Wednesday, July 20, 2016

If this isn't nice I dont know what is

Today was great. The sun came out with blue sky, and the Big P was a deep crystal azure. The winds were favorable 20knts and we sailed the entire day wing n wing clogging along t 7-8 knot. Jorge did his job and kept us on course, while we talked about movies and conspiracy theories and traveling in Tokyo. Did you know we didn't actually ever land on the moon AND that octopus are smarter than a 5th grader?
Today was captain Lad's bday, which we somehow overlooked his wife's hints to alert us. We were able to gather some items together and have a nice time out in the cockpit just before sunset. The moon and stars also appeared. Kathy and I watched the full bright moon dip and dive behind clouds in a dramatic fashion. Mars is visible too. This is the Pacific Ocean night sky I've been waiting for! A squall blew through and knocked Kathy and I out of our moon daze, Winds picked up to 33 knots and we had full main and headsail flying. It was a hairy few minutes but the boat and crew are fine. The squalls will be occurring with regularity the closer we get to Hawaii. Did I mention Hawaii is far? Its is the most remote chain of islands ON EARTH I am told. Farther away from land than any other islands. We sre more than halfway, and can see the finish line approaching here in just a few days. Stay tuned in. And for those of you leaving comments, we love them but cannot respond back. But keep cheering us on and saying hi, we love it.
I'm going to go back on my 2am watch now and look at the night sky in the middle of the ocean. If this isn't nice....

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  1. Shadowside Captain and Crew,

    Great to hear of your progress! Sounds like you have made it to the fun part. Be safe and enjoy the rest of the trip - All of us at Coyote Point are keeping tabs on your progress and wishing you well.

    Your dock mate
    Mark Bettis
    S/V Shannon

  2. What a beautiful post! So happy to hear you guys are safe and having fun.
    Dover wants to leave a message for you: I love you Auntie Kimbie. I hope you have fun on your trip.
    We are heading to school/work today per usual. We went camping last weekend and used your stove. Apparently we love camping. We love you, keep up the updates. We will be reading them!
    PS: I didn't drive the jeep to Sacramento. Don't worry.

  3. Thank you for giving the Skipper the most memorable birthday ever! Your blog entries are pure poetry, Kimber. I appreciate your taking us all along with you. Glad you are seeing some sun and clear night skies. Enjoy the rest of your journey. Aloha!

  4. Happy Birthday, Admiral! Oops ... I meant Captain. Couldn't imagine a more perfect place and endeavor for you to enjoy that this journey. A lifelong dream spent with a great crew. Perfect!

  5. Woohoo, under 800 miles to go. And I think you have moved up a couple of spots overall. Keep an eye on that weather your last couple of days into Hawaii, looks kind of unsettled. Aloha.

  6. New Pac Cup Record: "Strong winds propelled Manouch Moshayedi’s super maxi Rio 100 across the Pacific to set a new Pacific Cup Fastest Passage record. Crossing the finish at 13:51:13 local Hawaii time (15:51:13 PDT). With an elapsed time of 5 days, 3 hours, 41 mins and 13 seconds, Rio 100 knocked two hours off the record set in 2004 by Robert Miller, whose 139-foot Mari Cha IV finished with an elapsed time of 5 days, 5 hours, 38 minutes and 10 seconds."