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My wife and I completed our first ocean passage together. I've done a couple and we've both coasted, but not 2200nm of water. left Monterey ca and arrived kona coast about 19 days later. winds 15-30. 2/3 of passage in clouds and kind of nasty square waves about 2-3m and 6 seconds. not dangerous but not all that comfortable and we reefed most of the time so didn't break any speed records. Made it with fingers and toes intact. Boat never complained but then she is a Valiant. My wife did great although she's decided crossing oceans are not for her. She'll do the trip back to Colombia river but that it'll be it. Fine with me....i'll be happy to be back in the northwest and hit the Canadian cruising grounds.

after some experimenting and not much sleep we settled into 2 each 3 hour watches at night and two 6 hour watches per day.

only had one failure when lost hinge pin on the monitor rudder. Had to go over the side in the bosuns chair to replace. This included several refreshing dunkings into the sea.

so...will cruise islands for a couple months and head north in August modulo weather window.

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Congrats. I head East. You’ll get back to the PNW eventually.


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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 )
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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
Enjoy Hawaii.


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Hi Mark
my wife really didn't like 4 hr watches at night so...…and she cooked!

as for route, we started in SF bay. after watching perfect weather for a straight shot from SF in April it turned crappy in CA for May which is when we were done preping. So we caught a weather window for short hop down to Monterey. Sat there for about 10 days waiting for reasonable weather to proceed. Winds were pretty heavy south so we left Monterey and for a fairly straight shot. used Predictwind via iridium Go to pick our routes. We learned to add about 5 knots to gusts and a ft. or two to the predictwind forecasts. I had sailed to HI from the south pacific which I thought a more comfortable passage than from the west coast. But..different time different weather

Cruising guide says August has low chance of gales up north and the high should move east a bit, hence the august target. but, we'll see. might be tempted to load up on fuel cans and cheat the high with motoring a bit.

but for now....its explore the islands.

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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 )
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1900-0000
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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
Enjoy Hawaii.


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Actually, for those of us raised on the right coast, the trip to Hawaii is considered about the easiest 2000 run on the planet. Not only is it generally good weather, with little shipping but you don't need any form of navigational equipment at all, as there is a jet headed to or from Honolulu every 20 minutes. Just look up and follow the contrails.
In my youth, it was said an old lady in a bathtub can make it from Frisco to Honolulu.
Not to diminish the feat as the water gets pretty darn deep out there, and there are some mighty big creatures that lurk beneath the sea.
My sympathies to the OP who won't have an offshore sailing partner, after the trip home. Sad.
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Re: made it to Hawaii

Funny how some things said...while being true...can come into perfect conflict to minimize other things...which are also true...ending in a general disarray of ideas....when, in fact, the first truth was the celebration of triumph.
Sad that...
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