Passage to Oregon
July 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.
Sailing North: The Captain's Perspective
July 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.
On Passage from Kauai to Oregon
Arrival Home After 18 Day Passage from Hawaii
We 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?)