Passage to Oregon

Slideshow: Passage to Oregon

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Leaving Kauai

pacific voyagersJuly 10, 2011
At sea, 31 degrees, 53 minutes north, 159 degrees, 46minutes west (about 600 miles north of Kauai)

This will just be a brief update to let you know that we left Kauai, despite the many charms of Hanalei Bay, and we're well on our way home.

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Sailing North: The Captain's Perspective

captain as mechanic thumbJuly 12, 2011

Let me share a view of the trip from the captain's perspective.  Sequoia is now 808 nautical miles almost due north of Kauai after 5 1/2 days of sailing.  The mouth of the Columbia is 1500 nm north of Kauai and 1430 miles to the east, and if we could take the most direct route, the whole trip would be less than 2000 nm.  Unfortunately, the winds dictate otherwise.  Just as for the clipper ships of 150 years ago, we will continue to sail north and start making the right turn only when the wind allows, at about 40 degrees N. So we are not quite 1/3 of the way home.

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On Passage from Kauai to Oregon

lunch in the high20 July 2011 | In the middle of the ocean
Several people commented that my last post, about our last weeks in Hawaii, seemed to be all about provisioning. I went back and looked at it, and they're right! We did lots of fun things in Hawaii, but there's no doubt my focus was on provisioning. Now that focus proves its merit. We're in the middle of day 14 of the passage, with 4-5 more days to go, and we still have fresh fruit and vegetables.

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Arrival Home After 18 Day Passage from Hawaii

26 July 2011 | St. Helens/Scappoose, OR

oregon in sight thumbWe made it! We’re at home, contemplating the overgrown garden and the deer munching contentedly on everything, and most especially on those Oregon strawberries we’ve been longing for all year! Oh well – it’s good to be home, and everything seems to be in good order. The country is in political crisis, the politics is ugly, and so what’s new? We’re picking up the threads of our land-based life, and trying to remember old habits (like how, exactly, does that washing machine work?)

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