Love the dunkings!
Over the side in the bosuns chair must have been a tad nervy. (he says with some understatement)
I have heard that the Hawaii crossing is not warm and toasty until you get there.
Good to see you did 6 hour watches in the day. I dont like 3 hour watches at all. (unless its 3 on, 6 off
My watch system for 2 people is:
*Person ON watch cooks!
Rotates automatically. Gives each person a long 5 hour sleep in darkness every second nigh, the alternative day they get the 6 hour afternoon nap.
I have not done this trip... nor researched it... but Jimmy Cornell says best to do it June to September. Go down the coast to Mendicino and then turn onto the GC Route to Hawaii. Is that the route you took? (Not suggesting anyone should follow in Cornell's footsteps... otherwise I wonder if I have done my own passage or Jimmys!)
One of the difficulties about going 1 season is one must leave early to get a full summer. Maybe too early. Its the main reason for difficulties in the North Atlantic Caribbean to Europe... people want to be in Europe for summer/charter season so leave the Caribbean in April instead of the safer late May/1st week of June. That timing difference is quite, quite important.
The return trip in August the North Pacific High means going due north to 45N then turning east. another cold trip, perhaps?
It can be frustrating that to get the best weather for sailing, you'd go to Hawaii in July - blowing that summer, have winter in hawaii and then sail back to the PNW the next July - blowing that summer!
This is why the line "go towards the equator till the butter melts - and stay there" makes it easy.
Congrats on one of the worlds great passages