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Position 0830 8-29-16

Hello all,
Our position is 40.05N x 139.45W.  Heading 081dT. We are cruising 5-6kn on a broad reach with NW winds 15-17kts. Last night was foggy and millions of these floating jellies with sails illuminated by the STB nav lights all night long.
jellyFor the past several days these guys have been sailing on by. These creatures, whose scientific name is Velella , aren’t actually jellyfish but hydrozoans, related to the Portuguese man-of -war.
Yet unlike man-of-war, they don’t sting humans, though authorities don’t recommend touching your face or eyes after handling them.
Each little sailboat, measuring about 2.75 inches (7 centimeters) long, is in fact a colony of hundreds of smaller organisms, each with a specialized function such as feeding or reproduction, researchers say. “They sit at the surface of the ocean and have little sails ,” and their movement depends on which way the wind is blowing, said Richard Brodeur, a fishery biologist at NOAA Fisheries’ Newport, Oregon, research station. Most of the time off the coast of Oregon and California, the winds are blowing toward the South, into the open ocean. But when big storms sweep out of the southwest it blows these living flotillas onto the beaches. There, they usually die, giving off a bad smell as they rot.
They are everywhere and so dense if you go for a swim they will be all around you.
We have been under motor for the last 12 hours until the wind picked up this morning about 0700. Very smooth sailing now and yesterday before the wind died. The current grib looks good for us with consistent flow going our direction. Attached is the file showing the LOW up near Canada turning counter clockwise and then the HIGH to the east turning clockwise. Cool stuff to view so plainly. We came uncomfortably close to a pallet made up of 4×4 lumber. Imagine what that could do if hit head on while moving at 8-9kts… ouch. We have been seeing more ships now that we are approaching the west coast on this latitude. Thankful we have A.I.S. to spot them in time to get out of the way but they can see us too so we notice they change their course to remain at least 5nm away on their closest point of approach. This one, Hyundai cargo ship is headed to Pusan and has an ETA to their destination on 9-07-16.
We are 817nm away from San Francisco and our ETA is some time around Labor Day weekend. Still too soon to pinpoint an exact date and time. Today we are doing some laundry, laying out on deck catching some rays and after my watch I am making my bolognaise sauce for a pasta dinner tonight.
Life is good aboard the Galen Diana today.
More updates to come as we continue our approach towards the west coast…
Standing by on the Pacific Ocean.
Rod.
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Day 13: Weather giving us a beating and bath

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Hi all,
We are at 40.21N x144.21W approx. 1028nm from San Francisco. We have sailed over 1635nm over the past 12 days 9 hours.
We have been in a rough wind and mini rain storm pattern since 1330 yesterday.
It appears we are beginning to see some relief on the horizon.
The boat has been rockin and banging against swells and disorganized seas all night long.
The wind has been blowing steady in the mid to upper 20’s and when the storm fronts pass over up to 32kts with rain.
We have reefed the main to 40% as well as the jib. We have been controlling our speed to slow down at night so crew can sleep then accelerating during daylight to a boat speed of 7-8kts. The wind system that is passing us by is forcing us down to a heading of 130dT however when the wind changes we should be able to crab back up to a desirable latitude if needed for our approach to the west coast.
Attached is he latest grib file showing where we made the turn and our progress to date.
grib 8-278-27 rod c8-27 crew b Also a couple of pictures of the crew and environment today.
Standing by on the Pacific Ocean
Rod

The Turn below the High

8-25 sunset dinnerHello All,
We made “the turn” below the high yesterday at 1630 to a port tack as the wind clocked around the high(@41.48N / 147.49W).
Things started out slow and our initial heading was 155dT. Since the wind has continued to clock around from East to NE allowing us to turn up to 120dT and at times 90dT. The chop and swell mix is currently unstable or “junky” so to avoid launching the boat over the swells and tossing Alison about the forward berth we have turned back down to 135dT and on a beam reach until things settle. Since we went so high up in Latitude we have this luxury.
We are currently at 41.14N 146.29W with the wind at the moment at 22-28kts reefed in still cruising at 8-9kn. We have sailed over 1523nm the past 11 days 9 hours. We are 1126nm away from San Francisco which at a 6.5kn average pace would put us there within 8 days. The current grib looks good and the high looks to have passed over us and should drop down behind us providing more favorable wind in thru Tuesday.
Current weather out here is overcast with NE wind at 24-28kts. Swells 3-5’ mix with medium chop and some white horses when the wind gusts over 25. Air temp 74.8, sea temp 65.3 BP 1025mb.
We had a wonderful group dinner last night at sunset. Alison prepared pasta with chicken breast in a pesto, sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts mix. Awesome stuff. Lucas told Alison that he never expected to be eating such amazing culinary meals on this trip. We are eating well this round.  Lucas and Patrick are having the time of their lives on this delivery. Great dynamic aboard this round too. Everyone is so respectful to others it is clearly different than the trip to Hawaii without the negative energy of a couple of sour grapes.
The grib attached shows our position today against the high and healthy wind to advance us to our destination.
Stay tuned,
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chicken pesto pasta8-25 sunset
Standing by on the Pacific,
Capt. Rod
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8/23 Day 9

masked booby
Hello all,
We are 9 hrs in to day 9 Honolulu to San Francisco. Our position is 37.21N by 152.54W.
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(almost even with SF but 1800nm away from the California coast. We have good wind today after motor sailing the past two days due to very light unstable winds. We are on a broad reach averaging 7-8kts on a heading of 075dT but with the drift our course is more like 040dT which will put us on my mark for the turn BELOW the high pressure system.
Attached are a couple of the current wind files showing our position and future waypoints. Also there are a couple shots of our chart plotter showing our position and heading as well. This is what we are using to navigate our way home.
Sailing is smooth and wonderful out here for the time being. The grib(wind files) show good wind ahead as the high pressure system moves easterly off Seattle.
Since it is looking like it will stay way north we will be able to tack on or about Lat 41/42 near Longitude 145/144 which is where we made the turn in 2014 but we were above the
high pressure on that delivery.
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We were attacked by flying squid yesterday. At least six landed on deck and we quickly tossed them back in while they were alive. One actually flew in to one of the open hatches and landed on Lynn’s chest as she was dozing in her cabin.
We heard a loud high pitched scream like Chihuahuas barking and moments later up came Lynn “inked” on her face, mouth and torso. We were wondering what was up with her then we saw the squid in her hand with tentacles moving and oozing ink.
We all busted out with laughter once we knew she was ok.
What a bizarre rude awakening.
albatross at lat 37We spotted our first Albatross yesterday who followed us for hours. Beautiful, big and graceful sea bird. This one had to have a wing span of 8 feet or so.
This morning Alison and I are doing laundry while the crew is sleeping.
Life underway goes on just like a daily routine at the household. Lots of chores and work to do every day.
Alison, Patrick and Lucas have adjusted nicely and now have solid sea legs. Now they too can understand the awesomeness of passage making.
We should be making our turn down to SF within the next 2-3 days if the weather models cooperate as anticipated.
More news and pictures to come within the next several days.
Standing by on the Pacific Ocean,
Capt. Rod.

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Alison on 8/18

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Captain Rod

life below deck

Life below deck…

mahi cuts

Mahi cuts…

mahi for dinner

Mahi for Dinner!

ladies on deck

Ladies on deck…

alison at sunrise

Alison at sunrise…

ocean sunrise over a stormy sky

Ocean sunrise over a stormy sky…

epic sunsets

Epic sunsets…

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At the bow…

Aloha Hawaii…

August 14, 2016.

Departure set for midnight heading for San Francisco. The weather and winds look fantastic for our departure. Our last hours in Waikiki have been relaxing. The boat has been ready and waiting, provisioning done early and our last meal in port was a mix of Round Table Pizza along with BBQ Tuna and Mahi we caught earlier. Three weeks in paradise with a weekend sail to Maui, several days of surfing and tinkering on the boat. We are ready to set sail with our crew of five; Capt. Rod, Capt. Al, Capt. Lynn and the rest.. (Patrick and Lucas) for a 17-20 day trip home. We will try to update along the way… Stay tuned.