Sailing from Seattle to San Diego

15 Aug 2000 -- 30 Aug 2000, sailed from Seattle to San Diego, total engine hours 111.

15 Aug, crew: Chris (Wood) Jackson, Cody Brick, Mark (Marx) Blum. Leave Eagle Harbor 6:15; Point Wilson (near Port Townsend) 12:05.

16 Aug, 3:30 Neah Bay, 11:50 clear Duntze Rock and head SW, 18:00 N 47.51 W 124.58 (Time Latitude in degrees.minutes Longitude).

17 Aug, 0:00 N 47.28 W 125.00, 6:00 N 46.53 W 125.03, 12:00 N 46.27 W 124.50, 18:00 N 46.02 W 124.16

18 Aug 0:00 N 45.38 W 124.27, 6:00 N 45.20 W 124.36, 12:00 N 44.56 W 124.20, 17:30 Newport OR. Cody goes back to Seattle.

20 Aug, 8:30 Leave Newport, next landfall San Francisco, 415 nautical miles, 12:00 N 44.23 W 124.25, 18:00 N 43.48 W 124.41.

21 Aug, 0:00 N 43.10 W 125.02, 6:00 N 42.35 W 125.20, 9:00 152 nm from Newport (24 hours out), 12:00 N 41.59 W 125.40 (California!), 18:00 N 41.23 W 125.38.

22 Aug, 0:00 N 40.52 W 125.11, 6:00 N 40.25 W 124.53, 12:00 N 39.50 W 124.27, 18:00 N 39.13 W 124.07. Ghosty gray day, wind 5-10 kts NE, just off coast of California but haven't seen land, just a few ships.... Gray, gray overcast all day. One curious tern, flying with boat for 20 minutes, kept trying to land on masthead. Yesterday was pretty blowey, wind from N, 15-30 kts, waves to 15', short, steep, choppy, boat going like a bat out of hell with severely reefed jib alone. From Neah to Newport wind always out of SW, quite strong one night. Marx and I got seasick, Cody and Chris didn't.

23 Aug, 0:00 N 38.41 W 123.50, 6:00 N 38.09 W 123.32. A little sparrow type bird came and landed on my shoulder about 5am, then I touched it and it flew off, then came back and landed under the dodger and slept till about 6:15 when it woke up and saw me moving about and flew off; hope it makes it back to land. 8:30 Point Reyes off the port bow. 40 nm to San Francisco entrance. About 7am, in glass smooth water, 3 Dall's porpoises came and flirted with boat for 5 minutes; very clear view of them underwater. 12:30 N 37.51 W 122.51, saw first brown pelicans. 16:00 Golden Gate Bridge!

26 Aug, 10ish, leaving Alameda, just Chris now, sent Marx back to Seattle on Amtrak. 11:20 Back out under Golden Gate, 11:45 oil alarm goes off, turn off motor, 12:00 N 37.48 W 122.32, 18:00 N 37.22 W 122.40, turned motor on briefly to check, seems to work fine, guess it just doesn't like running at 2200 rpm for very long.

27 Aug, 0:00 N 36.53 W 122.42, 6:00 N 36.29 W 122.31, 12:00 N 35.59 W 122.11, 18:00 N 35.37 W 121.48.

28 Aug, 0:00 N 35.16 W 121.33, 6:00 N 35.01 W 121.19, nothing but cloudy weather since leaving Alameda, except the first night out we had stars from midnight till about 4am. 12:00 N 34.36 W 120.52, 13:58 Sunshine off Cape Arguello, 3 oil derricks nearby, 18:00 N 34.19 W 120.22, spinnaker up, winds increasing, nice broach, manged to get spinnaker down without too much damage.

29 Aug, 0:00 N 34.13 W 119.49, 6:00 N 34.03 W 119.17, passing Point Hueneme on the left, Santa Cruz Island on the right. Yesterday during spinnaker run we got up to 10.29 kts (definitely a new record for Karhu since I've had her). Water temp 64.3 (after setting thermometer down about 5 degrees). Lots of real dolphin visits, pretty dramatic with the phosphoresence. Lots of offshore oil rigs. 12:00 N 33.49 W 118.45, back in the gray since sometime last night. Some motoring, then a decent bit of wind for about 3 hours, now almost nothing. 16:00 Chris woke me up cause there were about 100 dolphins traveling west just south of us, all leaping clear out of the water. 18:00 N 33.28 W 118.14, 18:50 another 500 dolphins, jumping 8-10 feet out of the water!

30 Aug, 0:00 N 33.10 W 117.53, light and variable winds, motoring, 5.5 kts, 8 hours out from San Diego. 6:00 N 32.46 W 117.24 10 nm from Point Loma. 6:55 Not only is it not sunny, it's raining! 9:18 tied up at San Diego, Shelter Island police dock.

1 May 2002, Sailed back to Seattle.


Douglas Brick / dbrick@kom.net
Last modified: Tue Jan 7 11:02:24 PST 2003