Newport to San Francisco, August 22-26

We departed Newport at 10:30 a.m. on  August 22 with Discovery.  Seas were calm and winds light for most of the trip.  The calm conditions allowed Eric to go over the stern to retie a safety line to our windvane rudder.  Highlights included numerous porpoise escorts and abundant humpback whales.  Winds freshened off Cape Mendocino and Eulalie and Eric flew the spinnaker briefly until winds built to 16 knots.  We motored under the Golden Gate Bridge at 3:00 a.m.  Eulalie signaled the leg’s end with a ceremonial swig from the Captain’s flask, a gift from Elena and Dave Leonard.

Disvoery in sunrise Neah Bay

Discovery following under clear skies with calm seas.

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Eric climbs over the stern to retie rudder.

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Note how calm the seas are.  Eric’s uncapped head doubles as a reflective mirror for sending Morse code signals.

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Eulalie lends a hand.

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Don’t try this at home.  Note tether in case Eric lets go (he didn’t).

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Calm evening and beautiful sunset.

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Calm seas and beautiful moon rise.  The white line is our safety line reflecting the camera flash.

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Off of Coos Bay the morning of August 23.

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Off Northern California the morning of August 24.

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Location the morning of August 25.

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Elena and Brad and the galley

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Flying the spinnaker off Cape Mendocino

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Approaching the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Passing under the bridge at 3:00 a.m. on August 26

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Elena (in red) and Eulalie (in yellow).  Seen from galley.

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The storied Captain’s Flask

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Eulalie celebrates

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