2. San Francisco to Hawaii

July 7, 2009

We have found the wind and fine sailing conditions. It’s not the fastest way to Hawaii, but one of the most comfortable and beautiful ways. At 5:30 PM when I am writing this, we are 865 nautical miles from Diamond Head, Oahu, about 5 days sailing. The sea sparkles all around us. The air is dry. The air temperature is comfortable for short sleeves and shorts and sunscreen.

The following excerpts from our navigation log were written by all three of us, Steve, Dorothy and Shaun:

07/04/09
0536 A quiet watch. Barometer down again. Moon now clouded over. Charging at 26.8 Volts steadily.
0805 AIS reported on a ship 225 nm to the north of us. Beautiful sunrise at 0700 astern. Blue skies with cottony long, low clouds . Undulating soft rolling seas, pink in the sunrise. A dark colored shearwater bird has been circling the boat as it fishes in the troughs of the swells — very pretty. Shearwater?s long, high aspect wings allows it to soar and turn with its wingtip just touching the surface of the sea. I took some photos of the shearwater and of the sunset. Air temperature in the cockpit is 64 deg F. A beautiful, quiet morning, as we motor towards Hawaii. Distance traveled so far is approximately 723 nautical miles. Distance traveled since 0800 yesterday morning is 157 nm. We are due north of the Moonless MOuntains McKinley Seamount.
1150 Range under power estimated at 1562nm + daytank. Alpha regulator may be failing. On my 0300 watch Link10 indicated 29.4VDC overcharge. Fiddling with throttle and stbd engine I got it to stop overcharging
1514 Steve removed Alpha regulator. Now we need to generate power from Genset only. Getting warmer 77F outside and 80 F inside.
1630 Happy US Independence Day! At the current speed we will be at sea for 8 more days. The peaceful Pacific Ocean. Soft, long swells come from astern and lift us forward. The light breeze is cooling us, as the outdoor temperature reads 75 deg F, warming up as we head south. I need to contact Pantaneus to tell them that we are at sea again. I?ll also send an email to Ko Olina Marina giving our ETA.
2045 Trying motorsailing full main + jib + reduced revs. Guess boat speed up ~0.5kn. Avg course is 15 to 25 deg south of Rick?s routing.
2056 Test no revs – engine adding roughly 3.5kn
2204 Motor sailing – full main and jib. Calm sea. Full moon at times.Warmer 69F
2337 Lighter wind again. Steering to compass course.

070509
0016 Quiet night, with a nearly full moon off our port bow. Motorsailing in the best wind we could find. 1244 nm to Oahu. That would take 6.6 days at this speed, ETA July 11, Saturday next week.
0526 Wind light in 3-5kn range so motorsailing = balancing on razor blade. Can?t steer to AWA – unstable. Until wind increases to 8kn+, steer to TWA around 75 (AWA around 40)
0617 Found an area of rain squalls with a bit of wind – up to 12kn @ 350mg – fall off and ease sails
0631 Coming up as wind veers – don?t think this is going to last – left squalls at 0700 direction
0759 Reset course to 240. Set Reacher. Stilll need motor. Temp 69F
0953 It is good to be sailing again, albeit motorsailing under full main and reacher. Steve says that motorsailing on one engine we have sufficient diesel fuel to make it to Oahu. Sky has cleared; swell has gone down; wind ripples on the water?s surface. We are almost to our halfway point to Oahu. Forecast is for more light wind around 10 kts.
1730 Fishing line out. 75.4F outside. 78.8F in cabin.
1851 I have calculated that the half way point our log will read 2548. We are approx 86 nm to half way pt. I am baking a banana cake, and have prepared dough for tortillas for dinner and pizza dough for tomorrow.
2111 No luck trimming main to exploit wind increase and veer to 9kn – slight sea knocks wind of main every second or two
2223 15kn winds not till 7-7 0400. Set course for AP2- given we are motoring this is fastest route to the 15kn+ wind zone. D/L new GFS model, ran new routing

070609
0228 Quiet watch. Bright moon. Great Banana cake. Connected to Winlink K6CYC on 40 Meters (7-7.3MHZ) to
1247 Daytank refill. We have traveled 29 nautical miles beyond the half way point of our passage. Steve and Shaun think there might be something caught on our stbd rudder or propeller, so this afternoon when it is warm we will stop the boat and Shaun has volunteered to go over the side to have a look and cut away anything that might be there.
1542 Motoring on stb engine now. We stopped the boat and visually checked the rudders and propellers and concluded that there is no debris caught on them. TWS has eased a bit. Cargo ship passed 14 miles in front of us but we never saw it. I am baking Boatmeal cookies. EGC message describes a tropical storm named Bianca forming off the coast of Mexico, near Acapulco. We plotted it on our storm plotting sheet and will follow its progress.
2135 We received a new routing report from Rick calling for some downwind sailing beginning tomorrow. We had dinner in the cockpit today. All hatches open to catch the breeze. Pretty red sunset surrounded by pinking fair weather cumulus clouds. Moon has risen and is peeking through the clouds to port. Gentlly swaying ADAGIO in the slight seas. Outdoor temperature 72 deg F .

070709
0520 Quiet watch. Waiting for wind to fill in. Warm night with full moon.
0625 Full moon ahead, beaming a path across the water for ADAGIO to follow. Dawn beginning to break astern. Boat speed has increased a little.
0731 Ship TORM ROTNA will pass us at 8 nm CPA. Rain squalls astern (10 nm)and to stbd )15 nm), coming towards us, visible on the radar, 12 miles astern.
0850 Ship TORM ROTNA is now visible on both the radar and with my eyes, astern of us 9 nm. CPA 7 nm. Dark clouds and showers astern and to stbd, seem to be getting closer so we are likely to get a little rain.. A few cloudy areas visible on the radar.
1011 Wind speed up to 15-18kn for almost an hour. Now back down to 6-8kn just as I was about to set jib to weather, reacher to leeward. Rain squalls about 240mg 11nm ahead
1236 Set full main + reacher on stbd jybe – doing about 70% of target VMG target speed about 9.5, doing 7.5. Sailing 25deg north of rhumb
1559 TWS increasing, now is 17 kts. Boat speed is increasing, occasionally to 10 kts. Fair weather cumulus clouds and a blue sky.
1734 TWS is decreasing, so boat speed is down. We might have been the cause of a DISTRESS alert on our EGC satellite email broadcasts.

First LES 7-JUL-2009 08:37:04 625981 SUBJECT: **POSSIBLE VESSEL ON FIRE**
MESSAGE: AT 0800 UTC 07 JULY 09,THE US COAST RECEIVED A REPORT OF
A POSSIBLE VESSEL ON FIRE BY A PASSING AIRCRAFT IN POSITION 25-33N 150-15W.

Then LES 7-JUL-2009 10:57:25 639170
THE U.S. COAST GUARD HAS RECEIVED A REPORT FROM AN AIRLINER SIGHTING A
BRIGHT ORANGE VESSEL, POSSIBLE ON FIRE, APPROXIMATELY 1275NM WEST OF SAN DIEGO, CA IN POSITION 31-08N Eik 138-59W.

Finally: Eik LES 7-JUL-2009 11:31:48 642461
RCC ALAMEDA IS CANCELING THE SAFETY NET 639170. THE LIGHTS OBSERVED IN
POSITION 31-08N 138-59W HAVE BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO DECK LIGHTS AND NOT A
VESSEL ON FIRE.

ADAGIO was in that area and I had the deck lights turned on to check the set of the sails. Shaun had said that he had seen several commercial planes fly over. It’s good to know that some one is paying attention up there.

We wish you were here to see this beautiful ocean and sky.

Love and hugs,
Steve and Dorothy
s/v ASAGIO
Pacific Ocean
latitude 28 deg 40 min N
longitude 143 deg 59 min W

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