Wednesday, December 9, 2009
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Monday, September 7, 2009
I am sitting on the steps of the harbor masters office writing this as the internet works best here.Sorry I have been so unsocial,It was a grind to get down here to San Francisco.My crew Andy and his wife Kris just left to catch a plane back home to Seattle.
We had a good trip coming down,winds were out of the north mostly and got to sail for at least half of the trip.The wind lightened up after leaving Coos Bay so had to motor sail most of the way down to the bay.We had fog most mornings but burned off later in the day.We didn't get to see most of the California coast till we made are approach to the Golden Gate.The wind picked up right as we got to the bridge and got to sail the rest of the way in ,all the way to Alameda Island where I am at now.
I had visitors today,my grandma ,aunt and uncle showed up this morning from Sacramento to see my floating palace.We had a nice visit here then went to lunch.I will rent a car here by mid week and go up to see them probably this weekend.
I talked to my canvas maker this weekend and he should be able to build my dodger starting this week but not 100% focused on my boat till the week after.I dont mind because I have a few modifications to do to make the boat sail better anyway and this is awesome weather to do some varnish work and clean up the teak again.I think it hit 80 today and looks like there is more to come.I dont know how much of this sunshine I can stand HAHA.
We went to the city yesterday and did all the tourist stops,cable cars and sight seeing.Its much more pleasant here in the summer than winter which is usually when I am here but much busier.
I really lucked out finding this place to do some work on the the boat because there is marine stores every where and the folks seem real friendly and the moorage here is very reasonable.
Well you are all up to date now and I will write when I can.I will be be here it looks like 2 to 3 weeks so will be a nice break and will have a better boat for the rest of the trip.I am in the process of getting more crew for the next leg to socal so will keep you up to date.I am adding more pics also so take a look.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Hi All ,
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The last few days I have got to visit with my cousins.Last night I went and had dinner with Cousin Eddie and his wife Ellen.We had a good dinner and afterwards Eddie and I were playing guitar and bongo drums.Cousin Derek stopped by and had dinner also.It was a fun night.I went back to the boat and stayed the night to do some bright work and varnish some bad spots.I have a few leads on a crew so we will see what happens there.I came back to Toni's tonight.She has been on a business trip the last few days and got back tonight.I have more maintenance to do before I head out so I will be back there tomorrow.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
We are almost back to America and by the time i post this we will be.Our next stop is Point Rogers USA.It has been a grueling few days crossing Georgia Strait .The wind has been blowing south east which has been our coarse so its been slow going.We stopped in Nanaimo BC last night and found a Yacht Club.They had showers there so we took advantage.It has been very nice the last few weeks.Some days were in the 80s.
I promised you guys on some high lights over the past few weeks so ill name a few here.To date mike has caught four salmon,(2 pinks,1 silver and a king).We visited Bishop Hot Springs,its a cool little place with a dock and some camping areas.We took a bath in the springs,man that felt good ,it was 85 that day so it was a nice treat.While in Bella Bella mike went to town and found the only bar.He said it was kinda different,an empty room with a few chairs and a bar.There were a few locals hanging out and they love shots and love giving you shots.This is a native village,need i say more.I think my favorite place for BC is Port Mcneill.It had a very nice harbour,the town was very clean and folks were friendly.Oh and everything you need is a block away.
We have got to sail some off and on.The passages here are fickle,the wind will be on the beam one minute and the next its in your face then after you take all the sails down it blows on the stern, then you put all the sails back up and sail for a hour at best ,then it dyes down to nothing.We did it like that for a week straight.I am very good at handling sails on this boat.We even dug out some sails i have onboard for different wind conditions and tried all them out.The Iron sail that burns fuel has been working like a champ.I am very happy I spent the money to buy a new engine for this boat.
We hope to be in Anacortes WA by tomorrow afternoon where I will spend a week or two visiting with my family there.I will post more pics and video on the site so keep a lookout
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
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Sunday, July 19, 2009
Well we just spent the night in Crab Cove on the Mansfield Peninsula about 50 miles out of Juneau Alaska.It started raining this morning so Mike and I are taking shifts to dry out and warm up.We just came up the lynn Canal and making our way around into Juneau.We got to sail for about 2 hours last night until the wind died about 20 minutes from the cove.Oh well,its hit and miss here in Alaska.Mike caught a Silver Salmon leaving the cove this morning so we had a good breakfast.I just came off wheel watch to warm up and dry out so i thought id take the time to write and keep everyone up to speed.We should be getting in to town about 1530.Ill try to post more pictures while we are there so look for them soon.
Ok I am going to go for now
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Sorry its taken so long to write.I have been busy here in Cordova hanging out and visiting folks on the dock and some people i know from here.
As most of you know myself and my crew michael left Homer on the 3rd of july and spent the night over at Sunshine point and visited with Zak and Becky Porter that evening.We spent the night there on the mooring anchor and left for Nuka passage to make our way to Prince William Sound to meet up with my friend Daren.He commercial fishs there and wanted to take a little break and show us around.It was a very nice crossing,we had excellent weather coming around the Kenai Peninsula.There wasent much wind so had to motor most of the way but was nice to see it so calm and sunny.We met up with Daren and his family in Port Nellie Juan on the 6th of July and anchored up in a quiet little cove close to where he was fishing.He tied up to us that evening and had a good time visiting and hanging out.
On the 7th we took both boats a few miles down the bay , went to shore and explored an old abandon Cannery.Westgate Cannery the locals call it,it operated in the late 1800's till the 40s or so.After that we motored down to Port Nellie Juan glacier.we left my boat in a cove close by and took his boat to the head of the glacier and got to see it up close,dodging ice bergs and rocks.We had fresh fish that night for dinner and stayed in the cove.
On the 8th we parted ways and we headed for Hidden Bay on the east side of Coross Island.It has a very narrow entrance but opens up to a big bay about a mile in.We anchored up right by a cool little water fall and spent the night there.
On the 9th we headed for Cordova AK on the east side of the sound.Its a little fishing community that has a very rich history.It was the port used for copper ore coming from Kennicott mine by rail from 1910 to 1938.i looked up some friends here, Dean and Roseanne.Dean fishes here and hes good friends with Daren.We had a nice visit with them the night we got here and Daren left his pick up at there house so we borrowed it to drive around town
On the 10th we drove out to the million dollar bridge.Its 50 miles east of town on mostly gravel road.It was built for the railroad to cross between 2 glaciers.We checked out the Miles Glacier while we were there and it was fabulous.
On the 11th Dean and his dad Harry came down to the boat and hung out a while.They gave me some advise on short cuts to leave here and head south.Nothing like some local knowledge of the area.I took Mike out to Darens house and ran into his father and law,Lee West and his new wife Connie.Lee has his summer home right next door to Daren
Today we are trying to decide when to leave here,maybe tomorrow.
We will be heading for Juneau AK in the Inside passage.I will write more when i can.