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Old 16-03-2014, 09:13   #31
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Old 16-03-2014, 09:18   #32
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Fair winds Eric et. al. I've followed your adventure through CF, and wish you and yours a safe and fun passage. You and your family are an inspiration for those of us who are not as far along on the path. Thank you ...

Enjoy every moment (at least most of them )
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Paper charts???...suicide man! Hope you still have Melvilles "Typee" it will give you a hintof what you are about to see and how things use to be...fair winds my friend...
I still have your book, still in the ziplock. I started reading it still in Mexico then stopped because I wanted to save it for the crossing.

Steinbeck's book was great for the Sea but I bet this is better. The first few pages were really enjoyable already.

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Fair winds and decent footing.

Couple of rules I learned with an added dose of "the hard way" that may help.

1) Stay clipped on outside of the cockpit at all times.
2) On watch alone, especially at night, stay clipped on in the cockpit.
3) If you have to leave the cockpit, awaken the other crew. Do not go on deck to fix something alone on watch...even if clipped on.

The "hard way" comes because I was hit with a clear air squall at 3 AM and slid out of the cockpit before I could release the sheet (I was on my back looking at stars...but definitely not asleep). The AP couldn't cope, the boat heeled 45 degrees and if I hadn't been clipped on, I doubt I would have lived. By the time the skipper got on deck, I had eased all sheets and was helming by hand...and the squall only lasted about five minutes...but it was one of Neptune's more memorable lessons.

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Fair winds and decent footing.

Couple of rules I learned with an added dose of "the hard way" that may help.

1) Stay clipped on outside of the cockpit at all times.
2) On watch alone, especially at night, stay clipped on in the cockpit.
3) If you have to leave the cockpit, awaken the other crew. Do not go on deck to fix something alone on watch...even if clipped on.

The "hard way" comes because I was hit with a clear air squall at 3 AM and slid out of the cockpit before I could release the sheet (I was on my back looking at stars...but definitely not asleep). The AP couldn't cope, the boat heeled 45 degrees and if I hadn't been clipped on, I doubt I would have lived. By the time the skipper got on deck, I had eased all sheets and was helming by hand...and the squall only lasted about five minutes...but it was one of Neptune's more memorable lessons.

Good luck.
This happened to Leslie, Scott, his brother and their old dog Blue on their sail from Mexico to Hawaii a few years ago on CelestialSailor's old boat Faiaoahe. They experienced it as a white squall and it was during the day. The boat went on its beam ends before they could get the saild down. The wind was strong enough to peel the paint off their wind generator.

There'll be a lot of light wind sailing but keep your eyes on the horizon and always think safety.

Fair winds for you and your family. It was great meeting you folks in La Paz even though I never was able to get out of the dinghy to shake your hands I was impressed with you and your family.

kindest regards,
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Old 19-03-2014, 15:31   #36
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Make it as if you were riding your bike in the video you posted a while back . Will certainly make it more exciting. LOL. Be safe we will all miss your post.
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Enjoy your experience ! It will be like going to church camp as a kid. The first couple of days, while you are adjusting to life at sea, you'll probably wish you were back home. By the end of your voyage, you'll wish it would never end !
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Have a wonderful trip! Best wishes and fair sailing!
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Sounds like they are having a tough time and may be abandoning ship. According to the attached news article their daughter is ill and they are having mechanical issues. Medical help has arrived and they will be getting the girl back to shore soon. I hope they all are safe soon.

Bay Area-based California National Guard team sent to rescue infant off Mexico coast - San Jose Mercury News
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Redirect to this thread for more info: Forum Member's boat and daughter in trouble off of Mexico - Page 4 - Cruisers & Sailing Forums

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Not good news.
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New Update: Sailing family set for Navy rescue off Mexico | UTSanDiego.com
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