[030820, 2147 UTC,  100 miles west of Willapa Bay, WA USA, 46 o 37.1' N/ 126o  43.2 ' W]

 

Dear Friends:

So far, our first passage to San Diego has been a good test of Carina and her crew.  We left our homeport of Kingston Wednesday August 13, 2003 at 1513 local time bound for Port Townsend.   After spending two days there completing some last minute upgrades, we moved onto Port Angeles and picked up Howard Hanners, our crew on the San Diego passage.  After the fog appeared to clear, we rounded Ediz Hook and began to motor west to Neah Bay.  The fog moved back in and we ran with a GPS and radar for the first couple of hours until we could again see clearly.  Near Pillar Point winds began to build, bringing steep confused seas.  We arrived at Neah Bay at approximately 1930 local time.  Monday August 18, 2003 1450 PDT, Carina and crew passed Waadah Island and "turned left" for the Pacific fully stocked with food, water and fuel.  With double reefed main, reefed genoa and staysail, we tacked to the buoy "J" and then SW, passing the buoy at Duntze Rock and out into the Pacific.  For the next day and a half we beat into heavy confused seas intended to put 100 miles between Carina and the dangerous coast.   This took its toll on everyone and pretty much got everything anointed with seawater, but the boat and our wind vane took care of us under trying conditions.   The seas were amazing and at times, quite frightening for their size and steepness.   As darkness fell August 19, with rising wind, we took down all headsail and hove-to with a double reefed main and the wheel lashed to weather.  We continued to make some progress SW during the night but the slowing of the boat gave everyone a chance to get a real meal and some sleep.   This morning about 0600 PDT, the boat responded to a large wave and tacked itself out of the hove-to orientation.  Having achieved sufficient distance west, we turned downwind, dropped the main and are now running on genoa alone nearly due south and will enter Oregon before day's end.   The sun is out, the swells have subsided a bit and the crew is feeling much better.  We've seen little wildlife so far-an unidentified whale, a few albatross and storm petrel. 

 

Leslie & Philip with Howard Hanners & Jake the cat.