So we went for a sail. We left Oahu on Aug. 15th at noon, rounded Cape Flattery Sept. 5th after dark and arrived in Seattle last night around 11pm.
Everything went smooth for the most part till the last 7 miles.
We had a mixed bag of wind and were becalmed a fair bit. No wind over 30 knots the whole way though. We saw lots of garbage this year, way more than last year but nothing really interesting or that could be said definitively to be from the tsunami. We saw the typical fishing floats, line, nets, plastic, aspirin bottles, colanders and hard hats.
My brother thinks he saw a partially submerged shipping container just after sundown one night. All of the floating debris and calm weather made the fishing excellent. We caught way more fish than we could eat or freeze. We have probably 50lbs of fillets in the freezer now.
Unfortunately the fresh water tanks onboard were more contaminated and rusty than I thought and once we put to sea the motion made the water look like this after the second day:
Unfortunately it only got worse as the trip went on - to the point where it looked like chocolate milk a couple days ago.
I took a bunch of pictures and shot a lot of video that I need to edit. I wrote up a ship's log/ journal with like 50 pictures I'm going to put out for free later this week
Dolphins really seemed to like the boat and I shot video of a pod of them playing in front of the bow
It wasn't all fun and games though. The fuel tanks turned out to be contaminated as well. That meant spending time in the lazarette working on the genset
We caught some tuna too:
The fuel contamination got steadily worse to the point I couldn't keep the engine running last night and the broker had to come bring us beer and tow us in the last 2 miles.
I have a month off now and then its off to Puerto Vallarta to sail Rocket Science
to San Francisco. Plenty of time to answer questions.