A couple short ones here..
On my first trip down the California
Coast a number of years ago, I traveled about 90% of the trip in the fog
, and by the time I got to the channel Islands from San Francisco
, about 3 days, i was a nervous wreck, with my eyes glued to the radar
and ears straining to hear any uasual sounds of on comming traffic.. but about an hour after pulling into Santa barbara, Another boat pulled in behind me....said he had followed me down the coast and had seen me on his radar
I mentioned how crappy the trip was, being glued to the radar and afraid to go to sleep...He laughed at me being a newbe to ocean cruising and told me that it was his best trip ever, as you couldnt see anything, so his answer was to set the Alarm
on the radar to 6 miles and curl up with a blanket and a good book under the dodger
and relax..........if it got within 6 miles, the alarm
would go off.......
Fast forward a number of years and I'm on my return trip down from Alaska
where we spent a great season.. The wife drove the Jeep back down and I brought the boat....
Headed out about about 60 to 80 miles off the pacific shelf and set a rumn line to Sanfrancisco.. set the alarm for 6 miles and spent the next 2 weeks in sailing bliss, sleeping when i was tired, and doing whatever when I needed to..
I did find that I liked staying up most of the night and sleeping durring the day for a couple hours each time.. the old idea of grabbing 20 minutes here and there just dint work for me..
I'm in the process of gearing the boat up for the Single
Handed Transpac and the sleeping pattern is the least of my worries