Monday, June 29, 2009

Back in Victoria

Well Ladybug and I were just inspected by customs who took my Washington apples and Mexican potatoes. Still its good to be back in this lovely city.

The crossing from Hilo Hawaii took 23 days. The average crossing from Honolulu to BC or Seattle (66 % of reported crossings) is between 21 and 28 days. So 23 days is good for a small boat, especially when I had to hand steer the last 4 days.

Ladybug was hit by a heavy gale a week ago (sustained winds over 40 knots and impressive seas) that did some damage to the dodger during a knock down (sorry Jamie!) and put the autopilot out of commission (breaking waves flooded the cockpit). I came through ok but tired due to anxiety and lack of sleep. Then 2 days later another gale - this one smaller (35 knots sustained and I managed to sail out of it fairly quickly). One of the shrouds parted in the 2nd gale so I jury rigged with spare wire and bulldog clamps. I had to hand steer the last 300 miles and just finished steering 17 hours straight (since 3 am) after a noisy night with less than 2 hours shuteye - so I am a bit light headed.

Will try to find a marina berth for a week or so to repair the boat and ready for sale. Good to be back - I learned a lot on this crossing... Will post more when I have got some food in me and some sleep!


Steve said...

You are one amazing bloke! Good on ya.

Can't wait to hear all the details and learnings.

Steve / Jean Sprinkle
s/v Mystic
Kirkland WA USA

Anonymous said...

Welcome back and congratulations!


Anonymous said...

Glad you made it here safe and sound. Makes me feel that much better about our boat knowing it can get through sever storms.
Neil & Sharon

ken said...

Glad to hear you made it back safe and sound. We are sure Rani has sighed relief!.
We look forward to seeing the 2 of you again when your back in Mexico.
Faye and Ken