Saturday, August 22, 2015

return day 19 Sat 8-22

Sat 8-22 1700

Aloha Westward Fans:

Today should be our last day at sea. San Nicolos Island is off of our port bow in clear afternoon sunshine and is our first sighting of land in 19 days. Today we awoke with overcast skies and a good 10 to 15 knot breeze on the beam. The sailing has been very nice with nothing extra ordinary going on until we brought out the luncheon horsd'oerves and the reward for yesterday's fastest speed was awarded as a tie to Roger and Bill.

Bamb! The BS fishing platform performed once again. The fish hit, dove and ran. All hands were needed to slow the boat for the fight. The staysail and the topsail were furled, the engine started for boat control and the fight began. When it was all done and over a 17 lb. yellow-fin tuna was landed, filleted and made ready for evening cocktails.

We hope to reach Catalina by midnight, moor and have a quiet breakfast in the morning. We will have time to kiss the each, swim and snorkel before heading home. The Catalina channel is only another 20 miles so we will be tied up and ready for clean up mid afternoon tomorrow. THEN THE REAL STORIES BEGIN

Waves: 2 to 3 ft.
lat 33 07n
lon 119 31w
almost no debris in the water
no squalls just partial clouds

We will keep you informed as things progress.

spirits: high
music: loud

A little bit More to follow!

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Friday, August 21, 2015

return day 18 Fri 8-21

Fri 8-21 1700 hrs

Aloha Westward Fans:

Well, after bathing yesterday the sun was shinning and we were just motoring along. The talk lead to interesting remembrances of the travel that Scott amd Roger have done. Both could write books that would fascinate any enthusiast of travel. The both shared amazing stories and knew of the many remote locations they have traveled. Nothing like sunny skies and not other place to go.

We broke out of the no wind area mid afternoon and into the westerlies about 0200 hrs. We have been traveling at about 7.5 knows ever since. Two head sails and the full mainsail. Weather has been low gray clouds, no rain while we are on a close reach towards home. Our ETA to Catalina is in the wee hours Sunday AM. We hope to stop for breakfast at Two Harbors after a brief stay at Howlands Landing, our family's favorite place.

We just has a miraculous hookup. The BS fishing platform paid off again. We were bit by a small dordo which jumped off of the gaff, spit the hook out at which point Scott re-gaffed it in mid-air just after it thought it had out smarted Bill and Scott. We will only count it as one catch but really it was two.

The 'Westward Mottlies' are now in a run for home contest, prizes for the Mottly with the best average wheel watch speed. Excitement builds as each mile ticks off, this is really a home run. We are trying to get the dedicated Roger back to Work but not one else feels pressed to reach civilization. Our only visual contact out side of the Mottlies has been a few ships that have passed in the nite.

Waves: 2 to 3 ft.
lat 31 43n
lon 122 40 w
almost no debris in the water
lon 128 03w
no squalls just partial clouds

We will keep you informed as things progress.

spirits:
high

Void, we missed it--COME ON HIGH and hopefully DRY. (Looks like we will totally miss it)
More to follow!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

return day 17 thurs 8-20

Thurs 8-20 1700hrs

Aloha Westward Fans:

Sorry for the screwed up header dates, I know that bad data is no good.
414 miles to go.


What a difference a day makes!
This morningf at 0200 hrs we turned on the engine for lack of wind. We have entered the no wind zone. At noon we shut off the motor, dropped the sails and dove into the beautifully calm blue Pacific to clean the jelly from between our toes. It was such a wonderful feeling that after we were back under way we all celebrated with ice and cold toddies.
We calculate that we will be back into an acceptable breeze by 0400 tomorrow. If this holds true, it looks like beautiful sailing all the way back, maybe Sunday AM (wishful thinking). We have got to get Roger back to work.

While we were swimming, we noticed what looked like the bloody reminisce of a hit and run on the port quarter. After discussion we determined it was evidence of all the activity that the BS fishing table has created. A brush soap and water removed most of the evidence.

We have aired out, dried off, and are heading home, fuel and water supply is adequate.

Please wish us fair winds and good sailing and we will see you soon.


ssLast night we tacked to starboard after weeks of port tack and have been able to head directly to LA. The computer shows 1 day of good sailing, miles of no wind, and final days of good sailing. We hopefully have reserved enough fuel to handle most of the no wind days, we'll see. This morning we shook out all of the reefs and have had a beautiful double headsail beam reach. We expect to hit the light stuff tonite. All are on deck enjoying everyones' company and not dinner preparations are under way.

We all hope to bathe in the blue pacific in the middle of the no wind area so we do not continue to stick to our clothes.

All's well, just leave the light on for us.

Arrival prediction will take place when we break into the westerlies and remember Roger has to work on Monday.

: unseen floaties
Waves: 2 to 6 ft.
lat 29 48n
lon 128 03w
wind 10 to 15 k
no squalls just partial clouds

We will keep you informed as things progress.

spirits:
high

Void, we missed it--COME ON HIGH and hopefully DRY. (Looks like we will totally miss it)
More to follow!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

return day 18 mon 8-19

Monday 8-19 Wed 1700 pdt

Aloha Westward Fans:

556 miles to go

What a difference a day makes!
Last night we tacked to starboard after weeks of port tack and have been able to head directly to LA. The computer shows 1 day of good sailing, miles of no wind, and final days of good sailing. We hopefully have reserved enough fuel to handle most of the no wind days, we'll see. This morning we shook out all of the reefs and have had a beautiful double headsail beam reach. We expect to hit the light stuff tonite. All are on deck enjoying everyones' company and not dinner preparations are under way.

We all hope to bathe in the blue pacific in the middle of the no wind area so we do not continue to stick to our clothes.

All's well, just leave the light on for us.

Arrival prediction will take place when we break into the westerlies and remember Roger has to work on Monday.



: unseen floaties
Waves: 2 to 6 ft.
lat 29 48n
lon 128 03w
wind 10 to 15 k
no squalls just partial clouds

We will keep you informed as things progress.

spirits:
high

Void, we missed it--COME ON HIGH and hopefully DRY. (Looks like we will totally miss it)
More to follow!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

return day 16 mon 6-17

Monday 6-17 0700

Aloha Westward Fans:

811 miles to
Sailing last two days wind on the nose 15 t0 20 knots. Not our favorite type of sailing but will have to do. R2
outine on watch, off watch.
Spirits are high but we are looking forward to a freshwater shower and sheets without salt!

: unseen floaties
Waves: 2 to 6 ft.
lat 29 28n
lon 133 16 w
wind 15 to 20 k
squalls

We will keep you informed as things progress.

spirits:
high

COME ON HIGH and hopefully DRY. (Looks like we will totally miss it)
More to follow!

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

return day 14 sat 8-15

0900 Thurs Aug 13

Aloha Westward Fans:
We have elected to head in a more Easterly direction because our fuel is getting low and we want to save it for refrigeration, electrical power and dead spots. We did slow down to check the rig, transfer fuel from the BS fishing platform and land another Mahi, not as large and the huge one but about 4 pounds lighter, still a trophy in most tournaments. We will continue east and let the wind eventually lift us back to LA.

Do to the time constraints and the increment weather we have encountered the last several days, we are discontinuing the trawl but Lorie will continue the requested surface observations the has been performing.

We just passed a shipping crate that Farmer Bill identified its use is for transporting 500# of citrus. We then immediately entered a multi squall line in which we missed the rain but got the wind. We had the 130% roller furling topsail and a double reefed main. We just sailed higher than normal for about 20 minutes to ease the stress on the rig then fell back off and happily continue on our way.

Spirits are high but we are looking forward to a freshwater shower and sheets without salt!


: unseen floaties
Waves: 1 to 4 ft.
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lat 30 27n
lon 137 18w
wind 12 k

We will keep you informed as things progress.

spirits: high

COME ON HIGH and hopefully DRY. (Looks like we will totally miss it)
More to follow!

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Friday, August 14, 2015

return day 13 fri 8-14

0900 Thurs Aug 13

Aloha Westward Fans.

Yesterday and today were very uneventful days in the Pacific. The patchy clouds, blue water, bright sun and a periodic squalls would make for a terrific mural in your living room but it is everyday here. Wheel watches continue, oil change for the Perkins and a fuel pump prime because of an empty fuel tank is the call for the day. Reading, Sleeping, and a tasty bill of fare make the passage acceptable. We have halted the trawls because of the weather and waves we find ourselves in, Roger's deadline is coming up so time is an issue, we'll see.

Today we has a Windrose empty the frig ham regatta that had all the flavors that Bill could muster. Cold seconds later in the day were still excellent.

We are trying to head 063 mag. but the wind is on the nose so we motorsail tack towards home. We hope for sailing winds tomorrow so we can shut off the Perkins and save fuel for the final leg. We'll see. Ice is still being produced so who knows what that will lead to.



water: unseen floaties
Waves: 3 to 4 ft.
sky: puffy clouds no squalls this afternoon
lat 30 57n
lon 135 51w
wind 20 k

We will keep you informed as things progress.

spirits: high

COME ON HIGH and hopefully DRY. (Looks like we will totally miss it)
More to follow!

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