The Galen Diana

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,
grib 8-26
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


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.

Day 45: Hawaii is under the Rainbow blocked by Hurricane Darby

7-20 rainbowWednesday, July 20 2016.
We are at Lat 23.30N Long 150.00W approximately 500nm NE of Hawaii. It has been a long road and all of us on board the Galen Diana are ready to make port. We hope to make port within the next eight days or so.
We have to hang back and stall our westerly progress to wait for Hurricane Darby to make up its mind to either pass in front of us or below Hawaii. We are on standby waiting for weather updates as our support team tracks the weather developments. We had just come off Hurricane Celia a few days back. 50mph winds and 30’ seas for a minimum of 30 hours.
We were able to snap a few shots of one of the rowboats we have been tracking for the Great Pacific Race. We are currently back with three crews (rowboats) 500 nautical miles from Honolulu. This is our last hurdle.
We are beginning to become inpatient with the weather delays(as are the rowers) and ready to pull in to Ala Moana Yacht Harbor and step off the boat for the stability of solid ground. I know five minutes on land in Honolulu with the noise, crowds and traffic congestion, I will want to get back out to sea as soon as possible or even escape and sail over to Maui for a few days on mooring in Lahaina.
The crew aboard GD have been so great and patient.It has been a great sailing adventure thus far. We have had a few things break down while on this voyage. Minor stuff mostly. However we did take a pretty good hit when the traveler car broke a couple of weeks ago. I managed to temporarily repair the traveler by lashing the car to the track. The side caps broke on my traveler releasing the non captive bearings. Luckily this happened at a time when it was daylight and we could bring in the main and restrain the traveler car and main sheet connection to the traveler track.
My first call was to my friend and yacht broker John Kuony (who was on vacation in Alaska). Within an hour he had notified Glenn Hansen (Hansen Rigging, Alameda, CA). I sent Glen pictures and a drawing of the parts I need to repair in Hawaii and he took care of it from there. But it didn’t start there… Our Auto Pilot went out on us 250 miles from San Diego as we were headed in to drop off a patient we MEDIVAC’d off one of the boats 400nm off shore. I’m not sure what happened since the auto pilot and linear drive for the AP were new just installed mid May but it would not engage. What we would find out in San Diego is that the pin that holds the linear drive to the tiller had sheared off and detached itself from the tiller.
Weather was rough and those 200 miles without auto pilot was doable but inconvenient. That’s sailing, shit happens. Deal with it, repair it if possible and move on. So on our way in to San Diego, we had a lot of water breaking over the boat at the bow. So much that it got in to the Navigation lights and shorted out the circuit. Luckily I was able to run up some emergency running lights for the time being. In San Diego we had a surprise visit from one of our crews husband Scott who knew every place in San Diego for parts and marine fabrication. After being shut down several times by other fabricators he found someone(Steve Harrison, Harrison Marine) that was willing to help us and make a new pin for our auto pilot. He could have it ready the next day which meant we had to stay in port for the night. We made the most of it. We repaired the Navigation Lights with new wiring and connections and  packed the connections with silicon for extra protection. We met up for dinner at Miguel’s Mexican Food with my mom and dad, my daughters and their mom who live in San Diego joined us as well. It was so nice to see them while we were there less than 24 hours.
FTK 7-16a GD
That was 34 days ago. Since then we have been bouncing around the Pacific in the direction of the Hawaiian Islands checking in with the rowing crews who really are the ones roughing it in comparison and taking a beating from the mighty Pacific. Oh, and our Nav Lights went out again during the last Hurricane. Another fix for Honolulu…
rods mahi 32 inch 7-18
Now that the water has warmed up to 76 degrees the fish have been biting. We have caught nine fish so far. 1- Marlin, 8- Mahi Mahi. Only one keeper at 32 inches. It was delicious!
7-6 sunset GD at UN
Sunrises and sunsets continue to amaze us. On clear nights the stars fill every inch of the sky. We have had a full moon cycle lighting up the sky at night providing enough light to actually see the ocean surface at night. Magical nights they are.
Since leaving Oakland on May 30th, we have sailed over 4,105 nautical miles (4,515 statute miles). It will be close to 5,000nm once we make port in HI.
Stay tuned for more news, stories and pictures to come.
Captain Rod Mayer.UN 7-6 GD

Our welcome home from our exceptional Yacht Consultant/Broker John Kuony…

Thank You John…..


Thank you John for this…



August 5th, 2014 chasing down rowers prior to Hurricane Iselle

Near Lat 21.42 N / Long 156.37 W we got the call to assist and tow in one of the rowboats and crew. During the transfer one of the swimmers was struggling to make it to The Galen Diana. The Captain jumped in to assist…

This is related to the August 13 post…

300 nautical miles from San Francisco near Lat 39 / Long 127