Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Spinnakers and meatballs

Hello friends and family from the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Shadowside's current position is N 33 44.880 by W 127 59.634 with a speed over ground of 8.1. We enjoyed much calmer seas today after having our feet put to the fire the first night with much gustier wind and a big sea state. Shadowside is taking good care of us and we are all enjoying sailing a ketch rigged boat with all of the sail configurations we can make. The crew is in good spirits and have settled into life on a 40' boat. With some of the crew having a hard time eating the first 24 hours, our first meal was a real blessing. Pasta and meatballs! For those of you that have never tried to cook at sea, just know that any meal preparation is a trial of defying gravity.
We have set up our 5th crew member, who we have named George. George is a Hydrovane self steering system that will steer the boat for us while we sit there and look at waves, make sail changes, or just try not to spill our morning cup of coffee all over the place. We love George and imagine he speaks in the third person like that Seinfeld episode. "George loves sailing!" We will try to update the blog daily, so stay tuned to more tales of adventure. Until then, know (mom) that we are safe and having a great time. Don't forget you can comment on the blog and we will receive your messages.

Adios and good night from the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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  1. Hey guys! So glad to hear that you're all doing well and having a blast! We're thinking of you often and tracking your progress every day. Sail on!
    Molly and Ben

  2. Thanks for the update Hunter, er, Kimber. And presumably George doesn't eat much. Hi to Kathy and keep up the good work, and updates.

  3. Thanks for the wonderful update, Kimber! Glad you all got a warm meal down you. Welcome, George! Thank you for letting us all be a part of this amazing experience! - Burke

  4. Hi George! Take good care of Auntie Kimbie for us. Let her know that Dovie is officially done done done with diapers and she's very proud of herself, that Junie lost her sh*t and got super upset and bedtime and then after calming down APOLOGIZED for getting upset, unprompted (what?!?) and that Jess is going to her own farewell happy hour for leaving her job tomorrow night. Comfy beds, Burma Superstar and the Bachelorette are over-rated anyhow. Keep up the posts, we miss you. xo.

  5. Toot Toot! So happy to hear you are doing fantastic! You do have a pastry chef on board, so make good use of him ;) Thinking of the four of you on this great adventure...ahem, 5 of you. How many stars have you seen? Do you receive email? You all know that you are kicking butt, right? I have been watching your small lavender boat (that's your color on the online map) shoot across the Pacific. Such a site. I have been here in Point Richmond going through your old records (Alejandro) and loving the Joan Baez - there is a great song about the the sea on the album. Do you sing that at night? Together? In rounds? Big hugs and safe spirited travels. Keep us updated.

  6. Windy with a chance of meatballs? Sounds fantastic. Watching and the tracker site: sure looks fast. A ketch as fair as Shadowside seems a fine choice for the winds.

  7. Glad George joined the crew.....sounds like you're having fun, eating well. Looking forward to following your travel through your blogs.
    Luv you,

  8. Love the informative post today! Thanks so much for keeping us informed. I agree with Unknown's posting above: it is amazing to watch your little lavender colored boat out there in the huge Pacific. Great respect to all you sailors, braving the big Pacific. xoxoxo

  9. Couldn't possibly be a better adventure at this point. Challenges, followed by "Chow" with George at the helm. Pretty snazzy! All the best, Nancy I.