mirage

mirage

Fri Jul 29 5:27 2016 NZST
Speed: 0.0knts
Run: 137.4nm (248.7km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 88.6nm
Weather: 0knts NW, 0.0m seas, Sunny

We're in! We made it. Currently tied to Customs dock at Port Angeles in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Washington, this morning, 9:00am PST. Total on the log: 5084.2nm in 47 days. Kiss the ground.

What a voyage! Congrats, Jeff and Cathy. Impressive! Hope you to see you guys back in PDX soon. I still owe you a bowl of handmade udon.

Wonderful. A couple of CHAMPS! Spoil yourselves. Cheeryhugs. Jean and Tom
Wed Jul 27 16:15 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 151.2nm (273.7km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 149.3nm
Weather: 25knts NW, 2.0m seas, Sunny

130nm to go! Getting close. Yeah.

It looks like you are almost back! I have no idea how long it will take you to travel the 130 NM.... but I hope it goes quickly!

It looks like you are almost back! I have no idea how long it will take you to travel the 130 NM.... but I hope it goes quickly!

Looking good. Hope no fog. Can you get permission to clear at Neah Bay, or are you going directly to Seattle? And way to sail, Jeff and Cathy! Much love. Cheeryhugs, J&T
Tue Jul 26 15:57 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 97.4nm (176.3km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 107.2nm
Weather: 13knts WNW, 0.5m seas, 80% clouds

Good sailing. Pizza day.

All forecasts say you will get a nice push in the door! Bet there is no pizza left! Cheeryhugs, J&T
Mon Jul 25 18:09 2016 NZST
Speed: 2.5knts
Run: 102.3nm (185.2km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.7nm
Weather: 8knts WNW, 0.5m seas, 100% clouds

Slow slow sailing.

Getting Close! I am looking forward to seeing you back in the PNW :)

Looks like more wind before too long, or too far. Agony to be so slow at the end. Much love, cheeryhugs, J&T
Sun Jul 24 18:00 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.1knts
Run: 155.3nm (281.1km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.3nm
Weather: 17knts WSW, 1.0m seas, 100% clouds

Nice downwind sailing.

Look at you go! Tremendous progress, and it looks like you will be to land soon.

Are you close enough to email or phone friends and family? We can't wait to hear your voice and see pictures of your voyage! Praying you continue with such good weather and speed!
Sat Jul 23 18:00 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 138.9nm (251.4km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 138.9nm
Weather: 18knts WSW, 1.2m seas, 100% clouds

Making good progress. Haven't seen the sun in a week.

I wish we could all be there to celebrate your first foot on land. There in spirit! We are so excited.... It's like Christmas! We are already planning a sister reunion at Vicki's and to celebrate Mom's birthday too. Dorothy, Shawn and his family, Bryce, JoAnn, and Chris are coming today to visit. I can't wait to show them this site. Godspeed all the way.

Hope you can celebrate progress by raiding the treat locker! Looking good. Getting close! Much love and Cheeryhugs, T&J
Fri Jul 22 18:00 2016 NZST
Speed: 3.2knts
Run: 98.6nm (178.5km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.4nm
Weather: 10knts W, 1.0m seas, 90% clouds

Slow going in light winds. We're expecting to make landfall in the Seattle area.

Will someone be watching for you off the coast? Can they take a picture of you coming into port? Is land in sight yet?

I am feeling better and better as you get closer and closer to Land-Ho, the "Land of the Free." What a great feeling it will be for you to set foot on soil again! We are thankful for your safe journey. Mom is doing fine!! She'll love to hear your voice!
Thu Jul 21 18:54 2016 NZST
Speed: 3.2knts
Run: 126nm (228.1km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 112.2nm
Weather: 10knts WNW, 1.0m seas, 90% clouds

Good sailing until winds dropped a few hours ago. Light winds expected for a couple of days.

Wed Jul 20 15:57 2016 NZST
Speed: 4.2knts
Run: 118.6nm (214.7km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117.6nm
Weather: 18knts NNW, 1.0m seas, 100% clouds

Strong winds abated a few hours ago. Good favorable winds now.

Impressive progress. We are getting excited to see you so close. Love you guys.

Impressive progress. We are getting excited to see you closing in. Love you guys.
Tue Jul 19 15:45 2016 NZST
Speed: 4.2knts
Run: 125.1nm (226.4km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125.6nm
Weather: 23knts NW, 1.5m seas, 100% clouds

Strong NW winds. All is well.

Bravo! Delighted you are doing so well. Eager to talk when you get to the USA.
Mon Jul 18 15:51 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 66.2nm (119.8km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 76.2nm
Weather: 14knts WNW, 0.8m seas, 99% clouds

Slow day with light winds. Better now. 4000nm on log. 1000nm to go!

Sun Jul 17 19:00 2016 NZST
Speed: 2.5knts
Run: 129.3nm (234km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 128.5nm
Weather: 8knts SW, 0.1m seas, 100% clouds

Wind going very light and behind. Difficult to sail. chocolate chip cookies!

Sat Jul 16 18:51 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 123.4nm (223.4km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 127.1nm
Weather: 14knts SE, 0.8m seas, 100% clouds

Radio problems. We might go dark. Otherwise all is well.

Hope the radio problem has been solved. I love this sight. So proud of you two. Can't wait to open the champagne bottle!
Fri Jul 15 19:33 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 120nm (217.2km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.3nm
Weather: 12knts ESE, 0.3m seas, 100% clouds

Nice day sailing with light winds forward of the beam. Seas slight.

Love to see you getting closer. Awesome satellite views. Think of you everyday.

Nice to hear back from you! Glad to see your sailing has been productive and speed is good. We often think of you - happy days and smooth sailing to you!
Thu Jul 14 19:48 2016 NZST
Speed: 4.6knts
Run: 124.3nm (225km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.9nm
Weather: 8knts W, 1m seas, 95% clouds

Winds dropped off. Seas still lumpy. Motoring. More mainsail repairs.

Love to see you getting closer. Awesome satellite views. Think of you everyday.
Wed Jul 13 20:18 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 146.6nm (265.3km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 143.9nm
Weather: 18knts WNW, 2m seas, Intermittent Fog

25 to 30knts most of the day. Dropping now. Starting to see more shipping traffic.

Tue Jul 12 19:51 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 155.7nm (281.8km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.4nm
Weather: 22knts SW, 1m seas, Intermittent Fog

Running downwind. Rain/fog most of the day. Made bread sticks.

Bread Sticks crossing the Pacific ocean! Sure, I could do that!
Mon Jul 11 19:48 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.2knts
Run: 157.6nm (285.3km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 157.6nm
Weather: 16knts SSE, 1m seas, Intermittent Fog

Close Reach. Nice sailing in slight seas.

Looking really great for you guys. Where's the planned landfall?

Wonderful progress! Where are you going? Cheeryhugs, Tom and Jean
Sun Jul 10 19:48 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 115.1nm (208.3km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.9nm
Weather: 14knts S, 1m seas, Intermittent Fog

Winds easing and seas calming. 3000nm on Log. 2000 to go. Repaired galley sump pump. Main sail repaired and back in use. Pizza.

Glad repaired everything and having calm conditions! Enjoy pizza in the middle of the ocean!! Xoxo
Sun Jul 10 0:12 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 175.9nm (318.4km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 154.1nm
Weather: 18knts S, 2.0m seas, Fog

Still favorable winds and easing. BIG tuna took both lures :,(

I see you're practicing catch and release. :). Lost on the downrigger, not on a rod?
Fri Jul 8 20:48 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.4knts
Run: 148.2nm (268.2km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 147.9nm
Weather: 21knts S, 2.2m seas, Fog

Half hour of blue sky, then fog again. Maybe tomorrow less fog.

Half way!

What is for dinner? Albacore sashimi? Glad to see you're more than halfway through.
Thu Jul 7 20:45 2016 NZST
Speed: 4.9knts
Run: 144.4nm (261.4km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.3nm
Weather: 22knts S, 2.2m seas, Fog

Rip in the main sail. Repairs tomorrow in better weather. All is well.

Wed Jul 6 20:24 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 162.3nm (293.8km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.1nm
Weather: 24knts S, 2m seas, FOG

Crossed date-line. Half-way. Albacore Tuna.

Looks like you're crossing a deep undersea trench. Try not to drop anything you can't do without.

Yay halfway! It's pretty neat to see where you are on this site. Hope you all are well.

Put a line out. Albacore are starting to show up off OR coast.
Tue Jul 5 20:48 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.1knts
Run: 110.3nm (199.6km)
Avg: 4.6knts
24hr: 110.3nm
Weather: 13knts SSW, 1m seas, 20% cloud

Favorable wind. Dolphins.

Watching, praying, and thinking of you everyday! God Bless and welcome back to America the beautiful soon!
Mon Jul 4 20:48 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.1knts
Run: 90nm (162.9km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 90.6nm
Weather: 11knts NE, 0.5m seas, 80% cloud

Headed. Slow going but should improve tomorrow.

Flying the red white and blue today. Amazing satellite views of you guys. Love and prayers.

Love & Happy 4th
Sun Jul 3 20:57 2016 NZST
Speed: 2.6knts
Run: 76.6nm (138.6km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 81.2nm
Weather: 6knts N, 0.1m seas, 10% cloud

Light N wind all day. Slow going.

Sat Jul 2 22:18 2016 NZST
Speed: 3.2knts
Run: 76.9nm (139.2km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 75.3nm
Weather: 15knts N, 0.5m seas, 90% cloud

Head winds. Tacking all day. Slow going. Chocolate chip cookies.

Sounds like a good day for chocolate chip cookies! It's "Yes, dear" weekend here for me - wish I had some cookies to help me through!

Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Mobile also praying you home. Dorrell says hi ! I send my love and Godspeed too!
Fri Jul 1 21:48 2016 NZST
Speed: 4.1knts
Run: 94.3nm (170.7km)
Avg: 4knts
24hr: 95.5nm
Weather: 3knts E, 0.1m seas, 90% cloud

Nice N wind all day. Dropped to nothing this evening. Motoring.

Thu Jun 30 22:06 2016 NZST
Speed: 3.6knts
Run: 145.6nm (263.5km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142.6nm
Weather: 13knts N, 1m seas, 90% cloud

35knt SW blow last 24 hours. Wind shifted to N now. 2,000nm on log.

good going guys.
Wed Jun 29 21:36 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 146.4nm (265km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.6nm
Weather: 20knts SW, 1m seas, 80% cloud

Nice tail winds. Running wing-on-wing.

YIT is great!
Tue Jun 28 21:38 2016 NZST
Speed: 4.7knts
Run: 86.1nm (155.8km)
Avg: 3.7knts
24hr: 89.9nm
Weather: 4knts WSW, 0.1m seas, fog

V. Light wind day. Fog lifted temporarily. Motoring. Showers!

Mon Jun 27 22:39 2016 NZST
Speed: 4.1knts
Run: 118.7nm (214.8km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 119.2nm
Weather: 10knts WSW, 0.2m seas, fog

Light wind day. Fog lifted temporarily this afternoon. Fog back again.

How's the middle of the Pacific treating you two? We look forward to seeing you again soon. I'm trying to figure some stats, when you'll arrive in Alaska, etc.. but I'm not a mariner. Looks like you are ~1380-some nautical miles from your former Japanese port, and (depending where you land in Alaska) about 2700+ nautical miles from the Gulf of Alaska... although that's a straight line distance... maybe at a 1/3 way point? and arrive in 4 weeks? seems like yesterday you guys were leaving San Diego. :) Kirk

Home in Phoenix. Whidbey and Fargo were great. You are in our prayers. Satellite views are amazing. Mom doing well.
Sun Jun 26 22:45 2016 NZST
Speed: 3.1knts
Run: 121.1nm (219.2km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.8nm
Weather: 10knts WSW, 0.2m seas, fog

Light wind day. Fog. Cathy up the mast wearing her motorcycle helmet to replace blown block.

Sat Jun 25 22:41 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 148.6nm (269km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.3nm
Weather: 15knts SSW, 0.5m seas, fog

Light wind day. Fog.

We are praying for your safe journey. Had my VBS kids praying too!
Fri Jun 24 20:20 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.6knts
Run: 129.7nm (234.8km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 140.2nm
Weather: 23knts SW, 2m seas, 80% cloud

Brisk favorable winds. Making turn to head NE. All is well. Ate last fresh tomato :,(

Thu Jun 23 22:08 2016 NZST
Speed: 3.0knts
Run: 110.5nm (200km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.6nm
Weather: 8knts S, 1/2m seas, 100% cloud

Light wind day. Heading SE to avoid strong blow tonight.

The Wright family in South Carolina is praying fro you guys to have a safe and speedy trip. Can wait to see yall when you get back to the US!!
Wed Jun 22 19:46 2016 NZST
Speed: 5.0knts
Run: 120.8nm (218.6km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 124.5nm
Weather: 24knts WSW, 3m seas, 25% cloud

Strong winds came through with the LOW, 40knts. Hove to, the run with bare poles. Better now.

Looks like you're almost halfway to Midway! -- Maybe it was a little too Boisterous!
Tue Jun 21 20:29 2016 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 147.4nm (266.8km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.7nm
Weather: 27knts S, 2m seas, 100% cloud

1,000nm on the log today! Riding the bottom of a LOW. Boisterous!

Mon Jun 20 22:52 2016 NZST
Run: 204nm (369.2km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 181.1nm

A LOW passing north of us. Expecting brisk southerlies. All is well on board.

Delighted to see your progress. Go well and happily.
Sun Jun 19 19:50 2016 NZST
Run: 43.3nm (78.4km)

Delightful sailing. Making good time.

Catching up with you. Watching from Whidbey Island. God speed.
Sat Jun 18 21:04 2016 NZST
Run: 148.1nm (268.1km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.5nm

Winds died. Motored through the night. Now, sailing again. Shower day! All is well.

Fri Jun 17 21:08 2016 NZST
Run: 91nm (164.7km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 91.4nm

Hove-to waiting for a bit of a blow to pass. Sunny downwind sailing afterwards.

Let see, heave to, main sail area reduced, reefed. if main sail is on starboard, the tiller is tied off to port or something like that or I'm totally wrong. :)
Thu Jun 16 21:14 2016 NZST
Run: 127nm (229.9km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 133.2nm

Strong, but more favorable winds expected. All is well.

Wed Jun 15 22:21 2016 NZST
Run: 101.8nm (184.3km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 100.8nm

Still have head winds, slow going...

Tue Jun 14 22:06 2016 NZST
Run: 133.8nm (242.2km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 135.6nm

Head winds, slow going...

Mon Jun 13 22:25 2016 NZST
Run: 34.2nm (61.9km)

Good first day. Winds behind us at 15kn and Bento take aways.

Sun Jun 12 12:37 2016 NZST

At Wakayama preparing to leave tomorrow for Alaska

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