Mo Sailed Away Under the Golden Gate Bridge a Year Ago Today

2 Oct

September 30, 2019

Days at Sea: 296
Days Since Departure: 365

Noon Position: 50 21N  146 46W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): SExS 7
Wind(t/tws): W 15
Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 116
Miles since departure: 37,634

Mo and I began the Figure 8 Voyage 2.0 one year ago today.

September 30, 2018, 10:30am. The sun lit brightly the hills above Horseshoe Cove, and the water was as still as a lake. I said goodbye to friends, had one last affectionate moment with the wife, and then Mo and I were off under the bridge and out to sea.

A mile past Mile Rocks, the escort boats peeled off. About then so did the wind.

I bobbed for an hour pretending to wait but knew it was futile. The forecast called for several days of calm. So I slunk off to Drakes Bay and stayed at anchor for four days waiting the return of the northwesterlies.

Not an auspicious start.

Jump forward a year, and here we are, 1,300 miles from a San Francisco return; 37,634 Figure 8 miles to the good. We’ve been around the bottom and over the top and are on final approach, more or less.

Though still far from home, I’ll admit a sense of pleasure at the accomplishment to date. And I can almost smell the lavender in the back yard garden.

Pleasure compounds: we have wind in our favor for the first time in days. A westerly is filling in. We are happily positioned at the bottom of a low that may carry us on for the next three days. Three reefs in the main and three in the jib and we make eight knots in silence.

Early this morning was another story. Still rainy and foggy; Mo pounding into a heaving south swell. But I got the batten car fixed before coffee, and we were on our current ride by 10am.

This article was syndicated from The Figure 8 Voyage


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