Hi Kathleen, John and Sarah,
Looks like you are heading south again. Hope you’ve been having an amazing time. On the ferry from Port Angeles, I wrote the following notes, with the intention of developing a fuller blog post. However, it just hasn’t happened, so I’m sending it to you as it is. If you think it is useful, feel free to use it on the blog.
I will keep an eye on the blog to hear of your travels.
PS…I was on the west coast this weekend (Nootka Sound Kayak trip)…and saw sea lions thermoregulating!! It’s a thing.
After a few years away from passage making, I seemed to have forgotten the uncomfortable motion and long days associated with taking a small boat between continents. I thought a couple weeks crewing across the Pacific sounded like a wonderful adventure. And it was. However, I’ve made a few notes, should my memory fail me (it will), and I find myself tempted to engage in similar passage making behaviour in the future:
· Always ask Kathleen to be in charge of provisioning, for any voyage.
· Do not celebrate aloud the wonder of the auto pilot. You will be tempting fate. The auto pilots will fail as a result.
· Hamburgers and fries are a mandatory post-voyage celebratory meal. Even if it requires waiting two hours on the sidewalk for a table at the best burger joint in Washington. It will be worth it. It was.
· Do not leave port without a plumbers friend. ‘Nuff said.
· Contrary to my experience elsewhere, fog does not burn off by midday. In fact, you might spend ALL day in fog in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This makes “Landfall” especially anti-climactic.
· No boat should be without a full size shower. A seat is necessary.
· Do not remove your happy patch. Seasickness meds were necessary for the entire voyage.
· The Pacific can be just that. However, it can also be a nasty beast that makes you question why you would ever go from a to b in a boat, instead of using a more logical mode of transportation.
· Tying one’s hopes and dreams to an ETA based on current speed is folly. An eta of four days, for three days in a row, is crew-defeating.
· One’s idea of a good time can be fluid. Daily highlight was our 4:30 calculations of distance travelled and fuel consumed. This data was graphed, and we all revelled in the fuel vs distance curve… affectionately called the “howzit goin’ curve”.
· Do not doubt that a large, unwieldy, poorly constructed, metal sampling device will add value to the voyage. In fact, it will be the part of the adventure that you are most proud of.
· Life without google is hard. And awesome.
· Sea Lions thermoregulate. It’s what they do. It might look like a shark’s fin. But it is a sea lion’s flipper trying to soak up some sun. I promise.