s/v Champ resting in her home port of Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle. 23 days and 3,100 nm from Hanalei Bay, Kauai. :)

 

S/V Champ is safely tied up in Seattle! After a gnarly yet very educational approach to Seattle, we finally made it to the marina at about 10 AM on Sunday morning. Pretty darn happy about this trip. It was long, sometimes boring, and a lot of work with just 2 people on the boat, but in my mind the trip was absolutely fantastic. This was my first paid delivery as captain, and it’s safe to say that I have found a new line of work. I really, REALLY like delivering boats and am going to begin seeking out a lot more deliveries. Also, this was my 6th crossing of the Pacific Ocean in the last 27 months. Stoked on that! This was also my longest sailing trip ever, both in terms of time (23 days) and mileage (3,100 nm). 

 

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We can see Vancouver Island, Canada at the moment and are about 75 miles from Cape Flattery, Washington. Up until last night, we spent about 36 hours with a triple-reefed main and staysail. It blew 20-30 with gusts higher and with the breeze and seas right on the beam, things got pretty rolly and uncomfortable. Champ took good care of us though. Glad we put in that 50 miles of northing the day before, so that we could fall off when it got nasty... Just started motoring a couple of hours ago, and have seen 3 fishing boats this morning. It is absolutely perfectly clear and sunny and beautiful right now. Has been for days. I think the breeze cleared the coastline of fog. The mountains we're seeing are about 56 nm away, just for reference as to how clear it is. This sunshine is a welcome surprise! Still a lot of work to do though, as we have roughly 120 miles of coastal navigation once we reach Cape Flattery. eta into seattle is sunday. sv champ out.

We have about 350 nm to go until we reach Cape Flattery. Right now, the breeze has gone a bit soft and we are reaching along nicely at 5-7 knots. Breeze should build to 30 knots out of the North in the next day or so, so we have put in some extra northing to allow us to slide back down south upon our approach to the cape. We have had AM radio reception the past couple of nights and have enjoyed finally hearing some news! Heather and I are definitely looking forward to getting off the boat. It's been a long trip, so we're both excited to either stop in Neah Bay or Port Angeles on our approach to Seattle. She's craving a salad. Me? Burrito and a beer. All is well, no problems to report. Anticipating landfall sometime on Friday and arriving into Seattle by Sunday AM. sv champ out
SV Champ is comfortably cruising for Seattle at the moment, making 5-6 knots under a clear, sunny sky. After the low passed by two days ago and wrecked the sea state, we had to deal with huge seas and light air downwind sailing yesterday. No problem, we'll just bust out the spinnaker... Until the shackle opens as we hoist the sail to the masthead. Re-gathering the sail on deck, we waited for the seas to continue to calm down a bit and I hoisted Heather up to the top of the rig to grab the spin halyard. With halyard retrieved, we carried the kite into the night and didn't switch until the wind shifted around midnight. Now we are broad-reaching with 1 reef in the main and a full jib. Very comfortable and Heather is making pancakes right now. 770 to Juan de Fuca entrance, and about 700 south of prince william sound, alaska. sv champ out

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