October 26, 2004

The day at sea

Bill here, Mary is taking a siesta before her next watch.

All is well this evening aboard Raptor Dance!

We had a great day today and should arrive in Turtle Bay tomorrow morning.

We ran all day with our spinnaker. The winds were light but we still averaged over 7 knots. Our 24 hour run was 168 KM - great for a cruising boat.

Mary and I have been doing 3 hour watches - and it seems right for us.

Right now we're about 8 hours away from San Benito Island. We'll be passing between it and Cedros Island, on our way to Turtle Bay.

The storm that socked Northern and Southern California is forecast to pass to the North with just a little more wind. The biggest winds will be passing by when we're safely at anchor on Thursday - and even those winds are forecast to be much less than a typical day on SF Bay.

The 145 boats in the rally spread out pretty fast after the start. Most of them are behind us ;-} Of the faster ones, we only see about 3 or 4 at any given time within our visual range (about a 5 mile radius circle).

Right now (7PM) I can see only two other boats, including on the Radar within a 6 mile radius. This ocean is a big place!

Warmest Regards,
Bill (and Mary too!)
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