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Old 15-10-2013, 14:30   #1
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What is the farthest you have sailed for a short time

So the question is, how far have you sailed, only to return to home base, for a short visit?
Good example would be,
Ca-HI-Ca for a 1 week island tour.
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Old 15-10-2013, 14:58   #2
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Re: What is the farthest you have sailed for a short time

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So the question is, how far have you sailed, only to return to home base, for a short visit?
Good example would be,
Ca-HI-Ca for a 1 week island tour.
One week?? Hell no! But Ann and I did do just that (SF-Oahu-Kauai-SF) in seven weeks way back in 1983. Our first long passage, and it set the hook deeply in our souls... never been the same since!

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Edit: I see that she beat me to it by a couple of minutes!
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Old 15-10-2013, 15:04   #3
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Hi, Scoobert,

This is the 3rd time I've tried posting this, I sure hope it goes through this time. Sorry for the bleep above.

If you PM Jim, he may remember more accurately than I. We sailed his Yankee 30 from San Francisco to Hawaii, and return, in 1983 ..... all those ocean miles for a less than 2 week stay. However, the voyage was for a purpose besides island exploration. The purpose was to discover whether or not we enjoyed water sailing">blue water sailing.

In that context, where we still had the back up possibility of returning to coastal cruising if we didn't like ocean exploration, I think it was an excellent plan. I sure learned a lot. The weather gods gave us a gale (my first, and the first spreader-high waves I had seen), me lots of seasickness; awareness of how to never let the boat have an accidental gybe, and how easy it is to do that on rolly seas; we experienced being be-calmed; had the autopilot fail 3 days out of Kauai, so learned about experimenting with sheet-to-tiller steering; and it was our first off shore experience using celestial navigation, rather than coastal piloting. We had to dodge a ship that didn't expect us to be on its route.

Scary situation, that. We were both struggling together on the foredeck, utterly focused on trying to retrieve the genoa, which had been washed part way overboard the night before, when one of us looked up and OMG! Dash to cockpit, off autopilot and on engine, and ye olde 90 deg turn and full speed ahead. It was still quite close. At no time did the ship answer our hailing by VHF.

In those days, our experience was that most ships would answer Jim; few spoke to me. I understand there are still some places in the world where female voices are not welcome on the VHF.

Still and all, it's kind of cool to be able to sail to a different country to visit friends who live there....

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I haven't returned to where I came on my centaur yet, but one day on a lake we sailed around the entire day and went back.....lol...we didn't count the miles.

There weren't oceans in Kansas...
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Old 15-10-2013, 16:10   #5
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That trip sounds great guys.
The question came to mind when i saw the worlds fair is in milan for 2015. i thought to myself, wouldn't it be nice to sail over for the week. It was lighthearted of course. Our own plans are san fran in 2015
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Our own plans are san fran in 2015
Scoobert,

Since you are still in "learning mode" please let me clue you into a small fact of life. Some people DO care what others call their hometowns.

"sanfran" is NOT one of them. Neither is "Frisco", which is a town in Texas.

"San Francisco" is the name, "SF" for short.

Just one of those things I thought you'd like to know, and would help you out when you get closer. If you do make it, and I hope you do, you're welcome to do your laundry at my house and share a brew or two.

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Old 15-10-2013, 16:27   #7
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I give places i love fun nick names, its my way of saying i love them.
I use bad names for places i hate.
EG san fran, love. Rat hole, nyc, hate
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I've done San Francisco to Hawaii (13 days), ten days in Hawaii, then a 17-day sail back to "Frisco". (Most San Franciscans prefer that you not call it that, but you won't be run out of town for it). We were racing to Hawaii, and made our layover very short for two reasons:
1) The race starts in early July, and it pays to get back to the mainland ASAP before the fall and winter storms start coming down from the Gulf of Alaska.
2) Most of the crew still have day-jobs and other commitments.

When we do this race we usually stay about two weeks before returning. Some of the racers turn around within a week. But of course this isn't "cruising". I've also spent a month in Hawaii, Island-hopping and exploring.

For what it's worth, I really enjoy the long passages.
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Martinique - Darwin - Martinique; 3 years.

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Good one, Barnakiel!

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