Crossing the Pacific

After a spectacular sendoff with the drum and cymbal group, dignitaries, fireworks, and good wishes, we did an exhibition start and short race then motored the 100+ miles to start line in order to carefully go through the many fishing nets and boats that are everywhere off of the China coast.

Motoring out to start from Qingdao

Motoring out to start from Qingdao

Once we arrived at the designated location (longitude and latitude) we lined up for the Lemans start.  In absence of markers/pins for a start line, there is a designated boat who becomes the lead boat and calls everyone together.  They will then set up the timing countdown.  Everyone then jockeys for a position and at 1 minute left, motors go off, crew is lined up behind the front pedestal and when the count hits zero all move quickly to their position and raise the yankee and staysail as quickly as possible and begin racing.  For the Clipper races, no one is allowed to make any sail changes or tacks for the first 10 minutes.  Then all is fair.

Lining up for Lemans Start

Lining up for Lemans Start.  First boat crew is moving back to line up.

The beginning of this race was very good weather and enjoyable for all.

Yes, we are in front of those guys!

Yes, we are in front of those guys!  Fun to be able to look behind!

Eric enjoying easy trim of kite

Eric enjoying easy trim of kite

Checking out the passing boats

Checking out the passing boats

Interesting fishing vessels

Interesting fishing vessels

Team work bringing in the kite

Team work bringing in the kite

Now to get it in the galley

Now to get it in the galley

Then, we passed the southern tip of Japan and Mother Nature showed her true spirit!
Windseeker cannot even find the wind!

Windseeker cannot even find the wind!

Looking pretty bleak

Looking pretty bleak

Sunset though is beautiful

Sunset though is beautiful

A special little friend begins to bring us some wind

A special little friend begins to bring us some wind

Slowly the wind fills and Alex is happy

Slowly the wind fills and Alex is happy

Right now we are thinking I like it when it heels a bit!

Right now we are thinking I like it when it heels a bit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head sail changing up front

Head sail changing up front

Sail Change and a reef in

Sail Change and a reef in

Sending sail back to be flaked

Sending sail back to be flaked

 

Flaking the sail so it can be put down below in sail locker

Flaking the sail so it can be put down below in sail locker (Note all the yellow foulies.  This means it is cold outside!)

Building up speed!

Building up speed!

Kat and Justin grinding in the Yankee

Kat and Justin grinding in the Yankee

Nature saying good night

Nature saying good night

A little more beauty

A little more beauty

And then the fun begins!

And then the fun begins!

Just a bit of spray

Just a bit of spray

Sail Change and a reef in

Sail Change and a reef in

Getting a bit wild out here

Getting a bit wild out here

Hang on!

Hang on!

 

 

 

 

 

You think it is crazy up there? You should be back here!

You think it is crazy up there? You should be back here!

You should try eating down here

You should try eating down here

Working the traveler

Working the traveler

 

 

Justin the awesome cookie maker with Doug cheering him on

Justin the awesome cookie maker with Doug cheering him on

And then it calms down

And then it calms down and we are flaking sails once again

And we are dealing with fixes....Linda going up to put a new reef 3 line due to original snapped

And we are dealing with fixes….Linda going up to put a new reef 3 line due to original snapped

Code 2 Kite did a little explosion and now needs attention.

First find the trouble spots carefully

First carefully find the trouble spots

Dry with hairdryer if necessary and then clean with acetone

Mark dries with hairdryer if necessary and then cleans with acetone

Tape over torn area, both sides

Linda and Eric tape over torn area, both sides

Mark worked long into the night

Mark worked long into the night

 

 

 

Jason and Linda sewing it back together. Jason sewing and Linda running it through.

Jason and Linda sewing it back together. Jason sewing and Linda running it through.

We managed to get all of Code 2 taped and 2/3rds sewn up when the weather became a factor again and work stopped.  Great work though by Mark, Kat, Eric, Sean, Jason, and me.  Code 2 was finished in Seattle along with Code 3 who had a misadventure later.

The sun will come out!

The sun will come out and a new day of adventure will begin.

A side note about our Mother duty here.  Elaine and I were a team and with the crazy weather we had some wild moments….when two of three bowls of Tuna salad went flying in the galley and flew all over the sitting area.  That night we had Shrimp curry and several of our crew that were not sick at this time did not eat, self included due to little green monster attack.  Those that did eat found themselves sick later that evening.  Did discover that tuna, egg and potato are a good combination for tuna salad.  In case you haven’t guessed, we had tuna everytime we had mother duty.  Not our choice but was the way the day bags were set up.  You pull up the bag and then you go with what you pull out of the bag.

Cooking at an angle

Cooking at an angle

March 27th we saw dolphins during our 2am to 6am watch.  Also beautiful moon and not overly cold.

Moon over Clipper Telemed

Moon over Clipper Telemed

Excitement on board when Eric tried cooking bacon and the winds hit.  We eventually had a small grease fire and then life settled though wind did not.  Good news was that we sighted LMax.

April 1st was a great starry night with amazing lightening flashes that filled the sky.  I wondered if the flashes would have been so evident during the day with fairly clear skies.  Will have to notice next opportunity.  I know they are evident if there are lots of storm clouds during day.

April 3rd we had 40 to 60 knot winds causing top batten to break, main sheet broke, tricing line on port side broke.  Is there anything else that might break??

April 4th the first time (we are almost at date line) we saw an amazing meteorite (?) flash behind us.  Giant flash of light that seemed really close and way too bright to be a shooting star.  During the day we got some rain, sun, hail, snow, sun, etc.  That night I was happily cleaning bilges.

water coming in and my job is to get it out. Many buckets worth.

water coming in and my job is to get it out. Many buckets worth.

My smile was wiped off a bit later as I was taking bucket up to have thrown overboard (THE WATER IN THE BUCKET, NOT THE BUCKET) when while on the steps out of the galley we got a huge hit by a wave, I lost my balance, flew down the stairs, around the corner and into the bilges by the wet locker.  Smashed the side of face and right shoulder when I landed.  Got some ice on my face, but still had an amazing black eye and red bruise on face for the next few weeks.

Black eye and red bruise

Black eye and red bruise

Better shot of the red bruise

Better shot of the red bruise and yes it did hurt!

April 4th again- Kat and I did a redo of reef three once again and now having to use part of Yankee sheet (outer covering) as anti chafe.

April 6th mother duty again and this time I made some cookies with cooking oil instead of butter (Elaine is allergic to butter).  Actually they tasted ok.

Weather has begun to be really bitter cold.  Feet and hands feel frozen everytime I am up for watch now.  Have begun to put hand warmers under cap to keep them dry and then pull them down to warm hands when I can.

April 8th did yet another version of reef two (redo #4) by splicing together parts of old reef 2 and old reef 3.  Another day of sun, sleet, hail, and sun.  WHAT IS WITH THIS WEATHER? Had Sean’s pizza for lunch!  Yum!!

April 9th All hands on deck called and Code 3 is in the water dragging behind the boat.  The halyard had snapped and all hands were on portside working to pull it into the boat.  This took about an hour and the kite shredded more the whole time it was dragging back there.

Code 3 in Seattle after some of it had been taped.

Code 3 in Seattle after some of it had been taped.

Another view of Code 3 in Seattle

Another view of Code 3 in Seattle

Code 3 and repair tape ready to go

Code 3 and repair tape ready to go

I was not lucky enough to work on this as I was dealing with the immersion/trench foot issue at Nancy’s.

April 11th more excitement when the starboard upper backstay line snapped.  Sean went up and fixed it and then we dealt with trying to get the main back up going downwind bare pole (no sails up).  The fix and getting the main up took over 3 hours as main kept getting stuck between shroud and mast under first spreader.  I wonder if there is a better way to do this in the ocean with rolling waves pushing you forward.  My thought would be to turn into the wind.  Would this not work in these conditions?

More sunny days followed and finally we see land!

 LAND!

LAND!

And there was land on both sides.  Which is US and which is Canada?  Duh, the right side is US and the left side is Canada.  The mountains looked higher on the Canadian side but that is ok.

Funny looking skies

Funny looking skies but who cares there is land!

Crossing the finish line!

Crossing the finish line!

Do you think that everyone was a bit excited?

Do you think that everyone was a bit excited?

And now for some cleanup while we motor the 100+ miles through the Strait Juan de Fuca.

First put things up to dry out.

First put things up to dry out.

Eric is campaigning to be a model.

Eric is campaigning to be a model.

Sails coming up on deck

Sails coming up on deck

Looks like Ryan is in charge

Looks like Ryan is in charge

Mark and Justin cleaning out bilges in sail locker

Mark and Justin cleaning out bilges in sail locker

Ryan doing floorbboards

Ryan doing floorboards

Mark doing the rinse

Mark doing the rinse

Justin checking to see what is next

Justin checking to see what is next

Sunset on way to Seattle

Sunset on way to Seattle

First view of Seattle as we are coming in

First view of Seattle as we are coming in

Seattle here we come!

Seattle here we come!

Jason relaxing as we go in!

Jason relaxing as we go in!

Elaine's turn on the rolled up mainsail

Elaine’s turn on the rolled up mainsail

Neil ready to go with his little friend

Neil ready to go with his little friend

Tom ready to get there

Tom ready to get there

Everyone ready to land

Everyone ready to land

Coming into Seattle Bell Harbor. Yahoo! we are here.

Coming into Seattle Bell Harbor. Yahoo! we are here.

And just a few fun shots.

Ronnie Alessandrini (one of my first band students) is this your business?

Ronnie Alessandrini (one of my first band students) is this your business?

Love the way the rays of the sun come through

Love the way the rays of the sun come through

Beautiful evening coming

Beautiful evening coming

Sean's creation

Sean’s creation (every meal Sean cooks is a delight)

Yep, you guessed it, Sean's fish and chips and beetroot

Yep, you guessed it, Sean’s fish and chips and beetroot

Beautiful

Beautiful

China's M&Ms

China’s M&Ms

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Looking at the boat from the bowsprit

Looking at the boat from the bowsprit

Hungry guys!

Hungry guys!

M&MS

M&MS, can’t get enough of them

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That’s it for now.  If you become friends of Clipper Telemed you will see some of the posts of the going through the canal.  My versions will come once we hit New York.

Have a great few weeks til we meet again!

 

 

3 thoughts on “Crossing the Pacific

  1. Loved all your photos…what an adventure you are on!
    Just think of all the stories you can tell about that black eye…few would be the wiser.
    Safe travels, Sharon and John

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  2. Wow! What an adventure of a lifetime Linda!!! Glad you are faring well. Can’t believe you only have 2 months to go! Just seems like yesterday we were discussing your adventure coming up while we were in London.

    God’s blessings,
    Gail

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  3. You are a champion, Linda! Thanks for allowing us to come along. Love the photos. Was stunned to see how damaged the sails were in sail repair shop photos.
    Keep on and sail safe.

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