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Old 08-10-2015, 10:51   #46
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Thanks Stu, I also have a 6 foot draft so I will be careful.
You're very welcome. I forget to mention: it's pretty clear on the charts!
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Old 08-10-2015, 12:22   #47
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Yeah hopefully Tuesday will be good.

Cape Flattery was perfect. went out on the outgoing tide and wind on our backs. but half way to Westport the wind died... sad.

24 hour run from Clalam Bay to Westport. Be careful coming in the Grays Harbor channel at night, some of the green channel markers are missing according to my chart plotter. on top of that there is so many red lights along the shore that it is a little confusing knowing which ones are the channel markers until you get close.
Yeah, I always bypass Grays harbor and go to the Columbia Bank. That way it is during the day. Weird breakers around Gray's, never liked to go in there during the night.
You may want duck in lower Oregon/upper Califorina and rest up before SF.
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Thanks Paul and Carliane! We are hoping to arrive in SF bay at around the 22nd if we can stay ahead of the next storm coming in. We will be leaving Westport Wa this coming Tuesday and sailing until we have to tuck in again. Hopefully straight to Coos Bay or Eureka
I hope you and your wife will stop by following your arrival into our lovely little bay. I'm sure you're going to like Clipper Cove. There's always a couple of boats in there during the week and sometimes a raft-up during the weekends. FYI - that little store in the middle of the street across from the marina entrance is a cornucopia of very edible stuff including deli sandwiches and pre-packaged sushi. You'd be amazed at what they have crammed in there. I just love it. There's a bus stop just down a little ways from the store where the MUNI 25 will take you to the Transbay terminal where you can take BART all over the city and beyond (https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/...e%20Island.pdf). The small beach area on the west side is a good place to land the dinghy, but talk to the harbor master (Wed through Sun) about getting a key to the marina gate. The views of SF skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge from the breakwater are spectacular when the marine layer stays offshore. And the last weekend of each month there is a flea market on the island. I've never gone, but it attracts a massive crowd.

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Old 22-10-2015, 18:08   #49
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Just an update. We are here in Coos bay waiting for favorable weather to get around Cape Blanco. The weather has been changing dayly so we have just been sailing from port to port. Going through the bars have been a chalenge to show up at the right time.
So far our worst experience was the Westport bar that we got knocked around a bit going through there at night.

I will post another update after we get to Crescent City.
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Enjoy the Dungeness at Crescent City from the commercial fishing dock
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Old 23-10-2015, 09:30   #51
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Getting around Cape Blanco was the most challenging part of our sail from Washington to California last August. It doesn't seem like a very big cape compared to Mendocino and others but the winds coming from the N & NW can be nasty, especially if the swell is coming from the S or SW. We wanted to let the swell change direction but it didn't so we just waited for calmer winds and then puckered up for the rounding. In the end it was bumpy but we got through. Some advise not to stay too close to shore there.
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I thought about you last week when I was working on my boat in Astoria. Glad you have been careful so far. There were some pretty good blows last week.
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Just an update. We are here in Coos bay waiting for favorable weather to get around Cape Blanco. The weather has been changing dayly so we have just been sailing from port to port. Going through the bars have been a chalenge to show up at the right time.
So far our worst experience was the Westport bar that we got knocked around a bit going through there at night.

I will post another update after we get to Crescent City.
Hey! I hail from Coos Bay.

I spent 7 years as an expat in PNG. My recommendation is to give it a miss. The risk factor is just too high. However should you choose to stop there I would recommend the Louisiade's (you can clear in here), Milne Bay and Alotau, the Fjords in Tufi, the Islands of New Britian and Kavieng. Definitely miss Port Morseby, Lae and even Madang and Wewak.

Cruiserswiki is a great resource.

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"But I am sure you will have a great time going on the north side of the equator too. Take a look at Jimmy Cornell's "World Cruising Routes" if you haven't already. Invaluable comments on the routes across. Not for "where is the best place to refuel" etc. but for trade wind info, stopping points, etc."


Don't leave home without it.

I use Cornell's book to plan routes and best times to transit for all my long distance travelling.

I think it would be more valuable to you to look at that and then ask more specific questions here. As you have already seen, questions that are too vague will only get you responses that range from: Never to Always and a billion posts in between.
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I couldnt help noticing that a large chunk of your passage seems to be in the S Pacific hurricane zone during hurricane season.

As it isnt a common time to cross I am just curious what your strategy/plans are for that issue.
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Hello everyone, Thanks for all the comments and information.
We arrived in Crescent city yesterday and had a good rest.
It was fairly calm going around Cape Blanco so we had to motor the last few hours.
I spent the day today sewing hanks on my new Genoa and repairing the old one.
All the electronics have been working great and been receiving featherfax images regularly.
We will be leaving here Wednesday morning weather permitting and sailing straight to San Francisco.

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Good to hear! All the best on the voyage
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...All the electronics have been working great and been receiving featherfax images regularly.
LOL...you must be 'tickled pink' by now
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Awesome. Keep us posted as some of us are following your trip. How about a few pics???
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Yes, please keep us updated. We hope to be following your trail in 2016 and are cheering for you. Pictures please!
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