Wednesday, April 1, 2009

March Trip Recap II: Outbound Leg

Once past the Coronado Islands, we turned the boat a little more southwest. This allowed us to sail on a broad reach in 8 to 18 knots for 350 miles. We varied between 4.8 and 7.1 knots of boat speed. Except for a cross swell, the was premium comfort sailing.

Sailing conditions aside, I began to get very tired. We had decided to take five hour watches at night, which seemed to be an improvement over three hours. I started having trouble sleeping and was only getting one to one to three hours sleep in an off watch. This gradually raised the stress level and I became rather ragged.

Around this time, the swell came up. These waves were not that bad, maybe 15 to 20 feet, but quite steep. The odd swell would catch the boat and roll it ten to fifteen degrees. This further contributed to the lack of sleep.

We decided that we were not really up for two more weeks of this, followed by heading north only a month later. We decided to turn back for Mexico as we were southwest of the Isle de Guadalupe.

Three or four times on this leg we were visited by very large pods of dolphins. Each time there were probably 1-200 members of all ages and sizes.

We also had one or two albatrosses with us. This is always nice and a sign of good luck.

to be continued....

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