luxury when I do. We finally got off the dock at 6:45 P.M. on the 20th. The 2 hour run back to the Sausalito anchorage ended up being pretty cool with all the lights of San Fran after dark. We took off the next morning at 0700 for Half Moon Bay, a rolly polly motor boat ride. We dropped the hook when we got there and put the inflatable in the water and zipped to shore to poke around. I had been in Half Moon Bay in the mid 80's when I did a trip on the Ragland (an old 100' wooden schooner) as crew, a lot has changed...some not at all. We took off the next day and had another uneventful ride to Santa Cruz, spent a night there and then got under way for a quick trip down to the south end of Monterey Bay to Monterey. As always I will try to find some internet to forward this along. Feels awfully good to be back underway and heading south again, it's def. time as the honey is starting to run very slow.
The 26th...We tried to head south to Morro Bay yesterday, but no matter how many times we listened to the weather it was just too ugly to go, big south easterly's winds and nasty seas. Sure enough, last night brought big winds, thunder and lightning. It's been fairly easy to keep ourselves amused here with lots to see and do, the old cannery row is not far away. If all goes well we should be able to leave tomorrow and head for Morrow Bay, should be about a 21 hour run. We will look forward to leaving the horrific noise from all the sea lions behind, there are hundreds of them here.
Wed. the 27th, it's 3 in the afternoon, we got off the dock at noon. Light North Westerly's and pretty darn big rollers (10/15') left over from the big blow. We are sailing by the famous Pebble Beach Golf course and Carmel and just played "I wonder which seaside mansion Dirty Harry lives in. I'm getting drowsy and as this will be an over nighter I best be thinking about a nap! Thanks for all the notes friends, and to all the new-be's, if you are interested in seeing all the other letters too you can go to a web site called: familyyachtclub.com/white_swan.htm they are friends who have given us a page and add our letters there. Just watched an amazing total eclipse of the full moon while eating hot chocolate chip cookies:)
Hi Steve Hull, did I already respond to your question "who is Hobie", he's Bob's dad.
Speaking of Hobie...Hi Hobie and Marilyn!
Bill Sullivan, while anchored in Half Moon Bay there was another little cutter called "Mardad" with a home port of Kasilof, AK...small world!
Harold, I miss you! Hope you are doing well, please email us with updates we don't to loose contact.
Hi Lynn DiN, thanks for the note, my sis is forwarding our absentee ballot's, hope all is going good with your house. Did you rent out the downstairs?
Hi Elaine, Will try to call you this coming weekend, I saw on my calendar Frank's B-day is next month, are you all going to Amsterdam?
Hi Gail Lipko, glad you are enjoying our letters.
Hi Pam, did you ever get Rich's email address? I know you wanted it awhile ago, I would like to add him to the list. How are you? How's the boat?
Beej and Trish...miss you!
Ron and Linda, where ya at now? I expect that when we go to send this out there might be something from you I hope. Did we tell you we did the Alameda Ensinal Baj Ha Ha Ha party?
Hi Gigi, memories in Half Moon Bay! Remember the little group chanting around the huge crystal on the bluff?
Hi Rayna, Sarah and John, been missing you guys of late, especially thinking of you Rayna...I want to try and send you some pictures of the big Sea Lions. Wish you could hear what they sound like.
Hi Christina, Ezra and Obie, we copied the last pictures you sent JoAnn, pretty darn cute Obie. I hear you are talking up a storm.
Raye and Ray, welcome!
Hi Kathy and Phil, will try and call this weekend, can't remember when the big trip is?
S.Q., I adore you!
Hi Wes and Annie girl, did you find a dream job yet?
Hello Kimmie! It's now a little after 4 and the wind has all but died, still lots of big rolling seas. Once again, it was really cool meeting and sharing with you if only for a few brief moments!
Thanks for the update on the eclipse, it was awesome.
Hey Andy and Kathy, which state are you in now? Did you get everything done on the boat you wanted?
November 03, 2004 Underway again! We finally got out of Santa Barbara yesterday. What an amazing scene it is there. The evidence of affluence is obvious with lots of teens prancing around in their cute little outfits (I was thinking I should become the belly button cop, ha), clutching their bags from Sacs Fifth Ave, Gucci and the Gap. The town is also extremely clean with constant worker bees scurrying around cleaning this and washing that. We did find a great thrift store and even a Trader Joes. We weren't there long enough to be very good tourists, but did go in the Court House which was pretty old and had amazing hand painted walls depicting local history.
We took off yesterday about noon and came across the Santa Barbara Channel to Santa Cruz Island and dropped the hook in a little nook called Pelican Bay. We had heard about the Ocean swell making some of the anchorages rather lumpy and got to experience that first hand by being woken up too many times to count. It was up at 6:30 the next morning, pulled the anchor and steamed around to the other side of the Island to try another anchorage for the night. We pulled into Coches Prietos (means Black Pig and evidently there are still wild pigs roaming around), another little hick-up they call an anchorage here, though, it was beautiful. I was excited about going to shore, there was a lovely white sandy beach that looked so tempting to dig my toes into. However, the windlass decided to stop working and Bob tested the switch and determined we weren't getting good contact. We spent pretty much the rest of the afternoon taking things apart and sanding things down with some wet and dry 1000 grit paper in order to get rid of the corrosion. Things went back together and all seemed to be o.k. By the time we finished it was afternoon and the Santa Ana winds we're up. We got a few hours of sleep and decided to get the heck out a there at mid night.
We took off, Bob went down to check things in the engine room and realized the transmission was leaking way too much. We were headed for Long Beach but decided to go into Marina Del Rey in the hopes of finding some knowledge about the problem, we arrived that eve. just before dark. We did have the pleasure of seeing a huge pod of dolphins and also a couple of whales.
The next day we found the local West Marine and happened to run into a guy in the store that knew a transmission specialist who worked at a shop near by. We tracked him down and he ordered the new seal Bob determined we needed and said it would be in Mon., he would bring it down and walk Bob through the process. We pretty much played tourists and waited most of Mon. to no avail hearing from this guy. We did get in touch with him Tues., however, it turned out he really didn't know that much about Herth Transmissions. Bob decided we would try Long Beach.
I sit here at almost 11 P.M. I hear a commotion outside and stick my head out to see a Disco (ancient borrowed term) boat go by with flashing lights, loud music and a rocking elbow's only crowd of young in's. We did walk to Venice Beach today, however it was dark by the time we got there and then after stopping for Happy Hour we decided to start walking back to the boat even though we knew there was a lot more to see...we will be here till Tues. and will have another chance to go back and watch the zoo on the beach in Venice.
Walking back to the boat we passed the Ritz Carlton Hotel and decided to go in and check it out for fun. We walked by a small jewelry store down one of the hallways and saw some absolutely amazing pieces. We decided to go in for a peek, the owner was very friendly and started telling us about he uniqueness of his family's situation there, if they don't make money, the hotel doesn't get rent. The family has been in business for years and does all their own design work, the jewelry was absolutely some of the finest I have ever seen. I was holding $40,000 to $80,000 rings and a $60,000 natural faceted stone necklace in my hand. Absolutely a lovely experience with the owner even though he knew we weren't going to buy anything.
We did get back to Venice Beach during the day, what a wild sight, fun! At least it had personality, more than we can say for Marina Del Rey. We got underway for Long Beach on the 11th, sailing under the end of L.A. X was pretty amazing to say the least. We got into Long Beach Harbor in the late afternoon, wow, the Queen Mary is "Cool"! There was no room at the marina there due to renovation so we ended up in Alamitos Bay about 4 miles away. As it turns out, we couldn't seem to find anyone that knew about the transmission, but Bob did find a manual online and got that ordered. Bob's sister Liz lives about an hours drive away and we had several things mailed to her.
Yesterday...it's now Nov. 16th...Liz and her boyfriend Brad drove down and we went out for a great sunny sail, thanks again Liz! We have been talking with some fellow cruisers that are already in San Diego and they told us about a shop there, Bob called and got things set up for them to do the work for us. As it turns out the transmission has to come out (luckily we can pull the shaft back far enough to get it out without hauling the boat) and go into the shop. So, here we are underway again and heading for San Diego, the sun set was gorgeous. O.K., let,s see if we can find a station and get this mail out to you all. Much love Bob & Dianna
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Hi Andy and Kathy, glad to hear from you, sounds like all is good and you are back in Colorado for the winter? Pets for the furry ones. I've been buying cat food and feeding feral cats here.
Hello Roberto, welcome to the mailings, once again it was truly very nice to meet and share with you.
Julie and Aaron, wow, a lot going on for you two. I can imagine how hard, fun, exciting etc. all has been with the house dealings, it's such a personal thing. And then the whole job thing, wow, I am glad you are going to have a more enjoyable time working with your hubby, very cool. Glad you will be closer to the boat too, sounds like a good location. Also glad you will be able to get out to the Island for the big gathering, wow, we will be sad not to be there, such good memories. Have a blast for us too!
Rob and Linda, as you see we are still moving south, can hardly believe it seems to be taking this long, hope we don't get way laid in San Diego for too long. Did you ever tell us what your plans are? Can't believe you still have that gin, it's got to be a new bottle!!!
Robert Peele, if you get this please type me, I love and miss you.
Hi Diane and Bob, We found a really cool yarn shop in Long Beach though seemed pretty expensive, I will wait for San Diego and buy something for a little project before I forget how to shnit, tee hee. Also saw an add in the local paper for a knitters cruise ship booking, up, I think to the Caribbean, what next?
Robin and Jeff, if this finds you...Cool! Type back, just don't forward as we get limited space for our Sail Mail via our SSB radio. Hope all is great with you two...miss you!
Hi Al, thanks for the quickie :)
Hi Marilyn and Brain, didn't know till today you were in San Diego too. We should be there in the early a.m., hope to at least wave to you till we catch up further down the coast. If you see Stan tell him we now have two more children in the aqua pet family...you'll see...tee hee.
Hi Tim in San Diego, hope we get to see you while there, we will try to call again.
To all our beloved extended boating family in Puget Sound, please raise a toast to us while stuffing yourselves with all that amazing food and remember my grand entrance with the pecan pie :)
Hi again, tried more than several times to get this mail out without success so thought I would tell you all we are now in San Diego. We talked to and saw Kavenga and Mary Joe on there way into Mexico as we were sailing in towards Shelter Island. We also were escorted by a submarine entering the ship yard, big excitement. Now it's time to tear into the transmission and get it into the shop. Icarian was still here at the Police dock when we arrived, hadn't seen them since Sausalito. This is the last stop to get our loose ends tied up, we will be busy! Hope I will find some WiFi to get this out to all of you soon.
November 26, 2004 It's November 26th today, we arrived in San Diego on the 17th and have been sitting tied to the Police Dock since, it's o.k., we haven't been arrested. The Police Dock is a temporary tie up for any boat for 10 bucks a day for 5 days and then 20 bucks a day for the next 5 days with a 40 day wait period between your next moorage there. There are way more boats here in San Diego than places to put them, so it's a popular spot plus it's generally where all the cruisers stop before heading south or north. The marina is at the very end of Shelter Island which makes it an almost 2 mile walk one way to get up to the first major street. However, on the way you pass almost every conceivable marine store you would ever need. There's a great marine store called DownWind Marine that is really well set up for cruisers and every resource they may need, they even carry sprouting seeds, receive mail for you and will forward it down to Mexico too. Or, they could always just find someone heading down your way willing to take packages too. It's all pretty warm and cozy. The West Marine flag ship store is here also, what a place full of theatrics with all the impressive mock ups like a life size power boat stern displaying furniture and the galley with different stove set into the counter and on and on...wow. They can even print charts right there on demand.
Our Transmission was rebuilt and we already have it reinstalled, haven't used it much yet, but we will do that soon. We are now waiting for some last min. things to arrive before we can leave like our recalled Epirb. Last Wed. we saw a boat come in we had met back in Alameda, it was a surprise to see the boat because when Glen left Alameda with his new 3 crew members (he didn't have any history with these people) they were on their way to do the Baja ha ha race and then keep going. Unfortunately the crew all ditched on him in Cabo San Lucas after the race. He didn't have any luck finding a new crew in Cabo and instead decided to bring the boat back up to San Diego and sell it, especially after finding out he could get his old job back. The boat was a Down East 37 with a lot of problems, (although loaded down with great cruising gear) and Glen admitted he was very green when he bought her and was unaware of what makes a good off shore boat, at that point he didn't even know how to sail. So, when he arrived he basically had one week to liquidate everything, including the boat. Long story made short I ended up helping him for the next two and a half days clean up the interior which was no small task as it was very wet and moldy and we ended up getting an unbelievable deal on things we had talked about wanting but unwilling to spend the thousands on before we left. An Air X wind generator, Katadyn fresh water maker (produces a gal. and a half per hour), a small Pur hand fresh water maker for the ditch bag, and a radar detector. Then out of generosity and need of just getting stuff off the boat so he could show it to Brokers he just gave us an enormous list of stuff, it was truly an amazing win fall.
It's now November 31st and Bob has been busy as ever trying to install our new gear, pretty much has the wind generator in and now looking at where he can install the water maker. We are also going to install another in line filter for our fresh drinking water that filters out 99.9% of all those bad little critters that could be swimming around in our tanks. We do always add a little bleach, but as we go into foreign countries where water is suspect we want to give ourselves every chance we won't get sick. Our friends from Canada Brock and Mary (who just happen to have another wonderful Cape George Cutter) told us about the filter while we were up in the northern territory last summer. We are hoping to have the Epirb by the end of the week, have all parts and pieces of everything we haven't yet installed so we can do it down the line, re-provision and then take off for Mexico...and a roar came from the crowd!
It's been quite a trip here surrounded by all these mega yachts. There is a sloop here called "Whirlaway", it's got to be 160' long with a mast so tall (maybe 200') that's lit up like a Xmas tree at night due to aviation regulations. Last weekend we were anchored in La Playa which is surrounded by yacht clubs, we were putting to shore in the Avon and saw Dennis Conner's absolutely gorgeous newly refitted "Q" class sloop. She was built in 1918, probably about 60', rumor has it he dumped over a million into the refurbish. We skulked in for a closer view and realized Dennis was sitting there and ended up talking to him for a couple minutes...nice guy. The next day Dennis and crew were out in his lovely Q and sailed right by us, he noticed us from the day before said hello and complimented us on our beautiful White Swan. We took some photos of the Q and then took the opportunity to try out our new little printer (a Cannon I-80), printed off a couple pictures, put the rest on a disk and I ran them over and gave them to Dennis when they got back in...pretty cool, huh.
We are out on a mooring buoy now in the Americas Cup Harbor, we met a guy who leases it back at the Police Dock, he's out of the water till Thursday, then we will go back over and anchor at La Playa for the weekend. This place is unbelievable, we think there must be about 400 boats out here all lined up like hot dogs in a package. Talk about making use of every square inch. We got here Mon. after noon, that evening (it was dark), I heard a splash and then voices, I quickly went up on deck and saw some glow sticks in the water and loudly asked if someone needed help, the response was, "no, we are working". There was also a skiff with nav lights we didn't recognize. I went back down to fix dinner and Bob was pretty convinced he could hear dolphins breathing and interacting with the skiff. I did find out later the navy does dolphin training in the bay, the little guys are trained to attach tracking devices to hulls and then go back and retrieve them. Pretty amazing.
Time to head for shore now to Down Wind Marine, they have a cruisers coffee and donuts every Wed. morn at 10. I understand there was some kind of snafu with the email list and some of you haven't gotten all the letters, I'm working on figuring that all out. Hope everyone is great and looking forward to Xmas. If you can believe it there was a fine layer of ice on the cushions this early a.m. and only 44 degrees...hear me whine, ha.
Hi Eric and Gale, I miss you guys, I miss the kitties terribly and also have heart pangs when I think about that wonderfully magic place! Hope your holidays are happy and full, Hi to Dub if he is still around. As it turned out due to the transmission snafu we never did make it
to Balboa, rats! Squeeze all the pets for me.
To the Silverwater crew, hello all! I was thinking strongly about Steph the other day after meeting another Stephanie who reminded me so much of her. Also my old friend Kathy Roush said she talked to Step in the restaurant and reminisced about me. Alison, if you read this at home, please tell Steph and others who know me hello and life is good. Much love and hope the baby is
Charlie and Katie, HIIIIIII! Should of tracked down your email address sooner, but better late than never! I'm sure Robin will tell you I called the next time you see her. I miss you...For the Glory!
Andy and Kathy, we finally broke into the Hedges on Thanksgiving with our Prime Rib, just the 2 of us, it was delightful, thank you very much!
P.T. Sail Loft, Hey girl friends, can't remember if you get this mail at home or at the shop, please tell all hello, especially my sweet friend Makia. We have run into two dif. boats here that have seen you recently: Jerry and Joanie on steel hulled S/V Lotus and Warren and Stephanie on a West Sail 32 S/V Moco Verde. I love this small world and look forward to running into lots of people down the way you have touched in some way.
Al and Sandy, thanks for the mail Al, we are now leaning back to the South Pacific...strangers things have happen than it would be to bump into you there...like tracking you down at the yacht club bar in Lahina after many years had passed (s.p.?), ha!
Brock and Mary, looking forward to having the new filter in line! Can't thank you enough for that tip. Hope things are lovely in Vancover, we have been bumping into a lot of Canadian sailors heading south.
Kathy Roush, I love you tons and hope your Birthday is great, perhaps you will be drinking sake out of the little cedar box? I only lament I will not be there to share!
Bill Sullivan, thank you for your thoughts and sharing the sad news, although I can see the two of them dancing on the clouds. I also wanted to tell you I met a really cool guy while in Marina Del Rey that fishes up there in your neck of the woods, tho I think they long line. If you hear of a wild man wind surfing in the Pribilofs it will probably be him!
Susie, I love you and hope you are hanging in there for the winter, or at least till you get a reprieve trip to Arizona.
To all that haven't gotten the letters before, if you like you can go to :
familyyachtclub.com/white_swan.htm and click on our log book to read them
Thanks Pam! loved hearing from you, sounds like
you had a blast, well you would of probably preferred blasting the
fog, ha. I think I have you back on the list now, have no idea how
that snafu happened??? Wow, Jer and Monica in the Ukrain...wow...Thanks
for missing us on Turkey day, we missed you all too:(
December 13, 2004
Hi Everyone, Not sure how we ended up not getting so many of you on
the original and ongoing updated email list to receive our letters,
but I think it's all fixed now. For some this might be the first
letter you have received. Our good bud Pam has been adding all the
letters to our page on the site she manages for her family (that all
seem to be crazy about boats) and also those of us lucky enough to
have been adopted..., yippee! I would encourage you to go there to
see #1 letter through #12. My habit has been to add personal notes
to the end of each letter and there will probably be something there
for you. Please feel free to email us at:
December 13, 2004 Hi Everyone, Not sure how we ended up not getting so many of you on the original and ongoing updated email list to receive our letters, but I think it's all fixed now. For some this might be the first letter you have received. Our good bud Pam has been adding all the letters to our page on the site she manages for her family (that all seem to be crazy about boats) and also those of us lucky enough to have been adopted..., yippee! I would encourage you to go there to see #1 letter through #12. My habit has been to add personal notes to the end of each letter and there will probably be something there for you. Please feel free to email us at:firstname.lastname@example.org it comes through our single side band radio. We get 2 hours each day, or something like two full written pages of transmission space. So, a few rules are don't use reply if you write, that way our original email to you won't get sent back to us using up space, and no pictures. Darn on that one. We do have a hot mail account and will try and check that now and then when we find internet cafe's: email@example.com
December 26, 2004
Turtles and Whale Tales
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